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Vic29/07/2019 11:23:40
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I was flattening the end for a ceramic lamp holder on the belt sander the other day and failed to either tighten or remove the screws to prevent them getting lost. One fell out and I couldn’t find it anywhere. No problem, bound to have an M2.5 x 5 somewhere. I spent about 30 minutes trying to find one so gave up and ordered some online. A day later going through my fasteners for another job a found a packet of you guessed it, some M2.5 x 5 screws. To add insult to injury I found the original “lost” screw sitting on my bench about an hour later. Some days you just can’t win.

Nicholas Farr29/07/2019 11:25:52
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Hi Vic, been there, done that, sort of thing.

Regards Nick.

mark costello 129/07/2019 18:15:45
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Went to put some surplus brake hardware away, found 2 -not 1-2 kits already there with the needed parts mocking Me.

Vic29/07/2019 18:18:42
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I keep buying stuff in the hope of it coming in handy at some point and then forget I’ve bought it. Buying twice is a false economy ... laugh

Nigel Graham 229/07/2019 19:02:04
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Vic -

The absent screw turned up on your bench... You too have a house-proud mouse in your workshop?


Some years ago - before I owned a computer - I wanted to carry out an rather awkward calculation, a bit too much for pencil-and-paper. I forget what but it was model-engineering related.

Could not find my scientific calculator anywhere!

Slide-rule then? Could not find that either.

Nothing for it but to use logarithm tables, with a little revision from the example in an old engineering text-book that contains the tables.

Next day, went to Woolworths for a replacement calculator; surprised to find that in a reverse pattern to early portable 'phones they'd not shrunk but expanded from shirt-pocket to cagoule-pocket dimensions.

Three weeks later, searching for something else, I opened a drawer and there was the original calculator! I decided homes and workshops develop tiny black-holes, floating randomly but invisibly around the place (light can't escape...). They eagerly swallow anything loose in gravity-range but with insufficient energy to sustain themselves, soon dissipate and drop their loot anywhere but where you'd originally put it.

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