Tom King

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  1. I've built, and sold houses for over a million and a half dollars. No room, or section in any of them had this much work, planning, and thought behind it. I'm sure if this had been in one of them, the price would have gone up at least a couple of hundred thousand, but then, I would never have been able to build one in nine months.
  2. One day last week, I came home after doing all I wanted to do that day, and Pam had the tack room cleaned out, and wanted it painted. I sprayed one coat on it before Supper, and one after. Each coat was two gallons, and took about 10 minutes for each coat. I used a 1 foot tip extension, and whatever tip and setup the rig was at for the last thing I had sprayed with it. Picture is after she painted the floor the next day. I painted over wall switches, outlets, and anything else that was in the open. She had white plastic grocery bags over the lights, so I could see. The airless rig paid off that day. She did have my supplied air rig pulled out, and ready to go, so that was a big help.
  3. I just pull the tip out, clean that, and drop the sprayer in a bucket of water, between days of painting, or even coats the same day. I put a piece of Saran wrap over the paint in the bucket between days. A top quality gun, that can take LPFF (low pressure fine finish) tips can match any HVLP quality of spray. There are many tip sizes for different fan widths, and paint thicknesses. The Fine Finish tips came about from the air assisted airless rigs, and then they figured out that they would work with regular airless. The air assist helps blow out the hard streams on the edges of the fan at low pressure. The tips do the same thing. A couple of years later, they figured out how to make them work with lower pressure. I sold the AAA rig as soon as they came out with the FF tips for airless guns, and I hadn't had it long. The low pressure changes airless spraying to a much less violent endeavor. I use low pressure tips for everything except large surface area outside surfaces. They don't flow as much paint as the regular tips do. My pump is probably 25 years old, but I upgraded to one of the newer guns, a few years back, and put a pressure gauge on the pump end of the hose. The low pressure tips only require about half of the pressure that the regular ones do. The pressure gauge lets you start at the right point without having to waste a pint of paint once you have already figured out the right pressure for the tip, and paint (don't forget to write it down for any paint). I push the paint in the rig back in the bucket with water, and stop when it gets thin. Turn the tip backwards for that, or take it out. That saves a lot of the waste. For inside work, I have a short 1/4" hose. I think it's 15 feet but may be a little longer. That hose doesn't waste as much paint as the 150' 3/8" hose that gets used outside. Talking about garages, the last house I sold here had a 2 car, and 1 motorhome garage. The RV slot had sewer hookups (one on each side so you could drive in either way, and had room for slideouts) in it, and was drive through for the RV. There were a few people lined up wanting it before I put a price on it. I never put a price on one until I was through with it, and ready to sell it.
  4. Yes. Send him a PM from here, and he will probably get a notification.
  5. Tom King

    plunge router

    compressed air, and contact cleaner will often get a switch working again.
  6. If it won't hold a Porter Cable 7518, I'd keep looking.
  7. Did you email Rob Lee? He's a member here, so maybe a PM.
  8. Ours are little athletes too. This is a chart of the 10 fastest Havanese currently running in Agility Trials. We have two in the top 10. Those are the only two that came from here, who are competing in agility, and their owners are nothing like athletes. https://baddogagility.com/Havanese-ranking-by-powerscore-for-2020-through-q1/?fbclid=IwAR1en0HadjoefsRzqm0Ym__nR9-LHJDYvSIEJtNdkwTZol1e-dFVMn1r_fk
  9. Tom King

    Power Washer

    I think it should be pretty good. I've had good luck with stuff from Northern. I checked to see what Mi-T-M had in that range, and it's a Lot more money. https://www.amazon.com/Mi-T-M-WP-3200-0MHB-Wp-3200-0Mhb-Pressure-Gasoline/dp/B00N6X9BJY/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3TIE29D5U37QP&dchild=1&keywords=mi-t-m+pressure+washer&qid=1589716192&sprefix=mi-t-m+pr%2Caps%2C228&sr=8-4 2.5 gpm should be a lot more manageable than my 4.4 one, which is very tiring to use for hours at the time.
  10. They're very loving, smart, and trainable. They've been used for circus dogs for centuries. They are total companion dogs, with no instinct to hunt, or dig. They are also odorless (never a dog odor), and non-shedding. We've come up with a system that trains them to a litterbox, so they go home house trained. The line at the door stretches across the country. Here's one of ours, trained by her 12 year old owner, who also made the video:
  11. Talking about blowing stuff under your skin, I knew a painter with some very elaborate, multi-color, expensive tattoos on his arms. He was spraying paint with an airless sprayer. The hose developed a leak, and started shooting a stream of paint. He put his finger over the hose until he could turn the sprayer off. It injected paint under the skin on his arm. They had to cut it open in the ER, to get the paint out, and never could get the tatoos to match back up. This is a true story.
  12. I"ve been trying to tell Pam that she needs to go up in price. With so many people staying home, we're getting multiple inquiries every day. Pam always has a waiting list longer than we can possibly raise enough puppies for, but the demand has gone up exponentially during this pandemic.
  13. None of our puppies go cargo. You have to come pick it up, if you're getting it from us, and it rides in the cabin with you. The puppies are around 5 pounds when they leave here. Havanese www.starbornhavanese.com You can see the puppies by clicking on the links on the New Puppies page. Pam's waiting list is at least a year long, so we never have any available at first contact. I'm not sure if it's that particular model of plane. We have someone else coming in an Amphibian, that will land on the lake, and come out of the water in our cove that I just cleaned out.
  14. Charter a jet. I'm not kidding. We have someone doing this. https://www.netjets.com/en-us/embraer-phenom-300
  15. Tom King

    Power Washer

    Check the compression on it. If it still holds compression, it's probably worth a carb. The B&S motor that was on my pressure washer got harder, and harder to start. The last time it wouldn't start, I checked the compression. It was 28 psi. I don't know how it ever ran the last time it did.
  16. I have always used oil based primer, even though the newer paints say they don't need it. I don't have any better reason than on old houses we've worked on, I've seen much failed paint, but never seen failed primer, if the wood is still good. They still use oil based primer on the buildings in Colonial Williamsburg too. I haven't really done any side by side testing, to see if the primer really matters under today's best paints, so don't really have anything to go on, other than staying with what I know does work. I don't think "new' matters as much as "dry". By the way, I don't do any kind of social media stuff, so that @ sign in front of my name doesn't do a thing to alert me.
  17. Those seedlings reminded me that we probably should water the ones we planted last week. No rain projected for this week. We watered them good then. We have a timber stand for our childrens' retirement. If we get as old as my Mother is, it might be for our second retirement.
  18. This one might be almost as much as the green ones, but I have one, and love it. I use it with a Shop Vac with yellow Hepa bag, and it's either a beast, in beast mode, or a Really good finish sander in regular mode. I use the Mirka mesh disks with it, and dust collection couldn't be much better. https://www.amazon.com/GET75-6N-Bosch-Lijadora-orbital-eléctrica/dp/B07WK42NC5/ref=sr_1_3?crid=39JKY06BCUXEG&dchild=1&keywords=bosch+6+random+orbit+sander&qid=1589414254&s=hi&sprefix=bosch+6"+random%2Ctools%2C342&sr=1-3
  19. The Iwasaki files cut really fast.
  20. The trouble here is the rock quarry, not the lake. Everyone around here knows about the rock quarry, and I doubt anyone who grew up in a 25 mile radius has not gone swimming in there, when they were young. I know I would have. So everyone knows about it, and knows me. It's a half mile from the house, so we can't hear when anyone goes in there, and most think since there is not a house in sight, that it doesn't matter, in spite of well posted No Trespassing signs. I expect the person who got stuck was looking for the quarry, and made a wrong turn onto the trails. It was a warm, sunny day, but had rained 2" the day before. Most people don't know what that means, and think if they have 4wd that they can get anywhere.
  21. Looking great. Probably useless information, but I use Iwasaki wood files for fine tuning tenons for good fits in mortises. Might seem like cheating, but it works, and leaves smooth surfaces. They clean up the sides of through mortises too. I think they call the finest ones Extreme Fine, and those are the ones I use the most.
  22. I didn't ask him. It didn't matter to me a bit.
  23. It gets weirder! The story about my stolen rocks got partially solved, and ended up being stranger than it sounded to start with. The person who got the stones was someone from across the lake. He is new around here, and someone told him that he owned the land, to go get the rocks for a couple of hundred dollars, and told him how to get here. This person had just bought a new dumptruck, and Bobcat. He didn't know what he was doing, but did manage to get some rocks. He was not the person who used the other equipment, including the 320 excavator. Someone else had gotten stuck that same day, on our trails, got the truck, and skid loader stuck trying to get whatever he was stuck in out, and went back to get the excavator. We still have no idea who this second person was, but I'm convinced by the story of the new guy who got the rocks, that he didn't use the other equipment. The new guy tried to fix the road to the quarry with his stuff, but he was too new an operator to be able to do it. The guy who owns the other equipment told me he'd fix all the damage, just to stay on my good side. It won't be much trouble for him, and his stuff is still not far away.
  24. Tom King

    Power Washer

    We used an old 110hp jetski for a pressure washer this afternoon. We were pressure washing the bottom of a cove though. It worked great. I used a muck razer to stir up the bottom, while my friend manned the jetski that I had tied to some trees. We had such a current going that I couldn't roll the muck razer back against the current. I had to roll it out of the water, and carry it back to start another pass. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RVCXV1H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  25. Tom King

    Power Washer

    Ability to control it factors in too. It's easy to screw up wood, even with the 2500, so it's bound to screw up faster, and deeper with 4,000. If I only worked on heavy equipment with one, I'd want a higher psi. For houses, I'll stick to the 2500. Nozzles are available in the different fan widths for different flow rates. If, for example, I'm washing a deck or dock, and 25 degrees is too much, but 35 degrees not enough, a 25 degree nozzle for 6 gpm (or whatever the next up from 4.5 is-don't remember such details) will be in between, and just right. I don't use it often enough to remember which is best for what, but starting with one, I can figure it out pretty quickly. We have several old museum houses we keep up, and they get pressure washed most years. You can't turn just anyone loose on these with a pressure washer, or they can blow water up under the siding, and in around the windows. I feel like the 2500 is about as much pressure as we should use on those. I can't say how many hours mine has run, since I bought it in the mid '90's, but do remember it running all day, every day for a week, blasting whitewashing off stone walls inside an 1828 house basement. That was a while before we wore out the, well maintained, B&S Industrial motor that finally got to the point that compression was so low on it that it wouldn't start. A pressure washer is a full load on the motor all the time, so get a good motor.