Last week I didn’t know what a hemostat was. It turns out that they are long surgical forceps which clamp shut with a ratchet arrangement to stop blood flow, or hang on to bits of car that need to go somewhere inaccessible. The bonnet on my old 911 is held up by a pair of gas struts, each has a pin with a clip at each end. When I came to replace mine, I found, like hundreds before me, that 3 of the pins are dead easy to get in and out. However the lower near side one is buried under the fuel filler pipe and the wiring loom, somewhere that fingers will never reach. That’s when you need to buy a hemostat. I ordered it from Amazon at the same time as a bottle of gin, the delivery guy must think I’m doing home surgery.