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The Granite State.
Feb 7, 2012 - 05:38pm PT
Now that sounds like a fun project. Looks great man.

The Granite State.
Feb 9, 2012 - 06:52pm PT
The room is too small to get a good shot but you get the picture.

Custom fabricated track for the old school cast iron rollers to boot.


Social climber
So Cal
Feb 9, 2012 - 08:01pm PT
My electrician tells me that after Edison changes the service to a CU neutral it will stop
although TGT avers otherwise.

Edison quit using copper about 40-50 years ago. Ain't gonna happen. It's all ACSR now, (Aluminum Cable Steel Reinforced)

C10 with a license starting with 41XXXX
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Feb 9, 2012 - 08:11pm PT
Nice work eveyone- very clean. I won't lie and say I'm not jealouse about having a cool project to work on. Oh well there's always spring skiing in Feb. and the ORG. Cheers

Trad climber
Feb 9, 2012 - 11:08pm PT

Credit: Emon

Structure for solar panels

solar panels
solar panels
Credit: Emon

solar panels going on
The Warbler

the edge of America
Feb 9, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
Thanks for filling in the blanks, Master of Kludge.

Wish I had the time to do that - always wanted to build a spiral staircase

That all makes good sense.

All except the Kludge part...


Trad climber
Louisville, CO
Feb 15, 2012 - 11:37am PT
getting closer to an operational jeep once again. the ass end is still up in the air, will finish rear shackle mounts later today.

uh... currently on the hunt for a flat pitman arm :)

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Feb 15, 2012 - 11:46am PT


Trad climber
Placerville, California
Feb 15, 2012 - 04:36pm PT
my contribution to our daughter's kindergarten fundraising auction:

gnome home,

Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Feb 15, 2012 - 04:45pm PT
That's cool Norwegian! I want to live in a life-size version.

Feb 15, 2012 - 04:49pm PT

What a cool Dad you must be!

Very cool.....very cool indeed!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 15, 2012 - 05:18pm PT
Damn, Weege, I hope you don't catch a dose of GCF - Gnome Cabin Fever.
It'll cause ya no end of problems.

Lake Tahoe
Feb 15, 2012 - 05:19pm PT
I've been working on a Windows program that lets you "draw" a mechanism and then animate it. It's an on again, off again, project as I figure out interesting things to add. It originally had rotating movements but I recently added linear actuator movement so that I could design and simulate things like a back-hoe.

Linkage designer with backhoe mechanism. This is what I've been "build...
Linkage designer with backhoe mechanism. This is what I've been "building."
Credit: rectorsquid

It's just software but the build process has taken hundreds of hours.

Video of the simulation:


P.S. For anyone who doesn't know about this stuff, I'm writing the program itself, not using someone else's program to draw stuff that you see within the window.


Trad climber
Boston, MA
Feb 15, 2012 - 06:28pm PT
Rector- do you know about Crayon Physics?

Me - I just built a little crack machine in my garage. Nothing too exciting, a couple hour's worth of work and $5 worth of bolts.


Lake Tahoe
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
Crayon Physics won't run properly on Windows 7 x64.

My program is not a game of any sort. It also doesn't have any physics at the moment so there is no way to design something like a pendulum. It is a good tool for designing a things like convertible car top mechanisms where multiple links cause stuff to move from one place to another in a complicated way.


Trad climber
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Weeg. . . you are SO out there. . . I love that thing. . . I wanna live in it!




Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:49pm PT
Weeg-You have a building permit for them thar structures mate?

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Feb 15, 2012 - 07:52pm PT cool!

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 15, 2012 - 08:31pm PT
Just got the purchase order today to rebuild these babies.

The three inlet gates are literally the shut off valves for LA.

They are 10 feet wide about 16 feet high with five inch diameter stems. The valve discs are north of 10,000 lb each.

We are making almost all new internal parts, including gear sets and sealing surfaces for the original gates installed and in continuous operation since 1929.

(not my photo)

This is gonna be an "expeditionary" job. Long, often painful. I'll let you know in a year or so how it went.

The white structure on the right also contains some pumping equipment we sold MWD several years ago to chlorinate the inlet and kill the Quagga mussels.

philadelphia, pa
Feb 15, 2012 - 08:36pm PT
How about a quick and dirty conversion of a charcoal grill/smoker into a maple syrup evaporator? Remove the lid, bend up a collar to support the pans (steam trays from a restaurant supply place), add a chimney and then tend the fire for a good long while.

Without the pans, to show the structure:

With the pans:

All that's remaining of the ~40 gallons of sap I started with (currently ~3.5 gallons on its way down to 1 gallon):

How I collect the sap:
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