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I should have known better

Posted By: Kevin C

I should have known better - 03/01/10 03:35 AM

This morning my neighbor drops over with his chain saw, asking if he can have some chain oil. Sure, not a problem.

I bring the saw into the shop and ask how it cuts. He mentions it seems kind of dull. It's a small electric saw not any killer unit.

So I take the chain off and turn it around to that the teeth rotate the right way and give it a quick sharpening.

He prunes a tree and has lot of small branches. He asks if he can borrow my wood chipper. I figure that safer than him taking my truck. Besides I'm just about to put a new engine on it, whats the worse that can happen?

About two hour later I hear a huge bang! I walk over to see the chipper grenaded with metal parts all over the place.

He forced a 2" branch into the leaf mulcher side. The side I told him to put only small stuff in.

I should have known better.

I really liked that chipper.
Posted By: 52degrees

Re: I should have known better - 03/01/10 03:37 AM

Dang. I hope you don't loan him anything else. Now you know. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: cmonty72

Re: I should have known better - 03/01/10 03:43 AM

<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> I'm laughing about the chain being on backwards.

That sure sucks that he didn't listen to your directions with the chipper.

Did he offer to fix the unit?
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: I should have known better - 03/01/10 03:44 AM

Keep the phone number for the local rental center taped to your garage door from now on.

I had to fix the neighborhood log splitter this fall 'cuz it went out to someone who wasn't 'one of us' (read: responsible). Put the word out about the bill; that won't happen again. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/butwiggle.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/01/10 04:23 AM

I was really trying to be nice... He has three kids and is a school teacher. The chain on backwards was a bit of a clue that he might not be good with tools. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/oink.gif" alt="" />


He did offer to replace the unit and said it would be great to get another one... so he could borrow it again! It goes like this, I find a used machine smae one I had before. He pays for that... He gets the broken one.

I just took it apart and the damage is incredible. The crankshaft is bent about 1/4". The chipper wheel has torn metal. And a bunch of bolts on the inlet housing sheered off.

On the leaf chopper side there is a small lawn more looking blade. When he forced a large branch into the opening it stopped the 20 lb flywheel just a bit too fast.

I'm more amazed he was able to get a ;arge branch in there.

Kevin
Posted By: fasteddy

Re: I should have known better - 03/01/10 06:26 PM

Rule 1: Never loan your tools.

Rule 2: NEVER LOAN YOUR TOOLS!
Posted By: 69442

Re: I should have known better - 03/01/10 07:46 PM

Yep I agree, chain on backwards spoke volumes. Not only clueless but possibly a danger to himself!!

My next door neighbor is a Microsoft exec who recently asked me to show him how to change the oil in his car.

I started to visualize him jacking up the car and or using ramps then possibly forgetting a step (oil) ... advised him to stick with Jiffy Lube <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: LRJ4x4

Re: I should have known better - 03/01/10 10:04 PM

I wouldn't give him the old chipper, he might try to fix it ! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cyclops.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/02/10 05:22 AM

Fun Photos!

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When the small blade got jammed on the branch it bent backwards and caught the steel ring. The inertia of the cutter wheel sheered off six 3/8" bolts and ejected the ring from the machine.
Posted By: cmonty72

Re: I should have known better - 03/02/10 06:48 AM

This is for your neighbor.

Dumb ass!

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Posted By: 69442

Re: I should have known better - 03/02/10 03:24 PM

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This is for your neighbor.

Dumb ass!

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X2 <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/kewl.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 87Montero

Re: I should have known better - 03/02/10 03:40 PM

Good god.. what did he stick in there, the chainsaw to sharpen it??
Posted By: fasteddy

Re: I should have known better - 03/02/10 06:37 PM

Some people are not to be trusted with machinery with moving parts. You found a prime example, Kevin...
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/04/10 10:55 PM

After some very careful Craig's List shopping I scored an exact replacement in perfect condition. It turns out it was being sold by a guy I know that owns a local wine shop.

Very low hours and this one has the catcher bag I was missing. Also this one has a build date that is a month later so its newer. It was built in July of 91. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

One difference is this one has an updated blade design that makes it harder to bend the leaf chopper blades if you somehow manage to force a big stick in them.

The replacement unit cost me $150, I should be able to sell the broken one for $40, so my neighbor is only out $110.

So for all the hassle I get a better, lower hour chipper and the missing catcher bag.

What I don't get back is the time I spent looking for a replacement. I did advertise on Craig's list that I needed a broken unit for parts. I may have a line on one for free. So I may come out a tiny bit ahead if I build a spare. Perhaps my neighbor wants to buy it? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cheers.gif" alt="" />

Kevin
Posted By: cmonty72

Re: I should have known better - 03/05/10 12:26 AM

Thats great.




I still think you should forward my link to your neighbor. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/05/10 12:35 AM

I would love to.... LMAO! It took me a while to open the link since I have not had flash working on Win 7's browser.

Too funny, Thanks for the link. Of course I was a dumb <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/butwiggle.gif" alt="" /> for loaning it to him.

Kevin
Posted By: cmonty72

Re: I should have known better - 03/05/10 02:18 AM

Red is great.... He reminds me of how my dad was back in the late 60s/70s. Pops was AF Strategic Air Command flight instructor and all three of us boys were total dumb asses. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: ldivinag

Re: I should have known better - 03/07/10 04:18 AM

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Fun Photos!



how come i see bits of bone and maybe signs of old dried blood in those pixs...?????












jk... smile
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/07/10 04:29 AM

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Fun Photos!



how come i see bits of bone and maybe signs of old dried blood in those pixs...?????



It was my wife's chipper that she brought with her from the midwest when she moved here. She grew up in Fargo ND.

Kevin
Posted By: fasteddy

Re: I should have known better - 03/07/10 06:26 AM

Don't eat the yellow or brown or red snow...

I loved that movie.
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 05:17 PM

My upstanding neighbor said he would hit the ATM Friday to cover the cost of the chipper. Never dropped by with the cash. I didn't want to be tacky and ask for it but it seems like that's how he wants it to play out.

When we did talk about what it would cost I offered a discount. I figured it cost me $150, I sold the old one for scrap- $20. So $130 would be fair. That doesnt take into account the three hour drive to look at a used one, gas money time and hassle. I worked really hard to make this as inexpensive a problem as possible. Now I'm getting funny looks from him. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/zombie.gif" alt="" />

Some people...
Posted By: 69442

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 05:37 PM

It's funny how people can be. I have another neighbor who's mower wouldn't stay running so I offered to take a look at it for him.

I turned it on it's side to look at the blade, that pretty much said it all. Couldn't tell the cutting side from the back! So I figured it hadn't been tuned in ages and proceeded to handle it for him. New plug, changed the oil, cleaned air filter, sharpened the blade and dialed in the carb. Old Snapper was running like new. Took about an hour and advised him all that I had done. I also advised he might want to replace the pull rope, was looking a bit warn. He didn't offer to cover my materials and barely thanked me.

3 weeks later the pull rope breaks and over he comes. Brings his broken mower and asks to borrow mine. I told him he could borrow my mower but he needed to take his to a repair shop.

2 weeks later he's back to borrow again. He said he didn't have time to take his mower in so I said this is the last time ... we don't talk much anymore.
Posted By: JAVYPRO

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 07:38 PM

Perfect example of the kind of neighbors that you do not need. I have only borrowed my neighbor's wheel barrel and before returning it I cleaned it up really good, sprayed with WD-40 and even armor-all'ed the tire <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. That link is funny as hell.:o

Javy
Posted By: 69442

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 07:49 PM

I rarely borrow anything but when I do I'm the same way, give back as good or better than when you received it.

Plus, I typically accompany the return with a half rack a beer to show my appreciation!
Posted By: Mad_Scientist

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 07:56 PM

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Couldn't tell the cutting side from the back!


<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />

I've learned that people are often motivated by the direction in which their money in flowing. He was happy to save himself the cost of a chipper by borrowing Kevin's, but now money is going the other way...
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 09:59 PM

I will explain very nicely how this is a great thing for me and that in the long run it will save me a lot of time and money. This will also be a good opportunity to remind him that he "borrowed" three 1"x4"x8' cedar trim boards that he never replaced either.

Basically, don't bother to ever ask for another favor. His nickname for my garage is the tool Library. And I will make it a point to mention this to the two other neighbors that have loaned him tools in the past.

To be fair he did loan me a ladder for the summer... And I cleaned and returned it. He's a bit odd, but not too bad a guy, at least compared to his brother. His brother got sued for spraying the neighbors dogs with a skunk scent. Every time they got near his fence and no one was watching he would douse them. The owners though the dogs were always chasing skunks. They had to constantly wash their dogs.

Compared to him, he's a pretty nice guy. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: 69442

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 10:21 PM

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His nickname should be the TOOL!


Slight adjustment!

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His brother got sued for spraying the neighbors dogs with a skunk scent. Every time they got near his fence and no one was watching he would douse them. The owners though the dogs were always chasing skunks. They had to constantly wash their dogs.


Where does one get skunk scent, would love to use that on my neighbor not his dogs <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 10:40 PM

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Where does one get skunk scent, would love to use that on my neighbor not his dogs <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/lol.gif" alt="" />


web page

Knock yourself out. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: cmonty72

Re: I should have known better - 03/08/10 10:51 PM

Copy my link onto a dvd and leave it on his doorstep with the bill.
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: I should have known better - 03/09/10 03:39 AM

Yeah, I think as soon as your other neighbors get a heads up, he's on his own to PAY someone for their services. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/nana.gif" alt="" />

Nice on the skunk scent. Friend of mine has two dogs starting to show up in the yard and growl at him; not cool with two little kids and summer on its way. I should make mention.

Come to think of it a neighbor's dog has started showing up in our yard; peed ON my kitchen steps. Hmmmmm..... his owner has only a 20x20 place.... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/notooth.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/notooth.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: fasteddy

Re: I should have known better - 03/09/10 05:51 AM

"Good fences make good neighbors"
Posted By: kewlynx

Re: I should have known better - 03/09/10 05:56 AM

A .40 round is cheaper. Wouldn't be the first time. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/butwiggle.gif" alt="" />
Posted By: Kevin C

Re: I should have known better - 03/09/10 07:54 AM

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Copy my link onto a dvd and leave it on his doorstep with the bill.


I'm getting close to that point...
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