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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2018, 01:11:41 PM »

Will they deliver to Sydney, Oz?

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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2018, 01:22:02 PM »
Id say not Glort but wouldn't it make a super Christmas present to yourself?
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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2018, 01:31:55 PM »

You take it Paul. You'd get more out of it as a Christmas gift than I would.

Geez, Christmas is less that a month off. As if I'm not depressed enough already.  Christmas is far and away the worst time of the year for me and the hardest.  Trying to smile and look happy for those around when you just want to cry your guts out.
I hate Christmas. Nothing but sad reminders of loved ones lost and good times that will never be had again.

What a fun bloke I am to have around on Christmas morning!  ::) :-[

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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2018, 01:43:57 PM »
I'd be the same Dave I try to keep participation to a minimum. There's always something I want to watch on TV in the other room. I will go to church and give the wife a few gifts.
I got a little bit of work this weekend replacing the starter on a silent Chinese generator. Problem is it's permanently in the back of a 28 foot insulation truck. The top bolt on the starter is blocked with ducting so a 15 minute job has became a major headache, took 2 hours to get the bugger out and it will take an hour to replace it. Of course being Chinese it has a couple of secret fastenings and it's not all that well made. It's a horrible hoor and whilst the few quid will come in useful it's hard earned. Nobody round here willing to take it on.
 I can't afford the alternator and I have nothing capable of driving it if I could afford it.
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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2018, 10:48:35 PM »

Yeah, that's another thing, finding a gift for the Mrs.
She has enough perfume to fill a bath, now 2 safes overflowing of Jewelery, passed into the insanity level with clothes and shoes 15 years back and then there is the Gift occasion marathon. November anniversary, Dec Xmas, Feb valentines day and March her Birthday.  And I'm supposed to find something thoughtful and useful every year.  Even the gift cards are now over done.

At least the extended family came to rationality with Xmas last year. We put names in a hat and everyone buys a gift to the value of $100 for the person they got and that's it.  Every male in the family had more than a life time supply of deodorant gift packs from the sister in law alone. Every Female had more cheap Tupperware than they could use in 2 lifetimes.
Our secret Santa is supposed to be that but of course the second the gifts were opened, which everyone was quite pleased with, the women just had to know who had who.  No one admitted to the extra mystery gift for my brother in law of a couple of packets of Laxatives but for some accurate reason, the finger was pointed at yours truly.    :embarrassed: 

Just to be fair, I got the other BIL a gift this year even though he's not the one I drew. I got him a book on Australian Fords I found a month or so back. He's a big Ford fan and book collector so I hope he hasn't got it already because it should be something he will enjoy.  Needless to say, I do actually like this BIL much more than the other.

Funny you mention the genny starter.  The starter on my beloved 30 yo Honda ride on mower has gone.  Reading up on it, seems I have to pull the engine out and take the flywheel off to change it. Thing is actually a little car engine and water cooled so a bit to it. Starter isn't expensive but i hope i can get the job done without loosing my shit and belting the thing to pieces with a sledge hammer. Not that I have ever had a wig out and done anything stupid like that before!  :angel:

I could afford the alt and I have plenty to drive it with but I probably wouldn't be bothered with it right now if the guy next door was giving it away.
I think out of the 2 of us, somehow you are in the better position of a mutually disappointing situation.

Wonder if the Mrs would like a new engine for Christmas?
Probably would as long as it was in a Forrester  with a turbo on it which she has been telling me she wants.
At least that would cover all the upcoming gift occasions but I wonder how many years I could amortise that over?
Would 5 be too much? 3 at least??   :laugh:

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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2018, 08:35:52 AM »
My missus likes a certain French perfume that has cost me 126.00 for the equivalent measure to a good shot of whiskey. Apparently that's not really a present it's a stocking filler but she hasn't worn stockings in years! There are a few things I'd like such as a good LED torch/hand lamp and diabetic loose fitting socks plus a brake pipe flaring tool. On the plus side we will have plenty to eat, heat and light something many people don't have. Ireland is a really wealthy country yet we have food banks, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, this seems odd to me so we will give a bit to those with less than we have. Time to assemble this Chinese junk, I mean generator.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2018, 12:12:59 PM »
There are a few things I'd like such as a good LED torch/hand lamp and diabetic loose fitting socks plus a brake pipe flaring tool.

I have always had a facination with torches since a Kid. Some years ago I bought myself a LED LENSER P7. Great little torch and I have loved owning it. Built like a tank and actualy used it as a weapon on one occasion and the thing came though unscathed... unlike the clown it was used on.
Earlier this year I spent a bit on another LED torch,  a Sofirn sp35.  This thing is a real weapon. Takes 3x 18650 batteries and the light it puts out is incredible.  Literally leaves car headlights for dead, both of them at once. My backyard is well over 1/4 Acre and it lights the whole yard up with laughable ease. I have taken it up to my Dads property and although it's not a thrower type light, it illuminates as far as you can see on the cleared part of his property and with a very good lateral spread as well.
  I can't remember the lumen output but suffice to say, it's more than adequate.

This one is a small fat chunky thing with some real heft to it. It has 5 settings, candle light (They must have some big arse candles where this thing was designed! ) that lasts 30 hours or something amazing, then 4 more steps up to the Suntan/ set fire to dry bush peak output. I think the flat out setting will only run for 10 Min or something before the thing reverts back to the next one down so the thing does not over heat.  I think the High ( 1 down) level is good for 2.5 hours on the mid range capacity cells I am running in it.  Way more than I can ever see you needing something that bright. It also has the strobe/ flash setting which on this thing would be useful for deterring an assailant or signalling the space station for help if you were lost in the bush.

I think the thing was about $90 with the batteries and charger I had to buy separate which I thought was bit of an indulgence on a torch but even for a tight arse like me, this thing is SO worth it. Just be careful when you buy 18650 batteries. They are one of those things that are ridiculously over rated by a lot of ( surprise, surprise) Chinese sellers.  I looked online for some " How to spot fake 18650's" pages and found some good bang for the back mid range cells I have been happy with and are genuine to their rating ( 2400Mah).

There are endless LED torches around these days and a lot of them are rubbish so you need to do your homework to know what is value for money and what is chaff.  The price of some of these torches now can go easy $500 and up to and beyond $1000. One hand held flame thrower I was reading about had a 2KM beam range. Spose it would be OK if you were looking for low flying 747's or container ships at sea.

As for the Diabetic socks, what are they?
One of the few things I haven't had to worry about with my diabetes so far is my feet and blood pressure.  Doc looked at my feet the other day and decided to give them the once over. I warned him what happened last time but again, nearly booted him off his chair when he ran the pointy stick underneath my trotters. I had some pain a while back but xrays showed falling arches which some over the counter orthopedics has cured pretty much.
That was good, the custom ones are a fortune here.

I have wanted a flaring tool for a while but been put off. There are water angle flares, Hydraulic, AC and so it goes. Don't use any of them regularly but would want all of them now and then. The interchangeable die types to cover everything are a fortune.  Mate has one so  I have been able to get by waiting till he comes around and flog it for a few min out the back of his work truck after I distract him with Coffee and cake.   :0)

Your comments about Ireland are the same here. It's been a topic here for a while about the growing distance of the haves and have nots. I have a fair bit but still often feel like I have nothing. Mrs priced up a new kitchen on the weekend. Time we get the fitout with electricals, plumbing and tiling, with appliances we would be looking at $40K plus.  And that does not include the new floor we would have to have which will run $5k if we do it cheap.  I took the tight arse option of removing the old kitchen and doing the trenching in the slab for the electrical and drainage as well as moving the wiring for the stove and oven which is already there just needs to be dropped in the new location which saved a couple of grand off the cost.   Their guy will do the rest.

While we were there, another couple came in to pay the deposit in their new Kitchen.  They paid in full.  Guy told us they were hoping to keep theirs down to $60K as they were renovating the entire house they just bought and had a 300K budget for the renos on the $2m home. Even round here, $2m buys a real nice home so I can only imagine what the thing will be like when they finish.
Kitchen guy said something to the effect of there being no rush for the payment but they said they were already at the bank transferring the money for her new Audi which she showed us a pic of on her phone with the custom wheels and extras so they got the cheque for the kitchen while they were there and save having to go back.

What the hell do people do for a crust to be able to afford that kind of money?
I need to buy more lottery tickets I think.

Mean while I know couples who live modestly, both work hard and struggle to provide a decent standard of living for their kids.
 And there are plenty a lot worse off than them.

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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2018, 04:23:17 PM »
Diabetic socks have a kind of stretchy knitted leg that is quite loose. Hard to describe I hate short socks and modern ones seem to be made for supermodels with sticks for legs. Thank God I have good feet so far. The brake pipe tool I want does SAE and DIN both single and double flares and it will do copper and steel lines. I hope the wife reads this!
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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2018, 12:13:35 AM »

Dear Mrs Doh,

Your husband is a fine fine man of impeccable manner, honesty, selflessness and handsome good looks especially.  He is loved by everyone he meets and is a huge asset and inspiration to each and everyone of us here at the Lister forum. His engineering prowess  and technical ability is something we all marvel at and learn from. He is a true DIYer of the highest caliber.
 He loves you very dearly and tells us all the time how lucky he is to have a beautiful, kind woman like yourself to care for him in his twilight years and how he wishes he could spoil you more before he passes to the great beyond. 

Unfortunately your good husband is very sad.  He wants to be able to do more things for you around the house and fulfill so many of the creative ideas you have but is just limited by a lack of tools and equipment to do it.  This pains him greatly as with the right equipment, he could do so much more for you which would make him far happier in making you happy which is his one purpose in life and his reason single reason for the rest of his short term existence. 

As you are probably aware, with Pauls condition, the lack of specialised Diabetic Hosiery can take many years off a persons life which also plays on his mind. Here at the Lister forum,  we are trying to  do a whip around and a fundraiser we are calling " The save Paul Fund" to buy our beloved friend some Diabetic socks before it is too late and we loose him and his beaming smile forever.

Please don't get upset with him. As any man knows, there is only so much a mere mortal can do without a brake flaring tool and having to endure the crippling discomfort of tight socks when one is afflicted with diabetes. To his immense credit,  he does try his very best to do what he can without  both of these essential things because he does not want to spend any money on himself he could spend on making you happier.

We here all think he does so well with these incredible handicaps and marvel how he is able to overcome such extreme adversity.  No man is really complete without a brake flaring  tool and diabetic socks, especially given Pauls advanced  years and limited life expectancy but we understand his selfless position and admire him so much for it. He has let it slip about his condition which he does not want everyone to know which is just typical of the man he is, always thinking of others and never himself.

Hopefully The save Paul fund will be able to get him the Hosiery he needs and have something left over to go towards the cost of the brake flaring tool which will Improve his disposition and make him feel like a real man again.  We can't imagine what he is going through without these things and how he manages to keep it all bottled up without breaking down every single day like I know the rest of us would.

If he seems a little down Please understand his pain. We try not to mention it too often so as not to give him painful reminders and make him feel inadequate as any man without a brake flaring tool ( https://www.ebay.com/itm/WK-400-Universal-Hydraulic-Expander-Flaring-Tool-Brake-Pipe-Fuel-Line-Kit-/232995108327) and diabetic socks understandably would.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and Paul is not too depressed by the incredible challenges he has to overcome without these items which are essentials to a fulfilling and rewarding life for any man. 

Best wishes,

David.

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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2018, 02:12:07 AM »
I need a new keyboard, I cried so much  :'(

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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2018, 03:52:21 AM »
This can not be allowed, no man, should suffer such, a horrendous indignity.
Its time for us all to gather around our brother and crowd fund a pipe flaring tool with multiple dies.

We can not let this man go though life, unflared and unloved.


Put me down of $10.

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Re: Spotted for Sale
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2018, 06:56:21 AM »
Dear Santa Glort what I want for Christmas is: only joking.  :laugh:

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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2018, 09:50:58 AM »
That post of Glorts is brilliant really made me laugh thanks mate!
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2018, 10:09:25 AM »
That post of Glorts is brilliant really made me laugh thanks mate!

No worries Paul, I got your back mate.
Make sure the Mrs does see that and then you can put up a pic on Xmas day of the new addition to your tool chest..... And sock drawer!