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  1. Dec 28, 2018 #41

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    My fluorescent torchiere lamp in the living room flaked out, but the parts aren't available any more. The new lamps in the store all have unjustifiable frou frou. The Torchiere has been converted to LED using a piece of an old lawn mower cylinder head for a heat sink.

    BTW, it disturbs me that some parts of these are sturdy, and other parts, on the same lamp, are flimsy. Creates an obligation to repair it. Makes me want to kick the guy who designed it in the shins, but I bet they wouldn't let him do it right.
     
  2. Dec 28, 2018 #42

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    Don't kick him in the shins. Hit him over the head with a lawnmower cylinder head.
     
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    That's just a sick mind... ;-)

    It occurs to me that you could probably make a shower tent that looked just like a campaign tent.

    You need to make your STOL homebuilt look like a dragon. You're close enough to drive to the Pennsic Wars, but I'm sure a dragon would be much more appropriate. It occurs to me you could modify it, starting with something like this:
    http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static...rcraft.jpg?token=nvcqC0/Iz7PEdA7bLMDYlPusBTw=
     
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  4. Dec 28, 2018 #44

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    I've daydreamed many times about a man rideable dragon ornithopter. Never quite worked out how to breed, err, build one though.
     
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    Careful, our own Addicted 2Climbing designs that stuff for a living....
     
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    It was perversity that led us to use Buckminster Fuller design elements, some of which which are similar to Mongolian Gir designs. We could easily have just made a "normal" or period looking tent, but the challenge was to make it take down for storage.

    Does disguising an old hang glider to look like a Chinese man carrying kite count?

    Unfortunately, while the Insurance for Pennsic is ok with mass martial arts, flying freaks them out. We DID do a kite train and hung an observer over the battlefield as the Chinese did long ago, but we were told to never do that again.
     
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    Fixing your glasses with a ty wrap?
     
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    Yes, but do the shoes match? And yes I have actually done that.
     
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    You know you are an engineer when you have little globs of solder stuck in the fabric of your pants legs. (Ouch!)
     
  10. Dec 29, 2018 #50

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    I used safety wire (.032) to replace a screw on my glasses. When I had my eyes checked one of the folks in the office gently took my glasses away and said "let me fix these for you."
     
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    I have a safety pin doing the same job in my reading glasses :gig:
     
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    I prefer to use epoxy to 'reinforce' my garments. :whistle:
     
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    The thread stripped on one side of mine, so they are wired too.

    When I was a teenager, I used to sew patches onto my jeans to cover holes I'd put through them at an alarming frequency. Right up until my mother traded in her ancient heavy sewing machine for a modern plastic thing with a zillion fancy stitches. It wasn't man enough to go through several layers of denim and do anything actually useful, so I came up with a plan B. I'd smear silicone rubber on a patch and just stick it on. Et voila, machine washable patch. My stepdad was a handyman so he usually had a partial tube to use.
     
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    "When I was a teenager, I used to sew patches onto my jeans to cover holes I'd put through them at an alarming frequency."

    The good old days of carrying charged batteries back to the car?
     
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    Silicone rubber ? Bet my socks are older than you. When I was a kid I got upset when they went from real rubber auto intubes in the tires to synthetic rubber. Real rubber makes the best sling shots by far. (WW-2).
    I grew up in my Grandfather's blacksmith shop. (1876-1959)
     
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    Optimist - The glass is half full
    Pessimist - The glass is half empty
    Engineer - The glass is too big
     
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    Even though I may have knots in my shoe laces there was a time when I forbade my mother from using her sewing machine. Every time she used it she got it all jammed up, or at least messed with the tension. That was back when I was making my own shirts because no one in town sold 'proper' shirts. My definition of a 'proper' shirt was one that had french cuffs and was very neatly pressed. The sterling silver cuff links had to be well polished - I made my own links too.

    I've changed a bit..............Now my definition of a 'proper' shirt is a heavy cotton T-shirt, but it MUST have a pocket.

    One other thing I noticed this morning while doing the dishes. I buy my scrubbing Scotch-Bright at the paint store. Red, cut in thirds. My cookie sheets are a decade old and still shiny. The green stuff they sell at the grocery store is just too wimpy.
     
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    Engineer - The glass has a safety factor of 2.0

    I've seen that as someone's signature, possibly in this forum.
     
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    Ha. Still have a couple of those. Forgotten how to do anything but multiplication and division with them.
     
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