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Old 11-26-2011, 09:09 PM   #1966
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Dorf Dude -

It was interesting thay you said "both" were made in plant and I did see a Maserati tag. At one time, I was told that both Ferrari and Mazeratti were owned by Fiat. Could Fiat also own Ducati?

Lamborghini was owned by Audi the last I heard.

I bet you could eat off the floor in the Ducati production line area.

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Old 11-27-2011, 01:40 AM   #1967
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Scoggy, my bike, Cagiva Raptor, actually has a Suzuki motor in it. Cagiva owned Ducati for some years, 1985-96. Then they bought MV Agusta when Ducati got bought by an American based company and went public. Masarati is owned by the Fiat goup. At one time they were owned by Citeroen. The motor's are made at the Ferrari factory on a separate line. If you look back at the history it gets kind of confusing who owned who.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:16 PM   #1968
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I am sorry I have had no time to relply recently... If I understand corectly you are sure that in Poland we build houses using materials being carry-over from Russian factories, we use their technology etc. It's not true. Firstly, we have not been under their occupation. I have never seen soviet soldier despite I am forty so I grown up during communism time. Of course, we were in their influence zone but not under occupation. On the other hand, we were very inconvenient und unpredictable ally for them so we did not take so many patterns, technologies from them. In different parts of Poland we build houses from different matterials, but most popular are ceramic blocks and bricks - not wood, not gaz blocks. Houses from wood were built before II WW, after that generally blocks and concrete. Wooden houses are usually built as cottages. Gaz blocks ( modern techology) are sometimes used in eastern part of Poland but not to often. In past in some regions people built from home made blocks - during communism time it was almost impossible to buy bricks, concrete if someone did not have suitable connections. It was really horrible time but people had to cope. Since 90's Poles are using modern materials. Some try to build different houses according technologies carry-over for example from America, like Canadian Style House but this is not this... Poles like strong walls so this is the reason why even houses made from wood are not popular. It seems to be strange because we have not earthquakes :-)

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Old 12-04-2011, 07:27 PM   #1969
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Andrew -

I am not currently in Poland, but did study the existing construction and present construction.

My reference to the "Russian" systems was based on the older products and the new products using available materials. As you are aware many of the older products and some current materials that were made in the large Polish/Russian factories or the that were "privatized" in the late 1990's. Some prime examples are the huge complexes that produced the old Russian products such as a power plant the may use the steam and fly ash in the production of "Gaz" concrete (lightweight concrete), cement production that some of the byproducts in cement Very ofter the horrible prestressed and pre-cast concrete products were also made in these huge complexes and some also made wire. Since then, portions have been closed or converted to produce improved products or or new products using the same materials and resources. The horrible 20 story precsat apartment buildings that are an unfortunate reminder of the old period and standardized construction. These buildings are currently failing because of maintenance required and the maintenance that was not done. Because of the old mistakes, the old massive buildings are not as common as they were and are now made using some Gaz concrete or hollow clay tile because of the desire for sound proofing, fire resistance and a long life.

In order to create jobs and give people a change to exercise their new right to possibly acquire land, the U.S. Bricklayers Union was brought in to run a bricklaying scool for new masons in Poland. the schools were impressive.

Fortunately, the changes made the construction of some magnificent possible. The Polish airport terminal and parking ramp are two examples done by my Polish Architect friend that also did the Ford upholstery plant and Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut restaurants. There are also many fine examples of modern construction as evidenced by the auto dealers, electronic companies, and retail stores in the the Western style of design, construction methods and finish materials.

The finish, hardware and miscellaneous construction materials were often inported as the local manufacturing facities could be brought on like in spite of the regulations.

It is ironic that the first major structure in Warsaw after the separation was the reconstruction of the old city square made with the original drawings, original materials, original methods to create a magnificent setting. It was too bad they did not replace the very large, very ugly building in the center of Warsaw that many people hated.

I wandered through Poland looking at materials, material resources, construction methods and future plans. This ranged from the small country home made from Gaz concrete to the larger steel fabricating plants ans was impressed by the skills. The identical plants for steels concrete precast Gaz were always remaining because I saw identical plants in all of Eastern Europe and Poland that were identical to Russian plants. I always returned to Poland whenever possible since I also traveled to Misk and Russia (out to the Urals).

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11 more days and I'm back home. Might even have a new job that will keep me off the road. I don't even know what my first project will be when I get back. Anything outside is probably out of the question. Winter is setting in in Germany. I can't wait to start putting up project pic's again, dorf dude...
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We can't wait for you to get back at it again Shu. I'm sure all of us are looking forward to see your terrific build unfold.
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I am sure that between your projects roaming around in your mind, Mai will possibly provide some additional direction.

Some of those minor completions can be disturbing and troublesome when you face then again.

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Got out today to an Olive Oil Museum and a Winery and Museum. I made a deal with my dog sitter that I would bring her some wine. The first pic is an Olive press. The 2nd and 3rd are from the Wine Museum. The tractor still runs. Here are a couple pic's and a link to the Olive Oil Museum.

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Hey Shu.,

That tractor look very simauir to the Lanz tractor and they are semi diesel engine and one instering part that if you are not carefull they can run backward without effort.

I know one model of Lanz can do that pretty easy to put in " reverse " by slow the engine to point where it will stop a little then watch the flywheel slow down to point where it reverse the rotation then open up the fuel valve then it will run backward.

Just be aware they do have very good toqure level and they don't run very fast ( RPM or T/min ) as modern one are also they will "jump" a little during idle.

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Wow, I can't believe I finally got to the end, thank goodness you went on vacation otherwise I still wouldn't be done yet!
Amazing work on everything, can't wait to see what you do when you get back!

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Wow, I can't believe I finally got to the end, thank goodness you went on vacation otherwise I still wouldn't be done yet!
Amazing work on everything, can't wait to see what you do when you get back!

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Bill I'm not on vacation. Were training Troops before they go into Harm's way. The first project will installing a dog door for Mia. I hope I left enough room to the left of the front door dorf dude...
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Dorf Dude -

The dog door: Being gone for almost a month + winter coming + a lonesome Mia = A good starting point and a more comfortable winter.

How cold will it be there when you get home and later in the winter?

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The dog door: Being gone for almost a month + winter coming + a lonesome Mia = A good starting point and a more comfortable winter.

How cold will it be there when you get home and later in the winter?

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Dick, I've been gone almost 3 months. That's why I was getting very motivated before I left. I knew winter would be set in when I returned. My home area is getting snow and massive winds right now. Great welcome home present! Adding on the front room will definatly make for a warmer more comfortable winter in the house. Mia will have a good place to hang out too. dorf dude...
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My cousin posted this video. It really hits the spot!
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It only took the better part of a week but I am caught up. I started my kitchen and found this site. I am finishing my kitchen and found this thread. What an amazing transformation! I have enjoyed this very much and thank you for doing it...and thank you for traveling these last three weeks so I could catch up!

Keep up the good work. It is truly astounding.

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