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JoelsBuicks last won the day on October 31 2018

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  1. Thanks folks, I have a wife and 15 year old boy and there for a little while they were just about all I could think about. It’s nothing short of miraculous that a well trained cardiologist could completely fix this in 15 mins. Fortunately I have very little residual damage. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. In short order I lost 60 lbs and have lost more since. I’ve been doing well diet wise but I did something i now regret. After my cholesterol numbers fell way down I stopped taking the drug. Turns out the cholesterol went back up and the resulting plaque nearly got me. I’m back on the drug, and now others, for the long haul. Thanks again, Joel
  2. Ben, I’m afraid I’m out of commission for a spell. I had heart attack on Thursday evening and by midnight I had a stent in a main artery that was 99% blocked! I got a few restrictions that should all end in a few days. I’ve been trying to build a small car/equipment shed and my body finally came to a stop on Thursday afternoon and then violently rebelled a few hours later. I feel lucky but I also feel great right now. But, not great enough to go sand cabinets!
  3. So much for the old scotch brite pads. Isn’t that the way it always goes? Next thing you know, you’ll be taking off that old paint because it’s not bonded very well. Then, two months later and many hours sweating, they’ll look great.
  4. Are those old metal lab cabinets? It’s too bad they aren’t a different color as you might just settle for a cleaning and clear coat. What color are you planning for them - match your toolbox? If they are lab cabinets then maybe you have the old slate tops. If not then you have another project. Those pine boards, envious of the side of that car, are thinking “all in all we’re just another board on the wall.”
  5. I was thinking about criticizing the use of those galvanized 16’s instead of a 16 finish nail. But when I look at this and put it all into perspective, there’s no question that a finish nail would just not fit. Many years ago my Dad taught me the trick of nailing on a temp 2x4 and using it it pry things in place for nailing. Nowadays, you can’t do that with a nail gun because of that glue or whatever it is makes it hard to pull those nails. It’s looking just beautiful, you may have just a few cut ends to stain, but very few.
  6. Not quite, your two biggest fans were there 😬
  7. Straight, plumb and square is contrasted nicely by that beautiful door. No fluorescent lights in here - it’s got to be warm. You’ll have to find lights that will also show the ceiling. Great job on cutting that tin so square you can set it atop that baseboard and not have it crawl on you. Looks like Elvis is putting things in the right perspective.
  8. In the spirit of preventing another unwanted merge I’ll comment. First, it’s so nice to see you at this again. I’m afraid the artist side of my brain atrophied long ago but I can still envy and enjoy it. I’m also glad that you are getting help that knows how to do something like you want it done. Going at it alone slows things way down and has a way of turning the recreation into work. Lastly, tell me about those 2x6 ceiling joists that are on 4’ centers and above the door opening. Is that to support some elevated storage or sign/memorabilia display? Many thanks for sharing it with us.
  9. Larry, you are right. I did some searching and found that the reformulated gas is far fewer. But the map did not include seasonal blends. Two major changes that are now several years old are the benzene reduction and sulfur reduction. I recall a time when refiners were crying foul about ethanol reducing gasoline demand. Then, almost in a moment’s time, refiners realized they could leverage ethanol producers due to over production thereby buying it cheap and selling it at gasoline prices. Big profit! Then they started making subgrade unleaded and blending with ethanol to get octane. Big profit again because it allowed them to sell their iso-octane (2,2,4 trimethyl pentane) to the aviation gasoline market instead of downgrading it to unleaded. Big profit! Think about it, when was the last time you heard an oil major complain about ethanol?
  10. In recent years refiners have had a surplus of butane. Butane is a relatively low value byproduct of refining. In fact, as refiners process heavier and cheaper crudes, those processes produce more butane. Refiners have discovered that they can blend butane into gasoline up to meeting a seasonal vapor pressure specification usually established by a city or region. Essentially they can sell butane at gasoline prices. The octane bump that they get from ethanol helps facilitate this blending. Butane is volatile and it will flash at elevated temps and cause vaporization in our fuel lines. High pressure and low temperature are the enemies of this vaporization. Gasoline has changed significantly in just the last 15 years. Also I have heard that in the US there are as many as 94 different “boutique” gasoline blends because of the many air quality regs and regions. Boy do I have stories that can’t be told!
  11. Regarding fire resistance, boron is a fire retardant, have you thought about using it? 😬 ok, not funny but I just couldn’t help myself!
  12. Looks like a Model 46. Trim on bonnet side is truncated and upright air cleaner vs horizontal. Lots of wood originally in floor may better explain why they are gone vs being rusted out.
  13. I ended the wood at the bottom of the sill after coping it into the sill and securing it with a screw and glue. There is a separate piece of wood (thin like about 5/16”) glued and screwed to the bottom of the sill along the outer edge to accommodate that metal cover that is at the bottom of the doors.
  14. Erndog, you are correct and for the record I need to simply say that this is the way I did it and it may well be incorrect. So, I went and checked the old rotted sill and there isn’t anything left at that point that would indicate that the brace was recessed or wasn’t . I then checked the old post and it wasn’t recessed there in the vertical position. Like you said, all other braces (six others) are indeed recessed and if I had it to do again, I would very likely recessed it (about 1/8”) for that reason alone.
  15. I checked and those lower braces are not recessed into the sill.
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