Teh Squeaky Wheel
Happy Friday, Wheelizens!
I hope that’s not one of Sven’s turlets in teh thread GIF.
Good morning, Fatwa. I’ve been up since 5:30 waiting for Blake teh Roofer. This is an obscene hour.
Looks like Photobucket is going down the tubes again. I was just defending it on another forum and they are all wonky and will not let me log in….AGAIN!
I hate changing. I already have a paid account and should not be having these problems.
Fatwa, is that an image you uploaded to your account or a link from another site?
The law and the culture shout, “you’re special” while the labor market whispers, “no, we mean short bus special”
That was an image from my (free) PB account.
Also: danged roofers!!1! 😉
Are you seeing it did not come through? I see one of your images yesterday is blocked as well.
Roofers are here. It will be a noisy day but they do good work.
I do, indeed, see that it’s blocked, Mac; thanks for asking.
Just logged-in to PB; now they want $400 / year so I can post images to third-party accounts.
It’s their servers and they’re a private business; they have a right to do that. (Although a heads-up would have been nice.)
And I have a right to tell them to kiss my hairy, Hebraic ass.
UPDATE: I can no longer even access my images. You can keep ’em, you motherfuckers.
I suspect this will go poorly for PhotoBucket. And it should; seems like nobody was given any prior notice.
I just found out because there were complaints on my gun forum. I was not sure what they meant by third party, I thought that was hot links. This kind of sucks. I went to a plus 23 account years ago when they limited the free accounts and have been OK with it as I also got increased capabilities like larger images and longer videos. I certainly don’t want one of their top level accounts. I guess I might have to look at Dropbox if they mess with my account. It would be useless if I could not post images to forums like this and Facebook.
That appears so, Sven.
Fatwa, if it isn’t letting you log in they seem to be having trouble with that. I did get in but had a hard time. The same thing has happened other times recently. It tells me my password is wrong (it isn’t) and sometimes it blocks me from logging in with popups and adds. They are screwing up. I hope it costs them dearly.
Thanks for the info, Mac; I’ll fuss with it later.
This is a profoundly shitty move on PB’s part.
I feel sorry for all of the small businesses which are being forced to pay what amounts to ransom.
Not to mention what they’ve just done to countless billions of blog posts, forums, etc.
I have over 7,000 items, about 5 GB, in my account. It would be a pain but I do have everything on my computer, somewhere. It would just be a shame to have so many old comments and posts image blocked. I might go for the next level up if I had to, about $60.00 a year, but I don’t know if that would allow this use. Curse them.
Happy Friday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, Mac, and Sven!
Nothing says, “Happy Friday” quite like a raccoon in your toilet.
I was able to login to PB, but changing my email address to one that actually exists was a pain. It would appear that their servers are overloaded.
Minor synchronicity which didn’t register earlier this morning: Jim teh Roofer’s grandson is named Blake.
Heh! He is Blake Beecroft. They are here in Texas.
Question for Mac -- I need to cut some 3/8″ slots in some 0.0625 steel (leg extensions for an industrial work bench). The slots will be about 2″ long. Without access to a milling machine, what method would you recommend?
I’ll probably tackle this in the next couple of weeks.
Metal that thin is hard to machine anyway. I think I would try to drill the ends of the slots and then cut the sides with abrasive disks. The heavy duty disks for Dremel tools might work. A heavier duty die grinder might be better but probably is not available. This would be tedious if many slots need to be made but you should be able to get decent results. Drilling sheet metal is a problem as the bit wants to screw itself into it and tear it up. The best way is to sandwich it between some material. You could do this with angle iron but if the legs have square section it would be hard. It would be much easier if you can clamp some aluminum or hard wood on ether side to drill through.
If this is but possible you might want to try one of those tapered step or angle drills. You can clean up the edges with grinding bits or sanding drums on a Dremel tool. With thicker material you could drill out some of the material but the problems of drilling thin metal would probably make it easier to just cut the edges, leaving enough material to clean up. To file such thin material you would want small and very fine files. If you need to buy these I would suggest some needle files. An inexpensive set should serve well, just try to find ones with fine cut teeth. Dremel disks can do some nice work with patience and care, I have used them many times and kept two Dremel tools in my shop as they could sometimes do things other tools could not. Just brace your hand and carefully start your grooves along your lines.
There are also nibblers that you could use. These work by squeezing a handle like pliers but the action pulls a small slotted head into a base. If the head is placed through a hole and the metal put into the slot, the head will nip off a bite of the metal. Tedious but it removes material without tearing it or leaving an impossible burr if it is sharp and fits the base well.
Let me know if this does or does not help. If you think you want to do this but need things like files I can send you some, along with Cratex sticks, abrasive grit in rubber sticks for deburring, and some stones. They sell two types of cutting disks. Some are just abrasive material that if thin and inexpensive. They also make some slightly larger disks that have fiber re-enforcement. These are stronger and less prone to break but I would try the thin ones first as they are very versatile. Let the disk do the work and control the movement and they are remarkable. If they bind in the cut as you get deeper than the HD disks might be worth trying. All of these disks absolutely require good eye protection as they do shatter easily.
I hope some of this helps. I look forward to hearing more.
Thanks, Mac! The legs have a square “C” cross-section, so I can pretty easily clamp some backing material to it. Enough of the kitchen cabinets have been moved so that I can now reach some of my tools. The calipers tell me the metal is somewhere around 0.08 inches -- hard to tell with the powder coated finish. I’ve got a couple of sets of needle files, some larger small files, and a dremel tool. I just need to pick up some cutting discs. I’ve picked up a few stones over the years, as well. I was hoping there was a better answer than drilling multiple holes and spending a lot of time filing away the waste, and you’ve pointed me in the right direction.
My pleasure. Not a fun job but I think you will find it easier cutting the slots. The ends are really the hardest part and it sounds like that should be helped a lot by the material. I should have known you would be well equipped. Do share what you work out, please.