On Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:46:47 -0400, Stormin Mormon
The only glue that is flexible enough is contact cement. I first used
it to glue a patch on a down sleeping bag that was leaking down. But
then I realized it was a mummy bag and I can't use one of those anyhow..
My friend's favorite tape is gorilla tape.
On Thu, 9 Jul 2015 07:18:14 +0000 (UTC), Karlheinz Fenstermacher
Not me, but I fixed an Erector Set motor by rewinding its coil. A
friend gave it to me, not working. Of course, i had no money to buy
new wire, so when I unwound it, and it broke into four pieces for every
loop, it scraped the enamel off every end and twisted it together and
wound it all back up. I think the mistake I made was wrapping that in
electric tape, the black cloth electricians tape, instead of in plain
cloth. I turned on motor and it worked, but after a while it started
smoking. The adhesive I think. If I'd used plain cloth it might have
On Thu, 9 Jul 2015 04:19:14 -0700 (PDT), Uncle Monster
I didn't talk to him about it but I found in my older brother's closet a
motor that he made. But it wasn't from much of a kit. Only the wire
would have been included, if that is still a kit.
He used 4 big nails, two pairs maybe 1/2 inch apart with wires between
each pair of them, to hold the armature, and the armature itself might
have been a big nail. Galvanized with a head, iirc.
I don't remember what he used for brushes.
I can't remember much more than that. I don't even know if it ran on
110 or a battery. At age 10 or younger I would have been afraid to plug
it into the wall (and it had no plug anyhow) and batteries were not
something lying around. We had probably one flashlight with two
batteries and that's all we had. So I never tried to run it, but I
think it worked.
Know what you mean about the cobbler costing more
than the replacement shoes. Well, some times shoes
are comfortable, and hard to find good replacement.
The one time I took item to cobbler was a tool
pouch that the threads came loose. He did a great
job, and the tool pouch is still in use. Well worth
I used to do tire mounting and balancing, but
now take em to a shop.
My wife has tiny feet and wears a size 5-1/2 shoe. Most stores only stock
size 6 and above. When she can find a shoe she likes, it makes sense to
repair them for simple things like a worn out heel.
She tends to buy cheap shoes, so the repairs usually cost more than she
paid for the shoes. The cobbler tends to use better materials than the
original shoe had.
I thought about doing it myself, but it just didn't make sense to buy the
equipment for something I do so rarely. Not to mention the space it would
take to store the tools in my garage.
Sometimes I just have to overcome my DIY tendencies and pay someone else to
do things. :)
Now that I'm getting older, I am finding it harder/less enjoyable to do
some simple tasks like changing the oil in my car. I still do it, but I can
forsee a day when I start taking it to a shop. I already had my daughter
start taking hers to the shop so I didn't have to do it. :)
On Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:21:38 +0000, HerHusband wrote:
The day you start taking an oil change to a shop is the day
you probably should leave this group. :)
You don't know what they do with the car. Just watch them some day,
and you'll never want YOUR car in their shop, ever.
On Thu, 9 Jul 2015 07:34:33 +0000 (UTC), Karlheinz Fenstermacher
My friend of 20 years, a girlfriend for a while 20 years ago, each time
I mention getting a ladder to clean my 2nd story gutters, tells me I
should pay someone. That's the only thing that makes her say that.
She read about or new someone in town who fell off the ladder and hurt
Should I listen to her.
On 07/09/2015 01:34 AM, Karlheinz Fenstermacher wrote:
I prefer being able to remove the filter without dynamite so I do the
changes myself. In fact I can't remember the last time I took a vehicle
to a shop for anything other than an alignment. Well, I did have one car
towed to an autobody shop so they could pronounce it dead.
I hear ya, when that day comes it will be hard to accept.
When I was a teenager I used to change my oil frequently. Any excuse to
work under the hood was fine with me.
Now that I'm over 50 (and out of shape) it physically hurts to climb under
the car to change the oil. Sometimes I get on the ground and have
difficulty getting back out from under the car. Not to mention my vision
isn't what it used to be.
I'm still at that "work through the pain" stage of life... :)
My daughter took her car to the local Oil Can Henry's. She said they have
cameras and monitors set up so she could watch everything going on. She
seemed happy with the service. The only downside is they tend to talk her
into repairs she doesn't really need (i.e. changing the air filter I
replaced a month earlier).
On Wed, 08 Jul 2015 07:42:51 -0400, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I had bought a pair of Bostonians from Nordstroms, and then
within a year or so the cushion under the pad below your
feet but above the sole "sawed" its way through the front
of the shoe.
So, I took the shoes to a cobbler and was shocked when the
bill came in for the repair and swore I'd never go to a
cobbler again. Just wasn't worth it for a $200 shoe.
Then, I bought a new pair at Nordstroms. Same thing
I went back, about a year later, to buy a new pair and
when I mentioned that I did NOT want Bostonians, the
floor salesperson said they would have replaced them
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