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#26 of 35 that guy must be a riot in the kitchen
Mar 25, 2003 (7:57 pm)
if the only tool you have is a meat cleaver, everything you see is meat.
but which end is the handle.....
#27 of 35 Oh, I've seen it all...
Mar 27, 2003 (8:31 am)
Most broken hand tools are the result of abuse.
And "abuse" is a word the abusers don't want to hear!
#28 of 35 The Borax story...
Mar 27, 2003 (8:36 am)
I've never seen this done but I have heard an old timer or two say it really works.
I also watched, dumbfounded, as a Chevrolet mechanic in a Chevy dealer de-carboned a 350 Chevy engine with a bottle of water!
He was an old timer too...he held the throttle linkage open at a pretty high RPM and squirted the water...lots of it...into the carb.
The engine shook and pinged like hell! You should have seen the black crap that came out the tailpipe.
And, it worked! It idled like a purring kitten when he was done!
Mar 27, 2003 (9:28 am)
Water-injection is based on a sound scientific principle.
Borax in an engine is based on Model T Ford technology when piston gap was about the thickness of a 2X4, carburator jets were the size of a drainpipe and metallurgy was about as good as a Vermont wood stove.
#30 of 35 When I was a kid...
Mar 27, 2003 (3:17 pm)
Hanging out in the corner gas station...
There was an "old timer" he must have been 50 at the time who was very well known as the local flathead expert.
If you had a flathead Ford or any other kind of a flathead, he was the guy you wanted to see.
Anyway, he swore by the borax method. A customer had an old flathead Pontiac eight that had been overhauled by someone else not long before.
I guess the rings didn't seat and the car smoked and burned oil.
I didn't see him do it but others did...he give it a "borax" treatment and it apparantly worked!
True story...now, would I try this? Heck No!!
#31 of 35 so, isell, how big a "cheater" is abuse? ;)
Mar 27, 2003 (6:10 pm)
seems to me if you break the handle off a ratchet using a three-foot gaspipe as a cheater, you should accept that you are killing the tool.
and you should never, ever get into a position where any part of that jury-rig monkey trick is going to be able to touch you anyplace. injuries, at best, hurt.
we've all probably used a "force multiplier," but I sure hope you knocked the broken end of the tool out of the pipe before taking it back and trying lamely for a "lifetime warranty" replacement. I'm getting more into the mode of taking out the hacksaw and replacing the hardware if it's external rather than getting my FM out.
#32 of 35 Water down the carb...
Mar 27, 2003 (6:23 pm)
is a pretty old trick. I've done it a few times...on my '79 Newport, and on my grandmother's '85 LeSabre. The trick is to use a bottle that sprays a really fine mist. You can also use a plastic soda bottle, and just hold your thumb over it and let it drip in, but don't let it drip too fast, because water doesn't compress too well!
Mar 28, 2003 (10:15 am)
But this guy was REALLY squirting the water in!
I thought he would shatter a piston but he didn't.
When it comes to abused tools, I've seen it all. Nothing would surprise me. I've seen 3/8 in. 34 inch extensions used as prybars.
I've seen test light probes that have been used as line-up bars.
And the LIES from the abusers I've heard...!
#34 of 35 I just remembered...
Mar 28, 2003 (10:17 am)
I saw a Fox Valley dwell-tach volt meter that some idiot used to somehow "test" a 220 dryer hookup!
#35 of 35 my, that would light up the shop
Mar 28, 2003 (10:40 pm)
I screwed up in sighting a bunch of conduit stubs left in yet-open walls during a rework of a science class building a dozen years ago, and when asked later by our phone guy if there were any runs down the walls for new lines, recommended several. he didn't have a fiberglass fish tape, so when the Ideal tape went into the 3-phase breaker panel and got across a bus bar, it stopped moving with extreme results.
I took him out to lunch; the electrician declined.