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(Boston Globe)   Using steak tips, electrical tape and a five-cent, fine-mesh hair cap, man saves state $126,000 a year. McGuyver nods in approval   ( divider line
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2006-05-04 09:17:20 PM  
ChadM89: I would have scoffed at the ticket and made some remark about rednecks and boot leather

Funny, when I think of rednecks ordering steak it's the guy who says "knock the horns off, wipe its ass and throw it on the plate." Prometheus doesn't have his liver ripped out daily by a giant eagle for us not to use his gift of fire.


/can I bring my own BBQ sauce too?
2006-05-04 09:20:31 PM  
2006-05-04 09:30:31 PM  
Once some engineering consultants get hold of this, they'll con the state into buying filters of basically the same material and construction for $500 each, completely erasing any possible savings. Because cheap solutions are embarassing.
2006-05-04 09:31:19 PM  
You've gotta be careful with cheap and easy "make-do" repairs. Sometimes they work out for the short term, but wind up creating more problems (than the "correct" repairs would have) in the long term. Not always, but sometimes.

/just sayin'
2006-05-04 09:39:20 PM  
Major Thomb
It can run fine a little hot but that still reduces lifespan. I suspect since they only do this in cold weather, it might not be an issue.

Precisely, and they can still leave it off if it's cold outside but lacking precipitation. It still doesn't explain how the concept of a removable filter didn't occur to anyone until now. The MBTA could have just submitted an advice thread here on Fark explaining the problem, and I'm pretty certain someone here would have suggested the filter in less than an hour. Perhaps not one of the head-covering variety, but you get the idea.
2006-05-04 09:42:27 PM  
"/can I bring my own BBQ sauce too?"

Sorry, red_beard_neo, on the list of things that aren't allowed in my kitchen are bottled BBQ sauce and A1.

But I'll make you a deal: be willing to forego the KC Masterpiece and try a homemade grillin' sauce, and I'll take your steak up to medium for ya. :)
2006-05-04 09:52:53 PM  
ChadM89: Bottled BBQ sauce? That's about as bad as medium-rare steak. :D

2/3 cup blackstrap molasses
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/3 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


And for the ijits who obviously DRTFA: "Prior to the hair cap, T maintenance tried an assortment of materials to block the snow, from the stuff used in Tyvek protective clothing to burlap." They thought of filtering it, they just didn't hit upon the right filter.
2006-05-04 10:16:40 PM  
WHy do people keep saying the green line is best? It sucks! It hits red lights! Its slow! The Red Line is clearly the superior line.
2006-05-04 10:20:12 PM  
well you guys never tasted Jack Millers, that might be bottled sauce, but its pretty damm good. I do adulterated it a bit, but I use it as my base for a good ole' boys, cajun-texmex type sauce, (its got roux and chipotle).
2006-05-04 10:25:40 PM  
Impudent Domain: I do adulterated it a bit

I read that 3 times and still have no idea what just happened.
2006-05-04 10:30:42 PM  
Sadly, several years from now, some tragedy will occur on one of the trains using these filters. The lawyers for the victims will find out about the "rigged" filters and sue the bejebus out of the city, the MBTA, the maker of the hair nets and the poor guy that thought up this solution. They'll eventually lose more money than they ever hoped to save by going w/ this fix. Ain't life grand?

OMG - when did I turn into Debbie Downer???
2006-05-04 10:37:11 PM  
I lived in Boston for 8 years.

The two months where my job required me to take the Orange Line was the most hellacious of my entire time there.

/Slum on wheels
2006-05-04 10:40:48 PM  
Anyone who's ever worked a state job (or better, been abruptly dropped from the competitive "real world" into a state job) will no doubt see thousands of McGyver opportunities.

/Working in marketing for a university after working in marketing for a small company.
2006-05-04 10:51:03 PM  
This'll all be fine until the oil hits the anus.
2006-05-04 11:07:02 PM  
Muddie: I read that 3 times and still have no idea what just happened.

well, I been adulterated myself a little bit right now, Scotch and coke.
2006-05-05 12:33:26 AM  
Guys like this need to be applauded more. While it sounds like a simple solution, I'm sure a lot of bright people tried to solve it before this. Metal screens probably would cause the snow to turn to ice on the screen thus eventually clogging them, while the hairnet doesn't conduct heat, so the snow just falls off.
I'd really like to know how much money they spent on consultants and Ph.D reports before this dude came up with a nice, elegant solution.
2006-05-05 03:04:35 AM  
It is amazing how a typo in the headline has made everyone hyper-sensitive to bad speling.
2006-05-05 04:11:22 AM  
What about panyhose?
2006-05-05 04:49:23 AM  
"You don't run your blender in the bathtub," McHale said.

No, the blender's ok, it's the toaster that's the problem.
2006-05-05 11:29:14 AM  
Yankee Ingenuity. Pure and simple. Way to go, dude!
2006-05-05 03:35:53 PM  
he didn't use the steak tips, which was the only interesting part of this headline.
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