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Mike Stearns

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  1. Being that I’m a plumber, I like the rigid one better, especially on bid pipe. The knurled one is only good up to 3/4” nipples or pipe. We have a set of them at the shop from 3/4”to 2”. I’ve broken more of the knurled ones than I can count.
  2. Odsteve, I have the wtec2. In all my research so far, all reprogramming and programming is done through Allison HQ. All dealers have to contact them for the program codes to reprogram a tcm weather is new or old. That’s why I’m currently working with Allison to see if they will allow it.
  3. Count me in. But I personally don’t like corona beer, I prefer MGD though.
  4. I do have the manual for my trans, but it doesn’t cover the programming. I have looked into buying a reader, but they want too much for one. A good reader will run you about 2500-3000 plus the software is another 1000-1500. I’m going to search tonight to see if there’s a source for the programming. I’ll let you all know what I find out
  5. After some research, Allison’s policy is you have to get a letter from the original manufacturer stating the truck can handle the sixth gear. You then have to send it to a dealer who then forwards it to corporate. They will review it and either accept or denies. If it is excepted, they will send the codes back to the dealer. When the dealer gets the codes, you have to make an appointment to have Tcm flashed with new codes. All this costs $500 or less. I called a local Allison shop and was told the same thing. The only problem I have is the manufacturer sold twice and then went out of business. So I decided to call Allison head quarters and ended up leaving a message. I received a call back and I explained my issue and I do understand their policy. It’s a liability thing. After a second call back, they want the codes from the tcm and maybe they will approve my request.
  6. Don’t know if this is the correct place to post this or not. I have a 96 fire truck that has an Allison automatic. The model number is hd4060p. According to the manual I got with the truck, it’s a six speed unit. It only goes into fifth gear as high. So sixth is locked out. The mode button just changes the shift points. How do I unlock the sixth gear? Can I do it or do I need to take to a dealer to have done? Thanks Mike
  7. My household calls it daylight stupid time. It’s a pain in the ! The sun was just coming up when I was getting to work at 7. Now I have to get out the lights again to do my work again. I’d like that Extra daylight in the morning. The sun sets about 10 in June. I think it sucks.
  8. You mean daylight stupid time!
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Yes to all above except for the painting. I’m going to make a hauler for my antique fire truck I’m restoring.
  13. T isn’t a tractor, but it’s red
  14. I don’t remember the name that dad used, but s basically alcohol
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. Thanks. Only thing missing is the latch
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Mike Stearns


    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.
  21. 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
  22. Yes, the little birdie will always beat you home
  23. My wife and I call it daylight stupid time
  24. Quoted from my daughter who is a welder; "Yes you could can do it that way, but you really need to do SS with SS. It will look better and save you problems in the future if any occur. In all seriousness, if you have questions this early in the process you need to take it some where and have them look at it and talk with them and get their thoughts and ideas on your project. "
  25. I'm also on the vol fire dept. we got toned out for a barn fire. The officers were having a meeting so response time was minimal. One of the members had to drive right by the fire to get to the station and was able to give information to the responding units. The home owner was quite upset that he didn't stop on his way to put the fire out. I looked at him and asked how he was to do that if he didn't have any equipment or water source. Once the fire was out and we got to looking for the cause, he started complaining about our response. We all looked at him and asked him to join the department. He did come to a couple of meetings, but then quit coming. When asked why he quit coming, he said he was just too busy. He lives on a busy county road and if he's not at work, he's at home and you don't see him out. Volunteering can take a lot of time. You have to have a passion for it. We all can use the time we volunteer to do something else, we just choose to help out instead of watching and complaining.
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