boelkers

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About boelkers

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  1. Go 36" at 3hp. Thats what I just got and finished setting up. Super nice and I know I will never want for more power. The 36 is also much better rails and fence system compared to the 30" Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  2. Yeah, I wear a respirator the whole time. Thats also what I had been thinking. They also told me if I got the extended warranty and they came out with a new model that I could upgrade to the new model free of charge provided I bring my old one in. I looked at the guy and was like, "Seriously? They've been making this model for years. I doubt the upgrade will be coming anytime soon." Also I did my job in a similar fashion. I would scrape the plaster off the walls using a flat spade shovel. Scoop it up into 5 gal buckets and carry it out to the dumpster. When all the plaster was gone I would remove the lath. Then I just had the cellulose to deal with. I had to remove the lath and insulation because I'm rewiring the house, new windows here and there, new plumbing, and we are getting AC. I really don't want to imagine how heavy the dumpster is going to be when they take it away.
  3. No not yet, but I imagine when I open up the unit after this is all done that I may have a few dents in them. I was saying it as a joke....doesn't always come out that way in text.
  4. Hmm, interesting. I'm interested to see what the blades look like once I'm done. Maybe I can get them to replace that part. Shhh don't tell them how I broke that big chunk off.
  5. Been a while since I've been on here, but I wanted to share my experience with a new tool. Right now I'm in the middle of a huge home renovation where we are pretty much gutting the whole house while still living there. Walls were crumbling plaster with blown cellulose insulation behind. Last weekend I finally completed the removal of all the lath and plaster from our main floor, but was then left with all the cellulose insulation that needed to be removed. I tried scooping it into buckets, shoveling it into a big garbage bin but it was very dusty, time consuming, and so itchy. Time for plan B. Searching the internet, I found various ways people removed the stuff but generally most would say to either scoop it up into a bin, or pay someone else to do it. I knew this was a job that I wasn't going to pay someone to do so my solution had to be on the cheap end. Well, I found a better way. Cellulose is light, fluffy, and can be compacted...just like saw dust. Quick first time trip to Harbor Freight and I got me a new 2HP Dust Collector. At checkout they asked if I wanted to purchase the extended warranty, I laugh and say, "trust me, in a few hours I'll be voiding whatever warranty this thing has." I don't know why the cashier didn't share my enthusiasm for my new All in One Insulation Sucker and Bagger unit that also collects saw dust. I've heard the horror stories of purchasing Harbor Freight tools and only hoped that mine wouldn't be a dud. Got it home and started my unboxing and found screws, bolts, washers everywhere in the box. Styrofoam pieces broken as well. How do you break all the Styrofoam, but leave the cardboard box completely intact? Looking at the small baggies of the remaining screws, I found there was no holes in them! Again, how do you do that? I collect all the pieces and open the instructions to try and put this thing together....wow...what a useless instruction manual. Parts list non existent, diagram somehow just not right, and only 3 steps total in the manual. Well I guess I can just make it up as I go. In the end I got it put together just fine without the instructions and surprisingly I used all the screws and washers that had been rolling around in the box. Before attaching the 25' flexible drainage line I purchased for this project, I used my metal snips and removed the protective screen that sits right before the blower. I don't want my insulation getting stuck there you know. I attached the drain line and placed a large heavy duty garbage bag on the unit. I fired it up and it worked like a charm. Picks up the insulation easily and deposits it into the bag with no dust getting kicked up in the air although I still did wear my dust mask. No itching either. Every now and then it will pick up a small piece of plaster or small nail that was in the insulation and that makes a heck of a noise going through the blades. Got almost all the insulation out of the wall cavities last night and only a couple more to do after work today. When I'm all done with using it for this project, I'll have a decent dust collector to use in my shop so it s a win win. Sorry for the potato quality image. It was getting dark by the time I decided to take a picture of it.
  6. boelkers

    Tesla Model 3

    Same, I was just giving you a hard time back. Yeah, the whole wait 18 months is frustrating but doable. If it came out tomorrow I wouldn't be in any position to pay for it at the moment. 18 months gives me some time to save up.
  7. boelkers

    Tesla Model 3

    You really have nothing to lose. The pre-order is refundable if you want to back out at any time. The reason that guy camped out is because of order priority. The order priority follows Tesla employees, Current/Previous Tesla owners, orders place at Tesla Dealerships, Online orders. Then theres region priority too as they roll it out.
  8. boelkers

    Tesla Model 3

    I don't quite thing thats how depreciation works. Either way, I'm pumped to get the car.
  9. Agreed. The removal process from the house caused most of the nails to be pulled out from the back. Any nails that were still in the wood got removed carefully. Most were nailed through the tongue so any damage that occurred was there where you shouldn't see it.
  10. boelkers

    Tesla Model 3

    So did anybody else here put in their order for a Tesla Model 3?
  11. Thanks for the recommendation. Right now I'm thinking we will leave them the dark stain, but good to know if we do decide to paint.
  12. It was difficult at first to find which side to start taking them down from. The first 2 rows were mostly junk once I pulled them out as they got damaged. After that I had more space to work with and they came down easier. For most of them if there was any damage during the removal it was just with the tongues which I'm not really concerned about. These are also only 3/8" thick.
  13. Agreed. That whole block where the house was located had been demoed. All new houses in various states of construction, all right on top of one another. I get that people want to have new and big homes, I mean we almost built one before we bought our house, but I wish they didn't need to destroy some of these old works of art. I guess old homes aren't for everyone.
  14. It was in Wayzata, MN. We believe the house was built in 1940 as there was newspaper for some of the insulation and we found most of the dates to be from 1940. We're hoping to do a similar update to our home as you mentioned. Ours is an old what I would consider Craftsman Style home so we are hoping to keep the original charm but also bring it to a more modern day Craftsman style home.
  15. My wife and I have an older home built in 1919 with custom woodwork throughout. This summer we are planning on doing a major renovation to the house to bring some things up to date, fix some electrical issues, etc all with trying to keep the character of the home intact. Well this past week I bid on some items through an online auction that I hoped would help continue the flow of character in our home. The auction was for a older home that was getting demolished. So after winning a few items the wife and I headed up to the house on pickup day to get our things. The first item that we won is an old glass french door that closely matches the color of the woodwork in our home. The glass panes perfectly match our built-ins as well. Our house is heated with radiators and we are planning to keep them, but a few rooms in the home don't have a radiator so they get pretty cold in the winter. I found 2 radiators in the house that were made by the same company as the ones in our home and match the style as well. They'll just need to be repainted. After getting our stuff loaded in the truck, I went back inside to see if I could talk the auction worker into selling a feature that was not included in the auction. The house had a wrap around front porch in the shape of an L. If you laid the L in a straight line it would be about 35 feet long by about 12 feet wide. There was also a smaller side porch that was about 12x12 At some point the porch was enclosed with windows to make it a 3 season room. On the ceiling was a beautiful original tongue and groove ceiling planks. They were weathered some, but for the most part they had been protected from the rain. I offered the auction $50 to take the ceiling and they agreed. Below is a picture of some of the planks still on the ceiling, ignore the fan. Each tongue and groove plank is actually 2 boards. It took us about 3 hours to pull down all the ceiling in the front porch all the while getting rained on by old insulation, newspaper scraps, and other crap. Board lengths vary from 4 feet to 12 feet long, with the majority in the range of 8 feet. By the time we got all the boards loaded into the truck it was getting dark fast and we were covered in dust and insulation so we didn't get a chance to take down the ceiling in the smaller porch. We could still go back tonight to get it, but since the house is 2 hours away and we got home late last night I just left everything in the truck, I don't think I'll go back to get the rest since the house is getting demoed tomorrow. We took a short 5 min break and took a walk through the house after the auction people left. We were the only ones there at that time and most everybody that had won items had come and gotten their stuff. It definitely was sad to see the house in that state. Looked like people just ransacked the place with no regard or care for the home. It would have been a nice home had someone wanted to save it. We currently don't have any plans for what to do with the wood from the ceiling, but we've got a couple ideas floating around. We'll see if any of them pan out. The doors however will look great as we will use them for the entrance to my home office when we get around to that part of the renovation.