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08-20-2019 10:12 AM
oldandslow Ha, I was putting lights on our front yard Christmas tree, a blue spruce, when I took my fall. Conclusion: Putting up Christmas lights is dangerous work. That little shenaggin finished my outside Christmas light hanging.
08-20-2019 04:19 AM
land_owner I was hanging Christmas lights on the gutters from the roof over the 2nd story. Peering over the edge where the house pad was elevated some 6-feet above water level in the pond it looked (and felt) every bit of the 30+ feet to the ground. I could feel gravity pulling me off of that roof. Right then I QUIT. Never again on a roof...except when it started to leak and that's another #$%&^! story. I would be very glad to hand you tools, assist in ways that don't require ladder or roof work, and duck when the swamp cooler is ejected from the roof, with PREJUDICE.
08-19-2019 04:50 PM
oldandslow
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I only studied Physics in high school and college. I didn't master it. This Bumble don't bounce and I am allergic to gravity my friend. Better to find a younger set of knees that can actually climb a straight ladder and I will keep my engineering comments to myself.


Dang it, you offered to help and I though I might get out of a few trips up the ladder this fall. I'm sure that when I start dismantling the thing this fall I'll have forgotten some tool or multiple tools that I'll need because nothing ever works as planned and I'll have to make more than one trip up and down the ladder. At least it's easy to get the thing down. Disconnect the water and wiring, lift it off the duct, and throw it off the roof.


The one and only time I fell off a ladder I didn't bounce either and it took months to get back to being my fiesty self. That was over twenty years ago and it was only a 4' step ladder and no, I wasn't on the top step.
08-17-2019 04:54 PM
Darto If it breaks again, just go surf the internet for cat videos and forget about keeping cool.


https://nypost.com/2019/08/12/majori...n-no-internet/



08-17-2019 03:33 PM
Argent11 Hooray for you O&S. I would be afraid to try that, and I'm younger than you.
08-17-2019 02:42 PM
land_owner I only studied Physics in high school and college. I didn't master it. This Bumble don't bounce and I am allergic to gravity my friend. Better to find a younger set of knees that can actually climb a straight ladder and I will keep my engineering comments to myself.
08-17-2019 09:38 AM
oldandslow [QUOTE=land_owner;2055930396]You betcha and thank you for the back handed complement. I cruise this site looking for all sorts of industrial accidents waiting for a place to happen, then interject just enough questions to irritate the devil out of the OP, so the Southern Engineer in me can come out to play. I am much better providing fixer-upper specifications when there is an investigative report on the problem - with pictures, a site visit to kick the tires, an estimate of the owner's cost tolerance, who is responsible for maintenance (was any done?), the last known bar sighting of the BIL that installed the former fix, and the quickest route out of town.

Failing these and higher order solutions run the gambit from "Who would have thunk it?" to "There's not a chance in #e!! of that surviving the summer!", but you have to pay extra for one of those. Otherwise, chewing gum, bailing wire, and spit are the watchwords for a quality fix.

How may I help you?[/QUOTE


No irritation here. You just came off a bit like some of the engineers I have worked with over the years and I learned to ignore their superior attitude long ago. I made a fair amount of my living repairing, rebuilding, and up grading some of they work that didn't stand up to doing what it was supposed to. Not all were like that and were good guys interested in designing equipment that would do it's job with minimal upkeep and maintanance. They weren't above picking the brains of people that actually had experience with what they were working on either. Since I don't know you personally where you fit in my personal spectrum of engineer personalities can't be decided by yet.



Now to how you can help. How about showing up here about mid-October and climbing on top of the house and removing the old cooler that I southern engineered to last a few weeks. That would be a big help and I'm sure the job would be done correctly since an engineer would be in charge.
08-17-2019 03:49 AM
land_owner
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I mighta known a real engineer would find fault with my fix.
You betcha and thank you for the back handed complement. I cruise this site looking for all sorts of industrial accidents waiting for a place to happen, then interject just enough questions to irritate the devil out of the OP, so the Southern Engineer in me can come out to play. I am much better providing fixer-upper specifications when there is an investigative report on the problem - with pictures, a site visit to kick the tires, an estimate of the owner's cost tolerance, who is responsible for maintenance (was any done?), the last known bar sighting of the BIL that installed the former fix, and the quickest route out of town.

Failing these and higher order solutions run the gambit from "Who would have thunk it?" to "There's not a chance in #e!! of that surviving the summer!", but you have to pay extra for one of those. Otherwise, chewing gum, bailing wire, and spit are the watchwords for a quality fix.

How may I help you?
08-16-2019 07:44 PM
Bob Riebe Are you sure that was 316 steel?
I bought some square head stainless steel screws for installing a deck and did not want to have to deal with rust stain or stripped philoips type heads when removing.
One out of four snapped going in and another large number snapped when I had to replace some rotted boards not that many years later.
I found that stainless is not cheap but that is one area where you dam# sure get what you pay.

I recently rebuilt an arbor with stainless bolts but I paid a LOT for each bolt and had to special order them.
08-16-2019 07:23 PM
oldandslow I mighta known a real engineer would find fault with my fix.



OK. it doesn't viberate. The motor and fan bearings are good. Why the bolt broke is beyond me and frankly I don't really care why it did. If it does turn loose the worst thing that can happen is the motor drops down in the same place it was after the bolt broke and the belt starts slipping again. How am I doing so far? Meet your criteria yet? If not think about this. It's been up there for over twenty years and despite my scrapping, brushing, and painting every spring the pan is about rusted out and it's going to swamp cooler heaven this fall when it gets shut down for winter and I'll have a brand spankin' new one next spring. That's going to fix everything for a time----until the pan coating lets go and the rusts starts.

If the new one lasts twenty years and I'm still around I'll be in an old folks home most likely and won't give a hoot what happens to it


Three trips up there this morning, Argent. Hooray for me, I'm tuff. Hope I don't have to go up there anymore until it's time to shut it down for the winter.
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