Old 05-17-2018, 03:19 PM
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Recursive fix-it issues.

1. I finally got a vice
2. I need to mount the vice.
3. I got a steel sheet to help keep the vice properly mounted to the workbench.
4. I need to cut the steel sheet.
5. I need a vice to hold the sheet still while I cut it.
Old 05-17-2018, 03:21 PM
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Call the vice squad.
Old 05-17-2018, 03:34 PM
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Use clamps to hold the sheet.

Last edited by Roderick Femm; 05-17-2018 at 03:35 PM.
Old 05-17-2018, 03:37 PM
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Do you have some decent sized clamps around? They could be used to secure the metal to the workbench and then do the cutting just off the edge of the bench. Just an idea...
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:56 PM
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Or go over to a buddy's house and use his vise for this one job.
Old 05-17-2018, 04:04 PM
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All good ad-vice.
Old 05-17-2018, 06:44 PM
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If you give a vice a cookie
It will want a steel sheet to be mounted on
When you get the sheet, it will insist it be cut to the right size
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:54 PM
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You need a welder. Throw some sparks at the whole mess and call it a day.

When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When you're a welder everything looks like what ever you want it to look like.
Old 05-17-2018, 07:58 PM
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Metal porn!
Old 05-18-2018, 01:32 AM
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There's a hole in the bucket...
Old 05-18-2018, 02:08 AM
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Emergency Can Opener (comes in a can)
Old 05-18-2018, 07:43 AM
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I used to keep just one (analog) multimeter around. Powered by a nine volt battery. Which eventually starts to fade. To check a battery of course I use my multimeter. Unless it's the battery that powers the multimeter and you have no spares.

Now I have several meters. (And lots of spare batteries.)

I've seen special knives sold to safely and easily open plastic clamshell packaging. That come in plastic clamshell packaging.
Old 05-18-2018, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by gotpasswords View Post
There's a hole in the bucket...
You beat me to it.

For those who've not had the pleasure, here's a Carnegie Hall performance of the ditty being referenced. (Beware, there's a 15-second ad before the video.)
Old 05-18-2018, 09:58 PM
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Flanders and Swann version: There's a hole in the budget... https://youtube.com/watch?v=3ecEMxrdULQ
Old 05-18-2018, 11:38 PM
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This is like when I owned a Harley. The first two hours of the 15 minute job was making the stupid special tool.

God, that bike was awful. But God, did I make a ton of money off it!
Old Yesterday, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Gatopescado View Post
This is like when I owned a Harley. The first two hours of the 15 minute job was making the stupid special tool...
I'm reminded of this graphic showing Jaguar special tools.
Old Yesterday, 11:45 AM
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Couldn't you have bought two vises?
Old Yesterday, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by wolfman View Post
1. I finally got a vice...
Me too. I chose gambling.


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