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    Rules of Thumb

    I enjoy Rules Of Thumb - little homilies that help us remember how to do things, what things mean and just how to get through life easier.

    There was a book out on them at one time, I've never read it, but I suspect I'd have enjoyed it.

    Anyway, I'll start it up with a couple and see where it goes. If they are not totally obvious, clue us in on what they might refer to... Remember, they got to be true.

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    • Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty (which way to turn the wrench or screwdriver on normal threaded screws and bolts)
    • A small tap with a big hammer is better than a big tap with a small hammer.
    • If you drink your coffee black, you can always get it the way you want it.
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    Is a ukulele player in a mandolin town and banned from all bars by the chief of police unless he leaves his strings and gravy at the front door.

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    Measure twice - cut once.
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    Pedals tighten toward the front of the bike, bottom brackets toward the rear.

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    Less is more.

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    Never attempt to hike the AT three times.
    "Never send a monkey to do a man's job." ~ Captain Leo Davidson ~

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    Quote Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
    Never attempt to hike the AT three times.
    too soon, too soon







    (no not really)
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    When all is said and done, more has been said than done.

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    learned from Clerks 2:

    you never go:

    The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley

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    Do not chew your fingernails when working on septic.
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    My thumbs don't follow rules. Some say that they're rebels. I say they're just opposable.
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    When some wild eyed eight foot tall maniac grabs you by the throat and taps the back of your favorite head head against the barroom wall, and he looks crooked in the eye, and he ask you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

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    The first rule of thumb is that you don't talk about thumb.
    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. - Jimi Hendrix

    Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. - John Lennon


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    You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish.
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    When in doubt, loosen it out. (wheel truing)

    Bearing adjustments, wheel truing, brake systems, drivetrain (typical order of progression for a tune-up, due to fundamental dependencies)

    Logic and reason will never trump The Way Things Have Always Been Done™.

    It will always take longer to "just finish up" a wheel laced by a customer than to build it from scratch.

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    I had a whole bunch of rules of thumb when I was working but gave them up when I retired, Except " Any day you wake up is a good day!"

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    Another keeper: Never assume malice for anything that can be explained by stupidity.

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    If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck...it's probably a duck.
    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. - Jimi Hendrix

    Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans. - John Lennon


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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    Another keeper: Never assume malice for anything that can be explained by stupidity.
    I've never heard this one, but I'm going to commit to memory.

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    If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it was probably already cracked.

    Never eat at a place called Mom's.

    Never play cards with a man named Doc.

    Never sleep with someone whose problems are worse than yours.

    Never eat anything bigger than your head.

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    Don't tug on Superman's cape.
    Don't spit into the wind.
    Don't pull on the mask of that old Lone Ranger.
    And don't mess around with Jim

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