I'll admit that it was more ambiguous than it might have been. Usually, you don't know what misunderstandings you'll create until they happen. I did say this, though, which was meant to specify that these tools were not critical:
"This falls into the category of puttering---none of these tools are the only one of its type that I have,..."
My intention was to find out if there's anything that can be done to make a quick, largely unnecessary fix any better. Clearly, that didn't come across.