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Forum: The Garage 10-22-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,207
Posted By mattlikesbikes
You are combing equations for circumference (2 pi...

You are combing equations for circumference (2 pi r) and area (pi r^2), so right off the bat you are 2X over estimating. Second I think most gas hose is a lot less than 1" ID, I would venture half...
Forum: The Garage 10-20-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 469
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Low height Scissor lift

I've got a guy on CL here in town who has a low height Rotary Scissor lift for cheap. I offered him $300 and he is willing to take it. Looking though I found out it was the low lift and not the...
Forum: The Garage 10-20-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,068
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Is there something you could fog into the space?...

Is there something you could fog into the space? Per my other thread I have to excavate to get better access to my crawlspace. I would love something I could blow or fog in rather than something I...
Forum: The Garage 10-14-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By mattlikesbikes
That is my worst case. Assuming that I need to...

That is my worst case. Assuming that I need to excavate the full length of the wall 2ft wide and 1ft deeper than current, so 50x20x1/27 = 3.7CY. I expect I will have less to dig than that.

The...
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I reached out to a couple rental folks about the...

I reached out to a couple rental folks about the vac truck options. Like i said I am happy to dig my trenches and pile soft stuff to the side.
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 12:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I've seen the airknife excavators work in my day...

I've seen the airknife excavators work in my day job. Pretty cool stuff. i reached out to a few contractors to see if they could do weekend work. I'm happy to get down there and break the material up...
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Crawlspace work - removing dirt

Experts -

I've got a 1929 duplex, brick construction on a footing with pier and beam. We've had it leveled but need to have a few more piers put in. The leveler wants us to have some excavation...
Forum: Equipment 10-08-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Used Motorrad/BMW worth it

There is a BMW Savanna II suit available near me for under $200 with the Gortex. So how good/reasonable is it to buy 10yo gear? I know a helmet new in box that is more than a few years old is no...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By mattlikesbikes
An AC would be nice here too, but I think it...

An AC would be nice here too, but I think it might be like using a wrench as a hammer. Sure it works, but you're going to end up ruining your wrench.


I wonder though if an AC operating 1-2 hours...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I doubt it. 1st floor garage, second floor...

I doubt it. 1st floor garage, second floor apartment. all new construction
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Which split system do you have? I just saw one,...

Which split system do you have? I just saw one, Shark AC, that is not a bad price for the size. the Mitsubishi systems seem pricey. The prices I saw were on par with a nicer window unit, but with the...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Sorry I failed to respond to some of the earlier...

Sorry I failed to respond to some of the earlier questions.

The construction involved the removal of an existing parking slab, full scrape and a moisture barrier. So no topsoil under it. yes there...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I've planned to get or build a dust system, ie...

I've planned to get or build a dust system, ie blower in a box with some filters hung from the ceiling. Would that create enough air movement?

I have a window with the plan to put in a window...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-24-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Do you just bleed off the top bleeder screw, on...

Do you just bleed off the top bleeder screw, on the MC? So just take the cap off the reservoir and open bleeder valve while depressing, close valve, release lever, repeat?

Are things different...
Forum: The Garage 09-24-2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,573
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Drying out the garage

I'm not taking away your booze, not that kind of dry out.

Last spring we completed a three car garage here in Houston. Floors are sealed and painted, walls all fancy and nicely finished. A great...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-24-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Pangit, I appreciate the suggestion, but was...

Pangit, I appreciate the suggestion, but was wondering what my options might be that didn't include the dealer. I find that they are rather proud of their time and charge accordingly.
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-24-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 2,196
Views: 234,304
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks for the info, though not really the...

Thanks for the info, though not really the question I am asking. Ice is a rare thing and something I am not going to mess with again anytime soon. I am looking for a year round tire that has more...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-23-2014, 08:33 PM
Replies: 2,196
Views: 234,304
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Can somebody point me towards a good front tire?...

Can somebody point me towards a good front tire? Last winter I got stuck in an ice storm and laid the bike down a bunch of times before I got clear of some black ice. All slow, easy falls, no lasting...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-23-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Soft brake

Crappy weather here for the last few weeks has kept the bike in the garage, side stand.

I wanted to take it out tomorrow and I was checking it this afternoon and the front brake is super soft....
Forum: The Garage 05-05-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,049
Posted By mattlikesbikes
My dad gave me a craftsman set when I first...

My dad gave me a craftsman set when I first started working on my car. The old Volvo really only need a 10mm and a 13mm. Eventually my dad gave me a snap on ratchet, but just the handle. I just buy...
Forum: The Garage 04-16-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,049
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I managed a bicycle shop for years. We ran into...

I managed a bicycle shop for years. We ran into sweat and mud frozen allen bolts all the time. My number one go to solution was the dremel. I cut a slot across the head and went at it with a flat...
Forum: The Garage 04-14-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Conduit for sure. We are planning a new panel and...

Conduit for sure. We are planning a new panel and drop to the house next summer at that point we can plan for two more larger circuits and run them under the house in the crawlspace. I'll put down a...
Forum: The Garage 04-14-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Yeah the driveway is probably WW2 aged and has...

Yeah the driveway is probably WW2 aged and has not a lick of steel in it, which in Houston is a recipe for problems. Thankfully somebody came and put a nice BS 1/2" skim coat over it. Ok not...
Forum: The Garage 04-11-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By mattlikesbikes
This got me thinking. Our house is a duplex with...

This got me thinking. Our house is a duplex with our tenants up on the second floor all with window shakers. They have one 15A circuit per room, which powers everything including the AC unit.

Did...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks. It is a direct run from the breaker panel...

Thanks. It is a direct run from the breaker panel of the house. It was just a junction box, but when we had the garage built the crew needed an outlet outside, so we changed it over to a GFCI outlet....
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Thanks Stan! My electrician installed the...

Thanks Stan!

My electrician installed the dedicated 15A circuit direct from the main panel when we rewired the whole house last year. The intention was that a run would be made at some point to...
Forum: The Garage 04-10-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Getting power to the shed

So I originally posted this in the GarageJournal forum, but those guys are so serious. I need the laid back make it work nature of my fellow inmates.

Before we built our new 3 car garage with a...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Like I said, unless there is an R75 back there...

Like I said, unless there is an R75 back there someplace in better shape, I'm not likely going to take this /2 home, even for a spit polish. Depending what the seller is like and quality of the bike...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I'm with you. At this point, unless there is an...

I'm with you. At this point, unless there is an R75 out of frame of the photos I got, I am not looking at this as a restoration project for myself. I might though take it to flip, if the title is...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
So when you guys started talking about slingers I...

So when you guys started talking about slingers I did some googling and I found this rather robust write-up and that basically put me off.

http://www.snafu.org/restore/service/grit/

There is no...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I'm in Houston, so I am guessing that it is...

I'm in Houston, so I am guessing that it is somebody pretty close, so Galveston makes sense. Nothing I own this far north is as rusted and I've got a '68 Volvo to gauge European chrome against.
...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
They claim they have the title. What they might...

They claim they have the title. What they might have is the wrong title. Who knows. I gave them something to chew on, suggesting by email that the bike in the photo was not a 1972 R75. We will see...
Forum: Airheads 03-31-2014, 09:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
They just sent me another note, it is pretty...

They just sent me another note, it is pretty clear they think it is a 70's R75.

My big concern now is cost. They said min they would take is $1500, which is a hell of a deal on an R50/2 and I...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
So Renner, Let's assume for the moment that the...

So Renner, Let's assume for the moment that the engine is not catastrophically F'd. Just sludged up from many years of sitting. Moving from there, new gaskets, probably a tank flush and new fuel...
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5020/13528268285_49...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5020/13528268285_4949e0280a_o.jpg

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3800/13528268755_9693997b93_h.jpg
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I didn't say I believed them when they said it...

I didn't say I believed them when they said it was a 1972 75/5. I think in all likelyhood it is a 60/2. I guess it could be a 50/2.

I'm trying to get time to see it this week.
Forum: Airheads 03-30-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,114
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Riddle me this... Airhead ID issue

I've had my eyes out for an airhead project for awhile. I love my GS, but want something for cruising around and something to wrench with my son. The budget is too tight for some of the future cafe...
Forum: The Garage 03-26-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,588
Posted By mattlikesbikes
I think it has the distinct disadvantage of...

I think it has the distinct disadvantage of either requiring you to insert a tube into yourself or wear a condom all day. Pass.

I'm a man, the world is my urinal.
Forum: The Garage 03-26-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 543
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Knee high lift for motorcycle use?

In an ideal world I would have a 4 poster, but I'm realizing I likely don't need access to the driveline/exhaust as often as I need access to suspension/brakes and under engine, plus expense today, I...
Forum: The Garage 03-22-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 912
Posted By mattlikesbikes
Buying individual tools. I think the biggest...

Buying individual tools. I think the biggest turn-off was the warning above that it might not handle metal on the drill. I don't have dreams of being a metal fab shop, but if a drill cannot handle...
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