Googler Daniel Russell knows how to find the answers to questions you can't get to with a simple Google query. In his weekly Search Research column, Russell issues a search challenge, then follows up later in the week with his solution—using whatever search technology and methodology fits the bill. This week's challenge: Where can I find that tool?
While driving down the main drag of Ouzinkie towing your fishing boat to the harbor, you hear an ominous clank. You stop and walk to the back of your truck to check out the damage.
Much to your dismay, you find the main bolt holding the trailer hitch onto your truck has pulled out of the mounting flange. What's worse, when it pulled out it destroyed the threads on the bolt hole.
Because of the way your hitch is built, there's only one good way to repair it—and that's to drill a new mounting hole on the flange, remake the threading in the hole AND restoring the threads on the bolt. There really isn't any other option.
(1) What are the two tools you need to do this? (Assume you have a drill that can punch through the metal flange.)
(2) Where's the closest place for you to get the tools you need (assuming you're broken down on the main street in Ouzinkie)?
Comment: I'm not sure how you'll solve it, but I had to use an interesting search technique to do this challenge. I'll be really interested to see what you do! Be sure to tell us the search path you followed, and how long it takes you to figure it out. Also, let us know if you already know what devices you'll need to fix the hitch!
(Adapted from a real situation where a searcher needed a tool, but had no idea what it was called nor where to buy it!)
Daniel M. Russell studies the way people search and research—an anthropologist of search, if you will. You can read more from Russell on his SearchReSearch blog, and stay tuned for his weekly challenges (and answers) here on Lifehacker.