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It Was Al B

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  1. If You are Thinking

    Probably melts the snow ahead of it as you drive.
  2. Hey Grandpawdave

    During our very cold spell, I thought the engine wasn't heating enough to bring the temperature high enough to heat the cab. I figured just replace the thermostat. Went to the dealer and asked about it. I couldn't believe what I heard. First I had to set up an appointment to have an analysis done to determine if there was a problem. Cost for the analysis $100.00. There was no analysis done .Apparently , even engine temperature control is computerized today.. You can't just go and replace the thermostat for a few bucks. When the temps got up into the 20's the car heated up OK. My local garage mechanic said he didn't want to do anything that might affect my warranty on the car. Turns out the warranty has expired.
  3. Hope you're feeling better Steve That $0.80 a bf has to help a little. I'd have to be really desperate to buy hardwoods at the Borg
  4. my new Xmas tools

    Your right Stick ! Over 3 decades ago. Happy 50th Lee. Hoping you have many many more.
  5. my new Xmas tools

    By the way Lee, Glad you had a Merry Christmas.
  6. Larrydoug

    Welcome aboard Larry. Don't feel like an orphan when it comes to navigating the site. At 86, this is totally alien stuff to me. That said, this is a great place to be navigating.
  7. shop storage ideas...

    Don't let MR Greed , err ---- GASS see that TS. He'll probably find a way to fine you for using it.
  8. Hi

    I remember those guns during WW11. I lived on a high hill in Amesbury and could see to the beach from my BR window. The army controlled the beach. I watched the search lights and listened to the guns during the night time target practice every night. Always though I wouldn't want to be flying one of those planes pulling the targets
  9. Vagaries of age

    At least you're not late for the party.
  10. Got the snot shocked outta me today

    Guess I'm really lucky. When I was an apprentice welder, I was welding test plates in the welding booth . I had hung the tongs on a hanger with a welding rod still in it, so that I could take the hot test plate and dip it into some water for cooling. When I stood up, I brushed my head against the welding rod, with my hands and wet gloves on the metal grounding table. . I couldn't move. It felt like someone had wrapped their arms around me and was squeezing as tight as possible. Suddenly, it was gone. A friend saw what was happening and quickly pulled the welding rod away. I think I'd be ashes today if he hadn't seen what happened. I learned a lot that day.
  11. my new Xmas tools

    I'd be glad to accept an early birthday gift.
  12. Darwin Awards

    Glad I wasn't on that bus. They might have kept me there
  13. Hi

    Welcome aboard Artie.A great bunch of guys here, with all the help you'll need . Pepperell is a long was from the beach. Probably an hour drive up 495 ? I'm located in Salisbury, not on the beach front but about 2 miles away. Metal detectors do seem popular at Salisbury beach, especially after a storm. Never tried it myself. Great to see another New Englander aboard this boat. I'm also a former Airman from back a few years. 1952-1955
  14. A wonderful WW experience

    I'm hearing you loud and clear Lew. Even today, with the success that the Whittier Vocational Technical High school has had, I still hear people , even relatives in my own family, make damning remarks about Vocational schools. It took a lot of work and convincing by many people to finally get the school under construction. Twelve cities and towns teamed together to build this jewel. Our teachers are all dedicated professionals and the administrators do everything they can to insure that the students get the best education they can, not only in the trades, but academically. Most people around these towns know the value of the vocational school. I don't follow the happenings regularly, but I know the school has budgeted millions to update and modernize tools and machinery so that the school is in the 21st century and up to date with industry.
  15. Diamond plates

    The plates just sit there Gene . You do the work.
  16. Lumber score!

    My eyes are bleeding after staring at those piles of lumber. What a generous friend you have !
  17. A wonderful WW experience

    Some parents feel that C and D students should have priority with entrance into the vocational school. I believe the school policy is to allow enrollment based on the same scale of student grade averages enrolled in the local conventional high schools.
  18. A wonderful WW experience

    Locally, our vocational high school has more students trying to get enrolled than the school can handle. The school recently met with several business leaders concerning the need for skilled tradesmen.. The school in now opening full time evening classes for adults, to teach the skills needed for anyone who wishes to take the opportunity . I believe, with the shortage of skilled tradesmen, you may see a move to provide better wages for those skilled in the trades. Many of the graduates from the trade school have entered 2 or 4 year college programs, and now operate their own small businesses. They are hiring trade school graduates because they know the schools' reputation. The school has a problem where some parents accuse the school of selective enrollment, based on academic achievement. The school probably has the highest % of students who do graduate, compare to other schools, and has something like 65% of their graduate who do continue on to college. I believe their success is due to what the school does to motivate the students.
  19. WHY? So Disheartening

    This is a portrait of the opposite ends of humanity. SAD, SAD, SAD.
  20. Grandfather clocks are a pain

    Grandfather clocks are to be looked at with admiration. Who needs them to keep time? You are probably wearing a wrist watch.
  21. outlets with surge protectors

    Since I'm not an electrician, I need good advice . I'm wanting to get a couple of 4 or 6 outlet cords with surge protection for electronic equipment, ie ,computer, TV and the rest. Protection is rated by joules and I'm wondering how many joules protection are needed to protect this equipment . I have looked at cords rated at 1500 joules and others rated at 3600 joules. Both have 14 ga wiring rated for 15 amp outlets. What is recommended for reasonable protection. I know that whole house surge protection can be installed, but as of now it hasn't been installed in my home to my knowledge.
  22. went to the VA this morning

    I think there are more Toyota parts manufactured in the USA than there are General Motors parts manufactured here. It's getting so the parts are made somewhere else and then the vehicle is assembled here.
  23. outlets with surge protectors

    Thanks Keith. The unit I got at HD is rated UL 1449, 400V. I don't plan to spend $200.00 + for a surge protector unless it's a whole house protector.
  24. A wonderful WW experience

    Woodworking to me is an enjoyable hobby. I can go to the shop at my leisure and make whatever I wish, within my limited skills.From building my shop and utility buildings, to building cabinets or pieces of furniture, and now mostly bandsaw boxes . It's totally relaxing for me, with absolutely no schedules to meet. In todays' world, working with your hands has become less inspiring. People would rather sit behind a desk, or go out in the field with a clip board, where salaries are higher. It is harder to make a living as a craftsman, and the number of skilled craftsmen in this country within all of the trades is in serious decline. I believe we are just beginning to experience the results. Unfortunately with woodworking, cheap imports that can "serve the purpose" are putting our craftsmen out of business. Those who can afford true craftsmanship will continue to pay the price for quality, but most people are looking for the lowest cost. I seldom use designers drawings for what I'm building, and if I do, I usually make my own changes.
  25. outlets with surge protectors

    Cal, I went to HD and picked up one with 8 outlets providing 3600 joules of protection. $29.00

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