New Metal Chop Saw and Skiddy’s Bumper Work

Sunday April 14, 2024 Guerneville CA.

New chop saw

I’d ordered up this metal chop saw the other day and if came in yesterday evening. I didn’t know it came with a blade so I’d ordered up one of those so now I have an extra one if I ever mess this one up. I put the blade I’d ordered up on it as it had ten more teeth than the one that came with it. The unit weighs in at about 75  pounds so is nice and beefy for cutting steel. I’ve wanted one of these things for some time now.chopsaw

Cycle lift

This cycle lift that I had was a bit too tall to fit under my bike so I took it apart and was able to cut one inch off it to make it a bit shorter. I need to weld something on the shock to make it work and the shock is now a bit long. I’ll weld it up later.lift

Working on the bumper for Skiddy

It’s time to work on the bumper. I need to cut these pipes to length and Tom is going to come by to help me get them mounted on the bumper a little later in the day.work

New welder

Tom is also going to finish hooking up my new flux core welder as he has lots of experience with these types of welders as he built stainless steel wine tanks for part of his life. All I’ve ever done is use an old arc welder, but it’s time I learned how to use one of these.welder

Tom showed up to set up the welder and then we started tacking pipes to the bumper which will hopefully protect the back of Skiddy from bending stuff when I run into things, such as big trees. I had him do all the welding as I need to practice with this new machine before I weld up stuff like this.tom

We have the outside pieces tacked together. There’s more pipes that go inside these pipes which I need to cut now.welded

Works great

I used the new saw to cut these pipes to length.saw

I’m fitting pipes one by one inside the outside pipes and sorta designing things as I go.

This is a good start but I need more pipes added which I need to make fit.guard

That’s as far as I got today.

Nice day.

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Rocks To the Pond To Protect the Mosquito Fish

Saturday April 13, 2024 Guerneville CA.

Wood

My friend Marty was coming by today. While I was waiting for him to show up, I split this wood up and got it all stacked along the side of this shed.wood

Marty showed up so we sat around for awhile shooting the bull and catching up on stuff.

Forest ride

It was rain showers today off and on. We piled in Hondo and headed for the hills as I  had a few rocks to move.

But first we drove on up to our overlook area at the top of the hill. It was raining lightly so the view looked like this.view2

Marty checks something out on Hondo at the top.skiddy3

Rock slide area

We rode around for a bit then headed to the rock slide area to pick up a few big rocks. I loaded up while Marty watched. He’s taking a small stick out from under the rig.rock4

Overlook

I was taking the rock to my small pond. We went the long way and stopped at this overlook for a bit to check it out. It’s still raining lightly.rain6

With it raining lightly, we sat in Hondo to keep dry.view5

From there, it wasn’t fair to the little pond where I wanted to used the rocks.pond

I unloaded the rocks on the edge of the pond to provide cover for the mosquito fish I’m going to put in there. This will provide cover for them. They eat mosquito larva which the pond was full of last year. My cousin  has some of the fish at her place in her little fish pool.rocks8

By this time, the rain had picked up some more, so we  headed for my house taking the long way.

Nice day.

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