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    10-18-2018, 05:29 PM
    The UK economy has been tied to the EU for decades. All the countries you mention have ongoing, somewhat (?) stable trading relationships, some of...
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    10-18-2018, 05:09 PM
    robm replied to a thread ICE in The Bilge
    "Clean" tap water still has all sorts of stuff in it. Chlorine, minerals, weird compounds formed when chlorine acts on organic matter in the water,...
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    10-18-2018, 04:56 PM
    robm replied to a thread Voter suppression. in The Bilge
    Skuthorp and I (and probably all the other Australians and Canadians on this forum) truly do not understand how there can be 50 different processes,...
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    10-17-2018, 06:23 PM
    10 mm = 1 foot? That has to be the weirdest scale I have ever heard of. Why not 12 mm = 1 foot? (I.e., 1:25.4)
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    10-17-2018, 05:50 PM
    robm replied to a thread Studying Economics in The Bilge
    Theology is one thing, and religion is another. The relationship between them is similar to that between economics and governmental attempts to...
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    10-17-2018, 05:41 PM
    Holey Moley! I think I have a copy of that. Amazon claims it is worth $500+!!!
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    10-17-2018, 03:00 PM
    robm replied to a thread My vise in The Bilge
    Rob, have you ever tried hold-downs? The ones that you put in a hole in the bench, and secure with a mallet? They do the same job as that clamp,...
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    10-17-2018, 02:33 PM
    robm replied to a thread My vise in The Bilge
    Your electrical panels must be quite exotic, by North American standards. A few years ago, working on a project designed in India, I ran into a...
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    10-17-2018, 12:43 PM
    robm replied to a thread Georgia is on a roll in The Bilge
    Utter BS. The senior's centre was operated by the county. Tax exemption should not be an issue. The bus was organized by a group called Black...
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    10-17-2018, 12:32 PM
    robm replied to a thread My vise in The Bilge
    Modern fluorescent ballasts work at high frequencies, so strobing should not be a problem. Personally, I have never noticed this issue, even when...
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    10-17-2018, 11:53 AM
    robm replied to a thread 4 drawer smoking cabinet. in The Bilge
    I am surprised you smoke your cheese. Cheap British supermarket cheddar tastes like the really, really good stuff over here. On the other hand, I...
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    10-16-2018, 04:34 PM
    robm replied to a thread For Rob in The Bilge
    The Honda powered horse was quite something.
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    10-16-2018, 02:58 PM
    robm replied to a thread My vise in The Bilge
    Screw a couple of power bars on the lower part of the board, and plug them in to the one duplex receptacle. Do you run 120 or 240 VAC where you live?
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    10-16-2018, 02:18 PM
    Fry bread developed from bannock, brought to North America by Scottish fur traders. The first nations can blame the Hudson's Bay Company for...
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    10-16-2018, 02:15 PM
    robm replied to a thread Candy Corn in The Bilge
    The good thing about the super-sweet corn is you know it is going to be sweet, no matter how long it has been since it was picked. We used to get...
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    10-16-2018, 02:11 PM
    robm replied to a thread Balls and wings. in The Bilge
    There seemed to be a ladder up the side of the piece they bolted on. Climbed?
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    10-16-2018, 02:01 PM
    robm replied to a thread My vise in The Bilge
    The 2x8 is about 20" long. I think your vise is a bit bigger, so maybe scale it up in proportion. You might have to go wider as well, as John...
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    10-16-2018, 01:55 PM
    robm replied to a thread Drills and other hand tools in The Bilge
    Hardwired (plug in the wall) drills are almost usefully extinct., You can buy them, but almost all are high speed, 2800 RPM, variable speed ones. ...
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    10-16-2018, 11:58 AM
    robm replied to a thread My vise in The Bilge
    I have a 4" machinist's vise I have bolted to a 2x8. It can be moved anywhere I need it, and clamped in place with large C clamps. Very handy when...
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    10-15-2018, 06:22 PM
    robm replied to a thread Test Drove a Tesla model 3 in The Bilge
    The modified-cycle gasoline engines used in Priuses are just about as efficient as modern diesel engines. Except for the cost of diesel fuel, which...
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    10-15-2018, 05:59 PM
    Can you fill in the details on this?
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    10-15-2018, 04:13 PM
    Planned obsolescence is now a function of what hardware they are willing to permit the new software to work on. Or, in this case, if they permit the...
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    10-15-2018, 04:02 PM
    Unfortunately, BBC Iplayer only works for BBC Radio outside of Britain. We can't see BBC television. I can't imagine that a radio programme about...
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    10-12-2018, 02:32 PM
    robm replied to a thread Sing, Sing, Sing in The Bilge
    I thought this was going to be Monty Python's Lumberjack Song...
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    10-12-2018, 01:49 PM
    He is probably used to it, changing on every tack. He would look like a fool on one tack or the other, in your boat. He is used to pulling to bear...
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    10-12-2018, 01:07 PM
    robm replied to a thread Meme! in The Bilge
    I once lost a favourite lure in the branches on the bottom of a beaver pond, the branches the beavers place there as preserved food. I went back to...
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    10-11-2018, 05:47 PM
    Soaking tool handles, including saw handles, in boiled linseed oil and thinners produces a lovely, hand-friendly finish. I usually let them soak for...
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    10-11-2018, 05:04 PM
    The catenary/centenary thing is an artifact of stupid cell phones thinking they are smarter than the person using them, combined with awkward editing...
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    10-11-2018, 04:43 PM
    Those shroud needles look like they could be useful on a small boat with Dyneema rigging. The tiller fitting is very 19th century Industrial...
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    10-11-2018, 12:33 PM
    And now, it is Russian rockets that are taking American astronauts to the space station. (On a good day, anyway...)
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