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Re: Speaking of Shop Realities ...

Post by BigDumbDinosaur » Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:24 am

Why is it when you are working on a car and you drop a bolt it always rolls under the hottest part of the exhaust system?
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Post by liveaboard » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:42 am

I dropped a bolt down between the ex manifold and the head and just replaced it with another.
The following day, the starter motor started running by itself.
The dropped bolt wiggled itself right over the starter motor cable lugs.

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Post by Dave_C » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:18 am

Why is it that if you have any opening in the floor, a dropped object will most always roll toward it? Or into it?

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Re: Speaking of Shop Realities ...

Post by Rick » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:12 am

Typical day in the shop

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Post by RSG » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:30 pm

LOL@Rick! I did just that last night while mounting a DRO scale on my mill......
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Post by JackF » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:00 pm

If it can, it will,...............and it did. :roll: :wink: :x


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Post by earlgo » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:49 am

Somewhere in my shop is about 5# of dropped hardware. When my children clean out the garage/shop they will wonder why I stored all that stuff under and behind things.
My favorite stupid thing is leaving the micrometers in a bolt box and then spending days off and on looking for it. Fortunately I needed a similar bolt just before I spent the $$$ for a new set of mics.
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Re: Speaking of Shop Realities ...

Post by Inspector » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:08 am

How come when you throw something out because you'll never use it,,,,,,you need it.

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Post by John Hasler » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:52 am

earlgo writes:
> My favorite stupid thing is leaving the micrometers in a bolt box and then spending days off and on looking for it.

I don't know how many times I've put myself in a state of frustration by putting something away in the wrong place. When I don't find it where it belongs my first reaction, of course, is "I left it out again. Now, where did use it last? Not there. Ok. Start searching." Eventually I give up and start on something else. I open the drawer with the milling clamps in it. There's my voltmeter.

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Post by Glenn Brooks » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:38 pm

My reality is why does installing one additional electrical circuit in my cleaned up shop end up looking like this?
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Re: Speaking of Shop Realities ...

Post by TRX » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:27 pm

When I need a 12" piece of 1" round bar, and the longest pieces I have on hand are 11-1/4, 11-1/2, and 11-3/4"...

It would be funny if similar things didn't happen so often. So a lot of projects start with "weld up two small pieces into a big-enough piece..."

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Re: Speaking of Shop Realities ...

Post by 10KPete » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:01 pm

Just this morning I couldn't find my shingle hatchet. I used it a few weeks ago... it's not in the 'roofing' bucket... looked all over the shop... nowhere.

I found it while looking for something else. It was in a bucket... the wrong one!! Now I have to fix the shop roof before it rains tomorrow.

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