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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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12-01-2007 07:24 PM Building the Window Box Panels Part 20
Remember in entry #49 (Window Box Notes) how I told you to measure and record the locations of the rivet holes? You will use that info now. X marks the spot to drill.
The front channel was riveted to the box. The location of the back channel hole was unknown, so the box was put in the car, the rear channel was attached at the top mount, and a Sharpie was placed through the back hole while the channel was pushed against it. The hole was drilled and the rear channel was riveted in.
Finally, the box was put back in the car, the window felt channel was put in, the regulator installed, and the window installed. The goal here is to make sure there are no major problems now. All the welding yet to do is going to move stuff around anyway, so final tweaking will have to wait.


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12-01-2007 07:12 PM Building the Window Box Panels Part 19
The channels are made from scrap pieces of 18 ga. The original pieces are used for the dimensions.
The pieces are then cut out and the locations for the holes are marked. There was not enough of a rear piece left to mark the hole location, so it was marked during the test fit in the car.
The two channels were then broke into shape.



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