Golf Course Management

SEP 2013

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THE INSIDER: shop Scott R. Nesbitt Right: Plastic retainers are easy to fnd when a sample is mounted to the front of a plastic drawer with extra-thick contact adhesive. Left: Fastener removal is easy with end-nipper pliers, the duller the better. Photos by Scott Nesbitt Ordering, storing plastic retainers The search began with NEWS & notes DripTips is a new educational website and electronic newsletter from The Toro Co. The website, driptips.toro. com, seeks to educate new and existing drip irrigation users by sharing best practices, how-to guides, tips, trends, videos, webinars, design tools and case studies. In addition, visitors will find the latest irrigation and agricultural news. DripTips updates and replaces Toro's previous educational website, improving site navigation and networking capabilities. Toro says the site was specifically designed to encourage interaction. "The site's blog allows visitors to post comments or ask questions," says Sky Anderson, marketing communications manager for Toro Micro-Irrigation. Users can also seek advice or ask Toro's drip irrigation experts questions directly through the "Ask an Expert" function and can subscribe to the DripTips eNewsletter. The newsletter, which will be sent to subscribers every other month, will provide top news stories and special features and list upcoming events. 34 GCM September 2013 the purchase of a good used self-propelled Baker chipper/shredder/ vacuum (just $100!) that needed a drive belt and about a dozen plastic fasteners we have come to know as "push retainers." The Baker had one plastic fastener and a bunch on push retainers and grommets that come in a of ¼-inch bolts, washers and locknuts holding the fat box with dividers. Our shop relies on wallshields. Getting at the nuts required draining the mounted cabinets with plastic drawers, so we oil, tipping the machine on its side, and recruiting borrowed an idea. (Thanks, Mr. Reeder!) one bold fool to hunt blind in dark spidery spaces We use "Shoe Goo" to stick a sample of the with an open-end 7⁄16 wrench while the lucky guy part on the face of the plastic drawer. The ulgot to turn the bolt heads. The Baker also needed tra-thick contact adhesive sets up in 15 minutes. some of those square nylon nuts that expand when When fully dry in two to three days, the Shoe a screw is installed. We've come to know these as Goo feels like it will stick forever. The system makes it quick and easy to grab the retainer or "nylon grommet clips." The terms "push retainers" and "nylon grom- other specialty fastener needed. While the plasmet clips" were how we fnally found the fasten- tic fasteners are corrosion resistant, they get ers when we searched eBay. Although plastic (or brittle with age. When in doubt, we replace old nylon) fasteners appear in many vehicles and ones during service, now that we have a supply other products, the fasteners are not commonly available. Many sizes of push retainers are available with available at reasonable prices. Having grown frustrated buying them in small pricey packages a Phillips screw head that allows you to back out at auto parts stores, we looked for larger quan- the central spike — convenient but rather delitities at big-box stores or old-timey hardware cate. The threads make it harder to pull the spike stores. Industrial supply stores and auto dealers when you ruin the screw slots. I prefer the ones either had to order them, or wanted made-of- with plain heads. They're easily removed with a platinum prices. pair of 6-inch end-nipper pliers with dull jaws Cost on eBay was 10 to 20 cents each in packs that won't cut plastic. I've also taken an old fatof 10 to 25, with free freight. Since most turf and blade screwdriver and heated and bent the end to highway vehicles have gone metric, these fasten- make a mini-crowbar. ers are listed by the metric size of the hole they ft. GCM Approximate size equivalents are: The common 10-mm head bolt has a 6-mm shaft; a ¼-inch hole is 6.5 or 7 mm; 5 ⁄16 inch is 8 mm; ⅜ inch Scott R. Nesbitt ( is a free-lance writer and former GCSAA staff member. He lives in Cleveland, is 10 mm; 7⁄16 inch is 11 mm, ½ inch is 13 mm. If you add the word "assortment" to your Ga. eBay search, you'll fnd some reasonable prices

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