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Messages - Carl G. Soderstrom

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Volunteers / Re: July 2021 Work Reports
« on: July 10, 2021, 01:32:49 AM »

I would recommend Semi - Transparent Stain rather than paint. If there
is any moisture in the wood it will push the paint off the surface.

People had/have that problem with decks when I worked in the hardware store. Also make sure all 6 sides
get coated, as they will be in an environment that is not entirely dry.

Looking good.



It is a shame some many expressions get dis-used or pass into history.
It is what makes conversation interesting - besides it makes the younger generation
wonder what we are talking about. Turn-about is fair play.  :D

Few stories

Many years ago my parents were on a bus tour in Denmark - one couple from Brazil & one couple from Argentina
had to speak English to understand each other. (Portuguese & Spanish - though probably not the same as the "old Country")

An attendant in a Norwegian train station spoke perfect english - with a London accent. (not BBC accent)

Another Norwegian in a shop in Stavanger spoke English with a Texas accent because he worked on North Sea drill rigs.

While parting and waiting to board a train (in Sweden) my cousin turned to help a young lady with a carriage - he spoke
to her in English because he had been talking to us (in English)- she replied in English. 2 Swedes speaking English in Sweden.
I thought that was humorous.  ;D


Like France, and I have heard Germany, people in northern US have trouble understanding
people in southern US , vice versa,- and sometimes in-between. Though television has blurred the line of regionalisms,
accents and dialect.

Not many years ago people from a Swedish university came to Northern Minnesota to study Swedish (& Norwegian)
of 150 years ago because the language did not change here but did in Sweden. When we visited a cousin in Sweden
in 94 he said my father spoke pretty good 70 year old Swedish. Dad learned Swedish that long ago.

Many years ago there was what was called a "Bell Goat" or "Judas Goat". It was trained to lead sheep off railcars at the
slaughter house. Don't think that is what you had in mind.

BTW it took me 3 1/2 years to get through 2 years of Spanish (not sure learn is correct).

Volunteers / Re: June 2021 Work reports
« on: June 15, 2021, 01:49:10 AM »
I think you will find that the number of Brand Names the that have become Nouns
will fill pages.

aspirin is another story, and in Britain Hoover became a verb.(and a noun?)

Work and Events / Re: WW&F No. 11 - Official Work Thread
« on: June 12, 2021, 02:42:55 AM »
If you want to go back further than Bernz-O-Matic it was Prest-O-Lite,
(Acetylene air torches) Sold quite a few tanks to plumbers in the 70s
before they started moving to 20# propane tanks.

Before plumbing it was used for auto head lights and may have been used
on #9's early headlight- looking at early photos when it was #5. Just speculating.

When scraping out a bunch of iron awhile back we used Propane-Oxy because it was
a lot cheaper than Acetylene.

Looks good Mike

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 05, 2021, 03:03:42 AM »
Mike the Choochoo Nix

That is true if the meter is on the side of your house.
At our farm (McLoud Co-op - Carver County  - MN) the meter is on the pole (also a disconnect switch)
in the middle of the yard. Everything from there to the different buildings is our responsibility.

As i see it the meters are in the Electrical Building so everything from there is the Museum's

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 04, 2021, 02:52:11 AM »
Electrical Cables may emit EMF but water & drain lines not so much.
Unless there is a tracer wire like Natural Gas lines.

We (about 15 households) lost phone & computer for a long weekend because
the Tracer mis marked the location by 8 feet.

Plus if you want to dig you have to wait till the Tracer gets there & after the electrical building (power pole)
all lines belong to the property owner so it is not a free service. You don't have to ask how I know.

I know Mike is a busy man, much in demand, but maybe a young person could be delegated? That is a young person
is anyone younger than Fred or myself.

Work and Events / Re: Sheepscot Power Infrastructure
« on: June 01, 2021, 01:37:13 AM »
I will second a map of where lines are buried.
Take measurements from things that will not move.
Long ago I tried to get FIL to make map (no satellite pix then) of drainage tile.

He claimed they were in the County Ag. Office - well 25 years after he is gone
we still can't find drain tiles - until we hit them putting in new tile.

So - if it is buried map it. Both electronic and hard copy with measurements - your descendants
will praise you

I might add the septic lines and field,

and the cat  (no need to mark what the cat buries) :D

Volunteers / Re: May 2021 Work Reports
« on: May 30, 2021, 03:58:49 AM »
It ain't pretty, and it ain't neat but a screwdriver (i know use the correct tools)
driven through the can also works.

The new shingles on the section house look great - now can someone do something
about that eyesore of plywood in the window? A coat of black paint or denim blue or
hang an old coat so it is not so obnoxiously obvious? It has been years like that and does not
look good in photos.

Rant over  ;)

Work and Events / Re: Engine House - Official Work Thread
« on: May 27, 2021, 02:53:58 AM »
I have used crushed concrete mainly for driveways and shed floors, I don't know about resolidifying
but it sure binds well. A lot better than the local limestone. And it is cheaper.

As for "Garden Track" I always thought it was because they were out in the weeds.  :)   

Ed - like I said I can't carry a tune in a Boom Box.

You have to agree it is catchy.  Even if it does not fit :)

I am not a musician and it is hard for me to carry a tune in a "Boom Box" but,
the Hurrah Hurrah made me think of the "Bonnie Blue Flag" that came from:

The Irish Jaunting Car

The "Bonnie Blue Flag"


If Fred Naray was a Civil War Soldier he would have known this tune.
2nd most popular tune in the Confederacy.

Work and Events / Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« on: May 07, 2021, 01:23:06 AM »
There used to be recoil starters that fit the old "wrap the rope cup" and some recoil
units had the cup under so if the recoil broke you could still start the engine.

If you want to put a modern recoil on that flywheel - remove the cup and replace it with
a new adapter.

Trick I use to loosen the nut (be sure of the hand of the thread) is put a piece of soft braided
clothes line in the spark plug hole, when the piston squeezes the cord against the head the nut loosens.
Be careful the cord does not go in the valve.

Screwdrivers in the vanes are not a good idea. :-)

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