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Old 09-02-2012, 01:51 PM   #841
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My hands get extremely dry, particularly in low humidity climates, and the ends of my fingers and thumbs split open on me. I use super glue to hold the split closed. It works very well on minor cuts as well.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:19 PM   #842
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My hands get extremely dry, particularly in low humidity climates, and the ends of my fingers and thumbs split open on me. I use super glue to hold the split closed. It works very well on minor cuts as well.
Eastman Chemical originally developed cyanoacrylate adhesive (super glue) as a surgical adhesive. I remember my dad bringing home a bottle with Eastman 910 on the label.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:10 AM   #843
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To maximize space utilization while minimizing damage to car doors, garage walls, floor-standing cabinets etc. buy some cheap swimming pool noodles, slice them lengthwise with carving knife or sharp blade and stick them to the surface to be protected or to the one to protect from using double-sided tape. Cheap and effective.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:47 AM   #844
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I keep one of those "medicated acne pad" containers next to my bathroom sink. You know, the kind that are marketed to teens with pimples. You know how you always get cleaned up, showered and then look in the mirror or at the back of your arm and find still another smudge of grease or dirt you missed. This stuff will clean you down to the skin and are just the right size for spot cleanup.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:02 PM   #845
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My hands get extremely dry, particularly in low humidity climates, and the ends of my fingers and thumbs split open on me. I use super glue to hold the split closed. It works very well on minor cuts as well.
New Skin, available in the first-aid isle next to the tape in my local drugstore, works basically the same way without being dangerously nasty-sticky. Paint it on, and it fills in the cracks and does a not too bad a job at covering things up. It wears off by the end of the day. If you want to remove it, just paint more on (it's its own solvent) and wipe off. I pretty much use it every day. A while back, I nicked a finger in the shop... stupid wipe against a cotter pin that was way too sharp. It tore up the skin pretty good. I slapped some New Skin on (stung like hell), wrapped it in a bandage, and forgot about it. A few days later, when the bandage fell off, there was a lump of living skin sticking up... you know, a bit of that torn stuff that usually dies and falls off. Damn New Skin worked too well, kept that alive. It took a few days of trimming to nibble it back town to flush. The little 30mil bottle I picked up has lasted months. I'm sold on it.

In the shop, I've taken to taping my fingers up with cloth tape, again, from the first-aid isle. I run a strip of it out, hanging from above, and snip off a little section to cover the tip of a finger, then a longer section to wrap around it. I usually do 2 fingers and a thumb on each hand... the ones prone to cracking. I do this before they crack, pretty much every time I'm in the shop now. It only takes a minute to put on, and take off, and it works. Not particularly expensive either. Peeling the tape off at the end of shop-day leaves my fingertips the cleanest part of my hands... a little weird but after the hand cleaner, I don't have the under-nail, impossible to clean stains I used to get. The only problem is if you get into a lot of oils or solvents as it can turn the adhesive into goop. Hand cleaner deals with it, regular soap... not so good.

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:46 PM   #846
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^^^^ Go to Lee Valley and get some of their Worx hand soap. You can thank me later...!

And they even have dedicated finger tape.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...?p=64762&cat=1
Nice new store....in Victoria.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:55 PM   #847
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New Skin, available in the first-aid isle next to the tape in my local drugstore, works basically the same way without being dangerously nasty-sticky. ...David...
I have been using New Skin foro minor stuff for years. As bad as my fingers crack New Skin just isn't strong enough.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:45 AM   #848
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When you are done in the shop and have to do some moving in the house.



They work great and save your back and carpet.


To clean your camelback water carrier use denture cleaner. Google it!
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:47 PM   #849
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For picking up steel shavings and chips with a magnet without having to clean them all off the magnet afterward.

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Ignore the thunder.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:59 PM   #850
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I almost turned around with the camera when the thunder cracked. The spring breaking off the garage door was even scarier, glad we were outside the door when it happened.

Take Evolifes advise with a grain of salt as he is the harbinger of death
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:05 PM   #851
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I haven't seen that look on your face, or laughed that hard in a long time.

His garage door didn't want to stay up by it's self, so while I was there I suggested we take some slack out of the spring cables. While doing it he even commented how he should add safety cables to the springs in case they break.

As we are leaving he closes the garage door and a few seconds later we hear the spring snap and slam into the other side of the door right where he's standing. It is just like anything else we do. What can go wrong will.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:15 PM   #852
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My hands get extremely dry, particularly in low humidity climates, and the ends of my fingers and thumbs split open on me. I use super glue to hold the split closed. It works very well on minor cuts as well.
Utter Butter- the real thing for dairy cows. Not the stuff for woman. this stuff works great for dry skin. My vet turned a friends wife on to it for her dry heals and it cured them.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #853
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Yep, Bag balm too. And you can get pure lanolin too; smells like a barn plus it works great.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:24 AM   #854
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Also HoofMakers (silly name) . . . .works great!
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:35 PM   #855
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Relocating an old home stereo has already been suggested, but I'd also add a set of moisture proof speakers to keep humidity affecting them.

I've had a gas heater and dehumidifier in the garage for years-mostly because I dislike having the floor sweating and rusting tools, bikes and parts in the garage. Works like a charm even if I have to manually empty it.

Old toothbrushes work like a charm for cleaning parts and chains.

Garage sale pie tins, muffin pans and cookie sheets with tall edges work fantastic for parts cleaning 'bins', and even as shallow organizers in tool chests. I have a few cookie sheets with Oetiker clamps so I can paw through them yet they are still 'organized' in my fastener drawer.

Have a container of Q-tips handy for small cleaning duty. A roll of paper towels and garage rags as well.

When tuning a bike, have a shop fan feeding cool air into the front of the bike. If you don't have a table at the bike's height, use your tie-downs to hang it from the ceiling.

Trawl through craigslist for a cycle lift. Even if it's the hydraulic foot pedal version, it'll save your back several times over.

Use compressed air in nooks and crannies after washing your bike to prevent rusting from standing water. If you want to get particular, use WD-40 sparingly at pivots etc after drying the areas.
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