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D.O.T. / Good news Ken, new radio station to tune into in your area
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:37:26 PM »

Don?t worry, you won?t have to learn Chinese to hear the propaganda.....

I?m sure they?re only here to help btw! :popcorn:

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Trump butt hurt paste
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:27:54 PM »

Ok, so I?ve been itching for a small shop lathe. I had a large Warner swasey engine lathe in my first shop years ago. At present time I don?t have space or need for that monstrosity & capability.

What I really wanted is a south bend heavy 10. I can find quite a few on the east coast and not much here local for sale. My requirements were 10inch swing min x 20-40 inch min work space between uprights with threading capability & single phase power. Good V ways were also a requirement. I wanted something that has been taken care of because I have enough projects. I am not looking at Mathews precision or grizzly as there are plenty of American made pieces in the small tool room size type of lathe of vintage heritage. Most of these the parts are available or can be made to fix just about anything on them. Then there was Ken?s issue that I do not want a repeat of either. Honestly, Ken?s issue wasn?t a factor in any way but giving him grief is always fun. I wanted American steel & structural rigidity. Unlike the American  mills you can find vintage small American lathe units in good shape.

So after searching for a heavy 10 for some time I stumbled upon a Logan 10 x 36 in use. The Logan is a heavy machine at around 800# and by all rights comparable to the SB H10. It has a new motor on it with a few other things being touched up recently. It has a 24? bed on it now which was a new replacement part that this owner was able to find and install. Yeah, wish it was the full 36 but realistically I probably do not need more than 24? of work space.

The downside, it?s three hours up into the Rockies to inspect it, so after much discussion & back and forth I am headed there tomorrow with trailer in tow.


I swear this is what their knocking sounded like.... :tongue: well maybe it wasn?t that loud

Faith Discussion / Testimonies
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:30:07 PM »
Ok, so this conversation below happened on text today between Mike and I. You may recall he is one I have had you pray for through some extremely invasive surgeries and he was also the one who I sold then bought a business from. I believe I had stated he was raised Catholic but was not practicing, leading up to this huge surgery I spoke with him several times. His wife even confided in me and told me to keep pushing.

My current local pastor once said faith is like growing crops, you plant it and let God do the rest. So after considering this exchange for awhile today I decided we needed a new thread. One that can highlight those crops and how they grow. So please if you have a testimony share it here, I'll start off with the exchange with Mike today.

Back story, Mike has flipped cars for years to make income, at present time it is his only source currently. He has been through a lot, in last few years. At times I was and have been very frustrated with him. In other words it's been very tough being his friend and watching him stumble and get tossed around. I know I've had conversations with my wife about what to do or how I can do more.

Hind sight is always 20/20 and I guess the biggest thing was just being there to listen and give him my take. Patience has never been easy for me, looking back I witness the Lord working to make me be more patient and even though I have been given this lesson more than once I'm hard headed in this regard. So below is our conversation from today, these seeds appear to be bearing some fruit.

"..Something strange. Yesterday I found I had a $50 dollar bill, a $10 and a couples $1s. That was it and i couldnt get my medicine. As a rarity I prayed for help.
  Both vehicles sold today within 1 hour by very religious people that told me about their faith. Amazing how things workout."

My response, That's called a testimonial, how cool! :likebutton:

"We grow thru the tough times."
My response, Sure do, I'm glad you had that experience

"Since I'm not able to do much I read a lot. I decided last week that I've spent my whole life judging a book negatively that I've never read. I dug my mother's old bible out of the attic and I'm gonna start reading it."

My response, Start with the New Testament
Read that then go back and study the old. You might want to try county line church too, no judging there and Kruse is a great pastor

"Ok. I'll have to check out which I have. We have a couple around the house of Dawn's."

My response, If I can help let me know

"I'll keep that in mind too. Ok thanks."

CIEMR / Political Phone Surveys
« on: July 28, 2018, 10:38:38 PM »
I?ve had two so far in the last two weeks. Neither would tell me who was paying the tab although the first was definitely Jared Polis Dem or a pac for him to get elected. I made sure they knew I thought he was a DA & would not be voting for him.

The second was more discreet, I still tend to believe it was a Dem organization due to the funding questions of certain programs.

I don?t recall them starting this early in the year on a mid term of all years. Thinking the D?s are worried about their chances in Nov.

Also worth noting, in the past especially in 2008 I lied every time they called and told them I was voting party line D. I guess I don?t feel the need to lie as much this time around. They suck, have even worse candidates then last time and look to be driving themselves off the liberal cliff.

CIEMR / NRA, you know Not Relevant Anymore
« on: July 23, 2018, 05:35:15 PM »

As always the comments section is entertaining if nothing else. Oh and if you have manufactured a machine gun make sure you register it during this next amnesty they are proposing as if someone who would break the law and do such a thing would then turn themselves into be taxed on said item.

Gun Control / 3D printed gun protected by 1st amendment
« on: July 20, 2018, 06:59:08 PM »
This marks the end of gun control


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D.O.T. / Community Service
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:35:54 PM »
A U.S. Marine enters the Catholic Church confessional booth in Manitowish Waters, WI .

He says, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. Last night, I beat the ever living crap out of
a flag burning, cop hating, anti-Trump protester."

The priest says, "My son, I am here to forgive your sins, not to discuss your community service."

D.O.T. / Happy Independence Day y'all
« on: July 04, 2018, 09:54:55 AM »
and I'll just leave this right here for your viewing pleasure...... :beercheers:  I think that's called a right hook....


and these "war letters" are hilarious..


So I stumbled across this, amazingly the issue is identical to what I have described to the service tech at Ford. Also note this is the third time my truck has been to their shop. First time it had a fuel injection flush using BJ products. Second time it had both fuel pumps replaced under warranty. It has been doing this intermittently for the last 8k. I will be sending them this video tomorrow morning. I will report back what I find.

On another note I will be texting Norm this as his daughter has been having similar issues with her 2015 although that is a slightly different motor as the 2016 was second gen from my understanding.


CIEMR / How many books come in a set of encyclopedias?
« on: June 23, 2018, 04:56:27 PM »
Answer: more than one so a test may have been a good idea first......

Also worth noting, over 30 average Americans didn?t consider the above ^^^^^ 


New video shows woman trying to resist YouTube stunt that killed boyfriend


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CIEMR / Very sad day for Bourbon lovers
« on: June 22, 2018, 05:56:49 PM »

Bourbon storage facility collapses in Kentucky, sending barrels crashing to ground


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CIEMR / How to reduce gun violence/death
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:46:57 AM »

CIEMR / War on Tommy
« on: May 31, 2018, 10:26:18 PM »
Worth a read, been watching this guy for a few years now. Short of it is he basically was handed down a death sentence for speaking the truth. I?m sure this could never happen in fusa.


CIEMR / Diamonds will lose their value
« on: May 29, 2018, 09:18:24 AM »
So read the article, couple things stand out. First DeBeers owned the diamond market & with a great marketing campaign made everyone believe diamonds were worth their salt. I think the case can be made they were not. Second this article states that it will take a machine to tell the difference between a real & lab grown diamond. I believe that eventually this will undermine the value of the real albeit over priced diamonds.

With all this stated I believe my daughters should not allow their future husbands to go broke for a high dollar wedding ring. I just don?t see the value in it, young suitors be smart.....


That the Jews are apparently contemplating to build a temple on or over & how that relates to say end times prophesy?


D.O.T. / Don, time to trade in the GJ
« on: May 20, 2018, 06:31:09 PM »

D.O.T. / Not surprised
« on: May 19, 2018, 02:43:48 PM »

So I bought a standard 20" box fan from HD and a couple 20" filters, figured these fans get a million miles on them in trailer parks across the country why not my shop too? Using some scrap wood I had laying around and misc woods screws I threw this together in 20 minutes. I essentially pulled the back vent panel off and attached a standard air filter. Simple and cheap, we'll see how effective shortly. My plan is to hang it up near the ceiling in my shop near my work bench, it will move some air and filter it too.

So I decided before I torch the folding metal table with wood top I picked up for free off of a local porch using it as a welding table, hey it's better than Don's cardboard tables.... I would invest in another inexpensive option. They had these at our local tractor supply for $99, it even comes preassembled which I thought was a nice feature. It has a semi flat sheet metal top and is fairly sturdy. I wouldn't go pounding on steel with it or mount a vise to it but for various welding jobs it will give me a portable option in addition to my big heavy welding bench. For $99 it seems to be of good quality.

CIEMR / Trump is a pragmatist not a conservative
« on: April 24, 2018, 09:21:22 PM »
This has been making the rounds lately and is incorrectly being attributed to Charles Krauthammer in order to gain political clout. Good read non the less.....


CIEMR / Barbara Bush guarded by SS even after her passing
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:14:53 PM »
Former first lady Barbara Bush guarded by Secret Service after death, report says


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CIEMR / Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:01:30 PM »
Ok, so those of you who know me are aware that I sold in 2015 this company I started back in 2002. I did so in part to make the move to Colorado easier or to make the transition go smoother. The other part was that I needed a break. I had been the GM over a large laser fabrication shop for 16 years and that in of itself was a 7 day a week 24 hour gig. I then started GLO and my wife and I ran that while she went through nursing school. As if that wasn?t enough we had a small real estate development (more of a holding co really) company and our farm which I contracted out. So that?s the back story really.

In Jan of 15 I sold the company to Mike a good friend who I was in business with prior on another venture. You may recognize him as someone whom I?ve asked you to pray for in the past. Since he bought GLO he has had some major medical hurdles. It has gotten to the point where the company is too much and something had to give. So Mike called me and explained the situation. It wasn?t something he wanted to do and with everything he has going on his hand was forced, back against a wall situation.

In the past three years I did what I do & started a steel brokerage company. It?s small but we have a few clients here on the front range we service regularly. It doesn?t keep me near as busy as I used to be but it?s flexible and allows me to be around for my teenage daughters. For the record when they were young I was not around. I was in fact a workaholic for lack of a better definition. If there was an opportunity in business I went for it. Family was not my priority and well let?s just say I have changed in that regards.

So as of last Friday my brokerage company bought the remaining assets of GLO from Mike. The plan is to revamp the business I sold and rebuild it. It compliments my steel brokerage side of things and with the help of some very smart individuals I will undertake this opportunity over the next few months. I wanted it to be announced here first as you guys are like family.

So if you would say a prayer that this acquisition & transition goes smoothly for all parties involved I would appreciate it. Thank you, ST

OK, so I'll quit DOTing up Ken's thread since I went a different direction and bought this versus a Grizzly. As I stated around the forum some things have cropped up in my life throwing wrenches into the mix. It's all business and nothing personal so no worries there. I will be detailing that in another thread here in the next week or two.

I have been considering a smaller benchtop mill ever since I sold my 2HP Bridgeport. I had that mill for a good 13 years prior to the move to Colorado in 2015. At around 2000# it was just too large for me to move easily by myself. In the meantime I have been making due with a Powermatic Model 1200 with reversible 1hp motor and an aftermarket mill table which I will now be offloading (just the mill table not the drill press). It has been worked hard over the years and it has always been a great drill press. I've had two different motors on it over the years and the current one was rebuilt maybe ten years back.

So last night like every night for the past week I have been digging thru specifications on these Taiwanese built bench top mills. Last night I was going over the independent reviews on a couple of Grizzly units when someone mention Matthews Precision. So I started looking & unfortunately the selections of models they had in stock were few and far between. I would like to have had a unit with DRO already installed (I have enough projects currently on my plate) and those were all sold out at the moment with an 8 week lead time before the next ship arrives. My current time frame to get it up and running is 3 weeks roughly. This morning I called MP and spoke with a nice young lady and asked quite a few questions. By the time I was done I decided to order the the unit as stated in the title of the thread. Couple things that sold me was the substantially larger Y movement and the table work height was taller. I'm 6'3" so that extra 1 inch is helpful. The overall weight of the machine is impressive with a cast base that is 350# alone that they include in the price and recommend for stability. They ship in tow different crates for ease of moving it around with an engine hoist as I will be doing. Here is the link and specs.


Main Specifications of PM-940M:
Table Size: 9-1/2″x40″
Max. Recommended Table Load Capacity: 400 lbs (Centered)
Table T-Slot Size and Number: 14mm / 9/16″, 3 Slots
Table Travel, X Axis: 28″ Hand Only, 26″ w/ Power Feed
Table Surface Height from floor, 35″ (With base flat on floor)
Base Dimension at floor approx. 18-1/2″W x 27″D, with 5/8″ Bottom Holes for leveling pads/bolts
Normal Working Max Height: (top of column travel motor) 82″ (with base)
Height with head all the way up: (top of main motor) 85″(with base)
Stand (Base) height, to machine mounting surface: 24″
Cross Travel, Y Axis: 12″
Head Vertical Travel: 20″
Max. Distance Spindle to Table: 22″
Quill (Spindle) Travel: 5″
Lead Screw Type: Inch Pitch Acme Threads ? 10TPI on X and Y Axis
Spindle Taper: R-8, with 7/16-20 drawbar thread (U.S. Standard)
Quill Diameter: approx. 3″
Head Swivel: Side To Side, 90 Degrees
Power Required: 220 Volt, Single Phase, 10 Amp Supply
Main Motor Horsepower: 2 H.P.
Casting Type: Fine Grain Cast Iron
Approximate Weight: 1350lbs with Base
Warranty: 3 Years

& upgrades that come on this exact model I ordered are

Includes: Quill DRO (For spindle depth measurement), Z Axis (Head) Positioning Motor (used to lift and lower head for positioning, eliminates the need to raise and lower head by hand cranking) X Axis Table Feed, POWER DOWN FEED on spindle, and Cast Iron Base (Note: Same as #3, with the addition of Power Down Feed on spindle for boring operations)

And best part is it is not green or orange so if Don stops by it should get damaged by him...... :tongue:

So Samantha my 13 year old just sent me an email telling me they were being taught in school about the top 5 religions. She asked if I could opt her out as she does not care to read the Koran.

So I?ll update this post as it progresses however my reply went something like this.

?Sure, what do I need to do? Also for starters Islam is not a religion but a political ideology for the record.?

This ought to go well....... :tongue:

Gun Control / Bump Stock Owners, on your mark set become a Felon!
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:36:44 PM »

So what?s next ?assault rifles? ???? You know the evil black rifles? :rolleyes:

Thank you NRA, you?re so wonderful & brilliant as to bite the hand that feeds you. For the record, I don?t own one, never fired one nor ever had the urge to buy one. However, to think all the people who legally paid good money for a firearm accessory now have to dispose of their hard earned money / property with no grandfather clause is complete B.S.

So to all of you who give money to that group, maybe you want to let them know what you think about their callling for ?additional regulations? comment.

CIEMR / NYT Repeal 2A
« on: March 27, 2018, 10:07:01 AM »
I?m gunna throw this out there. I believe the members and viewers of this forum for the most part are sane God fearing men. Rational, controlled men that when confronted with a situation do their best in the eyes of all to give a measured response to whatever the situation calls for. It is my personal belief though that if these educated retards decide to do something such as turn a conservative 100 million gun owners into criminals overnight then the response will be anything but measured.


Firearms / Ruger Precision 308
« on: March 25, 2018, 01:30:02 PM »
So I haven?t bought one yet. Looking for thoughts on this from the long range guys here as I?m not in that category really. I have a local place I have trained with who have classes on the subject. Thinking this might be a reasonably priced starter option.

I currently own an SR-25 so the interchangeability of mags and ammo obviously peaked my interest. I?m hoping being a southpaw that Ruger at some point elects to build a left hand unit. Normally they don?t the first year or two but in the past have done so several years in on many platforms.


D.O.T. / Evil Red Dog Lucifer
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:42:26 PM »
Technically her name is Lucy and no we didn't choose it she came to us with that name at nine weeks old roughly. She is currently 18 months old and is a registered golden retriever. A nice family of four purchased her a little over a year ago and decided that she wasn't for them. They had an ad up on a local board right before Christmas 2016 trying to get rid of her. I wasn't up for dishing out a bunch of money for someone else's pick of the liter however we had one 8 year old golden and with me working from home it just worked out that we ended up with her. She's a sweet puppy but has an alternate personality which we nick named Lucifer and it is fitting. Here she is today while I'm working on her new ivory palace. Note, I'm sure she is not asleep but recovering from the last thing she decided to chew or dig up and quite possibly planning my demise. Don't let her fool you she can be a reign of terror.

So last year she destroyed our small back yard. I had to place guards around our young trees and the stone weed guard is a favorite for her to pull up and drag all over the place as she shreds it. So the wife and I had enough by last fall and wanted our back yard, deck and hot tub area back. So I started building this last fall and essentially got the rough structure in place. The roof line isn't quite level as I used the existing fence as the back or upper mount for the roof. I pulled up the sod and laid down chain link fence first to keep digging to a minimum then added stone over it. Today I built the front wire fence panels, both ends are removable. On the left end I need to build them a patio of sorts to sun themselves and give them a place to lay which is not on the stones, maybe add a dog house once it turns cold again. The covered portion is roughly 5 foot x 18 foot with another 5 foot of fenced in patio to be added. This will allow us to not have to board them on long weekend trips (neighbor boy will assist) as well as keeping our backyard intact.

CIEMR / Tommy Robinson, coming to a country near you
« on: March 15, 2018, 12:34:48 AM »
As always worth watching, this guy never disappoints


D.O.T. / High speed mystery object
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:25:29 AM »
Don or other guys with relevant experience is this potentially one of those hyper missiles or something else entirely? Thoughts?


D.O.T. / Retro Cheyenne Super 10
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:29:11 PM »
Im no Chevy guy but having a grand Dad who drove one of these it did bring back fond memories

Break out the bell bottoms because a Chevrolet dealer resurrected the 1970s Cheyenne Super 10 http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/03/09/break-out-bell-bottoms-because-chevrolet-dealer-resurrected-1970s-cheyenne-super-10.html

CIEMR / Fathers tough love, not raising bullies
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:12:43 AM »
So this video has been making the rounds, Baylee showed it to me yesterday morning off her snap chat account and then a good friend sent it to me this morning. Well worth couple minutes to view some tough love.


CIEMR / At what point do you hold a parent accountable for their kid?
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:19:56 AM »
Ok, so here?s my rant or vent for this morning.

A little history, two summers ago these two brothers my middle daughters age 7th grade at the time one of which decided to hit her (punch to face) at local park. So Shelby comes home crying, explains what happened. Told her to get in Jeep, she tells me they went home & she doesn?t know where they live. Regardless we find two brothers down a couple houses from their own and I ask them where they live. They point to the house a couple down with both parents standing out front (think present day ward cleaver) so I drive down there and in no uncertain terms explain what happened. The mother is beside herself and the Dad is wondering by the look in his eye how this is going to end as I?m pissed. Long story they apologize and kid then sent into house for whatever fate.

So this morning my daughters are talking about some kid getting bullied at bus stop. My middle daughter again is now talking about walking up and punching said bully in the nose. To which I didn?t have much response other then make sure you finish it if you start it. Mother on other hand didn?t think that was such a great idea.

So hour later I?m taking two youngest to bus stop. While driving there we pass a kid who has some mental deficiencies but all in all is a good kid from what I?ve witnessed. Middle daughter points out that he?s the one who is getting bullied. So we drive on & they then point out that the bully is non other than the boy who punched my middle daughter two summers ago. So against my daughters wishes I pull truck over and roll down window. I then proceed to have a conversation once again with this boy. He admits to picking on the other kid no less & also acknowledges the mental short comings of the other kid. I calmly explain men don?t do that & if I find out that you ever do that again your Dad & I are going to have a much deeper conversation about the matter.

So reflecting I really would like to smack this Dad in the mouth for his obvious failures, I won?t obviously. However, other than his son being respectful to me & not lying when confronted about his actions I?m getting a little tired of the crap this kid is pulling in our community. One thing is for certain had I ever hit a girl as a boy I can guarantee you I would not have been able to sit for a week as a result of my Dad?s leather belt. Rant off

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