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Fred W. Hargis Jr

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  1. Today (Wendesday) is turkey day

    for me, at least as far as cooking it. With my wife's disability I do all the cooking around here, and the family still thinks they have to go to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving dinner. I have never been able to get everything done on T-day the way every woman I've ever witnessed do it...I'm just not that smart/skilled/clever/you name it. So a few years ago I discovered if I cook the turkey a day ahead and just warm it up on T-day I can usually handle the mashed potatoes/gravy/cole slaw/other stuff on T day and get dinner served. All this diatribe is simply a precursor to my salute to all the family cooks (mostly women) who manage to do all this on T day...and ENJOY it (I haven't got to that part yet). Well done, T day cooks.....you are indeed talented! My turkey is coming out of the oven shortly...got to run.
  2. Loose fill, cellulose versus fiberglass

    I'm nearing the decision of attic insulation for my shop. Current plans are to go R 30 (unless someone here changes my mind) and I'm leaning toward fiberglass...which is what I used in my last shop. However, there is a fair amount of opinion that cellulose is actually a superior insulation. The thought behind that was that cellulose settles over time and forms a better barrier to heat loss, whereas fiberglass packs a lot less. With fiberglass the looser pack actually allows a little heat to escape by rising through the loose fibers. This isn't a cost question. more of a curiosity to me. Besides, I may hire this out and some installers only do one or the other. What say the collective here?
  3. Lifes Simple Pleasures

    I certainly wouldn't espouse such an opinion!
  4. Using black iron pipe (gas line)

    I know little about many things, down near the bottom of the list is black iron pipe (other than used in pipe clamps). I need a fuel line to run from the floor to the ceiling (sort of), altogether this won't be more than 10' or so, but will be black iron with 7 fittings...2 connections per fittings (duh). So I want to make sure it doesn't leak when the LP guy hooks it to the tank and pressure tests it. I'm using that pipe dope stuff for gas connections, and plan on tightening those connections as tight as I can with my 14" pipe wrenches....any tips, and am I supposed to tighten them a tight as possible? The run will be a nipple through the wall for the supply, up the wall 8', with a tee in the middle (for future use, the extra leg will be plugged). The at the ceiling it comes into the room 8" and drops down for the drip leg at a tee where the line runs to the furnace (flex connection to it). All 3/4" pipe, except the last 10" or so (drip leg and stuff) which will be 1/2".
  5. Using black iron pipe (gas line)

    Yeah, ours does too...that's why I want to make sure my part of the deal didn't leak. If he showed up and found a leak he'd leave without hooking me up...then it would be another 3 weeks before I could schedule him back.
  6. Lifes Simple Pleasures

    Dangit, late to the party again...story of my life.
  7. Using black iron pipe (gas line)

    Yep, loks like we're good to go. Now I'll put it back in place and wait for the LP guy to hook it up ( a week from Wed.)
  8. Lifes Simple Pleasures

    I thought cookies were a food group!
  9. Using black iron pipe (gas line)

    OK, I went ahead and tightened the offending joint one more turn (a tad too much, actually) and that seems to have made the whole thing tight. Whew! I'll leave the pressure gauge on it overnight just for kicks, but the last submersion test showed no bubbles.
  10. Wiping on water based poly

    What Ron said about thinning it is true, more than the manufacturer allows and you screw with the chemistry of the finish. If it will work without being diluted, give it a go. That said, Pete's experience is the first time I've ever seen anyone said it worked. Let us know how it turns out.
  11. Using black iron pipe (gas line)

    Well, Crap! Got it assembled, pressurized it and I have a very small leak right in the middle at the tee. What's worse is trying to find it drove me nuts, the spray bottle of soapy water didn't work so I had to take the entire assembly out to the pond and submerge it. I only knew it was leaking because the gauge on my gizmo was dropping. Next steps? I'm almost afraid to try and tighten it further, since I'd have to go a full circle to get everything lined up again...I can hear something cracking already. I guess I'll disassemble the joint and take a look at the threads to see if they are damaged, then replace as needed and reassemble...try again.
  12. How would you cut this arc?

    The lathe is going to give you the most consistent profile (I think). Maybe sub it out, after trying some of the other approaches (if they don't work).
  13. What i have been up to.

    Hoping for the best (health wise) and kudos on teaching the young man!
  14. A different whatzit

    My dad told me they tried to sharpen razor blades with pieces of glass during WWII. The war effort apparently cut into the razor blade supply. Never thought much of it until now, interesting tool.
  15. elec' car 1 minute charge 500 mile range?

    Maybe I'd get 3 phase in my neighborhood if it catches on.......
  16. HEY PEOPLE!!!! V.2

    Welcome, Josie. Happy to see new members.
  17. elec' car 1 minute charge 500 mile range?

    That's still cheaper than filling up every week......
  18. Closing the books out on the upstairs remodel...

    You really did a nice job, and I do love that vanity. Did you say something like "never again" after you finished?
  19. The Coffee Pot v2

    I've came to the same conclusion about "indian Summer", kinda screwed up my planning. I usually get some more winter preparedness done during those spells.
  20. Using black iron pipe (gas line)

    Sad but true about the Chinese fittings. Also sad is the fact that seems to be about the only ones available anymore; I even asked at a plumbing supply.
  21. Thinking About Moving to Chicago...

    You have to ask?????
  22. Using black iron pipe (gas line)

    There's some opinion about the teflon tape not being as good as the dope. Apparently small pieces of it can (and do) get loose in the gas stream and clog orifices and such. Just a side note to this, several years ago I went into Lowes for some flare fittings for the LP line (different house). Skippy Stockboy helpded me find the fittings and then added: don't forget the teflon tape, you need that for gas lines".
  23. Holiday Season Busy Work....

    Just a little bit each day, eh? Needless to say those are really nice.
  24. Lumber yards has galvanized and black pipe

    Interesting you mention that. Before I started a black iron project I went to what used to be the only local hardware that would cut and thread pipe to order. To my surprise, that hardware has become one of those ubiquitous flea market type stores. Have to admit, I've not ecer seen it at a lumber yard, but I've probably never looked for it there, either.
  25. Thinking About Moving to Chicago...

    As long as you're only thinking about it and not actually doing it, you'll be fine.

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