world famous bobski mystery thing, pic #252

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by bobski, May 3, 2013.

  1. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    looks like a handle, but its a spring to something.
    any ideas?
     

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  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Do you actually know what these things are and you're quizzing us or do you not know what they are, either?
     

  3. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Is it rigid or does it flex?
     
  4. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    i have no clue, winds.
    read pic 234 for the history and why.

    does not flex, thus it must be a handle.
     
  5. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Handle for an oven pan?
     
  6. therewolf

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    My guess it's to lift something at a factory which is hot.

    The coil isn't for spring loading, it's to deflect heat from the

    obvious handle. Look for something with @ 1/4" round holes

    at the proper interval in it's sides . . .;)
     
  7. jimogden1984

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    Handle to a camp stove or pot...something of that sort
     
  8. willshoum

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    Maybe the handle to remove the lids from dutch ovens, or the hot plates from the old wood burning stoves..............
     
  9. dango

    dango Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Wow Bobski , how old do you think this stuff is..! I thought I new a lot about most furniture , but , guess I don,t..!

    With a little ingenuity , I could find my own uses for most of this , but what they really are , no clue..!
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I'll bet that's it. I think I vaguely remember my grandmother having something like that.
     
  11. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    dad was a carpenter in new england. houses there are still old. some date back to the 1600's. many people collect homes like old cars and pay premiums for carpenters using only hand tools. some purists dont like circular saw marks in their 400 year old wood. honest. dad was good at fixing old things the old way. thus, all his handtools.

    to understand the kind of dad he was, he'd pull out an old 300 year old nail and say to me, look son...this nail hasnt seen the sun in 300 years and it was still holding.

    i was never allowed to use electric tools. he forbid it. the first time i used a power tool was after i was in the navy. but even then, working on planes required only hand tools.
    i fit right in.
    so as it was, when dad would remodel homes, sometimes in order toget to a tree limb that crashed thru a roof, he'd have to go thru tons of attic stuff in the owners homes to get to the damage area. he'd offer to throw it out for them. most of the time the owners were grateful since he had a truck and he was willing......and the rest is history.
     
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  12. willshoum

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    Insight.............

    What others thought of as clutter and useless your father had the brains to see a gold mine......I can hear him now.... Someday.......;)
     
  13. 303tom

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  14. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    its very stiff. we are thinking its a handle.
     
  15. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    i figured this one out while i was in the garden today. i looked down and there it was.
    unless you have a plastic one, i'll bet everyone one of you that has a yard has one.
    go look in your shed.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Ack!!! It's the thingy that holds the tines on a leaf rake!!! It gives the tines some "bounce" when raking. Kind of like a rake shock absorber.
     
  17. gr8oldguy

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    Looks like it would hold a mop head. More likely it's a secret device planted by the government to spy on gun owners. It's a good thing I don't have any guns.
     
  18. purehavoc

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    Ya know I did this for a guy once and he had something he had no clue what it was, I knew what is was and I wanted it , so after all my work to getting it running and figuring out what it was worth and making him a offer he wouldnt sell it to me. Butt Hole sold it on ebay . He brought me some other stuff again , I told him to get lost . :confused:
    It was a old steel alcohol engine
    [​IMG]
     
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  19. Sonic82

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    It's a ruler.
     
  20. bobski

    bobski Active Member Sponsor

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    leaf rake spring it is!
    bingo!