Rapid Roger

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  • Birthday 11/24/1943

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    Hutchinson, Kansas, USA
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    All kinds. Mostly furniture and scrollsawing.

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  1. Just be sure to cover and leave raw all the places for glue. Glue doesn't like to stick to any kind of stain or finish.
  2. Rapid Roger

    Happy 4th

    Here it is the 8th of July and they are still shooting fireworks ! The 4th is over folks ! Last night they almost set my Christmas decorations on fire !!
  3. Most torque specs state "Tighten until you strip the threads and then back off 1/4 turn."
  4. The Kansas Cosmosphere (sp) and Space Center also has a huge collection of space artifacts in Hutchinson, Kansas. We also have an SR71 Blackbird on indoor display. And Hutchison is home to Space Works that does restoration for a lot of other museums around the country. and did all the work for the movie "Apollo 13" as well as others.
  5. When I was in the mobile tool business, I had those magnets all over my truck. They held any thing with steel in it and took all the bumps and shaking without any problem. (even on the ceiling) If you put a tool on it in any given direction, it will pretty much stay where you put it unless you bump it or move it. One thing that will probably not be a problem but you need to consider, after so long being put on and pulled off, the tool will become magnetized. JFYI. Sometimes that is a good thing and sometimes it is not. Yes, I use them in my personal shop to this day.
  6. The correct torque spec. is … Tighten the bolt until you strip the threads and then back it off 1/4 turn.
  7. I may have told this story before but, I'm going to tell it again. When I was peddling screwdrivers for Mac Tools, I sold a set of LH drill bits to a truck shop. I sold them on Friday afternoon and the shop foreman was anxious to get them because he Knew that he would need one on Monday. Well, it seems that Delbert was covering the week end for the crew by himself. At one point he needed to drill a hole for something and went to the too crib and lo and behold there sat a brand new set of drill bits.! Delbert had one heck of a time trying to drill a simple hole in steel and cussing those darn cheap Mac Tool bits, he inspected the grind on the bit. Well, any fool could see that the 1/4" bit had been ground exactly backward so off to the bench grinder he went. He adjusted the tip of that one and then noticed that every darn one of those bits in that set was screwed-up so, he went ahead and fixed all of them. The foreman didn't fire Delbert but, he wasn't allowed to work weekends alone any more.
  8. Rapid Roger


    In 1967, I got my DD214 discharge papers from the USAF.
  9. I don't use credit cards much but the one thing that I do use it for is buying my meds. ($100+) Every time I charge over $100 the credit card company calls my wife and reports the amount I can't get away with anything ! One time years ago my wife went to KC for a meeting on the weekend. Then she came home and left right away for Texas to help our daughter get ready for her wedding . The credit card company called me to see if I had lost a CC. At first I was confused , then they explained that there had been some large purchases in two different areas of the country in just a few days and I put 2 and 2 together. Nope, It is just my wife making like she is rich ! Ha ha.
  10. Chestnut, I was a MAC Tool Distributor and sold mechanic tools from my truck. I am sure there are gimmicks out there but, I didn't handle any of them. We were the second most expensive tool company in the US. Snap-On had us beat on price but, when it comes to quality it was 6-6. The one brand of screwdriver bits that I found to hold up best (believe it or not) were Acme. I still have a few that I bought for my self. I have them from 1" 3" and up to 6" long and still use them all the time in my cordless drill and screwdrivers. I've made a terrible mistake. The bits I meant to recommend are APEX not ACME!
  11. As a ex tool pusher (salesman) , I could go on about driver bits for an hour but, just let me say...YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. The difference between a #1 and a #2 Philips screw is hard to see with a naked eye BUT there is a big difference when you use the wrong screwdriver. You usually ruin one or the other, so if you are tearing up screw heads or breaking bits, switch to the other size bit to see if that makes a difference. AND THEN, there is a screw style called "Pozi-drive. At first glance they look like a standard Philips screw but, on closer inspection you will see THEY ARE NOT THE SAME. Where Philips screws have tapered surfaces in every direction, Pizi-drive are square on every surface of the slotted area. The Pozi-drive also have a small X across the drive slot area (and yes, the driver has provision for that X) One of the wrong drivers in either style will end in frustration and maybe a broken driver or ruined screws. Then, we could get into things like "Tamper Proof Torx" also but....Maybe another time.
  12. Kind of like a dog finally catching a car... I don't know what to do with it AND I'm out of a job too !!
  13. Late to the party again but, I was going to suggest heat...in the form of an oven. I know it works with steel and aluminum and I really don't know about steel and steel but, I thought it would be worth a try. I used to put aluminum engine cases (two cycle engine) in the oven turn it on (with room for the bearings to drop out) and just sit and drink beer until I heard "tink-tink" . They would drop at about 400 to 500 degrees. Beating the bearings out with hammer and punch is a sure way to destroy an engine case. And, if you had planned ahead and put the new bearings in the freezer, you could lift the case half out with pliers, lay it on a concrete floor and drop the frozen bearing into it and wait for it to cool to room temp. Viola ! The new bearings were locked in place with no hassle and a few beers to celebrate with !
  14. Point of Sale ? Ha ha Ha ha that is a good one. I doubt that I would have ever thought of that as POS ! I'm very familiar with the other definition, that's what my wife calls my van, " Pos" (Like Paws) is the term she uses.