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06-01-2017, 10:38 AM   #36871
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Back in my surveying days, before electronics, we measured with a 100 foot solid steel tape (still called it a chain) with a leather thong on each end.
Fun times were when we got around an electric fence and could catch the guy on the other end of the chain unaware.
I thought a chain was sixty six feet (a country road, fence to fence), yes?

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QuoteOriginally posted by ccc_ Quote
I thought a chain was sixty six feet (a country road, fence to fence), yes?
Yes, the term chain was a carryover, ours had no links.
I've been retired for 14 years, but have no doubt I can still "do up" and "throw" a chain faster than these two young men, by myself, and blindfolded.
No brag, just fact.
edit to add, we didn't use "chains" for the last about 20+ years before I retired.


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Yep, and they worked well too. We used to sneak out to farmers stock ponds and "crank for fish". Once when we went swimming in one of the better ponds, I cranked Ricky....it was about 3 miles from home and he chased me all the way back.

Just got an E-mail from our youngest son. We are babysitting his doggie while he is off with his wife in Europe for six weeks vacation. His doggie is like me...you don't have to worry about her overexerting herself!


All that money we spent on college paid off well....for him! This is from some place in Italy....maybe Florence?
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Nappy time!


Actually looks rather like some place I saw in Las Vegas.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ccc_ Quote
without a voltage tester always swat it with the back of your hand

you're s marvel...a person who doesn't require that hands on confirmation of a concept
my life would have been so much simpler if i'd been that guy

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without peeing on a fence i'd of never known what my fillings tasted like


Why did you want to know what your fillings taste like?

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It's too bad Rupert and I don't live closer. We could sit on the porch sipping Geritol on the rocks, comparing aches and pains.
Hey, I want in on that action.

Well, save for the Geritol. Gimme a beer instead.

4 years, 2 months, 3 weeks, 1 day.

But who's counting, eh?
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QuoteOriginally posted by robtcorl Quote
Yes, the term chain was a carryover, ours had no links.
I've been retired for 14 years, but have no doubt I can still "do up" and "throw" a chain faster than these two young men, by myself, and blindfolded.
No brag, just fact.
edit to add, we didn't use "chains" for the last about 20+ years before I retired.

Chain Throwing Tips & Techniques - YouTube
thanks

looked it up...more than one "chain"...who'dathunkit

just before I retired a contractor cut a couple cables that were still working on one of our frames

my maintenance partner (from 15 years back) was in the building having coffee
I asked him if he'd bring in his splice kit and help me put the cables back together

in an hour we'd restored service but the cool part was a couple the kids watching us were just flabbergasted...how can you do that so fast and so easy?
mark said, "we are just that good! of course doing it five or six days a week for years helps."

some skills become such a part of you that they are you

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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
Why did you want to know what your fillings taste like?
unbridled curiosity

though perhaps the knowledge was just the byproduct of stupidity

I have inadvertently irrigated fencers but what I was talking about is some flavors of phone lines ring to ground (as opposed to across the line)
so if it was too dry there was no circuit and the phone wouldn't ring
hence the addition of moisture

a ground rod was five foot long with four feet in the soil
during a drought, it was possible to dig those four feet and find no moisture

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Guess it's time to update your profile...
QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Done!
Gee, I dunno.

Looks the same to me . . . . . .





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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
Gee, I dunno.

Looks the same to me . . . . . .





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There are some constants in life. er, I mean,

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There are some constants in life. er, I mean,
sometimes there is just no reason to change a thing
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the term chain was a carryover
A favorite surveyor's song.
Beats the hell out of bagpipe noise.

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So Jim: I trust the sale included a clause that says you get the latest carbon racer each year, for as long as you like, free of charge? If not - then opportunity missed!!!
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So Jim: I trust the sale included a clause that says you get the latest carbon racer each year, for as long as you like, free of charge? If not - then opportunity missed!!!
He sold it to his brother in law.

What that means is the brother in law will be over at Jim's house most days drinking all his beer.
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Who's ready for some Texas size burgers tonight?
BYOC, bring your own cow.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
He sold it to his brother in law.

What that means is the brother in law will be over at Jim's house most days drinking all his beer.
Sounds like some sort of worrying franchise arrangement!
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Who's ready for some Texas size burgers tonight?
BYOC, bring your own cow.
Looks like you need to turn that one over Bob!
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