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liplipliplip

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  1. I didn't find any lead. I made a lot more work for myself starting off with a weak chemical stripper. A few hours with an angle grinder with a flap disc would brought it down to bare metal pretty easily. Media blasting might be good on the seat itself, lots of weird angles, but definitely not necessary.
  2. Haha, unfortunately I haven’t heard of any ski-lift-chairs-and-coffee events. but all seriousness, haven’t worked with metal before, just asking stupid questions to get good directions. My restraint bar has spots where it’s rusted through, that’ll take bondo, but the rest I’ll treat some other way
  3. Decided to start fishing with hand grenades, busted out the grinder and flap discs. Coming across a lot of pitted rust, anybody have any advice on what to do? Part of me wants to just prime over it, but not sure. I feel like grinding it out and using bondo to flatten out the divots is a little extra. Also, lmk if I should move this to a general thread.
  4. Yeah, bought it for my parents. Hoping they don’t want it so I can have a second porch swing
  5. Starting to pull some paint off and the chair is finally in 3 pieces. Four bolts hold the seat to the hanging bar and the restraint bar isn’t mechanically fastened, you just have to pull it off of the pins that hold it in place. Starting to see some metal poke through but the citristrip largely just ate through the outer 1-3 layers of paint. In hindsight, the airplane paint remover you can buy at autozone and the like would’ve eaten this paint a lot quicker, but that stuff is crazy toxic. I’m also on a well, doing this work outside, and airplane paint remover needs to be neutralized by water before handling and I want none of it going into the groundwater
  6. All I want to do for now is strip the paint and rust, get a protective primer on there, and paint it. Eventually it’ll hang or be a bench but in the meantime rust has already done enough damage on mine
  7. Now that the weather’s a bit warmer and my schedule has started to calm down I thought I’d start to work on the chair. The bolts holding the hanging bar to the seat are painted pretty tight, as are the bolds securing the restraint bar to the seat, so plan for now is see how far a chemical paint stripper can take me. I’m trying citristrip and will leave it on for the full 24 hrs. By my count there are at least 6 coats of paint on these things. I’ve tested a few times for lead and haven’t found any yet but am still a bit afraid to strip with a disk and have airborn paint dust.
  8. I don't know, new management taking away a benefit from unpaid volunteers shows the new management values them less than old management. If the mountain is closing because they can't muster up volunteer patrol, it does show the work they were doing was valuable. Just disappointing to see corporate policy overtake mountain personality. If Vail owned Mad River Glen, they'd close the single chair citing safety.
  9. Ah. Vail cancelled the benefit volunteers get of free passes for family of volunteers. That'll do it...
  10. I'd bet they struggle for the rest of the season. A lot of their patrol are volunteers with lifetime passes, from the looks of it a lot of them aren't fans of Vail and "retired." Seems like Vail is hurting for staff and coming up short on recruitment across the board. Every other day there's IG and facebook stories up asking for lifties at Frost and Boulder.
  11. Update! I know everyone has been on the edge of their seats for months now, but it has snowed and I've got a few miles on the Tubbs now. Overall, very pleased with them. The boa binding makes putting them on and off a breeze and they're much more lightweight than I thought they'd be. The shoes really don't impact your stride at all, you can walk fairly normally in them, and it's easy to feel unaware you're wearing the shoe. The float isn't as good as I had hoped but I dont really plan to use these in particularly deep snow or particularly isolated trails so I'm happy to live with it. It's also worth mentioning the grip on hardpack is pretty great. Only complaint I have is that I've slipped out of the binding a few times, but I think that's more due to the shape of my boots. The binding can be put back on without taking your glove off anyway, so it isn't the end of the world, yet. Goal for the purchase was buy something that was easy and comfortable enough to operate so my wife wouldn't put her nose up to snowshowing while also performing well on the trails I'd like to use them on. I'd say the Tubb's RDG hits that goal.
  12. I forget who it was, but whoever it was that recommended indenting a beer can below the opening for a smoother pour is both a gentleman and a scholar.
  13. Great day today guys, first experience at blue and definitely not my last. Awesome meeting you all, thanks for being so welcoming in the lot, looking forward to getting back out there sometime soon!
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