Operative phrase being "as long as the fence doesn't move about". How
many cheap tablesaws have you encountered with good fences? In my ute
I'd dick around with the adjustment and the thing would still move.
You can't adjust a bad design and cheap construction to be quality.
But you already know that.
That is a lousy explaination of precision vs. accuracy.
I shoot some arrows into a target:
situation 1) they are all over the place: neither accurate or precise.
situation 2) they are all within an inch of each other, but 10" from the
bullseye: the shots are precise, but not accurate
situation 3) they are scattered around the bullseye: accurate, not
situation 4) they are all in the bullseye: accurate and precise.
Well, there is "cheap" and there is economical. I furnished much of my
first home with second-hand....country auctions and one delightful dive
of an auction barn. Could buy a box of "junk" for fifty cents, and it
might have ten dollars worth of cookie sheets and cake pans. A few
slightly scarred but sturdy antiques....stayed at the auction barn until
4 am one night to buy a $2 library table. Cheap entertainment.
I was at a garage sale this weekend, several in fact, and one had a
box with kitchen odds and ends - anything it was 10 cents. I picked
up one thing that caught my eye, the lady asked me if I had a dime
since she didn't have any change, and I didn't. "Just take it", she
says. So I did. Got home a quick Google to see what I had, and was
surprised to find this:
Other places have it cheaper, $70 or so, but who would pay that much
for a very small pepper mill?!
Anyway, I'm not arguing and the thing is pretty cool looking.
Tag/Garage/Yard/Barn sales are great fun, and a good source for things you
just can't buy anymore, at least not of the good quality they used to make
My best story happened over 20 years ago. I found an electric guitar, a
Fender Jaguar, at a yard sale. I had one of those back in the sixties and
always liked it, but mine was stolen. I bought the one at the yard sale for
$10, and not in half-bad condition. At the time, we were paying an art
student to do a portrait of the kids, and had agreed on a price of $300.
When he saw that guitar, he said he'd take that instead of the money.
That portrait is now one of our most-loved possessions, but I don't have the
final bragging rights. That artist put a psychedelic paint job on the
guitar and sold it to a professional musician for $700. The going rate for
an old 60's Jaguar like that is now well over 1K, so there are a lot of
winners in this little remembrance.
Going back to the OP, I have a big mower because I have 5 mowable acres, but
i got my Scag ZT used from a landscaper for $800, and that was many years
Though not retired , you and I are alot alike..I too "help" friends ,
neighbors , and family when I'm not working..Be it filling my elderly
neighbors generator with gas at 1 am during an ice storm , pulling somebody
out of the ditch in a snowstorm , or helping my dad and everyone else it
seems , with their drywall taping or other project...Sometimes I get paid ,
sometimes I don't...Sometimes I get pissed when I don't even get a thank
you...But I do it because I like helping people which is why I'm on this
news group....Don't let one asshole get you down , just be ready with an
excuse to say no the next time he slithers over to ask a favor....I've got a
pile of firewood from clearing some trees on my property someone down on
their luck is gonna get this fall..... : )
I've three standard answers for folks.
1) NO! (it won't happen, no way no how)
2) MAYBE! I'll look into it and get back to you )
3) YES! (means I keep my word)
People just cannot except NO for an answer.
You just did what any good person would do. But you did it for a person who
doesn't have a clue.
I'm a retired welder. I have equipment, and do a lot of stuff for myself,
and "friends". I don't broadcast it around. When the question comes up, I
give a price, take it or leave it. None of this, "I'll do this for you
later." I could be napping or fishing. When you get these new little
yuppie creeps, they don't know how to do it, or they wouldn't be asking you.
You just got in too far, too deep, and too soon. I can tell you're a right
guy, you just hit a "taker" who took advantage of you.
Now for the payoff. You gonna let it happen again?
I disagree. Loaning a guy who just moved into the neighborhood a hand
tool or giving him a ride to pick up his car is reasonable. Getting
involved in an open ended project to build a whole new deck and
install french doors because other neighbors sent them over is nuts.
For all anyone knows, the new guy could have spent the last 10 years
In the situation discussed, I would have been willing to go over, take
a look, spend an hour or so and give them some ideas and advice on how
to proceed, but that's it. You start out small and see how and if
they respond and how the relationship grows over time.
Far more likely, he does have a clue. He's figured out how to use
people to get what he wants.
When my neighbors found out I can repair computers, networks, or
software I got several requests. I don't mind helping out, but
nothing more than an hour. For $30 to mow is cheap, but for that
particular neighbor there would be a $50 bench charge to look at their
computer (other neighbors are free). I have said more than once, "I
don't loan tools, but maybe you can check at Home Depot or Lowes."
They usually don't ask again. My father painted all his tools bright
pink and nobody asked to borrow them.
I was going to say just that^
I get amused by these people they are so self centered these days. I have a
young friend who wanted to borrow an instructional video from me. He wanted
me to bring it to him! Out of curiosity I did so. I said he could borrow it
for 2 weeks only as I needed it. 3 months later he finally called and said I
COULD COME PICK UP MY VIDEO as he was done using it!
Then another one frequently calls me because I have a truck and wants me to
pick up stuff which will fit in their Suburban. They don't want to get their
vehicle dirty. They NEVER offer to pay me for gas or my time. Then I have
spent all day at their house helping them with projects (free) and they
NEVER offer me anything to drink or eat.
Anyway I'm learning the meaning of the phrase "You have to give to receive".
These people are doing absolutely no giving and the receiving part has come
to an end!
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