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Old 12-21-2023
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I’ve been lifting engines with my backhoe or excavator very precise movement
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Great job, Randy. Sorry I missed it.
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I’ve been lifting engines with my backhoe or excavator very precise movement
It helps if you have a spotter,lifting an engine out of a forklift is very tight,no room for error.
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Quick forklift story. Early on I was working industrial maintenance in an aluminum die cast factory. We had fork trucks with 2000 pound capacity laddles that delivered hot aluminum to the furnaces at the die cast machines. Well one of the lifts died in the isle. So as maintenance men do we traveled in a group of 3 to go take a look. It would turn over but not fire. So some young smart kid said let’s check it for spark. This was me. Pulled the coil wire said hit the switch. Next we all were standing there with our Hair. Eyebrows. Eyelashes burnt off. The reason it would not start is it had a propane leak and had filled the engine compartment. My next words as I was running away from the others was got spark.
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Very creative R&R. I know you’re glad to have her back together. She’s got plenty to do.
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well she runs again and the tranny works fine!
But we all knew it would,right?right?
i need to bleed the brakes and put the floor boards in and fill the rad with green coolant.
Ohh,and put the seat on,its heavy but easy to bolt down.
It got a little dark under the shed so i came in a minute ago.
tomorrow is another day!
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"It got a little dark under the shed "
Shortest day of the year and all.
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The forklift is running just fine,i have the get the yard all in order before shoulder surgery on Jan 11th.
Once the recovery is done we will be on the way to Kerrville and when we get back it will be time to mow,so the cleanup has to happen and i have to catch up on a few projects.

My new neighbor needed some small handrails bent and welded for 2 small flights of stairs and asked me to do it,weeks ago.
We were waiting for the contractor to get the stairs built so we could bend the tubing and fit them.
Both stairs were the same and he wanted matching rails.
I figured this closely and bought 1 joint of pipe,21 feet.
I cut the pipe at 10 feet and left the other side at 11'1''.
One railing had to be a little longer since the landing was a little longer.

I use a Hossfeld number 2 bender and i bought this one used 35 years ago and it has the hydraulic assist.
I have a 2nd bender that i bought new in 1985.
Why 2?
Well,the 2nd one had the hydraulics with it and i bought it for that reason alone.

So i still have 2,one that i use for small stuff and the hydraulic one for tube and pipe and heavier stuff.

I made a video and Carol will get that on youtube in a few weeks,shes out of town at the moment.
But i did take some pics and the pics are of both handrails stacked on top of each other.
The bottom one in the pics needs a slight adjustment (i stick one end under the forklift and pull down on the other end to take some bend out),i bent it a little too far.

This bender is not an automatic style,you have to measure and eyeball and hope you know what your doing.
I think i have to cut 1'' off of the longer one,but i will not know until the flooring is in the building,thats about 1/2'' thick.

Pics 1&3 show the bends to be off slighly,1 is camera angle and 3 shows the bottom one is a little tight.
Once i get someone here to help me adjust the bottom one everything will be square with the world.
Pic 2 has both tubes,one under the other.
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Carol is in Anartica on a cruise.
heres a pic of her on the boat wearing a WOG sweater.

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Carol is in Anartica on a cruise.
heres a pic of her on the boat wearing a WOG sweater.

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On New Year’s Day I’ll finally be getting together with my friends that were on an Antarctic cruise this time last year. I’ll be taking along the gear my dad had when he was stationed down there at Byrd Station for Operation Deep Freeze for a year in 1963/1964 to show them. I need to dig out all the pics and slides he took while he was down there also. It’s crazy that my friends and I were texting back and forth and sharing pics while they were on their cruise. A lot more convenient than when we talked with my dad a few times with the help of ham radio operators.
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