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    FIL and sister do.
  2. Floor coatings

    I used a water based epoxy. In the storage areas it's holding up very well. Under the lift and around bench it's getting beat up but you can still wipe up spills with a paper towel and some 409. I did two coats. My concrete has fiberglass in it. After doing the prep etching it loosened up the surface fiberglass a bit and the first coat had hairs sticking up. I ended up on my hands and knees sanding them off with a DA sander before doing the second coat. FG reinforcement works great - no cracks, but it made for some additional work coating the floor. Most all the hangars I see these days are coated. Occasionally I swab the deck with a HD cleaner and it really cleans the place up. It's nice to be able to get on the floor and not look like you've been rolling in grease. Welding and grinding is tough on it for sure.
  3. Propane torpedo heater

    Thanks for the replies. Before I built my shop I was using a drafty shed and heating it with a kero salamander. I tuned it as best I could but it still was tough on the eyes. I may need to do a little of the same type of work but I'm not willing to put up with the fumes. Are the propane units much louder? I have a small one called a red dragon that's an airplane engine heater. I don't recall it being that loud but could be it doesn't seem so when used out on the flight line with earmuffs on!
  4. Propane torpedo heater

    I have used kerosene heaters and my eyes water and headaches are common. Are propane heaters any better? I've got to work on some equipment outside and don't want to freeze. What's your experience?
  5. Shopping Around for Medical Procedures

    I've had two, knocked out for both. Found a couple of polyps first time, none second. Good insurance for both. My co-worker died of it. Survived two tours Viet Nam including PH and two DFCs but put off the colonoscopy. Maybe tough Marine didn't want anyone up his butt or maybe it's just too easy to to ignore. The docs I went to would not do partial sleep mode due to many patients having extreme discomfort. Last time cleanout was much easier - different procedure, not so violent.
  6. Let's push snow in the dark, shall we?

    I was doing that last night on an open station loader in freezing rain. It wasn't as much fun.
  7. Hard starting gas 606

    Gordon76 brings up a situation I've found before. The clue was the engine would start when you let go of the key from the start position and it snapped back to on. The bypass wire wire on the solenoid was bad. That wire had been soldered and the terminal covered with heat shrink. It looked good but the joint had fatigued at the solder joint and disconnected. It's another good reason to use crimp only and only with a quality crimp tool. This was on a Chevrolet, not a tractor but it's the same starting system.
  8. Hard starting gas 606

    Choke closing fully?
  9. Hard starting gas 606

    I have a 3616 industrial which originally had a C221. The 221 was completely worn out so I put a C301 out of a combine into it. The 221 was hard starting and cold blooded and the carburetor was simply junk. I found one of these universal Bendix/Zenith carbs on Ebay and it works great! The first one I got was a rusted mess - new but junk. They sent another that was still in the '60s packaging and was new in and out. The machine runs super on it and starts great. It might be big for a 221 and may need a smaller or adjustable main jet as it's a bit rich on the 301. It's a tall carburetor and I had to leave the short combine dipstick and tube and grind the top of the tee handle of the dipstick a bit to be able to check the oil. Another issue I had, if I remember correctly is that the universal is made with threaded mounting holes so I had to drill the threads out and then the clearance is close so I had to use a thin nut on one stud. It's a possible solution if you can't get the IHC carb sorted out or find another.
  10. Topic question

    Maybe try using a different browser - Firefox or Chrome if you happen to be using Explorer. Just a thought. No problems here using Firefox.
  11. Deer strike back

    $500 deductible; Body shop worked with us.
  12. Deer strike back

    Wife got a 10pt with a Suburban - $5000 fix.
  13. Something you don't see everyday

    Single speed transmission. What you may have heard is the pilot "splitting the needles". The engine RPM and rotor RPM are displayed on a dual instrument and the needles overlap. On run-up the pilot will check the magnetos and chop the engine power to be sure the rotor will disconnect from the engine (sprag clutch) in order to be able to auto-rotate. The resulting noises may make it sound like gears shifting. As for the fuel, yes the helicopter was probably at near max weight to hover out of ground effect so fuel uplift would have to be limited.
  14. Something you don't see everyday

    Guy I used to fly with did external load work in the LA area. Lost tail rotor while hoisting an air conditioner to the roof top, pickled (dropped) the load and auto-rotated to the parking lot spinning all the way. Had enough rotor RPM to cushion the crash enough to survive but someone on the ground was killed by the falling AC.
  15. Anybody need a mother in law?

    It's a week; put up with it. You'll regret any other action.