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  1. Ha! Exactly what I was about to reply! Besides being a smart a$$, though, I don't know how to identify it. I can attest to witnessing the toxicity of ethylene as when a kid we were told to put "glycol" in the hangar door tracks. We drew it from the first drum that said glycol and pored it into the tracks. I watched a pigeon drink some then come crashing down from the rafters shortly. Foreman meant propylene of course.
  2. The old 392 cast iron in street rod trim was often beaten by a SBC as the SBC breathes quite well, is capable of very high RPM and, weighs a good 200lb less! That said, those huge valve covers sure looked good in a T bucket. While you can cram lots of fuel/air mix into and out of the hemi design, what it doesn't have, as I understand it, for more benign use, is combustion chamber turbulence, so all-out, get more in and get it out I would agree but for almost any other use, true, not so much. What I object to is the marketing. People have little idea what it means and generally have no idea that it's not really helping driving to work or getting the groceries but Chrysler has them believing it's magic.
  3. I love the "Hemi" mystique. One of my colleagues had a rental car so equipped and was expounding upon the wonderous hemi. I asked him if he knew what hemi meant and he said "I don't know, some kind of special engine?" I told him that it meant that it had hemispherical combustion chambers as opposed to, say, a wedge or pent-roof chamber. I might as well have been speaking Klingon. The marketing hype surrounding and capitalizing on the old hemi, very adaptable to massive airflow when supercharged and having little if any advantage in a passenger car engine is just amazing. Ignorance abounds. I'll bet that half the country thinks quid pro quo is some sort of felony rather than a Latin phrase for an exchange.
  4. What boy didn't carry a pocket knife? Not anymore, you'll be out in a heartbeat. I remember clearly a nun asking: "does any boy have a pocket knife"? and being presented with a dozen including a switchblade or two by the kids from the projects. My son took a few .22s to school in 1st grade. Small town so we just got a phone call. First grade teacher had been my wife's teacher. Principle was a city girl who was telling us how dangerous the cartridges were and how they could explode and shoot someone while 1st grade teacher was rolling her eyes. School systems my wife has worked in would probably suspend a kid. I always had 22s in my pocket left over from the weekend on the farm. There were rats to kill after working but sometimes it got too dark and there would be some left over.
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    I was flying for a financial company, scheduled to leave for Europe waiting for the passengers to show. They were delayed so much we called the fuel truck to top us up for all the fuel the APU had burned. Finally, as we were running out of duty day they cancelled. There was lots of turmoil and the plane got sold. I found a seat flying for a defense contractor.
  6. This kid started with some sort of Mass state trouper youth program, went in the Marine Corps, and when he came back from Afghanistan decided against the trouper gig even though as a Marine and having a former relationship he was a shoe-in. He decided cop in his new home town was the way to go. Newton is big with many boroughs, mostly upscale bedroom community for Boston. There's lots of detail work so he's pulling in good money in a relatively safe job. His comment on Afghanistan: Place sucked. I haven't been there but every place I've been that ended with 'stan leads me believe it's a suffix that means "$hithole".
  7. OTC I like. Never experienced a posi lock but it sure looks like the cat's posterior.
  8. My nieces kid is a cop in Newton, MA. People there have called 911 because their neighbor has put the trash out a day early.
  9. Just across the river from me. First place I go is up the stairs to the gun room. It's funny to hear the comments from the tourists from, say, NJ. "My god Mildred, look at all the guns, and you can hold them". "Harold, don't you touch those dangerous things".
  10. I had a beautiful Remington as a kid - first gun. Would only feed LR. I took it to the Boston College rifle range back in the '60s and found that while it was a great plinker and rat killer at short range, even with a scope it couldn't begin to match a target rifle with peep sights. Lent it to a friend and his place was broken into and that was the end of that. Marlin feeds everything well.
  11. Kilauea was like that in the '70s when I had my serendipitous experience. It was, however considered an active volcano as was the killer in NZ. Unless long dormant they are subject to awake when mother nature feels the urge. The Pacific rim is dotted with them from California all around.
  12. I've flown into the St. Helens crater in a helicopter. It's quite impressive to see the bones of the dead trees that show the blast direction/pattern. The trees on private land were salvaged while those on public land are there still.
  13. Been there but wasn't about to hike it!
  14. Check out a used Marlin tube feed, from the '50s and '60s. Well made and will feed S, L, and LR. Also sold with Sears label. I've got two: one no S/N from Sears so pre '68 and another, later with plastic stock. Fit and finish is much better on older gun but the shoot the same. My kids went through bricks of subsonic target rounds just plinking. I took out a handful of beavers and they don't leave much of a target in the water. Also mistakenly got a few muskrats in the fading light?
  15. I'm probably going to retire at 70 and take it then. I've been paying the max in for years so will max out at 70. That and my 401k should be in fairly good shape.
  16. Mike, I think they did but ignored pleas to leave the area. It was a massive, explosive eruption. I've been within feet of molten lava on Hawaii's Kilauea but that volcano tends to simply spew magma. It was back in the '70s. I had toured the area and driven back to my hotel in Hilo. It came on the radio that Kilauea, having been quiet for years, had suddenly and unexpectedly erupted. I grabbed some fresh film and drove back up that night to witness a spectacular fountain in the caldera. I stayed there on the rim with a couple dozen others until the cold drove us off. I went back the next morning very early and the eruption had died down to a big pond of lava that was intermittently blasting some into the air. We were able to walk down the same road I'd driven over the day before - now covered in some places with fresh flows. About 40 of us along with 2 female rangers got so close that we had to occasionally run when the wind shifted and the molten lava, blown in the air with huge gas bubbles would turn to hot rock and rain down in our direction. The heat was such that we had to turn like a rotisserie, like being at an oversize campfire X a zillion. Ranger's radios informed them that the seismographs were indicating we should leave. A fresh crack in the road left no doubt. I had a picture, now long lost, of my foot on a fresh lava toe which cracked open revealing hot red lava inside. Yes, it was hot through a leather sole. Eruption died, and it was just a one-day affair that I was incredibly fortunate to attend. Kilauea has been erupting now for years. I was fortunate to circle over it several times in the '90s when the chairman of the company I flew for requested it. Wonderful fun in a jet circling at about 1000' talking with the helicopter guys down low. Got to see a huge lava lake burst its dam and cascade down the mountain. I am saddened by the tragic loss in NZ. Experiencing the one day eruption in Hawaii that caught everyone by surprise I can understand how they may have been complacent and got caught. Terrible tragedy.
  17. The building is on high ground so no water runs into it. If I had run footings and a frost wall then the pitch of the floor could sent water out. The floating slap is dead level so water puddles. The slab is heavily reinforced with perimeter bar and wire and fiberglass in the floor. It's a nice way to build except for the snow melting off vehicles in the winter.
  18. One big mistake I made, well, besides being too small, is building on a floating slab. The only problem is the snow and slush that comes in has nowhere to go but puddle. Building inspector/code won't allow floor drain without grease and oil trap. If I had built it on a frost wall for maybe a grand more, I could have pitched the floor to send the melt to the doors. Benches, compressor, welders, cabinets seem to take lots of space.
  19. Mine is admittedly too small but was dictated by the budget at the time. 12' ceilings, big windows, white ceilings with lots of lights, one lift bay, heavily insulated with insulated overhead doors from Garaga of Canada. It's always heated to minimum of 60 and up to shirt sleeve if I want all on just about 300 gallons of fuel oil/year. I use a Miller mobile home heater with a cottage base.Has unheated second floor that I've never finished off. It's just a low priority but is good dry storage. 11' lift bay door is tall enough for anything I need to bring in.
  20. Didn't have to google it - it's a common repair. I just looked up a youtube for an example. Although I have never repaired a chair in that fashion what I have done, is to install newel posts in a similar fashion. Bored post 1" and doubled floor joist the same and joined with 1" oak dowel. You can imagine how weak a railing would be if the newel was just screwed to the floor.
  21. Not trying to step on anyone's toes but a screw and glue will be mostly relying on the glue joint in a highly stressed area. This guy wasn't careful and drilled off center but recovered and made a solid repair:
  22. That brought me back. We used to sled in an old Buick hood. Hauling it back up the hill was a chore but not too bad with six guys hauling. It must have had a bit of wax on it as it went like ****. It was only somewhat controllable so it made for some wild (and dangerous) wipe outs.
  23. I like the dowel idea much better. A large diameter oak dowel with a little carpenter's glue will have more strength, I think, than a screw. Perhaps a large lag bolt would do as well. Oak dowels at Home Depot.
  24. Did they ever figure out why that kid did it? Non-pilot, I think but must have practiced on a desktop sim perhaps. Pulled off some half descent rolls. Chained down but not locked down in some places. Other than a hurricane the only thing we really want to tie down is the nose if there's a heavy wet snow load with really light or heavy fuel load. A partial load of 7.5 tons moves the CG forward enough on this plane that it won't tip with lots of snow on the tail.
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