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sdgengineer
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Re: STEALING your thunder....
sdgengineer   9/9/2013 4:56:24 PM
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As a person who is both an engineer and an amatuer leather worker, I found the pattern for my perfect wallet, and made it myself.  I have also made three purses for my wife....A word of warning; Unless you get your wife's complete feedback during the design, she will not like the purse.  I have also made my wife a couple of wallets, and checkbook covers.  Those are OK, and she still carrys those.  She carried the first purse I made her about a year, the second one she carried about 7 years, and got several very nice comments on it.  Alias she found one (a Fossil) that she liked better, and now she carries that one.  I have offered to make one exactly like she wants, and when we go to places that have quality leather purses (Coach, Picard, Fossil, etc) I look at them, and see how they are made, and most importantly where the pockets are, and the layout. However it is a personal choice, driven by quality of materials, color, style, and functionality.  The one thing I did do right on all her purses was incorporating a place for her to carry her cell phone, so she did not need to dig for it.   

William K.
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Why assemble it that way?
William K.   9/7/2013 9:36:15 PM
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If the manifold crashes with the house wall, it is probably because it was never intended to be that close. The simple fix is to separate the manifold from the timer. Consider the mechanical leverage and the added torque against the connection at the faucet. Put the manifold down amongst the plants and hoses, rather than hanging all of those hoses off of the one connection. Set them on the ground, instead.

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Re: STEALING your thunder....
OLD_CURMUDGEON   9/6/2013 9:50:33 AM
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Howdy BOB from MAINE & CRITIC: 

Two things-----

#1)  I'm in the Tampa area, and there's NOT too many tack shops around here that I know of.... maybe in the hinterlands, but I don't travel into central FLA too often.  This wallet is made of ballistic nylon.  That was one of the reasons I was attracted to it in the first place, and it is a trifold design w/ Velco closure flaps.  I can't remember the manufacturer, and the label wore off years ago, but they are a reputable manufacturer of articles, located on the West Coast somewhere, but as my memory serves me, it wasn't Calif.  Maybe Washington St.????

#2)  It's not the money-spending so much as the rigors of being in a dungarees back pocket of an slightly overweight seasoned citizen that's more to blame.  And, to be honest, it isn't in shreds, but there are a few loose ends that I would like to get repaired.  And, I don't have a back-up wallet, and the thought of having to remove all the contents to go to a shoemaker or sewing place is causing me much anxiety.

#3)  Actually, I don't know where I can get a decent replacement wallet.  I'm NOT inclined to go to the local WAL*MART(s) since I know they'll have a bunch of CHINESE junk, and I'm NOT enthused about venturing into the local mall with DILLARDS or MACY*S, etc.  A person can get seriously maimed by all those senior citizens running up & down the aisles w/ their "speedsters".  The anniversary of my birth is coming soon, as well as CHRISTmas, so maybe I'll drop the hint, and let someone else deal w/ the mobs!!!

VAYA con DIOS!

 

Critic
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Re: What does it look like?
Critic   9/6/2013 9:04:03 AM
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The instructions are available online, in the form of a .pdf file that can be downloaded.  It is not clear to me exactly how the manifold/time assembly interfered with the wall.  A sketch or picture of your actual installation would have been helpful.  This was an interesting story, though, thanks for submitting it!

Critic
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Re: STEALING your thunder....
Critic   9/6/2013 8:57:01 AM
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Stop spending so much money, you Old Curmudgeon, then your wallet won't wear out! ;-)

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: STEALING your thunder....
Ann R. Thryft   8/29/2013 2:23:14 PM
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bob from maine, what a great idea. There are also craftspeople who make quality purses and wallets and other leather goods, but not horse tack.

bob from maine
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Re: STEALING your thunder....
bob from maine   8/28/2013 2:56:49 PM
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Not germaine to the sprinkler conversation, but for wallets and purses I searched-out a local horse tack shop, found a saddle-maker who copied what I thought was the perfect wallet. The cost isn't that much more and I get exactly what I want. I'm working on a purse for my wife. I'm not sure either of these is perfect but it gives me great satisfaction to support a local artisan and deny a sale to whomever it is that is selling Chinese knock-offs. 

CLMcDade
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Re: What does it look like?
CLMcDade   8/28/2013 2:06:35 PM
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Sorry to everyone that got confused by the post description.  And for my lack of follow-up.  But I was on a week's vacation and pretty much ignored the laptop and the internet (except for the Doppler images tracking the nearby potential-tornadic cell).

I thought I'd respond to Bob's post because he gave me credit for my ability to utilize every component provided to accomplish the job.  There were no loose parts when I finished assembling the unit the first time... unless you count the whole assembly being loose from the water spigot.

The link that Ken L. provided shows two photos of the unit, one in pieces and two, attached to the house.  The first is pretty much all they provide by way of instructions, by the way.  But bad instructions are pretty much a consumer staple now, so I didn't bother mentioning that.

 





But in the meantime - the manifold by itself fit the spigot just fine. If I remember correctly, so did the timer by itself.  But as you can see in the assembled and attached on the spigot photo, the manifold attaches to the back of the timer and this added thickness created the interference wtih the wall.  

The company photo above shows it hooked up (note that the manifold is up against the wall), but it did not fit on my wall spigot.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: STEALING your thunder....
Ann R. Thryft   8/28/2013 1:25:56 PM
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OLD_CURMUDGEON I don't think that's trivial at all. I've heard that complaint about replacing wallets from many guys. And I have a similar one about women's purses. Aside from the problem of finding a good design, I've learned to pay for better materials, specifically higher-quality leather: it lasts a lot longer. I also take care of it, with saddle soap and polish, since I learned that about riding boots when I was a kid.

OLD_CURMUDGEON
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Re: STEALING your thunder....
OLD_CURMUDGEON   8/28/2013 8:35:44 AM
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Ann,

You might think this is trivial, and maybe it is, but one of the items on MY list has always been a man's wallet.  Over the many decades, I've had some GREAT wallets, and when they wore out, I could never find a similar replacement.  I'm now faced with this exact dilemma.  Several years ago, we went to an "outlet" mall, and I bought two items.  A SEIKO watch for everyday use & a ballistic nylon tri-fold wallet.  Well, the SEIKO watch finally died earlier this year.  No problem.  I think it was only about $50 new, and the wallet is starting to frazzle.  I found the original "lifetime" warranty card from the manufacturer, and called them.  Their response?  They no longer market these wallet products, and so the ONLY remedy they could provide was that I should ship the item to them, and their repair dept. would attempt to make a repair, but NOT with any guarantee of success.  One ray of sunshine on the horizon...... my birthday & CHRISTmas is coming soon...... maybe they'll be a ballistic nylon in my stocking hung by the fireplace.......

ADIOS!

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