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Posted January 16, 2018 - 12:02 PM

It's 11° here. It would take til 4 PM to warm my little shop, so I'll stay in and be bored!


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Posted January 16, 2018 - 12:06 PM

I've got my thermostat altered to keep it around 40 instead of 48* to save some oil, but it will still take an hour or so to bring it to a cozy temp.  I figure I'll stay in today.


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Posted January 16, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Just looked at the 10 day forecast. May be around 50 Thursday, hope I can make it till then. Saturday may be mid 60's.


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Posted January 16, 2018 - 08:07 PM

 After lunch, around 1:30 I had to get out the door for a bit.  I cleared a path down our drive and down to the chicken barn with the Kubota.  Man it was cold!  Wind was blowing a bit more than I'd have liked.  But it got done.  Tractor back in the shop. 

 

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Never heard back from the fence charger guy, but I tested the capacitor by unsoldering one end, and it was good.  Soldered it back, then dug through old fence chargers for a coil that more resembled this blown one.  I figured the new one I had wasn't correct for this application.  Found one that looked similar, and hooked it up.  Success....throwing out 10KV now.  Buttoned this box back up and left it plugged in.  If she's still working properly tomorrow, it's done.  This makes 5 I've repaired at home since leaving Southern States as an employee exactly one month ago.  

  I didn't work any in the parlor today.   


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Posted January 16, 2018 - 08:29 PM

Once in the warm shop, the snow started melting and covering a large spot of the shop floor in water.  I put down some absorb-all down to stop the water trails.  It'll dry in a day or 2 and I'll sweep the stuff up and reuse it later.


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Posted January 17, 2018 - 07:34 PM

Clint decided to bring his 4 wheeler on back for a top end job.  I went ahead and tore into it today.  Valve seals were good, but his exhaust valve was BAD!  The oil control rings appear worn as well.  Going to look over everything very close before ordering more parts.  Got too tired to look it over better tonight.

 

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I didn't check valve clearances before dismantling, but I'd say it's never been adjusted and clearance was completely gone to have caused this.  With all this carbon on the valve face, I couldn't have checked clearance anyway.

  Tomorrow Dad has an appointment I'm taking him to with his dermatologist.  I'm feeling pretty rough today, so hoping I feel better for the Dr trip.


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Posted January 18, 2018 - 05:09 PM

At Dad's dermatology appointment, they cut out a spot 2" across above his right elbow. Took the skin and the fat layer directly below.  Back in 2 weeks for stitch removal.


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Posted January 18, 2018 - 11:14 PM

wow that much?



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Posted January 18, 2018 - 11:31 PM

wow that much?

 

Yep!

 

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Posted January 19, 2018 - 02:24 PM

My daughter Kaylin told me her boyfriend Matt has been reading this thread.  So below is a pic of Kaylin and Matt.  He is a volunteer firefighter, hence the fire trucks in the background.

 

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Posted January 19, 2018 - 03:40 PM

My daughter Kaylin told me her boyfriend Matt has been reading this thread.  

 

     :thumbs:   Glad she found one that can read!   :thumbs:       

 

Good looking couple!      Rick


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Posted January 19, 2018 - 04:09 PM

And it looks like he has all of his teeth! :thumbs:

 

Your daughter looks happy!


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Posted January 19, 2018 - 04:48 PM

Good looking couple! Hope he doesn't have to do much work soon!


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Posted January 19, 2018 - 08:29 PM

:thumbs: 


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Posted January 22, 2018 - 05:58 PM

Not been feeling so good in my neck the last week, poor sleep & such, so haven't been doing very much.  Some days I've done almost nothing.  Yesterday I worked on the water line entry in the milking parlor.   The ball valve shutoff had frozen and cracked on the parlor side of the valve.  I didn't notice, as the valve was off, but when I went to get some water from the line, water sprayed everywhere.  So I took out the valve and put a T at the line and added a spicket for a water hose so I can start cleaning the walls and ceiling on warmer days.  I blocked off the top of the T so later I can add a water line to the 2 compartment wash vats.   When weather turns freezing, I can shut the main line off in the ground outside the parlor, then open the frost proof hydrant at the cow water tank, and from inside the parlor, blow out the water from the line. 

  I also got Clint's 4 wheeler head and cylinder scrubbed clean.  Waiting on a new valve guide for the exhaust.  This one has a bit too much wear.  I got the other parts in quick!  But the guide is coming from Utah, and will be a few more days arriving.

 

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  Today I did some really light stuff.  I added a 2nd outlet on the back porch.  This one is ground fault for the fish pond pump at the end of the sidewalk.  The other is for the freezer, but was wired sharing a breaker, so I added another breaker dedicated to the freezer outlet.

  Then I went to the milk parlor and started cleaning up the former office.  Tossed more stuff that will never be used and quite frankly was just junk.  Then moved things around.  Put the 2 short file cabinets under the desk area beside the old grungy looking one, then moved 2 tall ones in where the shorter ones had been.  These will all hold electrical, plumbing, and lots of other supplies and make things much easier to find and orderly.  I kept the old rotary phone for old time's sake.  Once I make time, all the stuff on the wooden shelving will also be gone through and made orderly.  

 

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I'm sure glad I feel better than the last 3 days, which were no fun at all.  One thing sure made me feel better today.  I called my insurance adjuster, now that my house is finally completely finished with repairs from the hail storm May of 2016.  My gutter guy got all new gutters installed a couple weeks ago.  He was the last holdout, as he had knee replacement and being a good friend, I waited till he could do the job.  Well, the adjuster now only has to come take pictures confirming all has been repaired on the house, then they will issue a $2,500 check for my "recoverable depreciation".   She is coming by Wednesday.  :thumbs:


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