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Old 05-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #7666
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That is just too neat Keith, you come up with some really cool stuff. If you happen to have your camera when close to the lift would you post a picture of the motor and mech, that would be interesting to see.
If the weather is OK tomorrow Jim, I'll get a pic or two. I don't know what it was originally built for, but it's as tough as nails.

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Yesterday I tried several different patterns for the mini shingles going inside the stairwell. This was about the only one that worked, but in the photo it doesn't look that good.

I tried using the air nailer with staples, but the gun was too potent and just blew the staples right through the shingles. Lowered the air pressure in the compressor and the gun setting, still no joy. So it looks like I will need to use some sort of glue. Silicone would work, but I don't know what I have here. A hot glue gun would work as well, and as luck would have it I had just moved the blue box containing the gun and glue sticks out to the sailboat to be moved away. So, it was another trip to the boat to retrieve it.
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Prior to fixing the shingles to the wall, I painted it flat black.

I expect some of you know this little trick, but a few may not.

If you are going to put something on a wall and there may be very tiny gaps, the lighter colour of the wall will show through and that doesn't look right. If you paint the wall like this, it eliminates or seriously reduces the lines coming through. Since most walls are drywall - not here of course - the white of the drywall really shows up.

The first time I used this was on a job up at the King Edward Hotel in Revelstoke where we were applying Laif to the walls at $1,000.00 a roll! Didn't need that to look tacky!
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When I was varnishing the small tabletop yesterday, I noticed that it had not been glued down. Fixed that in a hurry...nothing like some heavy hardwood and a couple of solid guitar bodies along with the clamps to help.
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It was cutout time for the carpet on the steps to the solarium yesterday as well.

I made paper patterns for the carpet, because of the irregular shapes. This is by far the easier of the two.
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I like where you're going with that stairwell!
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Beautiful cumulus clouds over Vancouver Island yesterday afternoon. That's a good weather sign. However, we also had a halo around the sun earlier in the afternoon, which indicates rain within 24 hours. I guess today we will find out which one of mother nature's forecasts was right.
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I like where you're going with that stairwell!
Thanks Alex, personally I have some reservations, but I guess later today we'll find out what it's going to look like. Fingers crossed.
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Jim: It's still not yet 7 am here, but I went and took some pics of the lift for you anyway...here's how it works. This is pic of the thing just sitting there. You can see the big old motor at the back (left side), which drives a shaft by a rubber belt. That in turn has a chain drive on the near side which powers the drum that holds the wire.
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Now you're looking down on top of the drum that holds the wire. The steel post sticking up in the air has the on/off reversing switch on top, and the lever sticking out of the right hand side is the brake.
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By the way, that black plastic line in the previous pic is the main water line running from the communal well pump to the properties past my place out to the end of the spit.

OK, I think you might be able to make out the adjustment for the motor here. About every three or four years I have to tighten the belt drive up a bit. It's a pretty crude arrangement, but you loosen the bolts holding the motor on to the base and tighten up that long bolt pushing up against the motor.
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Here you have a decent view of the belt drive from the motor to the middle shaft. The lever sticking up in the air is the clutch mechanism.
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By the way, that black plastic line in the previous pic is the main water line running from the communal well pump to the properties past my place out to the end of the spit.
Yikes! Awful close and exposed in a risky area!
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This is the brake which you apply as soon as the lift gets to the top of the track. If you forget, the lift starts on its' merry way back down again!
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OK last one...usually the drum spreads the wire evenly across itself. But sometimes I don't get the wire in the right groove in the wood in the top of the track. It has worn a number of grooves over the years in the wood.

The on/off switch is operated in the time honoured fashion using a pair of pliers or vise grips, whichever is at hand. It used to have a plastic knob, but the sun degraded that over a period of years and it broke off.

Please note the weeds growing around the lift here, after all it has been sitting there for some 15 years. No extra charge for the weeds. The lift itself is prevented from going down the bank by an old rope which ties it to an even older tree stump. Don't laugh...it still works!
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