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"The Tim Effect" --Bill McFadden
Billy sez he sees this in warranties at the bottom in fine print, "Not responsible for ordinary wear and tear, acts of God, acts of war, and the Tim Effect."
This is what happens when Tim tries to do every day stuff
Note a lot of the problems seem to stem from Chinese manufacture and how crappy these products are, it would be really nice if we all stopped buying Chinese products until they get their quality up.
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If you are Tim, don't drop a small piece of plywood on a roller, it'll break the cast iron foot (made in China of course)"
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If you are Tim, don't try cutting through an onion with a german steel knife (made in China of course), the blade will snap off at the handle, and no I wasn't even in contact with the wooden chopping block yet, just the onion when it happened.
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If you are Tim, don't try cutting wood with a blade touted as the last blade you will ever need, it got dull and killed a tablesaw motor ... TWICE"
Click for a bigger picture If you are Tim, don't try and actually use a 2" clip made in china, complete with cracks in the plastic built in... This is one of 3 clips out of 7 that failed (the other 4 will probably fail as they have cracks) Update, just had another clamp fly apart for no reason. UPdate, they all eventually flew apart, sometimes without being used, thats 100% failure rate! Click for a bigger picture Apparently my wife has similar problems, note a measuring cup made in china, complete with cracks in the plastic after the F I R S T time through the dishwasher, this was a dishwasher safe/microwaveable cup.
Click for a bigger picture This is a 12 ton shop press (Imagine my horror when I found out that Central Hydraulics was a euphimism for "made in China" Note, the 3/32" gap on both sides? this is not good for the bolts, note also that the threads are supporting a good deal of the load, this is also not good. Click for a bigger picture I managed to get two fairly thick washers in between the header and risers to help cut down on the shear/moment. On the threads, still have to order bolts the right size for this.
In college, long ago, my friend Jimbo was giving us college kids a ride and I was trying to open the door, he kept yelling pull up on the door handle, which I kept doing until it snapped off, then I handed it to him and said 'here!' My friend Bill loaned me his Dodge Dart for a few months when I first moved to the Seattle area, the shift on the tree would stick and usually I could just finesse it into place. One time at a light I had been finessing it a bit. Harder and harder each time, eventually I started to panic cause people were getting impatient. After a few seconds the shift snapped off in my hand but at least it was out of neutral in second gear. I spent the next several weeks driving around in second gear, opening the door and using my foot for reverse, and starting out by burning the clutch. Eventually I had to drive all the way to Portland in second gear to return the car.
Click for a bigger picture This was *not* made in china but the good ole usa. there used to be a single nut, but after tightening until the leak stopped the nut sheared in half, the hard way. Looked like a casting defect/hairline crack.
In college, long ago, I had turned off my friend Bill's TV then turned it right back on at just the wrong time. The picture tube did not produce an image. Bill said I had to fix it, so I opened up the back and used a screwdriver to short the aquadag coating (which had apparently been charged to double the voltage by my transients) even though I was wearing a rubber glove, I still got quite a jolt as the spark arced to the frame.

I have to tell my kids, Daddy's sorry, you have the bad karma gene, just look on the bright side, you have a job as a tester... ANYWHERE!....