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Workshop operational tips. #9: Dis_CORD in the workshop

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-20-2019 08:58 AM 1469 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

Dis cord or dat cord, no matter which cord, they both get in your way when trying to manoeuvre tools around in a small workshop.

Let’s re-introduce capital punishment and all those guilty, should be hanged. Unfortunately, electrocution or lethal injection is reserved for the delinquent operators.

The pinnacle of this suspension method are these snap hooks (surprisingly, made by Pinnacle),

I used to make my own hanging noose, using rope eyes,

and 6mm or 8mm shock cord

Other weapons in my gallows arsenal are these cable ties,

(which I purchased from Bunnings… they were a discontinued item so I bought all their remaining 4 strips of stock… so don’t come to Morwell searching for them) and these key ring connectors,

As the rope eyes were metal, I could use these magnetic pickup rods,

to “string” them up from the ceiling using hooks,

or just strung over my “ceiling joists”,

and front ended them with the snap hook, key ring and cable ties,

Browsing through my local $2 shop to police they didn’t carry $3+ items, I found these bungee straps with aluminium snap hooks at either end,

At $2.99 each (just under the $3 and avoided being arrested), they are a lot cheaper than my shop made ones and a tad quicker to assemble (just rip the packaging apart).

Unfortunately science is yet to invent aluminium magnets so my mag rod was useless. I started using my outdoor blind pull rod (as I had no outdoor blinds)

to hang these aluminium snap hooks

and rig out the shop-vac hose using the key ring and cable tie,

... the cord for the sander was just looped through a separate suspended snap hook

boasting a mini inline switch (circled).

Armed with the above hanging nooses I can prevent both the power cable and shop-vac hose (if required for the job) from interfering with the normal flow of my workshop processes. Note: the above picture was posed for by stunt doubles and not necessarily located in their actual working environment.

The major benefit of the shock cord (bungee) is their elasticity and give support while permitting movement past the contracted (non-stretched… not solicitor speak) length of the cord(s).

I use these cords extensively in my workshop to suspend everything just short of my jocks and sox,

If you didn’t like this idea, you can hang your head in shame for reading this far.

PS. For all you bookworms that hung on every word I wrote… Morwell has the nearest Bunnings store to downtown Chuchill.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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HokieKen

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 01:17 PM

This is a find solution for vacuum hoses and air lines LBD. However, I must urge you to immediately suspend the practice of suspending your electrical cords and immediately return them to their natural position. This is a possibly severe hazard as the safe operation of any electrical device requires proper grounding.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 01:52 PM

more great idea’s from the mind of the duck.ivve done some similar things in my shop like the swinging boom arm over my assembly bench that has electric and vac.also i have drop cords 110v-220v in various places.your really on a blog roll theses days.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 06-20-2019 08:40 PM


..... This is a possibly severe hazard as the safe operation of any electrical device requires proper grounding.
- HokieKen

Hokey-Dokey, Hokie’. Your observation and concern for my well being has been duly noted and greatly appreciated.

Fortunately in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety requirements of 2004, I introduced my culinary prowess into my workshop,
  1. Food for the belly.
  2. Drinks (alcoholic) for the mind.
  3. Salt for those slipping glue-ups.
  4. and for the Coup de grâce ( NO, NOT SOUP...), wait for it… drum roll…
    for the potential electrical hazzard….. sprinkling of pepper....... GROUND pepper.


.... your really on a blog roll theses days.
- pottz
pottzy, you must be psycho!

With all the rain and storms lately in Churchill, the rivers ran deep so I took up log rolling. The missus called me a bloody idiot. In persuance with my hate of reading, I paraphrased the Bloody idiot and log rolling into what you refer to as…

... blog roll.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pottz

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#4 posted 06-20-2019 09:36 PM

this thread’s not gettin much action duckie could it be the jocks have had too much -duck lately!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#5 posted 06-20-2019 09:47 PM



this thread s not gettin much action duckie could it be the jocks have had too much -duck lately!

- pottz


Noah can retire… The deluge has stopped and the duck’s brain is herewith an empty void… and the liver emulsified pate from forthcoming vino.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pottz

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#6 posted 06-20-2019 09:54 PM


this thread s not gettin much action duckie could it be the jocks have had too much -duck lately!

- pottz

Noah can retire… The deluge has stopped and the duck s brain is herewith an empty void… and the liver emulsified pate from forthcoming vino.

- LittleBlackDuck


ill drink to that!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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robscastle

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#7 posted 06-21-2019 02:43 AM

Well, its created some action for me, I have ordered some swages and thinble from ebay.

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 06-21-2019 09:22 AM


Well, its created some action for me, I have ordered some swages and thimble from ebay.
- robscastle

Thanks rc... not for the action but identifying the proper names for the parts that I used.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Redoak49

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#9 posted 06-21-2019 10:44 AM

The ceiling is a great resource for all kinds of things. I have black pipe that I have going across the ceiling of my shop and hang all kinds of stuff from it…vacuum hose, electrical cord, finished parts drying, etc. I use bungee cords, rope and all kinds of hooks.

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 06-21-2019 02:58 PM

Ahhhh, ground pepper! A clever solution indeed. I have attempted similar in the past but I used whole peppercorns. Naturally, this resulted in ground faults. I’ll try pushing some of those through the pencil sharpener tonight and see if it works in this hemisphere as well. How much would you say is required for each tool? A thinble full perhaps?

I have tried coffe grounds in the past as well. It worked for a while but then they got exhausted. I shouldn’t have used decaf I suppose…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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robscastle

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#11 posted 06-21-2019 09:59 PM

Did you know that you can atually magnetise aluminum its a phemonea called eddy currents.
If you remember back to your teenage days when you had a 45 RPM vynl or possibly bakelite records if you inherited some 78 RPMs

The record played had a speed control knob which provided a level of speed control to compensate for differences in mains voltage I.E. 220 to 240 VAC.
How this worked was it produced an eddy current and magnetically altered the record player motor.
When you pulled it apart to see how it worked there it was.

Also magicians used to use it to levitate aluminium rings as a stage trick.

I think you can do it with an empty Auminium beer can and magnets, drink heaps of beer and as you throw them into the bin and as they pass through the magnetic field some will not end up in the bin but fall all round it. (lenz effect)

I am full of it this morning!

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 06-21-2019 10:46 PM


... How much would you say is required for each tool? A thinble full perhaps?.....
- HokieKen

I could give your thimble an up thumbs, however, I recommend “a peck... a peck of pickled peppers”... but use apple cider for the pickling… vinegar or lemons leave a sour taste, even for the most Grizzly tools.!


.... I have tried coffe grounds in the past as well. It worked for a while but then they got exhausted. I shouldn’t have used decaf I suppose…
- HokieKen

Naw that an acceptable work around that I never considered, Hokie’. However stay clear of the decaf… it’s benefits are still up in the air.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#13 posted 06-21-2019 11:59 PM


...If you remember back to your teenage days….
- robscastle
AH YES!!!! I drifted off with wonderful memories and never got down to reading about emptying aluminium beer cans.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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LittleBlackDuck

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#14 posted 06-22-2019 12:06 AM

OK. Back down to earth….


The record played had a speed control knob…..
- robscastle

Where do I start?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#15 posted 06-22-2019 02:13 AM

All serious stuff, just in case you thought I was trying to lump BS on you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2RzSs4_Ur0

Uh we are up to error 524 now.

-- Regards Rob

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