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Hey!

How's everybody doing?

How about a periodic check-in just to let each other know how we're doing

I've just stopped working as of Friday and will probably not go out except for necessary reasons.  

New York is a hot spot and it's getting real scary here.

I don't know anyone personally who's caught the virus but statistics are going up and up all around me.

Re: Check in
On 4/4/2020 4:47 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Hi Jim,

I am about the same here in Central Pennsylvania.
I am only doing service work when needed.  So far
handled just 2 by a phone call.

Not as scary here but that can change...........

Be safe everyone!!!

Les


Re: Check in
On 4/4/2020 4:47 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Jim,

FWIW I just set a reminder for a check in every two days.

Les

Re: Check in
On Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:40:29 PM UTC-4, ABLE1 wrote:
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OK

Just wash your hands before you type !

Re: Check in
On 4/4/2020 3:47 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Boss cut me off week before last.
(since I'm the Oldest Guy he's ever seen)  His words..  LOL  :-)

this past week we've had a rash of cases...
(nothing life threatening so far)

(and I just found out that 11 days ago we had a family from NYC move  
back in the town)

Hope there's no connection..

That's one system I'm not going to be working on anytime soon...

Everyone stay safe...

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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


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On Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 1:23:41 AM UTC-4, RTS wrote:
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Rocky, I forgot where you are.


Re: Check in
On 4/5/2020 11:01 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Kentucky  (western region)

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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


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On Monday, April 6, 2020 at 9:36:34 AM UTC-4, RTS wrote:
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I always wanted to go and see Mammoth Cave since I was a kid.  

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On 4/8/2020 6:45 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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It's a natural wonder, even has a recent history from the Civil War era.
Tours have changed a LOT, from back in my day..
Even still, its a visit to remember..

Stay safe....

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*Rocky T. Squirrel, esq.*


Re: Check in
On 4/4/2020 1:47 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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This week is like last week and the week before that.  I went fishing  
Friday afternoon and haven't left the house/shop since.  Shop supplies  
and materials for jobs are delivered.  Outgoing orders are picked up.

I had an issue with one raw stock vendor taking 8-9 days before they  
ship, but I have located another metal vendor that typically ships the  
next day and has a lower transit time.  Their price is a little higher  
on most similar stock pieces, but not enough to set off my  
cheap-o-meter.  For future stock I am still ordering from the first  
vendor, but now I know I can get material for current jobs in a more  
timely manner.

Right now I am waiting on stock for three jobs, and everything else is  
ahead of schedule.  That's a little worrying I guess.  I've been  
overloaded and behind schedule for the last couple years.

AS long as I have orders coming in I'll be ok from a business  
perspective.  I heard a cash register notification sound from my phone a  
little while ago.  So that's another order anyway.

Personally.  Well my attitude is the same so you decide. Still haven't  
had the time to crack a book.  Not if you don't count tool catalogs  
anyway.

I understand in this day and age its not PC, but I'll say a prayer for  
each and every one of you guys.  I hope you guys all weather the storm  
in good health and come out the other side financially whole.






Re: Check in
On 4/4/2020 4:47 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Hey Guys!!

My reminder popped up.

Maybe too soon??  Don't know but I am still here.

I stopped in at the local Lowes today to pickup a couple of
3/4' flat washers.  I drove past the front entrance down to
the Contractor Entrance.  Only to find the Contractor Entrance
what now the store Exit.  And there was a outside line of about
10 people (6' apart) waiting for permission to go in.  I decided
to travel another 5 miles to a Hardware Store to get what I needed.
They had different rules but no lines of bodies.

Hope all are doing well during this crazy time.

Have a good and safe rest of the week.

Les

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On 4/7/2020 6:48 PM, ABLE1 wrote:
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I moved the refrigerator from my front office to the communications  
closet in my personal office.  I needed a brass hex bushing to finish  
hooking up the ice maker, So i walked out in the shop and made one  
rather than screw around with Lowes or Home Depot.

Right now if I need most parts "right now" I make them rather than going  
out and dealing with all the crazy.  If I can wait a couple days I add  
them to one of my regular vendor orders and they cost me a lot less than  
the local box store charges.



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On 4/7/2020 11:13 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Wow Bob,
You seem to have certain advantages that us others will never have.
Can I place an order for a 3/8-16 Acorn Nut??  Delivery by Thursday  
would be nice.  That is when I will be repairing my Mower Deck that
keeps burning up belts.  Oh, never mind I did get a 3/8-16 half nut
that should do the job.  :-)

Les

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I have some half nuts.  They are used to engage and disengage the lead  
screw on a lathe.  You have a 3/8-16 one?  Really tiny lathe?  Part of a  
quick release mechanism on a tiny drill press vise?  Usually they are  
for an acme or a trapezoidal thread.  Are you sure yours will work in  
place of the 60 degree V threaded acorn nut?  Is your acorn nut an  
unusual thread form?  Is this why you need one fabricated?

Yes I could make a 3/8-18 acorn nut. I could potentially have it there  
by Thursday.  Freight would be a killer.  I think I also have a box of  
them in one of my drawers full of nuts and bolts.  Does it have to be  
fabricated in house or would a mass produced one be satisfactory?

As to your washers.  You really should establish a relationship with a  
decent local commercial nuts and bolts vendor.  (probably NOT Fastenal)  
You probably could have purchased a whole box at a commercial vendor for  
what a few cost at one of the box stores.  Usually if I just need a  
couple of anything small my local (regional) fastener store just gives  
them to me.  I try very hard not to take advantage of that.  Often I'll  
buy a box just to have it on hand, and not be embarrassed by getting it  
free unless a box is just to much to spend.  Usually its not.  They are  
always a LOT cheaper than a box store for hardware in their product  
range.  I'm fortunate that Copperstate Bolt is just a couple miles from  
my shop.  Closer than any other source really.

I was always a little surprised more communications contractors didn't  
make more things.  I routinely fabricated camera mounts for specialty  
applications.  Made my own recessed cover plates for mounting optical  
sensors across heavy traffic areas.  (actually made press dies to modify  
the cover plates)  Sometimes I made things because the best solution for  
an application didn't exist.  Other times because what was available  
wasn't the best fit and was way to expensive.  A few times other  
contractors were interested in my "inventions."

Recently I was working on a new product for machinists.  I wanted some  
knobs (shoulder bolt with a LARGE knurled head) for the project.  What I  
found was either expensive and poor fit for the application or moderate  
priced cheaply made and a lousy fit for the application.  I made my own  
for the prototypes.  I could have them made in 10K qty pretty cheaply  
per unit, but 10K units is still a lot of money.  I'll probably only  
sell a dozen (maybe a couple dozen) completed products per year.  The  
economics of that should be obvious.  I walked out and stood in front of  
the lathe and asked myself.  Can I make these efficiently enough to pay  
myself my going rate and still be less than the small quantity price of  
buying them.  One at a time maybe.  Then I walked over and stood in  
front of one of the CNC mills and asked myself can I batch out more of  
them in less time with less manual labor by using this?

The biggest problem I have now is that my shop was never intended to be  
a machine shop.  It was a warehouse for my contracting company with a  
small office in front and a small work area in back.  When I wired it I  
thought what I was doing was overkill for an office air conditioner,  
lights, and a few outlets in back.  Now I often find myself adding up in  
my head the current draw of everything that is running in the shop to  
make sure I am not going to overload the main.  I try to never use any  
of the welders while CNC mills are running.  I just bought another  
machine.  It will be here next week.  LOL.

I need to stop boring you guys with what I am sure sounds like needless  
bragging and get back to work.

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Bob,
Bored or not I find your typing fun to read.  I have some machine shop
experience working in the plastic industry for 22 years.  The last 14
of those years as the Maintenance Supervisor.  And some of the years
working in the R&D Department.  Then it was having to take another .005"
off the mandrel and re-knurled so the diameter of the overflow tube in
an American Standard toilet could be brought into tolerance and
production could start saving product to fill the truck for shipment.

A lot of times is was "just figure it out" and make the dang thing work.
Making special parts in the machine shop was always fun.  There were
times that the first off ended up scrap so that the second attempt would
actually do the job.

My Acorn Nut now Half Nut is for my mower deck.  Last year after burning
up a belt I saw that the tensioning cam was loose and had some wear on
the on edge.  I removed and had ground a new surface.  Upon reassembly
I didn't notice that there most likely a Acorn Nut on top of the pivot
bolt that was locked against another nut to hold all together and not
let it get loose.  My bad for not realizing that it may have been what
happened or started the problem in the first place.  Anyhow, all came
loose again, burned up another belt and made things ugly.  I have now
order a new replacement cam an will be replacing on Thursday or Friday.
Since I could not find a Acorn Nut at the Hardware Store I went for a
Half Nut to lock the Pivot Bolt in place.  All should be good then.

BTW for some reason my grass did not seem to take a vacation and is
still growing.  I did look at just buying a new mower,  But, trying to
balance maybe $40 in parts and a little time against $2000 for new
seemed to be make sense.  I could be wrong but, I will live with it.

Again I appreciate your typing.  I am sure others may enjoy as well.

So, the next time you take a break from working remember to set a
alarm clock so you get reminded when it is time to get back to work.

I didn't proof read the above much. Please excuse any typo's.  :-)

Later,

Les





Re: Check in
On 4/8/2020 10:52 AM, ABLE1 wrote:

 > I didn't proof read the above much. Please excuse any typo's.  :-)

Oh, Ok.  I was wondering what an egalitarian kumquat had to do with  
spanner emulsification.



Re: Check in
On 4/8/2020 2:24 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Funny Bob!!  Very Funny!!

And no!!  I did not go back and check!! :-)



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On Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 3:30:30 PM UTC-4, ABLE1 wrote:
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No! No! Really Les,  

Go back and read it.!!

Funniest thing I've seen all week!

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On 4/8/2020 7:41 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Ok Jim I am still laughing.
Thanks for the enlightenment..........maybe




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On 4/8/2020 12:30 PM, ABLE1 wrote:
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That was to good not to recycle.  
https://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/forum/general/1867376-sigh-i-did-it-i-finally-succumbed-to-social-pressure

I'm sure some of that group will give me a fair amount of "what for"  
over the post.  Sadly if I have to explain it...


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