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As for myself, I went to church,my church rocks. (literally the band members at my church all play in local bands), my kids showed up with sushi for lunch, and now I am making beer and listening to BS&T. Cannot get any better. I'm making a Pseudo Sue clone.
I hope everyone's Father's day is as good.
to Dallas' best record store for a free concert and record signing by Steve Earle. Even tho it was the day after Father's Day (daughter worked on Dad's Day) it was a mighty fine evening.
"E Burres Stigano?"
Wife asked me what I wanted to do, and since our boat could use some work that's what I did. 'Tubes Rule' T-shirt brings quizzical looks around the marina.
Nothing like mechanical work to clear the cobwebs.
That's one of two Detroit Diesel 6-71N (6 cylinders, 71 cubic inches each) two-stroke, normally aspirated. Five inch stroke, four and a quarter inch bore, designed in 1938 and in production until 2005.
There's a roots blower, that was once more widely known in drag racing (6-71 blower) that maintains approximately 1 psi intake pressure. All four valves in the head are exhaust valves, the intake is through ports in the cylinder wall that are uncovered when the pistons are all the way down. They use conventional sump and pump lubrication.
When the pistons are down the exhaust valves are open and the intake ports uncovered, the blower is purging the cylinder of exhaust gases. As the piston starts back up the intake ports are covered and the exhaust valves close, the fresh air is compressed until the pistons reach the top of their stroke when fuel is injected by the cam driven injectors and burns.. every stroke.
These two-stroke six cylinder engines sound like twelve cylinder four-stroke engines and will not start without the blower.
Later higher output models (6-71TII) have turbos and intercoolers, but significantly shorter time between overhaul.
They guy that surveyed our boat said he's seen 6-71Ns go twenty thousand hours in commercial use without failure.
My apologies as you very likely already know the above, it's just fun to share anyway.
Here's a pic from an 8V-71 in a marina neighbor's boat that was disabled looking for the cause of excess smoke. It still ran and idled smoothly. An "in frame" overhaul has been completed and the smoke has cleared. Unknown if it was fuel or water that caused he damage.
the sharing was fun for me, I dig boats,
In my sailor days, I once sat alongside the Mississippi River with a guy who could tell the different propulsion systems in the push boats passing by, using only the engine noise. I thought that an ok way to spend some time, so don't mind a few diesel stories.
My own diesel experience is varied but slight. MY favorite is the smallest, a lifeboat motor that you pump up air pressure to start, the biggest, the slow speed marine engines Sea land was running in its fast freight container ships.
I was visiting, and went below to check it out. . One huge piston was hanging from a hook on a chain lift, with a pad eye loop screwed into the top. I don't know if the loop stayed there, it looked clean, but this was all new to me.
Each cylinder block is separate, and they stop one piston for maintenance while in port, while the crank continue to turn, the engine never stops, I was told. One of the piston rings was hanging on a dedicated piston ring hook, yellow and limp, like a giant runner band because it was made out of teflon and was round, as thick as a garden hose. . Inside the cylinder block was a cut out, an opening made for a custom inspection ladder, so you can get up to work inside. Not a crew favorite. Made me glad I worked on deck.
My own boating experience is taking a break from 'good times' to frustration with a persistent oil leak. A 1" pipe fitting at the external oil filter housing started leaking and it's very frustrating to have any oil in your bilge water (as you know) because you can't just vacuum up oily water and pour in down the sink.
I took it apart and looked for cracks, nothing found so wrapped it up with teflon tape, which I've since read is not recommended for anything subject to vibration, only to have it start leaking after a couple hours run time.
Again disassembled and inspected, I bought Permatex "high performance" thread sealer ($15) AND the "recommended for best results" primer ($20) then followed the directions exactly, waiting 24 hours before use, only to have it leak after a couple hours.
And BBQed a monster Tri-tip on the new Weber Grill!
We cheated just a day on using the pool. We were supposed to wait 10 days after filling which would have been Monday....Sunday was close enough.
The project took a little over a month to jack hammer all the old plaster off and repair cracks. Since this pool had been built in the 30s and had scarcely 2" of concrete for the walls and floor, we took our contractor's advice and caged the bottom with rebar and added 15 yards of shotcrete to the floor and sides.
Finally, the reinforced shell was plastered with Stonescape's mini-pebble in a beutiful Tahoe Blue.
Now, we're almost done. Those three missing bricks in the coping are just waiting for a match to complete the project. The old ones were cracked and one chipped. Sadly the first replacements were the wrong color or it would have been finished last week.
From those pics and the story, were you the foreman?
You gotta keep an eye on these guys, many work too damn hard to remember all the details.
Congrats, looks good.
Foreman, no, that's Mark, the owner. The guy mixing the special blend for the plaster that was pumped about 150' to the pool.
But, I did make the mistake of building a pool at our last abode. No one knows how expensive landscaping is unless you paid for a top knotch designer with a unique plan with multiple destinations with meticulous attention to detail for an acre of hardscape, irrigation, drainage and plants. It takes forever. In comparison, maintenance is just annoying.
Having seen it done, I understand the process and these guys were on the top of their game and Mark is a perfectionist.
Nice structure. What does it overlook? I'll be over next Sunday.
Come on over!
The view is awesome. We're on top of a hill over looking the town. It's literally a 360 degree view. From the pool, you can see the Santa Margarita mountains in Camp Pendleton, Catalina Island on a clear day and to the south to Carlsbad's coastal hills and the ocean.
Saturday night we went to see Wonder Woman, which we all enjoyed. Then out to our favorite burger joint.
Sunday my daughter made an incredible brunch/feast that included a homemade blueberry crumb cake.
Then we veg'd out and watched Fawlty Towers all afternoon.
Weather was miserable, but we had a great time anyway.
reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.
Father/sons tradition, since when I used to watch with my Dad.
Everyone else gets two celebrations, I just get one ;)
Daughter #1 and SIL served up a BBQ, I got a framed picture of the granddaughter and leaned on my cane while watching the three of them riding all over on their Seg-ways.
Skeptical Measurer & Audio Scrounger
A round of golf in the morning, went to Glasgow and bought myself a new guitar amp (Boss Kitana) for those who know them, and spent some time with my sons and grandson late afternoon/evening.
...my latest installment in my review of the Simaudio 820S , which was weeks in the making. The 820S has two fuses, so it takes a while, to acquire a bunch of fuses (in the appropriate values), and experiment with them. And then, some take months to "burn-in" or settle.
This whole weekend, I haven't really responded to audiophiles. I normally get back to them within a day. So now, I have nine [on a daily basis, six is normal for me] people waiting upon me, for my input about music, girls, cables, and amps. Typical for audiophiles, none asked about sports.
-Lummy The Loch Monster
Due to one on my sons needing to get up at 3AM tomorrow, we did the dinner Saturday. I smoked a couple of deboned chickens stuffed will jalapeņo cornbread. We had quartered chicken stuffing and a nice salad. For desert we had Cold Stone Creamery strawberry cheesecake ice cream cake.
For starters we had Margaritas and an enjoyable evening.
Today I did absolutely nothing other than listen to some tunes, take a nap, watch The Ranch on Netflix and chill. It was a good day.
mentioned that at work once when a twenty something young lady asked me what I did over the weekend. I said I just 'netflixed and chilled'...She asked if I knew what that meant and I said yes, I watched TV and relaxed...she busted out laughing and said this is what that 'really' means...
I countered with hey; I own a home, I don't need to intentionally turn the TV up in a separate room to have sex; we both busted out laughing.
Yeah, I'm down with the verbiage of today's youths. Netflix and chill also means let's smash!
I didn't know that. So it's similar to getting busy. I had to tell my wife about that one when she told her sister on the phone that she had to go and get busy. I learned about getting busy from Penny on Big Bang Theory. We are kind of out of touch with what the 20 somethings are talking about.
THAT is hilarious. Added it to my memory bank.
LH6 stands for "let's have sex." So if you receive that text, either be very leery, or you're about to Netflix and chill .
-Lummy The Loch Monster
went to a amusement park and rode roller coasters.....
Wife took me and some out of town guest to a restaurant; had for the first time in my life frog legs-
The guest are from Phoenix, Az and leaving this afternoon; I don't envy their city too much; supposed to hit 120F next week. I like hot, but not THAT hot!
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