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    Good morning all from 49f and rain N.E. Indiana. The coffee urn is READY with Ashpit blend. The special is ham and eggs, and 1 slice of toast. Oatmeal pot is at the end of the line with the other drinks. Weather in the Midwest sure won't help the inflation of food, fuel, and prices in general. Between the very cool temps and wet ground, the planting is more than a month late, and maybe too late for this Summer. The farmers are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Astronomical diesel prices and fertilizer prices and availability compound a very serious problem. The oil drags that seem to constantly move on the CSX and NS through Fostoria, OH seem to have slowed down as well.

    Another railcam at Elkhart, Indiana seems to work better.

    I got out to the shop for a couple hours yesterday and still haven't got the strength to do much out there, but it felt good to at least look at all the work ahead.

    Have a Super day!

    Last edited by BurleyJim; 05-06-2022, 06:58 AM.
    Take the red pill

  • #2
    Good morning, Jim. Thank you for opening. I'm glad to see you're up and about, even if on a limited basis for now.

    It's a wet day in the 60s here in northern WV. We are headed up to Pittsburgh shortly to pick up our son and girlfriend who are flying in from Portland, OR.

    I managed to mow the lawn yesterday. I need to go over it with rake but that probably won't happen today.

    Have a nice day.


    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


    • #3
      Rain, rain, rain, and then there's rain......

      Wasn't planning on being home today, but them there's this rain thing going, coffee and a sesame bagel, and I've got articles to process and edit today.

      Was all lined up to put some primer on a tank car, but no.......rain.

      Got the last of the mulch spread yesterday, dug up & cleared the one garden of yuccas (deep rooted things!), and dug up the 2nd sage plant for transplant. Maybe carry up & out some more of the cacti....and get rained on.

      Still have some writing to do on a product review.........sigh.

      Finally finished reading "The Fall of Babel", too. Whatever's up next on the reading stack better be a little lighter.

      In a time like ours seemings and portents signify. Ours is a generation when dogs howl and the skin crawls on the skull with its beast's foreboding.


      • #4
        Just stopped by on my way to the other lounge to say good morning to everyone here.

        Jim glad your feeling better and getting around okay.

        Everyone have a wonderful day!!

        "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


        • #5
          Good morning Jim and the rest of the crew. It is 48 degrees and drizzling right now in S.E. Michigan. We might hit 60 later today after the rain stops.

          We picked up the truck yesterday. Same make, model and color as the old one just to confuse the neighbors. We ordered the larger 33 gallon gas tank, and I was surprised that the dealer filled it up for us. That was about $140 dollar fill up.

          When we got home with the truck, the garage door wouldn't open. The main spring broke when we put it down to go get the truck. I'm calling the repair guys as soon as I'm done here. Always something popping to the top of the 'to-do' list.

          I spray painted a number of parts for three different rolling stock projects that I'm working on, so I can move forward with those later today.

          Jim, glad to hear of your progress. I wonder how Tom made out yesterday.

          Have a great day!


          • BurleyJim
            BurleyJim commented
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            I've replaced several springs here in the past 40+ years and installed 3 overhead doors on the shop. The trick is to be able to determine length, diameter, and tensile strength (usually color coded with paint). The actual replacement takes less than 2 hours including zero balancing the door, to insure it doesn't slam up or down from a static position. Fortunately, the Overhead door company is about 5 miles from here, So replacement springs are readily available. When you get it replaced, wipe it down with a rag soaked in engine oil as a rust inhibitor. #1 reason for failure.

          • deemery
            deemery commented
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            Replacing coil springs is a lot different than the torsion springs. See for example Replacing those requires some special tools and the chance of kickback is significant.

        • #6
          Watching a guy replace a broken garage door torsion spring was interesting, that's a job I wouldn't want to do myself. When we bought our house in NH, the seller's agent forgot to include the oil in the fuel tank in closing, so I handed the seller a check for what was in the tank. It was The Right Thing To Do.

          Yesterday I tried one of the decals I oversprayed with a different matte finish. It's still a bit fragile, but seems to be less thick than my first attempt at overspraying. I did this on my test car. I'll wait for the replacements to do the remaining 5 production cars.

          Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)


          • #7
            Cold here today, back to rain and wind…but…as predicted ice-box to frying pan….
            ​ looking more positive but no “spring” as such.

            The guessers in the ivory tower have FIRE WEATHER Warning…posted for the Norther half of the mitten and up into the UP, no sparking on the peninsula, Pete.

            Underwealmed with the new doc. He knows how to read a lab report and renew my Rxs and…hm…a disembodied voice from behind the omnipresent mask…sitting arms crossed 10 feet away. Had to ask about the electro-zap test on my hands a couple months ago….no carpel tunnel, some sort of pressure in my neck. Getting an MRI, I guess, not going to opt for any surgery of any kind.

            Well, lost half of this, RED Triangles with! pop ups…



            Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

            Cedar Swamp
            SW of Manistique, MI

            Avatar image by Savannah Lyn Burgess 7-15-2022


            • #8
              Mornin,' All!

              It's a lovely 52, headed for 66 and partly cloudy here in the northern mitten today. Great white floating orb in the sky issuing death rays out there, so it will pay to be careful outdoors today. And I'll take it!! Been a long time since we've seen several days of sunshine in succession.

              Good to see Jim up and about, even on a limited basis! Keep going!

              Schooner Schoolship season started Wednesday morning with the new instructors out on the "wet run" to see how the program works on the ship. That was an absolutely glorious morning, dehydrating and chilly (some would say "cold") to be sure, but glorious. And exhausting. Slept all afternoon, then drove forty miles to an evening Op Session that saw me into the "snore shelf" (as Jim calls it) at 0130. Dragged most of yesterday, slept like a log last night and am ready to go get something Done!! BOO-Yah! Life is Good!

              Make it a great day, All, be positive, test negative and stay safe!

              in Michigan