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Old 05-21-2014, 07:48 PM
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All-thread is made from ungraded steel, very low strength unless you buy special stuff at a pipe hanger supply house ($$$$). A trip to the spring shop should set you up with some strong custom-bent U-bolts at a reasonable price.
Yeah, my son suggested a place near where he works for the custom u-bolts. I think it's time I check that out.

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No load on the bed, I would suspect the wood drying out as opposed to bolt stretch. I am using much the same set up and have had to draw down on my bolts a bit. The stringers I used had been cut and in the dry for about six months prior to installation on Blue. Note to self: Check bolts again tomorrow.
Hmmm. Hadn't even considered wood shrinkage, but the wood I used was never dried to my knowledge, so that makes more sense than just the extreme bouncing. I got it from a local lumber yard. The bouncing made the problem noticeable. But all the Nylocks were loose! That really surprised me. So I bet the wood did shrink.

And it's a good thing I checked everything too, because the right brake light bracket was also bent and weakened from the bouncing. The left is already reinforced to hold the license plate. Now the right is also reinforced.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:04 PM
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And I know everyone on FTE is waiting for me to rebuild my generator.

Oh, wait. You forgot? You didn't know?

Well, anyway, the rebuild is scheduled for Friday, and I will post pics.

Tomorrow is wine tasting in Temecula Valley! WooHoo! I love vacation! They have some really good vineyards in Temecula.

I'm gonna love retirement! 70 working days left!
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Well, that didn't happen on Friday as promised. I smashed my finger, split open the fingernail and the swelling made it hard to grip a wrench.

Film at eleven...
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Well, that didn't happen on Friday as promised. I smashed my finger, split open the fingernail and the swelling made it hard to grip a wrench.

Film at eleven...
Well Joe don't miss any work from your finger. You will just have to make
up the days and it will be that many more till retirement.
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Well Joe don't miss any work from your finger. You will just have to make
up the days and it will be that many more till retirement.
I'm off work until next Wednesday, so I won't be missing any work because of my finger. It'll take a lot more than that to push my retirement date back!
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Well, that didn't happen on Friday as promised. I smashed my finger, split open the fingernail and the swelling made it hard to grip a wrench.

Film at eleven...
That must have been some wild wine tasting
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It was a barrel of fun, for sure. We brought home 11 bottles of wine and 2 of almond champagne from 3 vineyards. We had a great lunch at a 4th vineyard, but their wines were not good.

But the finger smashing happened while I was working on the truck. I'd much preferred a knuckle busting to a finger smashing, but accidents don't offer a choice. I'm not really a sissy, but it hurt so bad I almost passed out. Guess it's a good thing I was never a POW.
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Back in the day I was building a safety rail over a filter bed at the water treatment plant in Omaha. Had a brand new hammer with a waffle head that I wasn't quite used to. Smashed my left thumb and split the nail. Man that hurt. The next week I smacked it again doing the same thing. That time it really hurt.
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If the split nail lets the pressure out you may not have to drill a small hole in the nail to relieve the pressure.
My wife actually let me drill one of her fingernails on my WWII twin spindle drill press.

I usually drill my own but it has been a few years since that was necessary.
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If the split nail lets the pressure out you may not have to drill a small hole in the nail to relieve the pressure.
My wife actually let me drill one of her fingernails on my WWII twin spindle drill press.

I usually drill my own but it has been a few years since that was necessary.
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The swelling's already gone down a lot. I can actually bend my finger at the knuckle now which I couldn't do yesterday. And it's split a little forward of the nail too, so it was oozing pretty good before. Now, I think it's on track to start healing.

I just don't want to hit it again.
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That sucks. Hope it heals pretty quick.
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That sucks. Hope it heals pretty quick.
Thanks Jay. It's getting better every day.

Hope everyone has a really nice day tomorrow. Take a moment to be thankful for those for whom we celebrate Memorial Day.
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