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Just looked but can't see a thread to share home made or modified tools, so I thought "well as I'm interested to see what others have done or got.. then why not".. so to kick off here's a simply but actually quite useful modification ..and then if you look carefully an adaption of something else which I find invaluable in the garage. My apologies if this thread is somewhere else that didn't come up in the obvious listings or in a search. ^ aside from removing wheels or working on suspension parts I rarely now use the 1/2" drive socket set. And because I'm largely working on motorcycles or engines I use 3/8" drive sockets more than 1/4" drive. But there are occasions when a little more leverage offers better control. Spark plugs for example can sometimes take a little more effort to break the seal, but are then finger tight. However if I just use the 3/8" drive on its own then it can twist and break the plug's insulation. So a little more leverage undoes that plug's seal without effort ..and with lots of control. I modified an old trolley-jack handle to use with the 1/2" drive ratchet, but here I modified my (already longer ratchet) by grinding the end of the handle to take the 1/2" square drive extension bar. . ^ suitably smoothed off so it doesn't dig into my hand ..when not using the 1/2" extension bar. Plugged in and ready to go. Dead easy mod to make, and cost nothing but a few minutes with the angle grinder, and a couple more minutes with the power-file to smooth it off. Of course the 1/2" ratchet handle could similarly be modified so it can be used with the extension. That would be handy when carried in the tool roll and then is needed to release the wheel nuts. NB. my other 3/8" drive is a stubby rubber handled one (.. £5.99 from B&Q 5 years back) which is just 5" long, and that is very handy for quick turning. . . . so did you spot the other invaluable adaption in the background ? ? Pete. Come on now - Let's hear about and see photos of tools you've made, adapted, modified, or seen. From ingenious storage ideas, or car rotisseries, to parts cleaners and grit blasters, to the humble spanner which has been suitably ground to fit in a tight corner &/or its handle bent . . . Oh yeah , useful vintage tools too !