It’s all in the whisk!

Tool time Tuesday.  Did a bit of cooking over the weekend, including making homemade gravy.  One of the tools I used was a sauce whisk.  According to Home Stratosphere dot com, whisks come in a lot of shapes and sizes.  They can be made of several different materials.  The one I used was all metal.  Unlike your everyday balloon whisk, a sauce whisk, or gravy whisk, has wire tines in the shape of a coil, so it whisks side-to-side, as well as up and down. You may also hear them called a coil or spiral whisk.  It’s able to fit in tight containers and is efficient at mixing sauces, as well as hot cocoa, dressings, dips, and even eggs.  Remember when using a whisk, it’s all in the wrist!  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

It's all in the whisk!
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Get a grip!

Tool time Tuesday.  They grip, they grab, they pinch and they twist.  We’re talking, of course, about the Vice Grip.  According the Living History Farm dot com, The first locking pliers, with the trade name Vise-Grip, were invented by William S. Petersen in De Witt, Nebraska, in 1924.  Petersen was a farmer and blacksmith. He was no stranger to invention, at one point he even tried to make and sell a motorcar. While working in his shop he realized that some of his tasks would be easier if he had a pair of pliers that would lock in place, like his vice.  He figured out that a screw mechanism in the handle could adjust the opening of the pliers. Later, he figured out a way for the other handle to lock it in place. He built several prototypes, first out of cardboard and then wood. Finally, he hammered one out of metal on his forge.  I have several sizes and shapes of Vice Grips in my tool collection.  I used a pair of needle nose vice grips over the weekend to stop a leaking fuel line on one of my tractors.   Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Get a grip!
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Sudden impact!

Tool time Tuesday and a new addition to my collection.  My family gave me an impact wrench for Easter.  I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I’m looking forward to putting it to the test on my wife’s Jeep.  I’m sure you’ve seen or heard one of these in action, especially if you’ve ever had your car in the shop for some work.  Automotive techs use them a lot, in particular when changing or rotating your tires.  My wrench is battery powered but they can be electric, pneumatic or hydraulic.  Some models allow the user to adjust the amount of torque the tool will apply, so things don’t get too tight or broken.  The first impact wrench was invented by Robert H. Pott of Evansville, Indiana.  In addition to spinning to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts, there is also a hammering action that helps to coax the nut or bolt to loosen it’s grip and spin off without breaking.  Listen to the podcast here;  https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Sudden impact!
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Tool time Tuesday; Thanks Dad!

Tool time Tuesday and today a “thank you” to my dad.  My dad, Walter, was born on this date in 1916.  When he passed away I inherited a lot of his tools, all of which I remember him using when I was growing up.  There’s a brace and bit hand drill that I’ve featured in other Fun Facts.  A wooded tool box, that he built, filled with various hand tools, parts to make pipe clamps, files of all shapes and sizes and all sorts of metal chisels and punches.  I also have a 100 foot tape measure that I remember holding for him on several occasions.  I always held the “dumb” end, but he would let me reel it in when we were through.  Most of his tools he had before I was born so, like me, they are antiques.  Their age doesn’t stop me from using them.  As a matter of fact their age, and the memories I have of them, are the very reason I use them.  Thanks dad.  Listen to the podcast here;   https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Tool time Tuesday; Thanks Dad!
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Fun Fact March 22, 2022.

Tool time Tuesday and today we’re cleaning up the yard.  This past Saturday was a perfect day to start cleaning up the flowerbeds and the yard, which is exactly what happened at the Hill house.  One tool I used was a rake.  First mentioned in 1,100 BC China, rakes have changed a lot in the past centuries.  In 1874, a U.S. patent was given to a rake design that was something like a dustpan and metal broom combined.  Modern designs began to take hold around the 1920s, and since then there’s been a great deal of advancement in materials.  I used a leaf rake, but there are also garden rakes, shrub rakes, thatch rakes, leaf scoop rakes, hand, lake and roof rakes.  Why would you need more than a couple rakes hanging in your shed?  Well, according to Lawn smarter dot com, Having the right rakes in your arsenal not only makes for more beautiful yards and gardens, but it also makes the job more enjoyable.  No one wants to eat spaghetti with a shrimp fork.  Maybe it’s just me, but I’d try that shrimp fork thing if it meant I didn’t have to rake my yard.  Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact March 22, 2022.
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Fun Fact March 8, 2022.

Tool time Tuesday and today we’re splitting some firewood.  Over the weekend the family gathered at my in-laws house to split and stack some firewood.  My father in-law has a hydraulic splitter that makes the task a lot easier.  A five horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine spins a pump that creates pressure with hydraulic oil.  The pressurized oil is routed to a valve that the operator can push down to send the splitting wedge into and through a block of wood.  Push the handle up and the wedge moves up so you can reposition the block or put in the next to be split.  Even blocks with limbs and twisted grain are no match for the 27 ton force of the splitter.  Burning wood heats you up several times before you add it to your stove or fireplace.  Once when you gather it, once when you split it, once when you stack it and once when you fill your wood box.  Listen to the podcast here;    https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact March 8, 2022.
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