Daily Log:1 Non-original, new idea for me to note progress.

First it has came to my mind to simply list what I tick off my list or add on along the way.  Not tracking project progress just making notes of what was done on a particular day since I can’t always remember the extras.  I’m often working off a list but also fit in little projects here and there then wonder what I’ve done with my time.

I was once going to try to blog it everyday but that doesnt always work on my very odd schedule.  This will help though with short notes.  I’ll add or seperatly blog anything that requires a paragraph or more.

 

 

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  • Hosed off carport, driveway, sidewalk
  • Moved dying orchids to another location in mostly shade under the carport.  Will have to water regularly since they’ll get minimal rain.  Maybe I can salvage them.
  • Cleared yard debris, the palm fronds never stop falling in south Florida, or the coconuts.  The plumeria are in full bloom, along with the jasmine, the scent drifting in the air is intoxicating
  • Vacuumed the van, not too dirty this time.
  • Potted plants watered.
  • Cleared all personal plants from the side of the house.  Complete!
  • NOTE: Late afternoon light is shinning next to the entry door I may have to move the orchids that I’m trying there.

Earlaps & goggle cover making.

Originally posted Jun 9, 2016 @ 01:24 on WordPress.

Earlaps and goggle cover finished!  I had no idea how difficult it would be to film or photograph a project as I worked on it.  Stopping during the process doesn’t work so well.  I’ll have to do more staging then let the cameras capture whatever.  I only want to capture the action and essential information.  Leave out the filler, and me.

I replaced the suspension liner in our Phenix 1500 helmets within the last couple weeks since the other ones had deteriorated so much and unexpectedly.  Phenix needs to look into the longevity of the foam choices because they don’t hold up over time.  The liners are old, 10 years, but I expected as well as I take care of my helmet that the foam would not turn to powder.  My helmet wasn’t the only one.
I didn’t want to pay 20+ for earlaps and didn’t like the way they looked or mounted so I decided to make my own.  Two for each helmet that way we can always have one available while the other is getting laundered, repaired or replaced.  I also didn’t like the velcro-tab mounting option so I used snaps.  Not sure how but I managed to mess up the snap placement on one side.  It’s not perfect but it works.  The important thing is the cover is in place and no burned earlobes and or any ear part or my neck!

Plus I get to choose the materials against my skin I’m so picky.  I used 4.5 oz. Drifire fabric for the inside of the earlap and a 7 oz. nomex/cotton blend twill outside and flame retardant cotton/nylon for the binding, nomex thread.  I recycled velcro from other helmets.  I had new binders to work with and material so I made the goggle cover first.

For the goggle cover I recycled the bag the goggles came in.  Ripped out the seams and sewed that rectangle to a piece of nomex the same size.  Then used one of the new binders I just purchased and bound the edges.  Went well but I’d like to be able to finish the ends a little better.  The reflective material was recycled from an old safety vest.
The next projects for the helmets will be a cover that goes over the ratchet, a cover for the chinstrap leather and a crown pad. -13

 

Homestead Firefighting Cart -On the bench or in transit.

Ok, better document some of the progress or I’ll miss the chance.  One of my biggest dilemmas with the homestead firefighting cart project was how to mount the extinguishers to the cart.  I have woodworking skills so I thought about using wood but it’s metal so there are the issues of joining the wood to the metal, that can be solved easy enough but I don’t have a wood shop or the tools I’m used to working with.

I’ve worked in a couple of shops that had any woodworking tool you would want, a woodworkers dream.  I couldn’t believe I was lucky enough to work in them.  So no shop/tools and if I can’t make it a particular way then I don’t want to do it.  I don’t want it to look like crap.  So that rules out the wood.  My other option, metal.

Yeah, I’ll just get some tube stock, cut it, bent it, weld it, powder coat it, then call it done.  Only a couple of problems with that idea as well.  It’s pure fantasy and now I’m coming back to reality.  First I’m back to the no shop thing.  Then only metal working tools I have are a hack saw and an angle-grinder I use with a cut-off wheel.  The only knowledge I have of welding is watching a friend of mine do it.  So picking up a cheapo welder from harbor freight and faking it isn’t my idea of fun.  Or a way to make something that’s high quality, looks good and not totally cobbled together.  Now what?

Find a no shop, no wood, no weld required, minimal tool solution.  I really wanted to fabricate something but there is reality. I would love to learn welding but there is the time it takes to learn what I need too and the equipment investment isn’t in the budget at this time.  If I’m going to buy a welder then I’m going to invest in a really good one.  The only welders worth my money are expensive and for good reason.  I love how when I’m in a predicament like this and necessity forces me to see a different solution.

After all the maze chasing of ideas in my head I end up on ebay.  Search for “tank bracket”  So simple. And there it is.  SCUBA tank brackets!  That fit the 80 tanks.  Which happen to be nearly the same diameter as the extinguishers but just a little bigger.  Ok looking good so far because the best part is the brackets slide into a track that can be screwed or bolted in anywhere along the track.  This is really good news.

It solves all of the issues I was going to have.  Using the track/bracket system eliminates the welding and the wood.  Plus I need a minimum of tools, cordless drill, a wrench and sockets and a way to cut the rail.  This will work out very good.

The other problem to solve was how to create the top level for setting the 10lb. Co2 extinguishers on.  I was able to find some 3/4″ aluminum square stock at Home Depot.   They don’t carry end caps for those so I ordered some from ebay.  That will solve that now I have to order the rail for the brackets. -13

 

Fire Cart door clearance issues.

The Harbor Freight Welding Cart(65939) I chose to convert into a firefighting cart has some issues getting through household doorways.  In every door in the house I’m in now it appears to be about 1/2″-3/4″ too long.  There looks like there is going to be enough to cut off about 1 1/2″ length of tubing.  One wheel has 1/4″ play in the hub the other side is about the same.  The tubing needs to be shorter and the alignment washers need to be moved then welded back into place.  Since I don’t weld or have a welder I’m hoping I’ll be able to solder the washers where I want them.  If not I’ll have to go to a welding shop.

The next thing I’ll do is pull the axle, grind off the washers.  Clean up the paint then attempt to solder on the washers. -13

 

New addition to our firefighting equipment.

Harbor Freight Welding Cart Model 65939 to be converted into a homestead Firefighting Cart.  More in my next post. -13

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