So after 2 months of confused level 3 technicians at Earthlink, one of
them finally had the brilliant idea to just create a brand new account
that forwards everything to my old account.
Quite a goofy solution, but it finally allowed me to authenticate on the
I didn't feel like digging through 10,381 unread messages, so I am
Ernie Leimkuhler wrote in news:stagesmith1-
You have *truly* been sorely missed!
WTH - there's always Google.
W-e-l-c-o-m-e ! You are, indeed, Well Come, Sir!
Took me forever to get back on. Not that anyone knows me compaired to
you Ernie. I moved and had to drop Cox and went to qwest but they do n
ot offer newsgroups. I findly found my newsgroups I had before but I
know I missed a lot in the past 4 months. I am veiwing everything
through GOOGLE. I do remember someone saying that is how they view the
groups... I geuss I did learn something...
Time to read on the side again till I have something good to say.
It's great your back. We all have missed your astuteness. I too have been
gone for a long time. I finally got 240 ac to my Miller XMT 304 cc/cv. I
know you told me to sell it on ebay and buy a Lincoln ac/dc tig but I just
had to try it out. So far I have learned a lot. I am in the process of
building a Westfield kit car and joining steel only at this point.
Welcome back Ernie, and Happy belated Birthday ol' Buddy. 9/11 Didn't
think anyone remembered, did ya? LOL
PS don't know if you saw, but my shop just went threw getting certified.
2G hard wire GTAW, 3 & 4G flux core GTAW. I passed, woopee for me!
We are trying to get the shop finished at the Divers Institute so we can
become a AWS Accredited Testing Station.
There is currently only one in all of Washington State, Bates Technical
All the other tech schools in WA just do field certs with no school
It is part of my plan to run a weekend or evening AWS and WABO cert
program at DIT.
Not many tales.
I have ben spending all my time getting my shop up and running at the
They got the building mostly done a month ago and I have been getting
all the toys set up so I can build stuff.
At this point I am migrating most of the equipment from my shop to the
As we get new budget money the school will buy toys and I can bring mine
Meanwhile they don't care if I use the shop at school to build personal
stuff after hours and on weekends.
The other nice bit about this is that it is reducing the "parking lot"
effect in my basement to the point where I can actually clean the place.
This Saturday I am teaching a wire feed class for the Seattle Metalheads.
We are using the shop at DIT.
I taught a Gas Welding/Cutting class there last winter and it was a
When I approached South Seattle with the original idea they just freaked
out about liability and classroom rental fees and security surcharges...
When I approached the Divers Institute with the idea they said,,,"Sure,
Sounds great, have fun..., and have everybody sign one of these .waivers"
"Just cross out where it says SCUBA and write in WELDING"
Have I mentioned that I love my job?
This class has more logistical problems with getting lots of MIG
machines hooked up.
We have 400 amps of 230v 3 phase at the DIT shop, but very few outlets
So far I have a 12" Coldsaw, and a nice gear head Wilton drill press.
I really want an ironworker.
Howard at Pacific Industrial Supply offered me an old one for free if I
want to get it running, but it is pretty big and would need a LOT of
work to bring it back from "monument to rust" status.
I am about to start building a classroom barge for the school.
I designed it with some input from our resident certified Engineer.
Steel frames that hold twenty 55 gallon polyethylene barrels each.
The frames will be hot dip galvanized and bolted together in 2 rows
The pontoons are linked by steel truss sections.
Steel corrugated decking goes over the top of the pontoons, and is cut
to the shape we want for the final deck.
Edged in steel channel, the deck will be coated with 4 inches of fiber
The rough numbers are 77,000 lbs displacement and 52,000 lbs of steel
and concrete for a 25,000 lb. payload.
All for under $10,000, which beats the price of any barge we could buy
by a huge margin.
Our old #6 classroom barge had to be demolished a few months ago due to
un-repairable corrosion to the thin steel hull.
If this design works we will use it to expand our whole dock and to
replace most of our other barges.
And a welcome sight you are!
Martin H. Eastburn
@ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net
NRA LOH & Endowment Member
NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder
IHMSA and NRA Metallic Silhouette maker & member