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Old 05-27-2016, 06:53 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
The "thinking chair", that place where you go to regroup when all else fails.
I thought that was called a toilet...

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Old 05-27-2016, 06:57 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Caffeinated View Post
Robert Cross, your "tools explained" is classic. It needs to be posted on the Facebook Airstream Addicts page.

I've posted something almost identical on my Facebook page, I'm sure one of my Facebook friends will either share that, or copy Bob's post here.

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Old 05-27-2016, 08:25 PM   #17
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:25 PM   #18
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A few more tools:

ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age.


TROUBLE LIGHT: It's main purpose is to consume 40-watt light bulbs at about the same rate that 105-mm howitzer shells might be used during, say, the first few hours of the Battle of the Bulge. More often dark than light, its name is somewhat misleading. UNLESS, one puts a 150+ watt bulb in the thing so that one can actually see something of note. This guarantees that the shade and cage will be hot enough to char flesh while searing retinas when the light rotates into the eyes. The chances of this happening approach an absolute when one is trapped on one’s back in/under a confined space.

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Old 05-28-2016, 05:06 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by ROBERT CROSS View Post
......All the things you can think of plus the one thing you'll need that you FORGOT!!

.......Every time another tool thread starts I have to post this.

Tools explained.

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light . Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh sh--!'

SKIL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes , trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans.. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.

SON-OF-A-BITCH TOOL: (A personal favorite!) Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling 'Son of a BITCH!' at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

That is a keeper!
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Old 05-28-2016, 05:23 AM   #20
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I had to use my jack handle after blowing the fuse. It wouldn't turn much due to the tank cover. I discovered the a 3/8" ratchet extension fits perfectly between the jack and the handle.
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:04 AM   #21
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I am going to print out Bob's tool list and hang it in my garage. Then, when I am fuming and throwing things, I can stop and have a good laugh!!
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:32 AM   #22
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Thanks! I needed a good chuckle this morning...
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Old 05-28-2016, 08:50 AM   #23
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this raises a good point..... though... I don't even know where the fuse for power head is.......... much less what to have one hand to replace it with.

Enlighten me please.
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Old 05-28-2016, 09:47 AM   #24
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30 amp AGC. It's in a yellow rubber coupler under your fork

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Old 05-28-2016, 10:12 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by Goal15 View Post
30 amp AGC. It's in a yellow rubber coupler under your fork
The 30A fuse has to be the slow blow variety. See this thread:

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