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Posted September 19, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Today I'm readying to move the waste oil heater from the old shop to the new.  I will be using a different tank, and I have that slimmer tank in the new shop now.  I may take down the heater itself today, which is suspended from the old shop's roof.  I figure I better get it started now, or old man winter will sneak up on me.


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Today I'm readying to move the waste oil heater from the old shop to the new. I will be using a different tank, and I have that slimmer tank in the new shop now. I may take down the heater itself today, which is suspended from the old shop's roof. I figure I better get it started now, or old man winter will sneak up on me.

You do have someone to help you?
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Posted September 19, 2015 - 03:12 PM

You do have someone to help you?

 

Me, myself, and I....so yes!  Really no problem.  The old Hough loader still had pallet forks on it, so the tank was easy.  I put my forks on my little Massey loader & placed snug up against the bottom of the heater, then unbolted from it's hangers & let her down as I backed up and no issues.  Took the furnace covers off & gave the insides & outside good cleaning with hot water.  I've been giving the whole thing a good going over before using it again.   I have the heater unit off now cleaning it really good.  Last winter it gave trouble lighting sometimes, so it should do well this year with all the crud I'm cleaning out of it.

I still have to build a rack to place the heater on also.  


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 03:17 PM

I did have one issue when trying to unscrew the legs out of the bottom of the tank so I could shorten them.  I was whacking the pipe wrench to get them broke free and the tire iron I was using hit the corner of the tank, then whacked my thumb HARD!  I thought I surely broke it from the pain level it sent me to.  But it's just sore now and using it normally, so all is good.


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 03:37 PM

I did have one issue when trying to unscrew the legs out of the bottom of the tank so I could shorten them. I was whacking the pipe wrench to get them broke free and the tire iron I was using hit the corner of the tank, then whacked my thumb HARD! I thought I surely broke it from the pain level it sent me to. But it's just sore now and using it normally, so all is good.


Ouch!
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Posted September 19, 2015 - 06:01 PM

I did have one issue when trying to unscrew the legs out of the bottom of the tank so I could shorten them.  I was whacking the pipe wrench to get them broke free and the tire iron I was using hit the corner of the tank, then whacked my thumb HARD!  I thought I surely broke it from the pain level it sent me to.  But it's just sore now and using it normally, so all is good.

Wait until tomorrow! Then it will probably throb!


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Posted September 19, 2015 - 06:15 PM

Something like this?       Sorry about your pain, been there done that!!!

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Posted September 19, 2015 - 06:18 PM

Something like this?       Sorry about your pain, been there done that!!!

 

Similar, but I got the bone directly between the joints.  It's sore, but no throbbing.  Bruised the bone though, that I can tell.


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Posted September 20, 2015 - 10:49 AM


  People around me might not think there's anything wrong with me, as I try to hide it when people are around.  But when I'm alone I can moan & groan all I like.  :smilewink:

I know that feeling. 

 

I'll start that groaning and I don't even know I'm doing it. Wife or others will ask if I need pain meds. That's why it's good to stay busy and keep your mind off of being miserable. 

  I don't have a lift but did build a platform with a winch on it. I think it is about 18 inches high and when used with some aluminum ramps has worked out real well. Building in as much lightness as you can is a big plus when it's time to move it. Now that I think about it, putting wheels on one end would be nice. 

A couple days ago Heath and I went to the store. I got out of the truck and didn't even realize I groaned. Heath got out of his carseat and let out a loud groan before scrambling out of the truck.

 

I built a ramp and platform about 2' high for working on lawn equipment and quads. Makes it a lot easier to work on, but takes a lot of room and the lawn tractor deck catches at the top of the ramp. I may have to do something about that before #1 son leaves home as I doubt SWMBO would be able to drive the tractor up the ramps while I resolve the deck issue.

I am thinking about putting wheels on my setup. I am going to redo my ramps to try to eliminate the deck snagging issue.


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Posted September 20, 2015 - 11:46 AM

I am thinking about putting wheels on my setup. I am going to redo my ramps to try to eliminate the deck snagging issue.


I've been thinking arched ramps would go a long way to solving the problem for me.. I've seen commercial arched ramps, but I'm waiting for the money tree to blossom.
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Posted September 20, 2015 - 01:35 PM

Arched ramps are the ticket. I have a sig of Werner arched aluminum ramps. They make loading a tractor in the truck about 5 million times easier. Deck doesn't drag on the top.

Also feels more comfortable than the straight up ramp.

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Posted September 20, 2015 - 03:19 PM

Been working on the waste oil furnace today.  I have the tank set up, pump attached to tank, stand for furnace built & furnace bolted down.  Have to wait till Friday to pick up stove pipe as I have a Lowe's 10% off coupon that won't be good till then.  Furnace needed some new parts I ordered online today.  The on-board air compressor is about shot and is almost $700, so converting it to shop compressor air kit.  Had to have a new nozzle as well.

  I'll be going through the wall with double wall insulated pipe, then cheaper plain pipe on up outside.  

 

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Posted September 20, 2015 - 03:29 PM

Been working on the waste oil furnace today.  I have the tank set up, pump attached to tank, stand for furnace built & furnace bolted down.  Have to wait till Friday to pick up stove pipe as I have a Lowe's 10% off coupon that won't be good till then.  Furnace needed some new parts I ordered online today.  The on-board air compressor is about shot and is almost $700, so converting it to shop compressor air kit.  Had to have a new nozzle as well.

  I'll be going through the wall with double wall insulated pipe, then cheaper plain pipe on up outside.  

 

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Are you afraid the metal will burn? If it does, you have it set way toooooooooo hot!



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Posted September 20, 2015 - 03:46 PM

Are you afraid the metal will burn? If it does, you have it set way toooooooooo hot!

I just figure with 2x4's within 2" it's better to use insulated pipe going through the wall. The wall insulation has plastic and fiber backing as well.
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Posted September 20, 2015 - 03:49 PM

Forgot about that in there! I'd like to have one of those heaters.


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