Well things are still moving along in time for the show; but what a couple of weeks. We came home 2 weeks ago to find that the basement had flooded at some point while we were away. There was no water left just very wet carpeting throughout. We think the drain in the backyard backed up again and then came pouring in to the sump pump. It did a noble job getting rid of the water but not before things got wet. So I spent an entire day cutting up and hauling wet carpet upstairs and outside. I was able to rent a dehumidifier and with that and some fans the levels are back to normal. All of my office suite did quite well no signs of damage. Glad I didn’t have press board junk. I did have to get a new computer, which I was not aware of until the past few days when stuff started not working. Seems the inside got wet and drained but corrosion is now eating the ports lower on the mother board. I will get a new one set up here shortly. So far just lost USBs and audio. Gives me a good excuse to change things around some in my office and clean up so it is all good at this point.
Yesterday though thought I was in for another one, while turning some pens the mandrel stopped turning but the motor kept going. After much cursing and even thinking about purchasing a new Lathe, I took some time this morning and took some things apart. Seems I somehow lost a set screw in the pulley on the motor and a keyway on the drive pulley. With a bit of wresting and some help from the big orange I was able to replace both parts and it seems things are spinning well. Just turned a pen to make sure and it went rather well. Still have not given up the thought of a buying a new lathe later this year. This one is really too big for what I do now and will later use it for. I am thinking about scaling down and opening up some more room in the shop by switching to a midi, who knows.
Anyway that has been what I have been up to. I will be posting a review here shortly regarding some awesome drill bits I just received which really helped to brighten my week .
Catch up to you all soon.
-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)