Archive for the ‘Mechanics’ Category

Great Uncle Bills Steam Engine

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

My great uncle Bill was handy in a machine shop.  He built this working miniature steam engine at some point yet undetermined during his life span from 9-09-1898 to  July 1974.


Ohio Surplus and Salvage Material Shops

Saturday, December 10th, 2016


  • Star Supply – Youngstown
  • General Machinery Movers – 1004 John Glenn Dr, Cleveland Ohio – (216) 524-7600:  Had 36" x 84" steel fire doors.  Sold out?

Rack Parts Summary

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

I have a 19 inch rack cabinet and it requires some pieces to be a complete set for usage with servers.  The first thing missing is the left hand rack rail.  I had to fish around to find the correct term by looking at images of  rack parts.


The rack rail in the cabinet has 32 units height.   For my purposes I am going to need rack trays to support the servers.

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Churchill Custom Motorcycles in China

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Winston takes the 2 common cheap Chinese motorcycles on their domestic market and works them over to produce a much better product.

Video: How to install an Android Tablet as a stereo in your car

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Video: Ipad Mini Golf 4

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Video: VW Golf Mk4 Window Regulator Replacement

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Ohio Auction Houses for building material

Thursday, October 20th, 2016


U Haul Trailer Hitch Design

Sunday, October 16th, 2016


Specifications & Measurements

  • Hitch ball size: 1 7/8  or  2 inch ball.
  • Maximum hitch height is specified as 25 inches
  • Measured natural height of trailer hitch ball receiver:  19 inches ground to bottom ( stopped by a U Haul to get this number.  It applies to the hitch seen in the diagram above.  Simpler version without auto safety break will be slightly lower. 
  • Height of the top of the square of my hitch receiver is: 14.5 inches

A rise of about 3 inches would put the hitch at the natural height.  Will use the bigger ball.


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4way1 4flat-wiring1 

My best guess is that the converter consists of some connections or resisters + connections at a minimum.  Will enter what I find here later.

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The trailer hitch design height used worked for a 2100 mile journey.  Grateful that is over.

How to Paint an Interior Wall

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

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