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    Anyone ever rediscovered the pleasures of the past?

    Like when a "modern" invention like the lawnmower breaks down and you have to use a scythe?

    My washing machine is busted so...
    I filled up the bath last night, added soap powder and left the things to soak.
    This morning I hitched my skirt into my undies and paddled it clean. It was fun.
    Note. I dont think this would be fun in winter

    Now, anyone got an old fashioned wringer?

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    Okay, I got a visual. Thanks.

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    I still use a muzzleloading shotgun on occasion. Kind of fun & i come home smelling of fireworks. Sometimes i actually hit something!

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    Sure, back in my Navy days, when the outboard on the whaler refused to start, and it was "Out oars!", just like in the days of sail.

    Tom

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    Okay, Meli talks about tucking her skirt into her undies, and you idjits are talking about oars and shotguns. Wake the hell up!!!!

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    "Old fashioned wringer" is actually called (I think...) a "mangle", as in "don't get your <whatever> caught in the mangle!"

    Sometimes you've gotta leave the kibble out where the slow dogs can get some....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meli View Post
    Anyone ever rediscovered the pleasures of the past?
    Yeah, I've reverted to an old wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Malcolm Jardine View Post
    Okay, Meli talks about tucking her skirt into her undies, and you idjits are talking about oars and shotguns. Wake the hell up!!!!
    +1
    If I talked about tucking my skirt into my undies ... you can bet these losers would sit up and take notice!
    Try and show the same respect for a lady that you'd show for me. On the other hand, you'd better not

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    A mangle was the machine that wet ironed large pieces of linen... such as table cloths and sheets for commerical applications.
    There was a heater and it ironed and dried at the same time.





    I'm still working on Meli's skirt hiked up.

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    I bought a very nice scythe about 3 months ago .Made in Maine, hammered not ground and works beautifully .
    '' You ain't gonna learn what you don't want to know. ''
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    I think that's a wringer. My aunt had a mangle which was heated padded rollers that took the place of an iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    Yeah, I've reverted to an old wooden boat.

    I would not say that is always a pleasure, at least not in my experience

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    Here's another.
    When your drill goes flat. Use the hand operated thingy

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    Stop, you're killing me here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meli View Post
    Anyone ever rediscovered the pleasures of the past?
    Hell no, I'm a happily married man. . .
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul pless View Post
    i'm a happily married man in hell. . .
    ftfy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meli View Post
    Here's another.
    When your drill goes flat. Use the hand operated thingy
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Malcolm Jardine View Post
    Stop, you're killing me here...
    I'd like a separate grave from Peter even though it looks like the same thing is gonna kill us.

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    When I had my first woodworking job, it paid so little that I couldn't afford luxuries like going to the laundromat. I found a relative with a fully functional old Maytag electric washer in the barn - that included an integral wringer. We parked it on the back porch of our falling-down old farmhouse, and hung our laundry outside (or in the shop when it was raining).

    Looked a bit like this:

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    A piece of trivia: Maytag cast an aluminum tub wringer in the 1920's. At the time, the casting was one of the largest and most complex aluminum parts being manufactured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    When I had my first woodworking job, it paid so little that I couldn't afford luxuries like going to the laundromat. I found a relative with a fully functional old Maytag electric washer in the barn - that included an integral wringer. We parked it on the back porch of our falling-down old farmhouse, and hung our laundry outside (or in the shop when it was raining).

    Looked a bit like this:

    .

    I kept one for years for my roofing clothes

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    I must prefer to walk places if possible. I walked three hours yesterday to pick up my repaired telephone. I'd call that old fashioned.
    I'll just take my chances with those salt water joys.

    AR

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    I don't have a cell phone. Does that count for something?

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    I do all the tilling with a broadfork. Easier than trying to start a crappy little motor.



    And it's quiet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip-skiff View Post
    I do all the tilling with a broadfork. Easier than trying to start a crappy little motor.



    And it's quiet.
    and does a better job, if slower .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip-skiff View Post
    I do all the tilling with a broadfork. Easier than trying to start a crappy little motor.



    And it's quiet.
    Only if she doesn't complain...

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    I prefer to row than use an outboard, nasty smelly things. I also like to use an axe when practical.

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    You can't row very well with an axe...


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    No, but it scares the sharks away....
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisler View Post
    You can't row very well with an axe...
    I said when practical

    Actually two electric guitars with extra long necks............................

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    Just the other day my "go to" tool for just about everything.... The belt sander, died. So I dusted off the hand planes, sharpening stones, and cabinet scrapers, and did the job the old fashioned way..... Good god! What were they thinking back in the old days!? No dust, no noise, no sparks flying, or burnt finger tips...... It was just awful I tell ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
    I bought a very nice scythe about 3 months ago .Made in Maine, hammered not ground and works beautifully .
    I'd have to be hammered to resort to using a Maine made scythe.

    I have a large back up of manual screw and hole tools I use regularly when my cordless batteries STB.
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    I used a carpenters brace in public the other day......nobody called the police.
    We don't know how lucky we are....

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    All of the cedar shingles I have put on side walls and roofs have been hand nailed. I was using a hand plane today trimming them and a bubble level. I used a compass that has a pencil in it to fit shingles around some ledge. All this stuff carried around in a wood box built by me. Shingles, these days, ain't like they used to be.
    Sometimes I use a pump or compressor for painting. After about 90 minutes I begin to grind my teeth and want to take tranqualizers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz View Post
    I used a carpenters brace
    The original cordless drill
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrleft8 View Post
    Just the other day my "go to" tool for just about everything.... The belt sander, died. So I dusted off the hand planes, sharpening stones, and cabinet scrapers, and did the job the old fashioned way..... Good god! What were they thinking back in the old days!? No dust, no noise, no sparks flying, or burnt finger tips...... It was just awful I tell ya!

    How the hell did you sharpen your plane blades if the belt sander was broken??

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