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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your patience levels? (Message 1635105)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bill Walker
Bill, don't forget to mention
that we have a paved road now!


Yes, it runs from the National Igloo all the way to the Yoknapatawpha River. They have promised us street lights, as soon as we get electricity. It is hard to be patient, waiting for that.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your patience levels? (Message 1635003)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bill Walker
Gordon, I think freeway design has evolved over the years. We used to live close to the QEW, the oldest divided highway in Canada, with some stretches dating back to the 1930s. Some of the old on-ramps were incredibly short. The original designers figured traffic was light enough that you could get up to 30 to 40 mph on the ramp, and then do the rest of your acceleration on the freeway itself. Just about all the old ramps have been replaced with much longer ones over the last 30 years.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your patience levels? (Message 1635002)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bill Walker
James, you are lucky if they are doing 45 on the ramp. For 6 years I worked in a small town just east of London, next to a freeway, that has two sets of ramps, at either end of the downtown. The quickest way to get across the town was to bypass downtown on the freeway. At least once a week I would spot a local on one of the on-ramps, stopped at the end of the ramp, waiting for a break in traffic to get on the freeway. Then they would drive at about 45 mph (speed limit is 60 mph) to the next ramp.

And I have no patience for old world people that think they own the English language. We share it, just like we share our Queen.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1634828)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Cherry pitter.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1633828)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Part of an optical rotary encoder?
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1633386)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Modern technology at work.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1633380)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
David wins - with thanks to assorted smart-asses.

It is a ball viscometer. (At least that's the way we spells it up here.)

Ya' sets the angle, ya' drops the little metal ball in, and ya' times its descent.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1633219)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Not a mixer, not an air density tester, not a centrifuge.

Celttooth and Graham are teasing you.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1633126)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Looks like a fly zapper! The bits in front of it are parts I assume?


Not a fly zapper, but the bits in front are an essential part.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Whiskey's Mini-City News V (Message 1633124)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Had the same issue yesterday, a few minutes with Google sent me to http://idarionis.com/hydra/index.php which seems to work well.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1633123)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
What substance is in it?



Whatever you like - first clue.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1633023)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Does it oscillate?


Not if you use it correctly.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632998)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Fluid density tester


Very close Admiral, but not quite right.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632727)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Wow, two wins in one weekend.

I need the name of this device.

15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632686)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Are they rollers, used under a heavy load?
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632684)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
"Bend" to me is a deliberate deforming of material. Straightening (to me) could also be the removal of wrinkles, warping, or other unintended deformations that were byproducts of another process (heat treating, curing, drying, etc.).
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632607)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Used to straighten something?
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632585)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Winner! J. Mileski nailed it exactly. Used to install o-rings or other sealing rings over threads and sharp corners. PM on its way.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632359)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Used properly,this tool makes blow ups and blow outs less likely (your next clue).
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Mysterious Miscellaneous Tool Time V6 (Message 1632277)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Bill Walker
Celttooth, I used them in a very different industry, but probably for a similar purpose. Keep posting, you might help others with your knowledge.


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