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Forum: General Garage Discussion 07-15-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,737
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Guidance on drying out a car . . .

Rinse them off with the hose, then shop Vac. Maybe even some carpet shampoo.
Forum: Vintage Tool Discussion 04-08-2016, 08:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 794
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Top Secret Testing Underway

Find a rusty chain and cut it up. Or a bucket of rusty hardware at a garage sale.
Forum: General Tool Discussion 01-27-2016, 11:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,458
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Concentric all in one nutdriver.

I just picked one up today from a co-worker who was selling tools from his late father and uncle's tool collections.

Have never heard one until this thread, then the next day I see one. Had to...
Forum: Garage Gallery 12-15-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 887
Views: 194,701
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: The Great Little Garage

I've always viewed those posts as a check-in. Bill knows that he has people on here watching, that in as much as a web forum can, hold him accountable.

He has drifted away and come back to this...
Forum: Garage Gallery 12-14-2015, 10:59 PM
Replies: 887
Views: 194,701
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: The Great Little Garage

Hello Bill, It's good to see you still posting updates. I was the first one to reply on your last thread, so I have been watching these threads from the start. I'll admit that it is somewhat of a...
Forum: General Garage Discussion 12-10-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,057
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Before the torque wrench was invented.

"Tight's tight, and too tight's broke"
Forum: Heating and A/C 11-20-2015, 10:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,192
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Portable Heating for Garages

I have a fair bit of iron, so I don't run any combustion heaters due to condensation. So, I just dress warm. Around Chicago, there's only about 3 months that need more.

I have two electric...
Forum: Fabrication & Techniques 11-07-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 29,767
Posted By MadMechMaster
Forum: Lighting & Electrical 07-16-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 663
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Charles Proteus Steinmetz

You can check out his summer cabin at Greenfield Village.
Forum: General Tool Discussion 06-06-2015, 10:56 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,066
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Breaking wrenches

There is a right direction and a wrong direction to apply torque with an adjustable. Using it the wrong way would give the impression of being worn.
Forum: Lighting & Electrical 04-26-2015, 10:39 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 24,207
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Help! Solar city install left HUGE eyesore

I bet you could get Pepco to fail it, and require corrections.
Forum: Heating and A/C 04-09-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,348
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Everyone has crazy inventive heating ideas, what about crazy inventive COOLING id

Moving a water heater or clothes dryer out of the garage can help by reducing the overall heat load.
Forum: Fabrication & Techniques 03-30-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,168
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Rake

Cool, thanks. Being from the suburbs, I never would have thought of that. I might be building a mini version for my lawn.
Forum: Fabrication & Techniques 03-30-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,168
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Rake

Looks good. How did you make the tines? I can't quite make it out from the pictures.

I could use something like that for de-thatching if they have enough flex.
Forum: Flooring 03-23-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,369
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Thinset over 200 square feet of plywood? (Inside house)

I'm sure that to the laminate manufacturer, the 1" out of level is probably not as important as how "planar" the floor is. You could get away with only addressing the Highs and lows.
Forum: Lighting & Electrical 03-14-2015, 11:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,291
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Upgrading House Electrical

I'm not too familiar with wiring from that time period, but is there conduit to all the outlets? My parents place, built in the 50's, had what looks like rubber and cloth covered conductors in...
Forum: General Garage Discussion 02-11-2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,447
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: How do YOU empty a gas tank?

It felt wrong writing that.
Forum: General Garage Discussion 02-11-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,447
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: How do YOU empty a gas tank?

That's a check ball. You place that end in the fluid and jerk the hose in and out. Each time, a little fluid enters and is trapped. Eventually a siphon starts.
Forum: General Garage Discussion 02-09-2015, 11:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,447
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: How do YOU empty a gas tank?

This is dangerous if you smoke, but it hasn't been mentioned yet: I have used a length of rubber fuel line pushed down the filler neck, and used an air gun to blow across the open end of the hose. ...
Forum: General Garage Discussion 12-16-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,801
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Ideas needed for lifting precast concrete panels

The lifting doesn't seem to be a problem for you. Rent or build a platform. You might need one on each side.
Forum: Lighting & Electrical 12-05-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,919
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Cleaning up spaghetti

I'm near Chicago, so I don't ever see Romex. Is that an orange extension cord wired in?
Forum: Lighting & Electrical 11-04-2014, 09:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,222
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Electrician quote... is this a good deal?

For the work, that could be good for your area, with permits and all.

A whole house, natural gas generator that transfers automatically at the service connection would cost in the~$4-7K range...
Forum: Heating and A/C 10-23-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,012
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Looking for free heat

I'd like to see where this goes. We get the same weather, and 55 in the winter would be just fine.
Forum: Lighting & Electrical 10-03-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,857
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: Is this device safe for a 14 year old?

I'm going to go against the crowd here and offer an opinion. I don't see a UL or ETL listing. The 30V 5A is not really the issue that I see. It's the AC voltage side that would be be my concern.
...
Forum: General Garage Discussion 09-29-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,835
Posted By MadMechMaster
Re: I've got an idea for a big shelf. Good or bad?

I bet you can even eliminate the brackets. Run a rail across the bottom edge of the beam. This could be wood, but I would use angle iron. Attach the shelving to that with machine screws and nuts. ...
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