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Old 05-27-2010, 11:34 PM   #1156
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I have a mantra stuck in my head "POC from the ROC" Make it stop! dorf dude...

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Old 05-28-2010, 05:55 AM   #1157
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Oh my goodness. I have so many questions I don't even know where to start Coco! One thing is I didn't realize that this was almost 2 yrs worth of reading! Second the folks that have responded to this thread have made it even more interesting (just found out that Shu has his own remodling going on and I will be checking THAT out!).

I'll start with....on page 69 I see there is a flag pole, is it still there? And do you still fly the Canadian flag?

I'm also a classic car enthusiast, and the Roadster is fantastic! What a multi talented guy you are Keith! Wow, just wow.

That's all for now. And since you drove a school bus once, you know that I have to be at work....to keep the "little darlin's" from wrecking the school house these few last days of school!

"I'll...be baaaaack."
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:26 AM   #1158
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I have a mantra stuck in my head "POC from the ROC" Make it stop! dorf dude...
One thing I will say for the Chinese, at least they put the country of origin on what they make. This has nothing. I think it is Korean, but I really don't know for sure.

I can tell you this though, I don't recommend that anyone buy one of these unless you are prepared to spend way too much time doing "fixes".

Now I have discovered that the roller tray which holds the tiles while you cut them is not flat.

So that just as you get to the end of the cut, the last 1/4" or so will snap rather than cutting cleanly. It dips right in the middle under the blade cut line.

I have a two ton arbor press which I may try to flatten it out with.

Failing that, I could make some sort of a metal truss on the underside which could be adjustable. All I would need to do would be to attach a piece of 3/8" or 1/2" thick metal to the underside of the tray (bolted on), drill a hole under the middle and tap that. Insert a bolt and put pressure on the tray. It should straighten out.

But again, that's one of those things that shouldn't be necessary.

More on the blankety blank water pump later.
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:35 AM   #1159
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Oh my goodness. I have so many questions I don't even know where to start Coco! One thing is I didn't realize that this was almost 2 yrs worth of reading! Second the folks that have responded to this thread have made it even more interesting (just found out that Shu has his own remodling going on and I will be checking THAT out!).

I'll start with....on page 69 I see there is a flag pole, is it still there? And do you still fly the Canadian flag?

I'm also a classic car enthusiast, and the Roadster is fantastic! What a multi talented guy you are Keith! Wow, just wow.

That's all for now. And since you drove a school bus once, you know that I have to be at work....to keep the "little darlin's" from wrecking the school house these few last days of school!

"I'll...be baaaaack."
Oh, I can see you are going to have a great time on this site!

And just as soon as you get to know Shu a little bit, you'll discover what a terrific guy he is and what a massive project he has undertaken. I always make sure to visit his thread at least once a day just to see what trouble he's got himself into!!!
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Old 05-28-2010, 10:40 AM   #1160
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Sorry...forgot to answer the flag question.

No, that pole is gone now. But I have a long aluminum pole which came off a commercial fish boat here. I may use that to raise the flag on. And yes, we still have a big flag.

I am thinking of mounting the flag pole in the middle of the circle of the stairs which go up to the master bedroom deck. That ought to be moderately convenient and it would be stable.

If that turns out not to be long enough, I will find a skinny tree and make a pole out of that.
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Old 05-28-2010, 01:25 PM   #1161
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Cleaned out the saw tray this morning and discovered that the clever designer had put all these little channels in the tray which are totally useless. Much better if everything simply drained to the drain hole.

Far too much time to clean it out. I know it's hard to see the channels here as I have just added a couple of gallons of water.
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The pump cavity is in its' own little world. As long as the water in the tray remains above the sides here, it will fill with water.
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The pump is a very tight fit in those little fingers. Plus, it hits the guide bar there on the left side.
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There was no practical way to clean that cavity out, and the sediment which is carried in by the water, was slowly but surely filling in below the pump. Yet another brilliant design flaw.

So I drilled a hole to get rid of the mess.
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That seemed to work OK, so I made a plug out of a short piece of dowel for it.
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When I first tried to run the pump this morning, it did not pump at all. I could hear it running, but nothing would come out of the tube.

I expect it was starting to sediment up inside. So I put it in a bucket of water and let it run for a few minutes and that did the trick. This means that I should do the same thing every day when I'm finished using it to keep it clean.

Here it is running OK with a tray full of water.
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To address the tube problem, I picked up a 4 foot length of thin copper pipe yesterday to replace the far too short plastic.

The longest tile I anticipate cutting is 20" (that's how big the kitchen counter tiles are) so I bent the copper to extend about 22" past where the saw cuts.

The copper is a little smaller than the plastic, so I tried adding several layers of teflon tape to make it fit better.
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It was one of those earth shatteringly fabulous ideas which didn't work at all!

Water still sprayed out all over the place.

So instead of that, I warmed the end of the copper and pushed a short piece of plastic over it, which fit just fine inside the fitting.
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Same stunt at the pump end. Here the pump is running and NO LEAKS!
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Also picked up some more tiles which I will be cutting up to make the accent border from on the shower floor. They are just a trace darker (that's a good thing) than the tiles used up on the top border of the shower.

You'll see them later.

Have a guest coming for lunch in a few minutes, so gotta go.

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