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#1 Duffy

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:01 PM

...Well...

It occurs, there are some Noobs & more than a few Returnees ("Retreads"--??) who could
benefit from the mistakes made by others. Considering the number of goofs I've done, I'm
the pretty-obvious Benefactor. People, feel free to post your own personal Words To The Wise[r] here.
Two mandates: an appropriately-descriptive / dramatic photo is de rigeur; and, each inclusion
MUST contain the words "DO NOT"--Cautionary, right?


Here's the start:

When cutting a wheel down to a smaller width with a Dremel cutoff disc, make sure you chuck the wheel in something
secure. DO NOT hold in your hand.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:05 PM

When something goes horribly wrong an armature balancing (a Cautionary Tale all its own!),
do NOT dramatically express your frustration by slamming your hand down on the desk;
particularly anywhere near the twin-razor balancing jig.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 09:42 PM

Very interesting-
DO NOT try to shake the excess solder off the tip of your hot iron.:o

PICTURE, people!! PICTURE! As painful as it may be to work a camera at moments like this, do it for the Greater Good. "Your Discomfort will be Instructive to Us All..."


[EDIT:] from Pappy via Marty Stanley, still sans photo but I'll let these slide: "Do not solder while wearing just your underwear".



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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:05 PM

Hi Duffy,

Here's a big boo boo:

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When drill balancing it's a good idea to:

1. Epoxy the "Dawn of Time" armatures even if it appears to have been done at the factory.

2. Know the armatures web thickness before you drill too deep. :shok: :blush: ;)

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The cut-away of the armature above shows I wrongly ASSumed the web was much thicker.....OOPS!

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:17 PM

Hi Duffy,

Here's a big boo boo:

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When drill balancing it's a good idea to:

1. Epoxy the "Dawn of Time" armatures even if it appears to have been done at the factory.

2. Know the armatures web thickness before you drill too deep. :shok: :blush: ;)

Posted Image

The cut-away of the armature above shows I wrongly ASSumed the web was much thicker.....OOPS!


Rick, I'm not sure you can salvage that one... :laugh2:
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:30 PM

Age 4: Big blob of solder falls onto leg. Conclusion: solder is very hot.
Age 5: Cut a big slice of meat off my thumb. Conclusion: Xacto blades are very sharp.
Age 6: Lied to parents. Conclusion: Lying has bad consequences.

No problems since then :laugh2:
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:36 PM

Pablo,
A good beginning to a clean and healthy life. Don't forget: your '66 Mustang convertible does not have a roll-over bar and you have no hair on your head to act as a helmet! :laugh2:

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 01:50 PM

Sounds like the voice of experience ;)
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:22 PM

The cat's got nothing to do with the thread, I'm just following my own guideline; by way of observing that you guys
DO NOT follow guidelines worth a damn.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 06:26 PM

I'm sure to have nightmares now :shok:
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:25 PM

The cat's got nothing to do with the thread, I'm just following my own guideline; by way of observing that you guys
DO NOT follow guidelines worth a damn.


Hey Duffy,

I followed your guidlines, I did :unsure:. But I have a cat picture too :D

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:47 PM

...and there's a car there too! Very conscientious of you.
Rikky, I've been running an informal survey for some years: does your black-with-white-patches cat have a
"meow?" Because disproportionately many with those markings don't. Some will open their mouth and nothing
emerges! Very odd.

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My Firecat, He Who Sees Into The Crack Between The Universes, took a liking to my Lotus 11 one day. I'd set it
on the chair as I was organizing stuff, and Firecat hopped up and settled into the position pictured here. When I
reached for the car, he batted my hand, hard, claws&everything, left tracks. I swear, two or three reaches, he'd
attack. Sat there for about a half hour, then just walked off.

Well, I suppose there's a Cautionary Tale there too, of sorts. If not, can't be helped. Beats grumping about motors.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:49 PM

The cat's got nothing to do with the thread, I'm just following my own guideline; by way of observing that you guys DO NOT follow guidelines worth a damn.



Thank you, thank you very much!

BTW, where were the guidelines posted? I must have missed that part!

Okay, now I know they must be posted by the "Safety Guidelines" as I missed those as well.

A few months back, someone I consider a good friend and fellow slot racer gave me this:


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Hey, I still have my "Totin' Chip" so I should be authorized to have one of these in my possession, right? Wrong!

If you look closely at the groove near the top of the blade - I will now call that 'the blood channel' you will see a red tinge. I'm sorry, but after my experience earlier with that knife I am NOT wiping down the surface.

My normal work surface is on my desk and there is no room to get my legs and feet under the work surface. I do slide them back under my chair to give a bit of protection, normally.

The majority of the time, I put this knife back into a box I bought to keep it in as I don't like to have this in a spot where it can become "Letal Weapon #5".

So normally the majority of the time, this knife is in a spot where it can not access human flesh. Going by that, yesterday must have been just 'one of those days'!

I was trimming bodies, something this knife is very good at. That is why I like it so much. Something caused me to reach for something and I must have caught the cuff of my shirt on the knife as it started a downward travel. The work surface is about 34 inches high, so doing some calculations, the knife would reach a terminal velocity of about 9.5 mph. That would say that it would travel the distance from the work surface to the floor in about 5 milliseconds.

Since the typical human being takes about 1 second to process the danger that the see - called the 'perception time', I still had 955 milliseconds before I could move. Of course, my eyes saw this falling, but could not do a thing other then watch, in horror!

Now, I've never been able to read about the time it takes for pain to travel in a human body, but I know this for a fact, I felt the pain as the knife stuck into my ankle, right at the bone as the tears were welling up in my eyes even before the time to react had expired!

I guess the density of the bone was enough to stop the flight of the knife. However I did feel that knife hit the bone. I removed the knife - yes first aid training say that you should not remove something on a puncture wound, but obviously the writer of that passage did not have something stinking into him at the time. I washed it out - actually the blood cleansed it prior to my washing of it, putting some antiseptic cream on it and holding pressure on it to stop the bleeding. Then a quick butterfly and I was ready to put the knife away for future use.

Afterwards I sat there thinking about the best way of preventing that from happening. Let me say this about that . . . . I will no longer be lax whan that knife is in use. I had even thought of a thether around my neck, but knowing that things can break, I have chosen not to as that wound would be devastating!

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:54 PM

He Who Sees Into The Crack Between The Universes

Might want to ease up on the catnip a little :laugh2:
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 08:03 PM

I removed the knife - yes first aid training say that you should not remove something on a puncture wound, but obviously the writer of that passage did not have something sticking into him at the time.

Ahh, the eternal struggle between Theory and Practice. The yardstick is, if you survive to tell about it, Practice wins.


I had even thought of a thether around my neck, but

I've tried that. Everything goes okay until you sneeze.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 08:24 PM

Sounds like the voice of experience public/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif

Yo Pablo, I ALWAYS wear a hard hat since my first bicycle smasheroo into a plate window at age 12... :laugh2:

I blamed brake failure, same as when I took Howie Ursaner and Tom Hansen to LA a few days ago. ;)

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:09 PM

Cats are way cool but not for every one? :laugh2: This guy is worst then a girlfriend he tells me what to do and I sure hate that!

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I use to think we adopted him but now I know he adopted me and Flygirl!

Heck back to subject matter? :laugh2:


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In this bright future you can't forget your past.
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I'm racing the best here at BP but Father time is much better then all of us united.
Not a snob in this hobby, after all it will be gone, if we keep on going like we do, and I have nothing to prove so I keep on posting because I have nothing to gain.
It's our duty to remember the past so we can have a future.

Pistol Pete you will always be in my memory.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:23 PM

How have we NOT had a "Show Us Your Cats" thread?

I'll ask Brannian. He'll know.
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Posted 14 January 2011 - 10:28 PM

Cats are way cool but not for every one? :laugh2: This guy is worse than a girlfriend, he tells me what to do and I sure hate that!


...He tells you what to do?...

"....Crash your CAR, Nesta!!....Now crash your OTHER car!.............Now crash PHILIPPE'S CAR, YESSSS!!!. <purrrr, Gakk Gakk...purrrrr>


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Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:44 AM

Duffy

Seriously... This thread definitely needs to catscth up on its original subject after this paws in the action. Let's try to claw our way back. Do you always use micrometers to get your fits purrfect within a whisker; I tend to do everything just feline with my fingers…

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 12:54 PM

Wow, dude, don't have a hissyfit.
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 01:01 PM

Slinking by that last, I agree it's time to return to Cautionary Tails--and please remember to include your requisite photo and "DO NOT" in the text.
Me, I haven't done anything Instructive today--yet.
What about the rest of you lot? Whassamatter, cat got your tongue?
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 07:52 PM

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Don't ya dare talk bad about Joey....We all like him. Don't even do any ankle bitting. Just DON'T give him any pizza :laugh2: Joey won't let Rick go racing alone. He does like a good scratch and pet job tho.... :D

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 08:11 PM

Don't ya dare talk bad about Joey....We all like him.

Wait, is Joey the wonderful white cat I posted earlier? I didn't know where that pic had come from, I just loved it & it seemed appropriate.
No, I wouldn't argue with Joey, nope. Joey's fine by me, it's a good thing he's around. Please don't send me to the cornfield.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 09:47 PM

Question: Hey Marty! What did you say when the knife hit your ankle?

Answer by Marty: Me? OWWW!
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Posted 15 January 2011 - 09:47 PM

OK lets see some more scare tissue Please? :laugh2: Sad thing is that the cat does more scaring on my body then my slot car tools? :blink:
So lets get back to do's or dont's!


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In this bright future you can't forget your past.
BMW (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

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I'm racing the best here at BP but Father time is much better then all of us united.
Not a snob in this hobby, after all it will be gone, if we keep on going like we do, and I have nothing to prove so I keep on posting because I have nothing to gain.
It's our duty to remember the past so we can have a future.

Pistol Pete you will always be in my memory.

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:20 PM

Question: Hey Marty! What did you say when the knife hit your ankle?

Answer by Marty: Me? OWWW!



Gary,

You're close. I might have used a few more adjectives and adverbs! :shok:
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:34 AM

How have we NOT had a "Show Us Your Cats" thread?

I'll ask Brannian. He'll know.


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"TANSTAAFL" (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.)
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Posted 16 January 2011 - 04:18 PM

Gary,

You're close. I might have used a few more adjectives and adverbs! :shok:

:laugh2: :laugh2:
I'll bet wife was not within hearing distance either ;)

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:05 PM

:laugh2: :laugh2:
I'll bet wife was not within hearing distance either ;)

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 12:51 PM

A Cautionary Tale of a different sort now, inspired by my telling of Industrial Theft in the '70s on another thread:

I was working at Anaheim Machine Works, a real alley shop in this great yawning converted cannery that we shared with Manny Lubleiner's scrap metal biz. One afternoon the bosses were gone & I was holding the fort when some suited cops came around with little photos of this beautiful curvy turbine ductwork piece, gone missing from one of the nearby aerospace R&D places. "No, I haven't seen it; stolen, huh?"
"Yeah, and it represents a tremendous investment and we want to get it back."
I looked at the pics admiringly--it was beautiful work. "It's a shame. --And what's someone gonna get for that, maybe forty pounds of stainless is all?"
"Yeah, a shame. Well, if you see anything..."

A little while after they left, the phone rang. "Mister Heinrich? --Mike Heinrich? We were wondering, how did you arrive at the weight of that duct?"
"Ohh, well, I estimate jobs all the time, I sort of looked at the camera angle and just figured out whaaaa--excuse me, I can't hear, there're a lot of sirens around here--"
That's when it occurred to me, I was being kept on the phone while the place got overrun.
I did a lot of talking that afternoon. Just because I didn't know when to resist making a comment out of cleverness.

Come to think of it, a quick glance around my posts here would indicate I haven't learned a thing since then.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:36 PM

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Mike, so I wrote a bit to Av Week that their recent speculation on the Mig 21, decades ago, could not be correct that the performance was more in THIS range.

And ended up with the FBI wanting to know who I was working for!

Which is the really short version of my being "drafted".

Grin.

I was telling a story about how my wife would look at a hang nail and just sort of go off on the 800 ways it could kill you, the various appropriate therapies on solving the problems and so on and how that SCARED people. But then I realized that you and I and a few others in my circle do the same thing. We just don't even HEAR what we are babbling.

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 01:41 PM

--Right. Rule #17, don't get Jerry Pournelle critiquing airport security while walking through the boarding lines.
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Posted 27 January 2011 - 03:58 PM

..."Ohh, well, I estimate jobs all the time, I sort of looked at the camera angle and just figured out whaaaa--excuse me, I can't hear, there're a lot of sirens around here--"
That's when it occurred to me, I was being kept on the phone while the place got overrun.
I did a lot of talking that afternoon. Just because I didn't know when to resist making a comment out of cleverness.

Come to think of it, a quick glance around my posts here would indicate I haven't learned a thing since then.

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:laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2: So should I talk to you since you are on a list? Oh, wait, I'm on a list or two myself. :laugh2:
"TANSTAAFL" (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.)
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"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
Alexis de Tocqueville

"In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy."
David Horowitz

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:09 PM

Afterwards I sat there thinking about the best way of preventing that from happening. Let me say this about that . . . . I will no longer be lax whan that knife is in use. I had even thought of a thether around my neck, but knowing that things can break, I have chosen not to as that wound would be devastating!

Yes, we do learn by our experiences!


Tether it? Nah, put that puppy on a leash and it will just end up point down in the meaty part of your thigh or someplace worse. It's easier to stop the spurting red gore from your ankle and tourniquets work better lower down that at the groin. Get one of the xacto cutting board plastic sheets and use it to cover your lap. :shok: :laugh2:
"TANSTAAFL" (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.)
Robert Anson Heinlein

"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
Alexis de Tocqueville

"In practice, socialism didn't work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy."
David Horowitz

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