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Old 12-05-2011, 09:05 AM   #1816
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Yeah, I know.

I see it answers the question nicely, but it is something of a thread ender. "Hey, look. Got it? Ok. Move on." meh. It was a creative idea. I was trying to continue the conversation.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:07 AM   #1817
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The threads! You're ruining them!

(This is an inside joke. My vet's old front desk lady...now long gone, had made a hand made sign: Keep your animals off the seats. The cushions! You're ruining them!)
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:09 AM   #1818
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:14 AM   #1819
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A drill to bore holes in pipes ?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:20 AM   #1820
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Yes! A chain drill. They are very beautiful and effective tools. You put the chain around the back of the pipe and slide it into the slot on the other side of the drill. Then when you use a brace to twist this thing, the threading in that central shaft pulls the bit slowly and steadily into the metal. It really makes drilling very easy and effective. With a chain drill like this, you can drill holes in metal by hand about as fast as with a modern electric drill.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:21 AM   #1821
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This one might be more difficult.

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Old 12-05-2011, 09:26 AM   #1822
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #1823
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Horse skis?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:38 AM   #1824
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Are those like Huskies? Or Russkies?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:39 AM   #1825
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:41 AM   #1826
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Trucks in mountainous areas carry "emergency drop chains" for icy roads and runaway trailers.

Are they some sort of "emergency drop skids" for railroad freight cars ?
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:43 AM   #1827
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I'm not sure about all of it, but one of those things is a dollar bill.

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Old 12-05-2011, 09:44 AM   #1828
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Trucks in mountainous areas carry "emergency drop chains" for icy roads and runaway trailers.

Are they some sort of "emergency drop skids" for railroad freight cars ?
You're really close. Close enough that I'd say you have it.

They are called skid shoes, and heavy wagons going down hills used them to slow the wagon and also keep the brakes from wearing out and the metal tires on the wheels getting a flat spot worn into them as the wagon skids down a hill.

These would hang by chains on the side of the wagons, and you would stick them under the wheels at the top of a hill, and just skid down the hill on them.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:35 AM   #1829
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It seems like it would be hard to steer. Maybe the roads were straighter then.
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:41 AM   #1830
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They might have only used them on the rear wheels.
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