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Old 11-03-2008, 04:37 AM   #46
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don't leave the keys to your moto and apartment on the roof of your GF's car...


then wonder what that scraping noise is when you get on the freeway.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:46 AM   #47
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Don't let someone talk you into burning the gas out of a brass carb float that had a leak.

It's a slow lazy flame until the thing gets hot!
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:10 PM   #48
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Keep a large can of acetone in the garage, just in case. Then one does not have to beg one's daughter for all her nail polish when one accidently glues their fingers together with a lot of superglue.
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Old 11-04-2008, 11:06 PM   #49
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Not in the garage, but I had to buy some superglue de-bonder when my daughter (6 at the time) found the perfect spot for a cut crystal vase on a coffee table, and superglued it there.
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:27 AM   #50
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DON"T -forget the camelback in the freezer!
DO - Fix the e-start on my husaberg!
Do - put tools back where they belong so I don't spend half a day looking for them again!
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:37 PM   #51
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Don't leave your keys where your kids can get them while you are out of town.
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:23 PM   #52
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Wtf

Don't land a $900,000 Grumman Albatross w/ a brand new avionics package on the Colorado river near Laughlin NV with the drain plugs out. No it wasn't me, yes I almost cried when I saw it sink and the only funny part of the whole sad story is the owner/pilot was taking his seaplane check ride with his flight instructor and an FFA official.
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:06 PM   #53
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Don't tighten drill chucks by hand....

Always secure material to drill press via vice, clamp, bolts whatver before drilling... yes, that was me.

Do not open multiple drawers on a tool chest at the same time... Also me.

um... If using an impact w/ a wobble do not run the nut or bolt all the way off, stop before and remove completely by hand, things do go flying.

When lowering car lifts make sure that lift has completely disengaged safety latch on both sides before lowering (I did catch it in time...)

One at the expense of my old coworkers at a marine. When summerizing a boat do not leave unattended at idle, bilge pumps = slower than thru hull fittings.
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:30 PM   #54
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Do remember to put the clutch spring back in the bike in the proper direction - in a BMW airhead that is. Feels like shit when you pull the level. Feels worse as you pull the tranny out just to turn it around.

Do remember to PROPERLY pre-form the rear main seal on you 1981 BMW r80g/s. Improperly forming the seal CAN result in a small tear in the sealing surface allowing high pressure oil to cascade from the back of the engine.

Do remember to clean all of the old gasket material off of the timing chain cover on your BMW airhead engine. Doubling up the gasket on one 1.5 inch long segment of the cover allows a lot of oil to escape.

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Old 11-07-2008, 02:22 AM   #55
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When rebuilding carburetors, the pointy side of the float needle valve goes up into the carb.

"Man these boots are slippery"
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:28 AM   #56
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When assembling a Harbor Freight trailer kit, lay all the seemingly identical red frame rail sections out in your driveway. Double check that everything's there & how it fits up before you start torquing down the bolts.

"Awwww crap! This one goes up there? Where's THAT one go then? And wtf is THIS?"
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:38 AM   #57
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Never drain antifreeze into empty Mountain Dew containers. --Or-- Never drink Mountain Dew when working on vehicles.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:42 AM   #58
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Never leave trail mix on your bike in bear country unless you have extra turn signal lenses.
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:07 PM   #59
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So I'm sitting on the floor working on the bike. I put the air filter back in and have some of that sticky red PJ-1 filter oil on my fingers.

I reach above my head and feel around on the bench for the carb cleaner and a rag, grab it and spray my hand.. only to look down and see I'd grabbed the PJ-1 instead so now my entire hand was dripping in sticky red filter oil.

So I put the PJ-1 down on the floor, reach above my head again for the carb cleaner, grab it and give my hand a good soaking... only too look at my hand and now find it covered in sticky white Bel-Ray chain lube on top of the sticky red PJ-1.

I reach up a 3rd time...
Did I mention my finger nails are now filthy?
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:13 PM   #60
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JAB
Remove helmet before spitting out the hot water from the first pull from your Camelback.
ROTFL.. I thought I was the only one :)

I was doing 30mph down the road with face shield down. Fished my camel back straw in from underneath and took a drink tasting soap... turned my head sideways and spit it all out... and into my eyes
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