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Drill and Tap with Mag Drill Continued

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:21 am

Turning the corner took a couple hours. Even with all the labor saving tricks, it takes time to move EVERYTHING around. Prep and setup time is always time well-spent. I worked hard for safety, taped my electric cord to the floor so no one could trip over it. I keep everything totally CLEAN. Metal chips get slick and crud up the base of the mag drill, compromising accuracy. I tweaked the drill around on it's base to get a bigger contact are for the magnet. Should help spread out over problem areas and improve accuracy. I can drill just a little faster too with more magnet to push against.

We bid this at 15 minutes per hole. If I have every single item, chuck key, transfer punch, drill bit, tap, bolts, ratchet, rubber mallet, vacuum, air hose and rags oriented exactly the same all the time I get one done in 5 1/2 minutes. I have a true gift for repetitive work and bid jobs are usually my dream world!

Had to un-tuck my shirt. I was getting drill chips in my socks. Yes. Really!

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There is a burr at the bottom of this hole on the right. Sometimes when a drill bit breaks through a hole it forms a round chip the size of the bit and often it hangs on by a little bit of metal. On a bad day this burr catches on the bit, rides up the spiral flute on the bit and jams sideways in the hole. I did not get a shot of that one, or the tool I used to remove it, note to self to take pic of deburring tool.

I figured out this had happened when my tap (a threading tool used so a bolt can screw in the hole) failed to start in a hole under its' own steam. Removed tap put drill bit back in, re-drilled the hole. Removed drill bit and tried tap again. No go. VERY tempting to force the tap at this point. Great way to break off a tap. I took the tap out. Got a light. Saw the burr jammed in the hole. Removed the burr. Drilled the hole again.


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Tried the tap again. It slid right through.

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Last hole for the rails. Walking the mag drill in place. Transfer punch in the drill to line everything up perfectly before locking the drill down. Pays to check it is still lined up after locking it down too.

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I also broke a drill bit today. Felt it go with a little "ting". Can't HEAR with ear plugs in. It is all feeling through a hole I cannot see. Since I have broken drill bits before I knew what it meant and stopped, blew out the hole, replaced the bit and went on. There is much that must be learned the hard way. I was not abusing the drill bit. Who knows how or why it broke. Note to self to get pic of broken bit.

We have always allowed our young friends to break drill bits using a hand drill. It's gonna happen. That is how I learned. Cheap lesson. I started out tapping by hand. I had never power tapped before this job. Dad did that and I did stuff he did not enjoy. Brian and I do this too. Just being around it is often enough.

I knew from seeing and doing many times to wipe the shank of tools to keep metal chips out of the drill chuck. To watch the tool a moment before starting it into a blind hole so I know it is running true. To ease pressure as a drill bit breaks through a hole. To clean chips out of a hole before tapping it. To allow the tap to pull through the hole rather than pushing it, especially under power. To support the drill handle as the tap is reversed out, ready the instant it clears the hole to pull it out so it does not damage the newly created threads.

A hundred little things no one thinks to tell a beginner, and telling does not help nearly so much as doing it demonstrates. It might look like a simple repetitive task but there is a lot of experience behind a simple job here. Another one would be DO NOT TRY THIS WITH JUST ANY TAP!!! Use a spiral point tap, intended for power tapping!
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Drill and Tap with Mag Drill Continued

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:31 am

Putting the drill bit in the chuck.

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Drilling it out. Tapped the hole. Took out 99 bolts. Removed the second rail.

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Brian is knocking off any sharp burrs before we left it to go to lunch here. Keeping everyone safe. I do not love the grinder. Brian makes it look small but it is pretty big for me and he got the model with extra power. I like my little grinders. Appropriately sized tools are safest. Naturally they are not at Stamler where I need them. Story of our lives with tools strung all the way from Louisville, through Salem and nearly to Brownstown where we live...

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Drill and Tap with Mag Drill Continued

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:36 am

A random shot. What it really looks like! You can see the "skirts" for the next step on the table. 5 feet long or so? 6 of them total.

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Three of the "skirts" stacked. Next pic clarifies further.

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1/8 inch thick with a half inch hem. Just like sewing! Makes the material stiffer.

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Recall the tubes have been welded together. Taking them back apart here.

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Drill and Tap with Mag Drill Layout

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:40 am

Three lengths of "skirt" go on the side of each tube, end to end. These are safety guards. This is a nice trick. A square is held against the side of a squared object. Pencil placed at the end of the ruler blade. With just a little practice the whole thing can be held together as it slides down the length. Puts a line at a pre-set measurement.

A second square (both shown in next pic) was then placed on the other side of the tube and carefully adjusted so the blade touched the first one. Now we have a way to measure exactly from both sides of our tube.

The tubes have notes written on them so we don't put the skirts on the wrong side. Good practice at any age. Better one at ours!

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First skirt section is placed on the lines and clamped down. Like sewing silk. It creeps.

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The skirts have holes in them. We need matching holes in the tube - and of course the holes need threads so bolts can go through the skirt, into the threaded hole in the tube. Using a transfer punch to lightly mark the hole centers here. The punch has a point in the center. Tap it with a hammer to make a divot in the metal. Skirt metal is a bit thin for this but it works fine with practice - on a non-critical hole.

If it was critical tolerance we could put a drilled block with the same size hole, over the hole in the skirt. Line both holes up with a round stick of metal that is flat on the end and then transfer punch it through the block AND the skirt. It would then be perfect, or close to it.

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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:46 am

Using a real center punch. Place point in little divot made by transfer punch. Smack this one HARD with a hammer. It is frowned upon to beat on the transfer punch. Good point to keep in mind if using a borrowed transfer punch! Better one if using your own.

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Rare series - and maybe ONLY pics of Brian and I working together. Thanks Jake!!! Usually it is just us. No one present to take pics of us both.

Here we are roughly aligning a skirt section. I LOVE my double-layer, "relaxed fit" logger jeans! Very comfy. Much easier to work in since we spend a fair amount of time crawling around and contorting into position.

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Getting Brian's end dead-on. I am holding that second square against my end so it is very close too.

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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:50 am

Brian is clamping his end. I am sighting down the edge where the skirt meets the blade on my square. Due to the hemming process the metal is not entirely flat. Often Brian held my end down as I clamped it. All hands required and it is good that we like each other very much for this kind of work.

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All tucked in at the end of the day. Ya'll have seen the drill and tap routine already.

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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:01 am

Pallets of parts are all lined up. Five separate builds and one re-build on a very old machine going on, in various stages. Some of this will go to a museum at a local distillery. I'll share details on that when I get them.

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The machine I wish I was using to do all this drilling and tapping. Not enough open floor space to get the tubes through. Pity.

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Remember Checkers, the shop cat at Stamler? He has his routine down now. He makes his rounds getting handouts from everyone. Brian is treating him for ear mites. Checkers is NOT grateful. More on that later.

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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:18 am

Still old news. Below is a post from February 23rd. I used Facebook to keep enough notes that I would remember the details when I got time to edit, resize and upload all the photos to share here.

You guys come after feeding and clothing ourselves, and sleep, but before pretty much everything else by the way. I really do get updates posted here as soon as it is reasonably possible. Housework beyond the minimum necessary level will wait. Brian and I both have decided it is very important to share about what we are doing and why we are doing it. As usual, the what comes first, and then we talk about why. We might be halfway there now? Got another whole batch of pictures to edit, resize and upload. See how far I get today.


It is an honor and a privilege to do the level of work we have been sharing here. We labored for many years to get to this point and it was one of our shared goals to do exactly this. We have only just begun. We still have goals for education and economic opportunity. We needed to have this level of work first and we definitely are there now.

I am exhausted and sore and still running a low-grade fever but I feel pretty good about what Brian and I have already accomplished toward our long-term goals by working together. I think this was the hard part. I expect the rest of our goals to be far easier to reach. It will take time and sweat but we still think we can.

I would still love to be able to send some of the work we are involved in to shops in our community, our tax base. This is a big part of what we were working for. If anyone knows any local fab shop owners that understand and comply with Equal Opportunity laws I would like to speak with them. At this point they are going to need to reach out to me about this. My public facebook page is a good place for them to do this. Everyone who has been with us for any length of time and knows the background understands why. I would be interested in taking any local fab shop owner to lunch to discuss this in a public place.

Brian may still be too angry about past problems with how I have been treated to participate at this point. He is a big guy though and with a little time and some good experiences he will get completely over it. General fabrication work is being sent as far as South Carolina for some of the work we have been sharing about. There has been far more work than we want or can do with BOTH of our shops running flat-out and we do not want or have time for that. We prefer to diversify the work we bring to our shops.


If anyone knows of ANY fab shop that might like to bid on work as needed for the builds we are working on that is in compliance with Equal Opportunity laws I would love to hear about them?

Edit to add. We are doing the gnarly stuff. Just decent tolerance general fab work is all that is needed. Getting it done right and on time is what matters.



We DID get one shop referral from this post! Not needed them yet but I filed that back and saved it.
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Welding Fixtures

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:26 am

We spend a lot of time doing setup for batches of parts. Small runs are not worth building permanent fixtures. Building something often requires building a setup first.

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Just a few parts don't rate building a permanent fixture. Sometimes that cannot be avoided but in this case stacking and clamping got the job done.

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I took him some coffee. He obviously needed it! Another view of the temporary fixture in the background.

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Pile of finished parts, uniformity assured!

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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:34 am

Brian realized Smoky had never played spot so he got a laser toy. Smoky loves it! Brian runs it under the old metal cabinet by our stove when he is tired of it. Now Smoky thinks it lives there and is keeping all the pet hair cleaned out for us. We cannot figure how she gets under a 4 3/4 inch tall cabinet.

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Looks like we could use a mop here. Maybe we could wet Smoky down and she'd take care of that too?

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Bear is helping Smoky watch for Spot.

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Drat! Lost it again.

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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:39 am

Now Smokey hangs out watching for spot.

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Cleo is helping Smoky watch for spot. A beloved spring toy is dead to them since spot showed up.

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Rambo ADORES spot! He can hear it click on from the other end of the house and comes racing to chase it. Sometimes have to remind him to share spot with his cats. He's trying to bite it off the floor here.

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Smokey has a plan. Since spot always goes under the cabinet, she is ready to pounce it when it retreats!

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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:44 am

Rambo waited a long time for spot to return. He knows we are doing it. He begs us for it. Smokey did not forget spot either. She was still watching the next morning.

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I humored her of course.

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She is SURE she can get it!

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We spend a fair amount of time entertaining our critters. We play broom, chase, stalk and bounce, catch and toss and lots of other fun games with them. Smoky just hadn't played this game before. Everyone else had though and they ALL love it!
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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:14 pm

We are always building at more than one level. There are now FIFTEEN full-time jobs at the start-up company in Kentucky that we are building with, featuring nice benefits, that pay well above what most available jobs are paying. Not counting three full-time independent contractors (we count as one) and a nice handful of part-time jobs that suit the folks doing them. We did not do this alone but it could not have happened without us either. We know this for sure because we do the rework for other places that have tried. Sigh.

There are also at least 2-4 new jobs in OUR state, at a couple fab shops that understand and comply with Equal Opportunity laws. Not in our tax base but at least they are in our state.

We have invested years of our lives, sometimes worked for free, and moved much of our shop to Kentucky to do it. We've worked longer hours than you would believe for as much as a year straight without a break. We have put this first because we believe it is needed so badly. This is why our home remains unfinished, our shops are about as collected as a soup sandwich and we often live in a state of barely contained chaos. It is worth it.

We have tried to bring this to our tax base. We might have had to make some hard choices if we had succeeded there first. Fortunately other local business owners and our politicians in Indiana have made the choice for us so we have just focused on what we could do.

We are growing it now. There WILL be more jobs to come. The folks investing sweat equity in this get the first shot at the jobs. That's how it works in real life.

We are all very proud of this. Everyone involved is heavily invested, works a lot of hours when needed, brings their own tools and equipment to work and shares it.

I hear a lot of talk about building our economy and making our nation great but I don't hear much talk about the folks building it. We work with some absolutely amazing people. Together we ARE building economy. We are sure proud to be part of it.

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The machines we are building may lose some dangerous jobs. Recall people can be killed putting whiskey barrels together. I do not count those jobs as a loss. These machines also CREATE some higher paying jobs. Believe me the jobs operating these machines do not pay minimum wage. There are also new jobs maintaining the machines that pay quite well. More jobs for people to install the machines. The ripple effect is not something I can measure but it is real and I know it is happening.
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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:17 pm

Think I am going to take a little break from re-living a bunch of hard work and talk about what it is like to be doing it.

I have a lot of apprehension about working in my field. I particularly do NOT like to let the public into my shop, or even folks we need for business purposes, like that jerk that picked up an assembly some time ago who argued with me about whether he could stand in our shop watching Brian weld without any protection. I like leaving our shops even less. I have resisted going to Louisville to work because of a long history of very bad treatment professionally.

Brian promised me it would be fine. That everyone would not gather around and stare at me as I worked and talk about "the girl doing _____..." like I was not even a person who was present. He's been working on me a long time and I am sure he has been working FOR me on the other end too.

I am glad I went. Everyone was very nice, trotted out their best manners even when they obviously had a little trouble getting their head around me just being there doing what I do. Of COURSE people stared, they cannot seem to help it, but they had the grace to do it unobtrusively and never gathered in a group to talk about me in my presence.

I am aware that WHAT I was doing was every bit as astonishing to most folks present as was the fact that I was doing it of course. More about that later.

It took a few days to get past good manners - and I very much appreciated the good manners! Folks started asking questions about the process, and ya'll know how I just love to talk about process! There was so much happening around me that I wanted to know about too, I'd never seen electricians wiring one of our builds, or talked to people who installed them, or seen the larger assemblies going together. I had a lot of questions myself and process people just love to talk about processes!

I was not the only female in the work area. This has only happened a couple times over my life. A VERY talented German lady does the 3-D cad drawings and extrapolates the drawings we need to work with from them. I am pretty interested in that, and in what she thinks about the refugee situation in her country and what she thinks about our culture as compared to her own. She grew up in East Berlin and we talked about when the wall came down. We took off like a freight train and I don't think we'll slow down!

By the second week I heard the first profanity. Big thud, and bad words came out. I've heard all that before and been known to say it too. Trying to keep my potty mouth cleaned up for the sake of the cockatoo who repeats those words immediately! They were getting used to me;)

By the third week I was just one of the guys. We were all getting to know each other and I like everyone I met very much.

Then someone walked in the shop to make a delivery or consult on something. He was visibly shocked to see me. But there was a layer of professionals between him and me. He did not have an opportunity to bring his shock over to make me uncomfortable. He did stare. But he kept his distance and he kept his mouth shut.

I can live with that.


Better yet, our kids are welcome! We can bring our youngest friends in to see how it all works. We are always building on more than one level and this is the most important one to me. The associations we can help our young friends make are how to change the world and this is the REASON we do this. Building opportunity, building our future.

Brian has had a key to the place pressed on him. It always happens eventually. We resist because we know what comes next but perhaps this round it will be a good thing. Remember one of the benefits I have never enjoyed working in my field is using the company shop time? Once I am signed off to the owner's satisfaction on various processes, weekend and evening projects using some pretty darned spiffy equipment are suddenly available to me.

Wow. I had kind of set those things aside in pursuit of a far greater goal. Comes around and goes around again on many levels it seems.
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Re: Homeless? Life After a House Fire.

Postby rj5156 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:34 pm

I want to talk about one of my new friends. It has been many years since I had the privilege of working with a black person. Think about that for a minute. There have been no women and no blacks in my work world for most of my life. Couple exceptions in the military that proved the rule.


I always ask people what it is like for them to be different. I generally ask louder than they are comfortable with and my questions make EVERYONE uncomfortable. Naturally I asked this gentleman. He was good enough to share the best of his life story with me, I understood that much was edited out because I know exactly how people behave.

I asked him particularly if he believed that the world would be better for his grandkids than it has been for him. He just shook his head... Just broke my heart because while I DO know we are killing black men and harassing them and putting more of them in prison because - let us do be honest here - we prefer that to giving them real opportunities in the job market, I hoped it was getting better.

I have obtained interest - and considerable excitement - from the wonderful folks we are working with, to bring our children to see what building processes look like, from start to finish. I am going to try to schedule this adventure with the black gentleman's grandkids. I think a good dose of hope and something to aspire to might really help them deal with the everyday unfairness the just live with because they look different. I know what it did for me and I'll touch on that later.

I hope that the kids who REALLY want to see what we are doing, the ones who are excited about it and believe in dreams rub off some on kids who have learned that dreams are for other people, not them. I know I can't do a whole lot about the social injustices in our culture. I learned this by trying. I cannot even get a reply when I write my paid representatives and ask that police be given cameras to record what happens when they are interacting with citizens.

I also know that we have 5.8 million unfilled skilled-labor jobs in our country TODAY. With a population growth rate under 1 percent we do not just need people like us, doing the things we do. We need to be reaching out to kids and finding the ones who have the gift of mechanical inclination and nurturing them like the rare treasures they are. We need to get them started learning and doing in ways that are fun and rewarding to them. We need to raise them and the time to start doing it is passing quickly. Remember our skilled work force is now in their 50s or working well beyond retirement age.

I do know I can teach the children. I plan to ask my friend how he thinks we can involve HIS grandkids. I need to believe it can be a better place for us all or I will just go work at a fast food joint. If it can get better for me - and it sure has - I think I can believe enough for all of us?

Pray for us. We dare to dream really big. We still think we can...
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