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[#] Mon Oct 28 2019 12:13:58 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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That was not so joyful.

[#] Mon Oct 28 2019 15:05:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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We expected the 5 year old to break things, not the 45 year old. But it's ok.

[#] Wed Jan 29 2020 15:52:52 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Any suggestions on how to free up an overwound ratchet strap?

Der lazywebz only produces results that either say "it's corroded" (it isn't) or "pull really hard" (I tried).

I was thinking about using the truck to pull on it, but that sounds like it could be dangerous.

[#] Thu Jan 30 2020 11:13:33 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Cut the strap!

[#] Fri Jan 31 2020 10:28:28 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Do you have too much strap on the spool? A screwdriver against the pawl should do it, but the ratchet needs to be near flat.

[#] Sun Feb 02 2020 12:26:23 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I tried the screwdriver thing but it didn't work. I was going to try cutting the strap but I decided it would be better to just drive the truck off a cliff so I wouldn't need ratchet straps anymore.

But before I got to do my Toonces routine, I discovered that this particular ratchet allows for turning the bolt with a wrench while the ratchet is disengaged.
With sufficient leverage that loosened it.

[#] Mon May 11 2020 16:52:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Also, I now know how to use ratchet straps, which has been very helpful in preventing mine from getting jammed again.

A ratchet strap, a piece of rebar, a 10' piece of wood, and my garden tractor were very helpful in re-leveling the ground where I set up my pool every year.
There's normally a small lean on one side, and that's no longer acceptable because I scored a deal on a permanent hard-sided pool. Once it's up, it's up for good, and it's got to be completely level. At the end of last season I decided to leave my Intex up for the winter because the connectors had rusted too much to take it apart and put it back together without breaking. By the time I made that decision, though, I had already emptied it. Late in the winter, a strong wind blew it apart. I think if I had left some water in it, we'd have gotten at least one more season.

For this season, I'm going to hack together some fittings to use my Intex filter pump and SWCG on the permanent above-ground pool. Once it's up, though, it'll provide me with several seasons worth of fun improvement projects. Hard plumbing to an equipment pad in another location. A nice little deck around the pool. Pool and landscape lighting.
Redneck pool heater. It's going to be fun.

[#] Mon Jul 20 2020 09:38:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oooh, I forgot to do a post about the finished pool. It was a fun project.

This weekend our vacuum cleaner started giving off a magic-smoke smell, so it's probably close to the end of its life. I'm actually giving a bit of consideration to buying a central vac. Has anyone played around with those?
Apparently the hoses are ridiculously long so I'd only need one or two inlets on each floor, and they're plumbed in with what looks like ordinary PVC pipe.

[#] Wed Jul 22 2020 07:35:21 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Central vacuum is cool, but I don't think they work as well on rugs.... But for hardwood floors, they're great.

[#] Wed Jul 22 2020 23:24:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Depends on the machine, I think. The good ones have power heads just like a conventional sweeper. We have solid floors in every room except for two downstairs with a low pile rug. I think I'd definitely get the kind that has a motorized power head instead of relying on suction alone to do the sweeping.

[#] Tue Jul 28 2020 07:02:49 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Yeah, they have power.... Still meh. I do like the sweep inlet though. That's cool.

[#] Mon Aug 03 2020 09:42:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The sweep inlet is an awesome idea. If I install a system I'll probably put one of those in my kitchen. I saw one being installed in a video and the person said "Everyone likes sweeping, but no one likes picking up the dust."
Never thought of it that way, but sweeping is kind of therapeutic in an instant gratification sort of way.

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