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Mike Stearns

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  1. Well I pulled it off today and started cleaning it up. This is what I found for numbers in it. I’m trying to find info, but nothing yet
  2. The age of the plugs and unknown when they were replaced last is why I would like to change them. The current number ,UJ8, is no longer made and I haven’t found any specs on it yet. There are lots of cross reference plugs, but I need to know what the plugs are now spec wise to get the correct new ones. The engine is a rd450 from the 50s. Mike
  3. Here are the pics. The 2 lines go to the carb. I’ve already pulled the manifolds to prep for cleaning and paint so I didn’t get a pic of the carb mike
  4. Does anyone have a explored view of a governor assembly that’s under the distributor on a rd450? When I run the engine, it only goes up to 1500 rpms at full throttle. When I un hook the governor tubing it will go up to 3000 rpms without a problem. I have rebuilt the carb, but it was doing this before that. Thanks Mike
  5. I’m just wanting to know what spark plugs you would use in a rd450? It currently has Champion UJ-8. Thanks mike
  6. I would definitely put on the floor. The big box stores have brackets you can attach to the floor first. If you know your going to be heavy in the loft I would also pour a thickened slab the where the posts will be. That way you can put posts anywhere alone that line in case you need to move a post. Otherwise if the load isn’t heavy just attach to the floor. Mike
  7. I’m not going to get it. It’s because the they say it’s like getting the flue shot. They say you can’t get the flue from the shot. Both times I got the the flue shot, I got the flue and was off work for at least a week. My doctor agrees with me not getting the flue shot. They say you can’t get COVID from the shot, but I’m not willing to take that chance. Also they don’t know long term effects. Mike
  8. I done some research on lighting. As a general rule, you’ll need 50-70 lumens per square foot for storage area. For work bench area is like 100-200 lumens, more for task lighting. So a 40 X 70 needs 140K to 196K lumens. If you get 5K lumens you need 28 to 39 lights. I have a 40 X 56 barn for storage. I put up 8 7500 lumens lights which is half of what I should have. I can do general work, but really need more. I’m going to be adding more this year. I also prefer the daylight over the cool light lights. You can also talk to a good electrician for advice. Hope this helps. Mike
  9. I have a Stihl 170 with 18” and a Stihl 044 with 28”. Both are great saws. It seams that I like the bigger one so I don’t have to bend over to limb with. Only problem is it’s heavy and loves fuel.
  10. Cool video. I remember piling up snow one year like the IH case did. I did it several snows. One day after work, my father in law had the backhoe out moving my ramp of snow. His horse decided he wanted to see if the grass on the other side of the fence was still there under the snow. I guess I shouldn’t have made my pile next to the fence. Lesson learned
  11. I did a bunch when young from shore and canoe on tippy river. Lots of pike, bass, blue gill, and sun fish. Bought a pontoon about 10 years ago. We go to a lake about 40 miles away for camping and fishing. It didn’t see and water last year and that sucks. It will this year if it kills me. Mike
  12. I have a rd450 and was wondering what the oil capacity is with a filter change? I think it was in a r200 truck before I purchased it. Thanks Mike
  13. I use minwax wipe on poly for my go to finish for most projects. Yes, mineral oil on cutting boards. My kitchen table has automotive clear satin on it. Most solvent based finishes will make the grain pop. Mike
  14. Maple, walnut, and purple wood?
  15. I get all my hardwood for projects at a dealer. They have millions of board feet of lumber. I prefer to get if rough sawn so I can mill it as I need. 4/4 will most of the time jointed and planed to 7/8”. Gives me a chance to glue up wider pieces and then plane to 3/4”. Rough sawn is about 1/2 to 2/3 cost of the stuff from the big box stores
  16. I use straight Simple Green in mine. It works great.
  17. I tried to get some at one of the supply houses last week. They have something like 400 on back order.
  18. Looks sweet. I redid a rocking chair for my wife about Ten years ago. It was her grandmas. I just started redoing an other that was her aunts. All the joints are loose, so I took it all apart and working on getting the old finish off. Than sanding, staining, and finish. Then it will be off to the upholstery guy. I just found out that he is in Florida and won’t be back till March. So I have some time to get my part done.
  19. When I built my barn, 40X56, I opted for concrete. It makes it easier for overhead doors to seal down which keeps the varmints out. Mine was built as cold storage in mind with some work from time to time. I currently have no climate controls units or insulation. I do have electric. I also have room for my company van to park inside. I really hate to scrape windows this time of year. I’m probably going to make it my primary shop over the next couple of years or so. Good luck with your decision. Mike
  20. When you change the oil, I would use a bore scope to look inside the pan to see if there’s much sludge. Fire trucks sit idle for long periods of time and then get hammered on for a few hours, then back to sitting. All that sitting let’s the contaminates settle out into the pan. My 28 had about 1-1 1/2” of sludge and the oil looked like brand new.
  21. I love the door support. Adjustable is key when stripping and clear coating.
  22. Why not just fix it? It looks to be fiberglass. It shouldn’t be that hard. Mike
  23. I’m a plumber, both service and install. Mainly on install side now. Started working on farms bailing hay, cutting hogs and milking cows. Helped work ground in spring and fall. I just never lived on a farm. Graduated from college with a degree in electronics. Works as a service tech for both small and large companies for 15 years. Now work for a small company that has an owner that really appreciates all the employees. He is willing to get down and dirty if needed. I have a lot of respect for him and his son.
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