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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted December 23, 2011 - 07:37 PM

Well, here it is. Christmas break. Time off to do what you want to do.
Like me, I'm sure there are many, that look forward to haveing the more
than usual shop time to tinker on the GTs.

But then along comes the distractions.
Family, inlaws, neighbors, friends, etc. None of them are focused on
doing anything at Christmas time, other than going around, and doing
IQ tests on us GT guys.

Well, so there it is. Ideas are needed to eraticate the shop.

Things that might work.

1 Turn up the heat.
2 Turn off the heat.
3 Turn on rap music.
4 Start all the GTs, and deplete the oxygen content.


Keep em coming.
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Posted December 23, 2011 - 08:00 PM

Ask for Help them laying on the dirty floor while you knock more dirt off ?????

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Posted December 23, 2011 - 09:03 PM

When you see them coming, grab a hand full of grease before you shake hands with them and then ask if they want to help you for a little while.

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Posted December 23, 2011 - 09:28 PM

Just eat a big bowl of chili with beans the night before....oh, & with hot sauce too. You'll have plenty of room in the shop then!
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Posted December 23, 2011 - 09:33 PM

Tell em you're working on a top secret high voltage experiment and would you please just step right over here ?

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Posted December 23, 2011 - 09:39 PM

Just say "Man am I glad you guys are all here! I've got a bunch of stuff that I need help with."

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Posted December 23, 2011 - 11:37 PM

On something that would look like a convenient arm rest - smear a little used axle grease . Put out some fake dog doo near the vise. Have a trick switch that turns out half the lights until they leave -you have just a little to finish up. Or maybe that carcass in the corner used to be a live animal. Don't have the list of 300 + addictions to garden tractors posted , they might actually be interested. ( I can't match JDELFMAN but the first one here my dad did use. )

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 12:17 AM

Bore em to death with talk about left handed lock washers or spin balancing wheel weights !! ( I'm not saying this will work for everybody ) :bigrofl:
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Posted December 24, 2011 - 05:12 AM

When they walk in, keep your back to them but hunch over funny, start stroking the fender of your GT and say in your best Gollum voice " My Precious"

Just say "Man am I glad you guys are all here! I've got a bunch of stuff that I need help with."


Wow, if I had a nickel for every time you've said that when I stopped by... Hey, wait a darned minute!!!

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 06:07 AM

I just take them out to the open air 'Tractor Port'. They're ready for some heat real soon! Glad I still have my insulated coveralls!:D

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 06:35 AM

Get out the grinder.Have sparks flying everwhere.Just the noise alone should empty out the shop.You could also gather up plenty of welding projects and start welding.Just say you shouldn't look at the flash you'll burn your eyes.That'll clear the shop out.You could also round up some painting projects.When you see them coming start painting.You could also act frustrated.When they walk in throw some tools across the shop.

Edited by ckjakline, December 24, 2011 - 06:46 AM.


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Posted December 24, 2011 - 06:54 AM

Work in your underwear.
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Posted December 24, 2011 - 06:59 AM

Work in your underwear.

Maybe next summer, BUT NOT RIGHT NOW!

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 07:00 AM

Just eat a big bowl of chili with beans the night before....oh, & with hot sauce too. You'll have plenty of room in the shop then!


And eat lots of garlic and turn the radio up real loud so you got to talk real close to be heard. It seems to help for some of my siblings when they are in their " eat lots of garlic" fad. They haven't done it over Christmas though.

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Posted December 24, 2011 - 07:37 AM

Those are all too hard. Just get up real early and head for the shop before anyone else is up. Then when you appear for a food or bathroom break act like you're in the middle of something vital that needs your utmost attention and scoot back to the shop ASAP. By the time they get curious enough to venture out there you'll be done.
For those of us who don't have a heated shop it's much harder to work in the winter but much easier to keep others from volunteering to help. Just don't mention the new radiant shop heater you got from Santa. LOL




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