atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1234: AF on the road 5

There is a scene in Heinlein’s Have Space Suit—Will Travel that I came to understand intimately today.

There is a scene where Kip and Peewee need to change her air bottles, only her suit is a tourist job with the wrong kind of fittings for the air bottles that they’ve got.

Kip says, “In my workshop back home I could have rigged an adaptor in about twenty minutes.…”

The saga of the busted chain saw is like that.  In my garage at home I have everything I need right now to make that chain saw run—and the chain saw itself might just as well be sitting on my workbench for all the good that does me.

All I need to do is find a way to spin the flywheel quick enough to energize the magneto.  That’s it.  I can fit a 13mm socket over the flywheel nut and use it to turn the flywheel—but how to do it quickly enough?

My answer is to use a drill to provide the spin.  Sitting in my toolbox are socket drivers that can be fitted to a drill.  But that doesn’t help me; those things are 1,000 miles away.

I spent a fruitless hour today trying to find a way to make that socket spin the flywheel fast enough—and was foiled by a complete lack of tools.  It’s not just the socket drivers; it’s anything.  We couldn’t even find the freaking drill!

…so when I can get to a tool/hardware store I expect to buy a few things.  *sigh*

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By the way, I found a good excuse for a new laptop:  typing on this one is excruciating.  When I’m in Word the keyboard isn’t fast enough to keep up with my typing, so I have to type slower and hit the keys harder than I normally do.  Screw this crap.


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