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Mike Stearns

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About Mike Stearns

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  • Birthday 12/11/1964

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    Clarks Hill, IN
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    Fire trucks,classic cars,woodworking

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  1. I can tell you that they aren’t water underground bolts. Underground bolts are tee head. Sorry I don’t know what they are used for either
  2. As far as drive line goes, Detroit series 60, Allison trans, rocker axels. I’m thinking on changing the pigs to get a little better top end. I’m thinking 65-70 tops. I may even have it turned up some to be able to pull the hills better. Definitely need to replace the seats from scba to standard. Some cosmetic repairs and lots of elbow grease to clean up the inside. Tires are in great shape. My daughter will want to change the wheels to polished aluminum. Knowing her boyfriend, he will come up with them cheep. As far as the ladder goes, it’s steel and will go to scrap as well as the super structure. The body is aluminum and some will get reused. It came with a generator which I’ll keep. Some of the fire fighting stuff will either go to the local fire departments or be sold.
  3. The truck is a 1996 Simon duplex with a 105’ quint ladder. Has a 250 gallon booster tank. I don’t know what the pump is yet, I haven’t looked at the data plate
  4. Yes to all above except for the painting. I’m going to make a hauler for my antique fire truck I’m restoring.
  5. T isn’t a tractor, but it’s red
  6. I don’t remember the name that dad used, but s basically alcohol
  7. My neighbor has it down to an art. This is what he does. First you need to know how much it weights. Trim most of the fat off. Then reweight it. Add any rub you want, he uses the McCormicks. He then puts in smoker at 250. Cooks it 1 hour per pound. Generally he smokes 6-8 hours and then will wrap in aluminum foil and finish cooking. Use the wood you like. They always come out great
  8. If your going to heat, I recommend radiant floor heat. Have it installed by a company that knows what they are doing. It is expensive compared to forced air. It cost about 4-6 dollars per square foot on average here in Indiana. It will pay for itself in the long run.
  9. Thanks. Only thing missing is the latch
  10. My wife had an idea for a Christmas present for each of our two daughters. Just a simple recipe box for 4 X 6 cards. So last weekend, I went to the scrap bin to see what I had to work with. Found enough cherry for them. Layed them out and started cutting. About three hours and started sanding. Then two coats finish on the inside. Got them both glued up and more sanding and finish. I hand painted their names on them. My wife really likes them.
  11. I'll agree that it's a good movie. My family and I were discussing how realistic it is becoming. The movie came out 11 years ago. Some people are so into the technology of today. When I started dating my wife in 1987, we would see each other on the weekends and talk on the phone on Wednesday nights. There was no other communication with her. I lived about 1.5 hrs away. Once I moved closer, it was the same. We have 2 daughters and they are in constant communication with their boyfriends. It's all because of the technology. Don't get me wrong, I use it quite a lot.
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    While having dinner tonight with the family, we got into a discussion on what is this world coming to. If you have ever seen the Disney movie Walle? We think that is coming to be quite soon. Today, some work from home. You can do all your banking and shopping online. You can order all the basic nessities and have delevered right to your front door. You can FaceTime just about anyone now a days. You can sit in your recliner and do all of this. Just about no human contact. It's just like the movie.
  13. A standard vent water heater is 40000 btus on either gas. They are built for each gas and not convertible. They are right at 80% eff. Power vents are the same, but a little mor eff. You said you need 60-70k btus. You really need to do a heat load to know exactly what you need. In the heating world, bigger is NOT better. If truly you need that many, I would do a small heating boiler. It may cost more, but will be better in the long run
  14. Yes, the little birdie will always beat you home
  15. My wife and I call it daylight stupid time
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