Soldering while tipsy.

@TheHorse (204797)
Walnut Creek, California
April 1, 2024 11:13am CST
One of my fancy stereo components (a McIntosh tuner tuner/preamplifier) stopped working recently. I decided to blow off Easter dinner at a friend's house, as my tooth was hurting and I would not be particularly good company. I self-medicated with some decent Vodka, and got to work putting in a sold-state receiver to function as a preamplifier. I still have a tube power amplifier in the circuit. When I hooked up my turntable I realized that the grounding wire was too short. But did I really want to solder an extra six inches of wire in there while sipping Vodka? The answer was yes. It worked out fine. I didn't burn myself or drip solder onto one of my precious stereo components. So now I'm sitting here listening to Greg Brown, a favorite folkie from Iowa. Kitty is relaxing by feet, listening as well. She likes Greg Brown. How is your Monday shaping up? I'll call the dentist and then head out and practice with Burl Jam. Wheee! I'll see if I can find a photo of the Kenwood receiver I installed yesterday.
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@FourWalls (61783)
• United States
1 Apr
No, no! “Do not operate heavy machinery or soldering irons while drinking.” Did someone take that warning label off? We’re supposed to have bad weather tonight and tomorrow, so I’ll be watching the weather.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Apr
It appears I got away with it. Wait. What's that smell?
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@arunima25 (85208)
• Bangalore, India
2 Apr
Sorry that you had to miss your Easter with friends because of toothache. I hope that you are feeling better now. You made a good use of time after the self medication and all turned out well It's Tuesday afternoon here. I am done with some good amount of chores. Now, I want to relax here for a while.
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@vandana7 (98641)
• India
3 Apr
Why are you being nice to him? He wants to block me. The tooth fairy wanted to punish him for that.
@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
3 Apr
I am relaxing now as well.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
3 Apr
@vandana7 I would not now how to block someone. I am not that kind of person. Please wish me good luck tomorrow at the dentist.
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@kaylachan (57144)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Apr
It's not to bad so far. George is enjoying the outdoors. Beats having to listen to the t.v. all day.
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@kaylachan (57144)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Apr
@TheHorse He went through a phase where he didn't watch much t.v. but now, as part of the recovery process he's on the couch a lot.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Apr
I don't do TV. Glad he's outside enjoying nature.
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@LadyDuck (456875)
• Switzerland
1 Apr
@FourWalls knows better, never do that while tipsy. The too strong wind caused some damages here around. We have been among the lucky ones.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
1 Apr
Glad you were spared. It is calm here.
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@LadyDuck (456875)
• Switzerland
2 Apr
@TheHorse Finally the sun is back today, we really needed a break.
@moffittjc (118252)
• Gainesville, Florida
2 Apr
There’s nothing like operating dangerous tools while tipsy! Lol
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@moffittjc (118252)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Apr
@TheHorse I do have a chainsaw you can borrow, and a freezer. It's a big one, I call it my Jeffrey Dahlmer freezer. You would probably fit in there very snuggly.
@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Apr
It makes life more..."interesting." Do have a chain saw I can borrow? Do have a freezer in case I slip up? I think I would be tender, as I'm usually pretty "calm."
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@JudyEv (324919)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Apr
I'm glad you didn't drip solder anywhere. Vince had to do some soldering once and was very proud of his effort, thinking it was the best soldering he'd ever done. But then he discovered he'd joined one end of a piece to itself and not to whatever else it was he was supposed to solder it too.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Apr
I chuckled. Did you have to say "I'm laughing near you, not at you"?
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Apr
@JudyEv I am sure it was a fine soldering job!
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@JudyEv (324919)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Apr
@TheHorse I have a lot of trouble not laughing when he does something like this.
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@celticeagle (158391)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Apr
Oh, yes. I can see it all now. This guy sipping from a tall bottle of vodka while soldering a wire. I do hope you had good lighting.
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@celticeagle (158391)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Apr
@TheHorse ......Yes, indeed you don't.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Apr
@celticeagle My system sounds good right now.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
3 Apr
It was one of the best solders of my life! I bought another bottle. You never know when an older stereo component will go wonky.
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@koopharper (7463)
• Canada
1 Apr
Monday has been relaxed for most of the day. I didn't do any self-medicating before working on my wood lathe. Stayed off the painkiller all weekend too. Hope I'll be able to do without during the week as well.
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Apr
I hope so too.
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@sabtraversa (12730)
• Italy
1 Apr
What a risk taker! But a sore tooth and a short wire sounds like a dire situation to be in, well done then.
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@wolfgirl569 (94475)
• Marion, Ohio
1 Apr
Glad you didn't burn yourself. It's been a gloomy one here today
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@RasmaSandra (73040)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
1 Apr
Glad you were able to get medicated by vodka, That is what I swore by when it came to tooth pain, Glad Kitty liked the music, Sooo when are you getting the tooth looked at???
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@TheHorse (204797)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Apr
Oh, I'll give a call right now.
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@just4him (305077)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 Apr
I'm glad you soldered under the influence without harming yourself or the equipment. Well done. I hope the dentist can get you in quickly.
@JESSY3236 (18842)
• United States
2 Apr
My Monday was ok. I watched the end of a show and worked on my mother's diamond painting.
@LindaOHio (154955)
• United States
2 Apr
I'm glad your soldering worked out well. Did you get an appointment with your dentist? I hope so. Have a good day.
@May2k8 (18049)
• Indonesia
2 Apr
gosh, what you are doing there is really very dangerous, make sure the components are not connected to electricity.
@jstory07 (134162)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 Apr
I hope you get your tooth taken care of really soon.