Over the years, I have acquired several metal rulers, some of them, very
However, while they are engraved, it's become very difficult to read the
increments on the rulers.
Anyone have any ideas on how I could re-ink the rulers to bring back the
contrast? (How do they do it at the factory?)
What I did.... I cleaned the ruller very well with a tooth brush and laquer
thinner, washed it off thus removing any left over paint. CLeaned it again
with alcohol, let it dry. painted it with black spray paint and let it dry.
After it was dry I used 0000 steel wool and removed the paint but left the
paint in the scribed lines and numbers. When I was finished the metal was
clean and the numbers were nice and dark. THen I sprayed clear lacquer over
the whole ruler.
Mon, Jan 30, 2006, 3:13pm (EST+5) snipped-for-privacy@CS.ver.aol.com (Searcher) doth
What I did.... <snip of complex and detailed stuff>
Or, slather it with a brush full of paint, wipe off the excess. No
Shhh... that's the sound of nobody caring what you think.
They're rules..not rulers. I seldom comment on grammar or typos, but this one is
as wide-spread as 'irregardless', the use of which makes my skin crawl.
Sorry about that Amused..*IF* that's your real name <G>
Rules. I bought 2 of these from Lee Valley some 20 years ago;
I guard them like the last line of cocaine at a Willy Nelson concert.
I'm, totally obsessional about these rules, I'd die without them. When I lose
track of one of them, I get cold chills.
The biggest deal about them is that the end, is the end, and therefore the first
increment actually measures that 1/8 or 1/16 indicated. They also mark up real
nice with pencil, and wipe clean easily with a little methyl hydrate.
Highly recommended. Just don't even THINK about touching mine.
However, I have no clue what he's on about with the "rule" and "ruler"
business. I checked definitions. I even looked at some Brit sites, just in
case it was one of those "separated by a common language" thingee. No joy.
I figure it was a lithium kind of day, and his prescription had expired.
Either that or he has a REALLY bad skin condition.
I always get hung up on "capitol" and "capital".
"If there is a 50/50 choice to be made, 90 percent of the time, you'll make
the wrong choice. It'll probably take years of analysis to prove that the
other 10 percent were wrong, too." Unwritten rule #8 of statistical
I'm pretty sure it's one of those things like the difference between
"ropes" and "lines" on a ship. Talking about the rope that holds the
sails up is a sure mark of a non-sailor, even though it's perfectly fine
by the dictionary definitions.
I'm not sure if the "rule"/"ruler" thing applies to most old-time
professional carpenters, or if it's just Robatoy, though.
The "bmoses-nospam" address is valid; no unmunging needed.
A halyard holds the sails up. Sheets hold the sails in (trim them and
hold them to catch the wind). Lines are both the bits of rope that
hold the boat to the wharf (pier or dock, can also be called warps) and
what a boat looks like (as in she's got nice lines). Rope is what is
waiting to be used as something useful, like sheets, lines, or
halyards. Generally found with the ships cat sleeping on it.
I enjoy the etymology of words and phrases. Many come from the
age of sail.
One of my favorites has always been "3 sheets in the wind". The
true meaning only comes clear when one knows that sheets are lines
that control the angle of a sail. To lose the line over the side,
ripped loose by a strong wind and flying proudly out of reach off
the side of the ship allowing the sail to whip back and forth
creates a strong image. Having 3 sheets flying in the wind and 3
sails out of control . . . ..!!!
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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