Coffee 5-24-14

Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 24, 2014 5:31 am

Good morning, come in, the coffee is hot & the start of the weekend is here. Memorial day is here. Deep thanks to all service men & women that gave their life so we can have the freedoms that we know as normal. It would be a whole different way of life without their sacrifices...and not a good different. Bless them, each and every one.

It's been a night without much sleep so just cereal & milk for breakfast. I'm sure a nap & things will look much better. Company coming from out of state today. From noon 'til sunset should be a good gathering.

I mowed the grass three times this week. I'm discovering if it's mowed often enough & short enough, the dandelions have trouble reproducing. I've got to R&R the carburetor on the weed whacker. Darn gas! I'd like to have a talk with who ever thought ethanol was a good idea.

Hug your loved ones & enjoy each day as an individual moment.
Freddy
 
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 5-24-14

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat May 24, 2014 6:20 am

Mornin all. Outstanding coffee as usual Freddy. :) One line in a song covers this week-end for me-- "All gave some, some gave all" Be safe people & REMEMBER what this holiday represents!
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Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat May 24, 2014 6:45 am

Morning Freds...

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Sippen a cup now. The sun is already up, so its off to my neighbor's house to mill up more of my timber. That reminds me... I better throw a 5 gal can of diesel in the back of the truck, for his sawmill.
Looks like its gonna be another day in the 80's.
First cut of Hay was Thursday! Baling should begin today or tomorrow. Its been dry, not even any humidity yet. Good weather to work outside.
This afternoon, I gotta install new upgraded Tie Rods on another neighbor's 2006 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 Quad. The original Tie Rods are undersize, and they begin to do a good imitation of the letter "U" after a while.

Freddy, I have been experimenting with dropping the gummed up 2-cycle carbs into an ultrasonic cleaner, to clean out the ethanol-based gum. So far, so good, but I still find it better to open the carbs up to check the condition of the fuel pump diaphragm and metering needle.
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice


Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat May 24, 2014 7:05 am

Morning' all. Been a while since I've been to coffee. It's going to be a busy weekend. Ive gotta go price out an exhaust for my wife's car. She also wants to go to Kohl's. I have a new hard drive I have to install in my computer, the one I keep all my games on is full. I have to see of I can get my snowblower started. I finally took a look at it; turns out all the fuel lines were rotted away. My daughter would also like to go see that Wizard of Oz movie; which I have absolutely no interest in. And I'd also like to go look at some shotguns and pistols.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Sat May 24, 2014 7:36 am

Mornin all. Coffee is great as usual.
Going to be a busy weekend once I get rolling. Need to till and plant the garden, get the mud flaps on the truck, build a rabbit hutch, go to the DMV.
Then back in the truck Monday afternoon, will be spending the night in Buffalo, Ny. and delivering Tuesday morning.

I agree, remember the holiday for what it represents.

Take care and be safe everyone.
SWPaDon
 
Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
Coal Size/Type: Bituminous. Labeled as 'Big Vein', about the size of acorns. Makes a lot of ash, but heats well and lasts longer than my previous coal.

Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: samhill On: Sat May 24, 2014 8:13 am

Morning all, got the grass cut last night so I can go to a few yard sales today unless the wife has different plans. I forgot all about her not being able to drive for a year, never knew how much of a pain it would be. Oh well there are worse things in life, I'll just suck it up & enjoy the together time even if I don't want to go the same places. Remember what this week end is all about, stay safe & enjoy.
samhill
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: keystoker 160
Hand Fed Coal Stove: hitzer 75 in garage
Stove/Furnace Make: keystoker/hitzer
Stove/Furnace Model: koker 160/ hitzer 75

Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat May 24, 2014 8:23 am

Good morning boys and girls, coffee is good as always Freddy. I think some of you must have that shitty gas where your at, so far I've not had a problem with anything(small engine wise)related to gas but I'm still knocking on wood. I do use Stabil in the things that don't get run that often but I don't drain them, I do run them at least once a month.
We took my daughter to Disney World for her 10th birthday and so far this trip has been the best i ever had here, she's having a real good time. The weather has been in the low 90's but it's going to be 97* today :shock: low humidity and a nice breeze so it's been bearable( for me anyways) but the wife is liking it.
Glade to see your feeling better Freetown :D it's going to take sometime but you'll get there.
Take care stay safe and enjoy the Holiday but just remember what it's all about!!. Keepaeyeonit
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Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Sat May 24, 2014 8:51 am

Keepaeyeonit wrote:Good morning boys and girls, coffee is good as always Freddy. I think some of you must have that shitty gas where your at, so far I've not had a problem with anything(small engine wise)related to gas but I'm still knocking on wood. I do use Stabil in the things that don't get run that often but I don't drain them, I do run them at least once a month.
We took my daughter to Disney World for her 10th birthday and so far this trip has been the best i ever had here, she's having a real good time. The weather has been in the low 90's but it's going to be 97* today :shock: low humidity and a nice breeze so it's been bearable( for me anyways) but the wife is liking it.
Glade to see your feeling better Freetown :D it's going to take sometime but you'll get there.
Take care stay safe and enjoy the Holiday but just remember what it's all about!!. Keepaeyeonit


Its funny you mention bad gas. My push leave blower had 2 year old gas in it and it wouldn't start last weekend. I poured 1/4 bottle of Stabil in it and it fired right up. It ran like crap for the first dew minutes but then smoothed out. I ran it till the tank was dry. Still can't get the snow blower running. Can't seem to get gas to the carb, priming bulb might be bad... not sure.

I've never been to Disney. Wish I could take the family but $5k is just too expensive. Its definitely nice seeing FF make rounds. Glad you're feeling better.
I'm On Fire
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machines DS-1600 Hot Air Circulator

Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat May 24, 2014 9:11 am

Good morning. Cool and quiet this morning, with a little bit of fog. No wind at all, perfect day to fire up the smoker. I have a 7 lb beef brisket that should be smoked and sliced by dinner time. While the smoker is doing its thing I have two apple trees and five blue berry bushes to plant...plus 3 giant pumpkin plants. If the pumpkins grow like advertised I am going to need a skidsteer to move them. :shock:

Thanks for the reminder about Memorial Day...it isn't just about bbq in the backyard. I have a very visible reminder next to my house...there is a cemetery across the street with soldiers from the revolutionary war. Normally someone stops by and marks the graves with american flags.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat May 24, 2014 10:09 am

First off, a big THANK YOU to our troops - past, present, AND future. The world would be a different place without all of you! :yes:

Fred is still beating me out of bed in the morning, even given his condition. That tells ya something. He's stronger than he thinks he is right now. ;)


Just cleaned 3 carburetors yesterday. One off an older Husqvarna 50 chainsaw, another on an old Homelite brushcutter/weedwacker, and yet another on a '12 Echo PAS-266. That one I had to order parts for - the others I was able to work my magic on and get them going. Seems Echo has a different engine manufacturer these days. Time will tell if they will be as good as the ones in the past. Walbro carbs on the older stuff, Zama on the newer one - no wonder it needed parts. :roll: A big complicated mess with some small, easily-lost parts. Takes at least twice as long to tear down than the simple Walboro ones.

Boiled the metering diaphragm in water for several minutes on the Homelite, and that seemed to do the trick. Was stiff as a bastard prior to that. Didn't seem all that much more flexible afterward, but it runs - that's all that matters! Every little bit counts I guess! Boy, did the Homelite brand go downhill or what?? Only one side of the crankshaft is supported on those. It's a wonder they run at all, let alone last as long as some of them do!

Weather has been sucking up here - hasn't been above 60° in days, overcast, wet .... Got some 80's on the way for Monday & Tuesday looks like - that'll work! Had to crank up the heat in the TV room last night. I was cold!

Was just reflecting on how this winter seemed to fly by, when normally I'm ready to murder everyone around me by March. :lol: That stoker sure took the stress off my shoulders! Worst winter in a long time, but it was the easiest & most comfortable winter I've had yet! I can't say it enough, but THANK YOU JIM DORSEY! R.I.P. ol' buddy.
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Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat May 24, 2014 10:46 am

Good morning,a beautiful week end weather forecast for here will allow us to enjoy the freedom many died to give us. We will be enjoying that freedom by doing lots of garden work,we need to take off the rest of our 1+ acre of rye to mulch some of the garden. Last year we tilled some of the lawn on our 4+acres & have been growing cover crops to use as mulch in the garden.We are totally chemical free on our property for the past 12+years & are growing our own chemical free mulch too. The rye is now up to 6' tall in the better spots & is quite a chore to mow/vac without farm equipment to do it properly. My 1998 MTD 800 series,14 speed garden tractor with a Briggs & Stratton 20 hp I/C engine & a 10 gauge 50" deck,blowing into a Peco model 700 vac/dump cart with a 6 hp Tecumseh powering the blower will be working quite a few hours between Saturday afternoon & Monday P/M to get all the rye off.Then we will be seeding oats in this ground to take off in mid Sept & reseed with rye then.This cycle eliminates the need to mow grass to make it look pretty & keep the weeds down. The side benefit of the cover crops is the organic,chemical free mulch for the garden,which makes it easier to keep weeds down in certain garden areas & adds lots of humus to the soil. Many thanks to my uncle Martin who on his 19th birthday gave his life for the freedoms we enjoy today............. we will not forget him & the many thousands of others who paid the ultimate price.......for us :cry2: :D
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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 5-24-14

PostBy: NWBuilder On: Sat May 24, 2014 11:05 am

Good Morning Everyone,
It is rainy and cool here today just like the past 2 days. It will probably jump to 95 in the shade soon just to keep things interesting. I have to cut my in laws lawn and my wife's great Aunt's place too. My place got done yesterday. I don't mind doing it but with the speed the grass is growing I feel like it is all I do. My girls are Marching in our big hometown Memorial parade on Monday, should be interesting to watch, by that I mean funny since the band has only practiced marching 3 times!!! Not the best of planning if you ask me. Anyway, enjoy the weekend everyone, stay safe and God bless and Keep our service Men and Women!!!
NWBuilder
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Ahs 130
Coal Size/Type: Burning Pea anthracite

Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: ricoman2737 On: Sat May 24, 2014 11:49 am

Good Morning One and All, especially you Fred,

In Charlotte NC for the weekend Nascar Races. Supposed to be in the 80's and no rain. Thanks Freddy for the cereal and coffee, just right.

Everybody have a safe and happy weekend, remember your military family members, friends and neighbors on this Memorial Day Celebration. John
ricoman2737
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Other Heating: Lennox Fuel Oil boiler as a backup
Stove/Furnace Make: EFM
Stove/Furnace Model: DF520

Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sat May 24, 2014 8:04 pm

Well, all Rye the fields surrounding us are round-baled today.

I'm back from the sawmill. We really got a good load this time.
Heres a list and pics...

White Oak.
1 ea. 14” x 6” x 22ft beam (beautiful piece of wood)
Several 6x6 x 12ft interior posts.
Several 1 x 14 x 22ft planks (for floors)

Southern Pine.
13 ea. 2 x 10 x 22ft rafters
2 ea. 4 x 10 x 22ft rafters
Several 1 x 10 x 22ft planks

Cherry
2 ea, 5x5 x 10ft (for furniture)

Cedar
4 ea. 1 x 10 x 10ft (for furniture)
4ea. 1 x 6 x 10ft (for furniture)
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Re: Coffee 5-24-14

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat May 24, 2014 8:12 pm

Time to say good night.... a busy day, but all went well. My MA cousin Ed came for lunch, them my girls came for supper. Short visits are good visits! LOL

Ten minutes this morning...15 minutes this afternoon & half hour this evening & I R&R'd the carb on my Tanaka weed whacker. To get the gas tank off I had to remove a plastic cover that covers the far end of the motor to get the gas tank off. This is the weed whacker that I've had for 12 years now & have used mercilessly it's entire life. It's also my "chain saw on a stick" that I used to clear trails for 5 seasons. It has amazed me with it's long life. That being said....that plastic cover I took off is the crankcase cover! I've never had it apart. A thin O-ring seals the cover to the engine case. When the cover comes off you are looking at the connecting rod, and, surprisingly, the crank is only supported on one end! Kind of like a one sided swing arm on a motorcycle. Judging by how long this thing has lived.... I guess it can be done right. So, back to the "getting no fuel" issue. I tore the tiny carb apart & found it wasn't too bad. No gunk or gum to notice. I made all the cleaning motions, gave it new fuel lines & put it back together. It run great! I'll never know just what the problem was.

Oh, hey! Beautiful wood! Sign me up for some of the oak. :)
Freddy
 
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