What I did today -instead- of Rocketry.

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hobie1dog

Watched a large thunderstorm blow through. A lot of cloud to cloud lighting.
I am falling asleep now to rain and thunderstorms on youtube every night.

NeilMedHat

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Did trap shooting for the first time, had allot of fun

mbeels

Yes balsa
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I've been working on this for the last couple of days. Switching back to RC airplanes and rocketry.

Greg Furtman

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I had a nozzle break inside the hot end of a 3 D printer when I was attempting to replace it. Thought I was screwed until I remembered I had a set of these. Little one worked like a champ. Barely ever need these, but boy when you do they are invaluable.

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Sometimes there is really only one tool to do something specific. I have a set of these but I can't remember the last time I needed to use one.

mbeels

Yes balsa
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Barely ever need these, but boy when you do they are invaluable.
What are those, and how do you use them? Looks like each tapered bit is matched with a regular twist bit. Is it for enlarging a hole to the next size, while maintaining concentricity?

Cl(VII)

Chris Bender, Lab Rat
What are those, and how do you use them? Looks like each tapered bit is matched with a regular twist bit. Is it for enlarging a hole to the next size, while maintaining concentricity?
Screw Extractor

Matched set of left hand drill bits and left hand spiral bits for removing stripped or broken threaded things (bolts, screws, 3D printer nozzles, etc). 1) Drill a hole in stuck thing with appropriate drill bit (use drill on "reverse"). 2) Use corresponding left hand spiral bit to dig into that pilot hole, and upon doing so start to spin the offending do-dad free. For the nozzle I didn't need to drill a pilot hole as it already had a hole down the center. Just used the appropriate left hand spiral bit to dig into that hole, and break it free.

I've probably used this set 3 times in 5 years or so, but it turned hours and headaches into minutes each time.

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John Kemker

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I am falling asleep now to rain and thunderstorms on youtube every night.
Don't need YouTube for that tonight. We're getting plenty of rain and thunderstorms.

Cape Byron

The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2
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Well, it started off rocketry related...

Mowing the Cape Byron Proving Ground back two acres when this happened...

Replacement parts are a few weeks away.

boatgeek

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Those are some lovely fracture surface features. I'm sure they would be very interesting to a university materials class. But that probably wasn't the response you were looking for.

I hope you can get your Proving Ground up and running soon.

kuririn

BARGeezer
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Mowing the Cape Byron Proving Ground back two acres when this happened...
So what did you hit?
Big rock?

Greg Furtman

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Those are some lovely fracture surface features. I'm sure they would be very interesting to a university materials class. But that probably wasn't the response you were looking for.

I hope you can get your Proving Ground up and running soon.
I too noticed the fracture surface. I wonder if it was metal fatigue.

OverTheTop

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I too noticed the fracture surface. I wonder if it was metal fatigue.
Me too. Must have been really obvious!

Cape Byron

The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2
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It was a big rock, now little rocks.
No, still a big rock.

Farm equipment hits rocks, it's pretty standard in that work environment. Weird that there is no large side impact evidence on the blade or the blade stay itself.

Yikes! Bet that made a heck of a sound when it let go.
There well a pretty loud bang when that piece hit the inside of the cutting skirt. Still pretty quiet compared to the noises I made...

Cape Byron

The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2
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Me too. Must have been really obvious!
The rock or the metal fatigue?

OverTheTop

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The rock or the metal fatigue?
Metal fatigue. Obviously the rock wasn't obvious.

hobie1dog

Got my every 6 month lung test done today and it has been going down 8% every time, but today there was no reduction since the last time.
so I've got 30% left out of my lungs. I may be around longer than I thought.

Cape Byron

The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2
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Since it's used outdoors, you need something waterproof. Titebond 3 should do it.
I have some solder left over from an Eggtimer Apogee. I thought I'd use that.

OverTheTop

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Since it's used outdoors, you need something waterproof. Titebond 3 should do it.
Seriously . JB Weld at least please .

boatgeek

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Seriously . JB Weld at least please .
Dontcha know that JB Weld sucks dingo kidneys?! Aeropoxy and carbon fiber tip to tip or nothing!!!1!!1!

OverTheTop

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I like the tip-to-tip idea. I might try that on my Victa.

teepot

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Yesterday I got stuck in a major traffic jam in Vegas on I15. It took me a hour to go a mile. Seems there was on overnight police shooting. There was a chase that ended when the lady they were chasing rammed a police car and knocked the trooper thru his windshield. The cops opened fire. The lady didn't survive the experience. So 5 lanes of traffic were routed off the freeway into one lane. I got off finally and started heading west. I had to go 4 miles before I found a road that wasn't clogged. So in the end it took two hours to go 10 miles. And I didn't get where I was going in time. Monday I filled up the Explorer with gas. Yesterday I had to fill up again. $46 for that trip. 91 octane gas is$4.43 here.

Lonewolf.... No Club
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What I did today.... My nearly new Ford Ranger got rear ended by a Subaru Forester.

Distracted driving by a millennial. I watched her in my rear view mirror. She never looked out the windshield until right before she hit us.

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Cape Byron

The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2
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Got my 'fitness' report from my 16yo son's school assignment. Apparently I have 18% body fat and at 62yo I'm considered 'fit'. Now to go bench press a Buick...

hobie1dog

got the phone number of a new stereo guy whose YouTube videos I've been watching, so I called him and we spent an hour-and-a-half having a great conversation about stereo gear

OverTheTop

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Been getting cables for GSE ready over the past few days. Terminating coax connectors, video cables etc.

Today's effort completed a 240Vac power inverter. 1500W should be enough. I had to add some 6AWG wires and an Anderson plug to plug into the accessory battery system on the Jeep. Had to use the hydraulic crimper to put the terminals and ferrules on the leads.