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Festool Tools & Accessories / Re: Planex or planex easy
« Last post by PeterK on Yesterday at 04:56 PM »
Yep- dampen the popcorn and it comes off really easy with a scraper on a pole. Just lay plastic sheeting! Cheap and fast. UNLESS the popcorn has multiple layers of paint. Drywall installers loved popcorn as it hid poor seam joints so can virtually guarantee you will need to mud and sand joints.
Home Improvement & Other Projects / Re: Cracked HVAC Condensate Pan
« Last post by GoingMyWay on Yesterday at 03:53 PM »
That's a great observation and suggestion!

I think the plugged hole does the same thing, though I'm not exactly sure why it's plugged.  The only thing I could think of is that it appears that the current drain port is ever so slightly lower than the plugged port.  I wonder if drainage might be an issue with the slightly higher port?
General Friendly Chat / Re: What's Cooking
« Last post by GoingMyWay on Yesterday at 03:50 PM »
A while back we made crispy pork belly with oil blanched snow pea tips.  Sadly the crispy pork belly was a fail because it wasn't crispy.  This was the second time we made it.  The first time it came out nice and crunchy.  I used the same recipe so I'm not sure where I went wrong.

Sunday we made sous vide ribeye and sauteed chanterelle mushrooms.  NY strip is my favorite cut of steak, but my wife says that the ribeye steak is better and also more tender.

Last night I grilled up some Mediterranean marinated chicken breasts for my wife's lunch.

Home Improvement & Other Projects / Re: Cracked HVAC Condensate Pan
« Last post by rvieceli on Yesterday at 03:46 PM »
@GoingMyWay  it appears that there are two of those connections in that pan. One being blocked by the plug on the right. Is that the case? Does the plugged hole go to the same thing. If so you might be able to remove the plug, check the threads there and use that hole for the actual drain line. Then silicone the crap out of the other threaded hole and the plug and thread the plug into that one.

@six-point socket II  Oliver, Nice looking Snap On soldering iron.  What powers it and how do you like it?

Mike A.
Home Improvement & Other Projects / Cracked HVAC Condensate Pan
« Last post by GoingMyWay on Yesterday at 03:26 PM »
Anyone have any suggestions for how I can fill this crack in the threaded portion of the condensate pan in our HVAC?  I initially thought about using CA glue, but then figured that would likely break as soon as I screwed the drain line back in.  100% silicone might be the best bet, but I fear it will be messy.  In that scenario, I planned on squeezing in the silicone and then immediately screwing the drain line back in - I'm not sure I'll be able to unscrew the drain line after that though. 

I guess alternatively I could squeeze in the caulking and try to wipe off any excess and then let it cure before screwing the drain line back in?  I'd be a little concerned that the threads would be all filled up with silicone so it might not screw in anymore?

I just took a closer look at the picture I took and I suppose it's most important that whatever I use, I try to apply it as far back as possible.

Replacing the entire condensate pan isn't really feasible as I believe that would require having an HVAC tech come out and would require refrigerant recovery, cutting, brazing, etc.

Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?

Other Tools & Accessories / Re: Clamps and thoughts
« Last post by RKA on Yesterday at 02:13 PM »
Closest equivalent I've found in the US are the heavy duty Piher clamps (Rockler sells a lighter duty as well as the heavy duty versions) or the Bessey rapid action clamps.
Had a decent sized toolsafe in the van for ages now,  its a Clarke site safe and it fits T Loc boxes perfectly.
Surprisingly large amount as well.

I'd say right now, at the peak of tire change season, and especially at the tire shops/ tire exchange places there is not much, mostly no, hand torque-ing. They just rattle away and over torque. Not necessarily up to the point of damage/ probable damage, but way beyond specification. They think they "feel it". And obviously don't want to spend the extra time ... It's sad. Time is money when they have to meet certain numbers to break even/make profit on their town's cheapest tire change flat rate offer ...

Well Oliver, this was an interesting discussion and brought up some questions, so this morning I went to The Garage Journal forum to see if they had any discussion on hand torquing compared to using torque sticks.
Within a few posts on "Torque Wrench vs Torque Stick" this post came up:
      "putting wheels on for 40 years and iv never used either. just gun it up and walk away time is money"

That pretty much sums up your observation.  [big grin]

No surprise, I've seen this so many times ... The shop my Dad brought our family van to, back in the day had a waiting area for tire change/ small jobs with a really big window which would allow everyone to look right into that area of the shop/garage. Getting sentimental when thinking of that van, it was a Toyota Model F (I think it's better known as Toyota TownAce II)

This is pretty much like the one we had, down to the color. But ours had some stripes ... And it was an automatic. My Dad always says he never had a car he liked better ...

Kind regards,
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