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Old 07-04-2021, 02:25 PM
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Flyboy2610 I, too, love those roller seats. I have 4 total. The one in the workshop gets the most use so it failed. I’ll keep checking the others. You did the repair the right way. Disassemble then weld. I was in a hurry so I just cleaned the weld areas and did a larger weld but not full circles as you. Next time I’ll do as you did. I used a 7014 rod as I had them in 1/16” and 3/32”. So I got a little splatter on the red underneath fabric. It can’t be seen from topside. LOL.
Old 07-06-2021, 09:19 AM
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Greetings, Old Timers

I was born in '49. Am I geriatric enough to post here?

Most of my endeavors have been in R/C Pattern, but I used to fly in SAM events now and then and have built things like the Comet Clipper and the Super Dolphin. (Might have been spelled Dolfin.)

Many years ago I designed something I called "Gulliver's Traveler" because it was inspired by Winnie Davis' "Big Gull." I framed it up at the time, but never finished it. Ever since, it's been cluttering up the storage area of first a house in Ohio and more recently our house in North Carolina. I've decided to finish it. I have an O.S. 60 four-stroke for it, but I will need to buy a modern 3-channel radio system.

Progress so far has consisted of moving it from the attic to the workshop. It was exhausting. I may have to rest up a week.

I'll try to get some photos of the bare bones and post them here if that would be of interest. Then if I actually begin to work on it, I can do some progress posts.

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Old 07-06-2021, 12:16 PM
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Sounds exciting to me Ken!
Old 07-09-2021, 06:47 AM
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How much did you have to move? I thought you lived in a tree in the middle of Kansas?!
I live in a tree for a reason, so that I cannot accumulate soo much stuff. It was all my mums
Old 07-12-2021, 10:09 AM
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Finding a new home is turning out to be a pain, can't find anything to fit my situation so the search continues.

my leg isn't healing as fast as I'd hoped and is still a factor in my getting around, another injury would be bad news at time.

Now the population is going to get worse because a rocket engine plant is going to be built a few miles from here,...................... I can't believe all this!

I hope Everyone's move goes smoothly, I will feel better if I can just find a new home.
Old 07-12-2021, 10:32 AM
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Here is something to cheer you up!

Old 07-12-2021, 11:22 AM
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Well I started the process for a new mortgage to renovate my property, will see what the rates come back as. I did a comparison between IL and WI as far as cost of living. Property taxes are a bit lower, but income taxes are higher, so taxes are a wash. Utilities surprisingly are higher too, but vehicle registrations are lower. Overall it is a bit lower cost of living in WI only due to the lower sales taxes and lower gas taxes, but would it be worth leaving IL for. For comparison, there is a calculator out there for income tax, you put your income in, along with like 401k and other things that are not taxed, and it calculates out the taxes for fed and state, and the difference was $2000 and change between the two states, with WI taking out more, and comparing property taxes between what I have now and something similar in acres and price was $2000 lower in WI.

So now we have to decide, what do we do, renovate to sell, or renovate to live. When the last horse passes, I am thinking, if we stay, to plant an orchard of apples, cherries, etc on the 5 acres.
Old 07-13-2021, 07:15 AM
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I have Gulliver's Traveler in the shop and have been assessing its state of completion. It is quite a bit less finished than I optimistically recalled. Here's a photo of the only more or less complete subassembly:



The span of that horizontal is over 4 feet.
I have mounted the engine for fit check and ordered a spinner. Only one wing half-to-fuselage fillet was in place, so I am working on the other one.
When that's done and the spinner has arrived, I'll bring all the pieces outside and assemble it for some photos. It's a beast at 6 1/2 feet long and 12 3/4 feet span.

Ken
Old 07-13-2021, 09:12 AM
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Nice work Ken!
Old 07-13-2021, 09:58 AM
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ooh, nearly as big as a Rascal 168
Old 07-14-2021, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by acdii
Well I started the process for a new mortgage to renovate my property, will see what the rates come back as. I did a comparison between IL and WI as far as cost of living. Property taxes are a bit lower, but income taxes are higher, so taxes are a wash. Utilities surprisingly are higher too, but vehicle registrations are lower. Overall it is a bit lower cost of living in WI only due to the lower sales taxes and lower gas taxes, but would it be worth leaving IL for. For comparison, there is a calculator out there for income tax, you put your income in, along with like 401k and other things that are not taxed, and it calculates out the taxes for fed and state, and the difference was $2000 and change between the two states, with WI taking out more, and comparing property taxes between what I have now and something similar in acres and price was $2000 lower in WI.

So now we have to decide, what do we do, renovate to sell, or renovate to live. When the last horse passes, I am thinking, if we stay, to plant an orchard of apples, cherries, etc on the 5 acres.

I am having similar thoughts, If I stay in Texas I can float a loan for a house then pay it off when I sell this one. I do not like dipping into my accounts, so I use the banks (credit union) money. staying here is a option but the wife has other thoughts so I told her to get off her duff and find a new place and get off my back. moving makes me lose some tax perks. I haven't done a comparison, Probably should. I am too old for this s--- !

This monsoon type weather we are going through isn't helping either, it's been raining every day and they say it will be here another week. the grass is looking like a jungle but the coyotes seem to enjoy it. (the grass) the ground is too wet to do any cutting.

stay safe!
Old 07-14-2021, 08:45 AM
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Sounds like my yard last week. The wife has been after me to look into a riding lawnmower. I wimped out last week when she found a nearly new Craftsman 30" on Facebook. They guy selling it even delivered it. It belonged to a buddy of his who bought it, used it twice, and then hired a yard man. The blade looked new and it cuts really nice. Now for the unforeseen consequences, I had to buy a larger shed for my generator so I can store the new mower. That meant I had to move the old shed and build a new base to fit the new shed with my daughter in-law's help Sunday. I was sick all day Monday and had to take off work from working out in the heat Sunday. Still need to level the deck frame and add the plywood top then I can put the shed together. I am giving the old shed to the daughter in-law doing all the heavy lifting for me. She is coming over this afternoon to put the plywood on, I can't lift it. Heather is over 6 feet and strong as an ox and she is always willing to help. She's a keeper!
Old 07-14-2021, 09:46 AM
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We NEED the rain up here, we have cut the grass twice this year. I cut the back once, and that was Saturday. I went to the flying field and cut it yesterday afternoon after work. One really doesn't know how bad the roads really are until towing an X500 on a flatbed and watching it bounce all over the place. I had to stop and tighten the straps 3 times, going to buy some 2" commercial straps and toss these flimsy box store straps. Every one of my so called heavy duty ratchets has failed.
Old 07-14-2021, 10:10 AM
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Raining every damn day and night here, i can watch my grass growing
Old 07-14-2021, 06:42 PM
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Donny if you plan on getting a mortgage then pay it off early, make sure it does not have a prepayment penalty clause. Donít mention you are going to pay it off early. Just get a mortgage and do it.

I had a mortgage with a prepayment penalty. I sold the house early and paid about $1500.00. But, that prepayment led to positive things. When I filed my federal taxes I failed to report the payment. Then the IRS hit me with the audit from hell. At which time I included the prepayment fee plus a few other things in the audit. All told after months of back and forth with the IRS they owed me $800.00. But that audit was what got me started on retirement planning.

Iíve been retired now since June 1990. Iíve loved every minute of it. Everything is paid for except a 2021 Honda CRV I bought for my wife. I keep the old stuff.

I leave for Pennsylvania in a week and a half. Iíve been doing all the research on my truck repair. Now Iím thinking I may just do those repairs myself. Starting with the clutch and transmission mod. That is the most needed repair. I just have to get a transmission jack. Iíll know better when I get back. If I get the truck going Iíll be using my cargo trailer to move my things. Better to spend money on my things rather than a U-Haul rental.

Rain hasnít been too bad in East Texas lately. Forecast for rain all next week.
Old 07-15-2021, 04:31 AM
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I think reality is setting in with my family, even friends are warning against us moving especially at my age. the facts are we ain't no spring chickens and a big move could put us in a hurt. movers would do the heavy stuff but the cost is my concern. I cannot build the enthusiasm for this move for some reason and I am not one to move into a used home.

There is so many things holding me back for one reason or another so all I have is my gut instincts saying hang in there - so I'm hanging. If I can find maybe a few acres of land and build (get it built) a small house for us with a huge shop out back for me to cut balsa in maybe I'll get fired up ........ Idunno! Been looking into getting back in the shop but I will have to reinstall the sink and commode first since the freeze burst my pipes. It seems no matter what I want to do I have to fix it first!

My leg is feeling much better but is still inflamed so I am afraid damaging it more so I stay away from everything, Yeah I am scared, I don't want a permanent limp.

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Hang in there, Fixing your vehicle and using it for the move seems to me the best move, once done it will continue to serve, renting just leaves you and your vehicle broke.
Old 07-15-2021, 05:40 AM
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It seems like the older you get the small projects end up being big projects. I went to the lumberyard last Saturday to buy some 2 X 6s and 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood. I was shocked because for the first time I couldn't muscle my own plywood. I get winded really fast now and the chest pains sneak up when I shouldn't even be breathing hard. Reality is really starting to sink in big time!
Old 07-15-2021, 06:59 AM
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Well, so far things are looking up. All the preliminary work is done, $179K refinance with cash out is approved, 3.25% interest which lowers the monthly payment by $100. It also will pay off a HELOC we had that is no longer valid, just in payback state, which will save another $200 a month, for a $300 savings. I can apply that towards the principal instead. It will take up to 40 days to close, so won't be until September before we can get repairs started, but I can at least start getting quotes on the big stuff.

Now we may stay here 5 more years, OR not move at all. I am going to do some research into starting an orchard on my 3 1/2 tillable acres, which aren't actually tillable anymore do the fencing a a water hydrant, but can be converted to an orchard and some land can be tilled for growing vegetables. I also have room for a greenhouse once the trees are removed and the area cleared. I figure if I go into some plans now, I can make this place at least earn some money to offset costs. Anything made above costs can be put into paying it down. I had 12 years left to pay it off, and will be going back to a 30 year. Turning it into an orchard will also revert it back to AG from residential which should lower property taxes.
Old 07-15-2021, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
It seems like the older you get the small projects end up being big projects. I went to the lumberyard last Saturday to buy some 2 X 6s and 2 sheets of 3/4" plywood. I was shocked because for the first time I couldn't muscle my own plywood. I get winded really fast now and the chest pains sneak up when I shouldn't even be breathing hard. Reality is really starting to sink in big time!
That's the way it was for me before my stent. but I never got chest pain. ..................... Be careful friend!
Old 07-15-2021, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by donnyman
That's the way it was for me before my stent. but I never got chest pain. ..................... Be careful friend!
To rephrase that :Get to the doctor NOW. You KNOW that there's a problem - and those can be deadly!
Old 07-15-2021, 09:19 AM
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acdii

The AG exemption is a nice annual savings, Here one is required to be in AG two year before they grant the exemption and hit you with a two or three year retro tax when it goes back (ripoff)
Old 07-15-2021, 10:37 AM
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I am looking into it, and it is 2 years here as well. My property has been pretty much permanent pasture the past 20 years though, which makes me wonder.
Yikes! OK I just found the county map where you can review property taxes in the county. My neighbor behind me has 5.08 acres, I have 5.12. He has half in crop and his tax bill is HALF mine! I better get planting!

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Old 07-15-2021, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Stikum
To rephrase that :Get to the doctor NOW. You KNOW that there's a problem - and those can be deadly!
No worries guys, I have a cardiologist, 2 Pulmonologists, and my PCP all monitoring, they believe the chest pain is lung related and not the heart. I have a 30% blockage on the left side and an enlarged right side of the heart. I am considered to be in High-Output Heart failure. High-Output Heart failure is rare and a lot different than other forms of Heart failure. My Lung disease is the cause.

I'm a R/C builder and flier I don't do anything normal!
Old 07-15-2021, 12:26 PM
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I have been in the sick ward a few times on my ticker that baffled the docs. I finally figured it out on my own after doing some research and found a potassium deficiency can cause it. While my levels were "normal" according to the docs, my body apparently requires above normal levels of potassium to function. I can tell when my levels are low, usually after strenuous work and sweating my back cheeks off, or I forget to take my daily dose, I get heart palpitations where it feels like it skips a beat, it essentially goes 1,2, ,4-1,2, ,4. I am so out of shape that if I fast walk, my lungs ache, but that's my own damned fault. It's getting better now that I dropped almost 20 pounds of internal fat. I couldnt tie my shoe without gasping for breath, and now I can which leads me to believe the fat around my lungs and heart and other organs is diminishing. Time to get back on the treadmill and bike.
Old 07-15-2021, 03:20 PM
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Donny, I know what you are going through. Moving is not an easy decision to make. I was there all of the beginning of this new year. Lots to consider. But my decision is made. Now I just move forward to get the move done. Best to hang on to your home now until you can sort all things out. And get better physically. That is one positive I have; good health. Iím still holding at 200 lbs. Iím now trying to get down to 190 lbs. All the clothes I have that didnít fit, they all fit now. acdii, you will feel so much better once you lose some excess weight. At our age it is a battle going down in weight. Flyer you too take care of yourself. You all take care.

Today my wife told me we got a letter from a developer. They want to buy part of the land. I think I know which part. We have a large open corner. Suitable for 3 maybe 4 homes. Something Iíve been toying with in my head. First I have to get there and stay there. Iím trying to get this move over by the end of the year. Still lots to do.


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