My grandfather bought his farm with money earned in the shipyards during
WWII. He cut trees, peeled them and provided them to the electric company
so he could have electricity to the house. They installed the poles and ran
wire to his house. He then went to work wiring the house.
His first project? He wired the outhouse. That way he did not have to fire
up the kerosene lantern to use the facilities. The bathroom came a couple
years later. People traveled from miles around to witness this new, modern
wonder. Just imagine! An outhouse with an electric bulb burning just
inches from you head while you were using it. It was considered very modern
at the time.
On 2/9/2014 10:20 AM, Swingman wrote:
> On 2/9/2014 8:55 AM, Jeff Thies wrote:
>> I needed a 16mm to remove a faucet a day ago. Every metric set I have
>> jumps from 15 to 17...
> Damned faucet manufacturers seem to delight in making attachment 'non
> standard', particularly when dealing with "cartridges" and their
> replacement installation.
> I'm still waiting on Kohler to deliver parts for two, 12 year old
> faucets, on the same vanity, which failed within days of each other.
> Synchronized obsolescence.
I'm afraid this goes way back and wasn't invented in Asia.
Back in the early Seventies I managed to shear off the threaded portion
of a microphone stand (in a particularly foolish way) and decided to see
if I could avoid buying a new one.
There was a tool & die place just up the block from my parents' house. I
showed it to the guy, who - although there'd probably have been no
profit in it - said he could rethread it quickly for just a few bucks.
I said that would be great. He took out a gauge of some kind and tried
to match it up with the mating threads. Nope, too coarse. He grabbed the
next one. Nope. Too fine. With a puzzled look he explained that 27
threads per inch was what was needed, apparently unique to the mike
stand trade. And still the case, I believe.
1. Thanks for the tip. I didn't know such a tool existed.
2. It wouldn't have helped. Although usually behind a keyboard, I was
getting a rare turn out front as the lead singer, back when I felt I was
qualified. For a dramatic, if cliched, ending, I would jump up in the
air (to my full vertical leap of a few inches) and the band would accent
the last note when I came down. One night I came down on the cast iron
base of the stand while holding the top of the stand in my hand.
Luckily is was the stand that broke, rather than my ankle. The threaded
bit broke away from the pipe completely.
I always had good luck finding large sockets at the local auto part
chain store (Auto Zone). Prices are tolerable for something you may only
use once and it beats waiting for an order to arrive.
On Sat, 08 Feb 2014 20:44:29 -0500, G. Ross wrote:
I've run into similar socket problems on power tools and on motorcycles.
So far, all of the sizes I've needed (and I'm sure one was a 26mm) I've
found at Harbor Freight. Not the highest quality, but these are not
tools I'm going to use every day
Where have all the flowers gone? Pete Seeger 1919-2014
Another incident comes to mind.
I bought a bike for my daughter a number of years back. The assembly
instructions listed the tools that would be needed; including an
adjustable wrench. I'm no grease monkey, but I have basic sets of
sockets in English and Metric sizes. I figured the "adjustable wrench"
recommendation was for those poor benighted souls who keep their entire
complement of six tools in a kitchen drawer. A "handy" fellow like me
wasn't going to fool around with an adjustable wrench.
Turns out the nuts - TWO different sizes - were non-standard.
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Rather than welding, I prefer to Loctite my wrench to the nut. Once it
sets up, I can turn the nut without fear of the wrench slipping. When
the nut's finally tight, a few seconds with a propane torch takes the
wrench right off.
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