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Forum: The Garage 11-13-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,141
Posted By hillbillypolack
I know, I'm guilty for sure. Will post a...

I know, I'm guilty for sure.

Will post a few once we've finished. I'm flippin exhausted getting this garage & cement thing done.
Forum: The Garage 11-12-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,141
Posted By hillbillypolack
To each their own. Some guys like having a nice...

To each their own. Some guys like having a nice garage some like a shed. I build out there, most winter weekends are out there.

Got done with the 50 grit pass then 200 today. Looks fantastic,...
Forum: The Garage 11-05-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,209
Posted By hillbillypolack
My 2 pesos after going through this in our house....

My 2 pesos after going through this in our house.

Foam under the floor slab. Minimum R-13 in the walls, vapor barrier under floor & around building. Separate room for supplies, even if it's a...
Forum: The Garage 11-05-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 755
Posted By hillbillypolack
Fog. The time it takes to pull the plug,...

Fog.

The time it takes to pull the plug, snake the hose in and spritz some oil in will at least give you peace of mind. Your rings and cylinder walls will thank you.
Forum: The Garage 11-04-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,141
Posted By hillbillypolack
I appreciate the commentary. The floor will...

I appreciate the commentary.

The floor will be utility grade, similar to some welding shops or Home Depot, Costco or Lowe's floors. They're not slick, but the process is categorized as...
Forum: The Garage 11-03-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,141
Posted By hillbillypolack
Concrete garage floor polishing

Considering having this done in the newly poured garage.

Any tips or pointers on vetting a contractor? Ones coming by in a few. I know they will have to use a densifier during the process and a...
Forum: The Garage 11-03-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,899
Posted By hillbillypolack
I know most garage doors have a bulb or round...

I know most garage doors have a bulb or round section which is cinched in a channel the length of the door. Could you use a flap style seal? On my parents house the door swung down in an arc and the...
Forum: The Garage 10-27-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By hillbillypolack
Thinking it will work. Dingbat next door neighbor...

Thinking it will work. Dingbat next door neighbor has a garden 4' from the lot line. No problem with the garden itself but she's got a French drain lying 1/2 above her grade. Not sure how she thinks...
Forum: The Garage 10-26-2014, 06:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By hillbillypolack
Set up a swail to bleed the runoff water off the...

Set up a swail to bleed the runoff water off the back of the lot as well as down parallel to the driveway. I have enough angle to install a French drain though this is the 'open' version of it.
...
Forum: Road warriors 10-23-2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 51,330
Posted By hillbillypolack
Yes That does take most of the shine off an...

Yes

That does take most of the shine off an Italian bike.
Forum: The Garage 10-23-2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By hillbillypolack
So, to reiterate: Lay down the clay fill...

So, to reiterate:

Lay down the clay fill first, Geofabric, then the 2b gravel or similar.

Would I lay down the clay as a 'ramp' against the thickness of the cement pad, so it diverts water...
Forum: The Garage 10-22-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By hillbillypolack
If I understand you correctly, lay down the clay...

If I understand you correctly, lay down the clay fill first, Geofabric, then the 2b gravel. Would I lay down the clay as a 'ramp' against the thickness of the cement pad, so it diverts water away...
Forum: The Garage 10-21-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 937
Posted By hillbillypolack
Backfill and water drainage

Living in the wet upper Midwest, rain and drainage causes some problems. Fortunately I've tried to learn a bit about how to manage runoff but I do have a question.

Last week I finally had a new...
Forum: The Garage 10-21-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,537
Posted By hillbillypolack
Gas heater for sure. Your size garage should be...

Gas heater for sure. Your size garage should be about 45k BTU. Reznor and Modine make great heaters. Installed one last year.
Forum: The Garage 10-19-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,343
Posted By hillbillypolack
Nice shop space. I just poured a new slab...

Nice shop space.

I just poured a new slab in our garage, foam under floor with vapor barrier. After a lot of consideration for floor surface, I'll be going with a grind and polish on the floor....
Forum: The Garage 10-16-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,497
Posted By hillbillypolack
Started the job yesterday. Crew was on site early...

Started the job yesterday. Crew was on site early AM and by noon most of the slabs were out. Moisture in the sand below, so the garage was excavated to allow for compacted gravel, then 2" foam, vapor...
Forum: The Garage 10-12-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,362
Posted By hillbillypolack
Neat thread I completely agree on piece cost...

Neat thread

I completely agree on piece cost vs retail cost. Most of that could come from the tooling setup and (limited) production run. Trying to regain investment from a few dozen or a few...
Forum: Road warriors 10-09-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,746
Posted By hillbillypolack
Test ride it first. Rode a Brutale 910 years ago-...

Test ride it first. Rode a Brutale 910 years ago- perfect besides the fact it wanted to be pinned on its ear or flat out. Test rode another three years later which felt like it had gravel in the...
Forum: The Garage 10-07-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,269
Posted By hillbillypolack
end grain wood. Had a workbench that was made in...

end grain wood. Had a workbench that was made in the 20s, found that very easy to use, and 'soft' for most metals (didn't ding or mar the metals, engine castings etc).

Styrene sheet over any wood...
Forum: Road warriors 10-07-2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 2,910
Views: 619,656
Posted By hillbillypolack
Not particularly. Maybe the fork rake? ...

Not particularly. Maybe the fork rake?

The Japanese headlight and the stumpy look of the R detracts from what should have been an athletic looking standard. I'm sure the experience behind the...
Forum: The Garage 10-07-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,497
Posted By hillbillypolack
Am finding out that a better prep of compacted...

Am finding out that a better prep of compacted gravel is preferable in outside applications (fewer fines - sand sized granules). Spoke with a cement supplier this morning, who said a 4" base of...
Forum: Road warriors 10-06-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 316
Views: 37,378
Posted By hillbillypolack
Hmmm. Been swayed by BMs styling after it grows...

Hmmm. Been swayed by BMs styling after it grows on me for a few months. WCGS was like that. NineT not so much.

The R with the red frame looks good, though not a fan of the Jap headlight....
Forum: The Garage 10-06-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,497
Posted By hillbillypolack
I agree with your thinking, re: the vapor...

I agree with your thinking, re: the vapor barrier. I was surfing online and (of course) you can find anything you want, but wanted to ask people with real world experience.

I guess my partial...
Forum: The Garage 10-06-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,497
Posted By hillbillypolack
Allrighty. Prep is scheduled to start next week....

Allrighty. Prep is scheduled to start next week. I've opted to change a few details from the existing cement- namely a flat garage floor with no 'riser' step along the walls. The current floor has a...
Forum: Road warriors 10-05-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 51,330
Posted By hillbillypolack
I have to give kudos to Ducati in one area- the...

I have to give kudos to Ducati in one area- the seat layout.

The return of the 'long bun', familiar from classic Brit bikes, early CBs and now on Triumphs is (more or less) more social. Probably...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 51,330
Posted By hillbillypolack
Since all 3 will be on-road standards, how are...

Since all 3 will be on-road standards, how are these not in a similar category? Maybe offer what you see as the Scrambler's peers.
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,883
Posted By hillbillypolack
New bikes, hands down. Owned loads of bikes from...

New bikes, hands down. Owned loads of bikes from a 67 HD to a 2012 GS

While all bikes need maintenance and basic mechanical understanding, FI fueling and suspension technology makes new bikes...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 51,330
Posted By hillbillypolack
Well, considering Ducati is offering cast wheels...

Well, considering Ducati is offering cast wheels and limited suspension travel, I'd say the Bonnie & Sporty are direct competition for sure.

What "could" differentiate the Scrambler is some...
Forum: Road warriors 10-04-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 21,490
Posted By hillbillypolack
Not much I've ridden that tempts me more than...

Not much I've ridden that tempts me more than what's in the garage.

A toss up between the GS and a Monster. Though I'd like to test ride the new MultiStrada.
Forum: Road warriors 10-02-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,469
Posted By hillbillypolack
Nearly every bike shifts smoothly. It...

Nearly every bike shifts smoothly.

It depends whether you want to learn it (preload the shift lever, timing the clutch). Even my GS shifts smoothly depending on the situation. Yes, even clutch...
Forum: Road warriors 10-02-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 51,330
Posted By hillbillypolack
Yes. Which also makes me wonder what power plant...

Yes. Which also makes me wonder what power plant the Scramblers will have in a few years. They're only Euro 3, most everything else has gone to awaited cooling for emissions reasons.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,989
Posted By hillbillypolack
Because nothing says 'stodgy old coot' more than...

Because nothing says 'stodgy old coot' more than that pic.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 51,330
Posted By hillbillypolack
I'm not disagreeing. I doubt their quest for 'new...

I'm not disagreeing. I doubt their quest for 'new customers' won't recall the disconnect with the original Scrambler name. Nor have issue with low pipes instead of highs, and limited travel...
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 28,720
Posted By hillbillypolack
Awesome. I smell smoked rear tire & dream of...

Awesome. I smell smoked rear tire & dream of backing that into a few corners.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 28,720
Posted By hillbillypolack
I hope you're kidding. That Yam beats the Nine-T...

I hope you're kidding. That Yam beats the Nine-T all week long & twice on Sunday.
Forum: Road warriors 10-01-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 51,330
Posted By hillbillypolack
Interesting. Market a bike whose glory days...

Interesting.

Market a bike whose glory days were basically the birthdays of its target audience. Not sure the hipsters will make the connection. Not to mention the Scramblers were singles, not a...
Forum: Road warriors 09-29-2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,024
Posted By hillbillypolack
Funny that it's not a water cooled Monster.

Funny that it's not a water cooled Monster.
Forum: The Garage 09-17-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,497
Posted By hillbillypolack
Also considering a 'flat' floor in the garage...

Also considering a 'flat' floor in the garage instead of the pitched floor currently in there. It'll be a hobbyist garage, no real need for drainage.

Looking to have it semi-polished afterward...
Forum: Road warriors 09-16-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,306
Posted By hillbillypolack
Single biggest bitch I have about plastic is the...

Single biggest bitch I have about plastic is the texture. You scuff it, you can't fix it to looking new. You break it, it's near impossible to mend and again look as new. You have to get a new one. ...
Forum: The Garage 09-15-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,205
Posted By hillbillypolack
I could never be that retentive. Though I...

I could never be that retentive.

Though I need to organize a bit more yet, my system is more about shelf organization, bins and parts in plain sight. The moment something is hidden or buried...
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