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  1. wow! Has it been 3 years? Changing jobs makes it harder to keep up with all the forums. Update on the 5215.5. Swapped out the armature, for an updated one. Mildly helpful. THe aramature comes part and parcel with two spark plug wires. But, still a finiky starter. When I picked up the Armature from my favoroite Lawn and Garden repair and parts shop, the parts guy asked, "Did you try removing the ground wire?" I said no and asked for details. He mumbled something and avoided a direct answer that might make me a better Briggs mechanic. THen I got to thinking there is a small 22guage, I guess wire coming out of the armature that screws to the case... a ground. Interestingly, it is a wire with a spade terminal that slides onto a mating spade and ring terminal The ring is screwed to the case. It is a quick disconnect. ... brilliant, I thought. When the new armature didn't help immensely, I pulled the little ground wire off and she fired right up! Diagnosis, bad switch, the installation of which is another harrowing story! Since then a set of new steering tires, and a new crank shaft seal. This fall she gets a new set of rear skins.
  2. I think you've translated it correctly Scott. I wonder what they call that plot of land where they grow veggies and their flowers? I love to mow too. Not nearly an acre. What do you mow with? I picked up a Simplicity 5212.5. I installed a new set of drive belts this spring. She works like a champ. A finicky starter, but for 300 bucks .... oops, wrong forum.
  3. Two stories. 1. My dad's story. Several years ago he went to Sears and ROebuck optical department. He got the exam, picked the frames then was told to come back in an hour to pick them up. Which he did. He noted that things didn't 'look' right. He was told he would get used to the new lenses in time. During the ensuing week, he wore his glasses while he farmed and repaired machinery. After the umpteenth time of losing a lens, then having to re-install it and tighten the screws, he told my brother, give me that LocTite. (He was in the shop) A little daub of thread locker was just the trick for securing the screw. But, by the next weekend he was just not getting used to his new prescription. BACK to Sears he went. The optican took a look at the lenses, scoped them then exclaimed, "Oh my goodness! The prescription is just as it should be but the were made upside down!" After apologizing, he asked my dad to come back in an hour and they would have new lenses made for him, no charge. An hour passed and they were not quite done. He came back yet another half hour later when his glasses were done. Apparently the optician had the devil of a time getting the screws out of the frames. He ended up breaking the frames and had to give my dad another set of frames as well. Did I mention that my dad used INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH LocTite? 2. My story, I had my eyes examined, and a prescription determined. When I spoke to the frame seller, she siad that i did not want the o-o-o-old fashioned plastic lenses, like I had before. My strong prescription would be just intolerably thick! In fact, the optician said that the lenses I was currently using were carbonate. I was a bit hesitant, but the additional $50 charge for carbonate didn't seem to be too much for thinner lenses, especially when I already had carbonate. The lenses were ordered. A week later, I went to pick them up, I was surprised to note that while reading their text card (newspaper type and size4 text) it appeared that there was a yellow highlighter mark above all the letters in each line of the text. "Strange," I said. It also was more than a bit difficult to focus on the yellowed page. The optician said it would take a few days to get used to the new lenses (where have we heard that before). "Wear these, and nothing else, until you get used to them. This was a Wednesday. I struggled with them through the rest of the week and over the weekend. On Sunday night I was driving home after dark (the first time I'd driven after dark since the new lenses) When the headlights shined on the approaching road signs, a column of light shot up from the sign that reached to the stratosphere! :blink: On Monday morning, I returned to the optical store wearing my old glasses. I then dropped the frames on the desk, I said, "These are unacceptable." Two things were going on. First the assumptions for where I read books, newspapers, and daily work correspondence was flawed with the way I used my 'readers'. The Optometrist had the lenses focusing at 19", when I read at about 24". I measured where I read, at desk top level and then the distance at which I view my computer screen, 36". The optometrist was very accommodating and re-examined my eyes at no charge. He used a yard stick to get the distance right on his machine. Second, as far as the lenses, I could see that the way light reflected off the surface of my new lenses was different than my old ones. Guess what? The optometrist determined that my OLD lenses WERE plastic. This is important because after doing some research, there is a phenomenon with the way different clear materials transmit light. There is a measure called and ABE number which quantifies the degree at which a clear material will separate light like a prism. The least refracting is glass, the next least refracting is plastic, the next least is carbonate---especially in strong prescriptions! The optician was clueless when I mentioned the ABBE number. (It is her job to know this, not mine). My lenses were also made, this time, in plastic, for free. Guess what, the plastic did not separate the light and.... they were no thicker than the carbonate. Bottom line, if I cannot see well out of new lenses, I will not leave the store with them. Second, the darn-well better be plastic.
  4. Suggested response to the missus: "But dear, the Kitchen is YOUR woman cave." The offer-er of this suggestion takes ZERO responsibility for this statement, nor any criminal nor financial ramifications. Quote this at your own risk. i.e. yer on yer own.
  5. On a couple of my guitars, I have lengthen the slit in the end of the strap button hole with a sharp knife. Then with a leather needle and heavy thread, I 'sew' the slit area loosely in an 'X' pattern, somewhat akin to shoe laces. Usually one 'X' will do. While the 'laces' are loose, push the strap over the button, then cinch up the laces to close the slit. For me, I want the cinched up button hole to be nigh on impossible to remove. That is where the strap resides for pretty much forever. I hardly ever remove a strap. And, I never, ever have a strap come undone on stage. If I ever want or need to remove the strap I'll just cut the laces. It is best if the hole part of the button hole is the same size as the strap button's notch so that the leather isn't all bunched up. Use a properly sized leather punch to correct the size of this hole.
  6. Looks like it rendered to yellow diamond sign speechless!
  7. TommyK

    Woof!

    Some time last fall I acquired an Epiphone EB base (SG look-alike). Until I can afford to acquire a proper bass amp, is it possible to plug the bass into my 15W Crate amp (sounds terrible) then plug a stand-alone woofer into the Crate amp's output?
  8. Our local university was just one of several to receive a bomb threat Thursday. Must be mid-terms. All, it appears, were hoaxes. Someone trying to delay the inevitable mid-term exam, or whatever. I guess this is a brave new world we just have to learn to deal with. Our local Univ. Police handled it with aplomb. I'm sure threats like this come in on a daily basis, so, for some reason, they determined this to be credible. By my count 17 different jurisdictions from State Police to County and the local jean-d-arms helped in 'sweeping' buildings, and crowd control. Some kids picked up that night by parents and taken home. Night classes canceled, approx 20,000 students rousted out of their dorms to stand in the rain until the basketball arena was cleared, then opened to them to get in out of the weather. (about a 45 minute wait). Last of the dorms given the all clear by 11pm. Campus probably didn't settle down 'til mid-night. Classes resumed next day, but some departments allowed excused absences for the day, i.e. make-up exams or late home work were to be offered where necessary. Most likely, the threat came in on social media, so tracking down the perp should be easier than back in the day of anonymous pay phones. Is it just an increase in incidence or just increased traditional and social media coverage?
  9. Our local university was just one of several to receive a bomb threat Thursday. Must be mid-terms. All, it appears, were hoaxes. Someone trying to delay the inevitable mid-term exam, or whatever. I guess this is a brave new world we just have to learn to deal with. Our local Univ. Police handled it with aplomb. I'm sure threats like this come in on a daily basis, so, for some reason, they determined this to be credible. By my count 17 different jurisdictions from State Police to County and the local jean-d-arms helped in 'sweeping' buildings, and crowd control. Some kids picked up that night by parents and taken home. Night classes canceled, approx 20,000 students rousted out of their dorms to stand in the rain until the basketball arena was cleared, then opened to them to get in out of the weather. (about a 45 minute wait). Last of the dorms given the all clear by 11pm. Campus probably didn't settle down 'til mid-night. Classes resumed next day, but some departments allowed excused absences for the day, i.e. make-up exams or late home work were to be offered where necessary. Most likely, the threat came in on social media, so tracking down the perp should be easier than back in the day of anonymous pay phones. Is it just an increase in incidence or just increased traditional and social media coverage?
  10. I'd recommend masking off pretty much everything not the pick guard. Use the blue painter's tape. I'ts low tack and comes off easy. Testors paint? yes. Testors brush? no. Get a good quality very, small pointed brush. And practice, practice, practice before laying one drop of paint on the guard. I'm thinking you should use flat as opposed to gloss paint. The Testors flats are usually relegated to the miliary paint kit. White and yellow is all you'll need. And, keep the mineral spirits bottle as far away from the guitar as is practical. I'd recommend, also, using a Q-tip lightly dampened in the mineral spirits (bottle across the room with the cap on, in a drawer). If any of those spirits come in contact with the guitar finish, you will be mourning for years.
  11. Could you re-post so I can read what I missed... then re-remove it? tks.
  12. Sorry to hear about your bunged up shoulder. I hope if heals fast. You could make lemonade. Why not work on your harmonica chops in the interim... or pick up the harmonica?
  13. Directed to the forum for info? Probably the best answer they could give you. Sales wonks know about what they have to sell, today's models. More history is known here. Warm hues probably due to tungsten incandescent lights and / or light reflecting from the warm and woody floor. Great Score!
  14. Thanks. I found one at the local EpiphoneFenderIbanezPRSWorton dealer. It's a knobless black. It works.
  15. I bought a LP Special II GT missing the tremelo/whammy bar. Where do I find one?
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