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Harbor Freight Drill Presses are Junk

Recently I found the need for a Drill Press, and not wanting to spending TOO much, and the only place I knew of that had the larger ones, was Harbor Freight.

One thing that has always bothered me about Harbor Freight (herein refered to as HF) is that their tools run the gamut from complete junk to gems, so getting something that will last is always a crapshoot.

Companies like HF run a unique business model that I view as greedy – they take very low cost Chinese products and then jack up the price in magnitudes of up to the thousands and resell it to the American public. So what was originally $40 when sold to the company is now $300 sold to you.

But when it comes to more expensive tools like the Drill Press, more care should be taken in the quality control department.
The press I bought had VERY rough castings – you could see imperfections everywhere, the holes in the base weren’t straight and chipped. It wobbled. Drill presses have 3 main pieces that affect how well it will drill straight for the most part – the bearings, the quill, the stem and the chuck. The pulley for the stem itself was horrible . It wobbled very noticeably. The stem had obviously not been machined properly, you could see it wobbling in the bearing, and the chuck itself.

This unit should have never been shipped. When I checked runout – it was 0.12-0.14. Absoulutely horrible and on the verge of drilling oblong holes.

While I am aware HF is not “quality”, I expect better than this for $300.

This usually shows two things: That the master casting is getting quite worn or there has been no attempt at casting cleanup, or the very least to remove pieces of flash, and that the tooling used to machine the parts is very worn or is being done by hand, in a major rush or by inexperienced labor.

So be careful if your buying a Drill Press at HF – you may be returning it – more than once.


April 7, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Q-Bond – not what is seems

Scotty Kilmer and a few others out there have been hawking a new “miracle” plastic repair product: Q-Bond.

It claims to fix anything and make it “just as strong as the original” with it’s “reinforcing powders”.

I fell for the marketing on this one also. It does work well, but that was until I found a post on a board that someone claimed: It’s just baking soda.

And he was right!

When you add baking soda & superglue together, it creates an exothermic (heat) reaction, and it turns rock-hard (hehehe…). This product is actually colored baking soda & plastic bits mixed in. Nothing new, but certainly the inventor gets a A for ingenuity on how to sell an old trick to people…

So, save yourself a bunch of money unless you need grey & black colored baking soda – just use dollar store superglue and some Arm and Hammer.
Problem solved!

March 26, 2018 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

PurpleAir PHP Widget Download

Due to a lack of PurpleAir investing in their product, I have decided to write a Widget so that I can display the Air quality on my website and not have to have visitors click the link to their site.

It is written in PHP.




You can get it at:

If you have any questions please email me at


December 30, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Android phones offering Root in 2017

Recently my LG G4 bit the dust, and I have been rooting my Android phones since 2.3. When I got my G4, it appeared rooting and using other things were starting to get more difficult.

Now, things have changed over the last 2 years.

Locked bootloaders and encrypted filesystems are the norm, as well as many changes apparent in Android.

No matter what carrier your on (but Verizon, espicially) and no matter what phone you choose, rooting your phone is just about impossible now.

The only phone that has any hope of rooting and custom ROMs is either older phones, or the newer Google Pixel phones. These have root and custom ROMs available.

So, that’s about your only choice nowadays.
Now, if you know of ones that I don’t, please let me know in the comments! 🙂

August 7, 2017 Posted by | Computers, General | Leave a comment

Think twice about YourMechanic


If your thinking of using YourMechanic, and want to use your own parts (I do, because I control the quality of the part going into my car) vs. them supplying whatever they choose, you may want to think twice.

I decided to read thru the Warranty they offer incase anything goes sideways, and found this nice little entry:

This Limited Warranty is entirely void when:

Any parts not ordered through YourMechanic are installed by the mechanic

That makes NO FUCKING SENSE whatsoever. Not warrantying the parts I understand and am totally fine with, but the WORKMANSHIP should be warrantied. That basically means your out your money if the guy does a shitty job installing something or breaks your car.

Not only that – but they charge you $20 to use your own parts. Hmm…get dinged for using your own stuff, and lose the warranty. Nope.

While services like YourMechanic are a good idea, a policy like that is just pure BS.


May 8, 2017 Posted by | Cars, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

IPB Forum Error Fix

Are you getting this error?

Warning: Base directory HTML_PURIFIER_PATHcache/tmp does not exist, please create or change using %Cache.SerializerPath in /ips_kernel/HTMLPurifier/HTMLPurifier/DefinitionCache/Serializer.php on line 133

I searched the web trying to find a fix, only to find more posts with the problem.

Luckily, I came across one post that did have a fix.

Here you guys go:


Open /admin/sources/base/ipsRegistry.php and search for:

 # Define cache path define ('IPS_CACHE_PATH', (! Empty (ipsRegistry :: $ settings ['ipb _cache_path']))? IpsRegistry :: $ settings ['ipb _cache_path']: DOC_IPS_ROOT_PATH);  


 if (! defined ('HTML_PURIFIER_PATH'))    


Please comment if this helped you 🙂

March 29, 2015 Posted by | Computers | , , | 2 Comments

Javascript not working with Webbrowser control in VB.NET? Fixed.


I actually ran into this the first time yesterday – the Webbrower control works, but any page with JavaScript would never work right. Here’s the issue:

For some reason, VB runs the control in IE7 compatibility mode. See here:


It all has to do with Permissions Microsoft added in IE7. Yes, you can view standard webpages and such, but as soon as it tries to run JS or anything else it tends to hit a wall because of the Permissions Microsoft added.

This was actually a big problem back when IE7 came out – addins for IE wouldn’t work anymore, some programs that relied on IE for certain things didn’t work anymore either, and the solution is the same as the one I am posting, although it was done by hand in the registry by the user for whatever app they had installed.

I followed a page about the issue to some code which fixes the issue here:


The code is in C#, but I converted it for (and have posted it at the end of this explanation).

Once I implemented this code and checked real quick, everything was fixed.

Just a FYI.

Click here to download the Code

In the Form’s New() method, you need to add:


under the InitializeComponent() statement, or it won’t work.

I hope this helps people.

February 17, 2015 Posted by | Computers | , , | Leave a comment

Tips on loading Safariland COMP Speedloaders

I recently created a video for Youtube on how to easily load the COMP I/II series speedloaders from Safariland.

Some people have said they are difficult to load, and while they were for me when I started, I quickly found a foolproof way to make it easy – so have a watch!

November 29, 2014 Posted by | Guns | Leave a comment

The Walking Dead Rick’s Holster & Belt Gear

walkingdead For those of you who have been looking for the EXACT gear Rick wore on The Walking Dead TV series, I am proud to present you an EXACT list of the equipment. When you are going to this level, you are actually buying equipment that actual police officers use, so it is NOT cheap, so be forewarned.

Rick is wearing a 4 inch holster for a 6 inch Python revolver, and that is why the barrel sticks out below the holster. Oversight by the filmmakers or not, there is much debate.

Outside of all of that, all of these items I list CAN be had for different models of guns – including all 38 specials, 357 magnums, etc. – just contact or order from Tex Shoemaker’s website and they will more than likely be able to do it. I have had my “Rick” holster done for a 4 inch S&W 686.

But onto the details – here you go!


Exact reproduction is Tex Shoemaker & Sons Sam Browne Belt, Basketweave Style, Chrome buckle, Fully Lined. Sized to fit your waist.

However, any standard Same Browne, Basketweave Style, Chrome Buckles belt will work.


Exact reproduction (and was actually made for the show by!) is Tex Shoemaker & Sons, Model #43A, “Walking Dead Zombie Holster”. Can be made for most revolvers. Black basketweave w/ chrome snaps.

Speedloaders & Speedloader pouches:

Exact pouches are the standard HKS Speedloader “Medium” size pouch, Basketweave style, chrome snaps.
The exact speedloader is HKS Model “PYA” for the 6 Shot Python.

Can be found in various places, including local gun stores. The Python speedloaders may need to be ordered directly via HKS.

Handcuff pouch:

For the earlier episodes, it is again a Tex Shoemaker & Sons, Model #204, Black Basketweave style. Chrome snaps. The handcuffs themselves are unknown, but any Police-quality chain-link cuffs from S&W, Peerless, or Hiatts work fine.

However, any standard black basketweave style Handcuff pouch will work.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment, or email me.

August 17, 2014 Posted by | Guns, Other | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Recipe Book: Three more Bachelor “Very Easy & Cheap eats”

Beef & Rice-A-Roni (feeds 1 to 2)

    • 1 Package of Rice-A-Roni “Quick Serve” Beef flavor (prepare per directions)
    • 1/2 or 1 pound Ground Beef, cooked

Cook the Ground Beef, and throw it into the Rice-A-Roni Beef when both are done. Very tasty, and cheap!. Recommended to serve with canned Del Monte’s French Style w/Roasted Garlic Greens beans, or drained cut carrots.

Chicken & Fettuccini Alfredo (feeds 2)

    • 1 Package of Lipton/Knorr “Fetuccine Alfredo” Noodles
      • Add additional noodles to make a more heartier meal
    • 1 Package of Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Chunks
      • Microwave for 30 seconds in a small bowl

After the noodles & sauce have cooked, throw the chicken chunks in and mix. It’s now Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo! Add pepper for a twist. Recommended with drained canned Carrots for a side.

Bachelor’s Dinner Salad (feeds 1 to 2)

    • 1/2 to 1 Package of “Fresh Express” Lettuce Trio
    • 1 Package of Tyson Grilled & Ready Diced Chicken Chunks
      • Microwave for 30 seconds in a small bowl
    • 1 Whole Tomato, your choice of kind, cut into quarter or third chunks
    • Hidden Valley Ranch “Lite” dressing
    • Hormel or equivalent Bacon Bits
    • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Ranch, Bacon Bits and Cheese quantities to your taste, or add additional things to your taste & Enjoy!

August 4, 2014 Posted by | Food | Leave a comment

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