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Happiness is . . . Answered

 
. . . creosoting four-by-twos with a big floppy brush.

 
(That's REAL creosote, not the namby-pamby wishy-washy preservative they sell nowadays.)

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monsterlego

6 years ago

Gummy bears, nuff said.

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Josehf Murchison

6 years ago

Happiness is a good bowl movement after being constipated for six months.

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iceng

7 years ago

Wearing glove and a tyvek coat while creosoting.

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caitlinsdadiceng

Reply 7 years ago

that would be the namby-pamby wish-washy method of applying the creosote. Figuring out how to get it off of your hands and face and favorite pair of blue jeans and white tennis sneakers without using toxic flammable solvents is half the fun.

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AndyGadgetcaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago


Absolutely!

Although I admit I was wearing PVC gloves and old clothes. I've learned from past experience that when you're doing things like that, the flicked drops go much further that you ever expect (even when you take into account they're going to go much further than you ever expect.)

(Tyvek coat and rubber gloves - Whatever floats your boat, Alex #;¬)

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kelseymhAndyGadget

Reply 7 years ago

Try these on for size. I didn't need the respirator-filter, but it still got Fn hot inside that cylinder.

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AndyGadgetkelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

 
That's a fancy garden shed you've got there, Kelsey.
(Or are you creosoting your cyclotron to slow down the particle decay time?)

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kelseymhAndyGadget

Reply 7 years ago

In 2002, the beryllium central section of the inner cylinder (the part I'm stuck inside) was cracked by an errant bolt during a major maintenance period. As the senior manager of the BaBar drift chamber, I went in and applied a patch (aluminum foil and conductive epoxy) over the ~30 cm crack.

The cleanroom suit and mask was there partly to protect me from any possible beryllium dust near the crack (despite the work done by a hazmat cleanup team), and partly to protect the drift chamber from dirty ol' me.

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caitlinsdadkelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

In 2002, as the senior manager of the Babar book collection, I used to read to Caitlin before she drifted off to sleep in her chambers. Good times.

Btw, was the other person in your pic Nacho-"now where did I leave my pack of smokes"-Mahma?.

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kelseymhcaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

Nope. The old bearded hippy-looking fellow was our senior lab manager and old-school engineer :-)

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caitlinsdadkelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

Had to get a TI-83 calculator for the brat going into the 8th grade. Since when did kids require a calculator for school? Kids today behind the counter can't even make change in their heads. Does anyone know what a slide rule looks like?

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The Ideanatorcaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

*googles slide rule*
Ohhhhh... slide rules are for the old folks, we kids have these newfangled things called computers that spit out an answer after we put in a problem. It's a bit like magic, nobody knows how it works.

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Lithium RainThe Ideanator

Reply 7 years ago

We have a couple in the closet; I keep meaning to get them out and learn how to use them...

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icengLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

Versalog what I used at in HS my time-line. Made of bamboo for forever
smooth sliding.
Trick was not getting an accurate 3 digit answer No.....
The trick was placing the decimal point Yea....

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Lithium Rainiceng

Reply 7 years ago

This is exactly like one of the ones in the old cabinet. At the risk of sounding like a whipper-snapper, it fascinates me that these used to be standard tools. :D

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

My dad has one somewhere - he used to use it to work out requirements for building projects involving hundreds, often thousands of tonnes of building materials (he was still using it when he was SQS at THORP, one of the largest building projects in Europe).

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Haha, did you just remember, Grandpa?

(That's cool! I'd like to learn to use it, then make a very pretty, durable one entirely out of metal...)

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caitlinsdadLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

Being an analogue device, one must calculate the coefficient of expansion of such materiels under various environmental conditions and determine its suitability for oscillating degrees of temperature and humidity which inasmuch plays a factor in the operation and accuracy of said instrument,

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Goodhartcaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

sadly my old wooden one doesn't WORK in humid conditions.

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Lithium Raincaitlinsdad

Reply 7 years ago

Hey, I would have slapped you had you not exercised it; I was just amazed. :p

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icengLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

Don't go to heavy on metal, ( I had one as a backup )
Versalog Bamboo was and is the Best of the Best !

BTW  nobody calls me grandpa ( that's age-phobic slander :-)
my bright grand children know me as Popski ! 
Till I fade away.

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Lithium Rainiceng

Reply 7 years ago

Haha, I wasn't calling you grandpa, I was calling Kiteman grandpa because he apparently forgot and just remembered to reply to my comment.

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Goodharticeng

Reply 7 years ago

I have one made of wood,,,,it is the extreme in hard to slide, rules....

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

No, just catching up on posts I'd forgotten to reply to.

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caitlinsdadiceng

Reply 7 years ago

Let's not get into who's is bigger, but I had one that had a belt hook on the case and you could wear it like a light saber. There use to be contests on who was the fastest on the slide rule but he got beat by the guy working the abacus.

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

Your next instructable: How to use a slide rule

(Would it be too much of a stretch to suggest that it be a video instructable?)

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KitemanLithium Rain

Reply 7 years ago

>slowly turns blue<

It could be POV - you reach around the camera so all we see is your hands and the rule.


And all we hear is your voice...

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GoodhartKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

I definitely could use a refresher course.....I have 2 also

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Kitemankelseymh

Reply 7 years ago

I'm getting a new (second) shed this week, purely for storing the stuff that's stopping me getting near my work bench.

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KitemanAndyGadget

Reply 7 years ago

Although I am getting the second shed, and I do produce my major works in the shed I already own ...

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AndyGadgetKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

 
It's a slippery slope, Kiteman.  One day you may just inadvertently mention that you might be entertaining the idea of getting a third shed.


My garden shed.
 

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KitemanAndyGadget

Reply 7 years ago

Oh, that is so much nicer than a cheap 6x4 lap shed from B&Q ...

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icengKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

That must be a UK type shed.
An indoor B&Q ( see chimney ) would never be approved here.

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AndyGadgeticeng

Reply 7 years ago

 
Ah, the chimney . . .   Currently held together with gravity and stiction.
I'll get around to putting cement back between the bricks someday.

The shed was a shepherd's bothy and appears on a 1627 map of the area, although I suspect the corrugated iron roof may not be original.  (I've found a few of the original rounded slate tiles.) 

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KitemanAndyGadget

Reply 7 years ago

Haha, your shed is 150 years older than the USA!

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icengKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

Felt like Clint Eastwood the "Ranger with the Big Iron on his hip"
except it was bamboo...

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Goodharticeng

Reply 7 years ago

Glad we could "shed" some light on the subject ;-)

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Goodharticeng

Reply 7 years ago

no but it could be over a smithy's forge....