Daniel Schneider

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Jay Angler wrote:The raddle came with a heap of loom parts and some things which I don't recognize. Since you guys did so well with the raddle, do you have *any* clue what the pieces of wood in the picture below could be? There are 16, some have bolt holes, not all the same length, but seem to have pairs or 4-somes that are the same length.

I'm afraid I can't think of a thing that it could be, sorry.
3 weeks ago

Cheryl Gallagher wrote:A raddle, for a weaving loom?

I'd say that's definitely what it is
3 weeks ago
I can't recommend a specific source at this point, but I bought a navy pea coat at a military surplus store in Dublin in 2003 or 04, and I still wear it working around the farm every day, from autumn till late spring. I've worn it doing field archaeology(not on the farm 😊), fencing,  logging,  building, and all of the jobs you'd expect on a smallholding, and it's still in completely functional condition. I wouldn't wear it out for a night on the town at this point, but I do wear it in to the shop occasionally. Iv'e had to repair a fair few seams over the years, the lining is in quite rough shape, and I've had to rebuild the pockets a few times (I tend to overfill them with gloves,hats,tools,etc), but it's still as warm, windproof, and water resistant as when I got it. I moved the buttons a bit, so that when it gets down below -20 or so, I can put on a jumper, but for the most part I don't need to. I like the fact that the thick wool acts as a bit of padding, so when pine branches I'm limbing before felling fall on me, it softens the impact, and the fact that it's fabric is so heavily fulled that needles won't get through it.
4 months ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:

Daniel Schneider wrote:
To me, they look like old time cable clips. You put the tube part over your cord, and then nail or screw through one or more of the holes into the surface the cord is to run along, to keep it from flopping about and catching things.

Hm, don't think so, they are 3 inches long, inner curve diameter is over an inch, any cable that big would be hidden, not visible and shiny gold colored. I have cable clamps like that, and they are much smaller and not pretty.
I think they are a closet or drapery thing, but I'm not sure.
Keep thinking, I'm curious.
I know what I wanted them for, but am puzzled by them.

Ah, no, hadn't gotten how big the diameter was from the picture- a 1-inch diameter cable does seem a bit big to have exposed...
4 months ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:There were 6 of these in a baggie at a thrift store. I know what I wanted them for, but what are they?
3 inches long.

To me, they look like old time cable clips. You put the tube part over your cord, and then nail or screw through one or more of the holes into the surface the cord is to run along, to keep it from flopping about and catching things.
4 months ago

Joylynn Hardesty wrote:Thanks, guys! I wish we could dash out and purchase a bunch of tools. Not gonna happen.

We have to use what is on hand. I know that will result in more wear on the body, but that's the way it is. We have about 25 giant nails hanging about. They may be 3 inches shorter than the one pictured here. Maybe they could be useful?

Maybe extra tire irons, we've only got two. That is if they actually are extra. We may not be able to risk their demise. Something like this:

Nails won't work: the metal is far too soft. If the shafts don't bend, the points will go round, and then eventually start to mushroom out. I suppose you could try hardening them by heating them to bright red and then quenching them in water, but I suspect that the steel has so little carbon that it won't really make any difference.
7 months ago
One thing to cconsider doing to the car if it gets very cold,  is to put a sheet or two of cardboard between the front grill and the radiator
8 months ago

A somewhat related question. Does anyone have any experience with plants that ants *really* hate- hate enough that they'll abandon a mound if you plant whatever it might be around the mound? I've got a big mound in my zone 1 that I really want to get rid of, but if possible I'd like to try convincing them to go somewhere else, rather than just destroying the colony- though that is  a plan 'B'  option, if needs be.
11 months ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:Apple for Daniel!! :D

Thank you Gerry for the link!! Cool, I learn stuff!!  :D Me and mom were discussing something like this a while back, the little town we are in has a recycle place that there are just stacks and stacks and boxes and piles of newspaper. I'm REALLY startled, with all the people around here who heat with wood, that no one takes it and logs it up.
I love learning stuff!!! :D
This is a fun game to have going :D

I didn't make up the word Google Fu, that one has run around on the net for years. I know someone with serious Google fu skills who can find any useless thing out there. Isn't as good at finding useful things though... It's what is focused on that makes the difference between useful and non-useful google fu skills. Finding log rollers is useful :D

Has anyone here actually used one of these, and if so, how did it work out? I remember that  ads for these were really common back in the 70s back-to-the-land days (I was always tickled by the fact that you could see the same ad in both Mother Eath news, and Yankee magazine), but  then they seemed to disapppear. The ones I remember were used with wet paper, and tightly rolled, to make actual paper 'logs', rather than just loosely-rolled firestarters like the ones in the video (to be honest, the one in the video seems to be an utter waste of resources -using all that metal, and manufacturing/transport energy just to make firestarters that wouldn't work any better than a crumpled up sheets of paper?) I seem to recall hearing that there were some issues with the paper logs, but it was always third- or fourth-hand, so I was never sure how seriously to take it. If paper logs *do* work, they could be a way to stretch out the firewood a bit,  but I don't want to waste a lot of time and energy bodging together something to make them if they don't...
1 year ago