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by Gunhippie
Sun May 09, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: What are you doing today?
Replies: 33
Views: 338

Re: What are you doing today?

I'm having a perfectly satisfying day of doing almost absolutely... nothing!

Closest I'm coming to work today is replacing the pump cup on my Akron He-Man lantern. I might put a sprinkler out on the lawn if that doesn't seem like too much work.
by Gunhippie
Sat May 08, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Pinhole in bottom of fount
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Pinhole in bottom of fount

On my lanterns that have gauges, the running pressure is around 20-30 psi. Generally, SOP is to test to at least 2X operating pressure. DO NOT USE AIR! A failed vessel full of pressurized air is a bomb. Compressed air stores a lot of energy. A grease gun can be filled with water. Add a Zerk fitting ...
by Gunhippie
Sat May 08, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: What are you doing today?
Replies: 33
Views: 338

Re: What are you doing today?

Cleaning (acid washing) a Rinnai C199 commercial tankless water heater, again, while trying to keep warm. I put the long johns away this week due to the nice, springlike temps--it topped 85F on Thursday--and wishing I hadn't. It bumped up near 55F yesterday with snow flurries and looks like it might...
by Gunhippie
Sat May 08, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: May 8, 1945 VE Day
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: May 8, 1945 VE Day

Nice tableau! Your VE 220C is in much better shape than mine as found: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49871046372_b7fcc70b68_b.jpg The vent was painted blue and pretty well rusted away. The fount had been paint-brushed with what seems to be green house paint. I stripped the whole thing, found a...
by Gunhippie
Fri May 07, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Drill hole in ventilator
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Drill hole in ventilator

Carbide or diamond burrs in a Dremel-style tool or die grinder would be ideal, but I've drilled holes in a ventilator using regular high-speed drill bits with little or no chipping. Enlarging a hole would be more likely to cause chipping with a drill bit.
by Gunhippie
Fri May 07, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Round vs Flat Gasket
Replies: 22
Views: 296

Re: Round vs Flat Gasket

I now use o-rings exclusively for three-piece cap gaskets. They're much easier to tighten by hand and stay in the insert just fine. They might be easier to remove than the falt gasket, but I've only been using them for four years so I don't know. For the little caps like the 242 and 500, use a #110 ...
by Gunhippie
Fri May 07, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 530 pocket stove pump valve ?
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: 530 pocket stove pump valve ?

If you work on more than two or three Coleman appliances, the tool will pay for itself. I now remove the CV as a routine part of my fettles. It gets cleaned in lye in the ultrasonic parts washer and so far, every one has worked afterwards.
by Gunhippie
Thu May 06, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: The 1933 220B from the Land of Love
Replies: 15
Views: 197

Re: The 1933 220B from the Land of Love

Leave it be!

That plug just closed a hole when they through-bored the angled fuel passage.
by Gunhippie
Thu May 06, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Stove stand question
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Stove stand question

The US high stands are right around 28" high, which puts the work surface of my 426A at 32"--pretty standard height for a kitchen work surface.
by Gunhippie
Thu May 06, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Why pay $60 for those when Timm can make 'em for a couple hundred?
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Why pay $60 for those when Timm can make 'em for a couple hundred?

I've been trying to keep the budget for what I buy for work within limits, but trying to explain this idea to others can be hard. Sure, I have a bunch of SS sheet metal I salvaged from some old appliances, a rudimentary metal shop and I do enjoy making things, but.... Somehow I think we could have s...
by Gunhippie
Thu May 06, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: The 1933 220B from the Land of Love
Replies: 15
Views: 197

Re: The 1933 220B from the Land of Love

Looks great! Those e-blocks can be a bear to get out on Bs sometimes. I've found a piece of 1/8" drill rod will go through from the top so I can drive it out. Nickel plated FA tube is common for this era. Most of my Bs have nickel valves and packing nuts, too. Glad you figured out the 2-piece air tu...
by Gunhippie
Thu May 06, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: look what you guys did to me
Replies: 27
Views: 316

Re: look what you guys did to me

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

Nice 200A!
by Gunhippie
Thu May 06, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: q77 vs q99 vs r55
Replies: 12
Views: 196

Re: q77 vs q99 vs r55

The main thing I've learned using several Q99s, Q77s and a torchlite, is DO NOT use Coleman fuel! Honest! That green stuff they put in the fuel will gum your gen tip up while it's sitting unused. I doubt any 80+ year old fuel valve shuts off 100%, and any slow seep of fuel through the gen results in...
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 530 pocket stove pump valve ?
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: 530 pocket stove pump valve ?

There is no spring. Air pressure holds the little BB in place to close the valve. The BB is probably still there (unless you can see right through it) but frozen.

Just don't want you to drive yerself crazy looking for a CV with a good spring ;)
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: ID Fount? - Help Please
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: ID Fount? - Help Please

Cap sure looks Akron.

Is that metallic red? Right purty!
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Coleman hot water on demand
Replies: 13
Views: 184

Re: Coleman hot water on demand

Any RV water pump should work just fine. 12VDC and they have an automatic start that runs the pump when water is called for.

Or, just build a 100' tower to store your water and let gravity do the work!
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Best Place to buy Lye
Replies: 38
Views: 337

Re: Best Place to buy Lye

I have a 2 gallon plastic jug of lye water in the lantern shop that I use. I mix about like Timm stated above. I don't know how long the stuff stays potent after mixing. I started dumping my leftover small batches into the 2 gal. jug and now just use the leftovers. They still seem to work well afte...
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT What’s the best Waterproofer for a canvas tent?
Replies: 12
Views: 153

Re: OT What’s the best Waterproofer for a canvas tent?

And no, modern DWR (Durable Water Resistant) treatments should not keep the fabric from breathing. That so? Thought it was in the forum a few months back that I heard otherwise. All of my breathable, waterproof outdoor clothing uses a DWR coating. NikWax had a very good rep last time I used it--whi...
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT What’s the best Waterproofer for a canvas tent?
Replies: 12
Views: 153

Re: OT What’s the best Waterproofer for a canvas tent?

A garage or large shed. I've never found anything that works better! There are a lot of different waterproofing and fireproofing treatments out there. Some can be applied/reapplied to old cloth, some are one-and-done. Consult with a company that makes tents for your best options. And no, modern DWR ...
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Best Place to buy Lye
Replies: 38
Views: 337

Re: Best Place to buy Lye

Lye dissolving in water is a highly exothermic reaction--it releases a LOT of heat. I typically use concentrations of a tablespoon to 1/4 cup of dry lye to a gallon of water. This is little enough that the rest of the water damps out the exothermic reaction. Making high concentration solutions can b...
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Table of Providence AGAIN!
Replies: 37
Views: 474

Re: Table of Providence

Both of those are in better shape than the best of my two--and both have handles!

I have a metallic, too, but it's seen better days. Missing the handle, of course.
by Gunhippie
Wed May 05, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 220b burner frame electrolysis
Replies: 11
Views: 187

Re: 220b burner frame electrolysis

I bought an actual, adjustable PS for plating recently. Before that, I just used an old ATX PS from a discarded desktop computer. I can show you how to make one work if you want to give it a go.

I've had mixed results plating with tin, but nickel seems to be pretty easy.
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT funny
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: OT funny

Walking through Ace today, I noticed a rack of wood hanger rods for closets. None were anything approximating straight! Wood quality has gotten so bad that most of my old buddies building high-end homes are now using "engineered" lumber--LVLs, BCIs, etc--or steel. If they're building at all due to t...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Most Cherished GPA
Replies: 21
Views: 395

Re: Most Cherished GPA

It'd have to be my 426A: https://live.staticflickr.com/1584/25338960213_2297c514e3_b.jpg It's the first Coleman rebuild I undertook and how I wound up here. I bought it cheap and used many years ago (early '80s?), used it almost to death, then resurrected it. Most cherished lantern? I love them all!...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: What to do with that stinky old fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 318

Re:

Colin Fletcher, in his book The Complete Walker , once allowed that "due to an improbable series of events" that the Sigg bottle he carried along on a hike contained not CF, but 2-stroke chainsaw mix. He was not a happy camper, but it did burn. I'm not persuaded there is much of an intermediate sta...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT. Pecan trees??
Replies: 20
Views: 247

Re: OT. Pecan trees??

Just keep it well watered for the first year and you'll be fine. I've transplanted some pretty big walnuts, too. Never done a pecan--too far north.
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 11:14 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: What is this type of plaster texture called?
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: What is this type of plaster texture called?

That's your basic gun coat. You can buy a cheap gun that spatters out drywall mud to replicate the texture, but you'll need a good compressor to run it.
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT. Pecan trees??
Replies: 20
Views: 247

Re: OT. Pecan trees??

Don't cut it down! Take a SHARP shovel and make a deep cut between the two trees and around the one you want to move, about 18" out form the trunk. Keep it well watered this season and you'll have a nice root structure established for when you want to dig it up and move it in the fall. Fill the hol...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT. Pecan trees??
Replies: 20
Views: 247

Re: OT. Pecan trees??

Correct. What you're doing is forcing the tree roots to branch out around the cut, meaning you can get a good rootball in the fall that will be able to re-establish quickly. You just want to cut the roots, not make a trench. That's what you'll do when you extract the rootball. I'd kind of forgotten ...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Electrolysis for 500 stove burner/bottom plate?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Electrolysis for 500 stove burner/bottom plate?

Ah, those screws that hold the burner to the base plate can be a b****. I rebuilt and repainted my 500A without removing them. If you find any tiny scraps of silver paint on the base plate or burner, Rustoleum High Temp Flat Silver 2,000F is a very good choice. It'll even hold up pretty well on the ...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT. Pecan trees??
Replies: 20
Views: 247

Re: OT. Pecan trees??

Don't cut it down! Take a SHARP shovel and make a deep cut between the two trees and around the one you want to move, about 18" out form the trunk. Keep it well watered this season and you'll have a nice root structure established for when you want to dig it up and move it in the fall. Fill the hole...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Best Place to buy Lye
Replies: 38
Views: 337

Re: Best Place to buy Lye

Automatic dishwasher detergent is largely lye.

If you're friendly with a local brewery, see if they'll give you some. Very common cleaner in breweries, dairies and wineries. They'll buy it by the 55gal drum.
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: What to do with that stinky old fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 318

Re: What to do with that stinky old fuel?

This https://live.staticflickr.com/4232/35656445445_b6595386fe_b.jpg is stinky old fuel! That stuff looks pristine! PS: Some 2-stroke oil is a greenish-blue color. 2 stroke has not worked well in lanterns in my experience. Constant spinning of the cleaner lever just to keep it going. I looked closer...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT: Best job you've had
Replies: 29
Views: 320

Re: OT: Best job you've had

.... The job paid well but I had to wait on the annual funding which is nerve racking. No paid vacation, retirement, insurance or sick leave. If I wasn’t working, I wasn’t earning. That part blew. That, in a capsule, is being a contractor for the US gummint! I'd be sitting on pins and needles this ...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Epay 200A resurrection
Replies: 16
Views: 271

Re: Epay 200A resurrection

There's a snorkle attached at the base of the pump tube that opens near the top of the fount. The air you pump into the fount passes through this snorkle, and yes, it can get plugged. I had a plugged snorkle on a 400B stove. Soaked it overnight in denatured alcohol, and I was able to force the plug...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT: Best job you've had
Replies: 29
Views: 320

Re: OT: Best job you've had

I now work for Toby. Distantly. I'm leaning on a broom right now!

What's the benny package?
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT: Best job you've had
Replies: 29
Views: 320

Re: OT: Best job you've had

Broom? I hire people to use brooms!

OTOH, if you mean holding a broom up while drinking coffee....
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Is there a market for etched globes?
Replies: 15
Views: 246

Re: Is there a market for etched globes?

I'd like to have another source for customs but it would have to include bulge globes.

Not that anyone here doing custom etching has done anything wrong. I just like to have multiple sources.
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Electrolysis for 500 stove burner/bottom plate?
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Electrolysis for 500 stove burner/bottom plate?

500 bottom plate was painted. Depending on CA or US and years, black or silver. I've used electrolysis for a lot of things, but never for freeing a stuck screw or bolt. Let us know how that works out! For crappy greasy stuff, I use lye for my electrolyte. Works wonders but strips paint. If your foun...
by Gunhippie
Tue May 04, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT: Best job you've had
Replies: 29
Views: 320

Re: OT: Best job you've had

Best job(s) I ever had were all in the Marine Corps. It's hard to pin down a favorite. My Assistant Harbor Master/sailing instructor gig was probably the most fun, except for maybe dropping people out of aircraft.... Did you let them have parachutes? Toby--Can I come work for you? Sounds like more ...
by Gunhippie
Mon May 03, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT: Best job you've had
Replies: 29
Views: 320

Re: OT: Best job you've had

A friend recently retired from his electrician/plumbing business. He has two grown kids and neither wanted to pick up the reins. He sold the business. Plumbers and electricians are so in demand right now it's a problem. Most want to do new construction--understandably--so if you have a bad wire or b...
by Gunhippie
Mon May 03, 2021 10:09 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT: Best job you've had
Replies: 29
Views: 320

OT: Best job you've had

Just a move to the positive to balance out the "worst job" thread. I'll start. I've been lucky, or maybe made some good decisions over the years. Lots of really hard physical labor, but some pretty good times, too. Stream Surveys for the USFS on the Mt. Hood and Wallowa-Whitman NFs were pretty high ...
by Gunhippie
Mon May 03, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: 237,249,237
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: 237,249,237

I've had a 200A with screen globe, burning CF, stop generating on a below-freezing, breezy night--but it didn't go out. It fireballed. Fortunately, I was standing right there and got it out before the picnic table was consumed, but I did have to re-paint the lantern.
by Gunhippie
Mon May 03, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT. Worst job you've had.
Replies: 31
Views: 487

Re: OT. Worst job you've had.

Thanks for the reminder, Vint. Cleaning the bathrooms at a state park. You would never believe what the public is like on vacation. Adults decorating the walls with feces? Crapping in the showers? plugging sinks up intentionally? I know that some of these were adults, as I caught some in the act. Di...
by Gunhippie
Mon May 03, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: OT. Worst job you've had.
Replies: 31
Views: 487

Re: OT. Worst job you've had.

I was on unemployment one spring. It happens out here. One of the unfortunate things about being on unemployment is that you're required to take any job offered (after you've been on for a while). I was offered the job of painting the towers on the Wallowa Lake Tramway for $7/hr. I had to take the j...
by Gunhippie
Mon May 03, 2021 3:03 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Straightening a gen tube the Hippie way
Replies: 14
Views: 329

Re: Straightening a gen tube the Hippie way

Not my experience.
by Gunhippie
Mon May 03, 2021 2:52 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Akron lamp W/Creamax shade
Replies: 18
Views: 223

Re: Akron lamp W/Creamax shade

They might not be, but I can make them. UV LEDs are not hard to find.
by Gunhippie
Sun May 02, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Straightening a gen tube the Hippie way
Replies: 14
Views: 329

Re: Straightening a gen tube the Hippie way

I use the steel plates because... well, I'm used to using steel plated to straighten pieces of metal. But I can see the wood getting better traction and having less potential to damage the soft brass.
by Gunhippie
Sun May 02, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Coleman model numbers
Replies: 23
Views: 285

Re: Coleman model numbers

427 is a lantern. 413, 425 and 426 are stoves. Go figure.
by Gunhippie
Sun May 02, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Time to play...Guess what's in the box?
Replies: 44
Views: 410

Re: Time to play...Guess what's in the box?

11/'51?

There must be some of those around here, but I've yet to find one. Just the regular 200s.