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What was your most interesting recent non solar project?

If interesting includes pain in the lower back, that's me crouched down and head out the window so I can almost see what I am doing.
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They stripped the forms off that pool wall and we got a couple of pieces of 8" sch 40 PVC in.

The long factory bell joints do not push together by hand, so in this picture I am ready to gently pull it together with that sling.
While standing up and reaching back for the controls.
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This is not the first rodeo with that.
Up in Mount Rainier National Park with a 65' long reach, a while back.

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That is awesome!
But I did not see that one coming! Where do you get a set of bones for a prehistoric Bison? Is there some really cool tinker crate for adults that I don't know about?
I volunteer at a science museum. We are working with a company that casts and mounts all manner of prehistoric fossils. Our next exibit is fossil mammals found in Louisiana.
 
My whole life has been one giant project. My wife says I always have projects.

Remodeled a few houses, built a few buildings, camper mods, build just about anything from scratch. Life is about the experience and taking advantage of the ability to do whatever you want. Here a few projects ranging from an ice boat to remodeling the shower in my truck camper.


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I'm with you. My wifes least favorite words. "I can fix that!"
 
Log splitter engine replacement. I built a log splitter from scratch about 8 years ago. I used a 1983 B&S 8hp snowblower motor i found on Yahoo auctions and it worked pretty good for about 6 years. I bought a small kubota diesel engine pre-covid from a rice combine and was planning on swapping it eventually but never had time.

well this year it finally crapped out and I was forced to start the engine swap project. Last week I welded up a cradle to support the engine, radiator etc. and I pulled the flywheel so I could machine out the center to hold the love joy coupler. this week I framed up the engine to hydraulic pump adapter and got it all set into place.

When I bought the engine it was from a junkyard with 600 hours on it, the frame had rotted out but the engine was low hours... but the junkyard cut all of the soft fuel lines. took a while to figure it out. the engine was new enough to have a automatic bleeding system that bleed the pump, the lines, and lastly the injectors. once I figured that all out it fires right up with no glow plug at all.

now the next part. and please anybody with an idea chime in. it has a little itty bitty alternator but it does not put out DC.... it puts out 19 volts AC. I am guessing that there was some kind of system to change the AC to DC. anybody got any ideas? I would love for it to charge its own battery so i don't have to pull the battery and bench charge it. I will get photos next week when i go back.
 
Log splitter engine replacement. I built a log splitter from scratch about 8 years ago. I used a 1983 B&S 8hp snowblower motor i found on Yahoo auctions and it worked pretty good for about 6 years. I bought a small kubota diesel engine pre-covid from a rice combine and was planning on swapping it eventually but never had time.

well this year it finally crapped out and I was forced to start the engine swap project. Last week I welded up a cradle to support the engine, radiator etc. and I pulled the flywheel so I could machine out the center to hold the love joy coupler. this week I framed up the engine to hydraulic pump adapter and got it all set into place.

When I bought the engine it was from a junkyard with 600 hours on it, the frame had rotted out but the engine was low hours... but the junkyard cut all of the soft fuel lines. took a while to figure it out. the engine was new enough to have a automatic bleeding system that bleed the pump, the lines, and lastly the injectors. once I figured that all out it fires right up with no glow plug at all.

now the next part. and please anybody with an idea chime in. it has a little itty bitty alternator but it does not put out DC.... it puts out 19 volts AC. I am guessing that there was some kind of system to change the AC to DC. anybody got any ideas? I would love for it to charge its own battery so i don't have to pull the battery and bench charge it. I will get photos next week when i go back.
Alternator likely had an external bridge rectifier and regulator. Or the internal bridge rectifier and regulator might be shorted and passing AC directly to the output.
 
Nothing to exciting, just getting the garden started.
I've been expanding it every year. Had a pile of cinder blocks and pavers laying around so I rednecked a potato bed this year, they really are fun to dig up come harvest time.

The strawberry's have been spreading nicely the past 2 years. I'll have to move the peppers to a new spot this year.

Beans and peas will go below the pole and I'll string some new netting up, last year they almost climbed to the top.

I ran out of fabric staples so I resorted to a pile of bricks I had to laying around until I get some more staples.

I have onions, spinach, lettuce, celery, parsley, broccoli, cucumbers, potatoes and tomatoes in. Still need to plant peppers, beans and peas. I want to get something else simple going but I don't know what yet, I'm thinking radishes.

It's somewhere around 80 degrees and to damned humid so I took a break before planting more and hooking the irrigation back up.

"pro" tips. A blow torch works excellent for making holes in the fabric and an auger makes planting really easy.
 

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Welding up the armature for one front leg. I doubt this gets OSHA approval.

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I'll bet that feels good falling down into your socks. You should use the cutting torch that way too.

I always wear pants with high top boots, pants never tucked in and never wear pants with holes in them.

I speak from years of experience. :ROFLMAO:
 
I got a free above ground pool from an ad on Craigslist. I went and picked it up strapped it down brought it home leveled a pad unloaded it started putting it together and discovered that I am short one of the critical pipe pieces that support the side so...
 
I got a free above ground pool from an ad on Craigslist. I went and picked it up strapped it down brought it home leveled a pad unloaded it started putting it together and discovered that I am short one of the critical pipe pieces that support the side so...
Well no project can be completed without at least 3 trips to the supply store!
 
I'll bet that feels good falling down into your socks. You should use the cutting torch that way too.

I always wear pants with high top boots, pants never tucked in and never wear pants with holes in them.

I speak from years of experience. :ROFLMAO:
I will put it this way: if you decide to weld wearing shoes, have a five gallon pail half full of water nearby - without a lid on it... just saying... ;)
 
Unless one of the components says “universal “ then it is only two trips lol

Yall are missing one qualifier. The more complex a task the more trips to the hardware store. And the less planning or more beer that was consumed during planning the more that will be required.

For instance in the plumbing isle you can always tell those that planned. They are the ones scratching their heads and thinking if they want to try 3 other stores or just do it a different way because there is one part missing.

And the experinced planner will look for that missing part in the wrong bins surrounding the correct bin that doesn't have anything but wrong parts in it. Then they will look in the right shape bin but the wrong size because invariably someone picked up a part and realized it was the wrong size, but instead of putting it back right they toss it in the wrong size right shape bin.
 
My most interesting recent non-solar project was to build a weatherproof UV ballast enclosure and wire it as a replacement into my Aqualogic Comet UV sterilizer. Eight inch pipe and 190 watts of UV output. Lots of fun and problem solving.
 
Fence bought and installed. Chicken manure spread, plant food spread. Tiller had a horrible accident, it picked up a rock and locked up. That was fun.

Installed a new spigot. Tapped the washer's cold water supply. Used sharkbite for the first time. I was skeptical as hell, but no sweating pipes, no leaks. I'll still keep an eye on it for a while.

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16 x 120ft rows of Irish Potatoes planted. And various other plants in the deer proof garden: 30 celery, 24 green cabbage, 24 red cabbage, 24 cauliflower, 24 Broccoli, 24 brussel sprouts, and 50 or so various pepper plants.
 

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Like the diesel ztr.
You would love my Toro diesel Groundsmaster. 4 wheel drive to boot. It goes up inclines like a bighorn.

I bought it used for $1400 from a local implement dealer that took it in on trade. Deck was trashed but I found a parts mower with a 2 year old deck on it. I put fuel in it at the most 3 times a year, 6 gallon tank.
 
I'll bet that feels good falling down into your socks. You should use the cutting torch that way too.

I always wear pants with high top boots, pants never tucked in and never wear pants with holes in them.

I speak from years of experience. :ROFLMAO:
I only wear cotton socks when welding, sythetic socks stick to you when they melt. ;)

My Dad was a welder, so I grew up around this stuff. If I had a lot to do I would use more protection. This is lots of bending, looking, bending, looking ... and then a few seconds of sparks.
 
Alternator likely had an external bridge rectifier and regulator. Or the internal bridge rectifier and regulator might be shorted and passing AC directly to the output.
this type from what I read has an external. it only has two wires coming out of it and is good for about a max of 12-14 amps. I see adds for "6 wire kubota" regulator/ rectifier sets but I have no clue of the 6 wires which would be needed. it appears that one of them is strictly for an indicator lamp on the dash of most vehicles. the other seem to be a mystery.rectifier regulator.png
 
Is that tiller a handful? Beehives in the background? Looks like a slice of paradise.
Yeah, with the sloped garden spot there, it's a bit of a handful. The rocky soil doesn't help either. But does save time laying out the rows. It has a two-disc attachment that creates a hill of soil over your row, but sadly, it wasn't working, so we had to cover the rows with hand tools.

It's definitely a slice of paradise up there. My grandpa got it back in 1991 for $800/acre. Just shy of 80 acres, 3,120ft at the low point and 3,800ft at the back and you can keep hiking right on up to 6,280ft elevation in the National Forest. Water is everywhere, which was one of the deciding factors when Dad and him were property hunting. Thousands of Sugar Maple trees, which we tapped when I was a kid on a very small scale but my wife and I are planning to tap on a much larger scale when I "retire" next year.

Due to the elevation it's rarely over 85 degrees in the summer, upper 70s to low 80s typically. I work 4 day work weeks, so we enjoy escaping the Chattanooga, TN, heat in the summer up there. :). We also have no mosquitos but there are pesky gnats :|
 
this type from what I read has an external. it only has two wires coming out of it and is good for about a max of 12-14 amps. I see adds for "6 wire kubota" regulator/ rectifier sets but I have no clue of the 6 wires which would be needed. it appears that one of them is strictly for an indicator lamp on the dash of most vehicles. the other seem to be a mystery.View attachment 212167

For an externally regulated alternator, there should be more wires coming out. Internally regulated can have just one wire. That's probably the "fix" I'd go for, install a cheap one-wire alternator and be done.

On the regulator, if I had to guess(and it is a guess), the blue wires would be AC out of the alternator and into the regulator, the red and black wires would be positive and negative DC out of the regulator and going to the charging system, and the yellow and green would run to the indicator light you mention and energize the field coils in the alternator.

Seriously though, look at one-wire alternators.

 
I'll bet that feels good falling down into your socks. You should use the cutting torch that way too.

I always wear pants with high top boots, pants never tucked in and never wear pants with holes in them.

I speak from years of experience. :ROFLMAO:
You are missing out on the Zen of welding. Keeping a decent bead while shaking the slag out of your flip flops is only possible by clearing your mind and becoming one with the process.

These flip flops recently broke, but you can see the small round holes from slag dropping into them while welding. Give it a try!
 

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I installed two more outdoor water spigots in convenient places, and still have two more to do.

When we had the house replumbed, I had all the outdoor water spigots put on their own separate circuit which can be turned off, and a valve + compressed air connection installed for blowing out the lines. Winterizing the outdoor plumbing now takes about five minutes.
 
Pad built and floor framing done. 4x6 PT construction. 7ftx21ft. Rebarred into ground. Need to fill half way with more rock before flooring and framing exterior. Floor will be 2x10 PT and rest of frame will also be 4x6 PT

Will be two farrowing huts separated by a common wall.

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