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TollKeeper

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Thats tiny.. Got some 3.5 inch in the shop here.. Of course we work on Semi's here.
 

MRRSM

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...which also means that you won't be able to own them, put them in your Roll-Around Tool Chest... OR fix your Water Heater Elements with them... :>)

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"THIS is My Water Heater Element Socket... There are Many Like It... But THIS One is MINE,,,"
from "Full Metal Jacket: Plumbers... Rise UP!"
 
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Reprise

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Found a 'unicorn' on my local CL last night - a 52" top / bottom combo (Husky) for the bargain price of $350 (new, Home Despot was selling it for $700 or so; it was a discontinued model). It had been posted about 15min when I found it (I have a saved search, and check it once a day for anything new)

Anyway, I contact the guy via text; we set up an appt for Tuesday to come get it, as I knew I'd need to rent a trailer for it, and it was raining today (he lives near I-80; I'm about 70 miles north. I spent a good portion of time last night figuring out what was the best way to get it, based on dimensions (open / closed trailer, or an actual truck with ramp). Settled on the open trailer and made a reservation for Tuesday morning.

Early this morning, I get another text from the guy... "looks like it's sold".
"So much for being first in line...", I texted back (I was pretty hot, but held my 'tongue')

In a way, it may have been a blessing. Because I had earlier settled on a different option, which should work a little better for me, the way I use tools / storage. Hopefully, it'll be strolling into the garage, soon. Will post a pic, when it does.
 

MRRSM

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Blckshdw

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Early this morning, I get another text from the guy... "looks like it's sold".

I wonder if people have had such bad luck with people backing out of sales, that they double sell things like this as insurance? This hasn't happened to me yet, but all the stuff I've bought off CL has been cheap (~$50) so...

Over the weekend I picked up a few things. Replaced the 3/8" breaker bar that I broke, as well as picked up a 1/2" one to go with it, cuz why not. Have a mini project using some aluminum sheet metal, so picked up a 3 pack of tin snips since my hole saw kit doesn't have the in between size that I need. It'll feel like arts and crafts all over again :laugh:
 

Reprise

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Replaced the 3/8" breaker bar that I broke, as well as picked up a 1/2" one to go with it, cuz why not.

Why not, indeed? :biggrin:

I have a 3/8" Craftsman (I should say, 'had', because I haven't seen it in years - I think I know where it is, though). But I only really would use it on stuff like drain / fill plugs, etc., which is what I got it for. And at the time I got it, I didn't own a truck.

I now use a HF dual head 3/8" - 1/4" ratchet with a telescoping handle, which works well for leverage & comfort (but not so well on the 1/4" side - that's another story).

I use the 1/2" breaker extensively, now. Have even thought about getting the longer one with the fancy comfy grip at HF when they put them on sale... then I take a couple of deep breaths and walk away. :laugh:

If there were one thing I wish mine had, it would be a ratcheting mechanism - repositioning in a tight space can be difficult, sometimes. HF used to carry them, but they weren't very good.
 

Mooseman

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I wonder if people have had such bad luck with people backing out of sales, that they double sell things like this as insurance? This hasn't happened to me yet, but all the stuff I've bought off CL has been cheap (~$50) so...

I think there's bidding wars going on. I just sold my wife's cr-v and I had a guy just pestering me non stop even saying he'd pay $50 over my asking. If someone is deperate enough, they'll try and ply on the seller's greed by doing that. I wound up selling to the first one for $550 even though I was asking $700. I have more integrity than that and I didn't want to deal with some pestering goof ball.
 
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Blckshdw

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If there were one thing I wish mine had, it would be a ratcheting mechanism - repositioning in a tight space can be difficult, sometimes. HF used to carry them, but they weren't very good.

I was thinking about this too. When I needed to release the belt tensioner on our trucks, I always used my ratchet because of the adjustability. Same held true for when I swapped the O2 sensor in the exhaust manifold. But figured as little as I'd need it for that, plus the fact I just broke one, I figured save the pennies and go with the basic ones.
 

Reprise

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I think there's bidding wars going on. I just sold my wife's cr-v and I had a guy just pestering me non stop even saying he'd pay $50 over my asking. If someone is deperate enough, they'll try and ply on the seller's greed by doing that. I wound up selling to the first one for $550 even though I was asking $700. I have more integrity than that and I didn't want to deal with some pestering goof ball.

Here in the States, there's a glut of new vehicles, and a shortage of used. Prices have shot up, as a result.
Maybe I should sell the Voy? (j/k!)
 

MRRSM

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Ordinarily, I would just use my S/S Digital or Analog Dial Calipers to take Bolt Hole Depth Measurements and be done with it. But for the two ongoing GM Atlas Engine Block Time-Sert Projects I'm involved with, others will be relying upon Accurate Reports of the conditions for all (14) Two-Stage Head Bolt Hole replacements performed on the GM LL8 4.2L Engine Block when using the Time-Sert M11 X 2.00 X 30MM Carbon Steel Cylinders.

This Igaging Digital Depth Gauge will provide me with very accurate depth measurements while also searching for consistency in just how "repeatable" the Upper Aluminum Engine Block proves out to be when the Head Bolt Holes were originally bored out and threaded.

I want to be sure...
and such precision measurement tools will provide confidence Before, During and After anyone decides upon whether or not to make such dramatic modifications to their OWN GM In-Line Atlas All Aluminum Engine Blocks.

I've sprung for the Digital Version and this Kit that comes in around $58.00 under the Average Price:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=igaging+depth+gauge&crid=1EMCMO5PF6ILC&sprefix=igaging,aps,408&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_11_7&tag=elightbars-20

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If you prefer the more conventional Igaging Dial Depth Gauge, this one is even Less Expensive:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PFC42VG/?tag=elightbars-20

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I've posted the Images of the Complete Un-Boxing, Equipment Set Up and Factory OEM Instructions for this Kit over on my "Flickr-Bucket" ...linked here:

 
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MRRSM

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Ordinarily, I would NEVER consider paying over Fifty Bucks for One Pair of Diagonal Cutters-Nippers-Snips. But the task I have to deal with is EXTRAORDINARILY difficult regarding the stress and strains that will be suffered through the heavy muscular use of my hands and fingers. My Mission is to be able to reduce what is “Mostly Empty Space” in the form of a King Size Box Spring to manageable Piles of Wire.

And No… I can’t just “...Fold it in HALF and throw it into the back of my Y2K's Long Truck Bed…” and deliver it; whole and sundry, to my Metal Reclamation Center due to the ever-present Danger and Risk of subjecting myself to a COVID-19 Exposure that is increasing exponentially right now down here in Florida ...and all over America. This Damned Pandemic colors my every single action whenever I imagine leaving the protective isolation of my home… which I refuse to do until AFTER I have the chance to get BOTH the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 Anti-Virus Vaccine Shots ...ASAP!

Nonetheless, I still need the space in that one room that at this very moment, is being dominated by this sprawling,obstructive Metal Thing. After thinking things over, I realized that my Hands and Fingers would soon fatigue and ‘seize up’ by using “Just Any Old Pair” of common Pliers-Wire Cutters over and over again. This prompted me to look elsewhere for a solution. So after thoroughly researching ALL of the ostensibly BEST SINGLE HANDED DIAGONAL CUTTERS AND MINI_BOLT CUTTERS around, I just could NOT Make Up My Mind. So in the End, I decided to get All Three of THESE:

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There are enough Amazing Demonstration Videos on YouTube to convince ANYONE interested that regardless of whether you decide to Buy the KNIPER or the NWS Brands-Styles of Force Multiplying Diagonal Cutters you can be certain that since BOTH versions are constructed of The Highest Quality, High Grade, Durable Steels, all “Made in Germany”, any or all of them should all give you many years of reliable cutting service within the Limitations Set for the Wire Thickness and Cutting Angles when wading though everything from Barbed Wire to Nails.

By the time I’ve managed to use ALL THREE of these Quality Cutters on my King Size Box Spring and reduce into a Pile of Wire that will fit inside of a Large Shoe Box vs. Mass and Dimensions, I’ll follow up here on this Post with my opinions about which of these Three Diagonal “Nippers” actually performs "The Best”... But...So Far... I LIKE the Blued Coil Steel Return Spring of the KNIPER Mini-Bolt Cutters MUCH Better Than The Rest!
 

northcreek

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Just passing this along but, this is the best heat shrink tubing that I have found for my auto wiring projects. It's pricey but, with a 4:1 ratio, 1/4" will work for most applications. Unlike the Chinese stuff this has plenty of adhesive. USA made and I have only been able to buy it from a guy in Ontario,Ca. but, he is very reliable and 12' of this last a long time.
 

littleblazer

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I let my degree get the better of me today... I needed a smoke leak tester. Didn't want to spend the money. Saw a guy build one and said I could do better. I took a Mason jar and drilled 3 holes in it. I used 2 pieces of 5/16 steel tubing and epoxied them to the holes sealing it. The third sealed a wire. On the end of this wire is a coil of vape pen wire, 20 gauge. The other end of the wire has a cigarette lighter adapter. I wrapped the coil in a cotton Terry cloth soaked in baby oil. The result? A smoke machine that rivals my best fog machine. One hose to the vacuum port, the other to the air compressor. I had it regulated pretty low to about 10 psi. Worked flawlessly. Sadly I have no leaks.
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Also received metripak crimper.
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MRRSM

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As "Electronically Savvy" as @Blckshdw always is... I'll have to assume he has already done this at LEAST Once since owning his Ryobi Electric Riding Lawn Mower... but jik NOT... THIS Video is The BOMB for "How to Change the Four Large 75 AH or 100 AH Batteries in the Back of the Ryobi Electric Riding Lawn Mowers" with a Special Focus for making certain to also install a "Pulse-Tech Power Pulse" 48 Volt Battery De-Sulfator". Doing so will assure the Maximum Battery Life and Top Performance while protecting these VERY Expensive Flooded Lead Acid Batteries against dying premature deaths from Sulfating:

Ryobi RM-480e Electric Riding Lawn Mower (How To Change The Batteries):


Pulse-Tech 48 Volt "Power Pulse" Battery De-Sulfator Unit. ($70.00 @ Amazon)

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Also... On the Subject of Battery TESTING... For those feeling the Winter Months coming on strong... Are you Sick and Tired of GUESSING about when ALL of your Expensive Batteries are approaching their End Of Life?

I've opted here to get a TRUE "Battery LOAD & STRESS Tester" as the TOPDON Model# BT200 is able to Comprehensively and QUICKLY Diagnose ANY Auto-Truck and be able to perform Electrical Cranking Tests, Charging Tests and Battery Tests at a very reasonable price:



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Blckshdw

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I haven't had to mess with the batteries yet, but that's handy to know about the wire/cable placement and which ones to look out for when trying to remove the battery tray. I checked out his other video on the reverse beeper. I'm definitely doing that one, cuz that bastard is WAY too loud.

I've also had the idea of buying something like a 15 gallon sprayer for ATVs, and building some sort of rack mount to support it. So seeing that video gave me a better idea of where the battery terminals are for connecting the leads for a sprayer.
 

Dadwagon

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I let my degree get the better of me today... I needed a smoke leak tester. Didn't want to spend the money. Saw a guy build one and said I could do better. I took a Mason jar and drilled 3 holes in it. I used 2 pieces of 5/16 steel tubing and epoxied them to the holes sealing it. The third sealed a wire. On the end of this wire is a coil of vape pen wire, 20 gauge. The other end of the wire has a cigarette lighter adapter. I wrapped the coil in a cotton Terry cloth soaked in baby oil. The result? A smoke machine that rivals my best fog machine. One hose to the vacuum port, the other to the air compressor. I had it regulated pretty low to about 10 psi. Worked flawlessly. Sadly I have no leaks.
That's really cool! I like seeing homemade projects like this.
 

littleblazer

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coolride

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I'm looking to upgrade from an old 3 gallon Craftsman. Anyone have knowledge (or opinions) about the Fortress 10G Ultra Quite? (I have a coupon)
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Blckshdw

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Small expansion on my what are you doing today post. Got pretty acquainted with the guts of my mower. It was REALLY filthy with sand, dirt, dead grass and such in all the crevices. Spent a good amount of time putting the compressor to work, blowing a bunch of crap out of there. Weight reduction mod anyone?

Getting the tank sprayer hooked up to the batteries was a little interesting. The wiring harness has clamps, which makes sense for ATVs, but in this case, ring/spade connectors would be much better. The protective caps for the battery terminals would play much nicer with those. I may snip the ends, and crimp some on, down the road. (that battery tray was heavy as :lipsrsealed:)

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The secondary protective covers allowed me to fish the wires through, so I'm not worried about the clamps popping off over bumpy terrain.

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Not pictured, the inline toggle switch is currently sitting in the cell phone storage pocket, since that's the only convenient spot to put it where it will stay in place. Not elegant by any means, but it should do. For a quick second, I considered cutting into the plastic paneling to try and make a flush mount switch, but no one is going to see it but me, so not really necessary.

This should be a million times easier treating my property. Using a 3 gallon garden sprayer and walking back and forth is a pain during the cooler months, but it's really brutal in the heat of the summer, so I didn't do it nearly as much as I needed.
 

Mooseman

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Kind of tool I guess. McGyver at its best. Heat for the shop for cheap except for the gas or electricity to run it. Absolutely brilliant! Too bad I already bought a gas shop heater.

 

MRRSM

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This is important enough to 'step back into the light' just long enough to warn for those who own the VERY Expensive Milwaukee Combo M12 & M18 AC-DC Power Pack and Battery Chargers for their various Modular Tools:

This morning I noticed that the Green Charging Lights on this unit were out and after swapping around the AC power plug to a few different wall outlets... it remained "DRT" (Dead...Right There...).

So I removed the (4) T-10 (or a Hex Wrench equivalent) long Black Screws from under the base corners and lightly pried the casement halves apart; looking perhaps for a Blown Fuse somewhere mounted on the Solid State Chassis. No Such Luck.

However, I grabbed my Head Lamp and worked my way all over the chassis ...and spied a very tiny row of recessed pins along the narrow strip of the top of the Bread Board ...marked out thusly:

Grnd
Reset
Tool O
+5V

I rigged up an insulated "Pin Jumper" and after trying quit a few combinations with the AC Plugged into the Wall Outlet (as well as with the unit unplugged)... and voilà... It powered up and came back to life!

Here are some Glamour Shots to show that The Proof is in The Pudding:


 

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MRRSM

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Just took it apart to take these images. I think I tried all (6) possible combinations with my Jumper Wire....and I'm not certain which of those contact paired combinations did the trick:
 

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MRRSM

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No matter how many times I've found myself in this situation:

Reach for a (Pick Your FAVORITE Necessary Metric Socket 10mm, 13,,, 15mm) and NOT be able to find ANY of them on the SPOT...

I've told myself, GOddamitt... I'm gonna get me a FISTFUL of these GD Sockets and put them ALL OVER THE PLACE!... and then NEVER do it....

But THIS Time I finally went to Amazon, looked up the least expensive CR-MO Parkerized, Black, High Grade Steel 13mmm and 15mm X 3/8" Drive Shallow and Deep Sockets and literally bought me a FIST-FULL of them:

Same thing with getting a Decent LS and LL8 Harmonic Balancer Puller... Now that they are 1/3 the price they used to cost for the LS Versions AND come with the requiste LONG Center Push Rod AND come with a perfect Blow Molded Plastic Case... I'd thought better get one of those, too.
 

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TollKeeper

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I need one of those..
 

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