Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Crown Victoria Tailpipe Hanger Replacement

Time for another car repair DIY guide for my 2005 Crown Victoria.
I had taken my car to an exhaust shop for what I thought was an exhaust leak. Instead I given a diagnosis for an unrelated issue. The tailpipe was hanging pretty loose. I guess I noticed the symptoms but I had no idea this was the cause of it until I fixed it.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Lemon Bars

"I need lemons.... lots of lemons."
Well maybe not need, but I ended up with a bunch of lemons thanks to a generous friend. What does one do when life gives you lemons? Use them to cook.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Transplanting Avocado Trees

Today, we are going to be transplanting my buddy's two biggest avocado trees from these pots into a more permanent location in the ground.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Grain Mill Part 6 - Failed Roller Idea

When constructing the rollers for the grain mill, my original intent was to clad them with this stainless steel tubing because it felt more sanitary than having regular steel contacting the grain.  This didn't entirely work out for a few reasons.
Here we begin right after I had just finish turned the rollers to size.  The size was chosen for a press fit of this 2.5" diameter stainless tubing.  I began by hammering it onto the roller.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Grain Mill Part 5 - Nut Cracking Wheel

My vision for a grain mill that also cracks nuts didn't exactly work out the first time.  The major flaw was that putting a round nut between a driven and idle roller caused the second roller to spin backwards.  What I needed was a roller with lobes on it that would grip the nuts and force them into the other wheel instead of just slipping.

I had two options for making this;  1.  I could start with round material and mill a bunch of slots in the sides, or 2.  I could start with a rectangular piece, drill a bunch of holes in it, then cut it out with the band saw and turn it on the lathe.  I chose the second option because it sounded like more fun.