Note to self:

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by coppertop, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Seen on the triple clamp of a Guzzi:

    "Gas and kick stand, dummy!":lol3
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  2. Jamming

    Jamming Desert RAT

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    Yea, me too. Except for the time I was stick welding and a big piece of slag popped and went down the glove. Didn't take me long to get that glove off.
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  3. PaulRS

    PaulRS Dutch fool

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    Remove paper towel anti-fod from the inlets, before installing freshly rebuilt carb's.

    Paul.
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  4. Rafiki

    Rafiki Some Dude

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    the welding gloves I use are a wee bit large so all I have to do is shake my hand hard one time and the glove comes off quickly.
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  5. schlim66

    schlim66 Loner

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    I think a Mod should change the title of this thread to:

    DAMHIK!

    :D:D:D:D:D
    Schlim66

    PS. And make it a Sticky while your at it!
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  6. fixer

    fixer KLR-riding cheap bastard

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    don't leave the keys to your moto and apartment on the roof of your GF's car...


    then wonder what that scraping noise is when you get on the freeway. :bluduh
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  7. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Don't let someone talk you into burning the gas out of a brass carb float that had a leak.

    It's a slow lazy flame until the thing gets hot!
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  8. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    Keep a large can of acetone in the garage, just in case. Then one does not have to beg one's daughter for all her nail polish when one accidently glues their fingers together with a lot of superglue. :bluduh
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  9. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Not in the garage, but I had to buy some superglue de-bonder when my daughter (6 at the time) found the perfect spot for a cut crystal vase on a coffee table, and superglued it there.
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  10. schultzy

    schultzy Been here awhile

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    DON"T -forget the camelback in the freezer!
    DO - Fix the e-start on my husaberg!
    Do - put tools back where they belong so I don't spend half a day looking for them again!
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  11. BeanCounter

    BeanCounter User Name Challenged

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    Don't leave your keys where your kids can get them while you are out of town. :baldy
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  12. screwit

    screwit One more time

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    Don't land a $900,000 Grumman Albatross w/ a brand new avionics package on the Colorado river near Laughlin NV with the drain plugs out. No it wasn't me, yes I almost cried when I saw it sink and the only funny part of the whole sad story is the owner/pilot was taking his seaplane check ride with his flight instructor and an FFA official.
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  13. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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    Don't tighten drill chucks by hand....

    Always secure material to drill press via vice, clamp, bolts whatver before drilling... yes, that was me.

    Do not open multiple drawers on a tool chest at the same time... Also me.

    um... If using an impact w/ a wobble do not run the nut or bolt all the way off, stop before and remove completely by hand, things do go flying.

    When lowering car lifts make sure that lift has completely disengaged safety latch on both sides before lowering (I did catch it in time...)

    One at the expense of my old coworkers at a marine. When summerizing a boat do not leave unattended at idle, bilge pumps = slower than thru hull fittings.
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  14. TEXASYETI

    TEXASYETI Call me "thread killer!"

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    Do remember to put the clutch spring back in the bike in the proper direction - in a BMW airhead that is. Feels like shit when you pull the level. Feels worse as you pull the tranny out just to turn it around.

    Do remember to PROPERLY pre-form the rear main seal on you 1981 BMW r80g/s. Improperly forming the seal CAN result in a small tear in the sealing surface allowing high pressure oil to cascade from the back of the engine.

    Do remember to clean all of the old gasket material off of the timing chain cover on your BMW airhead engine. Doubling up the gasket on one 1.5 inch long segment of the cover allows a lot of oil to escape.

    DAMHIK
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  15. scottro

    scottro Been here awhile

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    When rebuilding carburetors, the pointy side of the float needle valve goes up into the carb.

    "Man these boots are slippery"
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  16. scottro

    scottro Been here awhile

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    When assembling a Harbor Freight trailer kit, lay all the seemingly identical red frame rail sections out in your driveway. Double check that everything's there & how it fits up before you start torquing down the bolts.

    "Awwww crap! This one goes up there? Where's THAT one go then? And wtf is THIS?"
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  17. scottro

    scottro Been here awhile

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    Never drain antifreeze into empty Mountain Dew containers. --Or-- Never drink Mountain Dew when working on vehicles.
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  18. PotentialScat

    PotentialScat aint

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    Never leave trail mix on your bike in bear country unless you have extra turn signal lenses.
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  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    So I'm sitting on the floor working on the bike. I put the air filter back in and have some of that sticky red PJ-1 filter oil on my fingers.

    I reach above my head and feel around on the bench for the carb cleaner and a rag, grab it and spray my hand.. only to look down and see I'd grabbed the PJ-1 instead so now my entire hand was dripping in sticky red filter oil. :huh

    So I put the PJ-1 down on the floor, reach above my head again for the carb cleaner, grab it and give my hand a good soaking... only too look at my hand and now find it covered in sticky white Bel-Ray chain lube on top of the sticky red PJ-1. :patch

    I reach up a 3rd time...
    Did I mention my finger nails are now filthy? :lol3
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  20. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    ROTFL.. I thought I was the only one :)

    I was doing 30mph down the road with face shield down. Fished my camel back straw in from underneath and took a drink tasting soap... turned my head sideways and spit it all out... and into my eyes :lol3
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