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Chainsaws and Home Economics

Philbert

Philbert

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Despite all of the testosterone-fueled posts about how powerful their motor is, or how long their bar is, it struck me that some of us might be better off wearing gingham aprons when it comes to chainsaws. Look at how interested we are in kitchen and homemaking stuff. What I have learned from A.S. posts:

A fully-equipped chainsaw shop needs:

- a dishwasher (for cleaning plastic parts on used saws);
- an oven (for heating up cases to install bearings, and drive moisture out of cleaned chains);
- a refrigerator/freezer (for shrinking bearings prior to installation);
- a dining room table (for showing off newly purchased saws);
- an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner (for cleaning carbs, etc.);
- dishpans (cleaning and sorting stuff);
- laundry tubs (cleaning parts, hands, and hand-washing chaps);
- washer and dryer (for chaps, gloves, etc.);
- clothesline (hanging chains).

Essential shop tools include:

- small Tupperware or Rubbermaid containers (for storing stuff);
- larger Rubbermaid containers (fire wood and kindling);
- baking and bread pans (for sorting stuff);
- cookie sheets (for placing parts in the oven);
- ice cube trays and muffin tins (for sorting small parts);
- ketchup and laundry detergent bottles (for bar oil and 2-cycle mix);
- wire mesh pasta strainers / colanders (for cleaning gunky parts);
- 'Q'-tips (for cleaning things then re-greasing them, muriatic acid on cylinders);
- toothpicks (for cleaning things in little places);
- toothbrushes (for cleaning other things);
- eye brow tweezers (for little, tiny screws, and things).

Other consumables:

- paper towels (for cleaning parts and hands);
- vinegar and molasses (for removing rust);
- oven cleaner (for removing gunk);
- other household cleaners: 409, Simple Green, Purple Power, etc. (for cleaning stuff);
- ScotchBrite dish pads (cleaning, rust removal, polishing cylinders);
- clear nail polish (fixing small holes in fabric from flying embers, keeping screws from turning);
- nail polish remover (for when we are out of acetone);
- candles (for filling grinding wheels);
- talcum powder (for filling files);
- panty hose (for pre-filters on old saws).

Gosh guys, let's go in together on some paper doilies! Sounds like we are more interested in 8th grade Home Economics than Shop class!

Anything I missed?

(See you at the church rummage sale on the way to TSC, or wherever!).

Philbert
 
Chris-PA

Chris-PA

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Umm yeah. I get any chainsaw parts anywhere near the kitchen, listening to the biotching will make sure I never bother again. Well, I did clean a jug with hot water and dish soap in the sink once, but she wasn't home.... It did make the engine smell nice though!
 
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spike60

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So Philbert, what'cha ya do in real life?

You're like some kind of marriage councilor, or maybe a divorce lawyer? :msp_w00t:
 
Philbert

Philbert

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Someone referenced this post recently. The key to maintaining relationship harmony is to use separate items from those used domestically. Most are dirt cheap at garage sales, flea markets, Goodwill style re-sale stores, etc.

I am even so picky now that I only buy trays that stack neatly. I am also always on the lookout for certain size Tupperware style containers that fit my chain grinder wheels.

Philbert
 
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Someone referenced this post recently. The key to maintaining relationship harmony is to use separate items from those used domestically. Most are dirt cheap at garage sales, flea markets, Goodwill style re-sale stores, etc.

I am even so picky now that I only buy trays that stack neatly. I am also always on the lookout for certain size Tupperware style containers that fit my chain grinder wheels.

Philbert
Do you seek different color lids for the different grits?
 
a. palmer jr.

a. palmer jr.

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Sometimes, if you're not a high dollar operation, you have to make do with what you have or can reasonably get. There's a lot of stuff I don't have and a lot of stuff I have that I don't need from all the years of fixing things..
 
deezlfan

deezlfan

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Some people wax their grinder wheels, and put talcum powder on files, to keep them from 'filling up'.

'Kool Grind' is a commercial wax crayon used for this purpose.

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Called Chalking a file.
Usually chalk is used.
Father and Grandfather were machinists and I've never heard of it. Learn something new everyday. Thanks.
 
Stihl 041S

Stihl 041S

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Father and Grandfather were machinists and I've never heard of it. Learn something new everyday. Thanks.
Chalking is mainly used with softer materials like aluminum.
It doesn’t load the file so quicker.
To clean a file......smash the open end of a cartridge case.
30-06 or larger is better.
Run it along the teeth. Forms quickly and cleans well.
 
Philbert

Philbert

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Father and Grandfather were machinists and I've never heard of it.
Not everyone does it (either one).

I tried the Kool Grind on my wheels and was not impressed; but I grind clean chains. I use a file card on my files.

But I use a lot of repurposed kitchen utensils in my shop.

Philbert
 
Stihl 041S

Stihl 041S

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Not everyone does it (either one).

I tried the Kool Grind on my wheels and was not impressed; but I grind clean chains. I use a file card on my files.

But I use a lot of repurposed kitchen utensils in my shop.

Philbert
Dam !!!!
I owe you dressing sticks and shims!!!!
No excuse will do.
Very sorry.
Make tomorrow night and USPS priority Saturday morning.
Dam.
 
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