Ok, so an update with some pics! It's been too long!
So anyhow, a few posts up, I mention what friction material I ordered, where to get it, and its part number there.
Below is a picture of the raw material, as specified on the label, it's 1" x 3/16" x 1' (Available in other lengths, but 1' is close to what I need here and I was hoping I wouldn't need to cut it). I did cut it. Heavy scissors, and some care to not try and cut too much at once, and it cut about like hard rubber. Remember, this is the non-metallic friction material. Also - if anyone reading this is going to do this - keep in mind, this stuff STINKS. It smells like a burnt clutch. I opened the box in my office and immediately regretted it.
Anyhow... About 2" was cut off, as you can see by the piece that's in the jaws of my caliper. I might have been able to keep the full length in there, but it was pretty tight with that much material around the mandrel and I was concerned that it may not "pull" right if I left it there (or would start delaminating, which I don't want either).
So, I took the remaining ~10" and fit it into the band, test fit it with the mandrel in place, adjusted it around to where I had about 1/2" on either side of the last rivet holes. This seemed about right... so taking a cue from one of the linked articles about doing this, I decided to use the mandrel as the clamping form for setting the liner on the band. I taped up the mandrel to keep it from sticking to any excess JB Weld, put a thin layer of JB Weld on the band, slid the liner in place, pushed the mandrel in, and clamped it down.
Voila. I'll let that set up for 24 hours or so to fully cure, and then we'll see how I need to bend it a bit to get it to fit back right where it belongs.
So yeah, not terribly interesting, per se... but there's pics, and I know how we all love those.
Also, turned the compost again this morning with the 14 - I can tell that the weather heating up, and using the loader so that I'll turn the pile more regularly is really going to kick this thing off. It was steaming pretty well when I cut into it. And to think, people throw away their yard waste... and then go buy compost....
Didn't do much *physical* work today, but I'm ready to be lazy the rest of the day, so that signals it's Beer:30.