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Ideas needed!

A friend of mine used to work for an aircraft repair facility as a parts manager. Over the years, she accumulated a collection of spares, demos and non-functional/not reliably functional items pulled for replacement. Last night, she sent me home with these with orders to do something cool with them. So, what are your…

Ultrasonic cleaning!

With a seemingly constant supply of grubby bits that need cleaning for various projects, I sucked it up last week and ordered myself an ultrasonic cleaner. It’s faster, cheaper and less of a hassle than using buckets of Chem-Dip and cans of brake cleaner. I have to say, this is one of my new favorite things. Just look…

Help me pick a car!

Unfortunately, no, it’s not anything even remotely fun, but it’s time for my wife’s ‘05 Town & Country to be taken out to the back 40 and shot. We’re wide open to suggestions as long as it has 3 rows and room for 7, and ideally not another van, or a honking huge SUV. Yes, I know, this puts me squarely in the much…

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New toy!

Because I’m a giant dork who likes engines, and needs constant amusement at my desk, I got myself a new toy. It’s a teeny, tiny little Stirling external combustion engine. This one is from China, but is extremely well made. Everything is nicely machined and/or stamped, with a mirror polished metal base. The flywheel…

One month on two wheels.

As of yesterday, it’s been 1 month since getting my motorcycle license. During that time, I’ve ridden to work every day. I’ve also ridden everywhere else I had to go that I could ride a bike, so if I wasn’t dropping a kid off somewhere, buying something not easily transportable on 2 wheels, or traveling on the…