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Old 12-11-20, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Then there's this thing- I got it out of a dumpster years ago, and finally figured out that it is a ...

oh wait, I still don't know what it is.


Looks like a roller involved in film splicing.
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Old 12-11-20, 11:28 AM
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Ctrl+ to increase. Ctrl- (that's a minus sign) to decrease. Ctrl0 (zero) to reset to 100%
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Old 12-11-20, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Then there's this thing- I got it out of a dumpster years ago, and finally figured out that it is a ...

oh wait, I still don't know what it is.


Looks like you could put a film reel on the spindle, the pulley is for a round belt like those used on film equipment.
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Old 12-11-20, 02:18 PM
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The firm pads rotate- no bearings, & the spring-loaded lever changes the space between the pads from ~2.5mm to 4.5mm.

The whole thing is heavy, over 2 lbs.



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Old 12-13-20, 07:56 PM
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If you have a caulk gun with a little hole in the handle like this one, you can use that to cut the tube of caulk, thus you dont need a knife to open the caulk....


Ran out to the garage to look at my Newborn caulking gun and - lo and behold - it has a Spout Cutter hole/mechanism! No idea.
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Old 12-13-20, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
The firm pads rotate- no bearings, & the spring-loaded lever changes the space between the pads from ~2.5mm to 4.5mm.

The whole thing is heavy, over 2 lbs.



So I was totally wrong!
Not for the first time...
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Old 12-14-20, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
So I was totally wrong!
Not for the first time...

It was a good guess. Somebody must know what this thing does!
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Old 12-15-20, 06:11 PM
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25 yrs ago before we were on the internet at work part of the SOP for installing workstations was removing minesweeper, free cell and other games. Can't have people goofing off on the job! Of course people just brought their own from home and installed them.
Yea...been there...I had several games that ran inside Excel so if they did a scan, it came up as using Excel...
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Old 12-16-20, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
The firm pads rotate- no bearings, & the spring-loaded lever changes the space between the pads from ~2.5mm to 4.5mm.

The whole thing is heavy, over 2 lbs.



I did a quick search of the company name and as you probably already know, they dealt with photographic equipment and supplies. Since the company was established in 1900's ish…. My guess that has something to do with processing or holding film.
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Old 12-16-20, 12:50 PM
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TIL that the pull tab on a zipper, when pushed down flat onto the zipper after zipping up (like on a pair of pants), will stop the zipper from opening under pressure. A particular pair of pants I had, that were maybe 1 size too small, kept opening up on me and my wife said to make sure the tab was down, and I called bull***** on her, only to find out it's true, it only took 48 years of pants wearing to learn this.
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Old 12-17-20, 01:20 AM
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All the things you can do with a 14-1 painters tool is mind blowing....my Mom was a single parent of 3 and learned and taught the 3 kids many skills when we were young and one of the things she passed along was make sure you have this tool in your box.
I used this tool today attempting to scrape ice and leaves out of my gutters ahead of the snowstorm. But I didn't know what it was called until I saw your post.
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Old 12-17-20, 05:01 PM
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I was impressed when I learned about the "keeper" tab on aluminum foil and other rolls.


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Old 12-17-20, 09:00 PM
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I've been using pipe vice stands like this since the '70s and could never figure out what the screw in the top was for.

Some time in the last couple of years I found out that it is used with a cut piece of pipe to brace the stand off the ceiling.


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Old 12-17-20, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
Yea...been there...I had several games that ran inside Excel so if they did a scan, it came up as using Excel...
I remember the flight sim in excel.
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Old 12-17-20, 11:17 PM
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I'm still trying to figure out this doodad on my Spin Doctor multi tool. No luck checking their website.
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Old 12-17-20, 11:36 PM
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I'm still trying to figure out this doodad on my Spin Doctor multi tool. No luck checking their website.
Chain Pin Holder

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Old 12-18-20, 06:25 AM
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Whaaat? I have never heard about such features. I have the same equipment
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My father was a DI in WWII, so I grew up with these cartoons...

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Old 12-19-20, 08:07 PM
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Not bicycle related but I just recently learned about this one...
Gas tank indicator arrow :


Beside the gas pump icon, on your dashboard, there is an arrow that indicates which side of the vehicle the gas tank is on. Handy to know if you rent a lot of different cars!
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Old 12-22-20, 07:56 AM
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I was 67 years old before I found out that riding a recumbent was far nicer than riding ass hatchet DF bikes.
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Old 12-22-20, 01:19 PM
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I was impressed when I learned about the "keeper" tab on aluminum foil and other rolls.


****!!!
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Old 12-22-20, 05:43 PM
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I was 67 years old before I found out that riding a recumbent was far nicer than riding ass hatchet DF bikes.
You never stop, do you? It's almost funny.
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Old 12-22-20, 05:54 PM
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You never stop, do you? It's almost funny.
No, it's not.
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You never stop, do you? It's almost funny.
You cant go wrong if you post the truth.
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I guess I was 40 years old, mindlessly pumping gas in my car at a Shell station, when I realized their logo is actually a shell. Not really a useful thing, other than to confirm my wife is correct in that I'm clueless.
I didn't know that one, thanks

On a related note, when I was about 4 yrs old, I had one of those thick carton folding 'book' for kids with big picture on each 'page' and one of them was town square with shops that had signs above the entrance marking what that particular shop was selling. One had sign that said 'MEAT' and looking at it one day, I suddenly connected the individual letters sounds together and I read my first word ever. I learned to read fast after that. Actually it wasn't in English as I was born in what was then Czechoslovakia and the spelling was more 'learning to read friendly', that is, not like English spelling which is mostly different from how you pronounce the letters when you speak.

That universal painters tool has one function not listed on that website. If you sink drywall nail too deep, or in our modern times, the drywall screw went in a bit deep and broke the paper, creating a burr around the screw head, or more often, when the screw didn't catch and you removed it, leaving empty hole, you then use the handle end of that painters tool (it has that metal cap with nice rounded corners) to press in the hole edges so that your broad knife doesn't bump over them when you are applying thin coating to fill them in.
Sometimes when I painted for other people, they were asking about my brush/roller spinner tool and were gaping when I showed them what it is for.
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