Can you fashion some sort of rudimentary lathe?
No, but I bet I could fashion a machine that could make a rudimentary lathe.
Keep that up and you’ll end up back at Dave Gingery.
Or Grugh son of Ugh. I could probably find a suitable rock to start the whole process.
My Grandmother was the tool expert in the family. Every kid should learn how to use tools by their Grandma
I feel so proud that I already knew all those tape-measure tips. But when she said, “you might not have a pencil on you,” I almost threw my tape measure.
Awhile back one of Leah’s DIY vids (the best on YT) pulled my bacon out of the fire when I had to deal with a water shutoff valve plumbed in with a son-of-a-bitchin’ compression ring that was way too close to the wall. (Darn house builders!) Saved me a couple of hundred bucks, at least.
Holy shit, that’s genius.
Leviton, the brand sold at Home Depot, has the guide but not the wire stripper.
Incidentally, the length gauge is only accurate if you’re back-wiring (pushing the wires through the holes most people don’t know about, instead of wrapping them around the screws on the sides).
This was dad’s greatest lesson to me. As a young teen he won a scholarship to study engineering but couldn’t accept it as his family couldn’t afford for him not to work (my grandfather had had a motorcycle accident*) so instead he did an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner. Sixty years later his attitude is still “don’t solve a problem; build a machine to solve the problem in perpetuity”.
His only literal advice to me was “make sure you have at least 15amp (at 240v) power in your garage, but preferably 3-phase power, because you’ll need a lathe.” I grew up with a lathe in the garage that had an iron base that could have been cast in 1850, and looked like the industrial revolution in action.
I’m a haphazard klutz for a lot of things, but when dad handed me a micrometer or a tap and die I took that shit seriously.
*which was the source of its own stories, including why my gran ran an illegal betting shop from their shed…
I have wall switches that have gauges both for the push-in connections and the screw terminals, labelled as such.
This topic was automatically closed after 5 days. New replies are no longer allowed.