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Old 01-02-2012, 10:04 PM   #43
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Guess I'll just go back to work,,, Too much time around here...............
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:07 PM   #44
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I de-commissioned my alarm clock when I retired 10 years ago.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:22 AM   #45
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Bored, it's too cold to work outside on the Beast, sooo I decided to finish my basement. Drywall sheetrock or what ever you want to call it arrrgh. It's almost done, the painting the flooring and the trim. That took care of a month, Now what?
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:40 AM   #46
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No tinkering with the sand car? If it's perfect, it's time to build a new one.

Thinking about building a car right now. Mid engine Honda V6/2D trans.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:57 AM   #47
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That would be cool. I've seen rear engine Honda ones.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:33 PM   #48
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A buddy of mine has one, it's a 91 octane dune tractor/sports car. It can cruise the dunes in third gear all day at a lazy pace, or bake it with the fast boys. It's about 300 HP on a 91 tune.

Another friend just built one with a turbo, it put down just under 700 HP at 30lbs boost. He plans to back it way off to keep it together for a long time, but still builds a ton of HP.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #49
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I dune mine in 3rd and 4th all day too. Z06 cam with about 400 HP. I could upgrade it for more HP, but I'm not breaking anything now, so I'm leaving it alone.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:30 PM   #50
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Bored, it's too cold to work outside on the Beast, sooo I decided to finish my basement. Drywall sheetrock or what ever you want to call it arrrgh. It's almost done, the painting the flooring and the trim. That took care of a month, Now what?
Come-on coward. Start building all the rest of us Round Tuits so we can get some work done too. I think there is a heck of a market out there just selling them to DW s with husbands who need a shove in the right direction.
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You need a project? How are you at fixing Attwood furnace control boards?
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:04 PM   #52
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If I had a schematic and a description of how it worked and could get the parts, I could probably do it. Sometimes, it costs more to fix things than it does to just replace them.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #53
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If I had a schematic and a description of how it worked and could get the parts, I could probably do it. Sometimes, it costs more to fix things than it does to just replace them.
It's a whole lot more satisfying to fix em though. I can't tell you how much money I've spent fixing stuff that would have been cheaper to replace.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #54
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Fixing circuit boards and test equipment and such is what I did in the Army and at Motorola and AT&T.
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It's a whole lot more satisfying to fix em though. I can't tell you how much money I've spent fixing stuff that would have been cheaper to replace.
Ain't it the truth? Our logistics infrastructure is not set up to supply parts to things so those parts end up costing more than the mass produced whole units. If the part itself isn't repairable, you only have a remote chance of finding its replacement.

The biggest issue for me is that when things break, it is usually faulty engineering that was the cause. More than 75% of the parts that I am able to buy have a different part number because the upgraded version fixes the cause of why I had a broken part to begin with. It is called "engineering in the field" by many companies.

The offer is still open to Dunner and all of the rest of you who are bored. I'm revising my task list for 2012 and there are over 500 hours of tasks in it, just based on my preliminary estimates. I have jobs for all tastes:
- want to repair a Briggs and Straton 16hp engine with low compression one one cylinder?
- want to paint 450 feet of 3 rail metal horse fence? How about painting the trim on a single story house?
- want to cut down and cut up 3 large trees (two pecan, one live oak)?
- want to build 9 kitchen cabinets (5 wall, 4 base)? Actually, I'm just building the "carcass" and face frames - I've found a place to supply the raised panel doors cheaper than I could build them.
- want to diagnose problems with two portable guitar amplifiers?
- want to install a 10 circuit transfer switch? Actually, this one comes with the additional task of bring the ground rod configuration up to current NEC code. I just not sure what that means yet. I suspect that driving 3 new eight foot ground rods is part of it - and making a hole through a concrete driveway will be necessary for at least one of those rods.

I have literally hundreds more choices on small tasks. And for those of you deterred by the cold, it will be 70 degrees in the Dallas area on Friday.
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I'm selective in what I'm willing to do and painting is not on the list.
I also don't like to do anything I have to do.
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