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    Mika's Pocket Holsters. I bought one to fit my j-frame. The 342 or 642 fit just fine. Bought a back up, but I'll never use it. Just checked my email and I purchased my original, which I'm still using daily, 7-30-2009. $21.95, $26.95 shipped. I will out last it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    I second that. Neodymium magnets are useful in sometimes unexpected ways, especially for mounting metal things to other metal things in a semi-permanent way.
    Agreed: K and J Magnetics sells cube magnets and others with holes in them; very handy for hanging things as well as removal using a string through the magnet's hole. I hung an old, pendulum school clock with magnets to a steel column.

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    Ahead of the curve Chance
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    GOO GONE

    gets sticky residue off stuff without gnarly detergents,
    may require a repeat & a bit of work,
    but works great

    ..
    been using it for lots-o-years

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    GOO GONE

    gets sticky residue off stuff without gnarly detergents,
    may require a repeat & a bit of work,
    but works great

    ..
    been using it for lots-o-years
    I've never used it.... I use WD-40 on sticky stuff and then isopropyl alcohol to clean up the oil
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    Quote Originally Posted by orbital View Post
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    Never point a flashlight at anything you don't intend to illuminate! Never buy a flashlight you have to make payments on.

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    gets sticky residue off stuff without gnarly detergents,
    may require a repeat & a bit of work,
    but works great

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    been using it for lots-o-years
    I used WD 40 or acetone for years. Still do some but goo gone and citrosol both work well without leaving a diesel fuel aroma.
    Goof off aint bad but not as good the others.
    Citrosol leaves a strong fruity smell so if you don't dig aroma the goo gone should be used. It's aroma is less strong.

    Zip ties are great.
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    I used WD 40 or acetone for years. Still do some but goo gone and citrosol both work well without leaving a diesel fuel aroma.
    Goof off aint bad but not as good the others.
    Citrosol leaves a strong fruity smell so if you don't dig aroma the goo gone should be used. It's aroma is less strong.

    Zip ties are great.
    Acetone works well but melts some plastics. Methyl Ethyl Keytone works for a few things but is carcinogenic I think. Alcohol does wonders too and sometimes to get goo off a hair dryer can help a bunch or on a hard surface getting it cold and using a guitar pick to scrape most off them WD40 etc. Another thing that works is lighter fluid which is Naptha. Basically anything with a petroleum base can disolve petroleum based adhesives. One thing I do sometimes when my hands are filthy from working on a car is spray WD40 or brake cleaner on my hands and wipe it off with a cloth or paper towel. The advantage of WD40 is it is slippery so you can sometimes scrape on the surface without scratching it using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    Zip Ties.


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    Zip ties are great.
    I remember when a friend first introduced me to them. I said - "What do I need these for?" He said - "Just take them. You'll figure it out."
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    Riot police find them really useful.
    John 3:16

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    I remember when zip ties were called paduit straps and had a square slipping toggle on them instead of the newer design.
    One thing that I also found very useful is heat shrink tubing. Back in the time I first used panduit straps heatshrink tubing was something that I had never used at the time and found it essential for repairing wires. I've heard you can use plastic drinking straws as heatshrink also but haven't tried it and don't currently have any disposable straws. I typically use a cigarette lighter to shrink tubing.
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    1.25A Deltran Battery Tender*

    .. have a couple that I'd be guessing the decade they are from.


    *standard lead acid batteries & deep cells,, really can't recommend trickle charge for AGM.
    obviously, not Lithium; by now everyone knows you never leave a lithium battery on any type of charger, it ruins them.

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    A few generator-specific posts have been moved to this thread.

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    My trusty MH - C9000 battery charger (NiMH only)
    served me very well for 13 Years.
    Always worked like a champ,
    and Never let me down !

    Until yesterday, when it
    Suddenly DIED !
    :-(
    Flashing LCD display is
    now going TOTALLY GOOFY !

    So I went online to buy a new one,
    only to learn they've been
    * DISCONTINUED * !

    Their website says a
    NEW model will be out SOON !

    I'll be buying one,
    as soon as available.



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    Acme Dog Whistle, so simple, yet it does the job. Without it our blind spaniel would be halfway across the North Sea by now.
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    "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" He chortled in his joy.

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    Awesome P. I guess he is a good swimmer? ;-)
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    Absolutely, but I had to teach him.
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    "O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" He chortled in his joy.

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    Going to throw G shocks in the mix, they do just work. Even casio's 3 decades old

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    Coat hangers.
    Hopefully who ever invented the coat hanger got lots of royalty $.
    Not as versatile as duct tape, kite string or zip ties, but still pretty handy to have around.
    John 3:16

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    A long long time ago I wound up using a coat hanger in place of a missing coaxial cable. Straightened it out and scraped the paint off of both ends. It looked really stupid but it worked and got me out of a jam. +1 for metal coat hangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    A long long time ago I wound up using a coat hanger in place of a missing coaxial cable. Straightened it out and scraped the paint off of both ends. It looked really stupid but it worked and got me out of a jam. +1 for metal coat hangers.
    (and the secret to unjamming analog pay cable channels was to alter the inbound coaxial cable)

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    3M double-sided tape (the extreme stuff)___

    there are times it's exactly what you need.

    Tip:: clean surfaces w/ alcohol & warm the tape w/ a lighter

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    (and the secret to unjamming analog pay cable channels was to alter the inbound coaxial cable)
    Lol. The early scrambling systems were almost that easy.

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    Zip ties? Zip ties:


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    Lol. When the car hit that ditch and disintegrated it looked almost exactly like this -

    Veni vidi velcro

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    Vulcanized rubber.
    What a great invention that was. Tires, shoes, vibration dampers, mud flaps for trucks, shims for bridges, all kinds of cool stuff.
    John 3:16

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    The Sawzall. Cuts just about everything: lumber with nails, drywall, branches and roots, sheet metal, pipes, rods. Tough as nails too, well actually tougher since it cuts through them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jrgold View Post
    The Sawzall. Cuts just about everything: lumber with nails, drywall, branches and roots, sheet metal, pipes, rods. Tough as nails too, well actually tougher since it cuts through them.
    If I ever have to deal with tree/shrub roots again, I may well procure such a device rather than working them over ever so gently with the San Angelo bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrgold View Post
    The Sawzall. Cuts just about everything: lumber with nails, drywall, branches and roots, sheet metal, pipes, rods. Tough as nails too, well actually tougher since it cuts through them.


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    Sawzall I agree!!!

    Also a "snap line"




    About 4 years ago, the finished basement of a local church flooded out with rain water, about 2 feet deep.

    When I realized it was my friend's, I volunteered to help. I got there a few days after other volunteers had started.
    They had already filled two dumpsters with debris, and started ripping out the sheet-rock to a height of 24 inches.

    Their method was to measure 24 inches, then use a level, and draw a line. Then score the line with a utility knife, and use it to cut through, and then chip away at the sheet rock with a hammer. Then shovel the little pieces into garbage cans and use hand-trucks, or a wheel barrow, to cart the pieces out to the dumpster.

    A dozen of them were at it for a day or two, before it was decided to go to 4 feet high.

    About then, I showed up, and was directed to clear out a closet that had a lot of exposed cables and wires, pipes, etc. and a section that ran under the stairs. It was a challenge, but two of us were at it and tediously made progress. I don't recall if it was later that day, or the next, that I completed my task and sized up the rest of the job. Oh NO!!! I couldn't believe what they were doing. And how they were doing it.

    With my chalk line I snapped lines at four feet high.
    Then I grabbed my Sawzall and inserted the longest pruning blade that I had.
    I held the blade as close to the wall as possible, so that it made shallow cuts, through the rock, but would not damage any hidden wires or pipes.
    Then with a utility knife, I made a vertical cut of the outer paper of the rock between the studs, and about, on the studs, and then gave it a kick.
    The rock came out in large easy to handle pieces, 8-12 inches by 2-4 feet.

    It took two to three men to keep up with me to cart the rock out of there.

    I became known as the man in charge of the sawzall.

    That's a tool that I have had for 40 years, and I may not use it even once a year, but there are times that nothing else will do!

    Actually, I thought that I had written about this in the past.
    Here is a more accurate story.
    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...=1#post4946343
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    If I were to have to cut sheetrock like that I would try a circular saw and set the dept just right perhaps nailing a board on the walls as a guide to cut straighter.
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