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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ron Brown, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    I have a question,,,,,
    A number of pages back someone wrote about a 'rain barrel'
    Now, what is a rain barrel?
    Here in SoCal I have a barrel and no rain comes out of it and we could use some right about now,,,
    Then I thought it didn't have enough holes, I drilled a ton and still no rain.
    You guys are smart here on the HAMB, so could you 'esplain 'rain barrel' to me???
  2. A "rain barrel" is the barrel you put on your rifle when you go hunting in the rain. It has a little umbrella attached to it to keep the water out.
  3. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,316

    from Ioway

    ^^^^ Ha ha!!!

    Don should be sanctioned, or punished somehow, for that. Jus Sayin'.
  4. Harv
    Joined: Jan 16, 2008
    Posts: 363

    from Sydney

    Check to see if your rain barrel is metric. It could be an Aussie one. Ours come in several types:
    a) Drought version - dry, with dust in the bottom.
    b) Flood version - floats.
    c) Cyclone version - missing, found several hundred miles away in splinters.
    d) Bushfire version - charred, holds warm water.

    You want either the imperial Fair Weather (half full of water) or Snow (full of ice) versions - we don't get those here.

  5. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,669

    Ron Brown

    even better yet
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  6. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,570

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    You have to take the barrel to a place where it rains to fill it and bring it home before you poke holes in it. The one you have now might be better if you fill it with dry ice and get Jeff Bezos to shoot it into the sky above your house to do some cloud seedingLike they used to do.
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  7. Kentuckian
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 814


    When using an epoxy such as JB Weld, I am always looking for something to mix the epoxy on. Yesterday a box of car parts was delivered to the house. After removing the parts I was ready to throw the empty box in the trash when it dawned on me to cut the box up into small squares. Now I have several small squares of cardboard just the right size to mix epoxy on.
  8. impala4speed
    Joined: Jan 31, 2010
    Posts: 317


    I do something very similar except I use the empty 6-pack cartoons left over from craft beer (IPA's). And I have a LOT of those empty cartons. Not being very big they store very easily once flattened out. I also like that the cardboard is very smooth which makes mixing a little easier.
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  9. Wayne67vert
    Joined: Feb 23, 2012
    Posts: 121


    I save empty cereal boxes. They have a slick side that's perfect. I also use them for making patterns when I need to cut some metal.
  10. ekimneirbo
    Joined: Apr 29, 2017
    Posts: 2,480

    from Brooks Ky

    Shop Fans

    I have used lots of different style shop fans over the years. Have some mounted permanently on the posts for my shop crane and even one of those bedroom tower fans that works good when used in the shop. The problem with many fans is that they either blow so hard they are uncomfortable or they are so noisy they are irritating. Had one of those large (4' dia) fans they sell for warehouses and it was both noisy and overblown. Sold it to someone else.

    My son has a squirrel cage blower out of a furnace thats mounted on a cart with some small wheels. Most of them are too noisy when used in a furnace. The trick is to slow them down with a pulley change or a motor change. If you slow them down, they still put out a good volume of air without being irritating. The one my son has really works well and its quiet too. You can put it on one side of his shop and still get a good breeze at the other side......40 feet away. I don't know how it does it, but the air is more "gentle" than what comes from a normal shop fan and yet it seems to carry further. Squirrel cage blowers usually sell real cheap, often for less than the motor on it would sell for. Put a different pully on one and they make a really nice shop fan. My son likes his better than any of the other fans, and you can just roll it under a workbench when not needed.

    One other thing you can do is look for a low rpm motor. I don't know why, but anything other than 1725/3450 rpm is hard to sell. I have a couple that I tred to sell on Facebook and had no interest even though I priced them cheaply. So now I'm gonna keep them and use them on the next squirrel cage that comes my way.

    I'm tellin ya, the one my son has really puts out a nice breeze without being too stong. It works really well and very quiet..........not bedroom quiet, but very quiet.;)
  11. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,528

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    A friend of mine bought a building that had been used to doctor up used cars. Previous owner left behind a big stack of plastic license plates with the dealer's name. Those make excellent mixing boards for epoxy or small batches of bondo.

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  12. Extra note to the above couple of posts; I changed the pulley on the old furnace fan, and it runs fairly quiet and gives lots of air movement. The pulley on mine was adjustable; you could open or close it up, to change the drive diameter.
    I save the clipped tails from large zip ties, to use for mixing J-B Weld. They are stiff enough to stir the mixture well, and narrow enough to put the J-B Weld in to smaller nooks. Just throw them in the pouch with the JBW tubes.
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  13. I use shishkabob bamboo skewers cut in half to mix J-B Weld or any other epoxy, but I like the idea of those zip-tie ends.
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  14. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 906

    from Western MA

    I cut the metal bottoms off food cans and tubes and keep a few popsicle sticks with them to mix JB Weld and small batches of filler with. I keep a few bottoms and sticks along with the JB in my pit "damage control" box. Big benefits in a small space, surprising how often they have bailed out other racers as well as myself.

    I'll be trying the zip tie cut off ends for the really small jobs next time one presents itself.

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  15. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,013


    I use plasticware knives to mix JB Weld.
  16. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,468


    Always when using a knife cut away from yourself. If the knife slips you don't stab yourself.
  17. bigdog
    Joined: Oct 30, 2002
    Posts: 706


    Really? That's all you got? How about "Don't run with scissors".:D
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  18. Is running with scissors more dangerous than running with hoodlums?
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  19. I recently used a 4" hole saw to cut through my shed wall to put a 3" abs plumping cleanout
    with screw in cap.
    I can use this to run my welding cable or water hose or electrical cords or whatever when needed.
    Kind of handy, and oh ya I don't run anymore!
  20. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,294

    from Nicasio Ca

    I mix epoxy with a nail, and grab whatever's in the trash can to mix it on.
  21. A few posts ago there was a lot of talk about JB weld, i’ve only used that stuff a few times, what uses am i missing?
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  22. rtp
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 200


    I store JB weld tubes in a empty plastic peanut butter jar.
    Along with sticks to stir it with.
    Use the top of the lid to mix on.
    After the remains set up just peel it off ,it does not stick well
    to this kind of plastic.
  23. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,294

    from Nicasio Ca

    You're not breaking enough stuff.
  24. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,570

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    I sealed a crack in the water jacket in the block of my bulldozer at least 30 years ago and it's still sealed. A few other things didn't last that long. :rolleyes:
  25. Kentuckian
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 814


    A dull knife will cut you quicker than a sharp knife.
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  26. I have a lot of holes in my firewall that i'm welding up.
    Got a magnet from an old PA horn speaker, cut a piece of copper bar to fit (poorly) and padded it out with some MDF behind. They slot into the hole in the magnet.
    Works a treat.
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  27. brading
    Joined: Sep 9, 2019
    Posts: 513


    Thats a neat idea " Clitchy "
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  28. Nice solution using the magnet with the copper. Any smoke from the MDF?
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  29. No smoke, only gets warm. I only used MDF because it was close to hand when i came up with this. The copper is pretty thick, it's from a 50v DC bus bar.
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  30. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,013


    If I want to mask brake lines when painting the frame, I slit 12" plastic kitchen straws lengthwise and slip them over the brake lines.

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