Dough Hook Revisited

So…am I to believe that I am the first person to Afro-Engineer a dough hook? Come on folks…

I have repaired mine but have never tried to adapt one from another type of mixer. I would be concerned about the proper balance etc.


You are an idiot.

the “PC” term is now Mickey-Mouse engineer…

Are you kidding? This has nothing to do with being PC.

I think the PC “movement” is pretty stupid, and I don’t consider myself PC at all. But to use the term “afro-engineer” is much over the top IMO.

It was quite commonplace when I grew up. It was actually the the only phrase I can recall other than “jeri-rigging” which I believe has to do with jeri-curl, so same general idea behind it. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying it’s not something the OP made up.

Jerry Rig actually is in reference to Germans of WWII, or “Jerries”, and means to hastily put something together. I suppose it could be offensive to Germans. Being half-German, I don’t have any problem with it. But why use a term that is offensive to many when there are so many more descriptive terms.

The previous term, whether in common usage by whites in a previous, more racist period, is immaterial. After all, in the south when I was young it was termed “n*gger rigged”. It is inappropriate in today’s society. It has nothing to do with being PC. It is just common decency and intelligence to find a term that is less offensive to a huge segment of our population.

I’m full blood German, and Jerri-Rig or even Kraut don’t bother me in the least bit either, but hey, that just me, I can’t speak for anyone else…Now, back to the topic, what was the question???
Tom Lehmann/The Dough Doctor

Believe it or not, the term in question IS the Politically Correct version :shock:

I am also not so much for re-engineering stuff like a hook oin a dough mixer. I tend to find a replacement . . . or replace the equipment. If something is really close, then I may find a machinist to rework a piece, but it is not in my list of confident skills as I understand your question.

Re-engineering something is the act of changing or improving upon the original design, such as changing the design of a hook for improved mixing action. Welding a broken hook back together again comes under repairs, and modifying it so it will fit a different make, model, or size of mixer comes under “refitting”. For whatever it’s worth, I’ve seen a lot of dough hooks with a tell-tale scar of being welded back together, and they seemed to be working quite well (professionally welded, I would assume). I have never seen a mixing attachment for one size of mixer (such as a 30-quart hook for a 80-quart mixer) modified to fit another (30-quart) mixer such as a D-300 (having a different (smaller) agitator shaft diameter. I think it would be a lot cheaper to just buy a new/used agitator.
Tom Lehmann/The Dough Doctor

I always thought the term was JURY RIGGED a nautical term so I looked it up.

George Mills

[Q] From Robert Williams: “I’d seen the phrase jerry rigged and assumed it was related to WWII and the efforts of German soldiers to keep things running by patching things together. However I’ve also seen it spelled jury rigged. Where does this expression come from?”

[A] It’s much older than World War Two. In the form jury rigged it’s from the days of sailing ships and dates from the early 1600s, if not earlier. It refers to a mast which is makeshift or a temporary contrivance, perhaps because the original was lost or damaged in a storm. Nobody knows for sure where it comes from. It has been suggested that it’s a shortening of “injury-rigged”, though that sounds to me like something invented well after the event. Another suggestion often made is that it comes from the old French ajurie, “aid, assistance”.

We also have the term jerry-built, for a house that’s been thrown up using unsatisfactory materials; this dates from the middle of the nineteenth century and is sometimes said to derive from the name of a Liverpool firm of builders (one with a reputation that has travelled, obviously) or possibly a contraction of Jericho (whose walls fell down, you will remember, at the blast of a trumpet). Neither has been substantiated, I’m sorry to say.

It’s possible that the confusion between jerry and jury is much older than we think and that jerry in jerry-built is actually a corruption of jury, in the modified sense of “inadequate” rather than “temporary”.

And, of course, Jerry has yet another meaning, the one you referred to in your question, an informal version of German, hence jerrycan. These three terms have got thoroughly mixed up in people’s minds, to the extent that we may never be able to disentangle them again

Wow, I’m sad to say that I thought “jury” was merely the ebonics form of “jerry”.


when my dough hooks break I have them rewelded. they last 10 times longer then the original one’s do! whats up with that?