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Old 01-08-2016, 06:08 AM   #4257
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Good Morning, I lived too far out in the country to have a paper route, so I worked with my father every weekend and all summer. Well I broke down and ordered a new Plasma Cutter, coming from California so it'll take a week or so to get it. Figured it'll just make life easier.
My dad was a brick/block/stone mason. Starting when I was about 10 or 11 yrs old, I started working with him and my brothers during the summers. I would finish joints. By the time I was 16/17, I would tend 2 or 3 block layers... mixing all the mud, building scaffolding and keeping it stocked with mud and blocks. I also learned how to cut stone by hand and build stuff with it... When I turned 18, he was actually sending me out on my own to lay up basements with a helper. It was hard work, but I think I'm better for having learned how to work... and work hard.

Not to encroach on the cool work that you're doing here Terry, but I went ahead and posted a couple pics below of one of the benefits of having learned the masonry trade so young... this is a fireplace I built about 15 years ago in our living room, so I must have been about 25 at the time. The only cost was my time and about $1500 in materials. It's 17' from the floor to the ceiling, and the stone was cut from the foundations stones that were under the old barn out back, which was taken out in a tornado in 1985 (long before we lived here).

Right now, I can't think of a single young person I know who has really had to learn how to work. I'm sure there are some... just not many. These are different times for sure...

Terry, sometimes it's just best to break down and get the right tools. I just picked up a new air compressor pump that has enough flow to paint and sandblast with. I didn't want to spend the money, but I can't do the jobs I want to do without it. Just enjoy your new cutting toy.

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Old 01-08-2016, 06:11 AM   #4258
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Terry , consider the plasma a belated Christmas present to yourself for all the hard work you've done in your life and on the toter! You deserve it, and anything that will make it less strainfull is a good thing! Bobby
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Old 01-08-2016, 06:25 AM   #4259
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Wow, Piker beautiful stone work that's very nice, I've always been one to buy the equipment that we needed when I had the shop it always came back in better work or doing a job faster, so I just had to justify it in my mind, it'll make the work a whole lot easier and faster for sure
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:27 AM   #4260
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Piker - impressive installation. Awesome actually.

Terry - good on the equipment. Our son is a firefighter and does handyman work on his days off. If you want him to work on something it is easier to entice him if there is something about it that requires a new tool. With all of the tools he has it is a great resource to borrow from. Best of all if I borrow a tool, his hand comes attached! I really like working with him.
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Gordon, That's great , especially the helping hand I'm puttering around, if I sit too long I get extremely stiff and sore kinda like I got run over then the guy backed up.
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Yup - I find the same thing happens to me. Seems like the muscle and joints are subject to rapid seizure.
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Piker,
Nice work on that fireplace.
Terry,
You deserve that plasma cutter, it will help you stay healthier. The vibration from using the saws to cut the larger pieces aren't doing your RA any good. Hope that you feel better quickly.

In started washing cars at 14 on saturday's at dad's service station. Then at 15, local fast food joint as car hop, then cook. At 16 changed tires and learned light mechanical work at a local tire shop, and learned the wrecker business from a friend and his Dad. Of course we were part time farmers, so always had chores and taking care of the farm animals.
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Terry, Frank said it right, the vibration is not good for your hands, for sure!! Plus, the plasma cutter is the right tool for the work you are doing!
Piker, very nice stone work! I like the floor too!
Gordon, nice to get the helping hand with the borrowed tool.
Well, time for me to get busy too!! Don't want to get "Stove'd Up" Rail!
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Wow, Piker beautiful stone work that's very nice, I've always been one to buy the equipment that we needed when I had the shop it always came back in better work or doing a job faster, so I just had to justify it in my mind, it'll make the work a whole lot easier and faster for sure
Always remember rule #1 The proper tool makes the job easier and faster.
Rule #2 There is no such thing as to many tools.
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Yup - I find the same thing happens to me. Seems like the muscle and joints are subject to rapid seizure.
Me too, That's why I go to the tents everyday, Lots of walking and moving all the joints. (not the smoking kind)
I Agree too with Rail nice floor. How many steel beams supporting that Fire Place WOW.
If you did the floor want to do my MH... Gorgeous.
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Me too, That's why I go to the tents everyday, Lots of walking and moving all the joints. (not the smoking kind)
I Agree too with Rail nice floor. How many steel beams supporting that Fire Place WOW.
If you did the floor want to do my MH... Gorgeous.
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No steel beams in the fireplace. We cut the entire first floor out in this room (18x30), because it was made with hand hewn logs that were split and crooked as all get out. (actually this is one of the oldest houses in town - and it showed when we bought it) While the floor was out, I dug a foundation in the basement for the fireplace and poured a foot thick slab to build the fireplace on. We then laid 8" blocks up to the first floor, and then poured another foot thick slab on top of the block foundation... with rebar... And then proceeded to build the fireplace on top of that. Of course we put all new floor joist and sheeting in the entire room. We also tore half of the upstairs out to make the high ceilings with a loft and open staircase.. No big deal... it only took 15 years... but thanks for the compliments.

The flooring is just some stuff Home Depot had... hand scraped maple or something like that. We had a little extra, which we actually did end up using in the RV. It probably won't hold up well in the RV though... it's engineered wood... so it has real wood veneer on top, and then some sort of composite stuff underneath. I doubt it holds up to the wear and tear... and moisture...

Now... more toter-talk...

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Good Afternoon, Late getting on here today, was up early, and just puttered all day, several things needed attention, some for along time. Biggest thing was an air compressor that had seized up a couple of years ago, now I really didn't need it as I had the shop, I didn't do much at home. But all I have here is a contractors compressor, sooo, I bought a new head and installed that, now I need a new belt, I'll pick that up tomorrow. Figured I better get the Air fixed as I'll need a good supply of clean air for the plasma cutter, and I have a clean air system here at home with all the water traps and filters, I used to paint the race cars and an occasional vehicle here. Did some work on the bumper hitch on the Tot'r, drilled the side plates and the frame rails, now I need the build the cross bar and install the tube and weld it all together.
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Terry. You'd be better off buying the in line paint filters by the case to keep the plasma tip clear. Being in the midwest or north east or anywhere with humidty, YOU NEED DRY AIR! Can't stand throwing away a couple of thousand bucks on a torch!!!!

Clean Air and Dry Air!



Keep up the good work, you've got us waiting to see the! Or not! Next Projecet??????
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Speaking of dry air...

My old air compressor was a 3hp craftsman... 220v. The tank rusted out on it, so I picked up a used 30 gallon industrial tank and moved the pump and motor on to it. At one point when I was trying to do some body work, I was getting all kind of water through my DA and airboard sander... not good. I would have loved to have an air dryer, but they are $$... so I improvised. I stole the condenser off the dash air of our motorhome... the pump had locked up long ago, and I had no intentions of ever fixing it. I plumbed right out of the compressor head and into the condenser, then into a little water separator, and into the tank. The condenser even had an electric fan and a pressure switch. When the pump turns on and starts to build pressure, the fan kicks on automatically and the hot air coming out of the head gets cooled to just a few degrees above the ambient temperature in the room, and in doing so drops all kinds of moisture into the water separator. When the pump turns off and the unloader valve opens up, the fan shuts off. It works slick and there's absolutely not a drop of water in the tank or in any of my air tools anymore.

Now... the only drawback is that the condenser is pretty restrictive... the air compressor barely ran the DA before I put the condenser on, so it was even more anemic afterward. The new pump I just bought is an el-cheapo single stage pump made for a 5hp setup... It's rated to run 15 cubic ft per min at 90 psi. I hate to try and force all that air through the tiny little tubes of that condenser because I know it will be restrictive... but on the other hand... all that air is pretty much useless if it's wet... I've thought about building my own condenser out of copper tubing, but I doubt it would work as well... we'll see..

Anyways... just wanted to share that idea for a makeshift air dryer...

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