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    mllud22- Yeah, the plans call for 5/8" carriage...

    mllud22- Yeah, the plans call for 5/8" carriage bolts to pass through the custom brackets at both the top and bottom of the ram jack. Nah, I haven't finished yet, unfortunately. There has been an...
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    So I decided to see if I could finish off at...

    So I decided to see if I could finish off at least one of the ram jack installations tonight. Yeah not quite. I encountered a small issue. It's not a big deal and is easily overcome, but I'll need...
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    Had family stuff to do today, so I didn't have...

    Had family stuff to do today, so I didn't have enough time to do any real work on the gantry. However I did manage to pull the ram jacks out of the corner of the garage where I had been storing...
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    As someone who worries about most everything, I...

    As someone who worries about most everything, I do think about the welds sometimes, along with other things. A few of them were in hard-to-reach places, so I got a little undercut. I ended up...
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    Deluge2- Thank you for the interest as well. ...

    Deluge2-

    Thank you for the interest as well. Yeah I don't understand the brevity thing, but perhaps machinists are just known for short attention spans. I try to get along so I follow this...
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    With the recent thought I've been giving to the...

    With the recent thought I've been giving to the verticals I decided that tonight I'd focus on the ram jacks. I've been avoiding this part of the build but there's no getting around it any longer. ...
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    That was the idea, yeah.

    That was the idea, yeah.
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    Thank you for the feedback everyone and in...

    Thank you for the feedback everyone and in particular Rob F.

    Well I guess it comes down to how you define small then ... I was thinking 1/4" and to me that was kinda small in this context. That...
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    Adding weep holes to the list: 1) Drill pin...

    Adding weep holes to the list:

    1) Drill pin holes and secure pins. [DONE]
    2) Weld caster support plates to the legs/feet. Secure caster h/w. [DONE]
    3) Remove inners, clean & prep, then paint the...
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    Rob F.- Smart man you are. Stole my thunder 'n...

    Rob F.- Smart man you are. Stole my thunder 'n everything. :D Yes, while it is not in my list (I considered it a detail that might not be of interest, so I didn't include it) my plan to address...
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    Alright, to pick back up on the...

    Alright, to pick back up on the pins-don't-support-any-weight business...

    That is because as you see the it in the pictures in a previous post, the inner vertical is completely inserted into the...
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    ballen & mllud22- Thank you for the interest in...

    ballen & mllud22- Thank you for the interest in the build. The locking pins I chose are made of 17-4 PH stainless steel with a breaking (or sheer) strength of 36,500 lbs. Thus I think they'd hold...
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    Made time to work on the locking pin stuff this...

    Made time to work on the locking pin stuff this afternoon. Funny but I found these last 4 holes the easiest to drill out of all 76. Not sure why that was, but I suspect that the thinner wall...
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    Quick update, hardly worthy of a post, but ......

    Quick update, hardly worthy of a post, but ... tonight I got to the sides of the components that I couldn't get to when I painted the other night, so the first coat (and likely only) is fully...
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    Well y'all, I've been offline for the past few...

    Well y'all, I've been offline for the past few days dealing with the Grandma thing. Her dementia elevated to the point where she needed more care than I could provide, unfortunately. So I did what...
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    So I spent a late night or two looking at options...

    So I spent a late night or two looking at options for pins that I might use to lock the inner and outer verticals together. The general idea I had was to find one that was at least 1/2" thick in...
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    So I spent a late night or two looking at options...

    So I spent a late night or two looking at options for pins that I might use to lock the inner and outer verticals together. The general idea I had was to find one that was at least 1/2" thick in...
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    Well, how have y'all been? I hope that you had a...

    Well, how have y'all been? I hope that you had a good 4th holiday. I somehow managed to pull a few muscles during the break, so that slowed my plans to work on the gantry.:rolleyes5:

    That said,...
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    Despite the downpour we've experienced this...

    Despite the downpour we've experienced this weekend and the yard work necessary after so much of the wet stuff, I found just enough time to attempt the trial insertion of the prepped inner vertical...
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    I had short segments of available time this week,...

    I had short segments of available time this week, so I used them to work on the gantry. The objective was to weld the 1.5" x 1.5" x 3/16" angle iron onto all 4 sides of the inner verticals. This is...
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    Just a quick update ... things were slow on the...

    Just a quick update ... things were slow on the gantry project last week. The demands of elder care, work, family stuff and even more bad weather resulted in only a handful or less number of hours...
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    Happy Fathers Day to all of you dads out there!...

    Happy Fathers Day to all of you dads out there! :D

    There was a considerable amount of activity seen around here this weekend. With that in mind, I was just hopeful that there might be a smidgen...
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    Finally, I managed to get a little welding done...

    Finally, I managed to get a little welding done last night, and had planned on working on the gantry most of the day today. However, family stuff intervened; part of which was related though, as I...
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    Just as an FYI, Dave contacted me offline and we...

    Just as an FYI, Dave contacted me offline and we swapped a few build stories. Good stuff that, Dave clearly has a good knowledge base and a wealth of experience. One of the issues that we discussed...
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    Now regarding deflection stuff. Oh sure, that...

    Now regarding deflection stuff. Oh sure, that was the metric by which my calculations were made. Yield capacity was a part of what I ran the numbers on, but it was deflection that was primary. ...
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