Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Here's Inventors Paradise.
Tom Kershaw, the Inventor In Paradise shares a blog and materials to assist inventors, entrepreneurs and friends.

Tom is the Director of "616CORP" (was Ballback Inc"). He's now seeking new ventures for capital growth.  Who isn't!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Flipping Old Cars

We fixed and flipped a few cars while retiring in Florida. I said "we", but my wife doesn't work on cars. And I was hardly "retired", managing distribution of invented products. The car flips offered a diversion.  But - certainly each required fixing, patience and someone's love of messing with old cars.
 1. The red 1979 MGB needed a new exhaust, seat frames and dash work   It was sold to a retired mortician in Chicago. The married couple flew to Florida and drove the car home as a fun filled, five day motor trip. I mailed him an official MGB hat.
2. This is a 1970 British racing green Jaguar XKE 2+2. I fixed the AC and did engine, brakes and upholstery repair.  It shipped to a doctor in California. His mechanic actually called to praise my work. I was shocked...and pleased.  

3. This is a 1969 Burgandy colored Jaguar XKE 2+2 required extra TLC before it sold to a man in New York City.  I installed a complete A/C system and faulty wiring. I hated shipping it to that nasty climate (my home state). 
4. This 1980 MGB is the star of "MGB".  I kept it for 5 years and did a ton of work, including a complete A/C installation. It was sold and shipped to a man in England. It's the truth!

5. This 1996 Jaguar XJS convertible required electrical switches, upholstery, and waterproofing of the top. We had it for only 3 months (no plates)...and drove it less that 20 miles (off road). A man flew in with cash (all 20 dollar bills) and shipped it home to Germany. I had to count the bills three times!
6. This 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible was sold to a couple who flew in  from Maine... to drive it December (Nice here, but cold there). They bought new tires, and checked the engine and heater for the trip.  A good idea!

Yes, each car sold for profit beyond  our expenses of all purchased parts. My wage? Let's call it a labor of love.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Our View Of The Economy

From our Cape Coral home we see three new homes sprouting around our cul-de-sac.
We see another fine home rising across our canal.
Must be the economy is okay!  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Storage Latch Damage

Have you ever seen "Storage Wars" -  where they cut padlocks from units to auction the contents.
We own a small storage complex. Each unit has a roll-up door with a sliding latch. The latch shown is designed for two padlocks - one for the tenant (it's gone))...another (shown for ref) is for the facility to "over-lock" a "problem" unit (Supported by a Florida Statute).
A tenant said they didn't have the key for his padlock (not shown) they sawed the latch  to allow removal of his closed padlock...and slide the latch to enter his unit.   
Of course, the locked padlock was a four dollar item (with no key).   The new latch cost  me $22.75 - and the time to remove, order and install a new latch.
P.S.  "Storage Wars", shows how quickly we can snip the lock (or grind it off) while avoiding destruction of the latch.   But - no worries....we always demand a tenant security deposit for such nonsense.  

Monday, December 11, 2017

Unusual Mailbox

Perhaps, I'm a bit frugal.... And I do like Duck Tape. 
But, this is not my mailbox... ...And maybe not a "great idea".
It did catch my attention during a local bike ride.

Monday, May 1, 2017


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

12 Free Inventor Tips

Here's our PDF version of 12 Free Inventor Tips......written a few years ago.  Today, things are still the same (except some inventor expenses have increased).  Click the book...
Also - See our sidebar for more free PDF materials. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Simple Notice

Many stores and web sites sell office chairs and bar stools with a pneumatic riser tube to elevate the seat to preferred height. Manufactures often place a protective cap on the riser stem that fits into the seat bottom -  during your assembly. As shown, this factory cap had a green label to warn us to  remove the cap. (We used a magnifying glass to read the fine print and the graphic that appears confusing - if not redundant). So, we sent the manufacturer this photo of our suggested simpler, readable label.  They should follow the KISS rule!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Broken Lamp

My swivel "Drafting Board Lamp" fell apart.  The plastic clamp/base broke, shattered - and the lamp fell to the floor.   So, I fashioned a better base.  A small piece of wood...add some drilled holes...paint...and hang to dry. Ureaka!  The lamp is secured and works just fine.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Car Socks

We  posted a 1997 Jaguar XK8 for sale -  at by filling forms and sending 5 photos and a brief description. The ad is free for 30 days.
 But before the ad is posted - we had to comply with a unique security measure.  To assure we really did have such a car, they wanted another photo of the car - with a pair of socks placed on the hood of the car.

Okay, here's the security photo...but the socks don't go with the car.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Some Results

So, the office may be a bit's served us well for 26 are some results of hard work (Intellectual Properties) for inventions by someone called the "Inventor in Paradise".

Work Area

Okay, This home office may appear a little messy (so others say). But, it's great to have multiple computers and monitors  - for producing inventor videos, searching the web, the USPTO ... and doing some day trading. Some efforts can offer immediate gratification....others take longer.

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Great (crazy) Idea

You never know when a Great Idea might appear.  Fortunately a handy cell phone camera can quickly capture amazing ideas.
A pool maintenance guy pulled in one day.  During casual conversation, he bragged about his pick-up truck having over 200,000 miles....and the a/c still worked perfectly. 

But, his door handle was busted... and he improvised by adapting  several zip-ties.
Yup...always keep a camera handy...for great (and crazy) ideas!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tree Roots

26 years ago we planted a small oak tree.  Now it's too big.  And once again, it interrupted our supply of irrigation water that sprays the lawn.
We dug a trench to discover tree roots  had again encircled and stretched two PVC pipes... until their fittings failed.   We relocated the lines and kept one root as a reminder to ... beware of Mother Nature

Monday, October 3, 2016

Weed Whacker

Sometimes a weed whacker just doesn't want to start. Why?
Today I pulled and pulled the cord. Yes, I pumped the primer bulb several times. No luck!  So, I took a closer look at the gas bottle and discovered the fuel lines seemed decomposed....soft....sticky...and collapsed. Random pieces of the gas line were resting in the fuel tank (see photos).  How can this happen?
The hardware store had new lines for replacement...and couldn't explain the rotting gas line.
Later, I installed the new fuel lines, and cleaned the carburetor with solvent and an air blast.  I added fresh gas, pumped the primer and yanked the cord a couple times  Eureka!  The darn whacker was ready for work.
My takeaway is this; if your weed whacker won't start....inspect the gas lines very closely.