MERRY CHRISTMAS. Come join us for Hot Coffee, Tea and cookies. All are welcome

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Posted by robmcc on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 5:36 PM

 

Evening All!

28 with flurries coming.

Wow! Wet floors seems to be the theme this week! I have the air dryer going too as there seems to be a "damp" spot in the basement, on the carpet of course. Ugh...

I watched a bit of President Bush's funeral on my lunch break. The media is certainly running with the "snubbing" incident.

Buckeye - Nice story. Like the engineers outfit! Smile I submitted one too a while back, but didn't make the cut.

RT - Fingers crossed on the house. You need to get that dealt with so you can get that train room going for all of your new Lionchief+ trains!!! ( A little forum cross-over humor for ya!) Laugh

MikeC - That's why I love self-checkouts. Usually can through faster than the cashiers anyways!!

Have a good one and prayers.

Rob

 

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Posted by KRM on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 7:33 PM

robmcc

MikeC - That's why I love self-checkouts. Usually can through faster than the cashiers anyways!!

 Rob

So, I here there are some states like NJ where there are laws against self-serve gas pumps. So are there also laws against self-serve checkouts???? Laugh

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Posted by cheapclassics on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 9:28 PM

Good evening all,

Very quiet day at work.  Bad wrecks that I missed on the way to work.  I took it slow.  Short walk at noon.  Christmas cards are all addressed for friends and family.  Not sure if I will do any for work.  I hope everyone has a good day.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 11:08 PM

Evening folks!

50's today. Looks like rain tomorrow afternoon.

Making progress on the room. Sanded baseboards, puttied up all the holes from thumbtacks (daughters room, ya know what I mean), stripped all the outlet covers and ceiling fan, painted the ceiling, and started all the edge painting with Kilz2. Room was blue and returning it to a beige color like most of the house.

DougM - access is via the walls. Will not break into the slab again. Only did that until we realized pipe had failed. So next time will just reroute with pex through the attic (hopefully no next time). 

Chief - Kev is right, excavating even a crawl space is a problem here. But running pipe through slab is just stupid. Our slab house in Houston had pipe in the ceiling &I walls. Leaks showed up real quick so minor damage.

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Thursday, December 06, 2018 8:34 AM

Employee luncheon and then go south to babysit Grands.

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Posted by sir james I on Thursday, December 06, 2018 8:47 AM

Overcast as usual. Low 30s for the day.

Our local Walmart is the same 25 cashout registers and 2 cashiers. Another local store likewise the same. A really nice store until it's time to leave....thumbs down

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Posted by lion88roar on Thursday, December 06, 2018 9:39 AM

Mornin' Fellas

Very productive morning! Got a major project completed for work, brought wood in from the pile (5th load since yesterday, insert has been going through wood to keep the heat pump from jacking the electric bill!), now to make some calls...

Kev - thanks for the link! That stuff sounds like it will do the job as well as the stuff I was going to buy from HomeDepot. The 20 minute work time beats the 2 - 3 minute work time of the stuff my Dad used, so hopefully will make the job a lot faster. Smile Now just have to work out the timing with The VPQ. Was thinking it would take my Dad and I 3 days to do this project, with the longer work time and shorter drying time we may be able to knock it out in 2 (fingers crossed), Mom even offered to come help paint once the cracks are filled.

Back to work!

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Posted by dbaker48 on Thursday, December 06, 2018 11:19 AM

Good Morning!  Its been a really long time since I've posted!  Been super busy!  Been working on train layouts for the Nixon Presidential Library.  What started out as wiring a 12x24x10' layout, consisting of 2 G-Scale, 3 O-Scale, and 1 HO scale tracks.  Got that completed, then 3 more layouts were brought in!  So they are NOW all set up and running!  They seem to be really pleased.  I know I enjoy watching all the kids come in and admire, some have never seen anything like it.  As a matter of fact tomorrow morning a local TV station (CH 5) is doing a promo at the library featuring all the trains.  I will try and get some pictures posted soon.

Now I have about 14 engines I have to do service and routine maintenance on, so that will take a little time.  (Boy, these engines sure take a beating!  I try to get the Docents to change them out daily, but that doesn't always happen.)

Beyond, that I needed to make a couple of trips to Vegas and back, helping Chris move stuff to his "new" temporary home.  He drove his FJ pulling a trailer, I drove his car.  Then when we unloaded I brought the FJ & trailer back, and he had his car there.  On my way back this past Monday, I get a text from him, he was contacted for an interview for a major utility here in So. Cal..  This could be a major life changing event for him.  So we will see.

Have gotten our outside decorations up, Kay is going to do the tree today.

Situation is about the same with her parents, her Dad still in the rehabilitation hospital, Mother at home.  Kay shuttles them to Dr's as required, as well as daily visitiations to rehab facility.  

Need to get busy, congrats to everyone for what I've missed, and prayers for those in need!

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Posted by Banks on Thursday, December 06, 2018 11:56 AM

Hello there,   

   been going 6 different directions. Appointments, hunting etc. The highlights

lost the brakes on the 04 Blazer on the way home from hunting Saturday. Got a bit interesting since the emergency brake didn't help much. Called AAA for a tow. Need to look at it. I think it blew a brake line.

 

Still no serious lookers on the 00. Dropped the starting price a bit. 

Son got a nice size buck with small 6 point rack last Wednesday.

Been seeing a lot of big deer with scrawny racks. I think they need to be removed from the gene pool. 

Been working off and on putting up outside decorations as weather permits. Friend from church coming Saturday to help do the big tree. That will finish outside. 

      Sunday was the Christmas party for the sister companies that I worked for. As a retiree I was invited and won the door prise  .

Nut


The dang thing is 6 feet tall.

 

RE self checkouts. If they want my money they best have someone there to take it. I've gotten some strange looks when a store emplyee sugested I move to one. I was amazed last week at the local Wallyworld there was a long line at self checkout while there were several cashiers with no one at their station

It last weeks urologist appointment it was recommended I have roto rooter through my prostate. Drugs are not helping and it's only going to get worse. Scheduled for 12/27 so Mrs won't have to use sick days.

Best get back to it


Prayers for those inneed.

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Posted by KRM on Thursday, December 06, 2018 5:36 PM

lion88roar

 
Kev - thanks for the link! That stuff sounds like it will do the job as well as the stuff I was going to buy from HomeDepot. The 20 minute work time beats the 2 - 3 minute work time of the stuff my Dad used, so hopefully will make the job a lot faster. Smile Now just have to work out the timing with The VPQ. Was thinking it would take my Dad and I 3 days to do this project, with the longer work time and shorter drying time we may be able to knock it out in 2 (fingers crossed), Mom even offered to come help paint once the cracks are filled.

Back to work!

 

 

Brent, to finish off the job.

I don't know where you can find this, I get it at Menards but it works great on damp basement walls as a paint & sealer.

Have it on the layout wals and have never seen any water come through.

https://www.menards.com/main/paint/interior-paint-stain/waterproofing/watertite-reg-lx-waterproofing-paint-1-gal/270267/p-1444452989914-c-8033.htm?tid=3739094085871985598&ipos=6

Banks, I know a lot of people that need to be taken out of the gene pool.   Laugh

 One of the loose Bucks running around here took out my favorite pine that we planted as a sapling we got from my friend Mark about 8 or 9 years ago. It was getting real nice and taking hold. This Buck's RUB set it back at least 5 years. Crying

This guy needs to be removed from the gene pool as well. Wink

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Thursday, December 06, 2018 7:19 PM

Evening folks!

Raining and 50. Rain to continue into Sat. 50's and 40's for the next week or so.

Banks - that's some prize and it looks like it lights up!?

Kev - bummer about the pine tree. At least it has a chance. At my first house in 1982 I had a sapling I planted in front of the house on the strip between the sidewalk and street. Nurtured it for years. Around 1987 when it was about 4" in dia we came home one night to find a car on top of it and the tree ripped out of the ground. The front end of the car (think it was a Mazda RX7) had this 4" wide channel/divit into the nose about 18" in. The driver to say the least was 'dazed'.

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Posted by cheapclassics on Thursday, December 06, 2018 9:29 PM

Good evening all,

Quiet day at work again.  Do not mind.  Quiet night at home as well.  Weather was lousy for walk today.  Saw the bling and the shirt for 2019 Mini.  Very very cool.  Medal is etched on both sides this time.  Only second time.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by Banks on Friday, December 07, 2018 6:33 AM

Hello there,

never forget   Pearl Harbor Day. I was pleasantly surprised the local TV station did a nice piece on it this AM.

Roy.....it has some led's on the front. The are bright and distracting to me. Looks better without them. 

Best get on with the day.

 

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Friday, December 07, 2018 9:04 AM

Headed east.  Back tonight.

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Posted by lion88roar on Friday, December 07, 2018 12:02 PM

Afternoon Fellas

Banks - That thing is taller than you! Surprise Dang near taller than me!

Kev - Thanks for all the recommendations! I would have to have the Zinsser product delivered, so probably going with the Behr product from Home Depot. There isn't a Menards within 500 miles of here! Bang Head Closest to here is in NE OH, going there would be a whole day lost on the project.

Fireplace is going through some serious wood! Probably need to get the short logs I cut a couple years ago split this weekend. Should be 'dry' as it has been sitting outside since I dropped the tree and cut it into 18 inch logs, then stacked. Hope to split and stack under the screened porch to finish the drying over the next month or so.

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Posted by KRM on Friday, December 07, 2018 12:38 PM

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Friday, December 07, 2018 9:48 PM

Evening, 

Rained last night, rained all day, raining now, and supposed to stop tomorrow morning. Colder temps on the way - 40's high...

Pearl Harbor remembrance - important. I have visited the Arizona memorial and NPS visitor center. Sobering. Also watched a lot of the Geo H W Bush memorials and the trip to College Station.

Spent the day painting, painting, ugh, painting the room (changing the color my daughter painted it, blue, so lotsa primer) affected by the plumbing issue...only about 1/2 done.

 

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Posted by robmcc on Saturday, December 08, 2018 6:11 AM

Morning All!

Looks to be sunny and mid 20's today. We'll see........

Not much on the go today. I think the Mrs. and I are going out for breakfast and a "little" Christmas shopping this morning. Just waiting for my marching orders. Big Smile

We celebrated my youngest daughter's on Thursday with a steak BBQ. Watched the coverage of the Bush funeral train. That is one sharp locomotive. I'm sure Lionel and MTH will capitalize with some re-issues.....

Kev (and others) - Yeah I know self checkouts are a love 'em or hate 'em thing. I will say though after working a lot of years in retail, there is still only so many labor hours scheduled at any one time, based on historical sales volume data. (Yes, it's far from perfect!) No one is out of a job. The same number of cashiers would be likely scheduled, self checkouts or not. It just gives impatient folks like me another option!! Big Smile It's no different than using a bank machine vs. standing in line.

Brent - I will second Zinsser or Kilz. Great primers and sealers!

Roy - Yes, I know all too well about those tiny wall holes.... ugh. What was worse though was when Jr. had the brainiac idea to put the family dart board in his room!!

Have a good one and prayers.

Rob

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Posted by rtraincollector on Saturday, December 08, 2018 9:09 AM

Okay this is a test, I thought I was posting under this name a while ago but I believe it went under my account I have but normally don't use. anyway I got where the monitors had to clear it, funny didn't the other day when I posted under it. 

Anyway I now own two houses, hope to move in what we really need this coming week. 

Life's hard, even harder if your stupid  John Wayne

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Saturday, December 08, 2018 10:27 AM

Morning team!

42 and still raining. Rain to move out around 5 pm.

Rob - ah yep, my son and one of his buddies years ago decided to use his closet door as the target for a knife throwing contest. Imagine what that was like....

RT - congrats on finally nailing the new house deal!

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to paint I go.....

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Saturday, December 08, 2018 10:42 AM

Morning.  44 chilly degrees.  In for some messy weather.  West of us in for biggie they guess.

Cleaning out DVR by catching up on my DVR'd shows.

Hunt was Ok but not as good as usual.  No shooters.

Later

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Posted by cheapclassics on Saturday, December 08, 2018 10:11 PM

Good evening all,

Quiet day at work Friday.  Sunny weather for walk.  Went to see Creed II Friday night.  Excellent movie.   Well done.  One of the better ones in the Rocky series.  Watched Blue Bloods as well.  Good fall finale.   Went to historical society for open house today.   Very nicely done.   Went to Mass as well and then to Frisch's Big Boy afterward.  They have completely remodeled the place.  Looks nice.  They were busy but the service was good and so was the food.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Sunday, December 09, 2018 7:37 AM

Staying in.  Enjoying the scene.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, December 09, 2018 8:37 AM

Morning all, Cold and rainy. Buckeye got the angle on the snow cannon aimed just right. He got the chief but missed me. :) 

No real plans for today. Probably get some more stuff together we want to take to the new house. ( needed items so we can move in this week. to a point) 

Hope all have a good day. Talk ot you all later

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Posted by sir james I on Sunday, December 09, 2018 8:51 AM

Sun but 19 degrees. 

No snow expected but Da Chief snow will be gone in 2 days around here it would lay on the ground for weeks. yuck. 

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Sunday, December 09, 2018 2:31 PM

Afternoon all!

56 and sunny. Yard is a soggy mess after 2 days of constant rain. Some freezes coming this week. We have been running 5-10 degrees below normal and lotsa rain this fall.

Chuck (Blueberry Hill) would be pleased with the snow canon results in Rosyville NC!

Got the walls of the room (and closet) affected by the water leak repainted yesterday with my son's help. Fabricated an access door to the piping behind the water heater closet. Makes it easy to inspect the repaired area. Access door is in the closet. On to repainting the baseboard trim, window sills, and doors/trim and this room rebuild will finally be completed. Hoping that happens by the end of this week. The doors (2 closet and door to room) will have to be completely stripped or sanded. Daughter did a real number on them.

 

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Posted by ChiefEagles on Sunday, December 09, 2018 2:31 PM

Raining on it and melting it now.

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Posted by 8ntruck on Sunday, December 09, 2018 8:16 PM

Been spending the last few days working on the Polar Express themed open house at the KATY Depot museum.  It was held yesterday.  Somewhere between 400 and 500 people showed up.  Hot chocolate, crafts, Santa Clause, and our Polar Express layout were featured.

I want to post some pictures I took, but need to find a new photo posting site. Photobucket wants $$$$ for third party viewing, so I've got to change to something else.

What are some sites that you all use?

My wife made a Pintrest user for me.  Pintrest supposedly is a photo hosting site.  If it is, that feature is well hidden.  About all I saw when I signed on was a bunch of adds and no visible good way to navigate where I wanted.  Instant opinion formed - TOTALLY USELESS SITE!

I added a track for the Polar Express trolley this year. Everything worked the way I wanted it to on the bench, but it appears the relays to start the trolley at each end of the track gave up after final assembly (9pm Friday night).  I ended up manually starting the trolley with a couple of the orange buttoned postwar momentary contact switches.  Going to set it up on the bench again  to troubleshoot further.

The stars seem to be aligned to close on the 20 acres we are buying in KY. this week.  Going to go shopping for a builder's transit and probably a GPS unit.  I plan to teach myself some surveying skills and develop a more detailed topographic map of the areas of the land we will be building on.

About all for now.

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Posted by dbaker48 on Sunday, December 09, 2018 9:02 PM

Hi guys,

Don't know if this will work, but for those of you interested, a local TV station did an expose on the layouts that we did at the Nixon library.  The link below is a You Tube video.  I'm hoping I can copy the address here.

 A little history of the layouts;

- The first one is all HO, originally built for the Orange County Fair a couple of years ago.  Lloyd and Betsy did all the detail, I assisted a little on the wiring.  She is really fantastic, especially with water scenes.  They describe it well.

- The second one is a snow scene/Christmas layout.  It was built for Bob Eubanks, for a fund raising event he and his daughter was doing in Thousand Oaks.  (Back in 2010 or so.)  After the event he didn't want to buy it, but did rent it at the purchase price.  The layout has been rented a number of times for holiday parties and events.  (I did all the wiring on this one, and initial set up at Eubank's event.)

- The third one was built about 5/6 years ago, and featured a "double helix".  The owner recently passed, and his daughter & SIL wanted Lloyd to buy it back.  After that was all explained, they ended up donating it to the library.  So it was dismantled, re-located, spruced up, then set-up within 4 days.  (Just two weeks ago.)  Then there is ANOTHER interesting story about the train inventory associated with that layout.

- The fourth layout (big one), has 6 operating trains.  2 G-Scale, 3 O-Scale, and 1 HO.  The layout was originally built by another group, and has set in storage for the past 3 years.  Lloyd was asked to bring it back on line.  There are 9 8x12 modules, then all the various mountains to setup.  We did not have any good pictures to use, and went by trial & error.  After we got that done, all the wiring was 20 or 22awg!  So I rewired the entire layout.  And currently we are keeping on top of it for operational issues and maintenance.  So far so good!  We will be taking it down Jan 8th or so.

All in all, they seem to be very satisfied, with the entire display.  I expect that it will be an annual event.

Take care All, and stay healthy!

Wow Roy, I've been wathing what you had to do, WHAT A GREAT JOB !!!

Chief, there may be MORE weather headed your way next week.  Will send it to Bob, and Roy first.  We are suppose to be getting rain tomorrow.

Buckeye, your article was very inspirational !  Good Job!

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Posted by cheapclassics on Sunday, December 09, 2018 10:17 PM

Good evening all,

Spent day in Indy.  Oldest grandaughter's birthday and did some shopping after that.  Weather was sunny and not terribly cold.  I hope everyone has a good day.

Keep on training,

Mike C. from Indiana

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