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Old 12-31-2008, 12:44 AM   #16
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Never set your cordless drill down on the battery. It's much safer to lay it on its side....on the floor. If you place it on a counter top sitting on its battery, you can VERY EASILY knock it over and where it stops, nobody knows!
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I'm picturing broken floor tiles and scratched cabinets, or perhaps a throbbing foot.

Along the same lines, don't hold your face too close to the drill battery while drilling. When the bit grabs and the drill starts spinning at 600 rpm's, it is about like getting hit in the face by a gorilla. This one took a few stitches after I peeled myself off the floor and figured out who and where I was.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:50 AM   #17
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I'm picturing broken floor tiles and scratched cabinets, or perhaps a throbbing foot.
Actually, I got lucky. The drill took a header and landed directly on the bit and stuck in the subfloor for a moment...before the bit snapped in two. I say the subfloor but I was lucky. I was installing a base cabinet next to the dishwasher, where the subfloor hadn't been finished. The rest of the floor was freshly stained oak! Good thing I was relocating the dishwasher!!

You sure are scarred up, aren't you
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Just today I was on a jobsite trying to figure out how to make a test tube disappear.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:27 AM   #19
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Sometimes, a box of childrens crayons will have a good match when theres a need for filling nail holes before staining or painting. I have done this when a commercial match was difficult to find.
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:33 AM   #20
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i've done that too rjordan, but i had to blend them to the right color on a piece of cardboard with a bic lighter. =o)
if it works, it works!

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Old 12-31-2008, 11:49 AM   #21
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Just today I was on a jobsite trying to figure out how to make a test tube disappear.
OK, OK, OK, OK.

I'll concede that making a Pyrex test tube disappear is not one of the more common challenges facing DIY'ers. That much I'll grant you.

So, here's a DIY tip that's likely to be more useful to more people more often

The stains of mammal urine will fluoresce under ultraviolet light.

Cleaning contractors use black lights made specifically for this purpose in order to pinpoint the location of urine stains.

http://www.baneclene.com/catalog/ult...let_light.html

http://www.spectroline.com/agricultu...t_control.html

http://dstore.com.au/pets/Urine-Off-...t/1086562.html

I've read a number of reasons, all different, as to why urine stains are fluorescent, and I don't know which one is correct.

The hair of rodents (like mice and rats) also fluoresces under UV light.

So, not only will the black light tell you where the odor is originating, it will also indicate whether the cleaner you're using to remove the urine stain is working or not.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:00 PM   #22
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i can think of another way to make a test tube dissapear and its not in corn oil.
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good post nestor, but 104 bucks??? wowzers! still, for a professional, it's a great investment. for me though, i have a cigarette lighter that has a blacklite led bulb that does the same thing. only cost me a buck and it's refillable too! lol

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i can think of another way to make a test tube dissapear and its not in corn oil.
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well, i'm lost..... i must be too old.

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well, i'm lost..... i must be too old.

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maybe leave it around a kleptomaniac chemist???

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If you're using a utility knife a lot for the job you are doing, carry two of them in your pockets. If/when you set one down somewhere and lose it, you'll still have the other one handy.


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Immerse a test tube in corn oil. It will become completely invisible when it's immersed in corn oil.
Thanks Nestor, I'm always looking for ideas like that for my school-age daycare kids. They'll really like this one.

You have to admit though, cambruzzi & thekctermite's one-line comments are pretty funny.
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Old 12-31-2008, 04:59 PM   #29
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My Grandad spent his career as a cabinet maker. I can remember many years ago his words of advice when he watched me hit my thumb when starting a nail. I think I was all of 7 or 8 yrs old.

He said, "Hold the hammer handle with both hands" and chuckled. It took me a few minutes to realize he was pulling my chain but for a while there, it made perfect sence.

A while ago I ran across this list from Poplar Mechanic's, the 100 Skills every man should know. Thought I'd share.

Happy New Year everyone!
Automotive

1. Handle a blowout
2. Drive in snow
3. Check trouble codes
4. Replace fan belt
5. Wax a car
6. Conquer an off-road obstacle
7. Use a stick welder
8. Hitch up a trailer
9. Jump start a car


Handling Emergencies

10. Perform the Heimlich
11. Reverse hypothermia
12. Perform hands-only CPR
13. Escape a sinking car


Home

14. Carve a turkey
15. Use a sewing machine
16. Put out a fire
17. Home brew beer
18. Remove bloodstains from fabric
19. Move heavy stuff
20. Grow food
21. Read an electric meter
22. Shovel the right way
23. Solder wire
24. Tape drywall
25. Split firewood
26. Replace a faucet washer
27. Mix concrete
28. Paint a straight line
29. Use a French knife
30. Prune bushes and small trees
31. Iron a shirt
32. Fix a toilet tank flapper
33. Change a single-pole switch
34. Fell a tree
35. Replace a broken windowpane
36. Set up a ladder, safely
37. Fix a faucet cartridge
38. Sweat copper tubing
39. Change a diaper
40. Grill with charcoal
41. Sew a button on a shirt
42. Fold a flag


Medical Myths

43. Treat frostbite
44. Treat a burn
45. Help a seizure victim
46. Treat a snakebite
47. Remove a tick


Military Know-How

48. Shine shoes
49. Make a drum-tight bed
50. Drop and give the perfect pushup


Outdoors

51. Run rapids in a canoe
52. Hang food in the wild
53. Skipper a boat
54. Shoot straight
55. Tackle steep drops on a mountain bike
56. Escape a rip current


Primitive Skills

57. Build a fire in the wilderness
58. Build a shelter
59. Find potable water


Surviving Extremes

60. Floods
61. Tornados
62. Cold
63. Heat
64. Lightning


Teach Your Kids

65. Cast a line
66. Lend a hand
67. Change a tire
68. Throw a spiral
69. Fly a stunt kite
70. Drive a stick shift
71. Parallel park
72. Tie a bowline
73. Tie a necktie
74. Whittle
75. Ride a bike


Technology

76. Install a graphics card
77. Take the perfect portrait
78. Calibrate HDTV settings
79. Shoot a home movie
80. Ditch your hard drive


Master Key Workshop Tools

81. Drill driver
82. Grease gun
83. Coolant hydrometer
84. Socket wrench
85. Test light
86. Brick trowel
87. Framing hammer
88. Wood chisel
89. Spade bit
90. Circular saw
91. Sledge hammer
92. Hacksaw
93. Torque wrench
94. Air wrench
95. Infrared thermometer
96. Sand blaster
97. Crosscut saw
98. Hand plane
99. Multimeter
100. Feeler gauges
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A while ago I ran across this list from Poplar Mechanic's, the 100 Skills every man should know. Thought I'd share.
Oh, man. I read through that whole list twice and making a Pyrex test tube disappear wasn't on it. Also, their Master Key Workshop Tools doesn't even include a vaccuum cleaner or broom and dustpan so the Master Craftsman can't even clean up after him/herself. That's depressing.

So, I thought I'd cheer everyone up with a DIY tip, and this one explains the mystery of:

How does a toilet flush?

A toilet is nothing more than a glorified siphon. (for the rest of this post I'll refer to the liquid being siphoned as water, even though any liquid may be siphoned)

To get a siphon hose flowing you simply immerse the inlet end and suck on the outlet end until the siphon hose is full of water. As long as the elevation of the outlet end is below that of the inlet end and the siphon tube is full of water, then the laws of physics take over and water will continue to flow through the siphon tube.

A toilet bowl works exactly the same way, except that you don't suck on the outlet end cuz it might not be hygenic. Instead, the toilet tank is designed to add enough water to the toilet bowl fast enough that the overflow into the discharge channel of the bowl fills that discharge channel completely with water. Once that happens, then exactly the same laws of physics take over and that full discharge channel siphons the water (and everything in that water) out of the bowl. It doesn't matter how that discharge channel came to be full of water, all that matters is that it is full of water and as such, will act as a siphon tube to siphon the water out of the bowl. You have Sir Isaac Newton's word on it.

This is where I fly off on a tangent.
Some toilet bowls are molded in such a way that you can see the shape of the discharge channel inside the toilet bowl. People often presume that the discharge channel is molded this way so that it forms a "trap" like the p-trap under a sink. That's not true. The toilet bowl itself serves the purpose of a p-trap, and as long as there is sufficient water in your toilet bowl, it's THAT bowl water that prevents sewer gas from coming into your house through the toilet.

No, the discharge channel in a toilet bowl is made intentionally tortuous to SLOW DOWN THE FLOW OF WATER through it so that the water overflowing into it from the bowl can fill it completely for a successful flush.

You can use this knowledge to diagnose an improperly flushing toilet. Just pour a 5 gallon pail of water into the problem toilet as fast as possible without spilling water all over the floor. If the toilet then flushes properly, then the poor flushing is due to the fact that not enough water is flowing into the bowl fast enough so that the overflow into the discharge channel isn't filling it completely. That means the problem is UPSTREAM of the toilet bowl. It could be that the flapper in the tank isn't opening wide open, or that the water jets at the bottom of the bowl or under the rim of the bowl are plugged.

If the toilet still doesn't flush properly when you pour the 5 gallons in fast, then you know the problem is in the bowl or DOWNSTREAM of the bowl.

Toilets are simple as mud, but most DIY'er don't understand how the flushing action actually works. Now you do.

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You have to admit though, cambruzzi & thekctermite's one-line comments are pretty funny.
You can decide for yourself what's funny. The title of the thread was DIY Tips and Tricks, and I suggested it as a Trick (which it is). It was obviously never meant to be a serious DIY'er tip, but I resent being ridiculed over it as if it was. I thought it was a neat trick and posted it, and now I'm sorry I did. I do NOT want to have to watch every thing I say in here for fear of being ridiculed over it. Now one would.

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