My family & I have downsized and are working hard on maintaining a small footprint. We’re living in a modestly sized rental house without any room for a dining room table. We like to entertain and not having a place to sit and eat has been a bit challenging. There is a foyer in the house that is a decent size but wouldn’t work for having a permanent dining table. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a good size table that sat 6-8 people but didn’t require a dedicated room? Here’s how I solved this dilemma by designing and building an portable Expanding Steampunk Table.
Back on Day 11 of the Tinker Truck adventures, U’ee blew a spark plug and we had to drive the rest of the way to Raton on 9 cylinders instead of 10. The aluminum engine blocks on the Ford F350 Trition V10 6.8L are a bit notorious for their spark plug threads being stripped out over time. U’ee being a ’99 F350 means it’s seen its fair share of spark plug replacements and all it takes is one over-torque when screwing in a new plug to strip out those aluminum threads. Next thing you know BOOM!
It’s not necessarily easy to re-tap a thread all the way down in the engine block. The most common way is to take of the top of the engine block to perform the repair. Well I found a product from Dorman Spark plug Thread Repair Kit that works as advertised and allowed me to put in a new spark plug into the stripped cylinder without taking off the block.
Here’s a video of how it works and how I put it in – enjoy:
It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to post. Bunch of things piled up and settling the Fam into Raton took priority. We’re all settled into a Histori-chic Wild West Hotel on S. 1st Street in Raton. There’s a sink in every room 😐
But we’re settled in now and I’ve picked up a part-time job at Engineering Analytics as an Engineering Assistant and Lead Construction Inspector. It was a great opportunity that I gotta thank Karen Banks Stearns PE for the heads up regarding the position. Working part time during the day at EA and then over at Colfax Ale Cellar in the afternoon is the perfect combination of cash flow and investment.
I got a request for a video on my commute to work and here it is:
Thanks for Watchin’
Greetings from the LaFrances,
We’re very pet friendly family. Our two little pups fall into the Italian Greyhound mix and are an integral part of our family. We take them wherever we go; BUT going with dogs isn’t always easy, so I wanted to share a couple of tricks on how I plotted our traveling adventures.
Many folks know me and are friends and or family. But more and more of you have picked up on my little blog and might not know me so much. So, before I get into the Raton Chronicles, I just wanted to fill the new folks in on who I am.
Last night we hitched up in Dodge City and got well rested for our final leg of the journey across the great planes of Kansas, crossing though the Oklahoma panhandle before entering New Mexico and rising up about 4,000 feet to the high planes and our final destination Raton.
Today we left Missouri behind and traveled to Lincoln, NE to visit with the fabrication geniuses at Alpha Brewing Operations, who are putting together the brewhouse for Colfax Ale Cellar.
Today we check out Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, get some Chicken & Waffles, AND visit with the proprietors of Crane Brewing just outside of Kansas City.
Today was a long drive as we planned on traversing the great states of Ohio, Indiana, & Illinois to end the day at the St. Louis Arch.