Has there ever been issued a piece of military equipment more useful than the mess tin? Since leaving the army I have found them indispensible for containing all mannner of substances. It also makes a wonderful sex aid, particularly if spanking is the preferred method of getting ones rocks off. They also come in handy in the garden for both digging and watering. However, it is in the building trade in which they really comes into their own. In particular for drawing a straight edge and carrying paste, paint or cement. So. top tip, hang on to your mess tins when you get demobed.