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Forum: The Garage 05-07-2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,167
Posted By mattlikesbikes
How about a cheap weatherstation? the air speed...

How about a cheap weatherstation? the air speed thing in front of the main vent and a thermometer. Added bonus, humidity which will tell you if you have an icing problem.

I had a cheap one that...
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2015, 01:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By mattlikesbikes
We ended up with a simple solution. I told him to...

We ended up with a simple solution. I told him to pound sand.

Joking. Once I explained the work was all done by a licensed master Electrician and the work would be to code, inspected, and...
Forum: The Garage 04-28-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Yeah the indemnification request is nuts and NOT...

Yeah the indemnification request is nuts and NOT going to happen. I can't blame him for asking but I can tell him no.

Besides this is only a 3ft section, that is 24" below grade, in plastic, with...
Forum: The Garage 04-28-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I agree with not escalating it into a pissing...

I agree with not escalating it into a pissing match.

This is a public utility easement so we are 100% in the right putting the line here. The local electric utility supervisor is happy to come...
Forum: The Garage 04-28-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,061
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Buried electric in neighbors ROW

We are running a new drop to our house and we had two poor alternatives, cut down all the trees along the fence line or bury the electric. Rather than lose the shade we are burying the line. 99% of...
Forum: The Garage 04-23-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,326
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I've been using ZEP 505 cleaner in my garage....

I've been using ZEP 505 cleaner in my garage. I've soaked a couple things in it, but mostly used it for spray and swipe. Works much better for me than Simple Green ever did.
Forum: The Garage 04-21-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 737
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Home Depot/Lowes Coupons

I know you used to be able to go to the USPS and request a moving pack and they would give you an envelope full of coupons, including Lowes/HD. does anyone have any other source for coupons?

I...
Forum: The Garage 04-17-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,896
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Enviro Engineer here formally a state waste...

Enviro Engineer here formally a state waste regulator. Throw it away. Don't worry about fancy asbestos disposal blah blah blah. Just toss it.

Asbestos rules are typically written about friable...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,365
Posted By mattlikesbikes
So I called rustoleum and they walked me through,...

So I called rustoleum and they walked me through, I sent him the same photos and told him everything I had done to prep the metal, he seemed satisfied that it was clean and any surface rust removed....
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,365
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Ideally a royal blue, if not nuts, then a yellow...

Ideally a royal blue, if not nuts, then a yellow stripe as well. If the opinion though is that the surface looks bad I may just have to go with one of the stronger solutions like Por15.

I do like...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,365
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I know that folks could write books on the topic...

I know that folks could write books on the topic of painting, so really I am looking for two things - recommended products (ie don't use RO, use Dupont, use X primer, Y paint together, etc) and...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 09:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,365
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Painting beat up metal

About six months ago i picked up a low rise lift off of Craigslist for the bargin price of $200. Granted I soon learned the seals in the cylinder were shot, but that was a fairly easy fix. The thing...
Forum: The Garage 10-22-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,824
Posted By mattlikesbikes
You are combing equations for circumference (2 pi...

You are combing equations for circumference (2 pi r) and area (pi r^2), so right off the bat you are 2X over estimating. Second I think most gas hose is a lot less than 1" ID, I would venture half...
Forum: The Garage 10-20-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 557
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Low height Scissor lift

I've got a guy on CL here in town who has a low height Rotary Scissor lift for cheap. I offered him $300 and he is willing to take it. Looking though I found out it was the low lift and not the...
Forum: The Garage 10-20-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,454
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Is there something you could fog into the space?...

Is there something you could fog into the space? Per my other thread I have to excavate to get better access to my crawlspace. I would love something I could blow or fog in rather than something I...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,706
Posted By mattlikesbikes
That is my worst case. Assuming that I need to...

That is my worst case. Assuming that I need to excavate the full length of the wall 2ft wide and 1ft deeper than current, so 50x20x1/27 = 3.7CY. I expect I will have less to dig than that.

The...
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,706
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I reached out to a couple rental folks about the...

I reached out to a couple rental folks about the vac truck options. Like i said I am happy to dig my trenches and pile soft stuff to the side.
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,706
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I've seen the airknife excavators work in my day...

I've seen the airknife excavators work in my day job. Pretty cool stuff. i reached out to a few contractors to see if they could do weekend work. I'm happy to get down there and break the material up...
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,706
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Crawlspace work - removing dirt

Experts -

I've got a 1929 duplex, brick construction on a footing with pier and beam. We've had it leveled but need to have a few more piers put in. The leveler wants us to have some excavation...
Forum: Equipment 10-08-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Used Motorrad/BMW worth it

There is a BMW Savanna II suit available near me for under $200 with the Gortex. So how good/reasonable is it to buy 10yo gear? I know a helmet new in box that is more than a few years old is no...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By mattlikesbikes
An AC would be nice here too, but I think it...

An AC would be nice here too, but I think it might be like using a wrench as a hammer. Sure it works, but you're going to end up ruining your wrench.


I wonder though if an AC operating 1-2 hours...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I doubt it. 1st floor garage, second floor...

I doubt it. 1st floor garage, second floor apartment. all new construction
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Which split system do you have? I just saw one,...

Which split system do you have? I just saw one, Shark AC, that is not a bad price for the size. the Mitsubishi systems seem pricey. The prices I saw were on par with a nicer window unit, but with the...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Sorry I failed to respond to some of the earlier...

Sorry I failed to respond to some of the earlier questions.

The construction involved the removal of an existing parking slab, full scrape and a moisture barrier. So no topsoil under it. yes there...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I've planned to get or build a dust system, ie...

I've planned to get or build a dust system, ie blower in a box with some filters hung from the ceiling. Would that create enough air movement?

I have a window with the plan to put in a window...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-24-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Do you just bleed off the top bleeder screw, on...

Do you just bleed off the top bleeder screw, on the MC? So just take the cap off the reservoir and open bleeder valve while depressing, close valve, release lever, repeat?

Are things different...
Forum: The Garage 09-24-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,800
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Drying out the garage

I'm not taking away your booze, not that kind of dry out.

Last spring we completed a three car garage here in Houston. Floors are sealed and painted, walls all fancy and nicely finished. A great...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-24-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Pangit, I appreciate the suggestion, but was...

Pangit, I appreciate the suggestion, but was wondering what my options might be that didn't include the dealer. I find that they are rather proud of their time and charge accordingly.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-24-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 2,272
Views: 265,473
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks for the info, though not really the...

Thanks for the info, though not really the question I am asking. Ice is a rare thing and something I am not going to mess with again anytime soon. I am looking for a year round tire that has more...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-23-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 2,272
Views: 265,473
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Can somebody point me towards a good front tire?...

Can somebody point me towards a good front tire? Last winter I got stuck in an ice storm and laid the bike down a bunch of times before I got clear of some black ice. All slow, easy falls, no lasting...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-23-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Soft brake

Crappy weather here for the last few weeks has kept the bike in the garage, side stand.

I wanted to take it out tomorrow and I was checking it this afternoon and the front brake is super soft....
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,286
Posted By mattlikesbikes
My dad gave me a craftsman set when I first...

My dad gave me a craftsman set when I first started working on my car. The old Volvo really only need a 10mm and a 13mm. Eventually my dad gave me a snap on ratchet, but just the handle. I just buy...
Forum: The Garage 04-16-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,878
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I managed a bicycle shop for years. We ran into...

I managed a bicycle shop for years. We ran into sweat and mud frozen allen bolts all the time. My number one go to solution was the dremel. I cut a slot across the head and went at it with a flat...
Forum: The Garage 04-14-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,196
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Conduit for sure. We are planning a new panel and...

Conduit for sure. We are planning a new panel and drop to the house next summer at that point we can plan for two more larger circuits and run them under the house in the crawlspace. I'll put down a...
Forum: The Garage 04-14-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,196
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Yeah the driveway is probably WW2 aged and has...

Yeah the driveway is probably WW2 aged and has not a lick of steel in it, which in Houston is a recipe for problems. Thankfully somebody came and put a nice BS 1/2" skim coat over it. Ok not...
Forum: The Garage 04-11-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,196
Posted By mattlikesbikes
This got me thinking. Our house is a duplex with...

This got me thinking. Our house is a duplex with our tenants up on the second floor all with window shakers. They have one 15A circuit per room, which powers everything including the AC unit.

Did...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,196
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks. It is a direct run from the breaker panel...

Thanks. It is a direct run from the breaker panel of the house. It was just a junction box, but when we had the garage built the crew needed an outlet outside, so we changed it over to a GFCI outlet....
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,196
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks Stan! My electrician installed the...

Thanks Stan!

My electrician installed the dedicated 15A circuit direct from the main panel when we rewired the whole house last year. The intention was that a run would be made at some point to...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,196
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Getting power to the shed

So I originally posted this in the GarageJournal forum, but those guys are so serious. I need the laid back make it work nature of my fellow inmates.

Before we built our new 3 car garage with a...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,384
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Like I said, unless there is an R75 back there...

Like I said, unless there is an R75 back there someplace in better shape, I'm not likely going to take this /2 home, even for a spit polish. Depending what the seller is like and quality of the bike...
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