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Forum: GS Boxers 04-06-2015, 07:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,596
Posted By hillbillypolack
Interesting question. Though I've been drawn...

Interesting question.

Though I've been drawn in by numbers on a lot of bikes. Nothing is as satisfying as an A/B comparison on the same roads or trails if you can manage it.
Forum: GS Boxers 03-16-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 564
Views: 71,205
Posted By hillbillypolack
This. In spades. Own a Ducati,...

This.

In spades.


Own a Ducati, especially the models with the plastic tanks. I'm the original owner, and never received a note, email, recall notice or any correspondence. In my book, for a...
Forum: The Garage 03-01-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By hillbillypolack
For the most part, with regard to outdoor slabs &...

For the most part, with regard to outdoor slabs & pours, I agree. Especially with winter doing acrobatics with any cement work.

Your advice is also good regarding foundation backfill. We have...
Forum: The Garage 02-28-2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By hillbillypolack
Decided to disconnect the downspout and install a...

Decided to disconnect the downspout and install a traditional gutter elbow & run to eliminate potential underground water / ice. There was no ice in the PVC elbow, but a lot of icing in the aluminum...
Forum: The Garage 02-26-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By hillbillypolack
That's good to know, especially with the moderate...

That's good to know, especially with the moderate weather you have in SoCal.

So would you say this is pretty 'normal'? It's my first experience with a large scale cement job like this one. Would...
Forum: The Garage 02-26-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By hillbillypolack
Area above the diagonal line is the main section...

Area above the diagonal line is the main section of driveway. I agree about getting that wedge out & replace but am also thinking of a paver walkway which would lead to the back yard also.

Since...
Forum: The Garage 02-26-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By hillbillypolack
Agree with your general thoughts. The horizontal...

Agree with your general thoughts. The horizontal pipe is 4" PVC, but runs diagonally along the control joint up and to the left. Which to me is odd there's cracking down and to the left in the pics. ...
Forum: The Garage 02-25-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By hillbillypolack
Well, here's what I got. I've certainly seen...

Well, here's what I got. I've certainly seen worse, but since this is my first new driveway, I'd rather not have to re-do the main slabs.

Here's a view looking from the walkway to the corner. ...
Forum: The Garage 02-25-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By hillbillypolack
Driveway crack near downspout - how to prevent further cracking

This cold winter has done a job on a newly poured walkway around the back of our house. To be fair, there is a 1/8" crack coming radially off an underground downspout. From what I see, the small...
Forum: The Garage 01-11-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By hillbillypolack
Thanks. What is the unit? A standalone,...

Thanks. What is the unit? A standalone, rackmount, or hardwired unit? Also, what is 'AVR'? I understand UPS is 'uninterrupted power supply'.
Forum: The Garage 01-11-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By hillbillypolack
This entire region (SE MI), has a horrible...

This entire region (SE MI), has a horrible history of power outages in the tens of thousands with mere rainfall. Last time we had a thunderstorm, 100,000 went without power for three to four days. ...
Forum: The Garage 01-11-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By hillbillypolack
Surge Protectors - for computers, AV equipment etc

We have horrible electrical service here. Erratic swings in voltage, frequent power outages etc. We had a whole house surge suppressor installed, in addition to some stand alone units for our...
Forum: The Garage 01-11-2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,119
Posted By hillbillypolack
I did this once in a garage in a similar climate....

I did this once in a garage in a similar climate. Had two PVC pipes bent on an arc, creating a near Quonset hut appearance, covered with canvas then light blankets. Inside i had a thermostatically...
Forum: The Garage 01-11-2015, 06:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,715
Posted By hillbillypolack
By '2k paint', do you mean a two part paint like...

By '2k paint', do you mean a two part paint like Imron or a catalyzed paint?
Forum: The Garage 01-04-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 998
Posted By hillbillypolack
Yes. Sorry for the late reply, I was trenching. ...

Yes. Sorry for the late reply, I was trenching. For six days. This flippin cold that set in just before the New Years set us back a bit.

This is the site before we started. There is a shallow...
Forum: The Garage 12-26-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 998
Posted By hillbillypolack
Driveway & swale water drainage

Have a question about a irrigation area near my driveway. Our new driveway has a 'swale' or drainage path approximately 12-18" from the edge of the driveway pad. During long rains, the swale gets a...
Forum: The Garage 12-15-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 745
Posted By hillbillypolack
Garage Dehumidifier

Like the title says, what's your dehumidifier?

I have had three Soleus Air units, two were recalled for potential fire hazards though they worked fine. The third unit seems okay but has been on...
Forum: Road warriors 12-09-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,418
Posted By hillbillypolack
Have owned Ducatis since 1997. BMWs since 2007. ...

Have owned Ducatis since 1997. BMWs since 2007.

I will say that I enjoy the straightforward nature of the Ducs more. Simpler, though some may say higher maintenance. Nothing is a mystery though...
Forum: Road warriors 11-29-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 2,938
Views: 655,746
Posted By hillbillypolack
Though I'm not looking for a dash, I am looking...

Though I'm not looking for a dash, I am looking for a front wheel (blue) I near perfect condition. Also any bodywork someone might have as spares. . .

Thanks in advance. PM me with any info.
Forum: The Garage 11-13-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,219
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, 05:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,219
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, 05:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,752
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, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 883
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, 04:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,219
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, 02:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,219
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, 09:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,397
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, 04:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,216
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, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,216
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, 05:23 PM
Replies: 475
Views: 82,169
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, 05:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,216
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, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,216
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, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,216
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, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,899
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, 05:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,955
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, 05:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,764
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, 07:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,898
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, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,096
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, 06:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,333
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, 06:22 PM
Replies: 2,938
Views: 655,746
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, 07:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,764
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...
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