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1: Pliers Hold Stuff Really, Really Tight Youth gripping his front teeth with a pair of pliers Wow, amazeballs. 2: They Can Also Cut Cables Pair of pliers cutting wire That is so multitaskingly cool. 3: Side-Cutters Are NOT Pliers A pair of side cutters No no no no no. 4: Neither Are Pincers A pair of pincers …

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Ow!

My teeth hurt

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WTF?

Next weeks article :

9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About Screwdrivers !

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Re: Next weeks article :

One thing I can tell you, if you've just installed an HP blade enclosure and you're wondering where you're going to get a torx driver to screw it it. Don't fret! Just jam a Phillips head (ideally one that belongs to someone you don't like) in there and tighten away!

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Which screws are you talking about?

For the smaller ones in the enclosure, components and blades you should find one tucked into the back of the enclosure somewhere I think. Not 100% sure, though the 1u - 4u Proliants definitely come with one.

As far the Torx heads on the screws which hold the enclosure into the rack, they're thumbscrews. Surely finger tight is good enough there?

As for using a Phillips head. No, you'll ruin it. Which is a shame even if it belongs to someone you don't like. As an alternative a suitably sized flat head screwdriver will fit across the inside of a Torx head and allow you to tighten it, albeit carefully. Some Torx heads even have extra groves outside the Torx area to allow you to use a large flat head.

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"As far the Torx heads on the screws which hold the enclosure into the rack, they're thumbscrews"

'Rack', 'Thumbscrews', So HP's part of the Spanish Inquisition?

I wasn't expecting that!

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Tell me Phil W, does everyone at your office call you something along the lines of "Phil, Phil he's Mr Buzzkill"?!

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Re: HP and Spanish inquisition...

You've probably never worked with HPs servers...

Trust me, they've all been designed to inflict pain on anyone who dares touch them.

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You've made me renew my subscription.

I think we need a regular listyrical feature - nails should be coming into season soon. And nails mean nail guns!

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Re: You've made me renew my subscription.

I think they're called Listicles acshully!

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Re: You've made me renew my subscription.

Hmmmm...

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Re: You've made me renew my subscription.

Lesticles?

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Additional plier query

How is it that all the pliers I buy and keep in an air conditioned server room always manage to start going rusty in a matter of weeks?

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Re: Additional plier query

Must be draper ones. They are really made out of compressed childs toys...

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Re: Additional plier query

They use unseasoned metal. Seasoning during the recycling process removes the moisture residue, which is 95% kiddy tears.

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Re: Additional plier query

Because your servers are crying.

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Re: Additional plier query

Do they compress the child just so they can steal its toys. Seems a bit harsh.

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Re: Additional plier query - unseasoned metal

You probably jest, but metallurgical examination of inferior tools after they've broken reveals all kinds of stuff. Water-filled cracks in castings due to the attempt to speed up the process by dropping them in cold water instead of allowing them to cool isn't uncommon.

Car manufacturers used to treat their crappy porous cast iron castings by immersing them in a solution of sodium silicate in water, which then was allowed to dry and blocked the pores. The weakness in the castings, of course, was unaffected.

Maybe not 95% kiddy tears but certainly metallurgist misery.

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Pliers cause pain

Accidentally pinching the web of skin between your thumb and index finger whilst using pliers hurts like a bastard!

Before you ask - No I do not have webbed fingers.

Also - if you are unfamiliar with the phrase 'hurts like a bastard', try pinching your skin with pliers and all will be revealed.

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Re: Pliers cause pain

That reminds me of the EHT dance. Everyone knows the moves and the words but doesn't realize it. Then one day tinkering with a car, you get a shock from an EHT lead and the information comes magically to hand.

The dance involves jumping up and down while slowly spinning around and violently shaking the shocked hand while trying to put it under the opposite armpit without stopping shaking it.

The words (shouted in time with the jumps) are Bastard, Bastard, Bastard.

Everyone I've ever seen shocked by an EHT lead has reacted exactly the same way.

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Re: Pliers cause pain

The maintenance department at the ITV station I was employed by contemplated getting a calibrated mat so they could measure EHT voltage by how far their summer student jumped every time he got a shock...

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Re: EHT Dance

In what might be a first for the Internet, I actually did LOL, out loud, and everything (it was the words in time with the dance what done it).

getting funny looks now, must dash.

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Re: Pliers cause pain

Yes I too did a genuine officelol. Have a click and a virtual pint!

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Re: EHT Dance

Heh heh heh. Nice try - mine's the diesel one...

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You missed the obvious

They are great at opening drinks tins etc when the tab breaks off or corned beef if you loose the key

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Re: You missed the obvious

Ah - the classic internet spelling of "lose". Thanks for keeping tradition alive.

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Re: You missed the obvious

Hence the old proverb, "love and marriage goes together like corned-beef and pliers"

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Re: loose the key.

That's loose as in "let loose the hounds of hell". There are nine things about corned beef keys you just wouldn't want to know.

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Missed opportunity here

we could have had cladogram of pliers, with long nose, slip joint, round nose, circlip ....

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Re: Missed opportunity here

Have +5 internet points for the first time I've seen "cladogram" used outside a serious discussion of evolutionary biology :-)

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Re: Missed opportunity here

There is pretty good evidence of pliers existing many millions of years in the past (grippy marks on bones, handle prints in clay etc.) but there is no known fossil example older than the early plierstocene; the species Inuria illegitimus.

There is considerable debate on when the wire stripper first evolved and whether the centre ring with cutter blade is an entirely separate species to the one with the wire cutter built in to the handle end. Determining the point of evolutionary divergence is difficult particularly when considered along side the first appearance of the knurled nut gripping ring, as the KNGR may or not appear alongside both types.

It's a fascinating subject.

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Re: Missed opportunity here

I suspect the diversity may have arisen from evolutionary pressure due to predation by the larger and more dominant mole grips. In a direct fight, there's only one possible outcome.

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Never 6ft away from pliers

You are never 6ft away from a set of pliers...

Unless you really need a set of pliers.

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Re: Never 6ft away from pliers

Being within 6ft of pliers is all very well. It's being able to reach the bastards after you're dropped them, for the second time, down a chute which you have to disassemble to retrieve them. Usually you'll require pliers to disassemble this chute...

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Re: Never 6ft away from pliers

Indeed. Spanners are wider at both ends than the middle, so one can tie a long string to them. Adjustable wrenches usually have a hole in the handle for the same purpose. But pliers ....

Why isn't the proverb "Pliers in the works" not "A spanner in the works"?

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Re: Never 6ft away from pliers

Because, in the great days of trade union printing, if the lads were having a spot of bother negotiating a sudden attack of overtime due to the lead story being a hot one, implying that someone was going to want a lot of copies, someone might accidentally drop a spanner in the press machinery causing a pressing need to hand out lots of fivers to the lads. Pliers might cause the kind of damage that meant nobody got paid at all that night.

People who curse their LaserJets just have no idea of their good fortune.

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Murphy's Law of Selective Gravitation

A dropped pair of pliers will fall on the exact point where they will do most damage.

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Re: Never 6ft away from pliers

"You are never 6ft away from a set of pliers...Unless you really need a set of pliers.

I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of this, which the comment box is too narrow to contain.

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They gave Darwin the idea for his evolution hypothesis...

As they come with a variety of noses adapted to a specific tasks, e.g. a heavy duty crushing action, delicate retrieval from deep inaccessible locations, bent at a variety of angles etc.

He quickly redrafted his paper and said he got the idea from watching finches, because that was more acceptable to his cousin (and later wife) than trying to explain what he was doing spending all his time in the garden shed.

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The SOG paratool

is excellent for pulling nose hairs.

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Re: The SOG paratool

I have to confirm that this is true.

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Friday is early this week

Soldering irons next week? The butane ones can be pretty sexy.

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Soldering irons next week?

that'd descend into pure porn in a few pics. Soldering stations, wave baths, vacuum desoldering tools which look like a Star Trek hypo-spray.

And we'd have to deal with USAians saying "sodder" :(

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No mention of the "Giant flying pliers" that "menace West Bromwich" (hint, it's in the register)

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I thought those were actually side-cutters...

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Don't stir it. That argument got quite heated last time around.

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Did I miss something? Are you referring to a to-do about "dikes"?

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Please, Please

Can we have these informative series of articles in A3 laminated poster format !

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Which reminds me..

I need to buy the missus a mini Leatherman for her next birthday.

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Re: Which reminds me..

She doesn't like anything large in her toolbox?

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Re: Which reminds me..

Nothing she can't handle with one hand no.

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