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Old 09-08-2017, 07:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default That pesky hurricane...

Hey John;

Just a though for you, your family and your employees as that storm bears down on you:

Keep Safe!

And if you have to evacuate all your Pantera's... they can come and stay at my place, I don't mind!

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Old 09-12-2017, 08:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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ditto, I have room for you+family John..
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So John, how did you all fair?
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Spent the days leading up to the storm securing the place and making ready. For example, chained the helicopter between a couple of trucks to protect it from the expected winds. The storm hit Sunday and no surprise, we lost power (and internet). Got power back Thursday and internet the next. Spent two days cleaning up broken tree limbs then mowed the south 40 on Friday because the water had unleashed a growth spurt (lots of sunshine the days following one of these monsters). Unfortunately, had some roof damage and water intrusion in our home. Make no mistake, a drop in the bucket compared to some in South Florida and our brothers in and around Houston but nevertheless, a pain in the hind quarters. No damage in the machine shop or the warehouse but due to lightning we lost the computer on which the database resides. No data loss because we have a backup plan but this exposed a weakness in the system because resurrecting the computer that houses the front end proved problematic. So much so that I began exploring alternatives way to access the data, which was shaping up to be a royal pain in the hindquarters. Fortunately, a new motherboard resolved the issue altogether (glad I had a store bought HP computer working as the server because despite being 5 years old, and with a lot in common with us and the Pantera, I was able to find the parts required so we dodged a bullet). Anyway, we've about got everything back up and running and began shipping again yesterday. We're behind on this and fielding a few irate phone calls but fortunately, most folks are understanding.

Meanwhile, proving that when it rains it pours, last Friday Lynn asked why her car resembled a low rider. Turns out the rear suspension uses air springs instead of steel coil spring (for the self-leveling feature) and it was collapsed. Started the car and it pumped back up and held overnight so I was perplexed. Then on Saturday morning we stopped at the bank and were inside just 20 minutes and came out to find it collapsed once again. Since it held overnight I deduced the air bags and the tubing was OK and the problem lay with the valve system (the one that releases air). Thought I could disassemble it, clean the valve seat or free a sticking solenoid and set it right, but on reflection decided I didn't want to 'fix' it only to have it not be really fixed (because it's Lynn's car) and thus, instead I ordered a new control valve. Ordered parts on Monday and they arrived yesterday so I immediately set out to effect the repair. As an aside, last year I stumbled on a 2-post car lift on Craigslist and bought it (I'm car-queer and have always wanted one). Paid $1500 for a like new unit that routinely sells for $3500 and this was the first time I would use it in anger (although a good friend has used it twice already). Anyway, since the dealer wanted $1200 to effect the repair and new parts cost me a bit over $300 I figure I'm well on my way to paying for the acquisition.

So in response to the question, all is good at chez Beech - thanks for asking!
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