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Re: Shop Building & Machinery Improvements - Official Work Thread
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2012, 10:52:09 PM »
Some work has been ongoing in order to try and get the machine shop/bay 4 area cleaner and neater. I thought of a way to make it safer.

  Before, after taking out what ever was in the machine shop, we had to flop down 3 sheets of plywood to cover the pit so one of us or our guests does not take a tumble. Not any more.



Today I completed the floor I started on a month and a half ago. Someone had welded up a Z pattern years ago for this and nothing more was done. I made more of them and sectioned them so one person could lift out sections and move them out of the way.

Between the rails, not seen in the photo, I used steel grating.

This is to improve safety in the shop, as well as appearance when nothing is in there. Looks better to see the boards than the 3 sheets of plywood.
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« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2012, 11:17:12 PM »
What? Ya mean no more "bombs detonating" when those plywood sheets hit the floor? Sheeesh!

Seriously.......BRAVO, Mike. That's a fine improvement!

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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2012, 02:52:17 PM »
And no more swimming in the pit!!

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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2012, 04:51:04 PM »
Not only does Mikes work make the pit area safer, we also get to use the space along the east wall.  It's been blocked by the plywood sheets for years.  Now we can store tools and equipment there or put in some shallow shelves.  Either way we'll have more room to work on motive power and rolling stock in the north end of the bay.  Thanks Mike!

 

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« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2012, 09:40:58 PM »
I lied. Seen in my photo is the grating. It can be seen just above to running board of the T. Under the car frame.

  And yes Steve. No more yard shattering booms. At least not from the plywood.
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« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2012, 08:01:22 PM »
Mike working on the pit covers...


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Re: Shop Building & Machinery Improvements - Official Work Thread
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2012, 08:03:46 PM »
Do you have a shot like that in horizontal format?

Thanks!
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Re: Shop Building & Machinery Improvements - Official Work Thread
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2012, 08:08:42 PM »
Stewart put the finishing touches on it this week in the form of some Safety Yellow paint. Looks like it belongs there now.

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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2012, 09:09:40 PM »
I have a dream that the space along the east wall of the shop adjacent to the pit will remain clear of "stuff" so a safe walkway is available at all times. In addition, it will be a handy place to stack the grating and plank covers for the pit as necessary.

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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2012, 07:00:03 PM »
WOW!  nice work!

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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2013, 07:27:43 AM »
This was mentioned in the work post but is important to the operation of 3 phase machines and the air compressor.

Brendan donated a Kohler charging unit for the battery on the generator.  The unit is wall mounted above the compressor, behind the Bridgeport mill.  Plug the charging unit's cord into the quad box each morning that the generator will be run.  Leave the unit on while the generator is running and unplug it at the end of the day.  This allows the battery to stay in the generator and have a full charge.  The Kohler has fuses on the left side of the unit for the secondary/12vdc output.  If there's no 12 volts, check the plug and the fuse.

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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2013, 08:43:51 AM »
Thank you Brendan!!!
I have several new scars on my head from running into the roof overhanging the generator while I was installing and removing the battery last weekend. I'm sure that a few brain and skin cells will be saved by this.
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Re: Shop Building & Machinery Improvements - Official Work Thread
« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2013, 01:28:34 PM »
Stewart installing the battery charger.

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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2013, 04:55:08 PM »
This is the same charger we have in one of our fire trucks. They are constantly plugged in so this may not hurt on this set up either. If you plug it in just before you want to use the generator, it may not start. It could take several hours to bring a weak battery up to strength enough to start the generator. That doesn't alway start easy, especially when cold.
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« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2013, 05:27:10 PM »
This is probably the only 12 Volt knob-and-tube installation anywhere on Earth  ;D

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