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New Front signals

With the 40 turning 40 this year, the front turn signal assemblies were showing their age. Sourced some NOS Toyota assemblies and upgraded to LED’s.
The entire rigs lights are now LED with exception of headlights and HID lights on bumper.

Old assemblies (top) with cracked and broken lenses.
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Ready for the new fixture. Upgraded the grommet and wire fastener.
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Quick and easy.
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Drivers side was the same with the exception of removing the air intake to access the wire connectors.
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Luv those LED’s (3 of them per fixture).
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Old school with a modern safety upgrade.
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Now if only I could affordable premium fuel to drive this 12 MPG rig…
Have a awesome Tuesday brethren.
 

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Thanks brother. I still take the rig into tight trails with heavy brush and enjoy not worrying about pinstripes. I’ve actually become fond of the patina as it gives her character.
 

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Skylight Shields

Some years back I upgraded to a commercial type skylight from the domed acrylic style that would crack from UV.
The commercial ones are all aluminum TIG welded frames with double pane tempered flat glass. The problem was the glass I chose was clear allowing too much light in during the peak of the day. The other concern was the increase of hail storms in recent years.
Last March the roof was re done and my wife requested I eliminate one skylight from her walk-in closet so I kept it thinking it would come in handy when I design shields.

One of the projects I shared of a pergola I did some time back the customer had four sheets of 16 gauge formed perforated (1/2" holes) galvanized sheets. I traded some of the work for these sheets as he had no use for them. As soon as I spotted them I knew they would make great shield covers.

I used a 5.5" circular saw with a diablo cut-off disc (6 of them) to cut eight shield covers. Six skylights are 27"x 54" and two are 27"x 27". I cut the shields to be 4" wider and 6" longer to provide overhang after installation. The frames were made from 3/16" x 1" 6061 aluminum flat bar.
As I was measuring up the actual widths for the new frames I decided to make the frames domed so when the shields are secured to the frames they would have a crown providing extra rigidness to the 16 gauge formed sheets.

Two lines were drawn 26.75" apart on the table. A scrap piece of 14 gauge sheet was then used to form the curved profile I was after. Large 90º magnets held the profile while I traced it on the table and took a measurement of the circumferance needed.
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A flex tape was used to measure the circumstance between the lines. Small earth magnets use to hols the tape.
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Other end. Once I had this rough measurement, I double checked it using math. I also determined the radius of the circe used for the profile. The actual mathamatical measurement came to 27.6384"(circumference).
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I figured out the radius was R=31.32' and section measurement of 27.6384" (rounded down to 27-5/8").
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A cut piece of the formed perorated sheet was tested using the same magnets to see if the material would conform without difficulty.
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The sheets are very sharp! It seemed every time I handled the sheets I would snag of cut a finger. I decided to fold the corners in and create a hem. This will keep from snagging a pant leg when on the roof. It also provided some rigidity to the unsupported corners.
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All eight covers done. Those corners eventually got hammered down flush using a dead-blow mallet.
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Next up was to cut the Aluminum flat bar.
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A simple bending jig was tacked to the table for hand profiling.
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The end of the table was set up for bending, verifying profile and finally welding the frames. All while sitting on a stool.
A good start.
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More to come...
 

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Rinse and repeat 15 more times. Notice the 2" line increments. These aid in a consistent bend when doing multiples by hand. They also aid in correcting over bends by tracking the exact last bend. The bend jig layout was tacked with this in mind. Once close the piece is then bent between the lines for a more fluid arc.
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The uprights were drilled on the mill using DRO for precision location. A very small margins for running in Tek screws without breaking glass. A ratcheting hand de-burring tool really cleans up the edges of the holes.
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While working with the mill a unidirectional drill jig was designed and drilled to allow the exact location of mounting holes without layout once on the roof.
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Set up for right or left hand the drill jig is engaged at each corner and the proper side is drilled.
The two set of holes seen on the drill jig are for the two different size skylights.
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Two pieces tacked onto the table will be used as a weld jig. The small magnet puts pressure on the arched section to hold it in place.
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Using the TIG, I set up the torch with a 1/16" tungsten electrode and used 3/32" 4043 filler rod at 120 amps.
Another good example of using a corner weld joint.
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Almost done...
 

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The drill jig was taken to the roof and all eight skylight frames were predrilled in short order.
The first four larger skylights over the old work shop.
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Two smaller (bathroom and laundry room) and one larger over the kitchen.
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Looking up from the kitchen. I estimate the shields block close to 20% of harsh sunlight.
A vast improvement.
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Lastly a large one over the master bath.
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This fall I plan on rolling paint on all parapet walls followed by paining the house.
BTW, This is a four ply BUR roof system I ended up with. All the other systems I researched left me doubtful with the harsh desert sun. My last roof was a 3 ply that never leaked and lasted 23 years. I should be dead when this place need a reroof. Just for comparison, In 1998 when I built the house a new 3 ply roof cost $5,500. This 4-ply cost $24K. Only four contractors would return my call. I signed the contract in Nov of 2021 and was on the books until March of 2022. This country is Fu*ked when it comes to willing workers. This Gov'ment is an expert at wrecking our nation.
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Side note:
Found this little fellow by the mail box the other day. After a romaine snack, I relocated it to the rear of my property away from the road. It's said to take ten years before you can tell the gender of these slow growing creatures.
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CHOW!
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Awesome job once again!!
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Took the 40 through Greaterville pass over to Madera Canyon. A pleasant drive and green from the monsoon rains.
At the start.
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about 22 miles over to Madera.
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The green is so different from the norm.
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Into Madera some locals know they have the right away for now.
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These guys will become scarce come October as Turkey seasons opens.
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A nice run for sure. Oh, the upgraded seats were a treat.
Have a great Sunday.
 

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A little maintenance on the Scotchman Ironworker.
This machine was built 06/96 and was trailer mounted as a traveling demo. I found it online back in 2003 located in PA. That said this unit has only been operated by two people in 26 years.

The unit takes 12 gallons of ISO 46 hydraulic oil and a spin on filter.
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With the front skin off you can spot the filter head down low to the right.
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a closer look.
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On the backside, a manual fluid extractor was used to evacuate the old fluid. A large donut magnet at the bottom of the reservoir as well as the entire inside of the reservoir was spotless.
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I need to add an hour meter to the electrical cabinet door but for now a piece of frog tape with the date and details will work.
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All pivot points were greased and skins back on ready for another 800 hours.
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Safe to say this machine is one frequently used in the Fallout shelter.
 
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A Packrat trap
Been at war with Pack rats since 1998. Manual rat traps don’t always work and fall apart.
Electronic ones require batteries and honestly too small for Packrats. Besides the traps mentioned require set up per rat.
Decided to build a simple clamp on roller design from 100% scrap. The only cutting I had was the paint roller frame and a short piece of 1.5” PVC conduit. Everything else was small scraps I keep in 5 gallon pails behind the Ironworker.

The simple components that slip over an edge of a 5 gallon pail. No holes needed or other modifications to use this design.
The short pieces of 1/2”x1” tube were bent in for a snug fit over the pail.
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Installed.
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The 24” ramp has a 1/2” return bend to provide some rigidity. Two small 1/4” round bar index the ramp to the roller assemblies for easy assembly.
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With 2 gallons of water and some peanut butter bait the trap should work well without a mess.
The greedy Packrats will climb the ramp, then while transitioning onto the roller portion they should fall into the water and drown. I’m hoping to catch multiple rats per night using this simple trap.
Stay tuned…
 

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A Packrat trap
Been at war with Pack rats since 1998. Manual rat traps don’t always work and fall apart.
Electronic ones require batteries and honestly too small for Packrats. Besides the traps mentioned require set up per rat.
Decided to build a simple clamp on roller design from 100% scrap. The only cutting I had was the paint roller frame and a short piece of 1.5” PVC conduit. Everything else was small scraps I keep in 5 gallon pails behind the Ironworker.

The simple components that slip over an edge of a 5 gallon pail. No holes needed or other modifications to use this design.
The short pieces of 1/2”x1” tube were bent in for a snug fit over the pail.
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Installed.
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The 24” ramp has a 1/2” return bend to provide some rigidity. Two small 1/4” round bar index the ramp to the roller assemblies for easy assembly.
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With 2 gallons of water and some peanut butter bait the trap should work well without a mess.
The greedy Packrats will climb the ramp, then while transitioning onto the roller portion they should fall into the water and drown. I’m hoping to catch multiple rats per night using this simple trap.
Stay tuned…
Will handrails be a future safety improvement. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: (y) (y)
 

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No fall protection for those rats🤣🤣
 

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You'd have to get an old iron bathtub instead of a bucket if you had a Javelina problem :ROFLMAO:
 

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Maybe even put a thin layer of butter or cooking oil on the roller.

I like your trap (y)

Years ago I discovered a roach trap. Mason jars or coffee cans filled part way up with old wet coffee grounds. Set it outside against a wall, fence, etc. The roaches climb in for the coffee. Get the oils on their feet and can't climb out. It worked amazingly well. Get like 19 big roaches a night. Just add more water to drown 'em and by eve the water had evaporated enough that the grounds were exposed again. If you have roaches in the shop...

While roaches in the garage and outside are no big deal, they do freak me out when I'm on my back under the truck and one comes strutting by within feet of my face :oops:

Note for folks that don't know, roaches are all over in the desert. Big ones. They hardly ever make it in doors to living spaces. But they own the night outdoors, especially with new construction as they lived here first.
 

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This was in the pail trap this morning.
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UPDATE: Been steadily catching both Packrats and mice with that Rube Goldberg trap:p


Two Post lift and Awning


Built a 13'X15'X15' Awning for a buddy that builds American Muscle cars. He's sold 16 so far at Barrett-Jackson over a ten year period. We've known one another for 34 years now.

Anyway he retired and sold his auto mechanic business. He wants to restore 1-2 cars per year to keep sharp.
That said he needed a lift and some shade.

Base plates sheared and punched on the ironworker then welded onto .120 X 4" x 4" tube.
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I had shot grade prior so I had four different length columns which would be number stamped for correct placement.
Working in the heat is getting a little harder mostly because of the monsoon humidity. 1-2 gallons of water with little output other than sweating wears on me. The up/dn ladder work did not phase the 14 month old knee.:)

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Commercial grade decking was stacked cut and pre-drilled for a straight line finish.
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The slab was laid out to locate the two posts.
I missed my forklift that day....:oops:
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Used a Bosch Bulldog hammer drill to set ten 3/4" x 5.5" Hilti wedge anchors.
Squatting does piss off the new knee! The fix...don't squat!:LOL:
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The next morning the airless made quick work of the raw steel. This time of the year, it gets windy as soon as it heats up. Finished up the structural portion of the Rotary two post lift.
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Still need to run cables, hoses and electrical for the finish line.
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Have a safe and productive week DP brethren.
Turn and Burn...
 

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Been keeping an eye out on CL for a solid Master Level. Perseverance finally paid off with this Starrett No.199
The resolution is .0005"/12". It will only be used to level out the Lathe bed twice a year or so.
For 200 bucks this is in pristine condition.

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Beautiful!
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Feels solid.
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Not a single chip or ding noted.
Looks like it was just scraped with perfect frosting!
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Time to go out and level the Lathe.
Have a great Sunday brothers!
 
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