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[#] Wed Dec 31 2008 16:58:32 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Today was a 3 shear pin day.

What I don't get is that for all their wisdom for making shear pins (although you'd think by now they'd make something like a circuit breaker that could be reset, preferably with the touch of a button) they didn't solve the problem of how to release the thing that got jammed in the augur that broke the shear pin.
By the time the pin breaks, it's wedged in there really dam good and doesn't come out without a hammer. Which I have to go back inside and get after I already made a trip to get a pile of shear pins.

This reminds me of something Peter pulse said many years ago about lighting.
The engineering behind theater lighting basically hasn't changed. They did something that worked, and without a big enough popular market, there's no impetus to change.
Seems like that with power tools sometimes. The snowblower does what it does really well, and absolutely nothing else, there's no ease of use features aside from blow snow.

Then again, I realize now I shouldn't complain, because the alternative is "progress"

I bought a new jigsaw this past year because I finally burned out the one I inhereted from an old friend family member and it's got a laser sight. Except it's not straight. And it's so bright I can't see the line I've drawn to cut on since it's so close to the laser, and of course there's no off switch.
So Now I have a piece of electrical tape over the laser sighting hole so I don't have to see the laser.
Progress. Always progress.

I'll keep my unuser friendly snowblower, thank you.

[#] Wed Dec 31 2008 17:14:57 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I didn't realize people actually listened to the things I say, much less remembered them. Since I said that, theatre lighting actually has changed quite a bit.
But it was pretty static for a long time...

[#] Wed Dec 31 2008 23:10:56 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Seems like that with power tools sometimes. The snowblower does what

it does really well, and absolutely nothing else, there's no ease of
use features aside from blow snow.

Unless it's Ig's snowblower and it's been sabotoged. then it doesn't blow snow.


bwahahahah.. Ig gets distracted when frying. Bad things can happen to the power tools.

[#] Thu Jan 01 2009 01:16:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I don't need shear pins for my snowblower when I can use frozen mozzarella sticks for the exact same purpose.

[#] Thu Jan 01 2009 18:34:16 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Never broken a shear pin.... I've stalled my snow blower, but that's it.

[#] Thu Jan 01 2009 22:16:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'd rather stall than break the pin. At least when it stalls you can just clear the thing out and start right back up again. I wonder if there's a way to set things up so that it's more predisposed to stalling than shearing.

[#] Thu Jan 01 2009 23:00:53 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I didn't realize people actually listened to the things I say, much
less remembered them. Since I said that, theatre lighting actually has


Maybe it's just me. :-)
"A concept is valid regardless of its origin." That was from dark star. Great movie. Nobody things so but me, but regardless of who says it, even if it's somebody I despite and would never want to give credit for anything, its still a valid concept.

Perhaps that was one of the things that planted the seed of my views on progress.

[#] Thu Jan 01 2009 23:04:11 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Don't run at full throttle?

A friend of mine got so sick of replacing shear pins (which by the way they don't sell at home depot) that he just put regular bolts in his snowblower.
Then we found out why they make shear pins.

Apparently the shock of the engine coming to such a drasticly quic halt when the auger gets jammed can under certain circumstances bend or break the piston rods in the engine.
No shit. It actually happened.

Think about it though, the auger (at least mine) is a big fucking massive hunk of gearing. The engine is pretty small, I imagine the engine parts are designed to take the abuse of the engine firing, not being slammed to a stop quickly.

[#] Thu Jan 01 2009 23:04:35 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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sorry, push rods.

[#] Thu Jan 01 2009 23:05:34 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Really though, if your snow blower stalls before the shear pins break then either you're not eating rocks or your engines underpowered. methinks. But hey if it blows snow well enough and stalls, all the better for you.

[#] Mon Jan 05 2009 19:36:16 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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You should try replacing (or cleaning) the air filter.  That will cause stalls also.

[#] Tue Jan 06 2009 22:55:10 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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So a sales guy that I've been annoying every week getting the current price of oil contracts called me today to tell me it's starting to go back up.
so I signed up. $2.19. Much better than the $3.59 I paid last year.
Although they only do contracts until april 30, so I can't lock this in until next jan 4, but it's better than nothing...

[#] Wed Jan 07 2009 08:34:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, at least if the economy recovers at the end of January like I expect it to, and the price of oil shoots up in response, then you'll have $2.19 heating oil until the end of April.

[#] Wed Jan 07 2009 09:22:26 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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... and why will the economy recover at the end of january?

This guy's argument is "the unrest in the middle east" Which I presume he's talking about israel, but I don't see how that would affect oil prices.

[#] Wed Jan 07 2009 10:08:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's all about the mainstream media. They said that the economy was bad for so long that it actually happened. Once B. Hussein takes office, they'll start saying that the economy is recovering, and it will.

That's the answer -- please take any further discussion to the politics room.

[#] Fri Feb 06 2009 14:37:21 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Brrr ... still really cold outside ... and we ran out of oil. My wife called the oil people and they said "You're scheduled for a delivery tomorrow; can you wait until then?"

Sure, no problem ... we'll go without heat and hot water all night when it's 20F outside. I'm sure the kids will love that; they'll be able to go ice skating inside the house.

Hopefully they'll get their sorry asses in gear and I won't have to buy a five gallon container to fill with diesel fuel on the way home.

[#] Fri Feb 06 2009 17:38:54 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Feb 6 2009 2:37pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
Brrr ... still really cold outside ... and we ran out of oil. My wife

called the oil people and they said "You're scheduled for a delivery

tomorrow; can you wait until then?"

Sure, no problem ... we'll go without heat and hot water all night
when it's 20F outside. I'm sure the kids will love that; they'll be
able to go ice skating inside the house.

Hopefully they'll get their sorry asses in gear and I won't have to
buy a five gallon container to fill with diesel fuel on the way home.




Wow. What are the chances. Same exact thing happened to me today.
I came home from lunch and it was 62, I figured that wasn't good.
I called early enough in the day, that they were able to schedule tomorrows delivery today. Perhaps they always say that tomorrow delivery thing. Sounds like a scam.
Anyway, they said they'd send a guy over to bleed the line and get it going, and that was hours and hours ago.
So I did it myself. The delivery actually got here like 40 minutes after I called them. But the service guy is nowhere to be found and it's 55 in here already.
This is the third time in 6 months, but this is a new oil company so they get one forgiveness package.
I have a 5gallon diesel I use just for this purpose if you want to borrow...

[#] Fri Feb 06 2009 17:39:28 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Now I smell like gas, I got it all ove rme.

[#] Fri Feb 06 2009 18:24:53 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Ford - Don't light any matches.

[#] Fri Feb 06 2009 22:06:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Have you torched a Ford ... lately?

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