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    Not to be a curmudgeon, but:

    Scissors can do that thing where the blades don't press against each other firmly enough to cut unless you squeeze the handle a certain way as you cut. A friend had this problem in high school biology and he didn't know the technique. He just squeezed the handles together and he couldn't cut open his frog.

    Bicycles can have many issues and taking off the tire to fix a flat required finesse (though I used to use a screwdriver).

    I bought my father a key case with miniature carabiners to hold the keys and the keys fell off far more frequently than with the standard hooks.

    Candles could be dangerous. They're no longer recommended for emergency lighting. I have a burn mark on my kitchen cabinet from a memorial candle that was on the counter.

    Sacks are prone to holes like pants pockets.

    Ziplocks aren't all created equal. The ones with the sliders are OK, but even they can easily break when the bag is overloaded.

    I've experienced Velcro not lasting long enough on a pouch and sneakers.

    Firm toothbrushes are bad for your gums and can create cuts that let bacteria get to your heart and cause heart problems. I don't think enough people know this. They shouldn't even make firm toothbrushes.

    Some pens skip and they have temperature limits.

    I use old cardboard boxes for stuff and the packing tape comes off eventually. It completely loses its stick. They're OK if they're glued together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borad View Post
    .....Firm toothbrushes are bad for your gums and can create cuts that let bacteria get to your heart and cause heart problems. I don't think enough people know this. They shouldn't even make firm toothbrushes. .....

    They (actually all but firm especially so) can erode your gums causing the gum line to recede and exposing the tooth below the gum line. Gums don't 'grow' back so the damage is irreversible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borad View Post
    Ziplocks aren't all created equal. The ones with the sliders are OK, but even they can easily break when the bag is overloaded.
    A small, but huge irritation for me. The new ZipLoc brand bags have an "Easy Open Tab" which in theory is a nice idea, but it's a TOTAL FAILURE! I use ziplocs a lot for backpacking and storing small toiletry items, so it's not just a once and done deal. After just a few uses, the "welded" seam (yellow arrow below) tears VERY EASILY and continues to split the entire length of the bag if you're not careful. The tab material is just too hard and rigid to not tear. Who tests this stuff before going to market?

    DO NOT BUY THESE! They suck, so I make sure to buy the cheaper, much more durable store brand.

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    Guess you guys don't like that cups need washing sometimes?

    Holy crap!!!pick pick pick.

    No complaints about pliers?

    I see all too well how impossible it is to fix a flat tire...my kids make hundreds of $ fixing other kids flat tires...$20 a pop. Yet they walk because their bikes have a flat

    Good thing I left off THE SHOELACE!!
    Or tooth pics..my gosh...splinters!!!

    Cannot get a ziplock to close? Seriously?!?!

    And candles are like guns...perfectly safe if used correctly....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Cannot get a ziplock to close? Seriously?!?!
    I have no idea what the rest of your post is about, but I said nothing about CLOSING a ziploc. And apparently you don't/can't READ posts, as clearly shown here and a dozen other posts now.

    And "sad" is the exact opposite of what this thread is about. It's sad when products don't "just work".
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    I read 3 posts...don't know why you thought I meant you can't close a ziplock. lol

    There once was a time when others would've added in cool stuff they use in everyday life.
    These days it seems to be more about what's wrong with everything.

    I guess growing up at a time when you happily made do with something and revelled in the fact that you'd discovered how to work around it's shortcomings..like your figuring out how to cut with scissor blades that no longer mesh or using a screwdiver to peel off a tire...makes me outdated, old fashioned and seemingly grumpy.

    That's cool.

    I come from a time when shoes were fastened with laces or buckles. And velcro was for little kids shoes because they couldn't tie yet...
    Bags were cinched with strings or buttons because we knew velcro wears out after a while.

    You can thank your government for skipping pens due to declaring petroleum based ink enviornmentally hazardous. And Scotch makes miles of brand new packing tape every day with easy to use dispensers...
    well as easy as closing a ziplock anyway.

    Regarding a sack with a hole...Wal Mart sells sewing kits for 99˘… Do you continue to wear pants with pocket holes? Throw 'em away? Or fix them? Do you simply toss a shirt when the button falls off?
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    Whoa whoa, easy boys. I get what you mean, bykfixer. There are loads of things we use every day and take for granted but make our lives easier. I think the other post about all the things that can go wrong with everyday items got us a bit off track. Let's get back to the main topic. Thanks everyone.

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    Revolvers are back in their holster sir.

    Happy New Years everybody
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    Something that works really well is turning the other cheek. The application here would be to ignore a post that you find offensive.
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    Yes, basic Ziploc bags are Top 10 Best simple inventions

    Backspace & Delete keys are not bad either..
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    Great thread here !






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    Use it Many Hours every day !

    Not one moment of trouble or concern. EVER !


    Checked the batteries a few days ago,
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    Casio calculators............just work, even ones 30yrs old
    Their watches dont seem to do too bad either..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by ven View Post
    Casio calculators............just work, even ones 30yrs old
    Their watches dont seem to do too bad either..........
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    Just today I was going to add inexpensive Casio watches to this thread,, ya beat me to it

    ...two that I'v worn for extend periods of time & simply forgot they're on my wrist:

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    The 1st brings back memories, you will remember their calculator watches.............used to love them when i was 10 ish. Even contemplated getting another, bit of retro time keeping

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    Toyota. Camry...almost any year. On number three. The others were all handed down.
    Victorinox Pioneer (old cross), I wish I had the forethought to buy a dozen
    Estwing 20oz rip hammer
    Timberland Pro pit boss boots
    Lodge cast iron cookwear
    LL Bean River drivers shirt
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    Carhartt work pants.

    Been wearing them for twenty-years. Good for six to twelve months of hard work. It takes a lot of effort to kill a pair. They can feel heavy at times, and hot, but you never worry about quality or durability no matter what you're doing.

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    Screws, as opposed to nails.

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    Loratadine (generic Claritin). Works like a charm for me for keeping spring allergies at bay, and it doesn't make me drowsy. Your mileage may vary of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borad View Post
    Screws, as opposed to nails.
    "Nailed it" is good. "Screwed" is bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borad View Post
    Screws, as opposed to nails.
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    For sure

    also, investing in brass or maybe even stainless for outdoor projects,,
    in a couple decades you'll be more than thankful you did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P_A_S_1 View Post
    They (actually all but firm especially so) can erode your gums causing the gum line to recede and exposing the tooth below the gum line. Gums don't 'grow' back so the damage is irreversible.
    threadjacking here

    if your gum problem is erosion it is EASILY remedied. this is not irreversible like kidney damage is irreversible,
    gum are pretty simple to fix with a skin graft from the roof of your mouth. gives you a sore mouth for a week
    but you have new, perfect gums [if the rest of yourself is not diseased in some way]

    stuff that just works: skin grafts for eroded gums
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    Loratadine (generic Claritin). Works like a charm for me for keeping spring allergies at bay, and it doesn't make me drowsy. Your mileage may vary of course.

    stuff that works for allergies. Nasacort.

    it completely turned off my ragweed allergy symptoms 100%.
    first time in 10 years I had absolutely no allergies (I started nasacort daily... early august and stayed on it till Oct1)

    this was the first year ZERO allergies

    exponentially better than claritin or anything else that is a non-steroid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    threadjacking here

    if your gum problem is erosion it is EASILY remedied. this is not irreversible like kidney damage is irreversible,
    gum are pretty simple to fix with a skin graft from the roof of your mouth. gives you a sore mouth for a week
    but you have new, perfect gums [if the rest of yourself is not diseased in some way]

    stuff that just works: skin grafts for eroded gums
    Been there. Never want to go there again. Worse than root canal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idleprocess View Post
    Been there. Never want to go there again. Worse than root canal.
    I read that root canal only hurts when the dentist doesn't inject the pain killer in all the right spots. Even after a couple of attempts it could miss some of the nerves. That's why it hurts some people and not others.

    For those who use alcohol based mouthwash to maintain gum health, "this large investigation shows potential risks for head and neck cancer subsites and in long-term and frequent users of mouthwash."

    Paper weights work though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borad View Post
    I read that root canal only hurts when the dentist doesn't inject the pain killer in all the right spots. Even after a couple of attempts it could miss some of the nerves. That's why it hurts some people and not others.
    This happened to me once. The dentist numbed the wrong area, then started drilling. He re-did the novocain in the correct area after scraping me off the ceiling

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    I'm going to write a dentist story in the "once upon a time" thread

    How about something that just works for having FUN!

    a Ruger 10/22 with plinking targets that make noise, fall down and or explode!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy View Post
    a Ruger 10/22 with plinking targets that make noise, fall down and or explode!
    A good one, but unless the bit that 'just works' is the FUN part, I'd add this:

    Ruger 10/22 with the ammo it likes. - Once you find ammo that suits the action and mags that you have, the 10/22 works like clockwork. The original 10 shot rotary mags being excellent if kept clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    threadjacking here

    if your gum problem is erosion it is EASILY remedied. this is not irreversible like kidney damage is irreversible,
    gum are pretty simple to fix with a skin graft from the roof of your mouth. gives you a sore mouth for a week
    but you have new, perfect gums [if the rest of yourself is not diseased in some way]

    stuff that just works: skin grafts for eroded gums
    It's easier to just brush more carefully with a soft toothbrush. Skin graft .... ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P_A_S_1 View Post
    It's easier to just brush more carefully with a soft toothbrush. Skin graft .... ouch.
    Phillips Sonicare. It just works.

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