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Mike Stearns

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  1. 3 hours ago, bitty said:

    X2 . Can pick up 3 tons with ours that we made . Very handy and safer than a loader or fork truck. Biggest advantage it can be controlled slowly and in tiny increments

    I’m going to make one. What size of I beam did you use?

  2. I feel your pain. I took the day off work to unload a semi with me new barn on it. I ran into town to pick up some miscellaneous items. The first stop was Menards to get some cap nails. They informed me that they are requiring everyone to wear a mask while in the store and if I didn’t have one, I can purchase one at the service desk for a dollar. It’s not the dollar I’m complaining about, rather the fact if I didn’t , I wouldn’t be allowed to enter the store. I made four other stops and none of them required me to where a mask.  I’m a healthy 55 year old man. I chose not to wear a mask. If I get it, I get it. I’m just tired of hearing all the bull about how I should live and behave. I think the media has a lot to do with it. Mike

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  3. 10 hours ago, Dasnake said:

    Twenty years I never had a busted nipple, busted t's, busted unions, busted elbows, but never anything so tight as to need an extraction fitting like this, first time for everything.

    You guys would have loved our old threader, ridgid 400, bloody bear to handle.

    I wish I can say that. Steam boiler piping is the worst. The pipe and fittings will grow together and you won’t get apart without cutting. I remember working at a local company on there old boiler system that had a leak in the condensate line. After a day of cutting and threading, I got it fixed and running again. The next several days was the same, start where I stopped and fix the leak that started a couple of fittings away. Took four day to get all the leaks repaired. About a month later was the same. I ended up repairing that area the next summer. Took me about two weeks.  It’s hot and sweaty, finger pinching, knuckle busting work. 

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  4. 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. 

  5. 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

  6. 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. 

  7. 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 

  8. 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.

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  9. 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. 

  10. 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

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  11. 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. 

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  12. 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. 

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  13. 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. 

  14. 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. 

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