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  1. 16 hours ago, Finney said:

    Pulling pins, skid steer hydraulic cylinder pins. Local dairy.  

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    I could have used that rig for the lower boom cylinder on my bucket truck. Pins are internally threaded but grade 8 threaded rod just stripped. I could get the piston end apart so repaired it in place. PITA but no longer get that sinking feeling.


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  2. I was kind of surprised that here in NH the floor finish I wanted, an oil mixture, could only be sold in no bigger than quart containers. I remember watching a This Old House episode where they were working in CA and the Minwax stain could only be sold in 1/2 pint cans. The reason was to discourage using a solvent based stains. Of course like I just bought a lot of quarts they bought a lot of little cans.

  3. I keep the H&R Topper shotgun I gave to my son when he was little behind the door just for any squirrel that gets close to trucks or barn; 20ga skeet loads. The worst was the ones that chewed through the hydraulic control tubes in the bucket truck booms. About 400' of 5/16" air brake tubing I had to snake through and bleed. Now they get shot on sight, questions asked later.

  4. 19 minutes ago, hardtail said:

    Well I 1000% appreciate RPM and BJ and I'm not encouraging disobedience but I totally disagree about censorship I think we all need to discuss what's happening in the world now more than ever, there is a solid foundation of rational level headed people here.

    Respectfully I disagree. Most folks are pretty firm in their positions so I don't think anything useful would be accomplished. Yes we'd be able to voice our opinions but to what end? Before it was shut down political discussion became, well, out of hand to put it mildly.

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  5. Runaway ships:

    Over the years I've been in the area a few ship have broken loose. The current in the Piscataqua is brutal averaging 4 knots with local 6 knot currents. One cable laying ship got loose and partially grounded before the Moran tugs raced up to get it. A gypsum ship got loose and and again the Moran tugs got it under control. Those ships were docked and may have got away when the lines were being adjusted for the tide.

    Two lift bridges have been replaced since I've been living here. The Memorial Bridge, a memorial for WWI, and the Sarah Mildred Long bridge. Both replaced with galvanized or precast concrete structures. The Long bridge is a combination train/vehicle bridge which originally had the train on the lower portion. Because of that it was low across the water and needed to be lifted for anything higher than a rowboat. Eventually they dredged a second channel off to the side and had a retractable section of the train bridge so smaller vessels could pass without lifting. That bridge got replaced with an ingenious lift/lower design that sits high enough for many boats to pass under, lifts for ships and sail boats, and lowers for the train, so there's tracks in the road.

    EDIT: Added picture of the Sarah Mildred Long bridge: Lifts for ships, lowers for trains:

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  6. I wonder if they'll replace it with a suspension or maybe cable stayed bridge? Maybe protect the piers with a Dolphin or some other barrier if they don't.

    I feel for the families of the construction guys. It seems that working on the roads you can get killed by a variety of methods: Drunk or distracted drivers, loose loads, and now runaway ships.


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  7. My wife has a '23. We looked at Toyota Highlander and Traverse. I liked the Toyota except for the front end which looks like Darth Vader's helmet. "24 Toyota was going to 4 cylinder turbo. 

    She's had it for 10 months and only 5000 miles. It is really fast with, I think, a 9 speed transmission. Around town mileage is in the 20 range, much higher on the highway. It's got more bells and whistles than she wanted but is actually enjoying them. Auto heated seats and steering wheel, parking cameras, sun roof, Apple play, etc. Fit and finish is quite nice. It's actually slightly longer and has more cargo space than her last short Yukon. Engine is a mature design.

    I did the first oil change at 4000 and Fluid Filmed any place I thought could be a corrosion trap.

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  8. 11 hours ago, oleman said:

    And the tank is full of fuel when the tank has to be removed.

    I did two of my wife's Suburbans on the lift with half tank+. Not too bad with the transmission jack except for the dirt. One of my pickups I lifted the bed.

    Bad design for us salt belt folks. The pump recess is a sand/dirt/salt/water trap. What could go wrong?

  9. I've had what sounded like a bad lifter that turned out to be the fuel pump.

    Learned to change the pump on a SBC when the engine was cold and the pushrod would slide down slowly enough to let you get the pump lever under it easily.

    I remember that I came across a pump that failed and filled the engine up with gasoline but for the life of me I can't remember what kind of car it was. Well over 50 years ago so I'm not surprised.

  10. 5 hours ago, hardtail said:

    Once you get it apart if your concerned about getting weld in the bore and accessing to get back to size, put a copper pipe inside closest size to bore diameter if it's undersized place it tight against the gap your welding, we used to use brass often but not sure you have access to it. You might even wrap the original pin with brass shim stock sheet around the original pin loosely in place while you weld it back up.

    I've got a couple of pieces of copper buss bar I use to backup for that exact purpose. Good call.

  11. Years ago I was trying to get an old John Deere spline axle hub to move. Mid winter unheated garage  actually got quite warm I used so much heat. When I finally got it off the axle had big pits with corresponding pits in the hub where scale had locked it in. In retrospect rather than a bottle of acetylene and oxygen, portapower, jacks, and hours of work I should have just cut it off and got another but there was no way of knowing. Hub on the other side responded with heat and a jack pushing it off.

    Splitting it like you have is obviously the solution as you have it on the run now. It's one of those "if I knew it was gonna be this bad I'd have slit it right away" but there's no way of knowing. Too bad there's no Xray vision.

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  12. Way above average rainfall here this year, little snow which is fine with me. If all the rain had been snow we'd be digging out until June. Expecting even more in the next few days. I added an additional culvert to the little causeway that's our driveway and built it up close to two feet over the years and it has come within inches of going over the top twice this winter.

  13. 28 minutes ago, int 504 said:

    weed burner for heat

    Can a weed burner get it glowing red? Without OXY it doesn't seem like it could. I've got a weed burner but never tried to heat anything with it.

  14. On 3/25/2024 at 2:51 PM, vtfireman85 said:

    Narrow garage door? 

    I got one on my wife's Suburban. She got one on a narrow street on a truck bed. Rock Auto mirrors and SEM custom paint match aerosol from the local shop, SEM clear coat, and like it never even happened.

    Those SEM aerosols are amazing. The lower engine cowl on my plane had a little damage when I bought it. I repaired that and found the paint code from when the plane was repainted years ago. Even though it was Imron I had it mixed in a single stage and the match was excellent.

  15. At this point without a press and rosebud heat isn't enough then I'd probably be inclined to split it as others have suggested. Either with a wiz wheel/grinder or a torch if you're comfortable with it. As a kid doing exhaust system work I discovered I could slit a pipe inside or outside another easily without damaging what I didn't want to cut when there was a rust layer between them. Either way I'm pretty sure that once split the pin will come out and you can clean everything up and weld it back together.

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  16. 6 hours ago, arizonian said:

    Sounds like my wife...

    79°is too cold, 81° is too hot. After all, the dog has a fur coat...

    Same here. I'm generally cold but have a pretty wide temperature tolerance on the warm side. She has the same 2f or 1C tolerance range.

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  17. 8 hours ago, Lazy WP said:

    That’s another thing. If you are going to work remotely dress as if you’re at the office. You never know when the camera will get bumped 😄

    OMG! My daughter has a direct report intern who only threw a shirt and tie on for a zoom meeting. He stood up after the meeting before the camera shut down.

    He's fresh out of school and cocky. She's given him some tough reviews and brought him down closer to earth. I suspect but don't know that he may have thought his very pretty blond boss didn't have any brains.


  18. 1 hour ago, Lazy WP said:

    Biggest thing is you HAVE to set up a “professional” office if you’re going to work from home. Lisa will run both me and the dogs out of her office when I am home. 


    When my daughter was still at home she had an office on the third floor. Out of bed, walk upstairs to work. She had it set up with two computer screens and used our network printer if needed. She actually seemed to become a workaholic - starting early and staying late at it.

    Our flight scheduler works from home or wherever she happens to be as long as she has a laptop with her. She's another workaholic. We'd be on the other side of the world and she'd be working on permits and sending us messages in what was the middle of the night for her.

    We have another friend who works from home. She dresses for work, leaves from the front door and walks back in the house via the door that leads to the room that's her office. I guess it switches her to work mode somehow.

    A good family friend is happy to finally spend more time at the office. While he says he's just as or more productive at home he misses the interaction at the office where body language is more easily read. He's three or four days at the office and also back traveling to trade shows and visiting clients in person where again the personal interaction is important.

    So, like most things, it depends............

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