|LongEZ - N961EZ on the tarmac in Alamogordo, New Mexico|
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28 OCT 2007 Assembled Right strut
I started to do this a couple weeks ago, but the foot tube was jamming inside the strut tube. There was a very small ridge inside the strut tube that was a result of welding the support to the tube. I used a standard cylinder hone mounted in an electric drill and was able to hone this ridge smooth. After about 2 hours of hone, test, hone, test. I was able to slide the guide and foot tube into the strut tube without jamming.
26 OCT 2007 Gear Welding photos
These are the drawings I made for welding and subsequent machining. This was a multi part job, 1) There were two components on each leg that needed to be welded. The strut support arm on the Strut Tube, and the Guide Tube
14 OCT 2007 Harvest 2007
We finished up with our fall harvest this week, just in time to travel to Las Vegas for a packaging trade show. We normally don't make this show because we're still harvesting. If I have time, I'll look up a couple EZ projects while in Vegas.
1 OCT 2007 Shop Cleanup
Usually when I get a day off during Harvest, I try a catch up on things around the house that have been ignored for two months. i.e. fix the lawn mower, cut the grass, change water filters, fix things that broke (new light fixtures in our garage), etc, etc. After catching up on the list, I putzed around in the shop, did a little clean up, then decided it was time for a little nap. It looks like harvest is drawing to a close, maybe even by the end of this week.
24 SEP 2007 Main Gear welded
The Machine Shop called and said the "Special Wood-splitter Hydraulic Cylinders" were ready to pick up. They did a good job and I can't wait to get them installed. I'll post a couple photos when I get a few extra minutes this week.
23 SEP 2007 Fall Harvest
As many of you know, I work for a large Cannery here in Northwest Ohio. Hirzel Canning. From about the 1st of Aug until the middle of October, we are busy with fall harvest and canning. As the companies Process Control Manager, I assist in the mechanical design, then write all the software that controls and interfaces to our equipment. Needless to say, during the canning season, I pretty much "live" at our three plants, making sure the process are running smoothly and efficiently. Typical work weeks are 100 - 110 hours, starting at 4am and running until 8 or 9 at night, 7 days a week. Needless to say, that leaves just about ZERO for working on airplanes. URGH. Waiter
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