Discussion in 'Workshop Tips and Secrets / Tools' started by BJC, Mar 21, 2016.
Well, if you just put a Diesel in that RV you are building, ....
Before the owner died and the grass strip was closed I would call for delivery pizza and have it delivered to the grass field 8 mile west of my strip, fly over for the pizza run and meet the pizza van at the end of the grass runway. Everyone that got in my Falconar F-12 said it smelled like pizza for some reason.
Nice. My least believable (and therefore favourite) story was the time when I delivered a big bowl of chilli to a fellow's front door in a Tiger Moth. Luckily the plane didn't smell like chilli after.
Audio visualizer. Instant determination of rpm's and eigenfrequencies.
I picture notes and video testresults while talking. Beats writing every detail down.
Stop when you're getting tired and losing focus, as that's when accidents happen, such as the sort where you get the weld wrong or slice off fingers with the sheet metal shear.
Tip of the week: Keep track of how much resin is left in the refrigerator, and reorder on a timely basis.
Keep track of how much beer is left in the refrigerator, and reorder on a timely basis.
There....I fixed it. I quit drinking years ago but I can still relate to those days.
Please be careful not to mistake resin for beer. One will bind you up pretty badly.
Work rule #289: Spackling compound is not an adequate substitute for Bondo for making a one-off male mold for an oil cooler air inlet hood.
Pictures or it didn't happen. Lol
Perhaps in a few days, we are away right now.
Kidding of course, but it would be cool, if anything the conversation would be worth it.
The fastest way to find a lost tool is to buy a replacement.
Always wurked fur me...
I have not got to the aeroplane construction bit yet but have built a lot of experimental machines,usually agricultural, and there is one thing I stand by,if you are having a problem with something then just walk away. For ten minutes or an hour or even over night,the ideas come easily with fresh eyes. Cheers
Here it is re-done with Bondo, which is what I should have used the first time. The price of Bondo has really gone up over the past few years.
Repurposed tool: I use a crochet needle to determine, from one side, the optimum fastener grip through laminates / cores. I insert it, hook the opposite face, mark the front face with my thumb or a marker pen, withdraw it and either measure it or compare it to the grip of the fastener that I think is optimum. A bent piece of heavy safety wire works too, but the handle of the crochet hook is easier to handle.
When I was operating a stamping press for a summer job (a friend of my father's was the manager, and only year 'round, full-time employee), the boss told me to walk away for a couple of minutes when was getting tired. Blood is corrosive and hard to get off the machines
Less flippantly, fatigue causes people to be much more error prone, and, in the battle of fingers vs stamping press, the fingers lose. No sane manager wants employees maimed, and will make serious efforts to prevent it.
Another thing is to make sure everything is light enough to move with available equipment, and to make sure that any lifting is done with attention to one's back.
(as a rather gruesome aside, I once worked with somebody in the aero industry who had the same two fingers cut off and reattached twice after accidents with power tools. He said he surgeon was not happy with him)
I write lists on walls. Things to do, things to buy. When I leave the room, I take a pic of the supplies list either because I'm going for supplies, or I might. When I run out of wall, bits of paper or card go up. Occasionally, I get really organised and hang a large pad of paper up. I always shop from my phone though, I usually have it with me. Bits of paper escape from pockets. I have a particularly hard time losing a wall.
Quick tip how to make note pads. Recycle office paper,make a stack and screw two strips of ply across the middle and cut across with radial arm and end up with two pads.
Separate names with a comma.