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SkyMoCo
06-19-2010, 04:02 PM
I have one of those misters with gallon jug of water based coolant tucked away in the column of the mill. I'm just a hobby machinist and this being spring I haven't touched the mill in a couple months.
So I go to make a couple parts this morning and something is smelling bad, I'm thinking the coolant got yucky but I have just a couple little parts to make and I just kept going. It gets worse and worse and I just kinda tough it out as I have everything setup and its going well otherwise. (You know how that goes).
After I am all done I go to clean out the coolant jug and there is what's left of a dead mouse floating in it. So I have rotten mouse mist all over me, the mill and the shop.
I think I am done for the day.

Liger Zero
06-19-2010, 04:05 PM
And I bet this esoteric mixture of dead-mouse funk and machine coolant gave you the best damn surface finish that you've ever seen. Made that endmill slice through the material like you were carving butter!

:D

Carld
06-19-2010, 04:26 PM
:eek: mouse coolant. Yeah, I guess that would make me leave the shop too. Clean it up tomorrow. I hope you tossed the coolant out and threw the jug away.

MotorradMike
06-19-2010, 04:35 PM
I hope we can all agree that SkyMoCo has won and that there will not be any attempts to top his story.

TGTool
06-19-2010, 04:38 PM
Well, that is educational. I've heard people talk about what panther pi$$ they add to their gas tanks but I never really thought about where it came from. All told, I think I was happier never knowing. :D

quadrod
06-19-2010, 04:40 PM
Note to self: put screens on all the openings of the mist jug. Don't have one yet but it is on the list of things to get.

mototed
06-19-2010, 04:48 PM
That is so bad for you, but sorry It made me laugh at your misfortune. That was so gross.

Liger Zero
06-19-2010, 05:13 PM
I hope we can all agree that SkyMoCo has won and that there will not be any attempts to top his story.

Too late I just tossed two goldfish and a small poodle into my coolant sump. :eek:

MuellerNick
06-19-2010, 05:16 PM
Traditional chinese medicine on a mill?
If it helps, why not?

Thanks for the laugh!
Nick

Michael Edwards
06-19-2010, 05:27 PM
Don't worry about it, chicks dig the smell of dead mice.... no wait, chicks dig scars, no no no... chicks dig money.... ya money.... maybe you can sell the dead mouse. :D

ME

davidh
06-19-2010, 06:21 PM
just dip the mouse out carefully and add a gallon of bleach. bugs gone, smell gone, all is good !

oldbikerdude37
06-19-2010, 06:27 PM
I could go into detail but wont.

never trust a fart! From "the bucket list" with JACK NICHOLSON and MORGAN FREEMAN

Liger Zero
06-19-2010, 06:30 PM
I could go into detail but wont.

never trust a fart!

That's the best part of molding plastic. Depending on the resin you are heating you can let one rip and no one will notice. :D

John Stevenson
06-19-2010, 06:36 PM
Could have been worse if he was syphoning the coolant out :rolleyes:

Many years ago when we used to go hill climb racing down in Devon we would stop at this small farm and buy some genuine scrumpy cider.
The farmer always asked it we wanted rough or smooth, not knowing the difference we always said smooth.

One day we asked what the difference was between rough and smooth, the farmer replied with the smooth we take the rats out.

Still don't know to this day whether he was joking but I still like a nice cider.

I hate to say this but the French do a flat, cloudy cider that's really nice, don't know the name and probably couldn't pronounce it anyway.

Fasttrack
06-19-2010, 06:46 PM
So at the bottom of grain legs there are big pits. These pits fill with water. They also fill with racoons, rats and grain. Then when the sump kicks on, the dead bodies of various, once-furry animals plugs up the intake screen. Then someone has to go down waist deep with a 5 gallon bucket to clean it out.

My BIL was down in the pit handing buckets up to his old man one day. The old man slipped and dropped a bucket back down in there, fully drenching my BIL in a slurry of rotten grain, hair and rotten rodent meat. There was some considerable cussing rising up from the pit and a considerable amount of hysterical laughter up ontop ;) :D

Not quite a shop story, but thought I'd share. You got rotten coolant and a mouse. Just be glad is wasn't anything bigger.

METALARCHER
06-19-2010, 07:19 PM
Our off road club periodically cleaqns up the litter and trash along the access roads. It seems that mice, voles, etc. crawl into the bottles and cans for the beer and pop and then can't get out.

never smelled anything as bad as that!

Arcane
06-19-2010, 07:25 PM
Our off road club periodically cleaqns up the litter and trash along the access roads. It seems that mice, voles, etc. crawl into the bottles and cans for the beer and pop and then can't get out.

never smelled anything as bad as that!


And sometimes the automatic bottle washers don't remove the mouse. How do I know, you ask? Let's just say for decades after I discovered that little fact, I always checked the contents of a pop bottle before I drank from it....

darryl
06-19-2010, 07:36 PM
Had a bottle of orange crush one day as a kid. It seemed to taste a little funny, so I told my dad. Turns out there was a fuzzy- thing- in the bottle. Don't know what it was, but the pop man gave me a six pack as consolation. For years afterwards I checked the bottles before popping the cap

BigMike782
06-19-2010, 09:03 PM
"never smelled anything as bad as that!"
A friend has a shop the builds and repairs roll off dumpsters.One morning they were unloading some for repair and one of the guys got covered with a wave of "dumpster juice"........the hopper had been used for collecting road kill.

oldtiffie
06-19-2010, 09:43 PM
Without a doubt - so I am led to believe - the most disgusting and abhorrent thing in my shop is MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!.

I can and will (hopefully - mostly figuratively - and not always literally) pi$$ in anyones ear or $h*t all over 'em or fu*k-up just about any thing, job or machine in the shop.

And that's on my very frequent "good" days.

I DO hope that's correct, as if it isn't - not bloody likely - I've wasted an awful lot of dedicated time and effort to get to the level of excellence that I have.

As a matter of habit and principle/s, I make a great effort to make each day and occasion "better" than the last.


Oh, what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_what_a_tangled_web_we_weave

And while I am on the subject of Scottish poets and epic heroic poetry, perhaps I am THE modern version of the "Sensitive New Age Guy" ("SNAG"???) - Lochinvar (Sir Walter Scott) - or perhaps not??


Lochinvar

O young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
And save his good broadsword he weapons had none,
He rode all unarm'd, and he rode all alone.
So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.
He staid not for brake, and he stopp'd not for stone,
He swam the Eske river where ford there was none;
But ere he alighted at Netherby gate,
The bride had consented, the gallant came late:
For a laggard in love, and a dastard in war,
Was to wed the fair Ellen of brave Lochinvar.

So boldly he enter'd the Netherby Hall,
Among bride's-men, and kinsmen, and brothers and all:
Then spoke the bride's father, his hand on his sword,
(For the poor craven bridegroom said never a word,)
"O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war,
Or to dance at our bridal, young Lord Lochinvar?"

"I long woo'd your daughter, my suit you denied; --
Love swells like the Solway, but ebbs like its tide --
And now I am come, with this lost love of mine,
To lead but one measure, drink one cup of wine.
There are maidens in Scotland more lovely by far,
That would gladly be bride to the young Lochinvar."

The bride kiss'd the goblet: the knight took it up,
He quaff'd off the wine, and he threw down the cup.
She look'd down to blush, and she look'd up to sigh,
With a smile on her lips and a tear in her eye.
He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar, --
"Now tread we a measure!" said young Lochinvar.

So stately his form, and so lovely her face,
That never a hall such a gailiard did grace;
While her mother did fret, and her father did fume
And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume;
And the bride-maidens whisper'd, "'twere better by far
To have match'd our fair cousin with young Lochinvar."

One touch to her hand, and one word in her ear,
When they reach'd the hall-door, and the charger stood near;
So light to the croupe the fair lady he swung,
So light to the saddle before her he sprung!
"She is won! we are gone, over bank, bush, and scaur;
They'll have fleet steeds that follow," quoth young Lochinvar.

There was mounting 'mong Graemes of the Netherby clan;
Forsters, Fenwicks, and Musgraves, they rode and they ran:
There was racing and chasing on Cannobie Lee,
But the lost bride of Netherby ne'er did they see.
So daring in love, and so dauntless in war,
Have ye e'er heard of gallant like young Lochinvar?

1808

From:
http://homepages.wmich.edu/~cooneys/poems/Scott.Lochinvar.html

Oh well, as I've run out out of tools 'n' frenz I guess that I will just have to keep on abusing myself.

............. 98, 99, 100 (change hands) 101, 102 ...........................

MickeyD
06-19-2010, 09:50 PM
If you run cutting oil as coolant the mice just sort of get pickled in the oil, though they do pull apart like real tender ribs when you go to fish them out. I have not noticed that they make the oil smell any worse, just different...

HSS
06-19-2010, 09:50 PM
Could have been worse if he was syphoning the coolant out :rolleyes:

Many years ago when we used to go hill climb racing down in Devon we would stop at this small farm and buy some genuine scrumpy cider.
The farmer always asked it we wanted rough or smooth, not knowing the difference we always said smooth.

One day we asked what the difference was between rough and smooth, the farmer replied with the smooth we take the rats out.

Still don't know to this day whether he was joking but I still like a nice cider.

I hate to say this but the French do a flat, cloudy cider that's really nice, don't know the name and probably couldn't pronounce it anyway.

I have heard that scrumpy has a bit of a kick and not all pubs serve it. Any thing to that? If I ever get over there, scrumpy is on my to do list.

Patrick

wierdscience
06-19-2010, 10:56 PM
I told you flood coolant was the way to go,but nooooooooo.....you had to mist so now your tasting it and breathing it,prolly should burn your clothes:D

SkyMoCo
06-19-2010, 10:57 PM
The worst part of it (besides the smell) is that I cannot seem to win. I have a shop kitty for just this very thing, only I locked her out of the tool room a few months ago as she decided that this huge pile of aluminum shavings next to the mill would make a great litterbox. I tried to talk to her about it but she just looked at me the ways cats do when they are thinking, "told you so...".

gunbuilder
06-19-2010, 11:29 PM
Well guys, if you think this is bad, let me tell you this.

I was down in the basement of my house, I have a cistern that provides pressure water to the house, not rain water from the roof, but well water I pump from the well across the yard. Well in the cistern was the remains of a mouse, didn't care how it got in there but I never drank cistern water again. I emptied the cistern and cleaned it as good as I could including as much bleach as I could stand. Ever since I drive the 4 miles by road to my folks place and get Missouri River water from the WEB pipeline to drink. I didn't get sick from the floating remains of the mouse, but I now always dump in a little bleach when I fill the cistern and I don't drink the water. I now do use it to brush my teeth and shower, but I don't drink from the tap.

I hope I didn't gross anybody out, but it was a little gross when I found it.

Thanks,
Paul

MickeyD
06-19-2010, 11:47 PM
Here in Austin most of our drinking water comes from the highland lakes. Every time we have a good drought and the lakes drop they find a couple of bodies from drownings or someone just needing a good place to hide one and the lake seems like it. I know the tap water is clean but I still keep a filter in the water dispenser just in case a chunk tries to come through the pipes.

KiddZimaHater
06-20-2010, 12:01 AM
You might want to check that loaf of bread too. :(
.
http://www.uniquedaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/mouse-malt-loaf.jpg

Ken_Shea
06-20-2010, 12:03 AM
All this make me think of a guy I know (True Story) who rented out a two bay garage, the renter told him the drain was clogged and would drain but slowly. So Harvey (the owner and tight wad) went the next day and cleaned out the trap and drain with his bare hands and arm only to go in the next day to tell the renter that he had it fixed and saw him (the renter) standing over the drain taking a leak! :D

Forgot to add, his only words were I, YI, YI :D

jkilroy
06-20-2010, 12:15 AM
It didn't end up in the coolant but my shop cat Jackpot, killed a rat the other day, 14" from nose to tail. He was so proud! Wish I could have seen that. Full disclosure, Jackpot is a big-un, around 15 lbs and not fat, he just about killed a neighbors yap-yap dog.

But a dead mouse is nothing. Back when I was much younger I worked on the docks in Baton Rouge. Every time the river fell a lot, sometimes over 40ft, we had to go down under the docks and cut all the drift wood out with chainsaws. All sorts of dead stuff stuck up in there, stunk like rotten shrimp! Big tip, try to notice any human body parts BEFORE hitting them with a chain saw.

Too_Many_Tools
06-20-2010, 12:25 AM
A few years ago on the freeway I followed at a very respectable distance a semi truck pulling a trailer full of tankage...dead decomposing animals that was leaking a vile liquid.

Over a 50 mile period hundreds of cars and bikes passed me...and the trailer.

They all got a bath in the worst smelling liquid I have ever smelled.

Some of the speeders later stopped to throw up..and got another dose as the semi drove by.

Some times it definitely does not pay to speed. ;<)

TMT

Arcane
06-20-2010, 12:38 AM
Several years back they found a partially decomposed body floating in the water tower at Melville, Sask. :D Fortunately, it was after I spent some time working there.http://www.city.melville.sk.ca/images/%7BFF68C2DC-A7EE-43B0-B081-F91B59A96AF4%7DWater-Tower.jpg

KIMFAB
06-20-2010, 02:31 AM
Many years ago I worked at an amusement park in Denver that was renowned for their homemade root beer.
It was mixed in a large 8' dia tank with a cover.

Every once in a while when we popped the cover to add ingredients we would find a floating something in the tank.
Just added to the flavor of the brew I guess but after the first one I never drank any.

John Stevenson
06-20-2010, 06:50 AM
I have heard that scrumpy has a bit of a kick and not all pubs serve it. Any thing to that? If I ever get over there, scrumpy is on my to do list.

Patrick

Very few pubs serve scrumpy unless you get a private one down in Devon / Somerset area.
The reason is most are owned by chains and they sell what moves fast and what they are told.

Supermarkets are fast stocking specialised labels to keep ahead of one another. The better stuff tends to come in stone jars but the way marketing is now that's not always the case.

True story.
When I was growing up the UK didn't bother as much as other countries with the age of drinking, it was 16 here but no one really bothered.
I was in a boys club that met once a week, bit like scouts but independent and it was more about doing things, we used to dig old folks gardens and stuff.

Anyway we used to go away each summer on a two week working holiday, One week you worked at where you stayed and the second week was yours to do as you like but you got fed and board. When I was 15 we went down to Devon to work on a farm run by a youngish couple.
They looked after us well and it was nice work, anyway at the end of the first week we decided to go into the local village about 2 miles away for a pint, there were 5 of us, the farmer and his wife had already gone out so we decided to take a tractor and come back early.

So drove down to the pub, parked the tractor outside and went in, had a good night playing skittles and darts with the locals and drinking scrumpy for the first time, dead cheap about a shilling a pint.

Well we came out there totally blotto, hardly able to stand and some bastard had knicked the tractor. We were leaning on this metal rail fence and no bloody tractor and it sunk in we were in the sh´te.

We had to walk back to the farm, by which time we were part sober and decided to go down early on Sunday to see if we could find the tractor, three of us managed to get up and went down to the village on borrowed bikes.

There outside the pub was the tractor but no metal rail fence, we were that blotto we must have been leaning in the tractor looking for it !! :p

Anyway went back, parked it up and said nothing, later on that morning farmer Giles comes round says "well you brought it back did you ? " and walked off.

Turns out as he told us later the publican rang him early on to say his tractor was still parked outside the pub and had been there all night.

.

speedy
06-20-2010, 07:22 AM
I have one of those misters with gallon jug of water based coolant tucked away in the column of the mill. I'm just a hobby machinist and this being spring I haven't touched the mill in a couple months.
So I go to make a couple parts this morning and something is smelling bad, I'm thinking the coolant got yucky but I have just a couple little parts to make and I just kept going. It gets worse and worse and I just kinda tough it out as I have everything setup and its going well otherwise. (You know how that goes).
After I am all done I go to clean out the coolant jug and there is what's left of a dead mouse floating in it. So I have rotten mouse mist all over me, the mill and the shop.
I think I am done for the day.

If you thought that you may be onto something there, you'd be wrong. Someone else got there before..
http://www.mousemilk.com/

HSS
06-20-2010, 09:14 AM
Very few pubs serve scrumpy unless you get a private one down in Devon / Somerset area.
The reason is most are owned by chains and they sell what moves fast and what they are told.

Supermarkets are fast stocking specialised labels to keep ahead of one another. The better stuff tends to come in stone jars but the way marketing is now that's not always the case.

True story.
When I was growing up the UK didn't bother as much as other countries with the age of drinking, it was 16 here but no one really bothered.
I was in a boys club that met once a week, bit like scouts but independent and it was more about doing things, we used to dig old folks gardens and stuff.

Anyway we used to go away each summer on a two week working holiday, One week you worked at where you stayed and the second week was yours to do as you like but you got fed and board. When I was 15 we went down to Devon to work on a farm run by a youngish couple.
They looked after us well and it was nice work, anyway at the end of the first week we decided to go into the local village about 2 miles away for a pint, there were 5 of us, the farmer and his wife had already gone out so we decided to take a tractor and come back early.

So drove down to the pub, parked the tractor outside and went in, had a good night playing skittles and darts with the locals and drinking scrumpy for the first time, dead cheap about a shilling a pint.

Well we came out there totally blotto, hardly able to stand and some bastard had knicked the tractor. We were leaning on this metal rail fence and no bloody tractor and it sunk in we were in the sh´te.

We had to walk back to the farm, by which time we were part sober and decided to go down early on Sunday to see if we could find the tractor, three of us managed to get up and went down to the village on borrowed bikes.

There outside the pub was the tractor but no metal rail fence, we were that blotto we must have been leaning in the tractor looking for it !! :p

Anyway went back, parked it up and said nothing, later on that morning farmer Giles comes round says "well you brought it back did you ? " and walked off.

Turns out as he told us later the publican rang him early on to say his tractor was still parked outside the pub and had been there all night.

.


Good one John, maybe I don't fancy a scrumpy afterall. Had to google skittles to see what it was. Over here skittles is a chewy candy.

Patrick

lost_cause
06-20-2010, 09:24 AM
my father's family's farm always had an old dug well. years back i remember going there often and at one point the water started tasting bad. they didn't seem to notice. eventually several relatives noticed and commented on it, and finally one of my uncles removed the wooden well house/cap and there was a very dead, very bloated porcupine in it - no joke, true story. we drank the bad water from the tap for weeks (months?) before it was discovered. nobody ever became ill from it, but even now, 20+ years later i can still remember that taste. seems worse now, knowing what it was.

ulav8r
06-21-2010, 02:06 PM
Ask a chicken farmer about bad smell. As you walk through the house picking up dead chickens you hope to find them fresh. We usually put them in a five gallon bucket to be carried out after walking the whole house. If my wife collected some while I was away she would leave them for me to carry out later. If they are left for several hours in 90 + degree heat, you are emptying a buck that is half full of blood and has maggots crawling over the edge. Not too pleasant.

MuellerNick
06-21-2010, 02:22 PM
I was eating a chicken soup while reading the last post.
Guess I'll call the pizza-service now.


Nick

Weston Bye
06-21-2010, 06:27 PM
my father's family's farm always had an old dug well. years back i remember going there often and at one point the water started tasting bad. they didn't seem to notice. eventually several relatives noticed and commented on it, and finally one of my uncles removed the wooden well house/cap and there was a very dead, very bloated porcupine in it - no joke, true story. we drank the bad water from the tap for weeks (months?) before it was discovered. nobody ever became ill from it, but even now, 20+ years later i can still remember that taste. seems worse now, knowing what it was.

Same deal on my great-grandpatents homestead except the offending creature was a cat. My grandmother, a town girl, immediately left and went back to town. The great-grandparents shrugged and went on with life.

Boucher
06-21-2010, 06:53 PM
After 35 years in the water well construction business, I could go on for a while about what I have found in wells and plumbing systems.

Going back to town doesn't offer much protection. One new subdivision was having pressure problems on a leg of a new line that served about ten houses. Turned out the the construction crew had not been keeping the pipes covered when they activated things they pumped about 25 rabbits into the reduction coupling serving those ten houses.

The worst one was when a small town decided to irrigate the golf course with effulent from a small independant treatment plant that served some outlying area near the golf course. They wound up with a cross connection into the towns water system. Lots of unhappy sick people and lots of grinning lawyers.

Timleech
06-21-2010, 07:20 PM
When I got my present mill, last year, I gave it a good clean inside & out, changed all the oils, renewed a couple of gearbox bearings.
I'd drained the gearbox oil into a plastic washing-up bowl, about half a gallon, it was near the end of the day so decided it could stay where it was in the bowl until the morning.
Next day came into the shop and there was a frog, sitting in the bowl half in & half out of the oil. Looked for all the world as though it was ready to jump out, but the poor bu*8er was very dead.

Tim