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Online b.lindsey

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Blowing its lid.
« on: October 06, 2018, 08:15:24 PM »
With our annual festival next weekend, the old Fairbanks needed to be checked out and started. After pumping up the 200 gallon compressed air tank to 120 psi, getting the glow rod cherry red it was ready. I asked if we wanted to take the 5 gallon plastic bucked off the top of the exhaust stack or just blow it off. The decision was to blow it off . Obviously it had gotten a bit brittle after being in the weather since last year.

Bill


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Re: Blowing its lid.
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2018, 08:19:03 PM »
Hi Bill,

Try re-pasting your link.

Thomas

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Re: Blowing its lid.
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2018, 09:54:47 PM »
That was a great decision
Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet.

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Re: Blowing its lid.
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2018, 10:54:54 PM »
Let's just say it's easier than climbing up on the roof to take it off beforehand. Would have gone higher if it hadn't cracked at liftoff  :Lol:

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Re: Blowing its lid.
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2018, 10:57:11 PM »
 :lolb:


Bet it would have woken up any sparrow nesting in it!!


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Re: Blowing its lid.
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2018, 01:21:58 AM »
Awakened and half cooked at the same time. It's used as much to keep the critters out as the rain, but time for a new pail after the show.

Bill

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Re: Blowing its lid.
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2018, 01:28:37 AM »
Saw a similar but much less spectacular thing on the Lomgard, they keep a metal pail pid on the smokestack to keep critters out, but usually forget its there and blow it off, nothing as far as yours though!

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Re: Blowing its lid.
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2018, 04:08:52 PM »
There used to be a gravel pit near my house when I was growing up. They had an old Cat diesel bulldozer down in the pit, and it started with a gasoline pup motor. Winter nights averaged -30 Fahrenheit, so the starting went like this. First spray ether down the carb throat of the gasoline pup motor and get it running. After it had ran for 10 minutes to warm up, let the clutch out to start turning over the diesel engine. (There was always a tin can over the diesel stack). After 15 or 20 minutes of turning over, the diesel would fire--sounded like a bomb going off, and a great belch of black smoke come out of the stack. I firmly believe that if the guys whizzing around the earth in the space station looked out their window at the right time, they would probably see some of those tin cans whizzing around with them.