Every once in awhile I win one

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  1. PileOParts

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    Anybody ever have one of those piss-ant little jobs go right?

    After wiring the Buffalo Brand horn I cross-threaded the hole for the left-side seat bolt. Damned easy to do screwing steel into aluminum. But today I found the right metric tap the first place I went; got the seat off (after the trunk box and one pannier) without incident, successfully cleaned the threads, and put everything back together without having to backtrack or gouging paint. It went exactly like it should have. Every once in a great while I win one. I'm the guy who will find all seven wrong ways to do something that has five wrong ways to do it before I happen on the right way.

    Incidentally, it's damned easy to cross-thread those holes, and we use them every time we access the battery. Y'all get all three seat bolts started before you tighten any one, y'heah?


     
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    That is awesome to hear... I love those little victories!!!!
     
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    Slow down brother. At least you didnt drive them in with a BFH, and now you know where that flippin tap is
     
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    I need to tap out one of my seat bolt holes as well. What was size was the tap? I need to get one.
     
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    M8. You'll find you can't use a normal tap wrench. Its rotation is blocked by the crash bar. I "felt" mine in carefully by hand, got it well seated, and then turned it with a pliers. It'll turn easily.
     
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    Sorry,to say we must have offended the same gods, this crap happens to me all the time. I'm the guy that has to fix something before I can work on the original project I started,complete bummer.

    Nothing is ever easy for me. I can look at a piece of wood while holding a hammer and the wood will start splitting (LOL).
     
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    If you'll cut the points off the nails they won't split the wood. Just be careful not to pinch you palm with the cutters.
     
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    I've tried that trick and the wood still split. I can screw up ANYTHING. And fast.:eek::p:D:rolleyes:
     
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    Take one of your bolts with you Xrays because from memory M8 tapes come in different pitches. You don't want to buy the wrong one and strip the thread completely,.....
    Alpal
     
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    If all else fails, Helicoil or Threaded insert it.
     
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    That actually is what I did. And now that the pitch question has come up, I think she muttered "standard M8." But yes, taking the bolt for a match is the best practice. Good point, well raised.
     
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    Well, now, if you're trying to nail a quarter-inch fir slat with a 16-penny nail .. . .

    If not, maybe some KY Jelly?
     
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    Duck tape!
     
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    Or even duct tape.
     
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    Shoot you guys should work with the people I work with...these folks could break an anvil...
     
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    Used to have a friend, a highly intelligent ordained minister, who was more terrifying with a screwdriver in his hand than an Arab in a suicide vest.
     
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    Gaff tape would work well also. I still have a couple rolls that I appropriated when I was working in the music business.
     
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    "Gaff tape"? New one on me. Used to treat Hoof And Mouth disease? Oh, wait -- that's "gaffe," I believe.
     
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    Never heard of it but looks like black duct tape to me. Expensive stuff. Is that where this Flex-Seal got it's start I wonder.
     
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    Isn't "gaffer" an older version of "roadie"? Or something from circus setup-takedown?

    Ah: what I was remembering is Merriam-Webster's 4th definition: a lighting electrician on a motion-picture or television set
     
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