Every tool or related thing that I bought at Walmart in the last 2
years was complete crap, unable to stand up to normal use. I would
stay away. Bought some 2" tiedowns there and one already had a seam
come apart. I try to buy as little as I can there now (which is
If you watch the brand you buy through wallyworld you'll probably be
alright. I have a Stanley crescent wrench that's been savagely abused
for ten years and still going strong. Only has a few tears in the grip,
where I was beating it with an air hammer.
Most of my tools at work are Proto, which is Stanley.
Maglite makes good stuff, should be alright. If their own LED
versions are as good as the drop-in conversion bulbs, then it's worth
In fact, gonna go buzz by walmart right now.
B.B. --I am not a goat! thegoat4 at airmail dot net
The only thing I've found there in a long time that actually worked
was a large, curved plastic pizza cutter. It actually works, by simply
rolling the cutting edge across the pizza and it was made in the US.
Easy to use, easy to clean, and doesn't bother my Carpal tunnel like
those crappy rolling blade pizza cutters.
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
On Wed, 20 Sep 2006 05:21:16 GMT, with neither quill nor qualm,
I was getting CT problems years ago from my mouse, so I tried a
Logitech Trackman Portable. It's a sideways trackball actuated by your
thumb and totally eliminated my wrist pain. When it died a few years
later, I found more at a surplus store and bought 5. The last one died
a few months ago and I just now found more on eBay for about $11,
delivered. (link below, std disclaimer applies) I bought 3 for $25 and
they're on their way to me now. You might try one to help your wrist
problems. They're great for Usenet because you can mouse from your lap
or chair arm. I -adore- these things.
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I have a number of styles trackballs including several Logitech, but
they didn't help me The angle I have to hold my hand to use them
triggers the pain. I can't straighten my hands completely without
feeling the muscles causing a strain. I also have nerve damage.
One thing that was odd. I was losing the feeling in my hands for about
two years before the pain really started. I could only drive a few
miles, till I had to park for a while. Eventually that wasn't as bad,
but the pain got a lot worse.
A soft mouse pad with a padded wrist rest, and an optical mouse
bothers me the least.
I'm happy for you that trackballs work so well for you.
Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
On Wed, 20 Sep 2006 18:25:58 GMT, with neither quill nor qualm,
Trackballs SUCK, just as mice do. The Trackman =Portable= is a
different aminal altogether, Mike. Your hand rests on the desk in a
slightly more vertical position and your arm doesn't have to move at
all. You -don't- lift your hand to move the mouse, so the wrist stays
strain-free. You move the ball with your thumb and click with your
forefinger (either hand; They're reversible.) It looks like a donut
sitting on edge on my desk, with the hole being the ball. You can hold
it off the desk, in your lap, wherever, too. They're great since you
don't need a surface to make them work. (Hand position is something
like this: http://www.ergo-items.com/3m_ergonomic_mouse.htm
Have you tried the arm lifts which keep your elbow supported? They
help, too, at about $99 a pop.
On 19 Sep 2006 07:21:58 -0700, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Haven't tried it yet but will note the following:
At $25 or so, it's a good buy for an electronically regulated 3-watt
Luxeon flashlight. They're $25 at Amazon, don't know about Wally's.
With 2 AA Energizer E2 cells, battery life at 3 watts would be a bit
over 3 hours. Don't know if they're running it at 3 watts, but they
claim it to be a 3-watt light. It probably gets a bit warm after
running for a few minutes.
For an everyday pocket "carry", I prefer a 1-watt regulated Luxeon
powered by a single CR123 cell. It's a lot smaller, plenty of light
for most pocket-light uses, good battery life. In daily use, a
battery lasts me a couple of months. The CR123's are very pricey at
Wal-Mart, but pretty reasonable at Cabela's if bought by the dozen.
A 3-watt light is noticably brighter, but doesn't look anywhere near
3X as bright. Maybe half again as bright. This is because of the
logarithmic nature of our senses. A 1-watt Luxeon is still noticably
brighter than the standard AA minimag flashlight with fresh batteries
-- and the standard minimag gets dim pretty fast as batteries age. A
regulated Luxeon will maintain constant brightness for the entire life
of the batteries, and the Mag-LED light must contain electronics
because it uses only 2 cells. I think they say it's regulated. Most
of the 3 AA cell Luxeon lights are not regulated. They dim as
batteries age and are unusably dim when the batteries are only about
half-depleted down to about 1.2 volts per cell. (End of life is about
0.9 volts per cell)
I have no idea where to get one though. The place I got mine
no longer carries them.
I really like this little flashlight. Jerry Martes also has one and
carries it with him all the time. It's surprising how many times a
day I use that light, usually for just a few seconds while looking for
something. Just one example: setting compound angle on the lathe is a
lot easier with a bright light shining on the graduations.
Don, I got the flashlight today, seems to work great, lotta light for a little
thing. On your original link, it doesn't mention voltage regulation, nor does it
on the packaging. It does, however, on the eliteled site (see above). If I'd
seen this in a store, I'd have passed on it, figuring it didn't have the voltage
regulator. Do they all have voltage regulation (to keep uniform light intensity
as battery voltage drops)? If not, I wonder why Nuwai didn't mention that on
I found eliteled.com to be good sellers, by the way, good communication, prompt
shipping, pro packing.
Also check out the batteries that have 2 CR123 cells inside. My 5 LED light
used two of the CR123's but for about a buck more than the price of the
single I can get one of the double ones, break open the case pry off the
tabs and have tow 123 cells.
What's that Lassie? You say that Don Foreman fell down the old
rec.crafts.metalworking mine and will die if we don't mount a rescue
by Tue, 19 Sep 2006 23:41:29 -0500:
Sure. I still have the web page that I put up when I was selling the
extras. http://www.gis.net/%7Eriderdan/cpf/pics/cnc_123 /
The electronics are from:
http://theledguy.chainreactionweb.com/index.php (don't use the old
link on my page)
I had bought one of the conversions for a 2AA mag light, but like
others have pointed out, it is too long for comfortable pocket carry.
So, I measured all of the componants,(switch, battery, module, lenses)
and drew them all in Mastercam at work. Then I drew the metal housing
around all of that and voila, the CNC-123 was born.
I got tired of selling the shell, so I looked for someone to buy all I
had and they could assemble them into finished lights.
Someone at www.candlepowerforums.com offered, and I accepted.
We worked together to make some revisions and incorporate new ideas.
The latest revision is the 'groovy'. available at:
Hope that answers your questions.
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