Note to self:

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

  1. Uncle Phill

    Uncle Phill Adventurer

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    Don't set your SPOT satellite locator on the top of your pickup to test. They can survive a 35 mph drop...and DO put name and number on all equipment.

    Don't wear a ring when connecting starter to Dad's old pickup. Blister looks like an innertube! A fresh memory from the middle 1960s.
  2. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Note to self: pull exhaust plug out before trying to kick start anything.:deal

    Freakin' KDX!

    Go out to load it. "Think I'll fire it up first before we get too far..." (Cold morning)

    Kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick,
    kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, "son-uv-a..." kick, kick, kick, kick, kick,
    kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick
    "son-uv-a...it ain't that cold out..." kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick, kick "...ok, that's enough of that for now..."

    "Mind if I park this in front of the shop there in the sun, Sue? Maybe if it warms up a bit more..."

    *walks back over to bike*

    "D'oh! Bet if I pull that exhaust plug out of there..."

    Kick, Vroooom!


    Dumb ass!
  3. derder

    derder Adventurer

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    So sad that I'm the only one who has forgotten to check the kill switch before beginning involved diagnosis of failure-to-start... more than once

    :doh
  4. muddywater

    muddywater Been here awhile

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    I still have scars from that one....1972??
  5. metlcutr55

    metlcutr55 LongGoneDaddy

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    close, 1975 or so. a week earlier i had laid my new yam 750 down (not hard, just forgot kickstand) in front of the strip club with witnesses, wouldnt have been so bad, but in those days i wore a ring of all (many) my keys on a chain hooked to the beltloop of my jeans. the ring stretched and the keys went everywhere, as the yam key was still in the ignition. my buddy laughed really hard. it was my buddy on his new to him superglide that fell over at a gas pump because of his bellbottoms a week later. i laughed really hard. fucks up the badass harley rider image a lil.
  6. captain crunch

    captain crunch huckleberry

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    I did it at a red light. Looked like the guy on "Laugh In" riding the tricycle in the yellow slicker.
  7. autolycos

    autolycos True vulgarian

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    Just make sure any soft tissue is put safely away beforehand.

    DAMHIK.
  8. muddywater

    muddywater Been here awhile

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    Ditto on redlight..
    Pinned my leg under my CL125 and burned the pattern of the muffler gaurd in my calf. I was in front of the local Dodge dealership and a salesman rushed over to help me up.

    Another time my bellbottom made a trip through the rear sprocket of my Elsinore 125 at speed. No injury but scary. Bellbottoms are definately not motorcyle friendly.
  9. autolycos

    autolycos True vulgarian

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    Don't let go of the handle of the drill press before ensuring your face is out of the swing radius of the handle. I was a teenager and wearing braces at the time. Put the bracket of a top incisor clean through my lip. I had a little 1/2" square tic-tac-toe pattern scar on my bottom lip for about 10 years. I went into the bathroom to inspect the damage, and the blood filling my mouth just about made me pass out.
  10. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    This is a very, very small incident, but... try to remember the basic physical properties of the substance you're working with. It's important sometimes.

    When drilling holes in aluminum, it doesn't really do any good to carefully place a magnet underneath to catch the chips. :becca
  11. Lee Keller King

    Lee Keller King Adventurer Wannabe

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    Note to self:

    Those nice, disposable nitryl gloves keep your hands clean, but they do not offer any protection from a hot turn signal light bulb that you are trying to change! :cry


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  12. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    When replacing the starter on Mom's car in the parking lot at the mental hospital where she works...

    ...keep a close eye on the tools. Better yet, put the toolbox back in the trunk and only pull out the tools you need.

    Also, less rain gets in the toolbox when the sky (of course) begins to piss down rain and lightning the moment you wiggle underneath, and a delusional guy with bushy hair appears out of nowhere to watch and tell you he's building a flying saucer for Jesus. And you notice him staring hungrily at the screwdrivers and chisels... :loco


    Scratch that -- I think if I could go back in time, I'd actually just tell myself to first look inside the car, slap my forehead, and put the shifter in park. :bluduh
  13. Andy-Gadget

    Andy-Gadget Any bike can go anywere

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    Reminds me of the bloke complaining that the magnetic tank bag on his BMW was flopping around all over the place, On a K100:rofl
  14. tathambenjamin

    tathambenjamin Been here awhile

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    When undoing trans bolts, never assume that all bolts are identical. I was all pissed off that I thought I had found a stripped thread in the engine casing because it just spun round and round when I turned it. Turns out that the left side trans bolt threads into the case and the right side bolt goes all the way through the case and has a nut attached to the back. Damn it. The worst part is that I didnt figure this out on my own. I got pissed off and posted asking about tapping new threads in the engine case, etc. Someone replied and said "uhhh, did you take the nut off the back of that bolt?":deal

    Live and learn. I wont forget now.
  15. GS650Lady

    GS650Lady Professional Nag

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    NEVER read "Note to self" while eating lunch at your desk! :photog
  16. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    See post #119
  17. Welshman

    Welshman B.U.F.F.

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    Mention to your workshop that when they weld up your cracked lawnmower base pan, they should earth / ground it on the pan, not on the insulated frame, otherwise the "suspension" spring is going to carry all the current and will finish up glowing bright red!!!! Thursday:1drink

    And when they do a pressure test on a vessel, (using a proper calibrated guage) make sure:
    1. They picked a KPa not an MPa guage, it causes problems.
    2. They dont have a closed valve between the guage and the vessel.
    3. When they drain BIG tanks after the test, the filling fire hose isnt still attached to the vent (it goes flat) and you pull a vacuum, destroying a multi million dollar tank....

    :huh
  18. MaxPower

    MaxPower Been here awhile

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    While TIG welding, try not to set the torch in your lap and reach for something. Then accidentally stand on the pedal like it is a drag race:eek1. I guarantee that you won't have to wonder how the hole got in your pants.
  19. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    release the pressure in the fork BEFORE opening the drain screw.
  20. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Yeah, but you didn't actually purchase and install a brand new starter... :becca

    There might have been crazy people watching you, though.