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Old 04-17-2012, 01:08 PM   #691
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i order luer lock fittings/valves/syringes etc. from mcmaster. you can configure all kindsa neato bleed/piping etc with them.
Lots of nice stuff there, catalogue/brick is on my desk. Too bad they won't sell to Canadians.Two hours to prepare an order and got rejected.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:20 PM   #692
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Bare concrete floors in the shop? How dare you. Cheap kitchen-grade linoleum runners needed. Saves broken hand tools and sensitive stuff when you get drunk and keep dropping shit (or just get stupid). Saved me lots of money for sure! Dropped a 200 dollar carbide end mill the other day. I know it would have met unhappily with concrete (been there). But linoleum to the rescue! And it vacuums clean to WAF standards .... they engineered it that way :)

Quality electric pencil sharpener (cheap at 1.50 cents and, strangely, generally available at any Goodwill nearby). Together with 50 cheap pencils, always sharp and waiting in a large jug, I can't believe I lived this long in the shop without a constant supply of sharp pencils at hand. The last phase of any workshop project cleanup always includes honing half a dozen pencils used along the way and returning them to the jug.

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Old 04-24-2012, 09:24 PM   #693
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Unstick a frozen brake caliper piston

by threading in a grease nipple where the brake line goes in. Pump it full of grease, and it will slowly ease out, as opposed to air pressure, which is far more dangerous. Place a piece of wood between the pistons.

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Old 04-25-2012, 03:13 AM   #694
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Doesn't that contaminate the brake fluid with yucky grease?

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by threading in a grease nipple where the brake line goes in. Pump it full of grease, and it will slowly ease out, as opposed to air pressure, which is far more dangerous. Place a piece of wood between the pistons.

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Old 04-25-2012, 09:20 AM   #695
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Play Doh

I wanted to mount some stuff (terminal strips,relays, etc.) Under the seat of my bike. there is some room under there but I couldn't see or measure to tell how much. I grabbed a can of my Grandson's Play Doh. Put a ball of it in the space and reinstalled the seat. Measure the thickness of the Play Doh and you know how much room you have.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:35 AM   #696
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I wanted to mount some stuff (terminal strips,relays, etc.) Under the seat of my bike. there is some room under there but I couldn't see or measure to tell how much. I grabbed a can of my Grandson's Play Doh. Put a ball of it in the space and reinstalled the seat. Measure the thickness of the Play Doh and you know how much room you have.
Got my own Play Doh in the shop. Just used it a few days ago to find interferences between my new(er) seat and bodywork before I scratched the paint on the road.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:49 AM   #697
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I once had quite a lot of play doh. A lot of it went toward booze, fast women, fast cars & bikes.
The rest I just spent foolishly.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:16 PM   #698
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I wanted to mount some stuff (terminal strips,relays, etc.) Under the seat of my bike. there is some room under there but I couldn't see or measure to tell how much. I grabbed a can of my Grandson's Play Doh. Put a ball of it in the space and reinstalled the seat. Measure the thickness of the Play Doh and you know how much room you have.
this also works for checking valve-to-piston clearance!
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:52 PM   #699
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Doesn't that contaminate the brake fluid with yucky grease?
I'd think if you had a frozen caliper, you would want to clean the Bejeezus out of it anyway once it came apart.

I used a similar technique to get the smaller rear hub parts to come out of an old dirtbike too. It was much easier than the cursing and other methods I tried first.
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Old 05-02-2012, 05:04 PM   #700
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I have been using "piddle pads" (sold at Wally World and other stores for pet potty training) for the last couple of years. When I don't need them for myself I use them under my bikes while changing oil or performing other maintenance that might let gunk mess up my garage floor. Cheap, they absorb really well and then just toss them in the trash.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:13 PM   #701
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Storing your bike off the concrete floor

For winter storage, keep your tires off the concrete and from getting flat spots by parking on childrens foam lockable play mats. Much cheaper than what they try to market to us for cycles. About $15 for 4-5 squares about 2 ft x 2 ft square.

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Old 05-02-2012, 11:33 PM   #702
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I didn't go over the 48 pages of this thread so if these are 205, oh well.

Recent lightbulb momements from the shop.

For mixing stuff It seems like I never had a surface to mix body filler or epoxy on.

Then I got a roll of waxed paper, I tape it down on the edge of the work bench and smear the smear then when I'm done I toss it, cheaper then the waxed pallets the sell for this very thing.

My mixing sticks I get from a big box restaurant supply house, I use the small wooden stir sticks. a box of 1000 is like two bucks, I've had mine for years and it hardly even looks like I've used any.
I also get two packages of chop sticks when I buy Chinese food.

Scotch bright pads from the kitchen cleaning section are much cheaper then from the hardware section.

Target has cheap wash clothes in a 12 pack bundle, cheaper then shop rags. I pick up a bundle ever couple of weeks.

The rubberized shelf liner from the kitchen area of target work just as well as tool box liners as the stuff that is sold specifically for that job.

The key card that you get when you check into a hotel makes an effective mini spreader, scraper and flexibility straight edge.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:12 AM   #703
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If you use MO-JO or some such....... I dump it into one of those Ketchup bottles that stands up in its cover. Very handy. Just pick it up flip the cover and squeeze.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #704
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If you use MO-JO or some such....... I dump it into one of those Ketchup bottles that stands up in its cover. Very handy. Just pick it up flip the cover and squeeze.


Sorry, good tip, but couldn't resist
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:24 PM   #705
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If you use MO-JO or some such....... I dump it into one of those Ketchup bottles that stands up in its cover. Very handy. Just pick it up flip the cover and squeeze.
Perhaps you mean GO-JO hand cleaner? I just get the gallon jug with the pump.
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