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Old 04-21-2013, 10:11 AM   #1
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Blonde ingenuity to the rescue!

I will be the first one to admit I basically have no mechanical aptitude, but yesterday my “blonde logic” came to the rescue and I came up with two ingenious ideas to fix my friend’s ski bindings, using very limited resources (i.e. what we carried in our backpacks). Yippeee!!!

Yesterday a friend and I were enjoying yet another fantastic day of spring skiing up at Hatcher Pass. Unfortunately the cable binding on one of my friend’s skis started acting up and the screws kept coming loose, requiring him to stop and tighten them every couple miles. Thankfully I had left my Leatherman tool in my backpack, even though we had decided to ski with a lighter load than normal.

About 8.5 miles in one of his screws REALLY misbehaved, and Rick discovered rotten material in the screw hole and the screw didn’t have anything solid to hold it in place. Rick tried several alternatives to wrap around the screw to give it some purchase, including aluminum foil, and nothing worked. His alternatives for getting back to the distant trailhead with a broken binding were not pleasant to consider.

I pondered what else I had in my pack that might work and an ingenious idea popped into my head. I told Rick we could stick the screw down the middle of a foam earplug and insert it in the hole. It made perfect sense to me as the foam compresses tightly and would wrap around the screw and expand to fill the hole.

He “pooh-pooh’ed” me a couple of times I suggested it as he thought it was a stupid idea. I’m stubborn so I got one of the foam ear plugs and more-forcefully encouraged Rick to try it out. As he was facing a potential LONG walk back to the trailhead, he finally succumbed to the logic of the “blond ingenuity” and inserted the foam ear plug and the screw in the hole and tightened the screw. I also gave him a circular key ring to attach the front of the cable to the binding where it kept coming off. He didn’t think much of either of those brilliant repair ideas, but, lo and behold, my improvisations worked and he skied all the way back to the parking lot. YEAH!!!

I can only imagine AlcanRider and TomS shaking their heads in humorous amazement as they have both tried to supervise me working on my motorcycles and know my mechanical aptitude is pretty limited. They end up laughing at me rather frequently, but that's okay as laughter brightens everybody's day.

But just in case somebody else has problems with loose screws while out in the backcountry, I wanted to share this very-lightweight solution: foam ear plugs!

I might get out for a ride on my motorcycle today, after removing some of the ice on the roadway in front of my driveway.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Dang it when ya using color text. Can't read nothing.
I'm using the "fresh format "
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:35 PM   #3
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Under what circumstances might anyone have need of foam ear plugs while you're out x-country skiing?


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Old 04-21-2013, 12:38 PM   #4
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Dang it when ya using color text. Can't read nothing.
I'm using the "fresh format "
I have the same problem. I just highlight the entire post.
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Old 04-21-2013, 12:47 PM   #5
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Under what circumstances might anyone have need of foam ear plugs while you're out x-country skiing?
When they really don't want to hear what you have to say.

Nice improvising.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #6
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I can only imagine AlcanRider and TomS shaking their heads in humorous amazement as they have both tried to supervise me working on my motorcycles and know my mechanical aptitude is pretty limited.

But just in case somebody else has problems with loose screws while out in the backcountry, I wanted to share this very-lightweight solution: foam ear plugs!
Why is it that connecting HayDee with something having a screw loose requires no effort at all?






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Old 04-21-2013, 07:47 PM   #7
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Here we go!

Off to the races again.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:45 PM   #8
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Amy, I would have guessed that you would just smear jelly on him.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:17 PM   #9
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Good job, Amy! The guys are just jealous. But I am with Legion-why do you take earplugs skiing? Barb
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:05 PM   #10
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Why, it's in case somebody on the trip has a screw loose. Let them prattle on.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:17 AM   #11
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Maybe she gets tired of hearing those little "blonde" voices inside her head..........???

Maybe the ones from people in Alabama that don’t even know her.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:12 AM   #12
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Sorry Tom.......didn't know this was a private forum......
Nope, any asshat can post here, & we do.
I think most people would agree that poking fun at & picking on your friends or relatives is one thing, having total strangers do it is quite another.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:33 AM   #13
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Under what circumstances might anyone have need of foam ear plugs while you're out x-country skiing?
depends on who you are skiing with
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:54 PM   #14
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Ear plugs

I carry ear plugs for emergencies, in case something happens and we unexpectedly have to spend the night, which has happened in the past. Some of my guy friends snore real loudly and then I can't get my beauty sleep!

AlcanRider, you of all people should know that any association between me and a few loose screws is completely surprising!
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:45 PM   #15
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Its not just a guy thing I know for a fact girls can snore loud enough to loosen the nails in a house.
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