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  1. #11
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    Hi posters,

    It has been mentioned that it would be very helpful if the originator of a post provided a bit of information regarding a solution to it. Don't know if this qualifies but I want to fill in some details about my friends who gave me inspiration for the initial post. I have known them since high school (over 40 years) and luckily they have all stayed in the neighborhood.
    One is an accountant who does my tax returns, another is a landscaper who plows my parent's driveway in the winter and another is a master plumber who fixes my mistakes.

    In exchange for their help, I melt metal and repair what I can for them.

    No money is exchanged - only beer and favors.

    It's good to have friend's like them even if we all pick on each other.
    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

  2. #12
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    Spent the last 35 years in industrial environment, makes perfect sense to me - that's the only kind of friends I have, wouldn't have it any other way.

    Sounds like you already know that... Steve

  3. #13
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    Too much time on your hands. That's funny.

    Those are usually the guys coming up and asking for you to do stuff for them. It would be interesting to see what they do with their time. I bet it is something of quality along the lines of nothing.

    I got a guy asks me to do stuff for him on a weekly basis and he actually had the nerve to tell me this stuff was easy if you have the tools.

    Then you have the mouths that want to stand there and offer their advice on how something you are doing should be done. I have taken to saying "okay you do it then" and walk away.

  4. #14
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    I am going to liberate that kayak roller idea - that is brilliant and simple!
    Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffm View Post
    I am going to liberate that kayak roller idea - that is brilliant and simple!
    Geoff
    Geoffm,

    Thank you, I am flattered and honored by your interest.

    Here are a few additional photos which may help in your design.

    I split the stainless steel tubing holding the vacuum cup handle so it could swivel to adapt to a curved roof if needed. Once it fit my roof, I tightened up the hose clamp.

    Have fun
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    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burnt hands View Post
    Geoffm,

    Thank you, I am flattered and honored by your interest.

    Here are a few additional photos which may help in your design.

    I split the stainless steel tubing holding the vacuum cup handle so it could swivel to adapt to a curved roof if needed. Once it fit my roof, I tightened up the hose clamp.

    Have fun
    Thanks for that - I got a couple of suction cup gadgets and our local importers emporium the other day, so now to find some time and steel.
    How long is your roller, and is it a single roller or 3 of them? I looked at what was in the boat shops and they were all short - and expensive. Anything with the word "boat" seems to double in price...

  7. #17
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    The roller is 20" long and is 3 pieces.
    The tapered ends were originally one 8" V shaped roller.
    The middle one was a straight 8"roller - 2 1/2" diameter.
    Stainless flat stock is 2" x 1/8" - definitely over-built
    but I had it left from another project.
    Since I don't have a lathe, I had to send the pieces out to a machine shop.
    They trimmed the V roller to match the straight section and made the white bushings.
    Also threaded the 3/4" stainless axle for 3/8-16 bolts.
    Cost a bit, but they did a great job.
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    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

  8. #18
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    Default Another goofy project

    Big animal trap

    I had been having trouble with wildlife getting into my trash cans and chewing holes in my vinyl siding.
    Tried the simple fix to chase them away using moth balls with no luck.
    Set up a game camera and saw that raccoons and a fox seemed to be the problem.
    Bought a bucket trap and a large box trap and set them out.
    No luck after 3 weeks with more chaos and damage.
    Determined to catch them, I felt like Bill Murray in the movie Caddyshack.
    The game cam videos showed that the animals were too smart for the traps.
    They would look in but not enter the traps.
    Battle of wits and I was the nit-wit.
    Or maybe they didn't just like my bait.

    Made this larger version which did the trick.
    Frame is 4 sections of 2 ft x 6 ft stainless metro shelving.
    Used hose clamps to join them together as I needed to reuse them afterwards.
    Door is made from old bed frame angle and expanded metal.
    Trip mechanism took a bit of trial and error to get right.
    Door has drop lock bar to keep it closed.
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    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

  9. #19
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    Default Big trap results

    Part 2

    Modifications made during the trial phase:
    1 - Put a board in the bottom as the animals paws were slipping thru the wire spacing and they would not go in.
    2 - Changed the mechanism lubricant from bacon grease to 90 weight gear lube due to them eating the grease.
    3 - Changed bait from stale bread to stale cheeseburgers.

    Caught 4 raccoons, 3 foxes, and 2 possums and moved them to the small box trap.
    Relocated them to my landscaper friend ( the one who said "need a life") with geese and groundhogs issues on his farm.
    A win-win situation all around.

    PS - No animals were hurt or abused during the life of this of this project.
    However, many aluminum cans of beer were sacrificed to the scrap yard in the process.

    Another goofy project but now that the intruders are relocated, I miss them.
    Go figure!
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    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

  10. #20
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    OK - here is another example of an expensive answer to a simple problem.

    Made a bug zapper from some stainless grill racks I had.

    Here is link to a previous post I made with other uses for these racks.

    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...goofy+projects

    Welded 2 racks together and rolled them into a cylinder.
    Made another one slightly smaller in diameter to fit inside the other.

    Used plastic tubing to insulate them and connected them to an oil burner transformer.
    Top has a cover of plexiglas and bottom sits on a wood table.
    Makes cleaning easier.

    Wanted to get rid of flies and hornets so I used some old cheese and sugar water as bait.

    Works well and every zap I hear means one less fly to land on my food.
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    Thermal Arc GTSW400, Airco Heliwelder II, Miller Dynasty 350, Hypertherm 1000, oxy-fuel setup, metal cutting bandsaw, air compressor, drill press, etc.:

    Call me the "Clouseau" of welding !

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