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04-02-2007 11:24 PM
sailingdog Yes, unfortunately, I have seen about four different layouts of the damn places... makes shopping at them much harder. The ones up here in Massachusetts are laid out a bit differently than the ones I used to shop at down in Virginia. And some of the ones here, are slightly different than the others nearby—not as different as the ones in Virginia, but enough to throw you off.
04-02-2007 11:20 PM
sailaway21 Dog,
Have you ever seen one that was different? that's part of Big Box 101. You are supposed to be able to walk in to one anywhere in the country and go right to the area you need.

I'd be willing to entertain a little wager that anyone can follow my directions and find the item in question at any Home Depot, without sales person help. Hmmmm?
04-02-2007 10:40 PM
sailingdog LOL... good thing too... otherwise, when he got older, having him as crew would really up the funny looking factor... as it is right now, he kind of compensates for his old man.
04-02-2007 10:36 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog
Ahh... so he gets his curiousity from his father, but his brains from his mother...
exactly, fortunately he got his looks from her too.
04-02-2007 10:35 PM
sailingdog Ahh... so he gets his curiousity from his father, but his brains from his mother...
04-02-2007 10:31 PM
tenuki Well, he's 6 so _theoretically_ he can be voice activated and controlled and has enough sense not to harm himself deliberately. Unfortunately he's blessed with the insatiable tenuki curiosity gene which seems to override good sense and caution with alarming regularity.

He does have some sailor in him though. His first project after I gave him his own color rope to play with was to construct a rope trailing off the stern, and I quote "So if someone falls into the water they can grab it and not go down into davy jone's locker." Always with the solutions that one, tell him about a problem and that little mind latches on and starts working on it....

Anyway, thanks for all the great tips folks, keep em coming, sounds like next weekend is scheduled.
04-02-2007 10:28 PM
sailortjk1 Started sailing with my daughters at 18 months. They get into everything. You have to constantly watch them.
Your son will try to put his grips on anything within his reach.
Be careful. Winches can be especially interesting. After all they make noise when you turn them.
04-02-2007 10:25 PM
sailingdog Sailaway-

You're making the very bad assumption that all Home Depots are setup in a similar fashion... good advice on cutting off the bolts... definitely want to keep something on there to reform the threads. BTW, helps to use a grinding wheel to chamfer the end a bit, and get rid of the nasty sharp piece that inevitably forms on the end of the bolt when you re-form the threads.
04-02-2007 10:20 PM
sailaway21 For the ends of bolts sticking out past the nuts; Home Depot has the plastic covers that are the same type of thread protector you see on equipment that is shipped. Sort of a prophylactic for the end of the bolt, except you don't unroll it, it's already stiff. They're cheap and come red.

Now the difficult part. Nobody there is going to be able to find them for you, except your faithful servant (that'd be me) is going to tell you where they are at. Go to the machine screw and bolt aisle. Just when you are at the end of the bolts, you will see some clear plastic, tip-out boxes, in a rack. There are cork and rubber plugs, as well as spacers, in the same display. They are in there-I forget what they call them, but you only have about forty little bins to look through. They just push on over the bolt end.

btw, if you're cutting off a too long bolt, it's a good idea to put an extra nut on it before you cut it off. After cutting to length, back the nut off, and that will clean up the end of the bolt and thread for you. You may schwanz some nuts doing it but, at least you'll have clean threads in the future for when you take the nut off and have to re-use it.
04-02-2007 08:42 PM
robbathurstnb I know about those clipped plastic ties...they are vicious. The previous owner of my boat used them to secure netting to the lifelines....dumb idea!!!
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