Note to self:

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

  1. Jsboening

    Jsboening Social Cockroach.

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    If at any time while using the table saw you taste blood, stop because you've probably cuts something important off.

    Confirm all accessories on the front of an engine spin freely before you assume the engine has seized. It's much easier to swap the alternator out of a late 80's S10 blazer than the entire engine.

    When you squeeze through an opening between your car and the tree next to it while on your 5000lbs John Deere tractor, make sure you account for swing of the back blade as you make your final turn. It's amazing how thin sheet metal is on cars nowadays. Like a hot knife through butter. In fact my brother didn't even notice till his return trip back. DOH!
  2. effensteve

    effensteve Enjoying the ride

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    The short shock bolt on a 950 adv goes in the top hole, if you try to put it in the bottom it may fall into the swingarm and you have to go fishen
  3. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I saw something similar first hand. I worked in a diesel shop in Van Buren, AR, for a week back in '84. One customer picked up his truck after an engine overhaul and brought it back about ten minutes later with an overheating problem. The reason the engine was rebuilt was because of an overheating problem. The mechanic failed to properly diagnose a bad water pump, so there was $20 grand down the drain. Between that and the shop owner doing a bad job on a turbo rebuild (you could hear the impeller hitting the housing after the test drive, so I'm sure it grenaded shortly after being put back in service) and another mechanic walking off the job in the middle of a blower installation, I saw enough to know to get out after a week. They stayed open for another year, then closed.
  4. Shoganai

    Shoganai Let's do some livin'

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    Note to self: do not zip tie wiring so tightly under the tank, it requires removing the tank to replace a headlight! (it involved HID conversion)

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  5. Sun Ray

    Sun Ray Polyglottic Moran

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    Don't forget to put on the crush washer on your oil drain bolt before you park the bike on your nice brick porch! Those stains are hard to get out. :baldy
  6. baldman1

    baldman1 Been here awhile

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    Yeah I was 13 years old with no experience. It's called the shotgun approach to fixing things.
  7. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC

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    The reserve on your OEM tank is much smaller than the over sized after market one you got used to. :baldy
  8. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Do not stuff a rag in the airbox of your XRR for winter storage, then forget about it so that a full morning is spent between you and your buddies trying to diagnose the problem.

    "It started and ran for three seconds and was running great when I put it away" :lol3

    After cleaning and lubing the chain after a long day riding, do not absent mindedly spin the wheel in the wrong direction, while wiping excess lube off the chain. Two punctured digits and a painful pause to let the "Did I REALLY just do that?" sink in before rotating the wheel back 90 degrees to extracate fingers.
  9. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    As a 20 yr. old nitwit, do not 'casually' kickstart your new DT360 with your foot in a cast. (That's the bike you bought just before you crashed your 250 Bultaco in the laneway, basically breaking your foot in half and with it four toes and the one you picked up by having your mother drive you from the hospital on release to the Yamaha dealer) :uhoh

    The kickback earned me two more trips to surgery :fpalm
  10. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    When your buddy rolls up to your place in his newly painted pickup, you admire the work and offer to clean up the overspray on the windows.

    Using the red Scotchbrite instead of the white was not so impressive :cry

    Not my finest detailing moment :rofl
  11. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Do NOT allow another teenage friend to tow you and your Mini on the highway, in the rain, with enough rope to allow a car to slip in between the two of you . . . . :fpalm
  12. planemanx15

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    Woah! That had to be funny lol
  13. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Funny? I was thinking more "absolutely terrifying" :huh
  14. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Not to mention, what was the other driver thinking, sliding in between two cars with their hazards flashing.
  15. BOBF4S

    BOBF4S Adventurer

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    when you park the bobber you have completed in the hallway of your house to admire . but to stop the fuel smells you first empty the tank and take off both carb drain plugs . bike looks and smeels great . untill you get asked to take it to a show .

    damn thing wont start ! quick start lets it fire , then it dies . fresh fuel in tank as you remember youdrained it . reconnect tank hose to carbs . but when you put the tap on , fuel flows straight through . got to be sticky floats . tap the carbs , shake the bike , bounce it , to free the 'sticky floats ' ,swear , then stop and think . ' nope , refitted fuel tank , put new fuel in , battery is charged , got spark at the plugs , maybe the timing went out .... check that . all ok . push the bike till no more breath .... nope ..

    spray quick start , it fires and then dies . dammit . finally listen to girlfriend to take carbs off and clean them . take off the first one and feel something is missing at the bottom .... aaaaah carb drain plugs are off .

    now , where did i leave them ......
  16. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Ladder 101

    Do listen to the voice of Safety Sam when he says " Hey boyo, check that ladder's on the proper angle and the feet are well set so you can climb up on top of that 10 foot structure ".

    Check

    Listen again when Sammy says "Double check that son and make sure the top of the ladder's well planted and those feet have nowhere to go".

    Check

    Do not ignore the inner voice that says " Hmm, maybe I should consider the fact that the feet are on a finished cement floor with fine dust on it. Naaah, I've been up and down a hundred times and nary a wiggle"

    Wrong

    Climb up to the top of said ladder and place a hand on the top of the structure and . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    there's that sickening feeling as you think -

    "Excuse me shitheels, but why did you not take three seconds to secure the ladder?"

    "Oh, so that's what it feels like when the feet of the ladder skate out towards eternity"

    "This will not buff out" :muutt

    Any relationship the ladder had with the wall and the floor evaporated.
    I managed to get my right arm around the ladder and ride the b*tch down as it accelerated towards ground zero.

    Body- "Maybe I'll be ok!" :hmmmmm
    Floor- "Bring it"

    Two broken ribs and a concussion. I hit hard enough that I twisted the upright on the ladder like a pretzel. Ten minutes to do the worm over to a doorway and pull myself upright. Another ten minutes to walk the 100 feet to the house for help. Yes, my cell phone was in the house and yes, I was alone in the factory :fpalm
  17. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    Daang, you are lucky it was only up ten feet, I used to work on 30+ foot ladders and that would have been deadly.
    When I went to journeyman school they thought us that the distance between the wall and the feet of the ladded should be 1/3 of the height of the ladder. Although this might seem a steep angle, this is the correct ratio to avoid such accidents, oh, and another operator holding the ladder to make sure that the feet don't slip! :gerg
  18. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    I've seen ladder feet with holes in them, presumably to take ground spikes. Not really an option on concrete, unfortunately.
  19. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    Not a garage thing, but funny all the same :D

    In the hospital, night one, after the meeting of motorcyle and rock face.

    Do not, while surfing the gently rolling waves of Demerol, wake up thirsty and mistake the pee jug for the water jug . . . . :becca
  20. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    When you wake up stiff and sore at 05.00AM from working in/out of the shop all day before and sore enough that you have lift your arm right up to put your shirt on, DON"T reach up far enough to break the priceless to you light shade that has been there for well over 50 years. And move quick as you hear it break just over your head....:huh

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    Sorry about the dust.....that was today's plan vacuuming, just not that.....:cry

    Wish me better luck later today, I have to go and salvage a nice double plate window, gas charged and way up the ladder.:evil Before the kids break it like they did with the other one.:eek1:eek1:eek1