Tom King

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  1. Here, floating is the first step/steps after pouring. Anything beyond that is called troweling, whether by hand, or machine. Floating just pushes down the aggregate, and brings the "fat" to the surface. The best finish you can get with any float is still pretty daggone rough. The slicker the finish, the more the trowel/trowel blades are turned up on edge, and the more passes in the process as it sets up, with the trowel getting turned up more on edge for each step.
  2. I wish I'd never sold my Tormek. I had one of the older models. After I bought a CBN wheel, I didn't use the Tormek for several years, so let it go, and then found out, the hard way (makes too much mess), that I shouldn't be dry grinding in the old Museum houses I worked on. I've been tempted to buy the newest model, but don't really need one right now, so am hoping they'll come out with one with a reverse.
  3. My favorite rental place rents stump grinders with tracks. It works really well, but they don't take all the work out of it. One thing I found out was to get on the other side of the stump, as soon as possible. That lets the chips fly out away from the stump. If you just go into the near side, the chips pile up, and you keep digging through them. The trouble with Pine stumps is that they have a big tap root. Its not possible to get all of one of them up, like you can a hardwood, that has all the roots on top of the ground. I get an excavator to dig up Pine stumps, or it takes 8
  4. The use of a transfer punch is Brilliant!!! I should have thought of that myself, but never have. For those that don't know what a transfer punch is, it fits tightly in a hole of a specific size, and has a little tit that sticks out to mark the center, so you can drill parts to mate perfectly. They come in sets. I have a couple of sets that I use for metal work, but never ever thought about using one for simple drawbore marking. I will be from now on!!!
  5. Looking good. Sorry I didn't think to post it earlier, but for utility sinks, I always have built bases (throw any legs away) so that when you are standing, you can place your hands palm down on the bottom, without having to bend over. We have one of the cheap plastic ones, in a plywood base, in the Puppy Room, for washing puppies. Many puppy buyers have copied the idea.
  6. I had some work to do in the Register of Deeds office yesterday. They had the thermometer, and hand sanitizer, which I used both of, but they all Really appreciated it when I told them that I was fully vaccinated. They all said they were too, but still gave out a real sigh of relief. It was a visit more like old times, only with everyone wearing a mask. I can understand someone not wanting to get vaccinated, for whatever the reason, but I don't want them anywhere near me. As far as being friends with people of different beliefs, I can be friendly with anyone, as long as they act r
  7. The reason the whole thing is worse than it could have been, is that too many people wouldn't do their part. Non-symptomatic spread is a terrible thing, that almost half can't seem to understand. Too many simply believe what they want to believe. Especially when so much money is spent to influence people who are easily persuaded. My Scientist friends knew it had the possibility of getting bad back before the first of the year, 2020. None of them, nor any of my friends ever contracted it edited to add: and even more importantly, we never spread it to anyone else. We didn't wait f
  8. Pam, my Mother, and I got our Moderna shots on March 1, and April 1. Our Biggest side effect is Relief!!
  9. When I went to the Sigma stones, sandpaper didn't last long. I now have Atoma 140, and 400 diamond sheets mounted to a granite surface plate for stone flattening. The sheets have adhesive on one side, and are sold in Japan as replacement sheets for Atoma diamond plates. I don't know where you would get them now that Tools from Japan is out of business. Woodcraft used to put 9x12 granite surface plates on sale several times a year. Haven't checked in a few years though. It is possible to produce a flat surface with only two pieces. When we built optical flats, when I was a teenag
  10. I only use wet-or-dry sandpaper with running water (not on wood, of course), or Abranet mesh disks with a sander that has good dust collection hooked up to a vacuum. Even with good dust collection, I won't do the least bit without wearing a supplied air hood. I have a beard, and respirators work pretty poorly with beards. I refuse to breathe Any sanding dust.
  11. Tom King

    more power!

    I wish ours was 350 a month. We have 5 meters spinning here.
  12. That's the kind of sprinkler head I need.
  13. Tom King

    Azaleas

    The White ones finally opened fully.
  14. Went to weld up the drag this morning, but hadn't even looked at the plug on the cord. 50 amp receptacle in the old building is a Range one. Welder plug on the machine. I have a 10/3 SO cord to put a male Range plug on one end, and a welder female on the other. Ace Hardware had neither in stock. Don't want to make a trip to town Monday, with no assuredness that any would be there, so ordered them from Amazon. Supposed to be here Tuesday. On hold for that job.
  15. Yeah, that's the main reason I want it flat, and smooth. The new mower is supposed to be able to cut at 14 mph, but I don't want to bounce anymore than necessary, even in an air-ride seat. My goal is to get it like a nice golf fairway, with slightly longer grass. I don't expect to get it finished in one season. Here's a light duty version of leveling an almost level lawn. I'll be leveling a whole layer of topsoil over the whole area. What I had now is Nowhere close to as flat as this is to start with. I might use sand in another year or so, to level out any spots that settle. I ful
  16. I have a flexible harrow drag, but that follows undulations. I want to fill in the low spots. Even after the grass starts growing, and filled spots settle, I want to be able to topdress it back to level, and keep doing that enough times that it finally becomes as flat as possible. I don't think this first time will be the only time I use it. This is way too big to drag around the typical yard. The turning radius is not going to be small, but that is no consideration on the two acre point, especially now that I have the trees thinned out. I can do pretty good with the gradin
  17. I don't think there was any safe way to be close to that tree when it dropped, which left knocking it down with something else.
  18. Laid out, and cut the parts for the topsoil leveling drag, this morning. Hopefully, I'll get it welded up tomorrow morning, and be able to try it out. I'm not at all sure how it will work. I hope it will work good enough, and not have to make some other variation. I've seen ones on youtube designed to level out lawns that were already pretty level. I have a lot more more ups, and downs than an almost level yard, so hopefully this will work like a jointer plane for dirt. It's 6-1/2 feet wide, and 12 feet long. It weighs a little over 200 pounds. My mower will be 72", and the poin
  19. Here's another good one, by the same guy. I see even pros get one hung up, sometimes. Really cool Dominoes set up.
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rArds8ArPKU&t=682s
  21. Finished up the welder cart, this morning. Ready to put it to work tomorrow. I used two metal water hose holders, to coil separately the gun hose, and the grounding wire. There is even a little holder that keeps the gun out of harms way, and lets it fit under the cover. Nothing sticks out past the sides of the rig. I didn't keep up with total cost, but it can't be much more, and probably less than the simple, open cart Miller sells for this welder. One of the tool cabinet drawers doesn't even have anything in it yet.
  22. I've never seen 5200 leak, stuck to anything.