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Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Ricin treats
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:57:01 PM »

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Hereís to you Ken
« on: September 28, 2018, 11:43:33 PM »
Thinking the part about teenie weenie is you buddy!


Shops Garages and Barns / New GLO Shop
« on: September 28, 2018, 08:21:14 PM »
Ok, time to start a shop build thread. We are buying (under contract at moment) an L-shaped storage condo. It measures 1125 sq ft, has a service entry door and two overhead garage doors. One is 10 x 14 and the other is 12 x14. 16 foot ceilings, electric thermostat controlled heater & 125 amp panel. Should be able to start building a mezzanine in it next week. After some thinking it will be a wooden structure with solid second story floor. Here she is & I will get better pics of the rest of facility later. Facility is gated & has biometric entry, fully video secured & a club house for the old guys to BS & drink coffee. Members have restroom and shower facility on site. It has an HOA, is taxed as commercial (single downside imo) & most guys tack on a rider policy to home insurance to cover assets. Building insurance is covered via Hoa fees.

Other Weapons / Randall Made Knives
« on: September 27, 2018, 10:56:48 PM »
Anyone have one? If so whatcha got?


For those who aren?t google savvy ^^^^^^

CIEMR / Raising a self thinking, head strong conservative daughter or three
« on: September 14, 2018, 05:44:26 PM »
Long ago my Dad told me something that has stuck with me thru the years. He told me "the problem with you is that you understand how the systems works too well and someday it is going to bite you in the butt." It's amazing how different each child can be in personality. My oldest Baylee takes after me and hardly disagrees with anything I say. In all she is a great kid, hard worker and determined. I couldn't ask for more out of a daughter really. Then along comes Shelby, and she is the most hard headed stubborn and demanding child on the planet. That phrase my Dad stated all those years ago seems to pop into my head weekly when I'm dealing with her. If I say left she says right and has been challenging from day one. Most days I'm pretty happy with her and then there are those other days. In all I have tried to instill a sense of independence with each of my three. Along with that a level head and someone who always questions why, granted that can be irritating sometimes to a Dad who wants it done now and that is all that needs to be stated.

So fast forward to Shelby's freshman year of high school fall of 2018. Baylee is a Junior and the high school in their further left leaning progression has enacted a few new rules. One of which has been a color coded by grade lanyard that is to be worn around the neck of each student. They have always had a student ID, so that is nothing new and it does things for them such as letting them into all home games if you buy that option for your child etc. The new part is the lanyard and having to wear it. Much to Shelby's dismay the campus supervisors mainly Mrs M (think rent a cop but not near as much responsibility and way more energetic) have daily told Shelby to wear this lanyard since school started. Shelby's response has been to say "ok" then not put it on and keep walking. She has always had this god given ability to let things roll off her shoulder, at times it even gets to the point I wonder if she has any ounce of empathy. Truth be known she has a lot and things do bother her but she would never let you know it.

Last spring after the parkland incident there was that whole nationwide school walkout. Well, the liberals in charge here thought it was great and actually promoted the idea. By doing so they kind of dug their own hole a bit. So Shelby since about the second week of school has decided she was going to wage a one man war on the lanyards. What is one to do when they are uncomfortable and do not match your outfit?

Early on her and Baylee came to me and asked for my opinion. I stated well, walk outs are the cool thing now so why not start there? You know use their stupidity against them. We discussed many aspects of the operation. The first and foremost would to be able to deny in case the school admins found out prior and wanted to take retribution. The main problem being Baylee does not have the personality to deny to the death. It's just not in her nature, I told them that if two people know then it's not a secret. Shelby took this to heart and let the discussion die, or so I thought. Early this last week she comes to me privately and had decided in order to protect her older sister that she would be doing this on her own. So knowing the camera system layout and doing her due diligence she had a plan to spread fliers. This is her flier below.

We again discussed her detailed plan and she decided to execute starting on Tuesday. Phase one was to dsitribute these in the girls bathrooms throughout the day. As of mid day she had texted me saying someone was picking up the bathrooms between classes. Her assumption was that it was Mrs M. picking up these fliers. I told her she had better quit for the day. She came home and we discussed phase two which was spreading the word via social media. She set up a privated encrypted account and proceeded to spread the word via a few pages that her fellow students visist daily.

To Shelby's dismay the whole walkout thing never really took off like she had envisioned. Then this morning I get texts from both Baylee and Shelby. "We no longer have to wear lanyards!" Apparently, Mrs M made an announcement over the school intercomm stating it was no longer going to be an enforced policy of having to wear the lanyards. Each student still needed to have their ID on them which was no different than any other year.

So this afternoon the girls come home and Baylee is a bit annoyed we did not include her. I had to explain to her that her little hard headed sister was protecting her and giving her denaibility. Shelby then gave me her theory that the threat of a walkout over these lanyards was enough to make the campus supervisors aka Mrs M back off enforcing this lanyard policy.

Needless to say Shelby all 5'4" of her is walking a little taller at the moment......

Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Selling on CL
« on: September 13, 2018, 11:08:48 PM »
So I sell excess stuff on Craigslist. For those that do not it can be quite the experience or headache depending.

As of today I listed a set of snow tires and wheel from my wife?s Lexus. Per the normal you get scammers contacting you who want to send you a certified check and then have you ship them your item via a supposed broker service etc. after you deposit their check. I?m assuming this gives them account info of your bank and allows them to withdraw money? I?m assuming here as I really never took the time to research it. Anyhow I get tired of telling them to pound sand. So now I just tell them yes said item is for sale. Then they ask for my name and address which I have posted below.

Here is my full name and address

Al Coholic
666 Seymour Buttes LN
Hell, MI. 48169

On a similiar note I have a friend who once had an unpleasant run in with a female judge during his divorce. He used to have these scammers send their check to her office.

What do you know about DIA?  :popcorn:

CIEMR / I knew there was a reason I liked Timken!
« on: September 06, 2018, 06:33:14 PM »

CIEMR / So you have nothing to hide?
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:46:20 PM »

CIEMR / Libtards delude themselves again
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:12:42 PM »
OK, so after ten minutes of trying to make a broken link work the best I can do above is have you click on this link above ^^^^ and then click on the sh*tlibs delude themselves again link on that page. Sorry it's above my pay grade, I'll go back to sweeping floors.....

Oh and then there?s this crap weasel making sure he gets paid, I know it?s what lawyers do & I don?t mind watching libtards waste their funds


CIEMR / London is dying, will the US be next?
« on: August 20, 2018, 07:05:33 PM »

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:

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