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My Wife got a call from the home repair department (think they call it MyHome) and the trunnion for my new saw isn't expected to arrive before Tuesday mornings repair appointment. So it will end up being 3 weeks or more before I get to use this brand new saw.

The person She talked to made it sound like the part got lost in shipping some how and might still show up sometime. I am hoping that soon they decide to just replace the saw like I should have and would have if I would have had a way to get it back out of the house and onto the truck after I saw the broken trunnion.

The good news is that I finally got the new motherboard to replace my bad one that went out at about the same time as the table saw problems started.

I am beginning to think some one doesn't want me to do any wood working with all of these problems and delays.
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Maybe the wrong "someone", just hang in there buddy it will all be good soon. I would think that this time next year this will all be a distant memory. That is how it has worked for me in the past anyway.

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My Wife got a call from the home repair department (think they call it MyHome) and the trunnion for my new saw isn't expected to arrive before Tuesday mornings repair appointment. So it will end up being 3 weeks or more before I get to use this brand new saw.

The person She talked to made it sound like the part got lost in shipping some how and might still show up sometime. I am hoping that soon they decide to just replace the saw like I should have and would have if I would have had a way to get it back out of the house and onto the truck after I saw the broken trunnion.

The good news is that I finally got the new motherboard to replace my bad one that went out at about the same time as the table saw problems started.

I am beginning to think some one doesn't want me to do any wood working with all of these problems and delays.
All such "inconveniences" are merely challenges on your road to Nirvana. All will be quickly forgotten when you overcome them.

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I sure hope so as it has been a very frustrating couple of weeks already. And at a terrible time of the year for me to add stress to my Wife or to ask my dad to help out as they are busy doing taxes for another month.

I do wonder how the trunnion broke in the first place. The thing weighs a ton (265lbs total for saw) and is a huge chunk of cast iron. The repair guy said it would have to be dropped several feet to break like it did. I know it didn't get dropped loading or unloading and any banging around getting it into the house was minor and I used a ramp and a furniture dolly to take it down the 4 steps from the garage to the basement. Should say they used as it was mainly my Wife and a friend doing it all.
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I sure hope so as it has been a very frustrating couple of weeks already. And at a terrible time of the year for me to add stress to my Wife or to ask my dad to help out as they are busy doing taxes for another month.

I do wonder how the trunnion broke in the first place. The thing weighs a ton (265lbs total for saw) and is a huge chunk of cast iron. The repair guy said it would have to be dropped several feet to break like it did. I know it didn't get dropped loading or unloading and any banging around getting it into the house was minor and I used a ramp and a furniture dolly to take it down the 4 steps from the garage to the basement. Should say they used as it was mainly my Wife and a friend doing it all.
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Boy are you lucky. My saw was 485 lbs in the box and I ended up manhandling the d***** thing myself. An hydraulic car jack, 4x4 blocks and a hand truck sure came in handy that day.

Trunions don't just break and it wouldn't get broken once placed in the cabinet. I would suggest they over tightened it and during the cold and warm cycling of truck and warehouse, it cracked and broke. They should replace the entire saw. Who knows what else was stressed. I know I'm not going to be popular with your poor wife but just think how strong she's getting Oooops sorry

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I think She is going to try and insist on a total replacement with pick up and install tomorrow. Parts and the service department can not tell Her when to expect the trunnion at all. She is thinking with that problem plus the fact the previous craftsman saw knocked me down to the ground and I weigh a lot closer to your saw than mine, there is a good chance of it happening. The repair guy told Her that he thought our previous saw had a recall in it's past for the problem of the blade guard coming loose so that should be something else in Her favor when she talks to both parts and the claims/public relations/customer service people. Both are supposed to be calling back in a few hours now...just realized it is 6am and She might even call them first.

It was scheduled to be repaired today sometime between 8am and 12pm.

I have done 2 plus weeks without a saw and just did almost 2 weeks without my main computer. So not been the nicest time around here especially with my Wife normally working at least 12 hours a day most days of the week. She did get told to take Saturday and part of Sunday off, but spent it catching up around the house and Sunday She went to a play with friends (where 3 out of the 4 had problems staying awake) and then spent the evening either doing taxes or being the helper/gofer during the new computer build. Only another month to go now and then She can go back to 6-8 hour days and 4 days a week most of the time.

We have several rope hoists, my dad has a come-along, a large floor jack, a small floor jack and some bottle jacks. We figure the combination of all of that and 3 or 4 of us will make it pretty easy to get up onto the stand. I didn't think of using 4x4's or cement blocks to build an intermediate level to rest it on. That is a good idea and I hope I remember that when it comes time to put it on the stand.

My legs have gone done hill so fast, especially the knees, that even as few as 6 years ago I could have probably lifted the thing up there myself with just a little help as long as I didn't have to take a full step. I couldn't walk much back then already (not much since 1995-1999 or so depending on pain levels) but at least I could still lift things. At the beginning of last year and even up until around Easter or so I could even help lift the scooter into the back of the truck. Sometimes using leverage I even used to do it by my self and it is over 300lbs if you don't remove the chair or batteries and I normally only took off the chair. Now I am a danger to the other people trying to lift things if any movement is required on my part. I guess over all it isn't too bad for a guy who was told his hips and knees were like an 80yr old guys almost 25 years ago.

As for my Wife, it continues to amaze me what She ends up able to do (or that she puts up with me).

long whining post from a guy who wants his saw back and doesn't want to turn 45 in 2 months.
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Derek as they say, misery loves company and it's rained here for 3 days so misery is my best friend at the moment. There is not enough meds to battle the pain the cold and the rain brings. I have Fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, and a pair of bad knees that have both been operated on once already. Until I joined this forum, my biggest fear was ending up in a wheel chair sometime in the next 5-7 years and not being able to do any of the things I enjoy anymore including wood working. But folks on this forum have sure taught me that while these things may slow me down a tad, if I want it bad enough I'll be able to continue to do the things I enjoy long past retirement.
This week I am installing laminate flooring in the kitchen and bathroom. For "normal" folks, this would be a one day job per room. I am alloting a week for each room. All of this will have to be done with me on my unhappy knees. Translation - most of it will be done on my butt..LOL. My new blood pressure medication has added another complication where I get severe leg and foot cramps all the time. So there will be some loud screaming at certain points. The spouse is still working midnights so I will have to do the work later in the evenings so the screaming won't wake anyone. Not to mention that I would like to drag the compound miter saw up to the kitchen so I don't have to run back and forth to the garage to make cuts. Good thing it's on wheels. The spouse does help me, but doesn't baby me and I prefer it that way. When I absolutely can't do something I ask for help. Usually AFTER I hurt myself trying.
The sun is shining today so my body aches are slowly subsiding. I am gathering the "wrecking" tools and planning to start the kitchen tonight.
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I didn't think of using 4x4's or cement blocks to build an intermediate level to rest it on.
Attach the legs to the body of the saw. Lift up the legs with the top resting on the floor and put something medium sized under the legs as close to the top as you can. Push down on the legs and the top should lift up. Put something under the top to prop it up. Push the legs down to the floor and prop up the top some more. Brace the legs on the floor and push up the top the rest of the way.

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As for my Wife, it continues to amaze me what She ends up able to do (or that she puts up with me).

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Thank you all.

My Wife does baby me some now, but that is because we both got yelled at the summer of pain clinics for me still doing too much yet just because my upper body was extra strong from the years of crutches as a kid. When something just has to be done and the rest aren't strong enough I still do the stuff just so long as they can take over once I get it lifted. When it is just the two of us or sometimes my dad stopping over to help out a bit (he isn't supposed to do much as he had a massive heart attack 10-12years ago) things that should take a day or a weekend normally take weeks or months. Can't count on younger brother to do it all now either as he had his heart attack 2 years ago this summer....think he was just 40 whereas dad waited until he was 56 or 58.

Does make me a bit glad to hear I am not the only person who dreads rainy days. My Wife says my attitude is a much better forecaster than the weatherman. I guess I get a bit more irritable when it is going to actually rain. or the weather change drastically one way or another.

I used to cook. She gets scared by the mess I make when I do it even if afterwards the kitchen would often be cleaner than She keeps it. She just couldn't stand the counters, the stove and the table full of stuff and me rolling back and forth between things on one of the kitchen chairs when I used to do it. Now I couldn't do it as often I can't stand up long enough to even nuke something and the microwave got moved to over the stove since I used to cook.

I saw some one else write about lifting the saw up that way. I think it was on a sears or sears craftsman site.

I did also have the dog eat my blackberry and case in the last month, computer go bad, scooter not work at all the last 3 times some one has tried to bring it out for me.

Good part is I am now typing on an almost new computer with a brand new motherboard and a 2.9ghz quad core processor along with another 1 tb drive, putting me up over 4tb I think when the ones I have stashed in other computers or external cases are counted. Got the new phone case today, the replacement phone just a few days after the young dog ate it as we bought the insurance. So been some bright spots.

Gotta go now as time to get ready for the monthly doc visit to refill the pain pills as it he can't just fax in a ms-contin prescription like he used to be when I was on lessor pain pills like darvocet or percodan. Was supposed to be last Tuesday as normal, but with all of the confusion around here it didn't get scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday like most months.
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Default Another update.

Today Sears Parts said they are having a hard time getting the part, moving off the previous story of the part was shipped and they were looking for the tracking information.

The person talked to agreed about a new saw and put that into the file and supposedly passed it up to the next higher level in the chain.
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