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Old 09-03-2003, 03:49 PM
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Unbelievable!

Now THAT is livin' large...

I guess the house that 'grew' in the back was the neighbor's.

Building codes in by area do not allow floor drains. I have one in my old cracked slab, but if I replace the slab, I have to lose the drain.

Too bad you can't keep that slideshow up on your site, since I would like to point all of my friends to it. Probably takes some disk space, eh?

BTW, where do you live?
Not your home address so I can stalk you, or anything- I mean town or region...
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Old 09-03-2003, 03:59 PM
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I had the site up for 2 days last month and got over 300,000 hits. Earthlink charged me $650.00 for the excessive transfer volumes.

The interior will be on par with the outside with some fairly impressive technology....Crestron controls, Cisco wireless, 4wd chassis dyno, plenty of storage with granite countertops, LED & fiberoptic lighting, etc etc. I'm in Northern NJ, 3 miles from MB HQ. SD
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Old 09-04-2003, 12:21 AM
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Wow, you are absolutely nuts!! I love it!

Amazing chronicle, but starting with page 16 it isn't working... I missed "the rest of the story". Don't leave us hanging here.
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Old 09-22-2003, 03:26 AM
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An update on my flat-top jack-stand quest... since ultgar declined my review-for-stand payola offer I proceeded with modifying mine.

I decided to go with the permanent mod since it was the easiest and most convenient to use, and if I really screwed up the stands are cheap.

Here is the stand with paint removed and support plate cut. I also cut some round bar stock to support the middle of the plate. Probably overkill, but...
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Old 09-22-2003, 03:28 AM
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Here are the parts welded in place. Need I mention this was my essentially my first time using an arc welder?
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Old 09-22-2003, 03:29 AM
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After some vigorous grinding and wire-wheeling it's not quite so hideous. Upper corners of the original saddle were ground down to be flush with the plate. I also rounded other knee-eating sharp corners while I was at it.
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Old 09-22-2003, 03:30 AM
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Some spray paint, a few hours cooking at low heat in the oven, and voila... flat-top jack stand in action!

It ain't the prettiest, but it seems very solid. And if my welds are questionable (ok, ok, not "if") it shouldn't matter. The welds aren't structural, they just hold things in place.
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Old 09-22-2003, 10:38 AM
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Extreme overkill.
I like it!

If you can't really tie a knot, tie a lot.
If you can't really weld... melt a lot of metal...

p.s. My welds look like that too!
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Benzwood,

Now that's what I call over-engineering. Those jack stands would make an old-school German engineer proud!
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Old 09-23-2003, 12:14 AM
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I did a few more mods before calling them done...

First I ground off the bottom of some of the legs so the stands would sit flat without rocking.

Then I painted the bottom 1/4" of the legs for rust protection for the newly-exposed metal.
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Old 09-23-2003, 12:16 AM
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Then to correct a minor annoyance. The cable that keeps the height adjustment pin from getting lost is clamped on the ends.

These ends quickly frayed and I had stuck my finger on their tiny sharp pointiness on more than one occasion.

So I leached some solder into them to secure the frayed ends, ground off the prickly parts with a Dremel, and then coated them with "liquid electrical tape" (some black goop that you paint on).

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Old 09-23-2003, 12:18 AM
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Then on to the Cotter pin that holds the adjustment pin in place.

The points of the Cotter pin were sheared off at an angle when manufactured, leaving a needle sharp point that must be avoided during use.

So I ground those to a nice blunt round tip. By far the least effort for most reward, amazing how much nicer it is to secure the pin in the hole now.

Then because I'm insane, I added a finger loop to more easily remove the pin.

I put a cable tie through the pin, superglued the ratchet mechanism on the tie so it wouldn't adjust any more, secured it to the pin with some heat-shrink tubing, rounded off all the sharp parts with a Dremel, and heated the cable tie with a hot air gun so that it could be molded it into a nice finger-pull shape.

A side-benefit of this mod is that it's a lot easier to find the pin if it's misplaced.
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Old 09-23-2003, 12:19 AM
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I am considering painting a trim strip on there somewhere to match where I painted the feet, just to mess with the guy who suggested duct-taping scraps of board to the top of the stands.

But for now, I'm just waiting impatiently for a need to jack my car up.

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Old 09-23-2003, 10:58 AM
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But for now, I'm just waiting impatiently for a need to jack my car up.
Be careful what you wish for...
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