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Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:20 pm

graidawg wrote:
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he lure of fear is overwhelming at time

I'm actually a frumpy ol' lady,,,, mild-mannered,,, and knit booties for orphans,,


and where do these orphans come from???????

From the people who piss off Trishntek off so much that she goes after their parents, of course.
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Postby DoctorIknow » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:31 pm

If you are building a dome, their $69 drill press (and $10 drill press vise) will be your friend. (a 4 fequency dome need 500 holes drilled, a 3 frequency needs 240 holes----don't forget a center punch to get those holes exactly the right distance apart.)

Unless you can find an American made anvil at a yard sale, their cheapy will be nice if you are pounding out the ends of the EMT tubing/pipe.

HOWEVER, people here over the years have strongly advised to avoid any hydraulic press from HF, even the 20 ton press has failed I think I remember reading. A 3 lb hand sledge hammer will do the trick and build up your arm and shoulder muscles!
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Postby Sail Man » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:33 pm

Trishntek wrote:
graidawg wrote:
Trishntek wrote:
The lure of fear is overwhelming at time

I'm actually a frumpy ol' lady,,,, mild-mannered,,, and knit booties from orphans,,


see? is right to be scared IM AN ORPHAN!


ok,,,, okayyyyy! I knit them ON orphans,,,,, sheeeesh!


Oh my, i can just hear those darling little orphans howling in pain as the knitting needles pass through their skin as the booties are knitted on to them :shock:

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Postby AntiM » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:39 pm

Wait, what? Lemony Snickett shops at Harbor freight?
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Postby Trishntek » Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:08 pm

AntiM wrote:Wait, what? Lemony Snickett shops at Harbor freight?


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Postby Kinetik V » Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:00 am

Ok...I must be suffering from daily caffeine deficiency syndrome again. WTF are those things?

By the way I love Harbor Freight. I've had good luck with their air tools, sawzall blades, and so much more. And for 3/4 inch drive stuff...it's the only way to go. Their IR thermometers have saved me money on HVAC issues and so much more.

Can't say much about their trailers though. I've totally annihilated 3 of them. And when I say annihilated....the last one when I got through fit nicely into the back of a State Trooper's Crown Vic trunk...and he still had room for his gear. But that's another story for another time.
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Postby graidawg » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:48 am

Trishntek wrote:
AntiM wrote:Wait, what? Lemony Snickett shops at Harbor freight?


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They may look like knitting needles,,,, but you will NOT find these at harbor freight! MUAHAHAHAHHAHAHHhahaaaaaaaaaa


i have decided not to be scared anymore. Not that those things appeal to me in anyway nor does my usually fertile imagination come up with the slightest idea of what they are for (or where they go) but I read in the qi book of the dead about Kinsey and decided that fear of the unknown is pointless.

what is harbour freight anyway? i thought it was some kind of shipping form the dock area
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Postby gyre » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:53 am

It's the chinese store.


If you want 3/4 tools, go to northern tools.
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Postby graidawg » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:55 am

gyre wrote:It's the chinese store.


If you want 3/4 tools, go to northern tools.


ah i usually just take my tools of the shelf as i work in a timber yard. except specialist stuff which i nag my boss for a year till he lets me order it from the suppier
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:20 pm

graidawg wrote:
gyre wrote:It's the chinese store.


If you want 3/4 tools, go to northern tools.


ah i usually just take my tools of the shelf as i work in a timber yard. except specialist stuff which i nag my boss for a year till he lets me order it from the suppier

Well, I don't think you're going to take stuff from the job site across the ocean so you can lose them in the desert.
Just a premonition.
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Postby Trishntek » Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:50 pm

graidawg wrote:

i have decided not to be scared anymore. Not that those things appeal to me in anyway nor does my usually fertile imagination come up with the slightest idea of what they are for (or where they go) but I read in the qi book of the dead about Kinsey and decided that fear of the unknown is pointless.

what is harbour freight anyway? i thought it was some kind of shipping form the dock area


IF you are good and survive your "tazer", eat your twinkies and don't puke at the sight of frog balls,,,, maybe,,,, JUST MAYBE,,,, I'll let you find out how they work.
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Postby Elorrum » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:07 pm

Harbor Freight just opened a brick and mortor retail outlet near me, and I was pretty excited to go visit. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't really expecting dollar store tools, and there sure were a lot of them. But I can see the benefit of needing a tool, and not wanting to invest, and not being too concerned if it was made well. (NO, I can't really.) I do think they have a few things of interest> I need a bench grinder stand, and a 2 dollar magnesium fire starter, and an AHOOOOGGGGGAAAAAAH klaxon horn. BTW, do car horns take a lot of energy? I've barely looked into it, but the small air compressor may draw a couple of amps, and I'm wondering how much juice they need. Wouldn't an ahooga horn be nice on a purple chopper trike?
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Postby Martiansky » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:13 pm

Elorrum wrote:. Wouldn't an ahooga horn be nice on a purple chopper trike?


Howdy Ellorum!
Do you have pictures of cool sounding purple chopper trike?!
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Postby Elorrum » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:34 pm

Martiansky wrote:
Elorrum wrote:. Wouldn't an ahooga horn be nice on a purple chopper trike?


Howdy Ellorum!
Do you have pictures of cool sounding purple chopper trike?!

I don't have a picture of it as a trike. dang. it's in parts in the garage at the moment too. Here's what it looked like as a two wheeler. I put shorter handlebars on it as a trike, still high risers, but not as high.
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Postby gyre » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:59 pm

Horns take a lot of energy.
7 amps up each is typical.

JC whitney for the klaxon.
Hemmings for originals and others.

For air horns look for Fiamm.
Used to be able to find them cheap, but italian.

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Postby gyre » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:01 pm

The original klaxon was mechanical.
I have one.
If you can find one or a copy, no power needed.
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Postby FIGJAM » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:21 pm

Elorrum wrote:Harbor Freight just opened a brick and mortor retail outlet near me, and I was pretty excited to go visit. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't really expecting dollar store tools, and there sure were a lot of them. But I can see the benefit of needing a tool, and not wanting to invest, and not being too concerned if it was made well. (NO, I can't really.) I do think they have a few things of interest> I need a bench grinder stand, and a 2 dollar magnesium fire starter, and an AHOOOOGGGGGAAAAAAH klaxon horn. BTW, do car horns take a lot of energy? I've barely looked into it, but the small air compressor may draw a couple of amps, and I'm wondering how much juice they need. Wouldn't an ahooga horn be nice on a purple chopper trike?



I've got an electric ooga horn.

Think it came from hf for $3.
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Postby LeChatNoir » Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:45 pm

Elorrum wrote:Harbor Freight just opened a brick and mortor retail outlet near me, and I was pretty excited to go visit. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't really expecting dollar store tools, and there sure were a lot of them. But I can see the benefit of needing a tool, and not wanting to invest, and not being too concerned if it was made well. (NO, I can't really.) I do think they have a few things of interest> I need a bench grinder stand, and a 2 dollar magnesium fire starter, and an AHOOOOGGGGGAAAAAAH klaxon horn. BTW, do car horns take a lot of energy? I've barely looked into it, but the small air compressor may draw a couple of amps, and I'm wondering how much juice they need. Wouldn't an ahooga horn be nice on a purple chopper trike?


You have to pick and choose at HF. Some of their stuff is junk and some of it is really pretty good. Most large equipment and hand operated stuff is good, even over built. I stay away from the hand held electric tools. And I cannot walk into that store without weighing the options of new Chinese stuff verses finding a used American made version of the same tool. I go back and forth depending on the moment. I've got a HF metal lathe that's pretty tight, but I have a used Bridgeport Milling machine.
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Postby graidawg » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:17 am

Trishntek wrote:graidawg wrote:

i have decided not to be scared anymore. Not that those things appeal to me in anyway nor does my usually fertile imagination come up with the slightest idea of what they are for (or where they go) but I read in the qi book of the dead about Kinsey and decided that fear of the unknown is pointless.

what is harbour freight anyway? i thought it was some kind of shipping form the dock area


IF you are good and survive your "tazer", eat your twinkies and don't puke at the sight of frog balls,,,, maybe,,,, JUST MAYBE,,,, I'll let you find out how they work.


one out of 3 isn't bad is it ?
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:56 am

speaking of power tools, IF someone were inclined to buy American made power tools, which brands would you look for? Last time I was in Home Depot, I noticed that EVERYTHING I looked at in the tool department was made in China. maybe it's my steady diet of Route 66 episodes, but I really long for the day when Americans manufactured stuff other than bizarre financial instruments
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Postby ygmir » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:59 am

I'm not sure there are U.S. made power tools............but, certain German and Japanese ones are pretty good.
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Postby Trishntek » Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:27 am

graidawg wrote:
Trishntek wrote:graidawg wrote:

i have decided not to be scared anymore. Not that those things appeal to me in anyway nor does my usually fertile imagination come up with the slightest idea of what they are for (or where they go) but I read in the qi book of the dead about Kinsey and decided that fear of the unknown is pointless.

what is harbour freight anyway? i thought it was some kind of shipping form the dock area


IF you are good and survive your "tazer", eat your twinkies and don't puke at the sight of frog balls,,,, maybe,,,, JUST MAYBE,,,, I'll let you find out how they work.


one out of 3 isn't bad is it ?


Think of it as a RITE OF PASSAGE :lol:
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Postby graidawg » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:29 am

Trishntek wrote:
graidawg wrote:
Trishntek wrote:graidawg wrote:

i have decided not to be scared anymore. Not that those things appeal to me in anyway nor does my usually fertile imagination come up with the slightest idea of what they are for (or where they go) but I read in the qi book of the dead about Kinsey and decided that fear of the unknown is pointless.

what is harbour freight anyway? i thought it was some kind of shipping form the dock area


IF you are good and survive your "tazer", eat your twinkies and don't puke at the sight of frog balls,,,, maybe,,,, JUST MAYBE,,,, I'll let you find out how they work.


one out of 3 isn't bad is it ?


Think of it as a RITE OF PASSAGE :lol:



i'm ok with the rite part of that, it's my 'passage' i'm concerned for......
and frog balls? I mean come on looking at the pictures made me feel queasy can't we find something a little less well French?


i'm quite fond of french kissing though
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Postby gyre » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:09 pm

The lower end tools may be imported, but higher end ones were usa last I checked.
Always changing though.
Many usa hand tools must be special ordered, but they're there.

Very good ones from europe.
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:12 pm

"higher end ones"

names are what I was looking for.
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Postby gyre » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:47 pm

Look for industrial spec products and a full line catalog.
I think some companies have converted some brands to low end or high end only now.
A lot of consolidation.

Look for japanese tools actually made in japan, or sometimes malaysia etc = not china.

You must look on a case by case basis.
Some are dewalt, milwaukee, skil, some black and decker (they have some cheap stuff now), porter-cable/rockwell, etc.
I recently bought hitachi and milwaukee tools, industrial and used.
I have porter-cable/rockwell, makita, skil, and so on.
Availablility plays into it.
The more specific the tool, the more brand specific you may need to be.
European and japanese are at the top...usually, but I'm talking real money there.

I use freud saw blades.
There are great usa abrasive companies.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:02 pm

I;m still waiting for someone to serenade me with bizzare finacial instruments.
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Postby Trishntek » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:21 pm

graidawg wrote:
Trishntek wrote:
graidawg wrote:
Trishntek wrote:graidawg wrote:

i have decided not to be scared anymore. Not that those things appeal to me in anyway nor does my usually fertile imagination come up with the slightest idea of what they are for (or where they go) but I read in the qi book of the dead about Kinsey and decided that fear of the unknown is pointless.

what is harbour freight anyway? i thought it was some kind of shipping form the dock area


IF you are good and survive your "tazer", eat your twinkies and don't puke at the sight of frog balls,,,, maybe,,,, JUST MAYBE,,,, I'll let you find out how they work.


one out of 3 isn't bad is it ?


Think of it as a RITE OF PASSAGE :lol:



i'm ok with the rite part of that, it's my 'passage' i'm concerned for......
and frog balls? I mean come on looking at the pictures made me feel queasy can't we find something a little less well French?


i'm quite fond of french kissing though


gyre wrote:
The lower end tools may be imported, but higher end ones were usa last I checked.
Always changing though.


gyre? How did you know those were lower end tools? DAMMIT!
graidawg? I like french kissing too,,,, I'll consider it :wink:

edit to note: my lower end tools are made in Palm Springs, USA
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Postby DB Cooper » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:26 pm

The CHINA on my anvil stands for Cast and Hardened In North America.
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Postby gyre » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:26 pm

When a drill is $30 instead of $150, and one is called industrial....
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