Sunday, September 15, 2019

s63nxjgc=7625 evaporative cooler motor

Working on evaporative cooler motor that does not start,

Peach Harvest

Harvested our peach tree today.

Fruit was not thinned so it is mostly on the small side. 

Total yield was something over 30 gallons.  20 will be frozen whole.  5 will be dehydrated by a friend and 5 is compost quality.

The fruit to be frozen is ripening in store bags.  When ready it will be washed.  Frozen whole then bagged and put back in the freezer.  It will mostly be used a smoothie base.\

The hope is that by picking early we avoided most of the bird and wasp damage.  This tree is called contender.  The fruit is quite sweet and delicious.  Lets see how the  bag ripened fruit compares to that ripened on the tree.

Thursday, September 5, 2019


I have been working of couple of doors.  The walk door on my garage/woodshop was a modern POS consisting of a wood frame stuffed with compressed wood chips sandwiched between two thin sheets of plywood.  The previous owners installed a cat door.  Moisture entered the wood chips via the modification and ruined the door.  I had planned on reskinning it but it was too far gone.

Rather than buy a new door I borrowed one from an old building.  The hinges were on the wrong side so I am flipping the hardware to make it work.

I have temporally hung the door.  It is a reasonably good fit for the opening but the opening itself needs to be shimmed in on the left top.

The old paint was so tick it was hiding the details on the trim.   I am using scrapers, citrustrip, and steel wool.  A light application of sand paper after that

If it were not for this gorgeous handle I may not have thought about using this old door.  The thumb latch mechanism needed cleaning.  It still maybe a challenge to get it all working.

I am also working on this modern door.  It uses a wood frame with a styrofoam core and sheet metal sides.  The wood frame is rotted on two side from use in a greenhouse.   I am chiseling back the rotted wood.  With some luck I can use it to to temporaly replace the front door while I restore it.

High temperatures are still in the 90s so I have cobbled up an evaporative cooler in the wood shop.

Both the pump and fan are powered via a GFI.

Routed out the rotted wood on the hinge end of the modern door.  About a foot on each end was rotten down to the Styrofoam core.  Glued replacement wood there and routed the entire thing again to make it level.  Glued a new wood edge on with Loctite premium construction adhesive.  

Removed the grills and the double pane window.  Window was horrid dirty.  Scraped much of the deposits off it but the inside seems to be dirty too.  It will never look clean but OK for a shop or garage.  

Found an old unopened can of Krylon fusion white paint.   Clogged in the first minute.  Running the can on the HF pneumatic paint shaker for 10 minutes and blowing out the nozzle made it usable.

Want to get back to the wood door.  So the plan is to mount this in the shop door way so I can get the wood one off to work on.  The latch hardware is still a mystery to me so it maybe in backwards for a while as I am swapping stuff around to make it hinge on the correct side just like the wood one.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

1990 Troy Built Trail Blazer Sickle Mower

Qwners Manual not sure if its the right year.
Service Manual for 1990
Thread on renewing the sickle                             

Today I traded a large flex shaft for this.   The motor has no compression and the oil is milky.  It has a vertical motor with a side shaft to drive the wheels.      Need to check.  The wheels seem tilted in the above images.

Thinking Pulsa-Jet  Carb

The IC has a cast iron sleeve.  A very good thing.

Some parts are still available.  Stens has std pistons for $20.  Briggs are  near $100 and only .020 rings can be had on first glance.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Murray 40702X92A (returned to city to be crushed)

Today I received a tip that there was a lawn tractor at the roll off.

Cosmetically it look good.   Seems to have compression.  Gas tank is empty and smells ok.  It's a flat head.

Apparently  the tip was a bad one.  I had to return the tractor.                                  LOL easy come easy go.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New Acquisitions

Honda 501 Tiller 
Yard Machine Tiller
Mantis Tiller, no tines
Snapper Commercial Mower -  this one surges
Other Mower
DR Trimmer -  A professional unit.  Wire wheels.  Need numbers.

Craftsman 35835028 42cc 18" chain saw
Saw runs with a squirt in the carb.   
Vibration isolater is broken. ereplacement parts has a kit
Need to test fuel system and carb prior to ordering parts.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Tempoary seat for Murray 39004

Found some pics from when I moved the tractor into storage.  A few days later we obtained a bunch of equipment and I had to move it outside. Still shuffling things about.