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Post by Roadmaster » Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:43 pm

‘86 Dodge P/U. I guess that I’ve had it for 20 years or so. From day one it never ran like it should. Was driving it home from work 5 years ago, it was a very cold night, had a hard time keeping it running. Figured a squirrel probably chewed a vacuum line in two. Anyway had to keep it revved up pretty high or it would quit running. Got about a mile from home and it died. Finally got it restarted and threw the belt off in the process that turns the water pump. Drove it anyway as it was too cold and too far to walk. It got pretty hot and figured the motor was cooked. Parked it until a couple of days ago. Thought I would try to get it to run good enough to dump it at the auction but I had my doubts. Took the battery out of the Ranger, sprayed some starting fluid down the hatch, turned the key and it hit. Far out. Primed the carb and it ran. Actually ran pretty good. Took the fuel line off the carb to see it was pumping any gas and how bad said gas as it was 5 years old. Nothing. Put a new fuel pump, filter, and V belts on and it run better that it has since it bought it. I’m guessing the old fuel pump was never up to par. Drove it around the place and everything seems good except the brakes, they are a little soft. Think there is a hose leaking, much easier fix than froze calipers or shoes. Don’t want to dump it at the auction now. Never hurts to have a spare 4x4 when you live in the sticks as I do.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Goose55 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:54 am

I'm having installed this month a 16kW on demand, whole house natural gas generator for two reasons. Sometimes violent Monsoon storms take out power poles north of here and we have been without power sometimes for days. Also, one never knows about what could happen to our power grid and the flow of natural gas is more reliable.

This is really a great unit. My neighbor has one and seeing is believing. No more need for extension cords or gasoline. It's going to be permanently installed on a concrete pad in my side yard w/ a 200 amp service disconnect transfer switch......

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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by durangopipe » Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:16 pm

I have another porcelain English setter figurine on the way that I'm planning to make into another pointing dog pipe rack.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by UncleBob » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:37 pm

Working on a lantern. Why are there always extra parts after I put it back together?

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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Jocose » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:00 pm

UncleBob wrote:
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Working on a lantern. Why are there always extra parts after I put it back together?

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Post by Goose55 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:23 am

Took a month longer for them to get to this but the electrician and his clan have finally got here and have been making progress on installing an on demand, whole house natural gas 16kW standby generator in my side yard.

Electric and gas conduit has been trenched and buried, concrete slab has been poured, the 450 pound unit placed, and the primed and painted steel pipe has been run from the meter over to join the underground conduit. Its now just a matter of attaching the transfer switch box alongside the breaker box, and making all the connections. Should be operational on Monday or Tuesday.

I then have to call SouthWest Gas to change out the meter for a larger flow one. I'll post more pictures when its all done. Its about 46 inches long, and about 32 inches wide. They'll be little if any fumes, as it uses clean burning natural gas.

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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by JudgeRusty » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:51 am

Strategy.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by FredS » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:05 am

Reassembling my 'mobile office' back at the office in Kansas City. There's always a glitch when I move my 'mobile office' computers. Somehow a HDMI cable got bent and fritzed out. I carry a spare so all my monitors are back up. I'm only going to be here a few days so I didn't bring my external speakers and now I can't get the internal one in my tablet to work. It's driving me nuts. All I hear are the big rigs out on the highway. I need better background noise. #firstworldproblems
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:14 am

If you call me I can sing...would that help?
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by FredS » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:17 am

I imagine the sounds of the freeway are better.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:38 am

Have you been talking to my grand kids? Otherwise how would you know that? 8)
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Del » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:12 pm

I am paying bills and property taxes.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by JimVH » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:55 pm

Started the day by replacing several breakers in the panel. It did not fix the problem. Some frustrating troubleshooting followed with no solution. Tried to do some other chores and they all ended badly, too.

But then I started a pipe refurb on an old Grabow Viking. I wish I had taken before photos because this thing was a mess. It was horribly caked up and the rim was tar black. The stem was corroded badly and I couldn't get a pipe cleaner through it. I almost threw it away. So, I borrowed some Dawn from Goose and soaked the stem all afternoon. While the soapy water worked its magic I reamed, sanded, and refinished the bowl. A little scrubbing, buffing, and a dozen pipe cleaners later, it looks pretty good. I haven't smoked it, yet, but it feels good and the draw is nice and open. There is hope.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Goose55 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:56 pm

JimVH wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:55 pm
Started the day by replacing several breakers in the panel. It did not fix the problem. Some frustrating troubleshooting followed with no solution. Tried to do some other chores and they all ended badly, too.

But then I started a pipe refurb on an old Grabow Viking. I wish I had taken before photos because this thing was a mess. It was horribly caked up and the rim was tar black. The stem was corroded badly and I couldn't get a pipe cleaner through it. I almost threw it away. So, I borrowed some Dawn from Goose and soaked the stem all afternoon. While the soapy water worked its magic I reamed, sanded, and refinished the bowl. A little scrubbing, buffing, and a dozen pipe cleaners later, it looks pretty good. I haven't smoked it, yet, but it feels good and the draw is nice and open. There is hope.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by JimVH » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:03 pm

Goose55 wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:56 pm
JimVH wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:55 pm
Started the day by replacing several breakers in the panel. It did not fix the problem. Some frustrating troubleshooting followed with no solution. Tried to do some other chores and they all ended badly, too.

But then I started a pipe refurb on an old Grabow Viking. I wish I had taken before photos because this thing was a mess. It was horribly caked up and the rim was tar black. The stem was corroded badly and I couldn't get a pipe cleaner through it. I almost threw it away. So, I borrowed some Dawn from Goose and soaked the stem all afternoon. While the soapy water worked its magic I reamed, sanded, and refinished the bowl. A little scrubbing, buffing, and a dozen pipe cleaners later, it looks pretty good. I haven't smoked it, yet, but it feels good and the draw is nice and open. There is hope.
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Ecstatic to hear the Dawn worked its magic!
I'm telling you, it really did loosen up the gunk. I just wish I'd had some of that Arizona sun to bath it in.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:20 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:37 pm
Working on a lantern. Why are there always extra parts after I put it back together?

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I rarely put something back together without parts left over.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Irish-Dane » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:36 pm

JimVH wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:03 pm
Goose55 wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:56 pm
JimVH wrote:
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:55 pm
Started the day by replacing several breakers in the panel. It did not fix the problem. Some frustrating troubleshooting followed with no solution. Tried to do some other chores and they all ended badly, too.

But then I started a pipe refurb on an old Grabow Viking. I wish I had taken before photos because this thing was a mess. It was horribly caked up and the rim was tar black. The stem was corroded badly and I couldn't get a pipe cleaner through it. I almost threw it away. So, I borrowed some Dawn from Goose and soaked the stem all afternoon. While the soapy water worked its magic I reamed, sanded, and refinished the bowl. A little scrubbing, buffing, and a dozen pipe cleaners later, it looks pretty good. I haven't smoked it, yet, but it feels good and the draw is nice and open. There is hope.
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Ecstatic to hear the Dawn worked its magic!
I'm telling you, it really did loosen up the gunk. I just wish I'd had some of that Arizona sun to bath it in.
That looks good enough to smoke.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by durangopipe » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:24 pm

Here's a quite complicated project I just completed.
I'll break it down into steps. Try to follow along:

1) Take the tin your wife's Christmas present from your granddaughters' came in.
2) Stick some furry foam in it with double stick tape.

It's worth all the time and effort, believe me, to have another fly box.

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If you are truly fortunate, you'll have one of FredS's pipes to photograph it with.
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by Goose55 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:52 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:24 pm
Here's a quite complicated project I just completed.
I'll break it down into steps. Try to follow along:

1) Take the tin your wife's Christmas present from your granddaughters' came in.
2) Stick some furry foam in it with double stick tape.

It's worth all the time and effort, believe me, to have another fly box.

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If you are truly fortunate, you'll have one of FredS's pipes to photograph it with.
Clever!

Is this a new pipe from Fred? It' very nice
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Re: What Are You Working On?

Post by DepartedLight » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:03 pm

Getting the last of the yard projects completed in the next 2 days.

But, I just don’t feel like trenching tree borders.
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