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Is everybody as busy as I am?

Can't seem to catch up.  

I'm scheduled out about 3 to 4 weeks now and no sign of letting up.  

All kinds of things.

Right now I'm working on a system that was originally installed in the 90's
.
I don't understand how this alarm company was thinking. They've got 10 moti
on detectors, only two out of seven doors with contacts on them. Only one c
asement window in each room with an alarm screen. One keypad situated betwe
en the two entry doors with a Fifty second delay. Pull traps across the bas
ement windows. And one zone on the keypad zone list labeled as fire but the
re are no smoke detectors.

They want to keep the motion detectors only because the end user is used to
 them causing (in my opinion) the customer to never arms the system when th
ey are home (against my advice)  I've disconnected the alarm screens and re
placed them with wireless glass break detectors. Put wireless xmters on the
 remaining doors. added six wireless smoke detectors. (It's really a rambli
ng laid out house) Finding the transformer took at least a half hour. it wa
s buried above the drop ceiling in a closet in the basement.  

Problem is, The lady is a practicing psychologist, and I can only get in th
e house when she doesn't have patients. This is my second week on the job.  
Can't leave any gear on the job. Each time I return I have to set up all ov
er again. It takes me about an hour to switch gears from the job I was at t
he day before to get my head back into where I left off.  

Other than that, I'm changing out 3G radios. People moving from one house t
o another. New people moving in. The real estate business is just going wil
d in this area. Houses are selling in just a few days after being put on th
e market. Cuomo and De Blasio have screwed up New York City and anyone who  
can afford it is moving out.

And with the defunding of police, every one wants a firearm and an alarm sy
stem.


Re: What's up?
On 10/28/2020 9:15 AM, Jim Davis wrote:
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For a grand total of half a day I had cleared every job off my board.  
That day I got 3 custom jobs in and a recut.  One of the new custom jobs  
was for nine (9) unique custom molds each one requiring some time doing  
CAD.  Since then another recut, and a couple more customs have come in  
and I am back up to about 8 weeks minimum to start new jobs.

In my "spare" time I have been working on "Yet Another Boat Project That  
May Never Get Finished."

Another Boat Project That May Never Get Finished - Part 1
https://youtu.be/Rvwb3HSshaU

Another Boat Project That May Never Get Finished - PART 2
https://youtu.be/l6XYbnkSltE

Another Boat Project That May Never Get Finished Part 3a - Is 10+ Year  
Old Foam Any Good
https://youtu.be/gmnsMYJME9Q

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Re: What's up?
On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:18:49 PM UTC-4, Bob La Londe wrote:
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90's.
motion detectors, only two out of seven doors with contacts on them. Only o
ne casement window in each room with an alarm screen. One keypad situated b
etween the two entry doors with a Fifty second delay. Pull traps across the
 basement windows. And one zone on the keypad zone list labeled as fire but
 there are no smoke detectors.
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d to them causing (in my opinion) the customer to never arms the system whe
n they are home (against my advice)  I've disconnected the alarm screens an
d replaced them with wireless glass break detectors. Put wireless xmters on
 the remaining doors. added six wireless smoke detectors. (It's really a ra
mbling laid out house) Finding the transformer took at least a half hour. i
t was buried above the drop ceiling in a closet in the basement.
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n the house when she doesn't have patients. This is my second week on the j
ob. Can't leave any gear on the job. Each time I return I have to set up al
l over again. It takes me about an hour to switch gears from the job I was  
at the day before to get my head back into where I left off.
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se to another. New people moving in. The real estate business is just going
 wild in this area. Houses are selling in just a few days after being put o
n the market. Cuomo and De Blasio have screwed up New York City and anyone  
who can afford it is moving out.
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Hi Bob,

Nice project. Are going to or did you finish it?

Years and years ago (early 20's) I took a few courses on small engine and m
arine engine repair. I had an idea that was new around here about servicing
 outboard engines. Almost anyone with an outboard engine trailered their bo
at home. So I had planned to get a walk in van. Fabricate a water tank in t
he van to service outboards at peoples homes. Of course back then, outboard
 weren't as big as they are now and could have easily been carried into the
 van. As I say --- no one was doing that around here at the time so I thoug
ht It would work. But, I just couldn't afford to finance it at the time so  
the idea just sort of slipped away. After a time, I did see others who had  
the same idea but as outboards got bigger, the home servicing business fade
d out. But I always was able to use the things I had learned in engine repa
ir to my personal benefit since I eventually became an avid boater and took
 many, many cruising vacations in the Caribbean and South America.  Many a  
time my engine knowledge saved my ass as well as being able to help others  
on the water. As time went on, however, I got further and further away from
 the mechanical and got more deeply involved with the electronics industry  
and trade. And NOW, I look under the hood of may car and it looks like a pl
umber's nightmare. If it has a set of points and a carborator, I can fix it
 but electronic ignition and fuel injection I don't know a thing about.  

Your ability to fabricate your own parts is certainly a definite advantage  
that not too many people have.  

Re: What's up?
On 10/30/2020 10:00 AM, Jim Davis wrote:
 > On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:18:49 PM UTC-4, Bob La Londe wrote:
 >> On 10/28/2020 9:15 AM, Jim Davis wrote:
 >>> Is everybody as busy as I am?
 >>>
 >>> Can't seem to catch up.
 >>>
 >>> I'm scheduled out about 3 to 4 weeks now and no sign of letting up.
 >>>
 >>> All kinds of things.
 >>>
 >>> Right now I'm working on a system that was originally installed in  
the 90's.
 >>> I don't understand how this alarm company was thinking. They've got  
10 motion detectors, only two out of seven doors with contacts on them.  
Only one casement window in each room with an alarm screen. One keypad  
situated between the two entry doors with a Fifty second delay. Pull  
traps across the basement windows. And one zone on the keypad zone list  
labeled as fire but there are no smoke detectors.
 >>>
 >>> They want to keep the motion detectors only because the end user is  
used to them causing (in my opinion) the customer to never arms the  
system when they are home (against my advice)  I've disconnected the  
alarm screens and replaced them with wireless glass break detectors. Put  
wireless xmters on the remaining doors. added six wireless smoke  
detectors. (It's really a rambling laid out house) Finding the  
transformer took at least a half hour. it was buried above the drop  
ceiling in a closet in the basement.
 >>>
 >>> Problem is, The lady is a practicing psychologist, and I can only  
get in the house when she doesn't have patients. This is my second week  
on the job. Can't leave any gear on the job. Each time I return I have  
to set up all over again. It takes me about an hour to switch gears from  
the job I was at the day before to get my head back into where I left off.
 >>>
 >>> Other than that, I'm changing out 3G radios. People moving from one  
house to another. New people moving in. The real estate business is just  
going wild in this area. Houses are selling in just a few days after  
being put on the market. Cuomo and De Blasio have screwed up New York  
City and anyone who can afford it is moving out.
 >>>
 >>> And with the defunding of police, every one wants a firearm and an  
alarm system.
 >>
 >>
 >> For a grand total of half a day I had cleared every job off my board.
 >> That day I got 3 custom jobs in and a recut.  One of the new custom jobs
 >> was for nine (9) unique custom molds each one requiring some time doing
 >> CAD.  Since then another recut, and a couple more customs have come in
 >> and I am back up to about 8 weeks minimum to start new jobs.
 >>
 >> In my "spare" time I have been working on "Yet Another Boat Project That
 >> May Never Get Finished."
 >>
 >> Another Boat Project That May Never Get Finished - Part 1
 >> https://youtu.be/Rvwb3HSshaU
 >>
 >> Another Boat Project That May Never Get Finished - PART 2
 >> https://youtu.be/l6XYbnkSltE
 >>
 >> Another Boat Project That May Never Get Finished Part 3a - Is 10+ Year
 >> Old Foam Any Good
 >> https://youtu.be/gmnsMYJME9Q
 >>
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 >
 > Hi Bob,
 >
 > Nice project. Are going to or did you finish it?
 >
 > Years and years ago (early 20's) I took a few courses on small engine  
and marine engine repair. I had an idea that was new around here about  
servicing outboard engines. Almost anyone with an outboard engine  
trailered their boat home. So I had planned to get a walk in van.  
Fabricate a water tank in the van to service outboards at peoples homes.  
Of course back then, outboard weren't as big as they are now and could  
have easily been carried into the van. As I say --- no one was doing  
that around here at the time so I thought It would work. But, I just  
couldn't afford to finance it at the time so the idea just sort of  
slipped away. After a time, I did see others who had the same idea but  
as outboards got bigger, the home servicing business faded out. But I  
always was able to use the things I had learned in engine repair to my  
personal benefit since I eventually became an avid boater and took many,  
many cruising vacations in the Caribbean and South America.  Many a time  
my engine knowledge saved my ass as well as being able to help others on  
the water. As time went on, however, I got further and further away from  
the mechanical and got more deeply involved with the electronics  
industry and trade. And NOW, I look under the hood of may car and it  
looks like a plumber's nightmare. If it has a set of points and a  
carborator, I can fix it but electronic ignition and fuel injection I  
don't know a thing about.
 >
 > Your ability to fabricate your own parts is certainly a definite  
advantage that not too many people have.
 >

That project is on going and as titled may never be finished.  The day  
before yesterday I took my "250HP" race motor off of the Cherry picker  
where it had been hanging for two years, so I can pull the 40hp motor  
off of the Tracker Super 17 Pro in the video.  First I had to reinforce  
my big stand because its been sitting outside for several years and the  
wood is all dried out and risks splitting.  The Tracker is way under  
powered, but if I sell it after I am done I'll probably put the 40 back  
on.

P.S.  I'm not a total engine neophyte when it comes to newer motors, but  
the first thing I do before tackling any model I haven't worked on  
before is buy a Clymer or equivalent manual.  That 250 is a computer  
controlled direct injection electronically fired hot rod.  Eventually  
I'll have to get an aftermarket reader programmer for it from Sierra.

Being able to make parts is a blessing and a curse.  I've been known to  
spend all day making a ten dollar part, but I have also been able to  
make parts I just can't find sometimes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJDb2eNJ9hQ


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Re: What's up?
On 10/28/2020 11:15 AM, Jim Davis wrote:
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   Jim, only think I've been doing is one (1) fire alarm inspection..  
(and its was 7 months late)
   NO body wants any body in their house these days..
When something breaks they just do without...

The half ass governor we have has everyone scared out of their minds...
Even the Health Dept. won't let anybody in to service their system.
With all the pending lawsuits against the governor, he's taken to
making "Serious suggestions" instead of "orders" ..

The real sorry part is that the only ones dying the last several months
have all been over 70.. and even though they were listed as cov..  the
medical exam says heart failure is the largest group cause..

Some of the country boys have taken to "packing"  full invasion gear,
when out in public...

Everyone is just hoping a "cowboy LEO"  doesn't get carried away..
It could get very "harry" in a real hurry...

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Re: What's up?
On 10/28/2020 12:15 PM, Jim Davis wrote:
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Hi Jim et al,

I too have been busy.  Lots of crazy stuff happening.  Far to crazy
to even type about it.  Can only hope that the stuff has gone away.

As a local friend has mentioned I may have the NXVirus20!!

Hope all goes better for all.

Les




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