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lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter)
lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
10/14/20 6:06 p.m.

Building a "little" wall alongside the house. It used to be a driveway around back of the house, but we finished the area and no longer need to get back there with a vehicle.  Two tiers with a planting bed in the middle. There will be a set of steps on the left side in the next week or so. I do love rocks!

JoeyM Mod Squad
10/14/20 6:11 p.m.
surfshibby07 said:

For hand rails we implemented seats so there is never a need for you to stand. 

ambitious....that's a major project.  I really like the idea of seats.....

surfshibby07 HalfDork
10/14/20 8:05 p.m.

In reply to JoeyM :

It sucked lol. Especially getting the seats lined up. 1 degree over 72 feet is noticable. It took just about a year to finish all the way around, but saved about 50k over the cheapest quote we got to do it...

Jerry UberDork
10/16/20 6:44 a.m.


SWMBO & I made jawa costumes for the 501st Legion recently, and I wanted a sound glove.  Etsy has a few but I've heard bad things about them, no one local was making anything.  So someone said make your own!  I followed a Youtube clip another 501st guy made & built this.  Sound board from Electronics123 with a 9V, 4 push button switches, and an amp.  This is hers, need to make one for myself now.

surfshibby07 HalfDork
10/16/20 8:27 a.m.

In reply to lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) :

This is awesome. Id love to do something like this in a staircase form leading down to our pond. Looks great!

malibuguy Reader
10/16/20 5:51 p.m.

For a porsche im working on in the shop 

68TR250 Reader
10/16/20 6:03 p.m.

In reply to lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) :

WOW!  That looks 'aged'.  Very nicely done.

Appleseed MegaDork
10/20/20 10:34 p.m.

A variation on a fold up into the wall table. This on goes vertical rather than horizontal. 3'x5'. I don't have room for a full 4x8 sheet. The legs are offset because I wanted a 32 inch top height and that's the only way to get them to fold flat in less than 5 feet. I'm stoked. Now I can clean the crap out of the corner to mount it to the wall.

Ethnic Food-Wrap Aficionado
Ethnic Food-Wrap Aficionado Dork
10/22/20 10:34 a.m.

Down to the studs and subfloor and back up again.  Still needs a few finishing touches, but not bad for a knuckle dragging millwright with limited building experience. 

Six weeks of nights and weekends, which is two more than anticipated.  Ready to go do things I enjoy now.  smiley

TVR Scott (Forum Supporter)
TVR Scott (Forum Supporter) Dork
10/22/20 10:51 a.m.

In reply to Ethnic Food-Wrap Aficionado :

Mill-wright?  I'm surprised you didn't sheath the whole thing in stainless steel!  Put a big drain in the middle, and you could have cleaned it with a pressure washer, just like the elephant house at the zoo!

BTW, some of the best workers I've ever worked with back in my auto plant days were mill-wrights.  Y'all got skills!

OjaiM5 Reader
10/22/20 1:11 p.m.

Had this old 911 hood laying around. Made it into garage art.

malibuguy Reader
10/22/20 7:26 p.m.

Apis Mellifera
Apis Mellifera Dork
10/23/20 11:15 a.m.

My son wants to be the Mandalorian for Halloween. The costume helmet was pretty lame so cardboard and hot glue to the rescue.  Here's the progress so far.  

lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter)
lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
10/25/20 11:33 a.m.
surfshibby07 said:

In reply to lotusseven7 (Forum Supporter) :

This is awesome. Id love to do something like this in a staircase form leading down to our pond. Looks great!

Finished the steps and a walkway on the lower level. 



Steve_Jones HalfDork
10/28/20 8:05 p.m.

Finished it on Saturday, it's a heavy, heavy, piece  

Jerry UberDork
10/29/20 6:10 p.m.

Sound Glove MK2, moved the battery to the back and the circuit board up the arm with a tennis elbow support thingy.  Utinni!

motomoron SuperDork
10/29/20 9:50 p.m.

When The SCCA turned  the D and C sports race classes into Prototype 1 and 2, the change was accompanied with a convoluted new ruleset (really?) in which "individual inlet restrictors" were required to ensure parity among a wildly diverse group of chassis and engines. In addition to chassis classified as P2 eligible on the basis of meeting all of the dimensional and aero definitions, the was a list of "spec line" eligible cars, mostly older cars that couldn't really hand with the Stohrs and Wests that filled national grids at the time. 

My 1999/2000 Radical Clubsport was on the list. I could run a 1000cc bike engine w/ 37.5mm IIRs at 1000# or 1340cc w/ 40.5mm IIRs at 1250#. Easy choice, as my car scaled at about 1250# already. 

Engine has to be stock, as in you can't machine anything inside, Exhaust is free, and Intake from the head upstream is free, but there has to be a 40.5 mm, circular, flat restrictor no more than 3" from the throttle plate in each throttle body. So, 1st gen Hayabusa, '99-'07 has huge TBs. Like 50mm or bigger. The 2nd gen, '08 up have  42mm TBs, and a secondary set of stepper controlled throttle plates to keep the riders from wheelie-ing the bike over backwards. 

I obtained the best 2nd gen on eBay for about $3k, shipped, and started strategizing. The amount of intake cross sectional area I'd give up by reducing the ID of the TB by 1.5mm was much less than I'd gain by removing the secondary throttle plates and shaft. I measured the TBs and modeled them in 3D CAD, and designed inserts which would convert the stock Suzuki TBs to much longer 40.5mm TBs with incorporated velocity stacks with fat radiused mouths. 

I swapped a Yamaha Zuma scooter for a current Radical SR3RS airbox + $1000, and bought a sizeable lot of 3" 6061 bar stock drops on eBay.  I filled a full size galvanized trash can with aluminum swarf, and stood in front of my lathe for most of February.  To get it to fuel properly I got a Bazzaz ZfI piggyback ECU with the datalogger/fuel mapper, and integrated no-lift shift. 

We mapped it at Summit Point the practice before the first race of the 2014 season, using lap data from n AIM Solo, and the front straight as a dyno. It felt fast immediately, and data showed a 7mph increase in speed at the T1 brake marker. I didn't take the first MARRS series P2 championship for anther year or two due to low car counts, but after the first season, when a driver in a Hayabusa powered car petitioned the SCCA Competition Rules Board for a weight reduction, on the basis of their inability to be competitive, I put the car on a real dyno, sent the sheet and a well-written letter, and got a reduction to 1160#. 

(And the restrictors ended up costing zero HP and make a very sizeable gain in TQ) 








asphalt_gundam New Reader
10/30/20 10:23 a.m.

Knocked out a bar for the basement earlier this week. Might do a poured epoxy top later on if I feel like getting fancy.

Karacticus Dork
10/30/20 6:25 p.m.

Apple fritters made with fresh apples in the air fryer. Glaze didn't come out right, but they are tasty nonetheless.  

I've already eaten two, for science. 

Apexcarver UltimaDork
10/31/20 6:38 p.m.

Well, my wife did most of the work...

Recon1342 Dork
10/31/20 7:15 p.m.

In reply to Apexcarver :

Congrats! We need details, Man!!!

DrBoost MegaDork
10/31/20 8:31 p.m.
Recon1342 said:

In reply to Apexcarver :

We need details, Man!!!

Well, when a mommy and daddy love each other very, very much.....

Apexcarver UltimaDork
11/1/20 1:03 a.m.

Our second kiddo, he has a 2.5 year old brother waiting at home with his aunt (covid restrictions on who can come to hospital). 

6lb13 oz, 21 inches.  


ShawneeCreek (Forum Supporter)
ShawneeCreek (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
11/5/20 4:35 p.m.

I converted a friend's 95 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from standard lighting to LED headlights with white and orange halos along with halogen fog lights with white halos. There is an electrical box that switches between the orange and white halos to coordinate with the turn signals.

Not exactly to my taste, but it did accomplish what he wanted which was a more modern look, and much brighter headlights. Here is it with headlights and fog lights:

And with high beams on top of the headlights:

malibuguy Reader
11/6/20 8:59 a.m.

In reply to ShawneeCreek (Forum Supporter) :

Im actually surprised the cut off on the low beams.  Usually LED lights are just a damn mess.  The fogs are definitely throwing light too high tho

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