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I'm an idiot...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Downeaster, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    The DPO of the Zook butchered the wiring (and the more I look, the more I think it was in a fairly serious wreck at some point...) and I've been restoring things to get it street legal.

    Buncha stuff came in today and I got the turn signals repaired/replaced and working. Fixed the wiring for the brake/tail light, fixed the wiring for the headlight (but ordered the wrong headlight, dammit...) Testing things out, noticed the tail light wasn't working. Hmmmmm.

    No tail, no brake. Checked voltages at the socket, all good. Oh...wait...maybe I got the little disk that holds the contacts back in the socket body back-asswards after soldering new wires on them. Flipped it around, put the bulb back in and PRESTO...light. Wait...the brakes don't seem to affect it. Hmmmm. And it's REALLY bright...maybe a shorted brake light switch? Checked the front one...nope operating as designed.

    The genius that designed the location of the rear switch should get some kind of award. After fighting for most of an hour to get it out...hmmmmmm...operating as designed. WTF?

    Took the tail light apart again, looked at it carefully. "That doesn't look right..." Flipped the disk back around, put the bulb back in and no tail light, but the brake light is working now.

    Saaaaaayyyyy, you don't suppose....nah, I couldn't be THAT stoopid could I?

    "Yeah, ya could, Boy Genius. In fact, this puts you in the running for Moron of the Month!"

    Original problem was a blown tail light filament in the bulb...
     
  2. Rasputin

    Rasputin XS650 Addict

    I can speak from experience. You are not alone.
     
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  3. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Dear, I’m an Idiot,
    You know we have a club don’t you? I’ll send you a membership card. :D

    We’ve all had those kind of days. Like the day I put my clutch all back together and then saw this lying on the bench. Sigh..........
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  4. Bushyeyed1

    Bushyeyed1 XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Lol sometimes we over think the simple solutions. Appreciate you sharing your head slap experience. If you can't laugh at yourself then life isn't as fun.
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
  5. MaxPete

    MaxPete New knee installed and it seems pretty good! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Well....at least your clutch pull would nice and light Mailman...;)
     
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  6. 2XSive

    2XSive XSively N. Michigan XS650.com Supporter

    "Like the day I put my clutch all back together and then saw this lying on the bench. Sigh.........." OMG, so I'm not the only one? I didn't have the balls to admit it. Did the EXACT same thing. Guess I'll have to start swallowing some pride, man-up, and air all my dirty laundry from now on, LOL.
     
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  7. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Haha! If you’ve read my two build threads, you’d know, I’m not proud. I put it all out there. I like to think I’m doing a public service! :D
     
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  8. Jim

    Jim "No...Try not. Do ... or do not. There is no try." Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    Oooo... Oooo... I wanna card!!... I wanna card!!<jumps up and down waving hands>
     
  9. MaxPete

    MaxPete New knee installed and it seems pretty good! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

  10. Signal

    Signal XS650 Junkie

    I will have to join, ask me how many degrees in a circle. Mailman done that one as well .
     
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  11. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    I figure with so many people laughing AT me, there must be something to it so I decided to join in.

    You should hear the names I call myself sometimes...
     
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  12. gggGary

    gggGary Stop that! Top Contributor XS650.com Supporter

    I'm just here to observe, having never F'd up.
     
  13. kshansen

    kshansen XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Nothing to do with 650's but one of my worst screw-ups was back in high school math class of some kind.

    Teacher would have us get up to the blackboard, anyone still use them?, and give each of us a different problem to workout showing all work.
    Forget the problem I was working on but when I was done and it came out nice and clear, no fractions or decimals!
    Teacher comes to my brilliant work and says "Nice work Ken,BUT! Last I knew there were only 24 hours in a day NOT 25!"
    I guess that's why I had trouble getting homework done I kept putting it off to the 25th hour!
     
  14. LiveSlowDieWhenever

    LiveSlowDieWhenever probably broke down. Just call me greasy.

  15. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Addict

    I'd prolly f*#k that up too!
     
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  16. I am Carbon

    I am Carbon shade tree mechanic XS650.com Supporter

    I think we all need one of those cards. because everyone has one of those days. I like it when I'm looking for the key that is in my hand. doh!
     
  17. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Hey Carbon! Good to see you again! I’m happy to see you’re still poking your head in here! Your video series are legend! You’ve helped countless guys. :thumbsup:
     
  18. Downeaster

    Downeaster Everything in XS Top Contributor

    Idiot - Part Deux

    Note to self: Chainsaw cuts MUCH better when you put the chain on the right way around...
     
  19. mrtwowheel

    mrtwowheel Honda Etched On Brain Top Contributor

    When using a jigsaw, pay attention to where the power cord is. In my dad's case, when using a Sawzall, pay attention to where your thigh is. He did this on a kitchen install job over the border, in Canada, without insurance.

    Scott
     
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  20. 650Skull

    650Skull Dinosaur Lives Top Contributor

    Some people should never be allowed near a power tool..........That being said i have cut the power cord when using my circular saw at least 3 times.........Always have used an industrial Power junction box with a cut out switch
     
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