Coffee 5-3-14

Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 5:49 am

Good day! Come in, share a coffee & a thought or two. It's the start to a beautiful day. Plenty of coffee and the tea water is hot too. Enter, sit, stay as long as you like.

What a crazy week! I worked three or four 16 hour days this week, but, the job is done on schedule and the customer was very pleased....even gave me a $50 tip! The upholstery took 35 hours or so, but also I did wood work repairs... Epoxy resin & fiberglass saved the day & gave these a new lease on life. Now.... I'm taking the summer off! Well.... I'll do little things if the come in, but anything over an hour or two is getting put off. Stress relief!

Also.... My cousin has been living in a 1968 mobile home and we finally got her moved into some Federal housing. Yesterday I sold that old hulk of a trailer and.... more stress relief! No more maintaining that beast, and no more no heat phone calls at 2AM when it's 22 below zero.

Today I will shut down the Axeman Anderson. It'll get a cleaning, a light bulb & a kiss on each cheek for getting us through another winter. She's done a hellofa job!

Hug your loved one and I hope you all have a smooth weekend.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Axeman Anderson 130 (pea)
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Reading piece o' junk in the barn (rice)
Coal Size/Type: Pea size, Superior, deep mined

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 6:59 am

Thanks for the coffee invite Freddy! I just finished my first cup of coffee for the morning. It's time for this one to get some gas for the lawnmower and give the lawn it's first mowing of the season today. Based on averages, I'm guessing this will be about a six cups of coffee day.
Stoker Coal Boiler: AHS S130 Coal Gun
Coal Size/Type: Blaschak Anthracite Pea
Other Heating: Resistance Boiler (13.5 KW)

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 7:33 am

Nice Job,Freddy! Now I get to do my thing. Pager Boy has just been called in to work. See you Guys on the other side of this Whopper! :up:
Hambden Bob
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Harman 1998 Magnum Stoker
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Blower Model Coal Chubby 1982-Serial#0097
Coal Size/Type: Rice-A-Roni ! / Nut
Other Heating: Pro-Pain Forced Air

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 7:36 am

Hey All!

Oh, she's gonna be a hot one today. Already about 70f outside.

Thanks for reminding me Freddy; I gotta clean out the stoves before the Summer humidity hits us.

BTW.... that cushion work is bee-u-ti-full!

I'm heading to the Kubota dealers soon. Gotta pickup some matching paint for the frame. Since I got the ZG23 running near perfect this winter, I'm now in the process of repairing/replacing/repainting all the body panels to make it look new.
I found out Kubota stopped making the RIGHT fender :mad3: but the Left one is still being made.
I have been running some experiments on repairing and repainting that plastic material used for the fenders. It appears that after a thorough cleaning, then a rub down with Scotch Brite, then alcohol, spray enamel will stick to it. To repair the many cracks, I cleaned out the crack, then pressure-filled it with JB Weld. I love that stuff! The fender might crack again in the future, but I know it won't be where the JB Weld is! :dancing:

SMITTY! Nice catch on those two cars! :up:
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 8:07 am

Hi people! Got my sheetz coffee in hand. Sorry I couldn't stop by Freddy. I hope that bull elk doesn't plan on strolling out in front of me... :shock:

Breed truck selfie.
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Coal Size/Type: Anthracite/Awesome Size

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 8:46 am

Mornin' all.

Excellent work Freddy.

I love the smooth, even, flow of all that piping around all those corners and through the intersections of the panels. No one can fully appreciate how difficult it is to get it all that even if they've never had to try it !

Sunny Boy
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 8:48 am

Lee, you look like you just gulped down half the coffee pot ! :D

Keep safe out there.

Sunny Boy
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
Other Heating: Oil &electric plenum furnace

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: Lightning On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 10:14 am

Sunny Boy wrote:Lee, you look like you just gulped down half the coffee pot ! :D

Keep safe out there.


Thanks Paul... will do!
Either that's a big cup or I have a small head.. :lol:

Sure does make ya run for the bathroom though!!!
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Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: wilder11354 On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 4:32 pm

Outstanding workmanship Freddy. TY for the coffee, took mine on the run to work today, swapped for next saturday. GF's oldest gran daughters wedding down at the Raddison in Scranton, PA. I've never been there, but dohear its quite a nice(posh) place though.
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF260 Boiler
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: nut or pea, anthracite
Other Heating: crown oil boiler, backup.if needed

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 5:04 pm

Wow I can tell the warmer weather has arrived, only 10 posts on the saturday coffee. Another heating season looks safe to say is almost over. I still have my Harman idling in the basement takin the nighttime chill out. I keep it about paper thin opening during the day and a half a turn open at night and this hasnt incurred and widowstat action yet. Im seein a nice week coming up maybe time to toss in the towel. Took the wife up to tioga downs last night and it seems like spring is further ahead up thier, its crazy. Have a good weekend fella's.
Stoker Coal Boiler: VanWert VA 400
Coal Size/Type: Buck/Anthracite

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 5:25 pm

Hi everyone,

Jeez Freddy, I sure wish you lived closer to me. I have a "comfy" sectional that no one in my house will allow me to get rid of. It desperately needs to be recovered. I suppose I'll have to find someone local but believe me I'd rather send the business your way.

It's been a beautiful day here, we are flirting with 77* and clear skies. I spent the early part of the day - 7 to 12 - working in the yard. The sun's not so hot then; since I had that brush with skin cancer I have to be totally covered up and protected from the sun and that gets hot. I moved my outside work station to the back of my yard under the trees so I can work in the shade during the hotter hours of the day. This afternoon I painted my old hive and got it ready to serve as a "swarm bait hive." Maybe I can catch a swarm of bees from someone else's hive and get some free bees or if my hives swarm, I'll catch them and not have to replace them.

If you've been following my queen saga you know I was short a queen from when I split the hives. I put some comb with eggs and young larva in the split hive and waited while the girls (worker bees) made a new queen for that hive. Now 16 days later there are signs that a queen has hatched and running lose in the hive. In another couple of days, she will take her maiden flight and start laying.

It worked out well, had I waited for the queens I purchased to arrive mid-month, I may have lost the comb the girls built last year to hive beetles and other pests. The queen the girls raised will keep the hive healthy until the new arrives. I may even get some honey out of that hive this year. What a concept!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend, be safe, Lisa
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Mark II & Mark I
Coal Size/Type: nut/pea

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 7:48 pm

Today was a very busy day,as all of this week was for our repair shop.We are trying to get our backlog of work under 2 weeks,hopefully we will achieve that goal by Monday night. We got a lot of work out this week & not a lot back in.We do have more to pick up next week. We also have 5 snow blowers here for repair & or service,but we have them on hold till the mowers,lawn tractors,tillers & other equipment that will be used for spring & summer work get caught after. We sell parts,some of which we have in stock,some we have to order in & usually see quite a few customers coming in Saturdays for parts . Some Saturdays it is hard for me to get any work done in the shop with so many customers shopping for parts,picking up parts,picking up or dropping off their equipment. I had to replace the circulator for the shop heat as the mornings are just too cold in here without heat. 60*,& raining now & the heat is running in the shop & office as I wrap up for another day & another week. We never shut down the owb as it also heats the hot water for the 2 houses,so it is handy to have heat readily available these chilly mornings,some low 40 *,some more forecast to be in the mid 30*. I do not like it cold in the house nor do I like working in a chilly shop... concrete building & lots of metal tools.Nice upholstery work,Freddy,looks like it was a slow day for your coffee ,looks like you posted 11 minutes b4 my alarm went off this morning,good to have someone up earlier & get lights on & get the day started as I do not like to be the first up in the morning.
Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 8:01 pm

Should be a bumper-crop o' honey for Lisa this summer! Nice! I find myself sometimes at 3am dipping a spoon in our store-bought honey jar .. :lol: Good stuff ... but I'd rather the fresh stuff.

At least your not runnin' that bread truck through the mean streets of MA, Lightning - that makes for a not-so-fun day, no matter what your driving. Worse with a TT, I can tell ya that much! People like to drive under your trailer ... :roll:

Thanks Chris! Yeah I couldn't pass up 2 Volvo's for$1,200. Finally got the title for one of them - still waiting for the other ... but I have their plates as leverage ... :twisted:

Here's just a couple of the latest projects I've got going on - a '91 Correct Craft Ski Nautique with a 351 8-) , & a Kubota TG1860 gas lawn tractor - liquid cooled Kawi twin w/power steering and rear shocks!! Quiet & smooth.

The Ski Nautique wouldn't start - would fire for a second, then die. Attempts to restart resulted in flames out the intake, and epic explosions out the exhaust - sent the flapper shooting 50' across the driveway! Suspected ignition right off the bat, but it's got some fancy electronic B/S ignition with a billion wires in it ... so I gave the carb a cleaning, and fixed a vacuum leak out of the lower spacer gasket. Once I got it running, it ran beautiful after fixing the choke, adjusting the accelerator pump arm, & making some idle mixture adjustments. But, when you shut it down, it will NOT restart. Then suddenly, it will! Electronics for ya. They make a nice Mallory 3 wire, with everything totally enclosed in the one unit - no need for a spark box ... but it requires a different gear for the Windsor engine, and it costs north of $400 ...

The Kubota hasn't run since last fall. Battery had 6v, and tire was flat. Was fun getting that sucker on the trailer ... used a tie down strap, one half inch at a time .... but I got it here! Has a little oil leak. Leaked all winter long right on the exhaust manifold. Who says the japs build better engines?! :lol: It's actually a really great engine - just has some weepy gaskets. To be expected for a 16 year old unit. Thing is a JOY to drive!! Power steering is FANTASTIC. This is one well-built unit. Feels like your driving a Cadillac around your yard.

I worked on a high-end '94 Cub Cadet last spring with a hydraulic deck, power steering & the whole 9 - I like this one better.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - (custom built by Jim Dorsey, Taunton MA - RIP 4/18/13)
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (SOLD!)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: Cap On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 8:34 pm

Hello everyone,
I checked in early this morning but I was ahead of Freddy so I could only sign off and head off to work. It's been exactly one month on the new job at the hospital. I like it.

Geez, this hospital has a lot of mechanical systems. I still find rooms I didn't know about. It's overwhelming! But anyway, I have made good progress, fixed a lot of AC units & large air handlers, brazed split chiller coils and one very critical 3 door medical cooler built in Philadelphia in 1981. I refurbished it with a brand new Copeland 1/2hp condensing unit using R409A. R409 is an R12 replacement. I have converted units like this to R404A in the past but no time for re-engineering projects here this week. Currently I am refurbishing a Trane 20 ton 2 stage R22 unit. Running new suction & liquid lines, installing one new compressor, changing to POE oil and will convert both to R407A. One of the compressors had a burnout. That is bad news for the system & requires cleanup or else will contaminate the replacement compressor This is all taking place on the roof six floors from the shop. My legs are still sore.....

Take care everyone!
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Harman SF 250, domestic hot water loop, heat accumulator

Re: Coffee 5-3-14

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat. May. 03, 2014 10:07 pm

Looks like I'm late again also. Been an extremely busy day today
Had to take the 'new to me' Dodge pickup to the dealer this morning as it came from the auction and I wanted it checked over good. The radio is toast, it won't take updates. New one is on order and is covered under warranty.

Then I installed the running boards, and the Reese hitch (modifications were necessary), then I finished up the chicken coop.

As soon as it warms up a little more I can move the chickens and the rabbits outside permanently. Woke up to 43 degrees outside this morning, coal furnace still in operation.

Very nice upholstery work Freddy.

Take care and be safe all.
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous
Other Heating: Oil furnace