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PeteM

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    Wisdom is knowing that none of this matters, but acting as though it does.

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  1. Sneer not we at Engineers. There is a whole industry (including me) employed in fixing their errors . Credit where credit is due: they break things faster than we can fix. It's called "job security".
  2. Text says 1946 NEC. Since code is updated every three years (altho not sure when the interval was back then), slide rule itself dates to the late 40's? There is a museum devoted to slide rules, and I noticed they have electrical ones. If you want history, https://www.sliderulemuseum.com/MiscUSA.htm
  3. I try to "shop local", but increasingly places like HD and Lowes don't stock things, offering to ship it in to the store (or for a premium, to my house). Or I buy something not as good that they have in stock. And of course, going to the BB store, searching the aisles, discovering that they inventory is wrong (again) and it's not there....increasingly I'm letting my fingers do the walking. For better or ill, Amazon has changed the metric. It doesn't hurt that the Phoenix area has 6 or 7 A-warehouses (and my company built 5 of them...so my retirement was partially funded by Jeff's Gang). I swim upstream just so long.
  4. WE HAVE A WINNER! I go away for a few hours and you guys all go get drunk. <sigh> Just like in Scouting. Artie, thanks for the clarification. I've been using the same little plug-ins in the house, but didn't take long in the lightless Shop Dungeon to make me regret not putting them in the shop too.
  5. Ever had a power failure at night while in the shop? 'Round here we get "monsoon" storms, and the occasional power failure. Caught me at the far end of the shop area: had to negotiate the DC duct, step down/over obstructions, bump past work table, table saw. All the while remembering how many sharp things I'd left laying about.... Bought a 6-pack at Amazon for less than the average tool. Put two in the shop spaces ('cause I don't never never never want THAT again!).
  6. My dad was proud when I graduated from OCS (in '68, right after Tet), but I never really understood how proud until my oldest son volunteered for Army (Intelligence...yes, I've heard them; he says they're partly true). The Army made me the man I am today, but they can't take all the blame! I was a C- student before joining, A+++* after getting out. It was all motivation: I just told myself that if I didn't do good in college, I could go back in the Army. That's what you learn in The Real World: not facts, not really skills, "just" motivation. *A+++: I picked the courses worth getting an A, and the others got B+ or A-. It was all transactional: I knew what I needed to get a good job, and I wasn't about to do any more work than that. What the Army gave me was the insight of what to target and how to get there. THAT is priceless. THAT is what no school teaches. I feel sorry for kids who dodge public service: they really don't know what they're missing.
  7. Heavy, dude. I'd think heavy is ok, light not so much. Time is kept by the action of the pall (?) or pendulum swing. My only experience with complex clocks was my grandmother's, so it's probably completely different than your grandfather clock. Grandma's was a cuckoo clock. When I was stationed in Germany I found that an awful lot of people in the north German woods had cuckoo clocks. Very confusing.
  8. Video shows that playing heat gun across the grain gradually turns it purple. You all owe me 7 minutes of your life, and some indeterminate amount of cheesy music. Well, maybe less. I fast forwarded. I jump through videos to get to the good parts. Oh.
  9. KIS: I already had the roller stand, and two machine screws fix wood to flange. Not shown in these pics, but I eventually put a hole in the end and hang it on the wall. Easy peasy, out of the way.
  10. Problem is that contractor style saw's motor is in the way, can't hinge.
  11. I think it depends on what you're cutting. I found I do a lot of ripping, max 48"L, up to 24" W, and I want it to disappear at times. I tried rollers, but I had a lot of trouble finding the "sweet spot" where the work just kissed onto the roller without tipping it over. So, I made a platform that's held by two machine screws + wingnuts, on top of the roller. I found that I didn't need to exactly match the TS table height, so I used 3/8" ply, and that's enough that the workpiece doesn't fall onto the floor or try to tip up while still being cut.
  12. Must be using my Garmin GPS: It likes to route things around the horn, too. Gloves: I'd wear 'em too if I was handling factory milled edges, which can be razor sharp. It's a slick system, but like all snap-together, it rarely survives the third move. Those fasteners in MDF abrade over time, but there's a good rationale for buying "one and done". Note that all these fastener concepts depend on dead-on milling, and that equates to "factory" and sophisticated automation. You can do it by hand, get the special router bit, make the jigs, but unless you're making 10,000 of them the juice ain't worth the squeeze. I agree it's clever, but I don't agree it's a universal solution. Of course the blanket box I'm planning for the spare bedroom might be a good test: what's the cost of shipping to....well let's not go further than Baja California (it has a horn) and back!
  13. Whenever looking for gentle abrasion, I start with a toothbrush, then a brass wire brush, gently and not scrubbing.
  14. My buddy in Inkom claims spuds cures everything...?! Welcome to retirement. That's the easy part: hard part, about a year from now, is remember what day of the week it is.
  15. Earthquake? Didn't feel it here (Phx area) but the dining light (6' chain suspension) was swinging.
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