Measured cut list and how-to instructions for building a plywood motor cover for an older Delta Rockwell Unisaw. The cover encloses the motor for improved dust control. Project requires one 2' x 4' piece of 1/2" plywood, a 18" piano hinge, basic shop tools, and a few supplies from the home center. Total cost is ~$50.00 if you have to buy everything. Alternatively, you can purchase aftermarket motor covers for Unisaws that are made of black plastic for about $100 online or hun
A package postmarked Columbia, Missouri arrived at my door the other day. Inside was an antique ice axe with a broken handle. The client asked me to fit it with a new handle and clean it up a bit. Wooden ice axes tend to break at the same two places. Here, where the metal head ends. The hickory grows brittle and dry over time. The other failure point is at the spike end. Spike-end failure is just a result of wear and tear (poking into snow, dirt, and rocks thousands of times)
Leaving ice berg strewn Alsek Lake and headed for the temperate coast to the take out located in a wild corner of Glacier Bay National Park. Arrival at the lonely Dry Bay take out. Pat appears. Ferrying loads to the Yakutat airstrip. Hans appears. Turbo Otters are badass aircraft made for no-nonsense hauling. The UPS vans of the skies. The modern day cowboy takes the reins of his aluminum horse. Arrival at Haines Airport. Stan appears. Hans takes off out the short taxi way.
First snow. The first big storm of the year caught me before I could put the studs on . When I turned onto the main road this morning, I began to drift in slow motion towards the ditch. Stuck. Although just barely off the shoulder, two wheels were in the mucky, flowing ditch. I wasn't going anywhere. Rescued. Musher Scott and his chained-up Bobcat came to my rescue. It took him all of 10 seconds to pull me out. We have the best neighbors! Damage. I just grazed the metal post
In this post I show how to estimate amount of fill needed for subgrade fill using a laser level. These instructions assume you are about ready to start work on foundation footings and are trying to determine how much subgrade base material (gravel) to haul in. Worked Example for 5 Station Stakes Step-by-Step Instructions 0.) How much fill do you need? Commonly, you haul in gravel or D1 base in order to firm up the subgrade surface prior to forming up footings. Something like
Challenge: Run two 100A panels from one meter base without using a subpanel. Existing overhead service from CEA to house and 100A panel. We want upgrade our service to 200A, add power to the new garage, but not replace/disturb the existing house panel. We wish to use a "split" service configuration and avoid a main & subpanel situation if at all possible. New garage needs power. Since garage is located closer to the service drop pole than the house, it makes sense to swing th
One of the local brown bears (Ursus horribilis) saw fit to upend our heavy steel garbage can cage in the middle of the night. The cage holds 3 cans and has been there for at least a decade. Probably 400 lbs. I thought it was fixed in place with concrete. Turns out it was not. Its out in the road now.