First-World Problems...Lockness Monster And Customer Service Edition

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I am reasonably mechanically inclined, but I have no idea what the hell happened to this lock. I even had visions of repairing it, until I saw the number of pins and tiny springs strewn over the floor.

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On the other hand, the Baldwin company was very helpful, and promptly sent me a replacement lock; except it was the wrong one. And while that was partially my fault for not explaining exactly what kind of lock it was (two-sided deadbolt), the customer service agent immediately told me that she would send out the re-keyed lock the next day, so I assumed (wow...I should know better by now) that she knew which one it was.

And of course the parts arrived at 6:01pm, just after their offices closed for the day. To be fair, it could have worked had there been less damage to the external locking mechanism, but the little tab that connects it to the deadbolt had sheared, so I needed both, or a locksmith. And as you know, I am a cheap bastard, so no locksmith for me thank you very much!

But the next morning I called them up, and they were efficient and apologetic (not necessary at all) and sent me the correct lockset, and even tossed in early delivery, which was much appreciated.

Installation was not obvious, and the amount of tightening of the screws holding the two locks together is definitely not intuitive. My first instinct was to tighten them a lot. But that introduced far too much friction in the system and it didn't function. Great! How about a simple torque value so it isn't a guess?

I am sure I could have called Baldwin and they would have told me exactly how to install the locks, but damn it! I'll do this myself.

I was pleased with their customer service...not everything works perfectly, and they were more than willing to make it right, and didn't even ask for the return of the first lock. They were also very pleasant, which makes everything very nice. The first agent even pretended to laugh at one of my jokes, which I think is wonderful training on Baldwin's part.

Anyway...what positive experiences have you had with companies that obviously want to do the right thing for their customers? We all have stories of the opposite, but let us set those aside and talk about the good ones.

[Well, unless you have a great "lousy customer service" experience]

Posted by: CBD at 02:00 PM




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1 Being 1st

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 01:01 PM (Cxk7w)

2 Steinway

Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 01:01 PM (/FocL)

3 CBD did you try at first lubing the lock by silicone spray?

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 01:03 PM (Cxk7w)

4 BREAKING :

Canada has declared War on the Baldwins.

Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 01:03 PM (faNAp)

5 CBD Oil > Silicone Spray

Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 01:03 PM (faNAp)

6 I had all my locks changed out with combo locks. Never have to worry about keys and its great. I paid a locksmith $175 in labor to do the work.

Posted by: Joe XiDen at June 20, 2021 01:05 PM (e2Xx1)

7 >>I had all my locks changed out with combo locks.


Pretzels filled with cheese don't inspire me with much confidence.

Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 01:06 PM (faNAp)

8 I have installed doors, handles, lock cores for over 35 years and know enough not to take the little bastards apart.
I hate little tiny screws and sprjngs.

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 01:06 PM (Cxk7w)

9 Please hold, your call is very important to us. Like super important. We all bought new clothes for this call, and Dave is wearing a wig.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:06 PM (ySM85)

10 Kindltot you forgot to mention they have a Intersectionality flag flying out in front

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 01:09 PM (Cxk7w)

11 Going to go visit my Dad, be back in a little while.

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 01:09 PM (Cxk7w)

12 Benjamin Obdyke for their building products including rainscreens and flashing. Excellent technical support from them.

Simply Safe for alarm systems, once again excellent monitoring and aftermarket customer support.

84 Lumber and Menards for ordering non-typical home rebuilding products not stocked by their competitors. Pfister for warranty on faucets.

Makita power tools and Woodcraft for projects.

Posted by: whig at June 20, 2021 01:11 PM (pO7gM)

13 Ah, I had a similar experience with a front door lock when I took the hardware off to polish the brass.

One unfortunate slip, and it was like explosion in the pin, driver, and spring factory. I tried to reassemble the damned thing, but have all the requisite parts/tools, so I finally gave up and took it to a locksmith. She replaced the pins, drivers, and springs. Cost: $10.

And I was VERY careful in how I handled the damned thing on the way home.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:11 PM (YqDXo)

14 I was opening a custodial brokerage account with Schwab for one of my kids (they each get one when they start making money) and discovered they had changed the process since the first time; they now required you to print the page you sign, sign it, scan it, and upload it.
I had a hard time figuring out how to implement the new process, plus we'd just changed our internet service for the first time in 9 years *the day before*, and the printer didn't want to talk to the new Wi-Fi signal, anyway.
So I open a chat window with Schwab to find out how to get that signed page uploaded after I eventually got the printer to cooperate, and the nice man explained the process to me. I thanked him and told him that it all sounded simple now, other than the fact that the printer was sulking which was now holding up three different things I needed to do, and I couldn't even say any swears about it because I've got all these kids in the vicinity and *there isn't enough coffee in this house to deal with this*, followed by a lot of asterisks and ampersands and "Feel my pain, dammit.*

He responded, "That may be the best message I've ever read here." (To be continued)

Posted by: Lurkerette at June 20, 2021 01:11 PM (B4Nkq)

15 did NOT have

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:11 PM (YqDXo)

16 I've just written a letter to a carriage manufacturer enquiring as to a troubling passage in "Lair of the White Worm" and seeking to ascertain whether the carriage defect described therein could actually be fixed "in situ" or whether it would need to be re-forged.

Let's watch!

Posted by: moviegique at June 20, 2021 01:11 PM (dhFCT)

17 Kindltot you forgot to mention they have a Intersectionality flag flying out in front
Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 01:09 PM (Cxk7w)


any modern accurate intersectionality flag both looks like a tesseract and needs a flowchart to understand.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:12 PM (ySM85)

18 Bought a Stanley 1/4 inch deep socket kit several years ago and the ratchet finally gave up the ghost, unlike its Craftsman predecessors which never lasted through one use.

Bought a new kit at Wally's - the kit was only a couple of dollars more than an individual ratchet so this time I bought short sockets.

Reading, I discovered they have a lifetime warranty.
I called the number on the box and was quickly diverted to human who very politely said that I would receive a replacement ratchet via USPS within two weeks.

Very helpful Stanley and now I have two complete 1/4 inch sets, one shallow and one deep.
Thank you, Stanley

Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 01:12 PM (/FocL)

19 Medeco. Cannot beat it. Not cheap.

Posted by: dhmosquito at June 20, 2021 01:12 PM (/iGNv)

20 I'd be much happier with my Honda push mower if it would cut the grass by itself.

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:15 PM (MVjcR)

21 We riffed back and forth a bit.
"Is there anything else I can help you with?"
"Not unless you babysit."
"They took that out of my job description this morning. Yesterday, I could have helped you."

Anyway, so right when I was about to screen so this hilarious conversation and say goodbye, the laptop battery died. I thought, "I'll never find that guy again to thank him." and went on trying to fix the printer situation.
Got it fixed, the page signed and sent, and thought little else about it. A couple days later, I get a notification about a package about to be delivered.
I didn't know anything about it. Husband didn't know anything about it.

Posted by: Lurkerette at June 20, 2021 01:15 PM (B4Nkq)

22 The package arrives.

It's 2 pounds of freshly roasted coffee beans, a French press, and a nice note from the Schwab customer service guy.

Posted by: Lurkerette at June 20, 2021 01:16 PM (B4Nkq)

23 I use a local plumbing and heating company. They are always great. Came last January to look at the furnace that wasn't heating at 6:30 at night. Less than $100. They came Friday to adjust the float on the swamp cooler. No charge. I don't get on the roof anymore.

Posted by: Infidel at June 20, 2021 01:16 PM (dYrVA)

24 I have had good luck with my tractor batteries purchased from Auto Zone. I took one in to get a quick charge and they said no problem we'll just give you a new one. I guess it was still under the warranty.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 01:17 PM (LOOxU)

25 On the job I liked Makita very much. Tough, dependable.

Ryobi users. Homely Depot's sale ends today.
The best shopping is online Father's Day Specials >tools

Some deals aren't deals some contradict and are pretty good.

Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 01:17 PM (/FocL)

26 I am reasonably mechanically inclined, but I have no idea what the hell happened to this lock.


You haven't stolen any money from a cartel shoot-out lately, have you? It looks like Anton Chigurh came by to visit.

Posted by: Bert G at June 20, 2021 01:18 PM (nLknX)

27 I was visiting relatives out of town some years ago. While out driving, I noticed that the temperature gauge on my car was way over on the "Hot" side. I checked the radiator and it was bone dry.

I took it to the local Valvoline oil place for a refill, and they told me that there was some kind of octopus-looking set of tubes that was cracked. They showed me how, when the engine was turned on, it just spat out radiator fluid.

They called the local Ford dealership to see if they had the part (they did), filled up the radiator again, gave me the directions to the dealership, and would not take a dime from me.

I've been going to Valvoline ever since.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at June 20, 2021 01:18 PM (OU+8W)

28 1986. Bought new 1984 BMW motorcycle engine blew up. Logbook proved maintenance. First local dealer warranty "repair" a joke, parts left out or installed wrong. 2nd dealership took pity, inspected motor and laughed, at 1st repair botch then the fact that this motor left factory unfinished. Got me a brand new 650cc, new from the factory on a pallet, and installed it. Somehow warranty policy changed right after...

Posted by: Getting the banned back together at June 20, 2021 01:19 PM (DZuqx)

29 I make a point out of being polite to the phone agents, they are underpaid, unsupported, and have these insane time on call/time to document/calls worked metrics they are kept at like galley slaves.
On top of that, for them every call is potentially a screamer or a bastard, or worse someone who won't take yes for an answer.

In a call center every call is a drop into another pot that is inching up to the boiling point that may have pissed off piranhas in it.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:19 PM (ySM85)

30 I switched all my door locks out to kwikset level 3 locks. That way I can set them to one key myself without a locksmith. My sister gave me an emergency key to her house so I set my locks to that key and now she has an emergency set for my house too.

Posted by: Inogame at June 20, 2021 01:19 PM (+2xjH)

31 My limited (due to few problems) experience with trouble with reloading equipment, or guns, has been the best customer service I've ever encountered.

Pretty much "A brand new one's on the way tonight, no charge" or close to it. I was taken aback the first few times.

First reloading equipment buy - used, like half of my set-up, acquired patiently via private sales - included a beam scale, a classic, an RCBS 505 (formerly Ohaus). First time I used it, couldn't get consistent performance (could well have been *me*, and not the scale). Called RCBS (up in Oroville, CA). They said send it in.

A week later, a brand new 505 arrives. Wow. So I had a brand new $90 scale that cost me $25. Was an auspicious start to my acquisition of gear.

Posted by: rhomboid at June 20, 2021 01:19 PM (OTzUX)

32 Auto Zone's been good to me too.

Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 01:19 PM (/FocL)

33 Bought wife apple watch
Wife cracks screen on watch. Small crack, still usable
Apple store : sorry nothing we can do. Thought we purchased insurance. Evidently we did not.
Took it to Best Buy to have a protective cover installed. It cracked further. Best Buy gave us a new watch. I told them it was cracked and not their fault. Manager insisted.
Thank you Best Buy.

Posted by: Busted can of biscuits at June 20, 2021 01:20 PM (1wYiF)

34 I got back on the Schwab feedback page and wrote a humorous little paean of praise about the guy who helped me, telling them that he was a jewel beyond price and should be given a bonus, a raise, some vacation time, promotion...whatever they had handy. And if he ever leaves them I wish to be notified to so that I may mourn properly.

I figured they might be able to find him by name.
The next day, I got a response...from the guy's supervisor. Turns out that whole department works together in an office in Austin. He agreed with my assessment of their jewel of an employee and said he'd pass on my suggestions.

Posted by: Lurkerette at June 20, 2021 01:20 PM (B4Nkq)

35 This cracked me up because I'm at a stupid stare down with my door lock right now. That's a lie. I caved and the lock won. I've fixed it three times and each time it's some Byzantine mystery because I learned nothing from the previous venture. This, the fourth time, I said no. I've ordered a new door. We are starting over. To hell with it.

Posted by: Ben Sears at June 20, 2021 01:21 PM (GBcwv)

36 I had the exact same thing happen to my lock on Wednesday night. Must be something in the air.

Just bought a new one and got it re-keyed for $20, replaced the next day.

Posted by: Marty at June 20, 2021 01:21 PM (mSlty)

37 That lock looks like it might have been drilled, or had the guts taken out with a slide hammer. I don't like that marr scraped across the face of it.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:23 PM (ySM85)

38 30 I switched all my door locks out to kwikset level 3 locks. That way I can set them to one key myself without a locksmith. My sister gave me an emergency key to her house so I set my locks to that key and now she has an emergency set for my house too

I worked in a kwikset factory years ago stamping out parts. Not a bad place. Til they up and moved the entire plant to Mexico. This was late 80's

Posted by: Busted can of biscuits at June 20, 2021 01:23 PM (1wYiF)

39 This cracked me up because I'm at a stupid stare down with my door lock right now. That's a lie. I caved and the lock won. I've fixed it three times and each time it's some Byzantine mystery because I learned nothing from the previous venture. This, the fourth time, I said no. I've ordered a new door. We are starting over. To hell with it.
Posted by: Ben Sears at June 20, 2021 01:21 PM (GBcwv)


Door hardware is surprisingly complicated. When I took our front door hardware apart to clean and polish the brass, it looked simple enough.

Until I had all 57 parts out, and then had to take several hours to figure out how to reassemble the damned thing. I figure things like this build humility.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:24 PM (YqDXo)

40 That lock looks like it might have been drilled, or had the guts taken out with a slide hammer. I don't like that marr scraped across the face of it.
Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:23 PM (ySM85)
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Agreed. Has bluebell been in the area?

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:26 PM (MVjcR)

41 Geez. You are cheap. New locks don't cost that much.

Posted by: Justsayin' at June 20, 2021 01:26 PM (Fs5vw)

42 Nice story Lurkerette.

Posted by: Infidel at June 20, 2021 01:27 PM (dYrVA)

43 22 The package arrives.

It's 2 pounds of freshly roasted coffee beans, a French press, and a nice note from the Schwab customer service guy.
Posted by: Lurkerette at June 20, 2021 01:16 PM (B4Nkq)

Wow!

Posted by: m at June 20, 2021 01:27 PM (rk2/G)

44 Outrageously good customer service - NFCU. I had my cell phone number hacked (not the phone itself) while I was on vacation. Big mess. There were no NFCU branches within easy driving distance so all transactions were generally by phone/mobile app or web. Called them immediately on my wife's phone and they immediately put me in touch with a dedicated fraud service rep. After a series of authentication Qs, locked portions of my access to my accounts, but not all, and gave me a dedicated # to call anytime to use until all was well with the phone number. Couldn't ask for more.

whig - does Simply Safe protect you by having a pretty light data collection protocol?

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 01:27 PM (Rvt88)

45 Don't laugh but I had a very positive experience with Starbucks customer service. I had many hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards loaded on my phone app (school teachers get a lot of gift cards as Christmas presents). However, when I bought a new phone, I had to log in to the app with a password I couldn't remember linked to an email I no longer use, so I couldn't reset the password. I dug around on their website and actually found a customer service number. A real person answered my call and very politely helped me recover my old password and change my email address. They are a bunch of whack doodles when it comes to politics but I appreciated the help.

Posted by: Mrs. Leggy at June 20, 2021 01:28 PM (dsz+/)

46 One of the joys of living in the blackland part of Texas is the ground shifts. Sometimes my door will close but everything has shifted just enough that the dead bolt will not line up. It eventually will shift again.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 01:28 PM (LOOxU)

47 Baldwin is really good with the customer service. My father had a problem with one of their fancy entrance door locks. No problems, they sent out a replacement immediately.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at June 20, 2021 01:29 PM (VwHCD)

48 Posted by: moviegique at June 20, 2021 01:11 PM (dhFCT)

A bagpipe solo will usually fix that straight away!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at June 20, 2021 01:29 PM (Dc2NZ)

49 Biggest pet peeve: Going to a company's or organization's web site and finding out I have to call to get my issue resolved. Then while I'm waiting forever on hold I keep getting a recorded message to "visit our web site instead of holding for the next available agent, dum-dum".

Posted by: JuJuBee at June 20, 2021 01:29 PM (mNhhD)

50 Geez. You are cheap. New locks don't cost that much.
Posted by: Justsayin'

Oh, you have no idea. I reuse washers sometimes.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 01:30 PM (Rvt88)

51 40 That lock looks like it might have been drilled, or had the guts taken out with a slide hammer. I don't like that marr scraped across the face of it.
Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:23 PM (ySM85)
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Agreed. Has bluebell been in the area?
Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:26 PM (MVjcR)
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Did she pour maple syrup into the lock?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Sans-Culottes (except for the Book Thread) at June 20, 2021 01:30 PM (Dc2NZ)

52 I don't like that marr scraped across the face of it.

Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:23 PM (ySM85)

Look closely. That's a spring hanging out of the lock!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:31 PM (Q9lwr)

53 Promise you this. Industrial security door locks, handles, latches and bolts, can be even more maddening.

They're made to resist intrusion by pros, and the better brands and models are quite effective in this role. And I won't try to even do so much as a simple replacement of one, but just call the locksmith, first thing.

I'm pretty good at re-fitting, polishing and tuning the internals of a S&W revolver. But locksmithery requires witches cauldrons, evil brews and incantations. (best friend of over 40 years is a retired San Antonio P.D. officer, now locksmith. But not a gnome.)


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at June 20, 2021 01:32 PM (QzJWU)

54 Here's one problem sous vide won't fix, right?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 20, 2021 01:32 PM (wumlz)

55 3 CBD did you try at first lubing the lock by silicone spray?

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 01:03 PM (Cxk7w)

Hey, those are my instructions!

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at June 20, 2021 01:33 PM (ufFY8)

56 Geez. You are cheap. New locks don't cost that much.

Posted by: Justsayin' at June 20, 2021 01:26 PM (Fs5vw)

And valuing my time spent would have pushed it past the point at which replacing it and having a locksmith do it would have been sort of in the same neighborhood. But why not fix it? Why not take advantage of the warranty that I paid for? I have the time. I have the resources.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:33 PM (Q9lwr)

57 When I need a new lock I go to the hardware store.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 01:34 PM (HnNKD)

58 OT but Ovation decided to show "Falling Down" on Father's Day. Toxic White Male Racist Rage on display. But don't tell them they have Daddy Issues!!!

Posted by: vivi at June 20, 2021 01:35 PM (USW1s)

59 Posted by: Jim at June 20, 2021 01:32 PM (QzJWU)

Nobody is going to try to defeat the lock. They can just kick in the door. The locks are to keep the casual thief (and my older sister) out of my house.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:35 PM (Q9lwr)

60 Agreed. Has bluebell been in the area?
Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:26 PM


This implies that bluebell is less than deft or finesseful, an assumption that is not valid in my experience, not to mention it is difficult to visualize a desire to break in for the purpose of stealing New York Yankee memorabilia.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:36 PM (DMUuz)

61
You get my business until you show me why you don't deserve it. An upholsterer, a small-engine repair place and a water-well service did a good job without trying to take advantage of us, so they're our go-to guys for those things.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 20, 2021 01:38 PM (mht8P)

62 I'd like to have the security setup that Andy Garcia's casino had in Oceans Eleven but instead I have a front door with a full length glass inset.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 20, 2021 01:39 PM (wumlz)

63 Oh, you have no idea. I reuse washers sometimes.
Posted by: Tonypete

I just wonder why they're called "washers". What do they even wash?

Posted by: Taqiyyologist, Rickrolled by Jesus at June 20, 2021 01:39 PM (OssQ4)

64 I have the time. I have the resources.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:33 PM


The Six Million Dollar CBD.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:39 PM (DMUuz)

65 My first those was, CBD is going to get that cream tablecloth dirty by placing that lock piece on it.

Posted by: redridinghood at June 20, 2021 01:39 PM (NpAcC)

66 This implies that bluebell is less than deft or finesseful, an assumption that is not valid in my experience, not to mention it is difficult to visualize a desire to break in for the purpose of stealing New York Yankee memorabilia.
Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:36 PM (DMUuz)
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Great point!

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:39 PM (MVjcR)

67 Customer service? "We are experiencing an unusually high volume of calls at the moment". Every place I call lately.

Posted by: leber at June 20, 2021 01:40 PM (MxeFh)

68 Man who install lock himself will be dining with the thief.

Or something.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 01:40 PM (csEWM)

69 I bought a suit once, and had it substantially altered, and they delivered it to me. But they left out the envelope of various extra buttons--cloth-covered, leather-covered, all hand-made. And I called, and they said, "We'll send that right over!" and they had a florist deliver a single red rose, with the button-envelope tucked in.

Posted by: m at June 20, 2021 01:40 PM (rk2/G)

70 65 My first those was, CBD is going to get that cream tablecloth dirty by placing that lock piece on it.
Posted by: redridinghood at June 20, 2021 01:39 PM (NpAcC)

---------

If I'm not mistaken that's genuine handmade Croatian lace too.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 20, 2021 01:41 PM (wumlz)

71 My lawnmower/small engine guy is the very best. He picks-up and delivers, will tell me if it is something I can fix myself and always moves my stuff to the top of his list.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 01:42 PM (LOOxU)

72 I occassionally watch videos from the lock picking lawyer and as always reading comments makes you despair for both the intelligence as well as the tact and courtesy of the general public on the internet.

While they despair and laugh at companies and hope they go bankrupt, I do not notice many of them designing a perfect lock that is both indestructible as well as unpickable. If it is so obvious and easy, why not do it themselves and make a mint?

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 01:42 PM (csEWM)

73 Happy Father's Day to all the 'rons! Without, dads, brothers and husbands the house would fall apart so thank you for all you do to fix things around the house!

Posted by: redridinghood at June 20, 2021 01:43 PM (NpAcC)

74 71 My lawnmower/small engine guy is the very best. He picks-up and delivers, will tell me if it is something I can fix myself and always moves my stuff to the top of his list.
Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 01:42 PM (LOOxU)

Those types of mechanics are worth their weight in gold.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 01:43 PM (csEWM)

75 Posted by: redridinghood at June 20, 2021 01:39 PM (NpAcC)

It's a stupid doily on a table in the entrance-way and I absolutely hate it!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:44 PM (Q9lwr)

76 "We're experiencing an unusually high volume of calls at the moment, due to the fact we've reduced our customer-support call center staffing by 60%."

-- the completely honest response

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:44 PM (DMUuz)

77 We have a large Hustler brand mower, and we put it through it's paces. About a year ago we were having an issue with the safety switches and sent it for a full inspection. Afterwards it was running fine until about 2 weeks ago and it would start but not run or engage the mowing blades. After some work we determined the pressure switch on the seat was failing and we kind off bypassed it until we got a new one ordered (from India). Then we discovered a second switch was failing. Worked around that, and got the 8 to 10 acers mowed. Now mower will not start. It will start if we bypass all three or four of the safety switches, but will not run so mechanically the machine works. To get it looked at is a 3 week wait. Or you can pay 100 extra and have it moved to the front of the line.

So can you have too many Safety's on a device? Yes, yes you can.

Posted by: Picric at June 20, 2021 01:44 PM (zjNHq)

78 and always moves my stuff to the top of his list.
Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 01:42 PM


He knows about the kitchen table.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:45 PM (DMUuz)

79 Hiya

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:45 PM (arJlL)

80 Aetius, they are indeed and I always make sure to add a little extra when I pay him.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 01:45 PM (LOOxU)

81 Its hot out thar.

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:45 PM (arJlL)

82 USAA Insurance.

We had a pipe burst in the basement, ruined the carpet. They not only did a wonderful job reinstalling new carpet, they repainted the entire basement ceiling and walls without us asking.

But the best part was they were hassle-free. They showed up early, worked hard, and were done in 2 days. I hardly even knew they were here. Ninjas.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 01:46 PM (83lwH)

83 Hiya Mrs Leggy !

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:46 PM (arJlL)

84 Every time I deal with a lock, I'm reminded why locksmiths still exist.

Posted by: Blake - semi lurker at large at June 20, 2021 01:46 PM (vk43t)

85 Bought an indoor/outdoor thermometer to replace one that was very old and died. Like an idiot, I got the wrong one. Called the company to ship it back and get a replacement. Gal at customer service sent me the model I wanted and didn't want the one I ordered back. She was so nice. I sent an email to customer service and praised her.

Thermopro.

Posted by: Infidel at June 20, 2021 01:46 PM (dYrVA)

86 It's a stupid doily on a table in the entrance-way and I absolutely hate it!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:44 PM (Q9lwr)
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Lol. And your wife must love it. Probably a family heirloom.

Posted by: redridinghood at June 20, 2021 01:47 PM (NpAcC)

87 So can you have too many Safety's on a device? Yes, yes you can.

Posted by: Picric at June 20, 2021 01:44 PM (zjNHq)

My first car had a switch on the clutch pedal. It prevented operating the starter motor when the clutch wasn't depressed.

Why? No idea. And it failed. It took me a very long time to figure that out.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:47 PM (Q9lwr)

88 We've had excellent experience with American Express fraud services, once when we were at the beach in a rented house on Thanksgiving weekend. Apparently husband's card info had been stolen along the trip and they checked to see if a charge in Houston (over 200 miles away) was ours. Nope. Locked up the account and, IIRC, sent us a new card by Fed Ex at the vacation property.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at June 20, 2021 01:47 PM (fTtFy)

89 What the heck happened to the Pet Thread? Saturdays, correct?

I don't have any pets right now, and being able to get my "fix" by seeing the wonderful doggie pics is important to me. Dogs and cats at least (compared to hoomans) seem to be one of the few in the current world we live in that manage to uphold their statutory and contractual obligations without fail.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 01:47 PM (VIWDj)

90 Ben Had

Has the pin moved ?

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:48 PM (arJlL)

91 44 Tonypete,
I have installed systems for my elderly parents and inlaws as well as myself. You can use Simply Safe as local or monitored. The monitoring service is excellent, calls to customer service are relatively smooth to fix any technical issues, and the system works by and large without false alarms. Also, because it is component based, it is relatively easy to service including the switch in their cellular modems necessitated by FCC and carrier changes (3g going away). Have not messed with the video monitoring option.

ADT experience was totally different.

Posted by: whig at June 20, 2021 01:48 PM (pO7gM)

92 CBD. Kicking in the door is a standard practice amongst the cruder, criminal set, ain't it.

Which is why my exterior door frames are built up with multiple layers of steel bracing, 6" long lag screws spaced six inches apart all around the jambs & headers, brass reinforcement plate under locksets and around both sides of the door.

One of those APC mounted battering rams affixed to what used to be a Main Gun barrel would defeat it. But I do think my door assembly will otherwise break a thief's ankle should he try his kick-fu here.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at June 20, 2021 01:48 PM (QzJWU)

93 I don't have any pets right now, and being able to get my "fix" by seeing the wonderful doggie pics is important to me. Dogs and cats at least (compared to hoomans) seem to be one of the few in the current world we live in that manage to uphold their statutory and contractual obligations without fail.
Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 01:47 PM (VIWDj)
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If it helps, WeaselDog is next to me asleep and snoring a little.

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:49 PM (MVjcR)

94 Circa 1975 a new bought S&W 22 kit gun in stainless just wouldn't shoot straight. Finally noticed barrel/front sight screwed in not quite to twelve o'clock but canted a bit. Return to factory, comes back no change. Eventually horse traded it and walked away whistling Dixie.

Posted by: Getting the banned back together at June 20, 2021 01:49 PM (DZuqx)

95 History trivia. Louis XVI's hobby was locksmithing.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 01:49 PM (d9FiS)

96 Every time I deal with a lock, I'm reminded why locksmiths still exist.
Posted by: Blake - semi lurker

Why are they called locksmiths ?

Why not lockjones ?

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:49 PM (arJlL)

97 Medeco. Cannot beat it. Not cheap.
Posted by: dhmosquito at June 20, 2021 01:12 PM (/iGNv)

Or Abloy. Built to last, and priced like it.

Posted by: AZ Hi Desert (Gringo fuertemente armado-Tempus Belli) at June 20, 2021 01:50 PM (l7Kbv)

98 One of those APC mounted battering rams affixed to what used to be a Main Gun barrel

Ask Zombie Daryl Gates.

Posted by: Getting the banned back together at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (DZuqx)

99 I occasionally watch videos from the lock picking lawyer and as always reading comments makes you despair for both the intelligence as well as the tact and courtesy of the general public on the internet.

I installed a rain sensor for our sprinkler system. Instructions included: not to place it indoors (good tip), nor to place it under the eaves outdoors (another good tip), and place it with the open end up, not down, so as to catch the rain (a third good tip).

They really don't give us much credit. Are people really stupid enough to think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (YqDXo)

100 Thanks Whig - I'm in the market so real world experience is mucho appreciated.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (Rvt88)

101 Why not lockjones ?
Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:49 PM (arJlL)

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Because they couldn't keep up with the Smiths.

Posted by: Blake - semi lurker at large at June 20, 2021 01:52 PM (vk43t)

102 If it helps, WeaselDog is next to me asleep and snoring a little.
Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:49 PM


Will we have the opportunity for a WD appearance at 1800 hrs (aka G*d's Time) today?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:52 PM (DMUuz)

103
Will we have the opportunity for a WD appearance at 1800 hrs (aka G*d's Time) today?
Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:52 PM (DMUuz)
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Available anytime at the WA YouTube channel!

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:53 PM (MVjcR)

104 JT, maybe 1/64 of an inch but at least that's a start.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 01:53 PM (LOOxU)

105 Packed. ready to go back to the swamp

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 01:53 PM (Irn0L)

106
But why not fix it? Why not take advantage of the warranty that I paid for? I have the time. I have the resources.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo


He can rebuild it. He has the technology. He can make it better than it was. Better, stronger, faster.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 20, 2021 01:53 PM (63Dwl)

107 Why not lockjones ?
Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:49 PM


Blame the guild system.

Posted by: Basketball Jones at June 20, 2021 01:54 PM (DMUuz)

108 I surmise that "back in the day", a decent mechanic could have made a fairly good living simply by opening up a 2 or 3 stall car repair shop in a good location.

Nothing too sophisticated, just tune-ups and light repairs. Tires, brakes, filters, ignition service, charging system etc. Do good work and charge a fair but reasonable price, and you'd have all the business you can handle.

It's all buggered now, because it doesn't really pencil out, and cars need to be disassembled sometimes to a frightening degree to get at basic wear items. The labor costs are gonna be ridiculous no matter what.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 01:54 PM (VIWDj)

109 Why are they called locksmiths ?

Why not lockjones ?
Posted by: JT

It's Basketball Jones.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 01:54 PM (d9FiS)

110 JT, maybe 1/64 of an inch but at least that's a start.
Posted by: Ben Had

Yep.

You're almost there !

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 01:54 PM (arJlL)

111 WWWDD?

What would weasel dog do?

Posted by: Getting the banned back together at June 20, 2021 01:54 PM (DZuqx)

112 "I've fixed it three times and each time it's some Byzantine mystery because I learned nothing from the previous venture."

LOL sounds like one of the Torments of Hell.

Please choose:
1) roll this rock up the hill
2) fill this leaky bucket
3) fix this lock

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 01:55 PM (83lwH)

113 Damn Basketball Jones stole my joke!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 01:55 PM (d9FiS)

114 think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (YqDXo)

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Civil litigation tells me "yes."

Posted by: Blake - semi lurker at large at June 20, 2021 01:55 PM (vk43t)

115 "We're experiencing an unusually high volume of calls at the moment, due to the fact we've reduced our customer-support call center staffing by 60%."

-- the completely honest response
Posted by: Duncanthrax at June 20, 2021 01:44 PM (DMUuz)


" ... and we're rather hoping you'll just go to our website, or, in the alternative, give up entirely."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:55 PM (YqDXo)

116 He can rebuild it. He has the technology. He can make it better than it was. Better, stronger, faster.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 20, 2021 01:53 PM (63Dwl)

A while back, 40 years or so back, i was introduced to a little kid at a beach in Israel as Steve From America and he looked up at me and said "Steve Austin?" LOL

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 01:55 PM (Irn0L)

117 111 WWWDD?

What would weasel dog do?
Posted by: Getting the banned back together at June 20, 2021 01:54 PM (DZuqx)
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If you're the mailman, attack!

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:56 PM (MVjcR)

118
It's all buggered now, because it doesn't really pencil out, and cars need to be disassembled sometimes to a frightening degree to get at basic wear items. The labor costs are gonna be ridiculous no matter what.
Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 01:54 PM (VIWDj)

___________

Now you have quick-lube places that don't put oil in the crankcase after a change.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 20, 2021 01:56 PM (mht8P)

119 2) fill this leaky bucket

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 01:55 PM (83lwH)


JB Water Weld, FTW!

That stuff is amazing, and can even be applied underwater.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:56 PM (YqDXo)

120 "Why are they called locksmiths?"

Origin: Locksmith
The word comes from lock and smith, from the Old English smia, "one who works with metal."

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 01:57 PM (83lwH)

121 I'd be much happier with my Honda push mower if it would cut the grass by itself.
Posted by: Weasel
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I can deal with that. What annoys me is that possession of every household cleaning product, and device, doesn't keep the house clean. Puzzling and frustrating.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 20, 2021 01:57 PM (CTJwJ)

122 It was Peet's coffee, by the way.

I treasured every bean. And the French press. And I kept the note.
There's still nice people out there.

Posted by: Lurkerette at June 20, 2021 01:58 PM (B4Nkq)

123 I'm having a good first world kind of day, in a modest way: just finished baking a boatload of son-in-law's favorite cookies (shortbread, cut like stars, so gold stars!) for father's day. Will take them later when going to babysit the grandgirl, where I will try to entice a three year old to make a card for her dad to have with cookies when he gets home.
Happy Father's day to all here, and all departed good guys!

Posted by: barbarausa at June 20, 2021 01:58 PM (W7IZQ)

124 114 think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (YqDXo)
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Civil litigation tells me "yes."
Posted by: Blake - semi lurker at large at June 20, 2021 01:55 PM (vk43t)


So ... Darwin was wrong, after all?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:58 PM (YqDXo)

125 Phone caller: what's the exhaust valve specs on a 1975 R750?

Mechanic: hey buddy I get paid to know that shit, ok? Tight is tight.

Posted by: Getting the banned back together at June 20, 2021 01:58 PM (DZuqx)

126 Howdy Horde. Purchased 3 incredibly inexpensive ceiling fan housings on clearance. Had to purchase the correct fan blades to go with them. Got 1 out of 3 correct. Electrician tried to install them and it was a no go.
Called customer service and the nice young lady shipped the correct ones and didn't have me return the incorrect ones. Had to pay a bit more for one set but she immediately refunded the cost of the original incorrect ones.
I was floored.
Hadn't seen that type of customer service in decades, not since I worked at Kmart in the 70's. They would take back anything, sometimes items that weren't purchased from them.

Posted by: neverenoughcaffeine at June 20, 2021 01:58 PM (lHHNQ)

127 Every Customer Service Call (parody)

https://tinyurl.com/xph3e682

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (83lwH)

128 Tony Pete,

Simply Safe runs some pretty decent sales and the newer system is easy to install with user replaceable and widely available commercially lithium coin type batteries. They have two levels of monitoring with different price points and you can simply use it as an unmonitored stand alone alarm. Easy to backup system settings and the system is redundant in being able to use a landline (not sure about VOIP type) in addition to cellular service. Complete setup including water, individual window and door sensors, glass break, panic buttons, key fobs, and motion detectors, and fire alarms with auxiliary alarm units and keypads was under five hundred and install took about one afternoon.

Motion detectors work okay with small pets if installed per instructions.

Old ADT system was hardwired and a pain in the butt including false alarms galore. I found the company itself difficult to work with.

Posted by: whig at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (pO7gM)

129 They really don't give us much credit. Are people really stupid enough to think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara

Probably not but liability issues make for some pretty foolish warnings.

See also directions for an iron: "Do not iron clothes while wearing them."

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (Rvt88)

130 Now you have quick-lube places that don't put oil in the crankcase after a change.
Posted by: Hadrian
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Well, there's really no point, since we're going to cross-thread the plug anyhow.

Posted by: Minute Oil Change at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (CTJwJ)

131 My first car had a switch on the clutch pedal. It prevented operating the starter motor when the clutch wasn't depressed.

Why? No idea. And it failed. It took me a very long time to figure that out.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 01:47 PM (Q9lwr)

A lot of cars have disconnects on the clutch to start. My mustang has it, the miata before did not. My guess is that so people would not start the car with it in gear and power going to the wheels and put their car into a wall or garage door or parked car in front of them. Then they do not sue the car manufacturer.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (csEWM)

132 The smithy was a workshop of a smith, like a blacksmith. Locksmiths work out of kiosks.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (HnNKD)

133 If this presidenting thing doesn't work out for Joe, maybe he can get a show on Discovery+. Build It Back Better with Biden!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (d9FiS)

134 If you want your main entrance safer from criminals kicking it in, you want a door that opens to the outside, not the inside. This type of entrance is actually illegal or against the building codes iirc.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 02:00 PM (VIWDj)

135 Aetius451AD, for some reason your comment about the lock picking lawyer made me think of one of my favorite moments in a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery novel. Wimsey is talking to a woman helping him by working in a legal office as a secretary. He asks her "can you pick a lock?" Upon learning that she can't, Wimsey sighs in exasperation and says, "I wonder what we got to school for."

Hard to argue with that.

Posted by: Art Rondelet of Malmsey at June 20, 2021 02:00 PM (fTtFy)

136 >>>Are people really stupid enough to think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (YqDXo)
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People are growing up in a synthetic world with less understanding of analogue or practical.

Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 02:00 PM (/FocL)

137 Let's not tell Weasel about the robotic mowers available.

Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 02:00 PM (LOOxU)

138 They really don't give us much credit. Are people really stupid enough to think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (YqDXo)

Do you really want me to answer that Jay?

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:00 PM (csEWM)

139 Medeco. Cannot beat it. Not cheap.


Posted by: dhmosquito at June 20, 2021 01:12 PM (/iGNv)

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i figured out someone was trying to impression a key for the deadbolt lock on the back door: one day the casing was loose, so i said "WTF?" and tightened it up. a couple days later Herself asked me why i had a file on the step. "WTF?" again, looked at it, and said "why is my key file out here?" then the penny dropped, i explained what was going on, and we had Medco all around in about a week. no way Creeper is going to be able to impression them. Damn good locks.

Posted by: redc1c4 *OTUS Zhou Bai-Din Cheated & we all know it. at June 20, 2021 02:01 PM (makEl)

140 People are growing up in a synthetic world with less understanding of analogue or practical.
Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 02:00 PM (/FocL)

Cause and effect. Deduc- well, just reasoning would be nice.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:01 PM (csEWM)

141 137 Let's not tell Weasel about the robotic mowers available.
Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 02:00 PM (LOOxU)
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Yeah!

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 02:02 PM (MVjcR)

142 Are people really stupid enough to think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara
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*?*

Uh, I dunno. Maybe there's an app for that. Wait while I Google it.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 20, 2021 02:03 PM (DMQdU)

143 If you're the mailman, attack!
Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 01:56 PM


There are benefits to not being a uniformed agent of the United States Government.

Posted by: UPS & Fedex DeliveryPersons at June 20, 2021 02:03 PM (DMUuz)

144 Are people really stupid enough to think a rain sensor would function indoors, under the eaves, or upside down?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 01:51 PM (YqDXo)

Maybe it just peeks out the window to see whether it is raining....

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 02:04 PM (Q9lwr)

145 Probably not but liability issues make for some pretty foolish warnings.

See also directions for an iron: "Do not iron clothes while wearing them."
Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (Rvt8


My favorite, on sun screens for windshields: "Do not drive with the sun screen in place."

I'd add, "Unless you think that's a good idea, in which case, by all means do so, preferably on a winding mountain road so you don't nail anyone else."

Sometimes Darwin needs to be lifted by his sagging shorts.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:04 PM (YqDXo)

146 A person used gorilla glue as a stand in for hair gel.

*drops mic*

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:06 PM (csEWM)

147 Maybe it just peeks out the window to see whether it is raining....
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 20, 2021 02:04 PM (Q9lwr)


"Look out the window. If it's raining, put your new RainSensor 2000 in 'rain mode,' which will turn off your sprinklers."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:06 PM (YqDXo)

148 Iran's sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

Maybe CBD can help?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 02:06 PM (Irn0L)

149 An addition to the list, Miele German made vacuums work quite well with a number of useful additions.

94 Banned getting back together,

Later Bangor Punta era Smiths are to be avoided unless you like working and fixing them. The early MIM Smith revolvers are to be likewise avoided. After the GCA of 1968, Smith and Wesson executives apparently believed that civilian handgun ownership was soon to end and as a result, used the businesses as a cash cow. Colt placed too much emphasis on defense contracts. That left an opening for a guy named Bill Ruger to make good. For seventies era revolvers, Ruger Six series of revolvers are tough as heck and the later Ruger GP series likewise. Blackhawks have always been tougher than its Colt competitor single actions due to its more modern materials and lockwork.

Posted by: whig at June 20, 2021 02:06 PM (pO7gM)

150 146 A person used gorilla glue as a stand in for hair gel.

*drops mic*
Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:06 PM (csEWM)


Leave Gavin Newsom out of this.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:07 PM (YqDXo)

151 148 Iran's sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

Maybe CBD can help?
Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 02:06 PM (Irn0L)

Maybe too much water. guys. Try turning it off and letting the reactor dry out.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (csEWM)

152 Iran's sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown.

French design?

Imagine a nuke plant by, oh, Renault.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (DMQdU)

153 Actually I knew a locksmith who worked out of roach coach. He saved my ass a bunch times, - at $50 a pop!

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (HnNKD)

154 Uh, I dunno. Maybe there's an app for that. Wait while I Google it.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 20, 2021 02:03 PM (DMQdU)


While you're at it, look up the number for "911" for me, wouldja?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (YqDXo)

155 Iran's sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown.

French design?

Imagine a nuke plant by, oh, Renault.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (DMQdU)

Actually Russian

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (Irn0L)

156 Hiya Barbarausa !

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:09 PM (arJlL)

157 I need to fire my new editor.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 02:09 PM (HnNKD)

158 While they despair and laugh at companies and hope they go bankrupt, I do not notice many of them designing a perfect lock that is both indestructible as well as unpickable. If it is so obvious and easy, why not do it themselves and make a mint?

As someone who enjoys LPL videos, the point is not that the commenters are better, its that the alleged wizards of smart who make these things are frequently incompetent in obvious ways. Which should be a familiar concept for people here.

Posted by: Ian S. at June 20, 2021 02:09 PM (0kmNI)

159 "A person used gorilla glue as a stand in for hair gel."

Didn't they try to sue too? Audacity isn't picky.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 02:10 PM (83lwH)

160 Actually Russian
Posted by: Nevergiveup
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Ah. So, Lada.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 20, 2021 02:11 PM (DMQdU)

161 Actually Russian
Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (Irn0L)


Nameplate: "Installed by Chernobyl Associates, Inc."

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:11 PM (YqDXo)

162 I can tell at a glance the rough age of any 2 burner camp stove. The really older models just say "Coleman", nothing else. As the years go by the lid starts to get some verbiage. Towards the end there it's a fricking novel. Not really safety stuff too much, just lots of dire erections.

Operator's manuals used to be fairly thin, compact affairs, maybe 25 or 35 pages. Now, most if not all of the useful info is gone, or difficult to find - technical info like what's the hot valve lash or something is "see your dealer", the font has been reduced to needing a microscope, printed with onionskin paper, and full of BS like "Do Not Ingest Contents Of Battery "

Thanks, guys.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 02:11 PM (VIWDj)

163 As someone who enjoys LPL videos, the point is not that the commenters are better, its that the alleged wizards of smart who make these things are frequently incompetent in obvious ways. Which should be a familiar concept for people here.
Posted by: Ian S. at June 20, 2021 02:09 PM (0kmNI)

You are less cynical than I about people, I think. Touche.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:11 PM (csEWM)

164 The staff at my dialysis center. Some of the staff are RNs, the rest are technicians. They are very good at inserting, then removing the dialysis needles. But between those two points, they are truly wonderful. Every day, they work very hard to make a rotten situation as un-unpleasant as possible. They smile, they joke, they pick things up, they bring meds, they are alert to everything around them at all times. They work very hard to keep my dialysis access (fistula) functional.

My clinic is part of a non-profit organization. I had a friend who went to a for profit clinic. There is no comparison between her experience and mine. She gave up and died after 3 1/2 years because she was so discouraged and unhappy. I have also talked with some of my fellow clients who had transferred in from a for profit and they are much happier now.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin, clinging bitterly to a deplorable life at June 20, 2021 02:12 PM (LjLM/)

165 Didn't they try to sue too? Audacity isn't picky.

Better: they just introduced their own hair product line. Its like if Ace started selling shelving.

Posted by: Ian S. at June 20, 2021 02:12 PM (0kmNI)

166 134 Common Tater, the answer is that you have an external 'screen' door that serves that function either in steel or something like the Larson Secure Elegance series with tri locking (EMCO has a similar model) and security glass. Those make it very difficult to do a smash in the door attack.

But, if windows are not hardened, then that is the likely entry point. Security plans and devices really need to be comprehensive and configured on your personal security risk/benefit calculations.

In troubled countries, note the use of nasty security fencing and walls, architecture (inner courtyard for light and air with few external entry points), dogs, and now tech stuff like video, controlled gateways, functional shutters and barred windows, and alarms. Houses can be quite elaborate inside but outside are plain and nondescript.

Posted by: whig at June 20, 2021 02:13 PM (pO7gM)

167
Better: they just introduced their own hair product line. Its like if Ace started selling shelving.
Posted by: Ian S.
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This about my pillows, isn't it?

Posted by: David Hogg at June 20, 2021 02:13 PM (AytXr)

168 Operator's manuals used to be fairly thin, compact affairs, maybe 25 or 35 pages. Now, most if not all of the useful info is gone, or difficult to find - technical info like what's the hot valve lash or something is "see your dealer", the font has been reduced to needing a microscope, printed with onionskin paper, and full of BS like "Do Not Ingest Contents Of Battery "

Thanks, guys.
Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 02:11 PM (VIWDj)


My favorite in troubleshooting a problem on one of my family's computers: "See your system administrator."

Hey, I AM the system administrator, OK?

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:13 PM (YqDXo)

169 PBS Reporter: Critical Race Theory Is 'Mobilizing People And Resonating Very Deeply'
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Oh, it's mobilizing people, alright! Speaking of which . . .

Disney is holding a "Pride Celebration Spectacular" for your kids, complete with Kermit the Frog and that drag queen who's appeared on Nickelodeon.
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Of course, the church is on board.

Progressive Church Announces New Drag Queen Bible Story Hour
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Ok, that last one is a joke or prediction from the Bee.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:14 PM (d9FiS)

170 Israel to open its doors to tourists next month

Gonna start planning my return

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 02:14 PM (Irn0L)

171 The smithy was a workshop of a smith, like a blacksmith. Locksmiths work out of kiosks.
Posted by: Dr. Bone

Next you are going to tell me blacksmiths slap hot iron to it!

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:15 PM (Rvt88)

172 In troubled countries, note the use of nasty security fencing and walls, architecture (inner courtyard for light and air with few external entry points), dogs, and now tech stuff like video, controlled gateways, functional shutters and barred windows, and alarms. Houses can be quite elaborate inside but outside are plain and nondescript.
Posted by: whig at June 20, 2021 02:13 PM (pO7gM)


I had a course in art history in HS that pointed out that the architecture of a place/time provided a direct indication of the level of criminality/civic disorder.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:15 PM (YqDXo)

173 Next you are going to tell me blacksmiths slap hot iron to it!
Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:15 PM (Rvt8

Wouldn't it be instead: they slap something to hot iron?

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:16 PM (csEWM)

174 Imagine a nuke plant by, oh, Renault.
Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at June 20, 2021 02:08 PM (DMQdU)

Actually Russian
Posted by: Nevergiveup

Well, it's completely safe then.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:17 PM (d9FiS)

175 165 Didn't they try to sue too? Audacity isn't picky.

Better: they just introduced their own hair product line. Its like if Ace started selling shelving.
Posted by: Ian S. at June 20, 2021 02:12 PM (0kmNI)


And Gorilla Glue could hire zombie Harambe as their spokesmodel.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:17 PM (YqDXo)

176 Wouldn't it be instead: they slap something to hot iron?
Posted by: Aetius451AD

Yeah, you're right. They'll just forge ahead.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:17 PM (Rvt88)

177 Why isn't a barber a hairsmith ?

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (arJlL)

178 Driving through Idaho on a road trip late in the evening, my car started making a strange noise. I was near Boise and was happy to make it to the city without problems. I got a hotel room for the night and in the morning, I found a mechanic willing to see me that same morning.

Turned out it was just a metal protective plate that had come loose. The mechanic called a shop down the street to have them weld the plate to its mount. Took about 15 minutes.

Neither the mechanic or the shop charged me a penny for their time. I was so impressed, I had to write the Chamber of Commerce a note telling them of the customer service I got as an out-of-state traveler.

Posted by: brio at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (iOuK/)

179 I installed a rain sensor for our sprinkler system. Instructions included: not to place it indoors (good tip), nor to place it under the eaves outdoors (another good tip), and place it with the open end up, not down, so as to catch the rain (a third good tip).



there is a reason shampoo bottles have instructions

Posted by: will choose a nic later at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (bTQ72)

180 Why isn't a barber a hairsmith ?
Posted by: JT

Or an aircraft builder an Aerosmith?

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (Rvt88)

181 I've had a few. My best one recently was with Sprint, believe it or not. Someone masquerading as me had run up a big bill with Sprint, which I first learned about when I got a call from a bill collector. I phoned Sprint, and, after an interminable wait, was connected to their fraud unit. The person there - a middle-aged woman to judge from her voice - couldn't have been more helpful. The case was complicated, so we were on the line for nearly 45 minutes, but we got it cleared up. Later that day, I received an email clearing me of any responsibility for the debt, and they even contacted the credit agencies to get that off my record. I was so impressed that I wrote a letter to the president of the company, commending them on their service. And no, I am not a Sprint customer.

By the way, for those commentators who are complaining about the length of user manuals: There's a lawsuit, or fear of a lawsuit, behind every one of those instructions. Because, yes, there is a nitwit out there who tried to drink the battery acid, then sued the manufacturer because they didn't tell him/her/it not to do it. Don't blame the companies: blame the trial lawyers.

Posted by: Nemo at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (S6ArX)

182 "You get my business until you show me why you don't deserve it."

I remember the days when a business would trip over itself trying to keep a valued customer. These days it's like they do a cost-benefit analysis, decide they can recruit 3 new customers in the time they would have spent fixing your problem, and tell you to GFY.

Kinda like Disney. And the NFL.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 02:19 PM (83lwH)

183 180 Why isn't a barber a hairsmith ?
Posted by: JT

Or an aircraft builder an Aerosmith?
Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (Rvt8

...

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:19 PM (csEWM)

184 Now you have quick-lube places that don't put oil in the crankcase after a change.

Once had one of those drain the transmission, then figure out they didn't have the right stuff to put back in. To their credit, they did go out and find the right stuff, and fess up to the error. Still cost me an extra hour while they ran over to autozone or wherever the hell they got it from.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 20, 2021 02:19 PM (SchxB)

185 there is a reason shampoo bottles have instructions
Posted by: will choose a nic later

Isn't the "lather, rinse, repeat" just a marketing ploy?

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:20 PM (Rvt88)

186 Say what you will about Kevin Hart or Eddie Murphy, that Darwin's got a sense of.humor!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:20 PM (d9FiS)

187 Hiya JT! (thought of you when I posted a happy thought <3 )

Posted by: barbarausa at June 20, 2021 02:20 PM (W7IZQ)

188 180 Why isn't a barber a hairsmith ?
Posted by: JT

Or an aircraft builder an Aerosmith?
Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (Rvt8
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Or a proctologist a buttsmith?

Posted by: Weasel at June 20, 2021 02:21 PM (MVjcR)

189 People talking about it being cheaper to replace (or hire someone to fix) than to fix it yourself are missing the point.

Fixing it yourself is priceless.

It's not quite in the same category but I clean my own pool (and change the pool filter), I dust my own books, etc., and there is NO financial excuse for it given my hourly rates.

The activity of doing these things, however, makes these things =mine= in a way just having them pile up for someone else to handle does not.

Posted by: moviegique at June 20, 2021 02:21 PM (dhFCT)

190 Why isn't a barber a hairsmith ?
Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (arJlL)

We could get all modern and call ourselves "hairsmiths" or "hairstylers".....

Nah!!!!!!

Posted by: Theodoric of York, Medieval Barber at June 20, 2021 02:21 PM (R/m4+)

191 Just got back from Trader Joes and I and one other person were the only ones without masks.. I asked the checker if I had to wear a mask and he said no.. An older woman heard me and said "I'd rather be safe then sorry." And she got the vaccine... This is Ludacris.. The checker says starting tomorrow they no longer will be wearing masks.. This woman is gonna freak out LOL

Posted by: It's me donna at June 20, 2021 02:21 PM (Zmnko)

192 I have a telescoping pole

Posted by: DB- just DB at June 20, 2021 02:21 PM (iTXRQ)

193 there is a reason shampoo bottles have instructions
Posted by: will choose a nic later

I thought you drank from them.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:21 PM (d9FiS)

194 Or an aircraft builder an Aerosmith?
Posted by: Tonypete

LOL !

Well done !

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:22 PM (arJlL)

195 I have a telescoping pole
Posted by: DB- just DB

To be fair, don't we all?

Well, the Morons at least.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:22 PM (Rvt88)

196 Old horseshoeing joke: A guy walks up where a farrier is making a set of shoes. The guy wants a closer look at the shoe sitting by the anvil and picks it up. He immediately drops it on the ground. Farrier stifles a laugh and says "Hot, huh?" The guy says "Naw, just didn't take me long to look at it"

Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 02:22 PM (LOOxU)

197 "I thought you drank from them."
The best part of operating toaster in bathtub.

Posted by: barbarausa at June 20, 2021 02:22 PM (W7IZQ)

198 ||These days it's like they do a cost-benefit analysis, decide they can recruit 3 new customers in the time they would have spent fixing your problem, and tell you to GFY.

Kinda like Disney. And the NFL.||

It's a bold strategy.

Now, the Pareto Principle applies, mind you: If you can get rid of the 20% of your customers that cause you 80% of the problems, it's probably worth it.

But, man, you gotta be careful with that.

Posted by: moviegique at June 20, 2021 02:23 PM (dhFCT)

199 I have a telescoping pole

Most men do.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at June 20, 2021 02:23 PM (SchxB)

200 #178
Posted by: brio at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (iOuK/)


this is not possible and probably fiction.
Idaho is full or racist meth freaks that steal children and auction them on the dark web. Do not go there, the movie Deliverence was based upon a true Idaho crime

Posted by: The Committee that declares that Idaho is full and needs zero more people from outside the state at June 20, 2021 02:23 PM (bTQ72)

201 Consumer Reports or Reader's Digest or somebody like that did a test back in the 60s or 70s, they partially pulled a spark plug wire so the engine idlingor running had a miss and took it in to about 100 different shops to see what's what.

Some guys found it right away, "no charge", stop in again, have a nice day.. Others ... well let's just say they didn't invite good feelings about auto mechanics.

I'm certain reliability and repairs both played a role in the collapse of the US auto industry. Worried dads everywhere were like "F it", I'll buy a Datsun for Debbie, it won't break down in the first place, and she won't get rooked by Cletus either."

Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 02:23 PM (VIWDj)

202 Yeah, bought it at Lowe's. It has interchangeable attachments for cleaning windows high up.

Posted by: DB- just DB at June 20, 2021 02:24 PM (iTXRQ)

203 I remember the days when a business would trip over itself trying to keep a valued customer. These days it's like they do a cost-benefit analysis, decide they can recruit 3 new customers in the time they would have spent fixing your problem, and tell you to GFY.

Kinda like Disney. And the NFL.
Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 02:19 PM (83lwH)

I was listening to the most recent Friday Night Tights and they were discussing the comic book industry and so forth and bringing up a similar point about comic books and movies and why the companies do what they do.

One thing that struck me: They said that the companies are often working off both their marketing and creatives (who are clueless moronic woke idiots) as well as using such rock solid data as internet polls to tell them that there is a vast market of Woke women who LOVE comic books and marvel movies, but do not like the toxic masculinity.

I have already mentioned that my opinion of people is already sunk to dangerous lows in the past few years. However, I often am surprised and realize my opinion is too high.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 02:24 PM (csEWM)

204 Hiya JT! (thought of you when I posted a happy thought
Posted by: barbarausa

Thank you, that's nice !

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:24 PM (arJlL)

205 ||Posted by: The Committee that declares that Idaho is full and needs zero more people from outside the state at June 20, 2021 02:23 PM (bTQ72)||

Man, we used to run that gag here in L.A. for decades.

Didn't save us.

Posted by: moviegique at June 20, 2021 02:25 PM (dhFCT)

206 I would like to live in my own private Idaho.

Posted by: DB- just DB at June 20, 2021 02:26 PM (iTXRQ)

207 "yes, there is a nitwit out there who tried to drink the battery acid"

BTW, the urban legend about the McDs Coffee Lady that made the "warning: coffee is hot" labels necessary is not true. I know an attorney who was involved in the lawsuit and she said there was more to it than that.

....nope, that's all I got. I don't remember the rest of the story. Sorry. I'm just wonderful at dinner parties.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 02:27 PM (83lwH)

208 I have a telescoping pole

Most men do.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries.

Unless we've been in the pool !

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:27 PM (arJlL)

209 >>>Or a proctologist a buttsmith?<
>Does he have his own shop?

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 02:27 PM (HnNKD)

210 Alleged Hate Crime At Florida Gay Pride Parade Yesterday Was Actually Drunk Gay Man Who Stepped On Wrong Peddle




Just take me now Lord!

Posted by: Infidel at June 20, 2021 02:28 PM (dYrVA)

211 If I didn't have a girlfriend, Idaho.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:28 PM (d9FiS)

212 CAFE standards and Carter's gas price hikes were a boon to the foreign car market.

Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 02:30 PM (/FocL)

213 "Woke women who LOVE comic books and marvel movies, but do not like the toxic masculinity."

Karen: I LOVE Dogs! But I prefer they purr, groom themselves, and use a litter box


Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 02:30 PM (83lwH)

214 ||....nope, that's all I got. I don't remember the rest of the story. Sorry. I'm just wonderful at dinner parties.||

I remember listening to some lawyers talking about it at the time. Apparently that particular McDonald's had been warned previously about the temperature they served their coffee being well above industry standards. It made sense to me, in that you can't serve a beverage in a drive-through that's fatal if you spill it, and apparently the woman needed skin grafts.

And then another lawyer chimed in and said that was complete nonsense and there are no such industry standards and ...

Heh.

Posted by: moviegique at June 20, 2021 02:30 PM (dhFCT)

215 pro tip, make lawyers stay in there lane

Posted by: will choose a nic later at June 20, 2021 02:31 PM (bTQ72)

216 In my professional opinion those are just the spare pins.

Posted by: Jimco Industries at June 20, 2021 02:33 PM (buTO7)

217 Alleged Hate Crime At Florida Gay Pride Parade Yesterday Was Actually Drunk Gay Man Who Stepped On Wrong Peddle

Just take me now Lord!
Posted by: Infidel

Driver and victims of Pride parade crash were all part of Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus. I assume their theme song is Blowin' In the Wind.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:33 PM (d9FiS)

218 "But, man, you gotta be careful with that."

Well it used to be that getting a bad rep locally would ruin you. But the pool of Marks is so big now via the net that the grifters don't need to move to another town, they just wait for a new town to move to them.

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 02:35 PM (83lwH)

219 157 I need to fire my new editor.
Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 02:09 PM (HnNKD)

Is there a story here?

Posted by: m at June 20, 2021 02:35 PM (rk2/G)

220 Driver and victims of Pride parade crash were all part of Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus. I assume their theme song is Blowin' In the Wind.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston

Welp !

That tops any weedwhacker jokes !

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:35 PM (arJlL)

221 CAFE standards and Carter's gas price hikes were a boon to the foreign car market.

Absolutely, but there are often a number of factors that add up, in aggregate, that seals the deal. Detroit QC, reliability, fit and finish, was really bad at that time. Here come all these little econoboxes at the same time period, that didn't have those issues.

Posted by: Common Tater at June 20, 2021 02:36 PM (VIWDj)

222 It appears Candace Owens and Kim Klacik are fighting
Hmmm.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at June 20, 2021 02:39 PM (cSyAR)

223
During our move, Her Majesty was traveling from Cincinnati to Houston with Titan, Lacey and Silver. Outside Jackson, MS a rock hit the AC compressor and knocked it out. It's July 2nd. She called ahead to a Honda dealer in Jackson to get it repaired.

While she's in the waiting room with the dogs, Titan's larynx spasmed and he started choking. She tried desperately to get him breathing again, to no avail, while a cashier held the two girls. A driver took all of them to a vet's office so that Titan could be put out of his misery. The service guys worked overtime to get the AC fixed so that they could continue the trip safely.

A sad day, but the basic goodness of people came through.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at June 20, 2021 02:39 PM (mht8P)

224 I had a great experience with American Express recently. In the Rewards points program, they were having a 30% sale on certain items. I ordered a 4K Apple TV, to be delivered directly from Apple and received a confirm of the order. At the time I placed the order, Apple was the only vendor showing as a participating supplier of the product. Minutes later, I received a notice from Apple that the order couldn't be completed because the item was out of stock. WTF? Apple out of its own product? So I called AMEX and talked to a fantastic customer service rep. He helped me order the product from Best Buy for the full price and then adjusted my points balance so that I was only charged the number of points that would have been deducted with the 30% discount. This was just the most recent of my fabulous experiences with AMEX. They're top notch, especially w/r/t fraud surveillance.

Posted by: Moonbeam at June 20, 2021 02:39 PM (qe5CM)

225 It appears Candace Owens and Kim Klacik are fighting
Hmmm.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker

Pay per view or OnlyFans?

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:40 PM (Rvt88)

226 It appears Candace Owens and Kim Klacik are fighting
Hmmm.

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Mrs. Wrecks bought the grandkids King Kong v. Godzilla.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:40 PM (d9FiS)

227 "Gay Pride Parade Yesterday"

Is June national gay month or something? I'm getting really tired of all the advertisements boasting about how tolerant and open-minded they are while transitioning to Full Nazi.

"Backe meinen Kuchen!"

Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur at June 20, 2021 02:41 PM (83lwH)

228 That lock looks like it might have been drilled, or had the guts taken out with a slide hammer. I don't like that marr scraped across the face of it.
Posted by: Kindltot at June 20, 2021 01:23 PM (ySM85)

Concur. CBD had better check the hiding places where he keeps the gubs, bearer bonds, and royalty checks from CBD oil.

Might want to have a security team sweep the place for bugs, too.

Could be a "clumsy" B&E staged to cover up a crafty one.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 20, 2021 02:41 PM (22SGS)

229 Moonbeam

So one bad Apple don't spoil the whole bunch ?

Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:42 PM (arJlL)

230 222 It appears Candace Owens and Kim Klacik are fighting
Hmmm.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at June 20, 2021 02:39 PM

Kyra Davis also has expressed issues with Candace Owens in the past. Although I like Candace, she does have a tendency to suck all the oxygen out of the room.

Posted by: Moonbeam at June 20, 2021 02:42 PM (qe5CM)

231 I had a course in art history in HS that pointed out that the architecture of a place/time provided a direct indication of the level of criminality/civic disorder.
Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:15 PM (YqDXo)

Which is why the plans for the new Chateau Romeo will look like a bunker from the outside.

Posted by: Romeo13 at June 20, 2021 02:42 PM (oHd/0)

232 229 Moonbeam

So one bad Apple don't spoil the whole bunch ?
Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:42 PM

EXACTLY!!

Posted by: Moonbeam at June 20, 2021 02:42 PM (qe5CM)

233 181 I've had a few. My best one recently was with Sprint, believe it or not.

Posted by: Nemo at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (S6ArX)
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I had a shockingly helpful interaction with Verizon. Mom wanted to lower her cable/internet bill ("Tell them I'm elderly & can't afford it & I don't need all these channels."). After the usual interminable wait, the woman was incredibly helpful in getting the bill down significantly & told me when to call back every couple of years to renegotiate. (Mom: "I'm glad the bill is lower, but why aren't I getting channels X, Y, & Z anymore?"). Made sure the rep's supervisors knew how helpful she was.


Posted by: Hoplite Housewife at June 20, 2021 02:43 PM (R1NI2)

234 232 229 Moonbeam

So one bad Apple don't spoil the whole bunch ?
Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:42 PM

EXACTLY!!
Posted by: Moonbeam at June 20, 2021 02:42 PM

Dang- I should have thought of another Osmond Brothers song for a witty reply!

Posted by: Moonbeam at June 20, 2021 02:43 PM (qe5CM)

235 Is June national gay month or something? I'm getting really tired of all the advertisements boasting about how tolerant and open-minded they are while transitioning to Full Nazi.

"Backe meinen Kuchen!"
Posted by: Hoyt's Turkish Troll Provocateur

I never watch network tv but was forced to yesterday. One of the commercials, no idea for who or what, showed two adult women in bed, kiss kiss, nighty nite. It had nothing to do with the product or service being offered.

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:44 PM (Rvt88)

236 Happy Sunday to the First World! I had to return a dress I bought three weeks after I bought it. I had only worn the dress once, and then after laundering, it had faded spots on it. It was a pretty dress, and I was very disappointed.
I did an online chat with someone named Nicholas and within 5 minutes I had a return label.
I figure it will take a few weeks for the refund to show up on my credit card.
Easy, pleasant transaction with no hassles.

Posted by: ALH, Sister Golden Hair at June 20, 2021 02:44 PM (NDANa)

237 >>>Is there a story here?<
>It was highway robbery every time I locked my keys in the truck. But I suppose these newer generations can't comprehend this experience because they have an app.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 02:44 PM (HnNKD)

238 Found out today was first in person attendance at the church in 15 months.

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 02:44 PM (Cxk7w)

239 238 Found out today was first in person attendance at the church in 15 months.

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 02:44 PM (Cxk7w)

Nice, were you able to attend?

Posted by: ALH, Sister Golden Hair at June 20, 2021 02:47 PM (NDANa)

240 Is there any month that is just The American Month? Sigh

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 02:47 PM (Irn0L)

241 I didn't bring up the point a whole new, good quality lock might be less than a hour of a locksmith's time.

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 02:47 PM (Cxk7w)

242 Is June national gay month or something? I'm getting really tired of all the advertisements boasting about how tolerant and open-minded they are while transitioning to Full Nazi.

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It is Taste the Rainbow Month. The commercial I hate has something to do with real estate, I think, mortgages maybe. (Our House plays in the background.) For a split second, they show a black guy and a white guy, both built like defensive linemen, hugging each other in a hot tub.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:48 PM (d9FiS)

243 Many years ago I bought a Tilly hat and it said that if it ever failed they would replace it. Twenty years I used that hat, and from sweat and sun it rotted the canvas and tore along the brim. I contacted Tilly and they said to mail me the old hat. A week or so later I got a brand new one no cost other than to mail them the old one.

Posted by: Ruthless at June 20, 2021 02:48 PM (/uaBM)

244 Found out today was first in person attendance at the church in 15 months.

Posted by: Skip

We've been doing in person for months now with no masks and no distancing starting 3-4 weeks ago. The designated area for those that want to continue distancing has been discontinued as the demand for space by the normal, intelligent parishioners has pushed them out. That may not have been the exact wording by the priest. . .

Posted by: Tonypete at June 20, 2021 02:49 PM (Rvt88)

245 Ace Hardware (Groom and Sons) and Tractor Supply here in the big city of Athens TX. Always polite and helpful. Hell, I just picked up 10 50 lb bags of asphalt pot hole filler today. Didn't even know it existed. 12 bucks per bag. Now to get my ass back out there and enjoy this nice cool weather.

Posted by: TwentytwoLR at June 20, 2021 02:49 PM (AslUr)

246 >>>That lock looks like it might have been drilled, or had the guts taken
out with a slide hammer. I don't like that marr scraped across the face
of it.<
>It does look like somebody forced it with a breaker bar, but I know nothing of these things.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 02:50 PM (HnNKD)

247 God is going to punish us for putting up with normalizing homosexuality.

Posted by: ALH, Sister Golden Hair at June 20, 2021 02:51 PM (NDANa)

248 So can you have too many Safety's on a device? Yes, yes you can.
Posted by: Picric at June 20, 2021 01:44 PM (zjNHq)

Heh. Or you can have none at all, save what's between your ears. I just got in from mowing the ditches here. I fired up an old MTD "high-wheeler" walk-behind mower that I had in the shed for years. Had to loosen the screw on the float bowl, and drain some bad gas out, until it ran clear from new gas in the tank. Took a bit of priming, and many pulls, but it did start, and ran better the longer it ran. Did about an hour's worth of mowing on the sidehill where the ditch (swale, really) meets the road. Lot of gravel there.

I had previously welded a steel plate over the rear grass discharge, so any stones get deflected to my left.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 20, 2021 02:51 PM (22SGS)

249 God is going to punish us for putting up with normalizing homosexuality.
Posted by: ALH, Sister Golden Hair at June 20, 2021 02:51 PM (NDANa)



Good

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 02:52 PM (Irn0L)

250 was highway robbery every time I locked my keys in the truck. But I suppose these newer generations can't comprehend this experience because they have an app.
Posted by: Dr. Bone at June 20, 2021 02:44 PM (HnNKD)


Pop-a-lock. 40 bucks, 24/7/365. A whole lot better than the locksmith I had to call at two am in Washington DC who used one of those pump up air wedges and a telescoping magic fingers to pop the lock, then charged me 185 bucks.

Posted by: That Guy What Always Says Yeah Buddy TM at June 20, 2021 02:52 PM (R5lpX)

251 Fresh hell videos of the enemy continuously advancing.

https://mobile.twitter.com/libsoftiktok/with_replies

Posted by: Widespread Pepe at June 20, 2021 02:53 PM (+EMco)

252 I should go someday, I am a member

Posted by: Skip at June 20, 2021 02:53 PM (Cxk7w)

253 Trump GPS.

https://bit.ly/3gDZsyl

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks aka Hangdog Barkston at June 20, 2021 02:54 PM (d9FiS)

254 Is June national gay month or something?

Oh we totes own Halloween too!

Posted by: Gheys in blue cities at June 20, 2021 02:55 PM (DZuqx)

255 Okay - I saw that earlier post at WZ this AM and thought to myself...self, THAT is a gay guy and his boyfriend getting arrested.

And sure as fucking shit, HateCrime is now officially a tragic M2M, RoadHead Incident.

Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 02:56 PM (XsdVX)

256
Fixing it yourself is priceless.

It's not quite in the same category but I clean my own pool (and change the pool filter), I dust my own books, etc., and there is NO financial excuse for it given my hourly rates.

The activity of doing these things, however, makes these things =mine= in a way just having them pile up for someone else to handle does not.
Posted by: moviegique at June 20, 2021 02:21 PM (dhFCT)


Agreed. It's the satisfaction of being self-sufficient.

Posted by: Deplorable Jay Guevara at June 20, 2021 02:56 PM (YqDXo)

257 Why isn't a barber a hairsmith ?
Posted by: JT at June 20, 2021 02:18 PM (arJlL)

We could get all modern and call ourselves "hairsmiths" or "hairstylers".....

Nah!!!!!!
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I once had it explained to me that "smith" referred to a craft that worked with metal (tinsmith, blacksmith, coppersmith, etc.) and "wright" referred to a craft that worked with wood (shipwright, cartwright, etc.)

Posted by: Lord Squirrel at June 20, 2021 02:56 PM (K5n5d)

258 A lot of cars have disconnects on the clutch to start. My mustang has it, the miata before did not. My guess is that so people would not start the car with it in gear and power going to the wheels and put their car into a wall or garage door or parked car in front of them. Then they do not sue the car manufacturer.
Posted by: Aetius451AD at June 20, 2021 01:59 PM (csEWM)

Suspect it is an NHTSA requirement, like the neutral safety switch on automatic cars.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 20, 2021 02:57 PM (22SGS)

259 The driver looked like David Cross.


That's a tell.

Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 02:58 PM (XsdVX)

260 Been tempted to test Filson's warranty with clothes just wore out after decades of wearing and washing but that seems wrong.

Posted by: Getting the banned back together at June 20, 2021 02:59 PM (DZuqx)

261 >>een tempted to test Filson's warranty with clothes just wore out after decades of wearing and washing but that seems wrong.


They will honor it.

Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 03:00 PM (71sfK)

262 The more safety equipment installed, the greater chance that Murphy will visit.

Posted by: Anna Puma at June 20, 2021 03:00 PM (JDZtU)

263 I'm having a problem with my Traeger. Guess I'll find out how good their customer service is.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at June 20, 2021 03:03 PM (cSyAR)

264 Alleged Hate Crime At Florida Gay Pride Parade Yesterday Was Actually Drunk Gay Man Who Stepped On Wrong Peddle

So now we learn the little fag, not that there is anything wrong with sucking cock, was drunk?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at June 20, 2021 03:03 PM (Irn0L)

265 Nood Food

Posted by: ALH, Sister Golden Hair at June 20, 2021 03:03 PM (NDANa)

266 Old horseshoeing joke: A guy walks up where a farrier is making a set of shoes. The guy wants a closer look at the shoe sitting by the anvil and picks it up. He immediately drops it on the ground. Farrier stifles a laugh and says "Hot, huh?" The guy says "Naw, just didn't take me long to look at it"
Posted by: Ben Had at June 20, 2021 02:22 PM (LOOxU)

Heh. Reminds me of when, as a child, I picked a piece of metal my father had just welded. Dropped it right away. He said, "heavier than it looks, isn't it?"

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at June 20, 2021 03:05 PM (22SGS)

267 >>Alleged Hate Crime At Florida Gay Pride Parade Yesterday Was Actually Drunk Gay Man Who Stepped On Wrong Peddle

I am sure that the facts are going to be hard to swallow for the local community.

Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 03:05 PM (9lzoO)

268 God is going to punish us for putting up with normalizing homosexuality.
Posted by: ALH, Sister Golden Hair


I think it has already started.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative.....Living on the prison planet at June 20, 2021 03:06 PM (tjZg/)

269 I am sure that the facts are going to be hard to swallow for the local community.
Posted by: garrett at June 20, 2021 03:05 PM (9lzoO)

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The dude will get reamed by the media.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at June 20, 2021 03:06 PM (/X7ln)

270 "what positive experiences have you had with companies that obviously want to do the right thing for their customers?"

FlexRadio gives free tech support for their products, even if not original owner. The techs are knowledgeable too! Mine did such a good job that I offered to pay for the help, but Flex would not accept it.

Aldi is a company that impresses me very much. They deliver amazing value on essential foods and other products, and I hope their model keeps working for them. The difference between them and their competitors is vast. Their competitors either cannot, or don't want to, imitate Aldi's efficiencies.

Posted by: Make Mine gp! at June 20, 2021 03:10 PM (qpX6U)

271 The tailpiece that throws the bolt broke or came off and the cylinder came loose. Hardware specialist here.

Posted by: Robert W Smith at June 20, 2021 03:10 PM (q1aSU)

272 I just sprayed my grapes with some Mancozeb and tebuconazole ... (antifungals). I ordered the Manzate ProStick a couple weeks ago ... they charged my card ... but nothing was shipped. I called and got Amos (in PA, maybe an Amish operation?) ... He said they were out of Ziram, but could ship the Manzate. (fine, why did they not already do that a week ago?)

Then nothing happened and next week the next guy sounded better, I'd get my tacking number before end of day. I got it late the next day. They were going to drop ship the Manzate, second call informed me they can't do that ... some EPA rules on shipping that. So that should still be coming.


They had the best price, and I want to buy American small business. Ordering through Amazon, I think Amazon demands better performance. But Amazon is part of the terrorist BigTech intent on overthrowing America ... so I can accept some delays and incompetence ... I guess.

Posted by: illiniwek at June 20, 2021 03:13 PM (Cus5s)

273 Trying to sell a piece of property. Gave paperwork to a lawyer. Four months later -- NO PROGRESS at all. Numerous phone calls, phone messages, e-mails -- nothing. Finally told him I was coming to pickup my paperwork. Gave it to another lawyer. Worked things out with the title insurance company and the purchaser's lawyer. Bing, bang, bong all done in three days.

Worst service, and best service all in one story.

Posted by: French Jeton at June 20, 2021 03:16 PM (85zsD)

274
Alleged Hate Crime At Florida Gay Pride Parade Yesterday Was Actually Drunk Gay Man Who Stepped On Wrong Peddle

Sign on the door specifically said No Peddlers!

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at June 20, 2021 03:19 PM (63Dwl)

275 Is this thread up?
Just clicked homepage on another tab and Brave won't connect because it can't verify the time and therefore can't verify certificates.

Yea.

Posted by: Braenyard, orthodox conservative at June 20, 2021 03:23 PM (/FocL)

276 I have tons of antique doors so have become familiar with locks of a different era, unsurprisingly , easier to work on than their modern cousins. I'm sure a house breaker would also appreciate their primitive nature.

Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at June 20, 2021 03:35 PM (4vmmD)

277 And hate I missed the aching coup thread. We just had one so anything is possible.

Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at June 20, 2021 03:36 PM (4vmmD)

278 Biggest pet peeve: Going to a company's or organization's web site and finding out I have to call to get my issue resolved. Then while I'm waiting forever on hold I keep getting a recorded message to "visit our web site instead of holding for the next available agent, dum-dum".
When calling my Satanic ISP about "No Internet" grrrrrrr.
--DieCoxDie

Posted by: BYZANTINE gENERAL at June 20, 2021 04:43 PM (Fbx+b)

279 I've had good luck with insurance companies. One was super helpful and sympathetic with an issue regarding privacy from the policy holder and the other, the CS called doctor's office with us to find one who would take the plan (none did) and then made sure that the actual office visit was covered as in-plan, since none of the specialists in town took the plan (thanks, Obama!).

Back in the day, I hated my insurance, because every year I'd have to fight with them... only to find out that it was the pharmacist that was the problem, not the insurance. She just kept blaming the insurance for her bullshit. For years. Now I use a chain. Shame.

Posted by: soulpile at June 20, 2021 05:15 PM (hiX0r)

280 ..
When I was just a 13yo kid back in '72 I bought a package of Nutty Club pearled peanuts.
While eating them, I happened to bite into a piece of pearled wood.
Still mostly intact(wood and my teeth) I put it in a envelope and sent it with a letter to the Nutty Club manufacturer.
About 1 month later I received a carton filled with bags of all of Nutty Club's products and a letter of apology.
It made me happy.

Posted by: Speller at June 20, 2021 05:52 PM (pSotA)

281 #200
Posted by: The Committee that declares that Idaho is full and needs zero more people from outside the state at June 20, 2021 02:23 PM (bTQ72)

This was about 20 years ago. I so wanted to move to Boise but it didn't happen. With the influx of Californians now, I'm sure I can't afford it now.

But Boise remains as a fond memory as opposed as just a place to stop near the interstate to gas up.

Posted by: brio at June 20, 2021 06:54 PM (b5vXH)

282 Bought a used DeVilbiss generator about 15 years ago. Through abuse, and exposure to the elements, the plastic gas tank developed a crack. I called to company to order a replacement, expecting to pay for it. They sent me a new one for free.

Posted by: Joe Bar at June 20, 2021 07:29 PM (IWGt1)

283 30 years ago I built a model airplane (Monogram 1/48 F-4C to be exact.) Over the years and several moves, some of the canopy pieces came up missing. I found the Revell website (Revell absorbed Monogram) and requested the parts, expecting to get an invoice. The parts arrived, gratis, about two weeks later.

Posted by: Joe Bar at June 20, 2021 07:31 PM (IWGt1)

284 Here's another vote for USAA insurance. Every interaction with them has been super smooth. Their other financial services, not so much.

Posted by: Joe Bar at June 20, 2021 07:39 PM (IWGt1)

285 Schlage! We replaced all the brass door knobs with bronze lever sets. Except the patio french doors where we have installed shutters, the door levers were too large so we put in round door knobs. Fast forward a few years and a bit of arthritis set in and gripping the round knob became difficult.

I contacted Schlage thru Twitter DM about purchasing just an egg shaped knob to replace the round ones. Got a reply that they only sell the complete door set but asked when I purchased the originals... many years ago I told them. They asked for my address and sent me four!! new door knob sets with the egg shape! Free!!

Terrific customer service which I was not expecting and is now making me very happy I purchased Schlage for all the interior and exterior doors.

Posted by: Sunny at June 21, 2021 01:01 AM (mxZhO)

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