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On the other thread, I mentioned stuffing plastic bags into a sewer drain line. One time I saw an unfinished front door frame at a house, the tenant had been stuffing plastic bags to keep the cold out. Seemed to work.
I used a van load of cardboard boxes one time, to help a friend who had pretty much no attic insulation. That helped a lot.
On Ice Road Truckers, I saw one time a guy used some copper tubing in place of battery cable.
Ether to inflate tires.
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On 03/17/2014 08:47 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I'm from Wisconsin and large portions of the state are still pretty much wilderness. People here are very good at improvising and doing for themselves.
About 25 years ago I completely gutted my kitchen in order to remodel it.
Right at that time a friend of mine from the north woods decided he was going to pay a visit and stay here for a few days with his wife and four kids. (Three of the kids had never seen a city before.)
Anyway, my girl friend at that time freaked out and said that there was no way we could have guests with our house in such disarray. (I was doing the dishes in the basement washtubs)
I just laughed and told her none of our guests had even seen a completed house in their lives.
Everyone had a great time.
We took them to the museum and little Missy did nothing but ride up and down the escalator (after conquering her initial fear).
Little Arlo saw a spiral ramp for a parking structure and marveled at the large silo. (To this day he's still embarrassed about it)
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On 3/17/2014 11:42 AM, philo wrote:

Your usenet reader makes it look like I wrote all that. Anything can be done?
Nice that your friends enjoyed the visit, and saw the car silo. Arlo wasn't that far wrong.
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On 03/17/2014 01:51 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

My fault, not my newsreader's sorry about that.
It would not have happened had I still be using my typewriter.

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On 3/17/2014 3:16 PM, philo wrote:

I don't think it's within protocol to apologize on Usenet. One needs to flame, instead, you big apologizer. If you do it again, I might have to apologize to you, see how you'd like it. _ _ o o o ~~~~~~~
(sticks out tongue)
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On 03/17/2014 02:28 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Here is another conversation I once heard:
ACHOOOO!!!
God bless you.
Thank you.
You are welcome.
Shut up!
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The installation instructions for the bathroom fan I just installed suggested 2 methods for mounting the fan in the open space between 2 joists:
1 - Use the metal brackets that came with unit and suspend it in the opening. 2 - Build what they called a "header" with two 2 x 4’s perpendicular to the joists and then two 2 x 4's in between them, forming a frame. Then screw the fan housing to the bottom of the 2 x 4's that run parallel to the joists.
My alternate (and so much easier) method: scab some short 2 x material to the side of the joists to make the space between the joists narrower and positioned exactly where I wanted it. Then screw the housing to the bottom of the 2 x's. I did have to rip one of the 2 x's down a little bit, but it was still a whole easier than trying to build and mount a box frame.
Trying to use their metal brackets and mount the unit while up in the attic wasn't even a consideration. Everything I did was done from inside the bathroom.
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Isn't ether highly explosive? Hasn't using ether in tires caused some dramatic explosions? Or, is that all 'hearsay'?
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On 3/18/2014 11:57 AM, RobertMacy wrote:

Yes, explosive and explosion. I'm sure it's rather dangerous. I've never done one, and hope I never need to.
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On 03/18/2014 10:57 AM, RobertMacy wrote:

It's just as safe as filling a Zeppelin with hydrogen
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On 3/18/2014 12:00 PM, philo wrote:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgWHbpMVQ1U

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On 03/18/2014 11:12 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Holy Cow! It blew up.
I better not kid around anymore, I never would have guessed that a blimp full of hydrogen could have exploded.
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On 3/18/2014 12:30 PM, philo wrote:

I thought everyone had seen that famous footage? Maybe we grew up in different schools, but that was "common knowledge" where I was.
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On 03/18/2014 11:41 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

You did not know I was kidding?
I knew about that ever since I was a kid and even then I though filling a blimp with hydrogen was stupid beyond belief.
Only recently did I learn that the US has (or had) a monopoly on helium and refused to sell any to Germany. So...they redesigned the blimp to use hydrogen...which was beyond insane.
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On 3/18/2014 12:50 PM, philo wrote:

Nope, missed that. How about ether to blow up tires? I wonder if a person could adapt to a propane tank, and inflate with propane?
Freon?
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On 03/18/2014 01:05 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

The new thing I've seen are service centers advertising nitrogen to fill tires.
Although it is of course safe to do so...any tiny advantage it could have would be offset by the extra cost. The service centers seem to have a rather "inflated" cost for that feature.
Air is something like 79% nitrogen anyway.
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On 3/18/2014 2:29 PM, philo wrote:

It would be tempting to go into a tire place, and ask some kind of question based on if the clerk knows the make up of air.
"I had my tires filled with nitrogen, and then got new tires. You think there may be some nitrogen still in them? So maybe I don't have to have them nitrogen filled again?"
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On 3/18/2014 1:48 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

I own a couple of Q sized nitrogen cylinders and a regulator that I've used to pressure test refrigeration and AC systems, to blow cleaner through them then to blow out the air so I can perform a triple vacuum before filling with refrigerant. Nitrogen is handy for a lot of stuff and having it on a service truck means never having a flat. I'm now thinking I should inflate the high pressure spare tire for my Jeep with nitrogen so it will maintain a constant pressure regardless of temperature. ^_^
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On 3/22/2014 9:28 AM, The Daring Dufas wrote:

I like that constant pressure thing. Sure would make it easier to do auto maint, just have to inflate the tires once. Please let us know how it works for you.
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On 3/18/2014 11:50 AM, philo wrote:

I do believe that SM was applying a sharp longitudinal impulse causing the extension of one of your lower extremities. ^_^
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