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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:40 am

I feel for ya. Some snow = fun, a lot of snow , not so much. In our five years in Tiverton we only had one major snow storms. Springs commin'

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Post  roddie on Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:32 am

rsv1cox wrote:I feel for ya.  Some snow = fun, a lot of snow , not so much.  In our five years in Tiverton we only had one major snow storms.  Springs commin'

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I actually can't believe that I haven't had my ski-sled out yet. I have to be careful though, because it's really fast. If I take it to a busy hill.. I have to wait for people (especially children) to be completely out of the way. The best time to use it is at sunrise.. when no one is out yet.

I modified the brakes...(ROFL...  lol! ) to help it to slow down better.. but I haven't tried it since. The system didn't work that well to start with. There are two levers that go down through slots in the front deck and pivot on the inside of the front struts; that dig down below the skis into the snow. They work well at holding the sled stationary at the top of the hill.. but once you're at full-speed, pulling back on the levers doesn't do much except slow you down a little.

I installed these plates for more contact-area when I pull the levers back.





This is what she looks like.. compared to a fairly large 55" Flexible Flyer.



It's designed for a "laying-position" not a seated one.

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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  RknRusty on Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:04 pm

I was trying to see if there was a way to mount an air horn, but laying prone and holding the rope or handles makes the use of a horn pretty precarious since you probably need both hands at all times.

You could clinch a kazoo between your teeth lol! A whistle would make a warning sound, but I wouldn't want you to swallow it.
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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  roddie on Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:27 pm

RknRusty wrote:I was trying to see if there was a way to mount an air horn, but laying prone and holding the rope or handles makes the use of a horn pretty precarious since you probably need both hands at all times.

You could clinch a kazoo between your teeth lol!  A whistle would make a warning sound, but I wouldn't want you to swallow it.
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There "is" an air horn there Rusty.. the trouble is; I found that it doesn't function well in cold temps.. Huh...

It's centered in the front deck between the steering-brake levers.

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Post  getback on Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:41 am

Heck it was 65+ yesterday nice outside they said 5 wind but that was way off more like 20 burst . No fling but did shoot at some skeet , no pics. just me and the boy From Sat. Spring now Winter next week no snow just some rain and teens at night . Cold sunny Cold sunny drunken
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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  roddie on Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:50 am

Wow... 65 degrees Eric? Subtract 40 from that.. and that's what it is here this morning... and the snow is PILING UP! Snowman Snowman Snowman The town plow-truck drivers are having trouble finding places to put the stuff. Our cul-de-sac; you could usually fly a 1/2A in... but now it's been reduced to 1/4A!



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Post  roddie on Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:12 pm

The town hired a contractor with a nice old Caterpillar bucket-loader to help make more room for what's comin' this weekend.. Rolling Eyes


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Post  getback on Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:24 pm

roddie wrote:The town hired a contractor with a nice old Caterpillar bucket-loader to help make more room for what's comin' this weekend.. Rolling Eyes


  WOW Roddie is that the depth in your yard !!!! sec. pic to the LEFT ????? Snowman Snowman Snowman For sure making snow cream /snow cones ?? Glad you are getting some HELP!! eRIC
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Post  roddie on Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:24 pm

getback wrote:
roddie wrote:The town hired a contractor with a nice old Caterpillar bucket-loader to help make more room for what's comin' this weekend.. Rolling Eyes


  WOW Roddie is that the depth in your yard !!!! sec. pic to the LEFT ????? Snowman Snowman Snowman For sure making snow cream /snow cones ?? Glad you are getting some HELP!! eRIC

Yea.. it's pretty deep! This area has gotten over 4 ft. in the last two weeks from 3 separate storms. I had to release the cable on the swimming pool cover because I noticed the walls starting to buckle. I needed to use a tool to release the ratchet tensioner.. and when it released; it almost took my knuckle off! Shocked

The old Simplicity snowblower has been doing the job. The engine starts easily and runs great.. but the auger-idler keeps freezing up on me. Every time I've used the machine this happens.. and I have to remove the side-cover to free it up. WD40 works to unstick it.. but it only lasts while the machine is in use. After it sits overnight, I have the same trouble again. I think I need to use a different lubricant until I can tear it down and lube the bushing with the correct thing, whatever that is.. probably a certain type of grease.
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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  RknRusty on Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:15 pm

Roddie, WD-40 will make it worse every time you use it. In my experience it washes gummy dirty oil and corrosion off of the load bearing surfaces... good. Then the tradeoff is that the volatile oil blend that gives it that cleansing punch, evaporates and leaves the gunk to grind up the same surfaces it just cleaned. It's great for rejuvenating old stiff machinery, but it must be immediately flushed and lubricated with a serious machine oil. I think a good shot of light oil, and then after an hour or so use a little bit heavier weight oil. That should last way longer than the WD.

None of this is info that I've read, but as a lifelong amateur mechanic, that's just the way I do it.

Some of our copier techs were using WD on chrome scanning lamp rails with brass bushings riding them. We had a rash of seizing scanners and that's what was causing it. Those were the days. Copiers were a love-hate relationship. The copiers of my day were extremely complex electromechanical wonders. Inherently filthy and sensitive to changes in the environment. What a great job, got to see inside all sorts of interesting businesses. Good lord, I've busted out into story mode.
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EDIT: Somehow I missed your last paragraph. Sounds like you're on it. Doh!

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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:11 pm

WD-40 is pretty much what is called Stoddard Solvent, a light solvent, evaporates slowly and has very little lubricating properties, but it does have some, next lower would be lighter fluid.

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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  RknRusty on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:48 pm

Ohh cold little doggie goin down the doggie trail.

So, Mark, would you call my thoughts on WD-40 accurate?
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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  dinsdale on Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:19 am

When I was in the air force (The Royal Australian variety) WD40 was called "aerosol glue", and that's just what it is.  See if you can find some stuff called "Inox" http://www.inoxmx.com/  It's an outstanding non-petroleum product which does what it says.  "Lanox" from the same mob is much the same thing with lanolin added.  It's the best anti-rust stuff you'll find.
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Post  rsv1cox on Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:20 am

After seeing what WD40 did to my engines years ago, I have nothing good to say about it. Aerosal glue, a good description.
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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  getback on Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:26 am

4' man that's a bunch of snow quick .... Got any PB Blaster stuff smells like kerosene and some other man made god awfully stuff  but works good around here don't know about freezing temps though , I thinking something you would have on hand / silicone base maybe ? Can you bring it in the HOUSE and fix it lol! (sorry) Eric Tired w/ Coffee Read  Ps. what kind of delights are you making with that snow ?
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Post  RknRusty on Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:06 am

getback wrote:4' man that's a bunch of snow quick .... Got any PB Blaster stuff smells like kerosene and some other man made god awfully stuff  but works good around here don't know about freezing temps though , I thinking something you would have on hand / silicone base maybe ? Can you bring it in the HOUSE and fix it lol! (sorry) Eric Tired w/ Coffee Read  Ps. what kind of delights are you making with that snow ?
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Post  Mark Boesen on Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:11 am

RknRusty wrote:Ohh cold little doggie goin down the doggie trail.

So, Mark, would you call my thoughts on WD-40 accurate?
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yep, i agree. Its a better solvent then a lubricant.

As far as rusty bolts etc. i've heard a lot of people rave about trans fluid and acetone being the ultimate combo..
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Post  Davenz13 on Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:04 am

I agree, as a lubricant WD40 is a non starter but it great for freeing up stuck things. Couple of months back I rescued an old golf ball cleaner from going to the tip (can’t help myself), the type they have by the tee at golf courses. I thought it might look cool in the backyard but years of standing out in the weather plus about twenty coats of paint meant it wasn’t going to come apart easy and the company that made it went out of business in the eighties so there is no hope of spares if I busted something. Its various components are made of brass, steel, aluminium plate and cast alloy and nothing wanted to come apart. Various applications of WD40 and or heat got it apart it except for the aluminium golf ball shaped handle on a steel tube. I used heat and hit it as hard as I dared with a soft mallet and pieces of wood but it wouldn’t budge. Threw it in a jar of WD40 for a couple of weeks and it tapped off piece of cake.
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Re: Blizzard check-in

Post  roddie on Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:20 am

I usually keep my snow-blower in the shed about 40 feet from the driveway.. but prior to the 1st storm (blizzard) I decided to move it to the driveway next to the house.. and cover it with a tarpaulin. When I went out to use it (still snowing steadily...).. I was "wading" through almost 2 feet of snow. When the auger wouldn't engage.. I had to gather sockets/wrenches and put them in a pail.. tilt the machine on it's side... and pull the side-cover off to free-up the idler. It SUCKED!!!!!!!!! Cold but I managed to get it working.. without losing any of the cover-bolts in the process. I was more upset about my tools getting wet!

We're due to get an inch or so tonight.. and then a bigger storm is forecasted for Sun./Mon. to bring 8-10 more inches. If I'm wise.. I'll lube that idler-bushing beforehand with some "OIL"... and not solvent. Rolling Eyes
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Post  getback on Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:15 pm

sounds like a plan good luck buddy ! I feel for you and yours are ok inside , stay warm!!!
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Post  getback on Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:53 pm

HERE IT IS FIRST SNOW 2015 one two three maybe up to sex .........  Yep I am inside , been spitting more wood and then the tractor tire when flat ... I guess the air in it just could'nt  take it so I put some fresh in Snowman
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Post  RknRusty on Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:02 pm

getback wrote:HERE IT IS FIRST SNOW 2015 one two three maybe up to sex .....
That's the best thing about being snowbound Lol

 
getback wrote:Yep I am inside , been spitting more wood and then the tractor tire when flat ...
I bet you were glad when the tire went flat. So you could get back inside for some more of the above.

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Post  RknRusty on Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:06 pm

Y'all okay up there, Roddie?
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Post  getback on Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:52 pm

What he said Roddie ?? You get any thing Rusty?? O that's right ur married Embarassed  lol!
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Post  roddie on Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:02 pm

getback wrote:What he said Roddie ?? You get any thing Rusty?? O that's right ur married Embarassed  lol!

lol! You guys kill me!! Yea... we're good here. My SUV's got no heat though (Blower inop.) and money's tight. It stopped working during the 1st storm (blizzard) but it mysteriously started working again two days later.. when I was on my way to buy a new resistor-block.. a $30.00 part that is known to fail. It kept working for 2 weeks.. but now it's shot I guess. There is a 40A fuse in the circuit.. but it's ok. I'm tempted to hot-wire a 12V plug to an accessory socket directly to the blower motor.. until I can afford to buy the part. I'd have blasting-heat.. but at least the defrost would work. We've got more snow a comin'...

and "no".. I haven't been making snow-cones... I ran out of syrup and I don't like them plain.

Hey Eric, Is that tractor an "Oliver" or "Massey-Harris" by chance?
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