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Forum topic by rsdowdy posted 06-09-2011 06:12 PM 1253 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2011 06:12 PM

I know everyone has stories. Mines is not bad. Just got a Grizzly G0490 8” Jointer yesterday and put it all together last nite. Its 2AM and I wanted to fire it up but and the last thing I had to do was the plug. Now I bought a plug, but I bought the 5-20A and needed the 6-20A….so can’t fire up the machine until tonight. (I thought about taking the plug off the tablesaw, but, it’s 2am, I ~can~ wait until tomorrow night. Hmmm… almost lunch time…)


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#1 posted 06-09-2011 06:21 PM

I did the same thing with my 990lb. bandsaw. I mention the weight because after moving it, I wanted to see it go! Needed new outlet…turns out was wired into the sub wrong. Got new outlet….cord too short. Got new cord…bought wrong plug. Got right plug…saw was miswired. I feel your pain, brother.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 07:00 PM

I know what you mean. When I set up my jointer several years ago I was in a hurry to fire it up. I thought it was kind of chintzy that Powermatic only supplied a 2 foot cord with the tool but I went ahead and ran an extension cord to it. When I started the jointer up it only ran for a few seconds before shutting down. It seems that I neglected to check to see that the excess power cord was wrapped around the lower pulley and when I fired it up the jointer, it cut the power cord. Of course this meant waiting until the next day to make a trip to Lowe’s to buy some cord and matching plugs so that I could replace the cord that I cut.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 09:54 PM

Scott, Yep those darn short cords will get you every time. Been there done that before. But I will never tell anyone that would pass it on.

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 10:01 PM

Since were all making our confessions…........A while ago I was putting in a 20 amp 220 volt out let fairly simple right?
Three wires, Black and white to circuit breaker and the ground to the main ground bus bar.Get it all hooked up and flip the beaker to on.BRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.”What the blank !Go back to HD and talk to the guy in electrical.He says, what out let did you use,”well I used this 3 prong twist lock type”.The next thing he says is “you color blind?I thought he was being a smart @#$. Well it turns out there is a green screw for the ground.HUMMMMM oops!I thought it was for the black lead.On 15 amp 110 out lets there are two screws on one side and a ground down and off to the left side, not on this twist lock out let!
The guy tells me that he had an employee that was colored blind and he made him a lot of money and lost him just about as much.This color blind employee ran about 5oo yards of wire in a high rise that he thought was green but infact it was gray.I will stick with wood!

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 11:40 PM

My “whoops” actually just happened this morning. I was installing a Vega fence on my table saw, and got ‘er all mounted up before I realized that the rear rail interfered with the miter tracks just enough to prevent them from being used with my sled. Not a big deal, except that to install the rear rail I had to drill into the table.

SOOOOO, I had to drill new mounting holes below the other ones. But it doesn’t end there- lowering the rail wouldn’t happen as the legs on the saw prevented it from going any lower….

SOOOOO, I had to bust out the angle grinder and notch out the rail so that it would clear the legs.


-- -Steve, Seattle

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 11:54 PM

Electricity is fun to play with. I remember changing out a ballast and I was on a 18 Foot ladder. Next thing I remember is looking at the ceiling as I was laid out on the floor and 20 minutes had passed. I don’t recall getting shocked or even falling off the ladder. And yes. I was sore all over. Who knew that a ballast could hold a charge for hours after you turned off the breaker box?


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#7 posted 06-10-2011 01:55 AM

rsdowdy…..........LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL1. that story is really funny but I am glad your OK!

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#8 posted 06-10-2011 04:22 AM

OK, since there are all of these confessions, here’s mine.

Quite a few years ago I was drilling holes with a spade bit in the floor joists for a romex cable. I had been working all day at my real job and was trying to do this in the evening and was tired (at least thats the excuse I’m using.)

After drilling about a half dozen holes, I ran upstairs to answer the phone. When I came back down I started again but the bit wasnt cutting very well and appeared to be getting dull. I sharpened it and still not much help. I jumped in the truck and ran over to the hardware store and bought another. Still didnt work….couldnt for the life of me figure out what was going on…I figured I must be getting tired. Tried it one more time and then I noticed the bit wasn’t spinning in the right direction. Apparently while I went upstairs to answer the phone my 5 year old son was looking at the drill and switched it into reverse and I didnt notice it. Decided right then it was time for bed :-)

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 06-10-2011 06:44 AM

Thanks Chippy. I have ummm other stories, but later. Got the jointer up and running and it was so cool that the boards were sticking to the top of the router.

Hey Snowy…now that’s funny!


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Bill J. Griffin

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#10 posted 06-10-2011 06:57 AM

I hate that … A new toy and I can’t play with it!! Arghh!! lol

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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philip marcou

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#11 posted 06-10-2011 07:38 AM

Royal, just for your own information: those capacitors on electric motors also pack a punch if you short out the terminals with fingers etc…..

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