R.H. - The blowhorn stake should never be used in the hardy hole of the
anvil. Putting a tapered square shape in the hardy hole then hammering
on it could snap off the heel of the anvil. This stake is used in a
stump or in a stake plate mounted in the surface of a workbench.
Hardy tool tangs are of a size that match the hardy hole and rest
flatly on the surface around the hole, not applying pressure to the
Yep, very handy. I use mine for slitting open all types of
There's an adjustment to control cutting depth, you can use it on two
thickness' of cable without further adjustment, and to top it off you
can easily remove the blade for sharpening. Found mine in a pawn shop
about 22 years ago and I'll never get rid of it. Don't know of a
source of supply though. ;(
Yer dead on! I submitted that one. I picked it up from a trash heap
behind a hardware store (ironmongers?) in England about 30 years ago.
They were used to keep the Butler from seeing what he shouldn't see. <G>
Not to dispute the experts, but ...
The (few) keyhole covers I saw were much thinner than this.
This pic looks a lot like the things my grandmother had on
the ends of the cords for her venetian(sp?) blinds.
Well, mine is flat unglazed ceramic on the backside, with a sharp edge
on the hole, so I 'spect it's truly a keyhole cover.
I'd imagine a drawstring pull would be glazed all over and have
radiuses at both ends of the hole.
Jeff (Bucking for a bit part on CSI....)
These are keyholes for warded locks, not cylinder locks. The hole has
to be big enough for the wards to fit through, and is typically on the
order of 1/2 inch high. The widest part is the shaft hole that someone
might look through, which from memory I would say is around 3/16 inch
in diameter. And the hole in the cover plate is often made larger than
the internal hole in the lock mechanism.
As to the cover, you want it to work so that when you push it aside to
use the keyhole, you push more or less horizontally and only a little
upward, so it swings back but not too readily. To implement that, the
cover is pivoted at a point some little way above the actual hole. See:
My paternal grandmother had a dug well at her house and I have one under
my kitchen. I wouldn't take water from the one under my kitchen, but it
has a cool beehive-shape top that shows some fairly impressive
bricklaying skill went into it.
My wife's grandmother drew water from her drilled well using a bailer
almost until her dying day at 90+. I drew water with a bailer from a
drilled well at my maternal grandmother's place. She wouldn't hear of
having city water. I think she thought the treatment chemicals were slow
poisons. But, then, she also thought all unused electric receptacles had
to be covered so the electricity wouldn't leak out and "do who knows
what to us." She refused to have an electric pump in her well because
she thought the electricity would somehow make the water unhealthy.
Strange ideas to be sure, but quite a few old folks held similar
opinions about "those new-fangled things that are just made so people
can be lazy."
I remember going with my cousins to a store in Barton, OH to get a
gallon jug of "coal oil" for lamps for an elderly lady who would have
nothing whatever to do with anything electrical. She always put in a few
cents extra for candy to pay us for going.
At least, please consider adding a *very* visible bar -- say a
black and yellow diagonal striped bar -- separating the new puzzle photos
from the display of the previous week's.
Alternatives would be to change the background color for the
area displaying the last week's puzzle photos -- or make it necessary to
click a link to see them.
It currently really looks too much like a continuation of the
puzzles, and many who don't come buy every week make the mistake of
answering the ones which have already been answered.
Thanks for the continuing supply of puzzles.
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I'll keep my eye out for a visible bar that will look good on my site, but
until then I'll leave a good deal of space between the two latest posts.
The reason that I keep the previous week's post on the front page is so that
new visitors will see a wider range of objects. Some posts have tools for
all six items, so the second set will hopefully contain something that will
appeal to a larger number of people.
I did find something that I was going to use as a separator between posts,
but instead I decided to include it as one of the puzzles, it will be the
last entry in this week's post. It's a little different than what is
usually seen on my site, so depending on what kind of response it generates,
I may or may not continue with similar puzzles.
Thanks for the info, I have noticed that I don't get any hits from China but
I never thought that it might be banned by the government. Part of me would
like to think that my site is too subversive for them but I'm guessing that
all blogspot sites are blocked from the general public.
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