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mke Reader
4/23/19 8:48 p.m.

And $76 for that box! It's really nice, ball bearing sides with magnetic catches....just nice and quite an upgrade from my 30+ year old craftsman chest, which I gave to the 2nd place bidder who's also my new boss so i didn't want him too sad at the loss :)  The stool was a father's day present I think, it's a little burned after the fire but still pretty good for the welding station.

I think the vacuum pump retails for like $4k!....I was the only bidder and I think the only one who knew what it was so $1 made it mine.  8 am now so ready to make light weight replacement composite replacement parts.


mke Reader
4/26/19 7:48 p.m.

Nothing at all to do with cars but I final fired up the pizza oven I spent all last summer building 

mke Reader
4/26/19 7:53 p.m.

It was inedible of course, burned the E36 M3 out of the bottom 

Luckily it was just a $5 Walmart practice pizza and now I know not to put the fire back and throw a pizza right wear the fire was sitting.  Hopefully tomorrow when the plan is to eat the pizza Lana made with her own hands and poured her love into things will go better...a lot better :)

ShawnG PowerDork
4/26/19 11:14 p.m.

Remember: Silver dollar sized pepperonis and cook them until they curl and the edges crisp and you get that little puddle of pepperoni grease in the middle.

Absolute heaven.

Let me know when to come over.

mke Reader
4/28/19 6:30 a.m.

We made a real pizza last night that turned out wonderful 

And some shrimp 

And chicken

I still need to make a door for it a different top vent I'm told and.....but it seems to work just fine....we all pretty much rolled to bed night night but once there's a big hot fire burning it seemed such a waste to not cook stuff :)

eastpark Reader
4/28/19 9:01 a.m.

Nice! But a word of caution: it looks like the bottle of Heineken is too close to the oven. The photo sequence is clearly showing the heat is causing evaporation. 

mke Reader
4/28/19 2:35 p.m.

Very windy yesterday, I think 6 or 8 bottles evaporated :)

Syscrush New Reader
5/21/19 8:51 a.m.
mke said:

I just want to say that this is the only build thread I've ever read where I see a picture of that kind of carnage and think "no biggie - he can sort that out no problem".

I can't wait to see how. laugh

mke Reader
5/23/19 8:15 a.m.

LOL....yes repairable and I'm chomping at the bit to get on with it

.....but spring is tough to find time.  They paved the driveway last week so it's now sportscar safe


But sadly it turned out to not be water safe

They came back yesterday and filled it the low spots but I fear they just moved the problems since the real issue is they graded it wrong when they did the base last year...we'll see.

The front paver walk needs to be reset as its settled/moved a bit over the years and also needs to be raised to match the new driveway.

2 new doors for the house garage that match the new garage are being delivered Friday.

The mulching is not actually finished.

The pool plaster is pretty rough so I probably need to drain it and do some work there.

The wheel vendor is waiting on the  final drawings so he can get started....but I think the price just went up 25% since I think they are subject to our jackass president's new tariffs.

.....and I need to fix the valve.  Long list.



Syscrush New Reader
5/24/19 8:28 a.m.

In reply to mke :

Come for the sick Ferrari hacks, stay for the pizza oven and paving stories. laugh

mke Reader
5/28/19 7:56 a.m.

Now you know why its 11 years and counting...I'm a little ADD .  This week its reset the front paver walk that's settled a bit and doesn't really connect to the new driveway so it's a redo, grind the pool smooth as the aging plaster is about a 36 grit and hard on the kids feet, and trying to figure out what to do about the driveway that really wasn't done correctly.......and still haven't touched the mulch

mke Reader
6/1/19 4:03 p.m.

What a terrible idea grinding the plaster was.....I'm 1/2 way and my back hurts, my knees hurt, sunburn everywhere....1/2 way....  

I was double checking the wheel designs and realized the rim itself didn't transfer right from the autocade file I got from the wheel place to the 3D model...almost but not right so I'm redoing that.

I now have access to a formlabs printer so I'm thinking print the dyno brake test designed on that.  Hopefully I'll magically find some time over the next few weeks to lock a design I like...hopefully.

I did find a use for my slang chopping hammer I've not used in 30+years since I got my 1st MIG (not haven't really used since I got a TIG).  I nearly threw it out a few times most recently when i was setting up the new tool box....it chips old delaminated plaster nice though.


mke Reader
6/14/19 9:18 a.m.

Yeah, I was nothing like 1/2 finished with the pool repair.  I finished the pool work last night in the rain because I frikin had it with that project and just couldn't stand to have it last another day.....so I was out bringing the last of the patched with a powertool in the pool in the rain with occasional lighting plugged into a non gfi outlet because the gfi kept popping wearing rubber gloves because the  there was no question why the gfi was popping.  I must have ground 50-100lbs of dead rough plaster of... horrible job, but now it's done, the water is going in and I'm not dead.  

Samebutdifferent New Reader
6/14/19 9:34 a.m.

And this is why you pay someone to do the really hateful work... 

Re-plastering a pool, which is normally an every 10-15 year event depending on how the pool was maintained, is back breaking work and really hot due to the reflective nature of the plaster.  The normal process is to chisel all the old plaster off because at that point there isn't must worth saving and chances are really good algae has found it's way under the surface where it is protected from the chlorine and is able to grow under the surface creating a bigger mess.

Congratulations on not dying and returning the pool to full operating condition.  You should be good for many more years.


mke Reader
6/14/19 9:44 a.m.

I'm hoping for 3-4 more years.  The pool is 12 and the plaster really wasn't done very well from the get go so it's on borrowed time I think....but patch and grind cost me about $300 compared to the replaster quotes were in the $7k-10k range.....and I have a car waiting on parts money so no way I was spending elsewhere before baby is cared for :)

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