OMG!!! Ponies!!!

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by GotMojo, May 21, 2019.

  1. Steve_h

    Steve_h Long timer

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    Great to hear you got it running well again. It's too bad that it was such a pain to figure out what was wrong.
    Now you've got something to ride if they ever do have another race.
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    Yet, it will still happen
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  3. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Don't be pedantic. It's not going to happen this year.
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  4. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    This is NOT the year to predict what will happen.
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  5. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    What are you going on about? It was postponed over a month ago.
  6. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    After the way things have gone so far, I (the person with an opinion about everything, most wrong) have my final opinion about 2020, which is anyone who thinks they know how this is going to play out is nuts. Not the Iron Butt, the whole year. Just hang on and try to ride through it.
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  7. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    This has been a transformative week for me.

    Gloriousness landed on my lap in the form of non-bingeable content from Netflix.



    JOY!!

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    How does your Fire burn?
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  8. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Guess who left the oil cap loose again??

    Anyone?

    Bueller?

    It was ME!!!!

    No harm (knock on wood) this time as I was only doing some short runs in the neighborhood and caught it before it got out of hand. Pinky was (once again) covered in oil and I was STEAMING. :hair

    Got her cleaned up and re-oiled and resumed the short run tests before buttoning everything backup.

    What happened? She ran like crap and kept stalling out, that's what. :2guns

    Sigh. Better put these toys away and find something else to play with before I lose my shit...

    Good thing a big truck was scheduled to make a visit today!

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    I had decided during the blistering Santa Anas few weeks ago that I was going to first-world it from now on. No more hot-as-balls-misery in my house. Especially since I'm going to be working from home for the foreseeable future.

    For the curious, it's a Pioneer 18k BTU Mini Split (22 SEER) with 2 12k Heads. It's pre-charged so all I have to do is evacuate the lines. It was cheaper to go this route, even with some of the specialized tools needed than have somebody come out and gas it up.

    What could possibly go wrong??

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    Part 1 Done!

    Electrical, head units and line sets have to wait for some boxes from UPS to arrive. I missed the window and they won't make it before the long weekend.

    To keep things in perspective:

    I live 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The daily 'weather' looks like this until late in the summer:

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    Watch out, tomorrow's going to be a scorcher! :jack

    What's that you say? Humidity?

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    Ha! breaking a sweat because of it is a challenge most of the time. This time of year it's strictly a function of the marine layer. Those cloud humps will disappear in a week or so.

    The problem is that my roof is flat and only 3.5" thick with marginal insulation so the house tends to heat up pretty quick with the sun beating down on it.

    Like I said, first world problems.
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  9. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    :lurk
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  10. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Was planning on AC install next year, but soon as wifey had to work from home since late March, I popped in one of the floor room ac units, ran the vent to the window etc.

    Our place is a whopping 700 square feet, so the 500sq/ft rated LG ac unit keeps the main part of the house pretty dialed for the $550 it cost. Bedroom stays cool in evenings as the sun sets on the opposite side of house. Ain’t perfect, but it’s workin for us for now.
  11. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    More hot AC action incoming!

    I need to get more boxes out of the way so I make a path to the lift where pinky awaits.

    Today, we poke too many holes in the wall.

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    Stud finder had lots of trouble because of the stucco lath. Still 5/4 ain't bad.

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    Bracket's up. I'm not punching through the wall today, just want to get the head units up and out of the way.

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    #1 is in

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    Min 4" clearance. Close enough!

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    #2 didn't have studs in all the right places so I had to put in some drywall anchors. As expected, my mad skillz were on display.

    I took a chunk of meat off when I was poppping the part that didn't make it all the way into the wall off with a chisel.

    :stupid

    I'll live. It's just a scratch. Good news is that scooter content can resume soon. Thar be space in the garage again!
  12. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I have a hard time with stud finders, every time I pick it up it detects a stud.
  13. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    I feel the momentum starting to build.

    USPS made an early delivery.

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    So I jumped at the chance to get the easy part of the wiring done.

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    Tomorrow, we start on the harder part. This weekend I might actually be motivated enough to get back to the scooter!
  14. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Well, that was quick.

    I tried to take advantage of some 'alone time' this morning and drill giant holes in the wall. I figured if she wasn't home, she couldn't disapprove of my dust containment methodology.

    It was going swimmingly too.

    I made the measurements, double checked them, checked them again.
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    Found the right size hole saw and then, just as I was about to go to the land of no return...

    I did something.

    That rarely happens...

    I probed the wall before drilling. You see, I too have issues with stud finders, or as I like to call them Me-Finders and I do what any red-blooded 'Murican would do.

    Yup.

    I drill the shit out of the wall until I find one.

    Huzzah!

    So, unsurprisingly, The test nail hit a stud exactly where the hole was supposed to be.

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    Same thing on backup location.

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    Alternate-Backup location? Do you really need to ask?
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    Notice a pattern?

    Yeah. me too.

    This is where I think I need to bring up a term that's pretty common in the trades.

    The term is dumbass homeowner. It would have been deliciously applicable had I gone ahead with the scheduled 2.5" no-going-back wall exploration.

    What should have been immediately obvious to anyone with any knowledge of carpentry is that THERE IS WOOD ALL ALONG WHERE I WANTED TO DRILL A BIGASS HOLE.

    It even has a name.

    Clueless folk, let me introduce you to Mr. Header.

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    I'm going to have to come up with another plan. I don't have enough ceiling height to clear the header for the drain pipe. :baldy

    Guess it's going to be a scooter day after all!
  15. CashCow

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    You can drill a hole into a header (essentially a beam)

    The place that small holes are allowed is roughly in the middle third of the span and the middle third of the depth.

    Never cut out the top or bottom.

    The beam ends are controlled by shear and require the entire depth. The middle of the span is controlled by moment and needs only the top and bottom to span the opening.

    Maybe your alignment will allow it to work.

    Bill
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  16. GotMojo

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    A 2.5" one? In a 6" header?

    I don't think so.
  17. GotMojo

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    The day was not a complete waste.

    I mean, if you consider getting something right on the second try non-wasted time. :dirtdog

    Relocation to least-worst placement was a success. There was a gap between the king and the corner to fit the hole.

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    It's not an ideal location but it is in line with the door and this unit will help cool the rest of the house so I'm going to go with 'by design for airflow efficiency' if anybody ever mentions it. :happay

    Progress continues outside. Got the hold drilled.

    Sorry, no photos. If you've seen the sky through a 2.5" hole in you wall from your bed, you'll know exactly what it looks like.

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    Got started with the lineset cover runs.

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    Kept it high to avoid bashing it with an as-of-yet unidentified piece of household/yard equipment in the future. There's a bit of a drop to keep the water draining in the right direction.

    In this case, it's to the right!

    In other big news...

    Princess stinky is A-OK!!!!

    I think some water went where it wasn't supposed to and was killing the engine. Need to figure out that one.

    But not today.

    Tomorrow, we ride!
  18. GotMojo

    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    Hey, look who made her summer 2020 debut!

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  19. villageidiot

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    Good to see ya today Jose!
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  20. cdwise

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    Glad Pinky is out and about. Pity she couldn't be where she was supposed to be right now but we'll get there evenutally.
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