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General Discussion / Re: Van Mileage
« on: Today at 01:36:57 PM »
I have a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee w/hemi - I bought new for my wife and i got it from her in 2010.  It's a great car - no trouble - Quadra track - with the seats down I can fit almost anything.  Paid 37,000 it listed for 40,500 - got zero interest for 5 years.  I would like to replace it but I think I'm looking at 60,000 plus if I want the hemi again. 
It seems these manufacturers are pushing the 3.7 or 4.0 - they have made the cars with bigger engines more expensive - too much for me.  I might look at a truck with a cap - it's in my price range

General Discussion / Re: My Spelling ?
« on: Today at 06:33:22 AM »
Right - and I kind of remember Doc had a good story and comment for those type of bargain hunters - ignore them, and eventually they show back up

General Discussion / Re: My Spelling ?
« on: October 20, 2018, 01:34:00 PM »

I think what was making me doubt the spelling was I had the H upside down and it looked like He  -
The a.n.d was different text - which was replaced - and I couldn't spell Handkerchiefs because the d isn't pronounced -
It's finished - the crack is still visible but it's flat, filled, colored; and I didn't want to aggressively work on the crack and damage any of the shell by over sanding or overfilling.
Also got the corners back on - all the silver pieces had small studs soldered onto the back.  Made it easy to line up and to stay put.  A few holes were off because of the movement of the shell from shrinkage.  A few holes were filled and I made a few new holes in the right places. I glued the silver pieces down with Gorilla glue - the waterbased white glue - it dries perfectly clear so even with a little squeeze out between the letters I wasn't concerned.   A lot of work for a little box - I'll charge $ 100.00 and the dealer will say - for that little box ?  Than I'll hit him with the box and he could reach in and get a Han(d)kerchief to wipe the tears! 

I'm passing this on as I did not want to be the only old person receiving it. Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called, as you will see.
•   Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.
•   Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal , Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam .
•   If you bump into an Old People on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courtly to women.
•   Old People hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
•   Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.
•   Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.
•   It's the Old People who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

This country needs Old People with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.

We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old People
Pass this on to all of the "Old People" you know.
I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them.

General Discussion / My Spelling ?
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:55:24 PM »

A dealer drops off a tortoise shell box for repair.  The top is cracked and one side is tented up 1/8 in. above the other side.  I used a commercial heat gun and it softened the raised part enough that I could press it back in place. A few drops of white glue in the seam and left it to dry over night.  There were sterling silver letters inside the box.  I lay them out and can't figure what they say.  I know there is no "d" in hankerchief  and the first two letters look like "he"  - nothing makes sense !  Maybe it's the ladies initials ?  maybe words or letters missing. The letters "a-n-d" look like different text than the rest - maybe it's what's left from a partially missing word.   So I ask my wife what she thinks - of course she says handkerchief and lovingly reminds me how I wasted my time in school.  Anyway I filled the crack in with timbermate.  Didn't want to use anything too strong and non-reversible on an antique.  I'll color the filler with shellac + trans tint - adding earth-tone pigments to make the final semi opaque color while trying to copy the translucent shell  - final top coat with lacquer just along the filled line.  The repair won't prevent someone from removing the top - fusing it back together and relaying it flat. 

I'm sure the letters a-n-d were replaced at some point and although not done too  badly - no where as nice as the original silversmith workmanship. 
Thank goodness for the endangered protections today - the animal is safe ........ there are great faux plastic alternatives available if splices are needed in this kind of restoration. 

A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door.
The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push.
"Not a chance," says the husband, "it is 3:00 in the morning!"
He slams the door and returns to bed.
"Who was that?" asked his wife..
"Just some drunk guy asking for a push," he answers.
"Did you help him?" she asks. "No, I did not, it’s 3am in the morning and it’s bloody pouring rain out there!"
"Well, you have a short memory," says his wife. "Can't you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself!
“God loves drunk people too you know.”
The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain.
He calls out into the dark, "Hello, are you still there?"
"Yes," comes back the answer. "Do you still need a push?" calls out the husband.
"Yes, please!" comes the reply from the dark. "Where are you?" asks the husband.
"Over here on the swing," replied the drunk.

General Discussion / Re: Press
« on: October 09, 2018, 02:00:43 PM »
It's definitely a metal punching tool.  When I typed it into google new ones are $ 600.00 plus.  I could not figure out a use for it and I don't have a need for it.  The portable one I have does the job on sheet metal. 

Doc tomorrow I have to go look at a Massage chair that the movers took apart and couldn't figure out how to put back together.  I asked them where they purchased it - they said " The Dump in Texas "
Eyebrow raising name for a store - have you seen what kind of quality goods this store has  ?

General Discussion / Press
« on: October 08, 2018, 03:20:40 PM »
Saturday I stopped at a tag sale - this press with 6 extra dies in the Break-stone box was marked $ 8.00.  I have a button press but wondered is there something I could use this for - snaps  ?  I did buy it -  Anyway couldn't think of any upholstery purpose - anyone have any thoughts to put it to good use ?  I have a good hand held metal punch that does sheet metal easily but this press weighs about 50 lbs - bench top monster


*Due to the current and often false allegations made by parties, which include , Harassment, Blackmail etc. there is now an agreement to be signed before "action".*


I, ___________________, the undersigned female partner (herein referred to as the 'Lady'), am about to enjoy sexual intercourse with _________________ (hereafter referred to as the 'Gentleman'), certify the following:

1. THAT I am above the lawful age of consent.

2. THAT I am not under the influence of liquor or any narcotic.

3. THAT the afore mentioned Gentleman did not use any force, threats, coercion or promises to influence me.

4. THAT I, the Lady, am in no fear of him whatsoever.

5. THAT I do not expect or wish to marry him.

6. THAT I do not know if he is married or not and neither do I care.

7. THAT I am neither asleep nor drunk.

8. THAT I am entering this relationship with him; because I love and want to as much as he does.

9. THAT in the event that I receive full satisfaction, which I expect, I declare in advance the capacity and willingness for further participation at regular intervals.

10. THAT I will not act as a witness against him nor will I file charges against him in the event that,
  (a) I contract an STD
  (b) I become pregnant
  (c) I feel that he is violating any legislation - moral, legal or otherwise.


(Signature of Lady ) 

(Signature of Gentleman)

Thinking he was being comical, a man joked about his wife being a little overweight by saying, "We should wash your clothes in Slim Fast. Maybe that would take a few inches off your butt!"

Since it was close to bedtime, she didn't want to start an argument, so just ignored it and went to sleep.

Next morning the husband pulled out a pair of clean underwear covered in powder. He said, "What's this stuff on my shorts?"

The wife replied, "It's called MIRACLE GROW!"


General Discussion / Re: In a Jiffy
« on: October 05, 2018, 06:46:20 AM »
Buick - there are some Republican Conservatives up here in the Big Apple !  - I wouldn't mind retiring in the South when I'm finished battering my head against the concrete up here.
I've never lived more than 15 miles away from where I was born. Haven't even traveled except for one trip to Florida when I helped move my in laws down there. We stayed a week - my Wife visited regularly alternating trips with each of the children  - I never went back.  When SS kicks in I'd like to go to Europe - Rome -

General Discussion / Re: In a Jiffy
« on: October 03, 2018, 06:47:03 AM »
Kody the table  had some broken lattice work - 20th century - mahogany - the pieces all fit back so well there will be very little touch up to do.

Paul this area where I am is less than 20 miles from Manhattan.  It has many Wall St guys who don't think twice about tossing stuff out. They like this area because the commute is short into the City.  There are dozens of towns with different sanitation schedules.  If Clean trash - (furniture etc.) is on Wednesday morning - drive around on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning and you will find amazing things at the curb.  When we moved here 38 years ago we only had our B/R.  We would go Junkin (my Wife calls it) on Tuesday - bring the pieces into the shop and refinish them.  My L/R + D/R and several other pieces came from curb side finds.

A bookseller conducting a market survey asked a woman,   “Which book has helped you most in your life?”   The woman replied, “My husband’s cheque book!!”****
A prospective husband in a book store   asks,   “Do you have a book  called ‘Husband, the Master of the House?’" Sales girl: Fiction and comics are on the 1st floor!”   ****
Someone asked an old man: “Even after 70 years, you still call  your wife – darling, honey, luv.  What’s the secret?" Old man: “I forgot her name and I’m scared to ask her."****
Pharmacist to customer: “Sir, please understand, to buy an  anti-depression pill you need a proper prescription.      Simply showing marriage certificate and wife’s picture is not   enough!****
A man was granted two wishes by God. He asked for the best drink & the  best woman ever.The very next moment he got mineral water & Mother Teresa.*****
There are 3 kinds of men in this world…..Some remain single   and make wonders happen. Some have girlfriends and see  wonders happen. The rest get married and wonder what happened!   ******
Wives are magicians They can change anything into an argument.******
Why do women live a Better, Longer & Peaceful Life, compared to men? A very INTELLIGENT student replied: "Because Women don't have a wife!" ******
COOL MESSAGE BY A WIFE: Dear Mother-in-law, Don't teach me how to handle my children. I am living with one of yours and he needs a lot of improvement!!! ******
When a married man says, I WILL THINK ABOUT IT - what he really means is that he doesn't know his wife's opinion yet.******
A lady says to her doctor: "My husband has a habit of talking in his sleep! What should I give him to cure it?" The doctor replies: "Give him an opportunity to speak when he's  awake!

General Discussion / Re: In a Jiffy
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:43:28 PM »
 that sediment was on the other steamer - the one I wiped out the cushion top with.  I just stood there thinking to myself why didn't I do a test somewhere that didn't show. 
My Wife is right - I'm a dummy :)
I had taken the trigger apart on that old steamer because the water couldn't pass through the opening.  Than I ran CLR through the unit.  After I ruined the casing with that steamer I never used it again. 
This new Jiffy replaces it for sure.  It's a good idea to put a fabric in between ironing or steaming when you're not sure - thanks for that advice.
That sofa fabric was a really cheap - low line Ashley furniture.  The reported wrinkles were really pressure marks because the fabric had no strength -  but I did a number on it. 
I'm still laughing about that day

General Discussion / In a Jiffy
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:06:18 AM »
I was out on a service call and saw a steamer at the curb.  Took it back to the shop - the switch was broken but other wise looked fine.  I considered bypassing the switch but than gave Jiffy a quick call and a new switch was $ 10.00 - I ordered it - 3 days later installed it and I had steam in 3 minutes.  This machine works great.  My previous steamer was a tag sale purchase - high heat and high pressure nozzle.   I cleaned up the crystals formed by hard water and than it worked great.  The first job I used it on was a disaster - the customer bought a new sofa and submitted a complaint that one cushion was wrinkled.  The store said if I couldn't steam the wrinkles out they will replace the casing.  I fired up the steamer - put the wide nozzle on that had 4 ports and 1 minute later the to of the cushion had 4 tracks melted into the fabric.  Felt like a dummy but thank goodness a casing was available.  This Jiffy steamer isn't for removing the grease around your rims like the other one was  :) Nice new toy for $ 10.00. Old switch pictured

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