Coffee 2-16-2013

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:47 pm

Smitty.... The weight transfer does work well, but there's one other thing you'll love about that Toro.... two speeds in reverse and fast reverse is a pretty good clip. Then... when you've backed up as far as you want, you just release the clutch then immediately grab it again. During that instant, it will automatically shift from reverse to forward! Zoom! Off you go.

OH....and... you'll soon learn... when you ask it to transfer the axle.... take the toe of your boot, stuff the tip under the axle & help it drop back. It goes back to "normal" just fine, but helping with your toe to get it from normal to weight shifted makes the shift easy.
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 2-16-2013

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:46 pm

Was on the road late this afternoon, stopped by one of my old haunts:
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Gravy fries...it's a Jersey thing!
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Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:25 am

Wood'nCoal wrote: stopped by one of my old haunts


Now there's some good eats!
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 2-16-2013

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:29 am

Fries with gravy...where is the cheese curd?! Everyone needs to try genuine "Poutine" in Quebec at least once.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:28 am

Shipyard: This is the first day I have had good coffee. Since going back to work at the Shipyard it has been a dead ahead run. They just realized that though they saved a lot of money by laying off hundreds of workers, they also didn't get much built, so now it has gone from working 0 hours to working 90. I could have even worked today, Presidents Day, but with the blizzard going on, and no days off in awhile, I decided to stay home instead though it means losing out on Double and a Half Time. I had applied to other shipyards over the last few months of lay-off, and sure enough, on the first day back to the Navy Shipyard, another shipyard calls and wants me to work for them! I guess it is feast or famine in the shipbuilding industry!

Blizzard: Part of that reason is I think this storm, still blowing 50 mph as I type this, might have snapped a truss in my home. I told you guys (and gals) before that the wind slams into the house, and now I got a real loud creaking and cracking sound coming from my attic. I think it might be in the connections on the bottom cord of the outside truss, but will have to climb into the attic and see. It is so loud we had to drag the mattress in the living room and sleep there as it would have kept us up all night.

Wife: As for the wife, ultrasound confirmed her kidneys are loaded with kidney stones. Not much they can do as she is pregnant and cannot even take good pain killers. She has been a real trooper though, and since I am back at work working 13 hour days, she has been taking care of the kids, taking care of the farm and keeping the wood/coal fire going, all while being 7 months pregnant!! She really has had to step it up this week and has done well.

Valentine's Day: She got rewarded for her efforts though! She might be a farm girl, but she is not into Carhartts and Hammers, she likes her skirts and heels, and so I bought her the ole stand by Valentines Day gift that works for all women...shoes! I bought her some go-anywhere sneakers (Keds, which were popular back in the 1990's, but are now making a come-back in the fashion world), but also a pair of heels). I went out on a limb and bought some Pink Blush colored heels which I was not sure she would like, but she ended up loving them, and we got to go out to a nice dinner on Saturday. She wore her little black maternity dress, and now that she has a sizable baby bump, there is no question as to whether or not she is chubby, or possibly having a baby...it is all baby now. So now she has 86 pairs of shoes to choose from when we go out, instead of 84, because we all know, "accessorizing makes the outfit". :yearight:
NoSmoke
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yoker WC90
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vogelzang Pot Bellied Stove
Coal Size/Type: Stove/Nut/Pea Anthracite
Other Heating: Munchkin LP Boiler (Back-up)

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:49 am

NoSmoke wrote: Since going back to work......


Yeah! Happy to hear.

Yup, that wind is wicked. I'm thinking this 24 hours might take the most fuel of the year of any 24 hours. It just won't quit. What did quit is the snow blower. Blew an idler pulley bearing. I'll go get one this morning....if they're open.
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 2-16-2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:04 am

Hell NS, KEDS were popular back in the 50's---high tops of course ;) My Godmother knitted me a pair of look a like slippers a couple yrs back :)
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Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:06 am

I could not find a picture that I took, and to use a photo of the ones I am talking about would be against the rules in using photos not belonging to me, so I'll try an describe them.

The Keds she likes are low cut, almost like slippers really and do not have much of a sole to them, or much of anything really as they are pretty meager in construction. She wore them a lot in her 1990 cheerleading days and because of her bad back, likes to wear them around the house rather then go barefoot. The sole and arch supports just helps her back some, especially now that she is 7 months pregnant. You can get them at Walmart for $5, but she likes the better brands because she wears them to help out her aching back.

Part of that is my fault; I need to get back into the woods and cut down some big pine we have to make up the new flooring in our house. Right now we have plain old concrete and that is hard to walk on. I was planning on logging those trees last week, but the Shipyard called me back, so now I am building ships instead of logging. It is the same old issue we all have; if you are working you have money, but no time to do anything with it, and if you have time off from work, you don't have the money to do anything with it. Some day I have off, I just got to go in the woods and cut them down and get going on my flooring, but it will have to wait a few weeks probably. We do need floors though.
NoSmoke
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: New Yoker WC90
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Vogelzang Pot Bellied Stove
Coal Size/Type: Stove/Nut/Pea Anthracite
Other Heating: Munchkin LP Boiler (Back-up)

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:42 pm

Freddy wrote:Smitty.... The weight transfer does work well, but there's one other thing you'll love about that Toro.... two speeds in reverse and fast reverse is a pretty good clip. Then... when you've backed up as far as you want, you just release the clutch then immediately grab it again. During that instant, it will automatically shift from reverse to forward! Zoom! Off you go.

OH....and... you'll soon learn... when you ask it to transfer the axle.... take the toe of your boot, stuff the tip under the axle & help it drop back. It goes back to "normal" just fine, but helping with your toe to get it from normal to weight shifted makes the shift easy.

Yeah that was the first thing I noticed with this one - best feature ever! As soon as I let go of the handle, it IMMEDIATELY stops - like you jammed the brakes on - then it automatically ends up going forward with another squeeze of the handle. Love it!! I also found a slight yank upward on the bars helps that axle rotate fore or aft. Can't believe I got such a great unit for nothing. As you can tell I'm VERY happy!! :dancing: :punk: :band:

We didn't even get enough snow the other day to take it out. The news had this one all trumped up too, and we get a dusting. :roll: All the news/weather stations out here only care what happens inside the 128 beltway. Outside of that they think we all still *censored* in outhouses and fight Indians all day ....
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: freetown fred On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:30 pm

Nice find my friend. Lighten up on the "fightin Indians" stuff SMITTY-- :clap: toothy
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Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:40 pm

Hey we got 6" of real snow...
too bad the wind was 40+...
Gotta clear some space before the next one...
and this stuff turns to ice...
Smitty the indians won big time down here...
Their request to put lands in taunton/raynham into trust got the first thumbs up...
sits the fence of 495...
A customer has the honda tracked snowblower...
gotta give it a try in some snow...
the weighting feels good...
but close to $3k new...
I do like the 36" model but that is 7k and we never get that much snow...
My parking has no room for plowed snow so it all needs to be moved...
I have discovered blowing it is the only way to deal with snow in this case...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:01 pm

OUCH $3k for a snowblower ....... it'd better do more than ... er .... SNOW ..... :woot:

They're talkin' about putting a casino in Palmer out this way. That looks to have the go-ahead too. I figured our area would win out over Boston ... because they're (idiots on Beacon Hill) all for this stuff unless it's in their neighborhood ... :roll:



freetown fred wrote:Nice find my friend. Lighten up on the "fightin Indians" stuff SMITTY-- ...

Thanks - No offense to you ol' buddy. Only fightin' I'd do with you is right along side you. ;)
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:11 pm

Cape Coaler,

When I got my Troy Built (MTD) tracked blower it was during the summer. Happened to be in the supply store picking up a new set of lawn mower blades. :) They gave either 6 months or 1 year no interest as long as I signed the papers prior to the first snowfall. So there I am hauling a snowblower in the back of my truck in friggin' August.

But I had one. I was pissed at myself for not getting 1 the year before and we had got dumped on with a storm. I vowed to never let that happen again.

When my Dad got his, it didn't snow anything worthwhile for 2 years.............


The reason I got the tracked drive is the ability to raise it for a gravel driveway. The added benefit is i can take it across the lawn and cut paths for the pooches.
Oh and I do like the heated handgrips...... You also learn real quick to determine current wind direction.




Rick
Rick 386
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
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Other Heating: Gas fired infared at work

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:41 am

CL has a few in decent shape for under1k...
I know 3k for a blower may seem excessive...
But a regular blower just fails here...
I need try to test drive the honda here...
The honda has the goods i need...
I like the weight balance with the tracks
I have 120 feet of street plowed snow to move...
That is the front parking area...
Then the drive about 22x50...
the winter parking area 22x40...
The far side of the street 6x200...
the walks...
the 'rents house..
Hopefully the new house...
The snow here is usually wet and heavy...
The town plows only plow the middle of the street...
Forgets the 5 feet of pavement on each side...
Hey it is a summer neighborhood maybe 30% live here in the winter...
CapeCoaler
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: want AA130
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine BS#4, Harman MKII, Hitzer 503,...
Coal Size/Type: Pea/Nut/Stove

Re: Coffee 2-16-2013

PostBy: SMITTY On: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:23 am

Plow guys do the same here. One lane and done during the big storms - why we all need 4x4 out here ... and why I owned a Jimmy. :D

For that money it seems an attachment for the lawn tractor would be a better choice. With some wheel weights & tire chains, that thing would be unstoppable. Just using my line of thinking. I could buy a few trucks with that money. ;) :lol:
SMITTY
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: Patriot Coal - custom built by Jim Dorsey
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Harman Mark III (not currently in use)
Coal Size/Type: Rice / Blaschak anthracite
Other Heating: Oil fired Burnham boiler