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765 Update – 1/29/2017

By January 30, 2017Members Only

Submitted by Steve Winicker.


Thursday saw the interior sand blasting started. Friday saw more blasting done.  Saturday, saw it completed at noon. Zack did most of the blasting and Jerrod finished it up. Saturdayafternoon Brian C and Andrew sucked up sand with helpers Dave and Jim sifting and otherwise assisting. Sunday a smaller crew was busy sucking out the sand we sprayed in.  I expect we have removed 1,000+ pounds so far so there should be less than a ton left. Brian Smith and Andrew are the current sand sucking champs. There is still a chance for greatness they only made it about 1/3 of the way through the tank.

Friday a new fork lift arrived.  It has a greater reach than the current model but also has hard rubber tires and is confined to hard surfaces.  Perhaps we can put up another shelf on the pallet racks so we can store more stuff. Yea

Saturday also saw three intrepid electrical and maintenance type folks try out the two air compressors we have not run yet. One was fired up and makes air and is basically ready to hook up as soon as wiring is in. The other compressor looks good, has pretty lights but does not do anything other than the light show. Possibly that missing CD is needed.

Zach also got the journal oil lubricator down and started to clean it up. The valve oil lubricator has drained all weekend but shows no sign of running out of oil yet. Zach also inspected the cold-water pump and found room for some improvement.

I also received the valve gear pins from Daniel.  I will try to get them to heat treat this week.  He is still working on the bronze bushings.

Tom and crew got the west end of the Plymouth to run and move the engine. Progress.


You have missed sandblasting the inside of the auxiliary tank. I know you could kick yourself but there will be an opportunity for more fun.  2/3rds of the tank still needs to be swept out. We can start painting provided I can put together the remaining supplies.  I intend to pursue paint and cold water pump parts tomorrow and try to get some additional sweeping done.

I was planning on spending the week sandblasting but since that is done and my boss says we must go over my last year’s accomplishments and decide what my goals should be for next year. My suggestion is going to be 5 plans and 5 re-inspections but I doubt that will fly. I am taking off Monday but will need to spend a couple of days at work to get ready for the review on Thursday. Therefor it does not appear I will be able to make it back out before Friday.  But things will be hopping Friday and through the weekend.

Bob Gold may be back for a week of welding starting as early as Saturday.


The unexpected meeting between workers can result in deadly consequences. Blind spots are one of the major causes for this unexpected meeting to take place. They include corners, doorways that open out to an aisle and other areas with limited visibility for both pedestrian and forklift operator.

It is important that forklift operators utilize their horn and take it slow when operating in these areas. It is also important that pedestrians are aware of the traffic in these areas and look before they leap. Each year there are fatalities caused by pedestrian/forklift collisions.

It is important to take a moment when in these blind spots. Be aware of the traffic and don’t go out into the aisle or blind corner without first stopping and looking both ways to ensure the path is clear.

In most cases pedestrians, including visitors to our Shop may be focused on something other than their travel and simply dart out in front of the forklift. Take the time . . . failure to do so can adversely impact someone’s life.