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12-30-2007 07:46 PM Building the Window Box Panels Part 24
Run a tap through the regulator mounting nuts. This removes any rust, weld spatter, or POR-15 which might have accumulated there. The two parts are pop riveted together for the final time. The completed box is test fit one final time before the rosette welds are put in. The test fit went well. The box is in the home stretch.


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12-30-2007 07:40 PM Building the Window Box Panels Part 23
Before I jump into the window box, I thought I would give you a beaver dam update. They said on the radio that it might be this time NEXT YEAR before all of the brush piles are removed! Looks like I have a little time to get all of mine chopped up and hauled to the street.
The local industrial gasket supplier fixed me up with 2" wide by 1/8" thick rubber strips. They are probably EPDM. I attached the strip by first applying 3M adhesive to both the strip and the channel. After drying, I spread a thin second layer on the strip and pressed it into the channel. Then pop rivets with washers were installed every 3 inches. Two notes. Be prepared to clean the bit occasionally as it will gum up with adhesive, rubber, and metal bits. Do one rivet at a time as the strip tends to move with each one installed even though it is glued.
The window channels were pop riveted onto the sides of the box.



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12-22-2007 03:18 PM Building the Window Box Panels Part 22
Friday warmed up to the mid 60's. So I took a few minutes off from building the beaver dam in front of my house. See first photo. There are piles like this springing up all over the city. The city says they will be around to collect them. It is going to take months to clean this up. I probably have 2 - 3 pickup loads to cut up and haul down the hill from on the ground. Plus, I have to get a tree guy out here to remove the dangling "widow makers" that are up too high for me to get.
While it was warm, I did POR-15 the inside of the box and the channels. See second photo. Hopefully this weekend I can assemble it.


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12-15-2007 03:30 PM I could use some global warming
We got hammered. But other folks have it a lot worse than us. We lost power at 10:30 PM Sunday. The power came back on at 6:30 PM Friday. Went through a lot of firewood. Unfortunately, there is a lot of replacement wood laying in my yard. It's probably going to be a while before I work on the rod.


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12-08-2007 06:24 PM Building the Window Box Panels Part 21
This weekend the high school basketball team my daughter plays on was in a tournament. The boy's team did pretty good, but had some serious injuries. The girl's team didn't win any games. It was obvious we were pitted against future college stars. The girls played their hearts out and had a lot of fun. But they did win the Barnabus award. This is actually the highest award given. It is for encouraging each other both on the team and off. It is given based on votes by the other teams, the coaches, and the sponsors. In case you can't tell, I am one proud dad!
The weather just isn't cooperating! It was cold and damp today.
I did manage to sandblast the worst of the rust from the window box pieces. Heated them up with a heat gun. Sprayed them down and scrubbed them with Marine Clean (POR 15 detergent - very strong). Rinsed them. Blew most of the water off them with a blow gun and then used the heat gun to dry them. Then, Metal Prep (another POR-15 product - phosphoric acid). One more time with the blow gun / heat gun drill. Punched holes every three inches in the flange for the rosette welds. Masked off the flanges. More heat gun. Weld through primer. Called it a day.



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