Saw the ad for it on HGTV. Now, something with the stiffness to extend
12 or more feet -- *that's* useful. Something that rolls itself out at a
slow crawl -- that's useless. MHO
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 22:20:39 -0700, Mark & Juanita
Stanley "Fat Max" I love mine for big timber framing jobs. Used
carefully, you can get about 10' of horizontal stick out before the tape
collapses. I used it just this morning to measure the length of my
plastic workshop roof - 24' and it would have been hard going to push a
floppier tape that far from up a ladder.
watch the wrap ... Part number 33-719 ... 15 foot / 5 meter
or this one:
again, watch the wrap ... Part number 33-726 ... 26 foot / 8 meter.
I had the piss taken out of me for my "twenty quid tape measure" when I
first got it. Standing on top of a frame and pushing it out far enough
to check diagonals without needing an assistant to hold it stopped that
Then of course they made a better one ! The "Leverlock" in the base is
one of the first big tapes I've seen where the lock doesn't self-release
if you push and pull on the tape.
Standard sort round here - wish I could get an imperial only one.
I love my Leverlock tape from Stanley. I have two in fact. I bought the
first one from the borg, but when I wanted a second, no one carried them.
I finally found a second one at Seven Corners Hardware (Tools on Sale).
Well... *I* bought a Starrett Model D125(64443) DIGITAPE.
$ 11.00 (that's ELEVEN) frickin' dollars for one of those obscure 3
volt MnO2Li batteries to power it.
I was trapped. TRAPPED! I tell ya...
comes with 'Long Life' Lithium battery.
The slightest bit of motion, and the thing turned itself on.
But I was the coolest for a little while. Chicks dug me.
I got that beat I paid a grand for a toilet seat. (Toto) You don't even wipe
your ass anymore.....
We went to Europe, and the wife demanded a Bidet. I certainly wasn't going
to add another one. I got tired of spending money on presents for the Wife
that she never or used once. So I got one SHE HAS TO USE!
I think now America is desperate to make money anyway it can and in many
cases quality and common sense take second and third! I will add though, I
recently had a ceramic tile floor installed and the Installers laughed at
all my toys. I told them here use this (Straight-Line 90 degree laser level)
and the laughed out loud!
Until they had problems squaring out the room, the room shifted .75 inch
East and 1.5 inches South, so the room was skewed enough to be a pain in the
ass, after about a half an hour of trying to get the Tile laid out right, I
brought out the laser again and they were done in about 5 minutes.
To those that use gadgets (which this is) to free up their time, fair play
to ya. But when I see folks
hop out of their minivan, push a button to open the side door, push another
button to lower the seat, and yet another
to do some other formerly physical activity, I just can't help but think the
vast majority of people are not getting their exercise.
Those places in the world where they still do things "manually" don't seem
to have this problem. I won't argue that our fast food lifestyle is a
major contributer but it just seems that some folks just don't get their
exercise from doing things a bit more manually.
Your assertions assume that labor saving devices cause or at least
encourage obesity. I think these folks would be obese anyway because we
have so much food, much of it highly fattening. The "places in the
world where they still do things 'manually'" also are not aflush with
resturants that use butter like water, fast food restuarants that use
animal fat as taste enhancers, and highly processed food.
The problem of obesity is more complex than labor saving devices -- but
I see you point. Cheers :)
I agree, the food we eat has more to do with obesity than anything. Couple
it with lack of exercise and voila!
I have seen a number of places however, where the people eat very rich type
food (France, Italy) and don't seem to have the
"largeness" that we do. Most of them put in many more miles of walking and
still do things in a very manual way so it would seem that exercise has a
lot to do with it.
Either way, I work pretty hard (physically) on my days off and will not be
buying one of these gadgets!
A new way in this house:
Both my wife and I love freshly made ice-cream (most other, packaged
stuff is drek.)
If we want ice-cream, we have to peddle our bikes to another town to get
it.... and we do..<G>
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