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bykfixer

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I have a hand truck/cart that is used about twice a year. Each time the tires are flat. Today one of the tires had a hole in the tube. Replacing the $10 tube is a huge pain. A new tire/tube combo is $30. A solid rubber wheel is $35.

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Sold!
Now the cart was $58 a few years ago. It's $130 and up now. Yikes. So I spent more for two solid wheels than the cart was new but...
No more flat tires. Ever. The tire/tube combo was rated to hold 400 pounds. The solid ones, 800. Ha, but the cart is designed for 200 so there is that.

Anyway, solid airless wheels just work.
 

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I heard somewhere about someone putting something in air tires that make them solid not sure what though.
 

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I have a hand truck/cart that is used about twice a year. Each time the tires are flat. Today one of the tires had a hole in the tube. Replacing the $10 tube is a huge pain. A new tire/tube combo is $30. A solid rubber wheel is $35.

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Sold!
Now the cart was $58 a few years ago. It's $130 and up now. Yikes. So I spent more for two solid wheels than the cart was new but...
No more flat tires. Ever. The tire/tube combo was rated to hold 400 pounds. The solid ones, 800. Ha, but the cart is designed for 200 so there is that.

Anyway, solid airless wheels just work.

Yep. I convert any rolling devices I have to these after the first flat, and often before. Inflatable tires are only on many of these tools because they are cheaper for the manufacturer.
 

bykfixer

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Years ago I worked on a construction project where we tested fresh concrete to make sure it met specs before going into what was going to be a bridge. I was a tester. The contractor was required to provide a wheel burrow for us to use to move the "sample" from the mixer truck to the testing spot. The load would be 300-400 pounds and it would be moved around 100 feet.

Each time the tire was flat. It would have been easier to move the load without a tire on the rim than with that tire flopping back and forth at random. Sheesh, that was annoying. I used a bicycle pump to pump it up. Next day it would be flat again. My boss brought a portable air tank one day and decided to fill it. Knowing it only took about 20 strokes with the bike pump I knew when he had placed the nozzle onto the valve stem and has passed the count of three it was going to blow up the tire. I plugged my ears.

By the count of 11 POW!!!!!. Several people jumped out of their skin. He giggled like a school kid. Well that meant the rest of the testing had to be performed with a flat tire. When I left work that day I went by a hardware store and bought a solid wheel and never had to put up with that crap anymore.

At the end of the project I took my wheel back! It's on my dad's wheel burrow to this day.
 

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I have two hand trucks. One like Mr Fixer's above, and one hard wheels, appliance hand truck.

I haven't reached deep into my pocket to pull out the ca$h to get hard rubber replacement wheels for mine yet. Last year, I had a flat, and couldn't find my rubber tube repair kit. Harbor freight had the 10" tubed wheel on sale for $4.99. Boy that was less than the price of a tube repair kit, and less than the cost of a new tube.

Replacement of the wheel is just: pull the cotter pin, swap the tire and rim, and reinsert the cotter pin.

Later I found the repair kit and I fixed the flat, so now I have a spare.
 

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We call them Dolly around here, used mine just yesterday & likely today.
Not sure how old it is, but it's probably 50~60 years old easy.

Honestly never really looked at the tires, because it always just worked.
Maybe something so helpful shouldn't be taken for granted..

= My Dad called them Dolly and he used them alot as a kid before school in the morning.
 

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Over 26,000 hours.

The amount of time I have on several filament LED bulbs outside my house.
For how good/old school they look & the super low watts they draw,,

Filament LED bulbs just work


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add: I'll update whatever year they stop shining:grin2:
 
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Liquid bandage.

I had a cut recently that I was treating with a regular band-aid. The cut was oddly shaped and slightly longer than the padded part of the bandage. Every time I'd change it, a little bit of the wound would get torn open and start bleeding again. This went on for days.

Finally I decided to try a bottle of liquid bandage that I had in the cabinet. It stung like hell for a minute while it dried, but it eliminated the problem of tugging at the wound when changing band-aids and it kicked the healing process into fast-forward. It's almost completely healed now.

Note: Not for deep wounds.
 

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Can confirm. Liquid bandage or Second Skin/New skin is a highly underrated product.
 

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Liquid bandage.

I had a cut recently that I was treating with a regular band-aid. The cut was oddly shaped and slightly longer than the padded part of the bandage. Every time I'd change it, a little bit of the wound would get torn open and start bleeding again. This went on for days.

Finally I decided to try a bottle of liquid bandage that I had in the cabinet. It stung like hell for a minute while it dried, but it eliminated the problem of tugging at the wound when changing band-aids and it kicked the healing process into fast-forward. It's almost completely healed now.

Note: Not for deep wounds.
Oh wow! I remember that stuff. As a kid, somehow when I tripped, I'd fall to my knees, and get a good scrapping wound. One would think that the negative reinforcement of getting sprayed with bactine, and then liquid bandage would teach me not to do that again.

Both Bactine, and liquid bandage were painful, but I guess they worked, because I got few infections.
 

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Oh wow! I remember that stuff. As a kid, somehow when I tripped, I'd fall to my knees, and get a good scrapping wound. One would think that the negative reinforcement of getting sprayed with bactine, and then liquid bandage would teach me not to do that again.

Both Bactine, and liquid bandage were painful, but I guess they worked, because I got few infections.
+1 on Bactine also. I don't think I've ever had an infected wound that was treated with it immediately. It only had a mild sting for me, and to this day I find it's aroma pleasant. Maybe it's because I associate that smell with the feeling of being taken care of when I got a cut as a kid.
 

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Almost goes without saying, but Peroxide is a must for any bathroom, for self cleaning your wounds<<<
I really only use alcohol to clean non-body stuff.

Peroxide is my go-to

side story:::
This may sound excessive, but for about 4 years now I have used 3.5% solution peroxide in my water flosser.
It is a small investment for me that has more pluses than my cost

~My gums are as clean as can be
~Any daily teeth stains are neutralized
~A positive side effect, my water flosser stays clean as a whistle:)

.......maybe costs me $.20/day

edit for clarification: I buy peroxide by the gallon at 7% solution and cut that by 50% w/ filtered water
to make a 3.5% peroxide solution.
 
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orbital

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uni-ball Rollerball pens

Few weeks ago I was looking for a pen by my computer, couldn't find one, unbelievable.
the single most available product on the planet & I seem to only have one from 1998 without a cap.
Enough's enough!

Remembered using Rollerball pens years ago & they wrote smoothly..
so ordered up a 12 pack of Vision Elite uni-ball (.8mm) pens & are they fantastic,, just a joy to write with.
Got them on sale for under $2 each & they are so worth it.

Being left handed with terrible handwriting, a decent pen is a must.
 
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