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Old 03-09-20, 12:36 PM
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The garage (building) is finished! Spent the past week finishing the interior, got the home Wifi node set up in the attic, and reestablished the connection to the other garage/wife's hidey hole. Got a couple of house chores to do in the next day or so, primarily getting the Income Tax done, and then I start plumbing for the air system. Compressor and bottom half of the toolbox scheduled to be picked up this weekend.

So far, my hoped for 1 April finishing date is staying on schedule.


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Inside, giving an idea what I've got when the wife's car is parked. Usually, it's outside when I work.
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This city dweller is drooling... Dream garage, lookin good! I'm glad it's working out after that heartbreaking fire.
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Doing your part, I see. I contribute also.

"Virginia has the highest U.S. vanity plate penetration rate (16.19%), followed by New Hampshire (13.99%), Illinois (13.41%), Nevada (12.73%), Montana (9.8%), Maine (9.7%), Connecticut (8.14%), New Jersey (6.8%), North Dakota (6.5%) and Vermont (6.1%). Texas had the lowest vanity plate penetration rate (0.5%)"
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Doing your part, I see. I contribute also.

"Virginia has the highest U.S. vanity plate penetration rate (16.19%), followed by New Hampshire (13.99%), Illinois (13.41%), Nevada (12.73%), Montana (9.8%), Maine (9.7%), Connecticut (8.14%), New Jersey (6.8%), North Dakota (6.5%) and Vermont (6.1%). Texas had the lowest vanity plate penetration rate (0.5%)"
Me too. It's only $10, why not?

Nice looking shop. I'm a little jealous. I gotta guy working on a design for a patio and driveway with storage shop for me. I'm a little nervous how pricey it's gonna be.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Doing your part, I see. I contribute also.

"Virginia has the highest U.S. vanity plate penetration rate (16.19%), followed by New Hampshire (13.99%), Illinois (13.41%), Nevada (12.73%), Montana (9.8%), Maine (9.7%), Connecticut (8.14%), New Jersey (6.8%), North Dakota (6.5%) and Vermont (6.1%). Texas had the lowest vanity plate penetration rate (0.5%)"
Oh hell, yeah. The only vehicle I've owned in 21 years living down here that has a standard issue license plate is my van. And that's only because the SYKE plate got moved to the car when I got it a few weeks ago, and I haven't figured out what I want to put on it yet. The car is SYKE, the motorcycles are SYKE1, SYKE2, and SYKE3, Maggie's car is NO ANGEL (my late wife had the same thing on her car - it fits both of them, although Patti had to work at it a bit).

One holdup is that I lost five pairs of car vanity plates in the fire, well loved ones that I periodically cycled thru. Probably going back to either RNDHEAD (Roundhead) or SHRT MKR (shirtmaker) on the van. Just haven't had the time with working on the garage. And reenactment season starts in two weeks.
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Looking good!

Just curious: Is the interior sheathing fire rated?

Speaking of vanity plates. Here in NH, where we only have just over a million residents (and it's predicted that the 2020 census will reveal a population drop), our nearly 14% goes a long way. I've had 3 different vanity tags over the course of my 19 years living here. Currently I'm running in stealth mode!


Something C&V I picked up for @cudak888 and it still needs to be shipped to FL!!!!
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Speaking of vanity plates. Here in NH, where we only have just over a million residents (and it's predicted that the 2020 census will reveal a population drop), our nearly 14% goes a long way. I've had 3 different vanity tags over the course of my 19 years living here. Currently I'm running in stealth mode!
With that dealer plate that says "Live Free and Drive," you are definitely in stealth mode for any rider of a two-wheeled object

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I had the VELO plate on my old Dasher wagon in the '80s but moved away and then back and never got back into the plate thing until recently when I picked up a little something for our Vanagon. That accent mark, by the way, is Austro-Daimler touchup paint for an SL/SLE that we had in the shop at the time.



Back to the new structure, I was going to make a smartass remark about the crappy old floor detracting from the new building when I realized you need not worry about spills of anything staining and ruining a new slab. Very clever of you.
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Back to the new structure, I was going to make a smartass remark about the crappy old floor detracting from the new building when I realized you need not worry about spills of anything staining and ruining a new slab. Very clever of you.
Up until two days ago I had planned on anything from a basic battleship grey paint job thru having one of those expensive, fancy always-perfectly-clean epoxy garage floors with the Raleigh logo in the center. And then, while at Home Depot going thru the paint department and looking at the DIY alternatives, the thought struck me . . . . . . . . I needed one reminder of what used to be. As the rest of the old garage was hauled off in charred bits, all that's left was the staining on the floor as a reminder of what was.

And so, it shall stay. I hate painting, anyhow.
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Something C&V I picked up for @cudak888 and it still needs to be shipped to FL!!!!
I need to find one of those. Soon. I'm getting to the point where I'd really like to replace most of my fancy road bikes with a bunch of good old stodgy roadsters. I find I'm riding them more than any of my more modern bikes.

The OSB used to panel the walls is whatever Home Depot keeps in stock. I'll freely admit I'm not worrying that much regarding fire-proofness. I figured I've had my lightning strike, on that site, anyway.
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I need to find one of those. Soon. I'm getting to the point where I'd really like to replace most of my fancy road bikes with a bunch of good old stodgy roadsters. I find I'm riding them more than any of my more modern bikes.
You'll hate me, but I got that '51 off eBay for all of $75.

From the looks of it, it is in better shape than my existing one, and should polish up ridiculously well too. Front fender is probably the only slightly rough bit.

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You'll hate me, but I got that '51 off eBay for all of $75.

From the looks of it, it is in better shape than my existing one, and should polish up ridiculously well too. Front fender is probably the only slightly rough bit.

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...if it ever gets shipped from NH to FL!

I'm about to leave on sabbatical and plan to be back in NH for a few weeks in late April to early May. Maybe in that time frame. I'm supposed to then head to Italy southern France and Greece for a month+. At this particular moment--- that trip is not looking very likely.
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I'm supposed to be in St. Augustine the last weekend of April - if that helps.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
Speaking of vanity plates. Here in NH, where we only have just over a million residents (and it's predicted that the 2020 census will reveal a population drop), our nearly 14% goes a long way. I've had 3 different vanity tags over the course of my 19 years living here. Currently I'm running in stealth mode!
You mean the folks from Massachusetts are finally leaving?!

I used to have "ALEWIFE" for my vanity plates. But then I decided my driving habits were too sketchy and having the plate made it easier to find/remember me. I had a car that I purchased from Grappone many moons ago and I peeled off the vinyl letters until it just read "RAP ON Ford".

Nice looking garage there! But way too empty. Need more bikes.
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...if it ever gets shipped from NH to FL!

I'm about to leave on sabbatical and plan to be back in NH for a few weeks in late April to early May. Maybe in that time frame. I'm supposed to then head to Italy southern France and Greece for a month+. At this particular moment--- that trip is not looking very likely.
There's no rush, Bob - I keep trying to put together the shipping funds in PayPal only to get antsy every three weeks and spend it

As for the little trip...not likely or advisable. Later on in the year ought to be a much better choice. Might even be able to get a flight that isn't packed like sardines.

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Nice looking garage there! But way too empty. Need more bikes.
The workbench got built today. Tomorrow is a double shelf for the car side of the garage for chemicals, car care products, anything not having to do with the workshop. Friday, pick up the compressor and start laying in the air piping.

Once that's done, it's just a matter of buying tools/equipment and installing them. 1 April is looking a bit on the conservative side.

On the downside, all three of my commuters are out of action. Both roadsters are down with flat tires, and 40-635 tubes aren't something you find at WalMart. Coming home from today's ride, my Raleigh Sprite (S5) snapped the right pedal.

This is when the loss of the parts department really hurts.
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On the downside, all three of my commuters are out of action. Both roadsters are down with flat tires, and 40-630 tubes aren't something you find at WalMart. Coming home from today's ride, my Raleigh Sprite (S5) snapped the right pedal.

This is when the loss of the parts department really hurts.
This is when to call your city to find out if they want to get rid of any dockless bicycles that they seized off the public ROW last year . Instant 3-speed parts source.

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This is when to call your city to find out if they want to get rid of any dockless bicycles that they seized off the public ROW last year . Instant 3-speed parts source.

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Richmond hasn't had a dockless bike problem. We've got a docked bicycle system that's slowly dying on the vine since the dockless scooters arrived last year. On the second try. The first time, some firm showed up one night and dumped a load of them around the city. The next morning, since they hadn't asked permission, the city had the street crews out and confiscated them all. Said company came back to negotiate shortly afterwards, and their second batch of scooters were allowed to stay.
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Richmond hasn't had a dockless bike problem. We've got a docked bicycle system that's slowly dying on the vine since the dockless scooters arrived last year. On the second try. The first time, some firm showed up one night and dumped a load of them around the city. The next morning, since they hadn't asked permission, the city had the street crews out and confiscated them all. Said company came back to negotiate shortly afterwards, and their second batch of scooters were allowed to stay.
Did the first batch of scooters get perma-impounded by the city, or were they released after negotiations?

I've been meaning to see if a low-cost e-bike can be built with using nothing but the stock guts from a retired Segway Ninebot ES-series scooter. Motor wheel mounted on a rack driving the rear wheel of the bike with stock motor controller and hardware.

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Did the first batch of scooters get perma-impounded by the city, or were they released after negotiations?
They were never claimed and were eventually auctioned off.

https://richmondbizsense.com/2019/10...into-richmond/

"The remnants of Bird’s initial launch from last summer recently found new homes last month, as a local towing company began selling off the impounded scooters that Bird never claimed."
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They were never claimed and were eventually auctioned off.

https://richmondbizsense.com/2019/10...into-richmond/

"The remnants of Bird’s initial launch from last summer recently found new homes last month, as a local towing company began selling off the impounded scooters that Bird never claimed."
Darn it, a few months too late.

Back to the regularly scheduled shed programming...sorry for the hijack, Syke.

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On the downside, all three of my commuters are out of action. Both roadsters are down with flat tires, and 40-635 tubes aren't something you find at WalMart. Coming home from today's ride, my Raleigh Sprite (S5) snapped the right pedal..
I may still have one of the pedals from my 68 Sprite around. I'll have to check and see what side. originals had one repaired by welding the nut on so I replaced them. It would be this style.
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...if it ever gets shipped from NH to FL!

I'm about to leave on sabbatical and plan to be back in NH for a few weeks in late April to early May. Maybe in that time frame. I'm supposed to then head to Italy southern France and Greece for a month+. At this particular moment--- that trip is not looking very likely.
probbably wouldn’t recommend it this soon, and summer-fall ain’t looking good either from what has been happening. I would suggest getting a postponement while companies may be inclined to allow it without much financial hit, and then wait for definite improvements in .europe before trying again.
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I may still have one of the pedals from my 68 Sprite around. I'll have to check and see what side. originals had one repaired by welding the nut on so I replaced them. It would be this style.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/vintage-Ral...r/254525684171
I've had one of those fly off the spindle before. Nylon bushings.

Syke, would you be interested in the 1974-1982 Union Raleigh rubberblocks I removed from my '80 Sports?

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Soooo close! Something for your new place if you just transpose the letters.

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