New Englander

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  1. Building a new Shop - looking for cement advice.

    How true! Mine looked big enough but once I rolled in a few tool boxes, benches, compressor, blast cabinet, several welders, lift, some forever projects, etc. It became small in a hurry! Insulation, as Danny said, is really important. I've got 18" in the ceiling and 6" in the walls in a somewhat milder climate. The doors are Garaga, a Canadian outfit, and they had the highest R value I could find. I wish I insulated the floor. My heat is a Miller mobile home furnace with the cottage base. The nozzle is only a .57 GPH and it has no trouble keeping the place as warm as I want even when below zero outside. The floor, epoxy painted, is cold to the touch and heated would be nice. I have all the second floor for storage. I'd like to finish it but it's way down the list. 12/12 roof makes for lots of room and the building blends in with the 19th century barn beside it.
  2. Building a new Shop - looking for cement advice.

    My shop is on a floating slab as well. Same construction as your contractor will do plus fiberglass in the mix. It's over 10 years old and NO cracks! The downside: With frost wall construction the floor can be pitched to take water to/out the doors. With my perfectly level floating slab snow and slush/salt mix melting off vehicles just pools and has to be squeegeed out/swabbed up. Shop is well insulated although floor is not, just perimeter of slab. It's heated to 60 all winter, warmer when I'm working. Takes 300 gallons of heating oil per season which is OK with me as it has three overhead doors and 12' ceiling. Sill is PT, siding T1-11, got a little bit of rot on personnel entry door sill/trim. Replaced and installed gutter to divert splash. I went with the slab as the I got the front and rear approach ramps and slab for the same money as frost wall and floor only. Two doors in front, lift bay door rear side. That's a nice sized shop you're building. Mine is 28X42 ad I wish I'd gone bigger but I was stretching the budget already.
  3. oil filter question

    Keep us posted. Wix is one of the best on the market and the story sounds, well, a little thin.
  4. Shopping for pickups, not as fun anymore

    I had a couple of those '70s Ford trucks one with a 360 and one with a 390. Got about 8mpg. Nice trucks but like anything around here the salt killed them. I rented a slide-in and drove the Cape Breton highlands with my '72. Starter quit and my then wife and I pushed it, got it running and drove to a parts store there in NS. Crawled under and changed it in the parking lot. I drove one of them from Boston to Philadelphia during the second gas shortage. Had a 55 gallon drum of Avgas in the bed and siphoned directly to the truck's tank. I liked those Fords and Chevys of that vintage too. Dodges of those years had bullet proof 318s, 340s, 383s but it seemed everything on/in the cab just fell apart or was simply primitive plus they just didn't look good to me.
  5. Vintage Aerial

    Don't have my county in NH yet but we did buy a picture about 20 years ago which may have been from them; I'll have to check the back of it.
  6. Scary ladders

    I often fly by it going in to San Jose. The siding has been stripped and it's awaiting re-siding but it's unclear where the money will come from.
  7. Shopping for pickups, not as fun anymore

    Some years ago I was looking for an extended cab long box K2500. Couldn't find one anywhere near me as they were all short box. I found one on Ebay. I recognized the dealer's name from when I lived in PA. I bought a cheap one-way airline ticket, the truck was as represented, and I was driving home that afternoon. No rust, stickers still on frame. New England salt has since eaten through the rocker panels but at the prices for newer, it's getting new rockers. Six liter gas is thirsty but it's been 100% reliable except for all the steel lines. I replaced the brake lines with a stainless set and the fuel and transmission lines with aftermarket. Good to go for years.
  8. Most Regretted Farm Purchase

    I had an '87 1/2 ton that I used as a commuter. It was a 2WD with the 2.73 gears. Being fuel injected it got great gas mileage. I never used it for anything heavy, just a commuter I could toss miscellaneous stuff into. At 387,000 miles I was getting concerned about its reliability and sold it to a guy who wanted the cab, bed, and transmission for the 4WD he was building. The transmission was new and he had to change it for the transfer case. The engine, never opened, he put in his wrecker when the wrecker engine dropped a valve. It was to be a temporary thing and the 350 from my old truck was sitting on the floor ready to go. As far as I know that engine was in the wrecker for some years after. I've always had good luck with SBCs and that reaffirmed my faith. The rest of the truck was a bit like grampa's axe - a couple of water pumps, radiators, etc. Only one transmission though.
  9. I bet you've never seen this...

    Great picture. Print it and frame it!
  10. I bet you've never seen this...

    Kind of common on the skeet field to have squib loads. Reloads with just the primer but little or no powder. Every place I've ever shot has had a dowel or lately, a fiberglass driveway marker to clear the barrel. Barrel bulge or worse to fire into a blockage. I've never seen it though on any factory load - shotgun, rifle or pistol. QC screw up for sure.
  11. Shotguns

    You're right and it's seven clays.
  12. Does anyone clean spark plugs anymore?

    That end of the plug has no glaze - just don't over do it. Spray with a brake cleaner to wash out any beads that don't fall out - no worry about sand in the engine. Run the threaded end around a wire brush and put a drop of engine oil on them. Airplane plugs are too expensive to simply replace and are routinely cleaned that way. Since there's so much lead, even in 100LL, that there are vibrator cleaners to grind out the lead deposits. It's a $600. machine but when you consider that aircraft plugs are at least $40 and there are two in each cylinder it's easy to see the economics.
  13. Shotguns

    My boy is a pretty natural shooter. I was pretty amazed how well he did with a little H&R topper so I bought him a Model 12 in 20. It's a 30" barrel with a modified choke. It was waayy too long for him so I bought a cut-down butt stock from Ebay until he grew into it. He's since acquired a Ruger Red Label O/U but he still shoots best with that Winchester. He's in the service now so I've lost my shooting partner. He and a few others are trying to organize a club at the academy but they have little free time. It's an early '50s gun - almost as old as me! The fit and finish of those pieces is just beautiful. No Mossberg ever looked so good, later ones less so. There's a video of a trick shooter, I forget his name, who throws 8 or so clays in the air and hits them all with a Model 12 before they hit the ground. The Model 12 is unusual in that you can hold the trigger and cycle the action and it will fire as soon as the bolt is home. A real rapid fire pump!
  14. Does anyone clean spark plugs anymore?

    I do it all the time. I hit them with glass beads in the cabinet.
  15. Electronic ignitions

    Reading it it seems they went out of their way to control the conditions to make everything exactly the same, timing included. I believe that many times the reported performance gains are due to the fact that the new ignition is carefully set to the instructions whereas the old points may have drifted quite far. For low RPM engines there is little to gain over a well maintained points ignition. No point in a super high output coil either as the spark gap will jump at a much lower voltage than the HO coil is capable of. The marketing will lead you to believe that the system will deliver some incredible voltage to the spark plug every time when no, the spark will jump whenever the airgap resistance is exceeded. If you have super high compression then the resistance across the gap increases then the HO coil will be able to keep up; not an issue in a tractor engine. If you are replacing bad parts then it will run better. It will also run better if you've spent a lot of money, just like your car runs better after a wash and wax.
  16. Shotguns

    I've got side by side and over/under guns I use for skeet, clays, etc. I also have pumps, the absolute favorite being a Winchester Model 12. They're long out of production as they were too costly to make and compete with offerings from Mossberg and Remington but they're obviously better quality. They're out there used and if in pristine condition, pricey. In less than perfect cosmetic condition they can be more reasonable.I also have a Mossberg 500. For what you're doing buy a used 500 or 870 that you won't mind putting a few nicks and scratches in while hauling it around in a pickup. Pickup something with an open choke or better, screw-in chokes. You don't need anything heavier than #8 for snakes and it's also a good skeet and dove load - maximum for skeet. You can also shoot 00 from that barrel for a hog or defense load. My usual skeet gun is a Beretta O/U but when I feel I'm riding the first clay too long on doubles I break out the 500 pump which forces me to shoot quicker to cycle the pump for the second. We don't have poisonous snakes but squirrels invaded my place making a mess out of the barn and worse, chewing through the hydraulic control lines of my bucket truck. My go-to, always ready gun for them is a H&R Topper my kids used when they were little. It's a 20 ga break open hammer gun, as safe as one can get. It's loaded with 8s and has never failed to drop one yet. There are millions of good used guns out there don't spend big money on first gun. A 500, 870, model 12, are all great, reliable, and versatile. Beware though, that if you like shooting moving targets - skeet, trap, sporting clays, doves, you will end up with a cabinet full of shotguns, reloading equipment and related paraphernalia; it's addictive!
  17. block heater fire

    Three 110v circuits in the shop with multiple outlets protected by 3 GFIs. I've had one failure in 10 years so not so bad. It tripped on its own and wouldn't reset. House has them in the kitchen and baths. None in the barn except on an outside outlet. CBs may be changed to DF as VT Fireman suggests. I'm a little concerned over nuisance trips as all my woodworking tools are there and I don't relish the thought of resetting every time I start or stop a saw. GFIs I had in my first house often tripped for no apparent reason but newer ones don't seem to. Great discussion as there's just no way to replace a lifetime collection of tools, vehicles, and other stuff.
  18. block heater fire

    So, if a cord or device arcs leg to leg only an arc fault breaker will detect it but if it arcs to ground then a GFI or arc fault will see it? If the above is true then I won't rush out to change what I have as every cord or equipment failure I've had was a short to the grounded case which should unbalance and trip a GFI. I will, however, use a DF in anything new I do as it seems cheap insurance.
  19. block heater fire

    My shop outlets are all GFI. If one trips it's a sign that whatever is plugged into it has a problem even if it doesn't trip a non GFI. My pool motor is protected with a 20 amp 220v GFI breaker so you can find one to protect almost anything.
  20. You think you are having a bad day?

    Well, I've been finger printed and background checked so many times that it would be pointless to ever try to be anonymous.
  21. You think you are having a bad day?

    Our state has the real ID system in place. My wife renewed her license and opted for the real ID. They gave her a paper copy and clipped a corner from her expired license to use whilst waiting for the new one, which arrived in about 3 weeks. I had renewed just before the new system was in place so don't have it. It's not a problem for me as I always travel with at least one of my passports. I used to worry about having a national ID card but realized that I've been documented in so many ways already that it's pointless to resist.
  22. US olympic gold medal winner my butt

    Google the flag code. In peace time all nation's flags are displayed at the same height. The US flag is displayed higher than state or other flags. There's a lot of flag etiquette such as not draping it over a car hood, which fender it's attached to ,etc. It's always best to refer to the code when you have a question. In fact, here it is:
  23. When AM was all we had

    I grew up with Arnie Ginsberg. Here's the ad he did for Adventure Car Hop:
  24. When AM was all we had

    Had a regular run to Bermuda. Our long range NAV was a VLF Omega which went DR if there was a cloud anywhere in the atmosphere. We were always on course when we picked up the VOR but I kept the commercial broadcast AM station frequency penned on the Jepp binder, just in case. Nice to have a needle pointed to where you think you're going.
  25. When AM was all we had

    I grew up listening to rock on WMEX in Boston. They went off the air at 22:00 and then the only good music was a skip from WPTR Albany. FM at the time was what was called long hair - Mozart and the like then all of a sudden all the music went FM. Nice and clean, no static, just limited range. Flying with the old ADF receivers with a regular tuner you could find a descent AM rock station. Get one with the needle pointed in front of you so you'd have it for a while. Eventually the AM station went country then talk and sports and the ADF receivers went digital so unless you know the frequency you can't search easily. Now have the internet on board......