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  1. Hey Doc, what about the skull/wrench/hammer stickers?. skreemer, Mar 22, 2015
    1. On the list!. Doc Nickel, Mar 24, 2015
      1. Any Sign Shop should be able to help.... SquirllyOH, Mar 24, 2015
        1. That's just it.... Doc Nickel, Mar 24, 2015
          1. My ears are burnin. Renegade_Azzy, Mar 24, 2015
      2. Yay! nt.. Nevwyn, Mar 24, 2015
  2. I just unearthed a gem! 1997 paintball operators manual.. goldie, Mar 21, 2015
    1. grrr. goldie, Mar 21, 2015
      1. Geez pictures were TINY back in 1997...n/t. FireFrenzy, Mar 22, 2015
        1. well, ya gotta remember -. tmk, Mar 22, 2015
          1. Yep-yep.... Doc Nickel, Mar 22, 2015
            1. Using gifs helped. hp_lovecraft, Mar 22, 2015
              1. I know all of that people... I'm from '86 not '01. FireFrenzy, Mar 23, 2015
                1. It WAS a normal sized pic..... not sure what happened.. goldie, Mar 23, 2015
                  1. Stuff sometime does happen... n/t. FireFrenzy, Mar 23, 2015
  3. How do I measure this to model it?. goldie, Mar 21, 2015
    1. Ask Wonder Woman. Fubarius, Mar 21, 2015
      1. Hardy Har Har! 2 posts in a row with no image! Here it is!. goldie, Mar 21, 2015
        1. I cannot help with the scoop, but that is one beauty model. n/t. eddi, Mar 21, 2015
        2. Measurement ideas. James, Mar 26, 2015
    2. A profile guage might work. Irregular logic, Mar 22, 2015
      1. A set of radius gauges would be handy as well. Fubarius, Mar 22, 2015
    3. Combination Square, Height Gage, Card Stock.... OlPaint, Mar 22, 2015
    4. Aluminum foil?. Salda007, Mar 22, 2015
      1. I like this idea. lensmaker, Mar 23, 2015
    5. Mesure the diameters?. Joni, Mar 23, 2015
    6. easy. Timberwolf, Mar 25, 2015
  4. TWB - Anxiously waiting.... MildBill, Mar 20, 2015
  5. S7G email me. Renegade_Azzy, Mar 19, 2015
  6. Anybody know about the SFT-era Shockers?. Doc Nickel, Mar 19, 2015
    1. looks to me. Maker of Toys, Mar 20, 2015
    2. Re: Anybody know about the SFT-era Shockers?. Golite, Mar 30, 2015
  7. Re: 3-18 comic. neocool00, Mar 19, 2015
    1. The second panel actually happened. Doc Nickel, Mar 19, 2015
      1. Miracle shot ;). neocool00, Mar 20, 2015
  8. Rescuing an Angel A1. Doc Nickel, Mar 19, 2015
    1. "low-miles but nonfunctioning". Dave H, Mar 19, 2015
      1. Provenance. Doc Nickel, Mar 19, 2015
        1. angel service and parts. weber, Mar 21, 2015
    2. Do you ever give out links to your site?. IDN, Mar 28, 2015
  9. Tool Gloat! Scored a conveyor dryer for.. Hans Haase, Mar 17, 2015
    1. Can't seem to find any information about it. Mark Trombley, Mar 17, 2015
    2. Re: Tool Gloat! Scored a conveyor dryer for.. pitaman, Mar 17, 2015
    3. Company's still around.. Shalom Septimus, Mar 18, 2015
      1. More of a reseller in this situation. Hans Haase, Mar 18, 2015
    4. Things to check. James, Mar 18, 2015
    5. Its a DOVER. KyleKatern, Mar 18, 2015
    6. Current draw. Ari, Mar 22, 2015
  10. A firearms question. RobertHawker, Mar 16, 2015
    1. Re: A firearms question. Irregular Logic, Mar 16, 2015
    2. Re: Firearms Question. FlyingWrench, Mar 16, 2015
    3. Double rifles.... Doc Nickel, Mar 17, 2015
      1. So basically.. RobertHawker, Mar 17, 2015
        1. Kind of.. Deus Machina, Mar 18, 2015
  11. Next time on this old marker... my 98 custom. Nevwyn, Mar 16, 2015
    1. Ah yeah. Jeb_Hoge, Mar 17, 2015
  12. Having great difficulty finding info about ancient world hot powdered peper pouch bombs. IDN, Mar 16, 2015
    1. Re: Having great difficulty finding info about ancient world hot powdered peper pouch bombs. Anonymous Coward, Mar 16, 2015
      1. Thanks! [nt]. IDN, Mar 19, 2015
  13. TWB: 16.03.2015: Missing duct tape.... Snowtroll, Mar 16, 2015
    1. Mucho Like-o (N/T). Joseph Houk, Mar 16, 2015
    2. cell phones + paint ball. Machtyn, Mar 16, 2015
      1. There is a reason the Japanese call the power button the manners button (n/t). Peter Sadlon, Mar 16, 2015
        1. Had not heard that term, but spot on. n/t. eddi, Mar 16, 2015
      2. Re: cell phones + paint ball. Dave H, Mar 17, 2015
        1. 911 should be on a different channel in the phones.... eddi, Mar 17, 2015
        2. I remember an RC plane meetup once... Snowtroll, Mar 18, 2015
      3. Re: cell phones + paint ball. Golite, Mar 30, 2015
  14. cocker oring sizes?. zapf, Mar 15, 2015
    1. check the rat's nest. TheEqualsP, Mar 26, 2015
  15. Template for PGP hand grips?. Nevwyn, Mar 15, 2015
    1. PGP grips.... Doc Nickel, Mar 15, 2015
  16. Another excuse for a weapon's test (3/13/2015 Comic). Peter Sadlon, Mar 13, 2015
    1. Or any time. Dave H, Mar 14, 2015
  17. What size hex keys for PGP disassembly?. Nevwyn, Mar 13, 2015
    1. PGP stuff.... Doc Nickel, Mar 15, 2015
      1. The top one was the one I was thinking of.. Nevwyn, Mar 16, 2015
        1. Minutiae:. Doc Nickel, Mar 17, 2015
          1. Drill out a hole.. Nevwyn, Mar 17, 2015
            1. Both grips.... Doc Nickel, Mar 17, 2015
              1. Like I said.... Nevwyn, Mar 17, 2015
                1. shipping info.... Doc Nickel, Mar 17, 2015
  18. Where to find old barrel extensions?. Thru-Hiker, Mar 12, 2015
    1. I have one. Renegade_Azzy, Mar 12, 2015
  19. RIP Terry Pratchett. Maker of Toys, Mar 12, 2015
    1. Ook. Bruce, Mar 12, 2015
      1. you said it!. Snowtroll, Mar 13, 2015
    2. Re: RIP Terry Pratchett. NochDguir, Mar 13, 2015
  20. efficiency. . .. Maker of Toys, Mar 10, 2015
    1. ugh! this was supposed to be a relpy to Kyle, below. (NT). Maker of Toys, Mar 10, 2015
    2. Clarification. KyleKatern, Mar 10, 2015
      1. You're shopping in the wrong places, Kyle!. Bruce Bergman, Mar 10, 2015
      2. separation is good. Maker of Toys, Mar 11, 2015
      3. LED's.... Daniel Meyer, Mar 12, 2015
  21. Update on VM and other Freak backs.... Doc Nickel, Mar 10, 2015
    1. Now available..... Doc Nickel, Mar 15, 2015
  22. Power related questions. KyleKatern, Mar 9, 2015
    1. Power Factors. Tim, Mar 15, 2015
      1. More info. Tim, Mar 15, 2015
  23. For the full BLAM! of todays comic.... Snowtroll, Mar 9, 2015
    1. One note:. tmk, Mar 9, 2015
      1. Well, it does sound like something Doc would do. (n/t). Dave H, Mar 9, 2015
      2. You seem to have missed.... Doc Nickel, Mar 9, 2015
        1. Actually.... tmk, Mar 9, 2015
          1. Missed that.... Doc Nickel, Mar 10, 2015
            1. ...And the other takeaway:. tmk, Mar 10, 2015
              1. True.... Dave H, Mar 10, 2015
                1. Oh for Pete's sake. Dave H, Mar 10, 2015
                  1. Re: Oh for Pete's sake. Nohbody, Mar 10, 2015
    2. Also NB:. CF, Mar 9, 2015
    3. Re: For the full BLAM! of todays comic.... Nohbody, Mar 9, 2015
    4. Re: For the full BLAM! of todays comic.... lordlundar, Mar 10, 2015
      1. Petey? Where?. Dave H, Mar 10, 2015
        1. Petey! There!. Bruce, Mar 10, 2015
          1. Character names.... Doc Nickel, Mar 11, 2015
            1. Camödøøttir?. Snowtroll, Mar 11, 2015
            2. Re: Character names.... lordlundar, Mar 11, 2015
            3. What I'd like to know.... Joseph Houk, Mar 11, 2015
              1. Re: What I'd like to know.... CF, Mar 11, 2015
              2. Re: What I'd like to know.... Dave H, Mar 11, 2015
            4. You're having way too much fun with Word of God (n/t). Nohbody, Mar 11, 2015
  24. Doc....Old oddball tech question for you... BigMatt-MadCustoms, Mar 8, 2015
    1. Cancel that...... BigMatt-MadCustoms, Mar 8, 2015
      1. Double check it.... Doc Nickel, Mar 8, 2015
        1. Crazy cockerlicious... BigMatt-MadCustoms, Mar 8, 2015
          1. Digital measuring.... Doc Nickel, Mar 8, 2015
  25. TWB 6 Mar 2015: Keep firing, a-hole!. Nohbody, Mar 6, 2015
    1. My guess.... Snowtroll, Mar 6, 2015
      1. Dry firing. Dave H, Mar 6, 2015
        1. I see.... Snowtroll, Mar 6, 2015
        2. Maybe for older guns. Renegade_Azzy, Mar 6, 2015
          1. Re: Maybe for older guns. Dave H, Mar 6, 2015
            1. Bond arms?. Renegade_Azzy, Mar 6, 2015
              1. Cobra, actually. (n/t). Dave H, Mar 6, 2015
        3. And. Golite, Apr 4, 2015
      2. Also semi auto handguns. Jozsef C, Mar 6, 2015
        1. Full auto Makarov. Dave H, Mar 6, 2015
          1. Re: Full auto Makarov. CF, Mar 6, 2015
            1. Full Auto Makarov. Flying Wrench, Mar 6, 2015
          2. Full auto makarov.... J. Cook, Mar 6, 2015
            1. Re: Full auto makarov.... Jozsef C, Mar 7, 2015
              1. My SKS empied its clip once. hp_lovecraft, Mar 8, 2015
                1. Re: My SKS empied its clip once. Dave H, Mar 8, 2015
    2. 2 possibilities. Renegade_Azzy, Mar 6, 2015
    3. Re: TWB 6 Mar 2015: Keep firing, a-hole!. fullofpaint, Mar 6, 2015
    4. also on spyder and spring based markers. smorizio, Mar 6, 2015
    5. What's not stopping is his trigger finger.... eddi, Mar 6, 2015
    6. Wait.... Torinir, Mar 6, 2015
  26. Barrels can be dangrous too!. MrSparky, Mar 5, 2015
    1. here photo and info of where the blood came from. smorizio, Mar 5, 2015
      1. "A&E". CF, Mar 5, 2015
        1. "accident and emergency" N/T. MrSparky, Mar 5, 2015
          1. Well atleast he was wearing a helmet analog.... FireFrenzy, Mar 6, 2015
  27. Paintball Reference. GladMech, Mar 4, 2015
  28. Why are my external hard drives running?. Doc Nickel, Mar 4, 2015
    1. Auto Defrag or Drive Indexing are the most like culprits. Peter Sadlon, Mar 4, 2015
    2. Re: Why are my external hard drives running?. Waub, Mar 4, 2015
    3. warm drives and clicking. smorizio, Mar 5, 2015
    4. Indexing, most likely.... J. Cook, Mar 5, 2015
    5. Re: Why are my external hard drives running?. Cpt. Obvious, Mar 6, 2015
    6. Differing drive controllers - different power save options.. Nighthawke, Mar 7, 2015
  29. Hiding in a barrel is a good way to avoid hits.... eddi, Mar 4, 2015
    1. Darn, and he probably left his Pocket Plasma Cutter at home. Bruce Bergman, Mar 4, 2015
  30. Shirt update and minor rant or two.... Doc Nickel, Mar 4, 2015
    1. What about Canadian companies? (n/t). Anonymous Coward, Mar 4, 2015
    2. if its airline friendly, let me know. pyfe, Mar 4, 2015
      1. Depends, mostly yes. Bruce Bergman, Mar 4, 2015
        1. im bringing back duracoat already. pyfe, Mar 4, 2015
    3. doc have you tried this internatinal biz to biz page.. smorizio, Mar 4, 2015
      1. There's an awful lot of fraud on Alibaba, Caveat Emptor. Bruce Bergman, Mar 4, 2015
    4. Re: Shirt update and minor rant or two.... S7G, Mar 7, 2015
      1. You bringing a trailer?. Doc Nickel, Mar 7, 2015
        1. Nope. S7G, Mar 14, 2015
  31. Limited Edition Razorac Synergy .... silver-grey spooler. Machtyn, Mar 2, 2015
    1. That and paintball companies have a name for making up almost as much BS terminology. FireFrenzy, Mar 2, 2015
      1. The other option... (Magic, OT). Solar, Mar 2, 2015
        1. Yeah i'm waaay to casual to worry about it. FireFrenzy, Mar 2, 2015
          1. OT: Magic CCG. Urban Werebear, Mar 2, 2015
            1. Wrong?. Snowtroll, Mar 3, 2015
              1. And this is why I quit playing tournaments.... CF, Mar 3, 2015
              2. Back in the day.... John Walker II, Mar 12, 2015
            2. That must have been a while ago. FireFrenzy, Mar 3, 2015
              1. Yeah, it was a while. Urban Werebear, Mar 5, 2015
    2. Re: Limited Edition Razorac Synergy .... silver-grey spooler. Timeheart, Mar 2, 2015
      1. Jinx is doomed. Dave H, Mar 2, 2015
        1. Heavens forbid.... Torinir, Mar 3, 2015
          1. Re: Heavens forbid.... Dave H, Mar 3, 2015
        2. Alternatively.... Mawson, Mar 3, 2015
          1. Re: Alternatively.... CF, Mar 3, 2015
        3. I think the fennec is older than Jinx.... eddi, Mar 3, 2015
          1. Real fennecs are tiny. Ironbadger, Mar 3, 2015
            1. she would be perfect for the team.... eddi, Mar 4, 2015
            2. RL fennecs are a bit smaller than a domestic cat. Anonymous Coward, Mar 4, 2015
  32. "Keeping it simple but effective" starts with SKS Simonovs :D. Jozsef C, Feb 28, 2015
  33. Thank you, GoFundMe Funders!. Doc Nickel, Feb 27, 2015
  34. how many times growing up mom always says were clean shorts.. smorizio, Feb 26, 2015
  35. Anybody want a VM-68 Freak back?. Doc Nickel, Feb 25, 2015
    1. If you're doing older stuff.... Spike, Feb 26, 2015
      1. The problem with that.... Doc Nickel, Feb 26, 2015
    2. What about Shoebox Shocker threads?. Jordan, Feb 26, 2015
      1. Certainly possible.... Doc Nickel, Feb 26, 2015
        1. Yes they are.... Jordan, Feb 26, 2015
    3. Vm-68 freak back? Yes please!. Atomicvole, Feb 27, 2015
    4. How about for a Sterling?. SmokingNun, Mar 26, 2015
  36. Candidate for 'Overkillest' project of the Year inside. Tohri, Feb 24, 2015
    1. Certifiable certified welder. n/t. eddi, Feb 24, 2015
    2. Enjoyed that. [nt]. IDN, Mar 26, 2015
  37. so I want this, but its one an ebay site thats in a diffrent language.. IDN, Feb 23, 2015
    1. ^^^^ never mind that post , I'm stupid.. IDN, Feb 23, 2015
  38. Just what I needed, *another* project! (And my first GoFundMe!). Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
    1. The learning curve isn't all that bad.. Bruce Bergman, Feb 23, 2015
      1. Edjumacations.... Doc Nickel, Feb 24, 2015
        1. Oh, practice materials. Bruce Bergman, Feb 25, 2015
          1. Or Shirt's DOC Sized.... SquirllyOH, Feb 27, 2015
    2. You can get around the dryer.... Renegade_Azzy, Feb 24, 2015
      1. Not really feasible when doing multiple color shirts (N/T). SquirllyOH, Feb 25, 2015
    3. Tshirts... Chloe, Feb 24, 2015
    4. Aaaaaaaannnnd.... FUNDED!. Dave H, Feb 27, 2015
      1. ^^ Hey you WIN! (haha) [nt]. IDN, Feb 27, 2015
  39. In leiu of 3 phase power..... Renegade_Azzy, Feb 23, 2015
    1. Here is one option. Pitaman, Feb 23, 2015
    2. How big a motor is it?. Gracana, Feb 23, 2015
      1. Agreed. Dave H, Feb 23, 2015
        1. Thanks.... Renegade_Azzy, Feb 23, 2015
    3. Three ways to do 3 Phase.... Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
      1. VFDs. Irregular Logic, Feb 23, 2015
        1. Not quite.... Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
          1. Aaaand it's better if the motor is marked "Inverter Duty". Bruce Bergman, Feb 23, 2015
            1. And in addition to THAT. Maker of Toys, Feb 23, 2015
              1. Wait, what?. Doc Nickel, Feb 24, 2015
                1. arcing. Gracana, Feb 24, 2015
                2. Arcing and circuits.. Maker of Toys, Feb 26, 2015
              2. Re: And in addition to THAT. Moriniman, Feb 26, 2015
    4. Or you could change the motor. Ari, Feb 24, 2015
      1. That was my first suggestion. Renegade_Azzy, Feb 25, 2015
      2. Sometimes you can't. Bruce Bergman, Feb 25, 2015
  40. Moar updatez!. Doc Nickel, Feb 22, 2015
    1. fraps. smorizio, Feb 23, 2015
      1. VLC works as well, oddly enough.. J. Cook, Feb 23, 2015
        1. Not sure.... Doc Nickel, Feb 23, 2015
          1. I'm not sure if this helps you any, but.... Gaz Wilmbroke, Feb 24, 2015
          2. Again, VLC. tkzv, Feb 25, 2015
  41. An awesome piece of gear doing something cool. FireFrenzy, Feb 21, 2015
  42. Want to see me abuse a piece of stock metal?. Snowtroll, Feb 20, 2015
    1. sound abuse. Russ Kepler, Feb 22, 2015
      1. Yeah, the noise is annoying.... Snowtroll, Feb 22, 2015
        1. Thibk you has some tool chatter going on too.. Nighthawke, Feb 22, 2015
          1. Quite possibly.. Snowtroll, Feb 22, 2015
  43. TWB Feb 20, 2015: Now that's "hot". Nohbody, Feb 20, 2015
    1. RE: TWB Feb 20, 2015: Now that's "hot". lordlundar, Feb 20, 2015
    2. Shooting hot. neocool00, Feb 20, 2015
    3. Barrel blockage. Irregular Logic, Feb 20, 2015
      1. Barrel bananas. Russ Kepler, Feb 22, 2015
        1. Like this?. Shalom Septimus, Feb 22, 2015
    4. Awesome strip!. Daniel Meyer, Feb 20, 2015
    5. Kid's trying puppydog eyes on Jake. No luck. n/t. eddi, Feb 20, 2015
    6. The "Talk". Donkey, Feb 21, 2015
    7. Ouch. Nighthawke, Feb 22, 2015
      1. Tipp-Ex or Wite-out. Bruce, Feb 22, 2015
        1. Between this and the testing on the owner. Peter Sadlon, Feb 23, 2015
        2. Any unusual color of Nail Polish they can't easily duplicate.. Bruce Bergman, Feb 23, 2015
          1. Say what?. Dave H, Feb 24, 2015
            1. Some even better.... SquirllyOH, Feb 24, 2015
          2. Re: Any unusual color of Nail Polish they can't easily duplicate.. Nohbody, Feb 24, 2015
            1. managers **OF** said stores, rather [n/t]. Nohbody, Feb 24, 2015
          3. Meh go full geek with it. Peter Sadlon, Feb 24, 2015
    8. What is he, Doc v2.0? (n/t). Whiskeyfur, Feb 24, 2015
      1. Doc knows better. Peter Sadlon, Feb 24, 2015
        1. That's probably why.... Dave H, Feb 25, 2015
  44. Engraving, revisited:. Doc Nickel, Feb 19, 2015
    1. Anyone else catch themselves turning their head while watching this?. pitaman115, Feb 20, 2015
  45. A quick note on Guild logins.... Doc Nickel, Feb 19, 2015
    1. No worries man!. FireFrenzy, Feb 19, 2015
      1. I checked it can keep your relogging set to "quarterly". FireFrenzy, Feb 19, 2015
    2. Not a problem.. Dan Voils, Feb 19, 2015
    3. Easy for us and you to keep the log in n/t. eddi, Feb 19, 2015
    4. Re: A quick note on Guild logins.... Shadowydreamer, Feb 19, 2015
    5. No Problem.. Joseph Houk, Feb 19, 2015
    6. I don't mind. [nt]. IDN, Feb 19, 2015
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