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Old 11-02-2010, 01:55 AM   #3646
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Wow, that is beautiful Keith, I see what you are talking about a binoviewer.
What they do is to focus both the eyepieces into the center piece in front.

That part goes into the focuser and now you can use both eyes. I would say that more than 99% of astronomers only use one eye.

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With the best of intentions, I started out to do some of the laminate floor this morning.

But she-who-cannot-live-without-the-almighty-generator (even though we have a beautiful sunny day here) decided that today was the day I needed to fix the beast.

We do have three generators, and have quite successfully been using the smaller 2,000 i for some time. But it is a pull start, and the missus doesn't care for that.

Therefore, having very little desire to cook my own dinner, a fix was in order.

It wasn't the usual problem, but after having spent several hours messing about with the *@!!%$#** thing, it's working again....thank heavens.

Now I can return to my normal work day on the house.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:51 PM   #3648
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Last time I did laminate flooring must have been 7 or 8 years ago now, and it wasn't the same kind as what we have here.

It didn't seem to matter where I started, because at some point I was going to run into curved walls...where the heck have I heard that before?

The destructions specify that you should cut downwards on the laminate, in order to avoid any chipping of the surface.

So I dutifully changed the blade in the jigsaw to a downward cutting blade, as per their destructions.

Now the first boards go up against a curved wall, so there will be a long curved cut - just under 12' - which actually spans three rows of the laminate.

I was hoping for a nice clean cut, but regardless of how carefully I cut, this was as good as it got. Notice the chipping.
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I tried a couple of crosscuts with one of my Japanese saws, which please note actually cut upwards on the pull stroke, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

So I was pleasantly surprised with this result.
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Prior to my untimely disturbance this morning, this was the progress to date.
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Prior to my untimely disturbance this morning, this was the progress to date.
It looks like you have the hard part behind you cutting the curved wall. Didn't that dull your pull saw, that is some hard stuff. That is some good looking flooring, it looks more like real wood than most I have seen.

Keith, when do you have to use your generators? My guess would be when it is very cloudy.
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It looks like you have the hard part behind you cutting the curved wall. Didn't that dull your pull saw, that is some hard stuff. That is some good looking flooring, it looks more like real wood than most I have seen.

Keith, when do you have to use your generators? My guess would be when it is very cloudy.
There's plenty more curves where those came from!

So far the saw is fine. I guess now that you have brought it to my attention I will have to watch and see how it lasts.

We don't necessarily have to run the generator just because it is cloudy...sometimes the panels will be providing power anyway even if it is cloudy. Just depends on how bright or dark the cloud is.

If we aren't really using anything, the battery bank can hold its' own. If I am running power tools (all the time!) then we usually will need to run the generator that night to bring the battery bank back up again.
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Almost - but not quite - caught the sunset. I think I need to invent a sunset alarm! Always seem to be just a few minutes too late.
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Almost - but not quite - caught the sunset. I think I need to invent a sunset alarm! Always seem to be just a few minutes too late.
It is still picture perfect, really beautiful Keith.

Buddy, I know that flooring will sure dull a carbide blade so I just figured it may dull your pull saw also. Are you going to run base mould and shoe or 1/4 round. That was a stupid question, you will have too to cover up the expansion space from the flooring to the walls. It does look good.
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I see how you use your generators now, for some reason I was thinking you used the energy straight from the generators instead of the generators recharging you power packs.
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I see how you use your generators now, for some reason I was thinking you used the energy straight from the generators instead of the generators recharging you power packs.
Somewhere back in the thread I think there is a description of the system and maybe even the current battery bank, which is 8 Trojan T-105's.

They are one of the standard batteries for such a system as this. I believe their expected life in a day in day out use system is expected to be about seven years.
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It is still picture perfect, really beautiful Keith.

Buddy, I know that flooring will sure dull a carbide blade so I just figured it may dull your pull saw also. Are you going to run base mould and shoe or 1/4 round. That was a stupid question, you will have too to cover up the expansion space from the flooring to the walls. It does look good.
Ouch! If it dulls carbide, then I had better stop using the saw right now.

I really don't want to chew through one of those blades that fast! I have another pull saw which is meant for cutting plastic pipe...I'm going to try just one cut with that to see if it works.

Otherwise it will be back to the jigsaw with the downward cutting teeth.

Some time back I got my hands on 250 jigsaw blades for the Bosch at a bargain basement price. I must have at least 50 of these blades, so this might be a good place to consume a few of them. After all...that's what they are for.

I haven't decided what kind of moulding to use yet...probably something very simple that I can make up quickly. It's going to take a fair whack to cover all the walls upstairs.
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Good gravy, you bought 250 blades and have only 50 left, buddy you have been doing some heavy cutting. I can't imagine how much 250 Bosch blades would have cost down this way but it would have been a lot.

The flooring is about like MDF on a carbide blade as best I remember.
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Good gravy, you bought 250 blades and have only 50 left, buddy you have been doing so heavy cutting. I can't imagine how much 250 Bosch blades would have cost down this way but it would have been a lot.

The flooring is about like MDF on a carbide blade as best I remember.
Heck no, I have 50 of the downcutting blades. Probably only used 30 or 40 since I got that lot.

The core of this flooring reminds me very much of MDF. But it's the finish on top which is very hard and brittle. I can see that doing some damage.
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Somewhere back in the thread I think there is a description of the system and maybe even the current battery bank, which is 8 Trojan T-105's.

They are one of the standard batteries for such a system as this. I believe their expected life in a day in day out use system is expected to be about seven years.
I remember you posting about you batter bank now, buddy, this getting old is for the birds.

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