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  1. Harvested a bunch of veggies and will set up my vegetable stand today...

    1. Joseph Fireborn
    2. glazenerd


      Brings back memories of picking veggies out of the garden and eating them raw. My favorite way actually.

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      we get our veggies from garden

  2. So NP71, have you made any progress with your troubleshooting? Another thought...you said that the bubble rotates when you turn the wheel. If that's the case, the plaster in the wheel head may not be level and that should be a relatively easy fix...remove some or all of the plaster and re-pour new plaster. JK
  3. I finally gotten my hands on the clay after more than a year and two hand surgeries. Yaay!

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    2. Diane34


      I know that feeling! Good luck and happy potting. :-)

    3. Marko


      Good for you. Have so much fun.

    4. Evelyne Schoenmann

      Evelyne Schoenmann

      I am so happy for you Johnny! I know how it is and how happy one can be when everything is possible once again. Enjoy clay and show us the results.


  4. OK, let's start this way. Grab ahold of the bucket head and try to shake it from side to side. If it moves at all, you have a bad bearing. If it doesn't move we can guess that the bearing is still sound. Take your handy dandy smart phone with the level app and set it vertically against the bottom of the shaft after you clean the masking tape off the shaft and note the reading. Then place it at the top of the shaft; note the reading. You should get the same reading at the top and bottom. Rotate the shaft 180 degrees; take the same readings at top and bottom. If the second set of readings is different from the first set, it would indicate a bent shaft. Take a straightedge that will span the splash pan across the center of the wheel. Then take a ruler and position it vertically on the edge of the bucket head. Holding the vertical in place, slowly rotate the bucket head and note any change in the clearance between the bottom of the vertical and the bucket head as you rotate. Take note of the gap if there is one. Call it gap #1. Then take the vertical ruler and place it along the outside edge of the bucket head and slowly rotate the head and note any change in clearance. Call it Gap #2. Re: Gap #1...how much is it? 0.8* is not a whole lot over 12" so the gap should be fairly small. To level the assembly without taking the whole thing apart you could mark the low spot on the bucket and at points 60* on either side of the low spot, build up shims with masking tape using the same amount at each 60* position. Placing a plywood bat on the bucket should give you a level surface to work from. JK
  5. Hi, NP71, Welcome to the forum... Can you post some pictures of your unit? Close-ups from the sides and underneath the bucket would be helpful. Have you tried running it without the bad bats? Is the wobble side to side or up and down, and how bad is the wobble? Could be just a bearing problem.... Let's start with some pics JohnnyK
  6. The thumb is still connected to the wrist with muscles and tendons. Over time, scar tissue builds up in the area where the bone was removed. It's been 10 months since my right hand was fixed and it's pretty much back to full strength. Five months on the left hand...there is still some weakness and it's improving every day. There are a number of other versions of this surgery, most of which incorporate the splitting of a tendon in the forearm and rolling it into a ball, then placing the tendon ball in the joint to provide the cushioning. It is called "the Anchovy Method" because the tendon apparently looks like a rolled anchovy. I've spoken to a few folks who have had it done this way and a year later they are still having pain in the joint. If you look on YouTube for Thumb CMC arthroplasty you will see many of this type of videos. I was never able to see a video of my type of surgery, but considering the results I've experienced, I am not complaining. If you go the surgery route, you may have to do some research to find an orthopedic surgeon in your area who performs the hematoma distension arthroplasty. Good luck with whatever you do! JohnnyK
  7. I feel (rather, I felt) your pain, Algebraist. It's been nine months since my first hand surgery (the right) and a little over 3 months since I had the left hand done. Degenerative arthritis from more than 35 years of abusing my hands as a remodeling contractor was the reason for the surgeries. The surgery was called a Carpometacarpal hematoma distension arthroplasty. The surgeon removes the "trapezium" bone between the thumb and the wrist. Full recovery takes from 6 months to a year. The right hand is just about perfect, the left less so because of a problem with the next joint up. Anyway, after six weeks in a hard cast and six weeks of physical therapy and hand exercises 3 times a day, the left is progressing pretty well and I'm just itching to get my hands throwing again. An appointment with my orthopedist later this AM will give me a clue as to when that can happen. As such, a session with an orthopedist and some x-rays might better get you moving in the right direction regarding the diagnosis. Good luck, JohnnyK
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