Coffee 7-7-12

Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:53 am

Good morning! *yawwwn* <sip> Ahhhhh, good coffee. Come on in, join us for a spell. Fresh eggs right from the chicken coop & home made toast are the fare of the day. Don't be shy, there's plenty to go around.

Ohhh, Baby! San Diego sure knows how to do fireworks! Yaaa haaa! The best finale EVER!

What a hot week. High 80's low 90's here, but I understand that here in Maine it's been 10 to 15 degrees cooler than elsewhere. Be careful & drink as needed.

My sister in law must live in a dump. I fixed two flat tires for her a few weeks ago & this week she's all "I think those repairs are leaking". Ahhhh, no, the nail in one tire and screw in the other kind of prove you have more, and new, flat tires. How can anyone be so unlucky? (not her, me for getting her as a Sis-in-law LOL)

OK...Hope you all have a smooth week!
Freddy
 
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: gaw On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:26 am

Good morning. It has been hot. Yesterday we had 98 for a high at my house. Thank god for AC, at least for now.

I have to mow even with this hot weather and lack of rain the weeds found a way to grow. Last week the John Deere tractor started acting up. The power steering and the scoop were acting jerky and responding slowly. It was time for transmission service so yesterday I drained it and replace the filter. The suction screen was covered by some sort of scum that prevented proper oil flow and the oil itself appeared to have a bit of water contamination, it was milky looking.

I guess I will see what I can get done today, maybe grill a steak tonight and if time and energy permit take a trip out to Rita’s for a cool treat. Have a good weekend and keep the dogs cool too.
gaw
 
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 6:42 am

Mornin all. Outsatanding coffee as usual Freddy :) Nice light breakfast is good in this heat. Machinery don't like it at all. The Ford 8N started running like crap on Thurs. Pulled the carb off, blew her out, everything lookerd good & when I got her back together she purred like a kitten. Old Henry knew how to build stuff simplistically back when. Got 10 more acres to bale up for a friend today & I'm done. Good Lord Freddy, don't tell SMITTY to drink as needed. :clap: toothy Gonna get going before it hits them friggin 90's again. Have a good week-end all.
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: samhill On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:35 am

Good morning all, just a quick cup for me, want to get something done early. I miss those eggs, a weasel got into my neighbors coup & it wasn't pretty they are just like vampires it was nice having them so close, guess I got spoiled fast now I have to drive a few miles for eggs so I'm keeping my eyes out on craigslist for some replacements. Hope everyone has a safe one & keeps cool, we are going to get a front so some much needed rain & temps in the 80s is on the way.
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 7:53 am

81* at 0730, that's just too hot.. Thankfully the power stayed on. SE Michigan has had over 300,000 homes and businesses without power since wednesday, and we've had record heat, 98* two days in a row.. Today, the forcast is for 94*, BUT it's supposed to cool down to 67* tonight, then be 86* tomorrow.. a bit of relief coming our way..
For a rare change, I left tha A/C running overnight, usually I just open windows and let the cool night air in,, but not last night..

Today is errands day. lots of running around to do.

ONE and only one good thing about the heat, is that it will dry out the calcium chloride the road commission just poured on the dirt road. If it rains, it will be
a sloppy soup of corrosive mud.. if it drys out, it will be rock hard for two months.

My shop stays relatively cool, the insulation really helps. and a pedistal fan moving the air around.

Thanks for the coffee, and the eggs.. I think i'll have to have cold cereal, too warm for eggs.

Greg L
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:23 am

Morning everyone, looks like the heat is over most of the country. We haven't seen anything as cool as the 90's in over a week. Next 2 or 3 days expected to be over 102, then we will get that cold front moving down from the North.
Well, I don't get out to the shop much, during the heat of the day. So my working hours are cut wayyyy back, I like the morning hours best. 6am to 10am. If I need to, I can get out there from 8pm to 10 or 11pm, but the skeeters all but carry me away. I can't wait to see temps in the 90s again....

This week's project is a 2005 Chinese made UTV, a Farm Pro Raider. Don't let the name fool you, just a label stuck on by the Importer. It is 100% chinese made, not a standard part on it that I could replace. Every part has a part#, but its all written in Chinese, and I failed Chinese 101 in school. No data plate whatsoever.
The ignition works, sometimes. The choke never worked after the first year. All the rubber parts (hoses, grommets, cable covers, are dry-rotting off.
But the owner saved a cool couple grand from buying a well-made John Deere! :shock: I asked him, "Do you think it was worth it now?" :mad:
I think the ignition issues lie in the ignition swicth. Sometimes it starts up on a dime, with one or two seconds of cranking, sometimes it will crank for days, and never get a spark. I'll be tearing that apart today. Might just put a couple toggle switches in the dash, to replace it.
The choke cable was completely corroded thru. I had to cut it off the dash. There was a short section near the engine that was still good, so I rerouted that short piece out into the cab, and just put a ring on the end of the cable. Now you choke the engine by pulling on the ring, while cranking the engine.
I'll get pics today....
009to090
 
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:08 am

'Freddy's Ice Coffee House'!!!!!!!
At least we have some clouds today. Great for vacation folks, but tough on the rest of us. Kick back a notch or two....take time out to enjoy a beverage(or two) of your choice, and fire up the 'Barbee". Summer is a VERY short season! :idea:

Chris, aren't they thinking of using the mosquitoes as 'mini drones'? What is the wingspan of those NC flying, biting, blood letting SOB's?
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:15 am

Good morning everyone. Yesterday was a hot one here as well. I'm not sure of the exact temperature, but 90 and humid as hell sounds about right. It seemed like a great day to take mom and dad out in their new-to-them boat, so we ended up spending about 3 hours on Lake Champlain. The breeze was nice and cool out on the water, and we had a great time. I don't think I would want a boat any smaller to take out in the "channel", but it handled the waves fine. I got into one bay that had almost no wind at all, so it was a good chance to stretch its legs...it is tough to describe what 700+ hp sounds like when you mash the throttle forward, but it will really make your heart pound. When we got home I had to launch a second boat...this one is a little smaller. Picture is attached. :)
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Fueled up and ready to go.
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Idling out of the bay.
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Dad and I cruising about 30 mph.
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: whistlenut On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:23 am

Great day for water sports! Lots of smiling faces. Now we will all want to 'retire'.....but some of us have a few more 'Dances with the Devil" before that occurs. Thanks for sharing, Rob. Will there be 'Miami Vice' chicks popping out from 'below deck' in the next pics? Talk about a 'Babe Magnet"........heck, I'll bet Freetown will throw on a Speedo and drive/ride over! :shock: :shock: :doh: :woot: :oops:
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:35 am

Black iced coffee for me please for breakfast, I ran out of milk. Deck job is complete. Customer is the only one that I know that made good on the promise to install an automatic generator after last year's Irene hurricane and Halloween branch breaker blizzard. It's a 13kw Kohler, looks like a plastic deck box. Some towny good ole boys installed it, all inspected and to code; but it sits on a pad made of 4x4 pt lumber filled with QP! Half ass if you ask me, good thing I kept my mouth shut. I would have made a nice 6" slab.

There's an old saying, "The customer should have a tear in his eye when you present the bill." In my case I believe they will jump up and dance.
Issue with this deck is, they love their gardens and landscaping, and so does the landscaper, he soaks them more than the sprinkler system! The sprinklers come on at 3am for their zone cycles, and have been dousing the deck 12' in! No wonder my work hasn't held up! no wonder I had to replace somany boards! They have created a micro-climate similar to the Pacific Northwest rain forest.
I can feel the heat starting to bake the little place here; have been living without the rattle trap LG air conditioner so far, keeps me used to the heat. I keep a window fan going until early morning, then shut all the windowstats and the place stays cooler than if I leave them open! Then I crank the ceiling and floor fans and get by OK.

In my neck of the woods, you only see a few major stars and planets at night, light pollution from the great northeast megalopolis. I'm directly under the flight approach paths of the three major airports, I bet Greg has flown right over the place many times! The other night I saw a satellite! I think it was lit up by the full moonlight! Very glad to see quite a few bats at twilight gobbling up airborne snacks! There's at least three red foxes that come out from the woods at night now, you can hear them snarling and screeching too. I was on the back steps having a cigarette ( fell back into that after ten years) yesterday, when the mangy cat from next door came sauntering by on his way to hunt chipmunks at the landlady's house. He is welcome, too many chipmunks around here. That cat spritzed the corner of the landlady's house to tell me he owns the place. :D
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:39 am

Nice boat Rob! I always wanted a red tug ;) Oh... that long pointy one ain't half bad, either!

Chris, aren't they thinking of using the mosquitoes as 'mini drones'? What is the wingspan of those NC flying, biting, blood letting SOB's?

Yeah! The big ones are scarey! But there aren't too many of those. Its the swarms of little Skeeters that eat you up. Ya can't hear those, until they pullout and screem away in victory!

Here some pics of the Chinese UTV I am working on. I just found a massive mouse nest in behind the dash. I thought I would find my ignition issue in chewed wires. But after cleaning out the pile of stinking mess, all wiring checked out ok.... :annoyed: I think I'll just give this one back to the owner and tell him I don't have the proper equipment to diagnose this issue...
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:02 pm

Oh them chinaman specials are FUN to work on! :lol: That one looks like a Kawasaki Mule clone - might have some luck referencing that model.

Last one I worked on had 12v on the GROUND wire! Somewhere in the rats nest of wiring, the red became black, and the black became red -- I pulled my hair out over that one! Was learning as I went. Also had a problem with the ignition switch. Seems they don't use flux, or rosin core when they solder - all the wires were falling out of the switch!! On top of that, the brake safety switch failed, which cuts spark - so I had 2 problems at once. The charging systems on those things SUCK. Barely enough juice to run one lamp - let alone headlights & brake lights. Had to keep a charger on it constantly - actually Chris you have that charger! :D That's the one I sent to you a while back. Came with the ATV (Sunl brand). The owner couldn't believe I had it running. Said he brought it to 3 separate shops & nobody could figure it out. I think I just got lucky on that one!


I FINALLY got the transmission back in the Trooper. What a pain in the ass! Had a buddy swing by yesterday, and the extra set of hands made all the difference. He also brought a small bottle jack that I used on the front of the oil pan to tilt the engine back a hair. As soon as I did that, the tranny just about installed itself! & heard a "CLUNK", which was the splines FINALLY mating with the clutch. Hot as hell out there with swarms of horseflies trying to land on your head making it twice as aggravating. Can't wait to button the rest of it up & get it the hell out of here!! :out:

Muggy as 10 bastards out there this morn! Like a rainforest. 75% humidity. Took the truck to the bank today and left a trail of condensate from the A/C all the way down my street! My 6 gallon bucket on the porch for the house A/C was just about overflowing! Drip .. drip.. drip ..drip .....


That boat is mint Rob! Looks like fun! We were fishing on Champlain about a month ago on my buddy's 16 footer. We got beat by waves - that lake gets crazy like the ocean! Between the 3 of us we had over 70 bass in the boat over the course of the day - all largemouth too!

Hey Fred - what's wrong with drinking as needed??? :woot: :drunk:
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:58 pm

whistlenut wrote:I'll bet Freetown will throw on a Speedo and drive/ride over! :shock: :doh: :woot: :oops:


I invited him to go out for a ride, but he thought that by the time the 8N got him up here summer would be over. :lol:

SMITTY wrote:We were fishing on Champlain about a month ago on my buddy's 16 footer. We got beat by waves - that lake gets crazy like the ocean! Between the 3 of us we had over 70 bass in the boat over the course of the day - all largemouth too!


Sounds like a fun day. Where did you launch/fish?
Rob R.
 
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:07 pm

Hi everyone,

Here is a picture DK took this morning after I had the hive back together after my inspection. If you think there are a lot of bees on the outside realize that the inside is packed with bees head to toe and side to side and supposedly most of the girls where out foraging. That's why you do your inspections in the full sunshine and the heat of the day. I don't know how they move around inside. I don't know how I don't kill more then I do when I'm inspecting the hive or putting it back together. My girls are very gentle and aren't prone to stinging. I did get stung to day though; just once and that was because a bee got under my netting. Thankfully, I don't react to honey bee stings.

Today, I was looking to see how the comb production was going and if Casper had a good pattern in her egg laying. For those who are new or just forgot, Casper is my queen - I never see her but I see evidence she is around and doing her job. That was true today, as well. The bottom three boxes are full of brood and their honey stores. After this year the top one will be for me. This year I'm giving it all back to the girls because the goal of the first year is to 1) build a strong hive capable of surviving the winter and 2) have 3 boxes of completely drawn out comb/frames available for the spring nectar flow. It's not really honey anyway since I'm feeding them sugar water as a supplement. Having the frames of drawn comb available in the spring will mean the girls will be able to start on honey production day one of the honey flow.

For the rest of the day I'll just hang out in the AC and watch the bees through the window. It's forecast to be 100* with a heat index of 105 or higher* - too hot to do anything. Have great rest of the weekend, take care, Lisa
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Re: Coffee 7-7-12

PostBy: McGiever On: Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:50 pm

Lisa, That looks like medium depth 8 frame boxes there, you keeping the lifting more manageable instead of using the standard 10 frame boxes?

To all, it just dropped down to 89*F and started showering outside here. :)
McGiever
 
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