Sooooo happy to have the shop functional again, I decided to get to work and do something simple to begin break in the new space.
With the paint booth finally ready, I wanted to get moving on Roy and Don's paint as they've been beyond humanly patient. Into the blaster go the parts, the compressor chugs to a rythmic beat, and I press the pedal to flow some media...phhhht! Hmmm, that's not right. Phhhht. Nope, not right at all.
Now the blaster has been less than stellar the last couple of months, but I figured some of it was attributed to this...
A little more investigation showed me why...
The siphon tube had a huge hole worn through it and the gun barb on the other end was equally eaten away. Gonna have to run to Bad Boy Blasters in Canton to pick up some new parts.
Stymied with my paint prep, I turned my energies to something else.
I set to mitering, turning and welding together some bars to take along to Nahbs in Austin. The bars are an integral part of my show, as it is a product that lends it's self to strong after market appeal and yields a fair bit of sales, effectively paying for my attendance costs. Without the sales of bars, posts, and tee's, I don't know if I could justify the cost of attendance even though I feel very strongly that I must be there to support the growth and progression of the independent hand built bicycle.
Say a prayer if ya will, it's gonna be a rough ride