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Old 03-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #2371
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The tub enclosure is getting close. I will need a step for getting in and out. Campbell came up with the idea for a massive beam. I just so happen to have one. Unfortunately I have left it outside uncovered. I cut it ruff and am drying it on top of the pellet stove. I think about a week drying should get it. I have time. Here are a couple pic's dorf dude...
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:21 PM   #2372
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Just rotate the chunk of wood 90 degrees every day to avoid one dry side and 3 others not as dry. That should keep thing stable after a week and drive the moisture out uniformly.

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Almost done with the tiles. I ran out of light and energy. I made an access panel for the drain. I used 2 hard drive magnets and a couple washers to hold it in place. For holding the tiles up in the cube I used a slat just slightly longer than the height, worked great. For cutting the tiles I made up a jig. I just moved the screws as each piece was cut. Beats the heck out of trying to hold them with your foot as you cut. Matt's brother showed up and got the shop/tent hooked up to the main power. No more extension cord running across the yard. Here are a few pic's. dorf dude...
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:54 PM   #2374
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Today I got the grout in. Now I know why I don't like doing tile. What a pain to get nice and clean. Black was not the best choice but well worth the effort. The contrast is fantastic. Greg stopped by and gave me a hand mounting the sink and urinal. Starting to look like a bathroom. I have a little more tiling and grouting to do. Today was Sunday so I had to keep quiet. No grinders cutting tiles. I found a company selling PV solar systems that just hook up to a normal household socket. I ordered a 735 watt system. It is only 3 panels but I can expand it in the future. No new hardware to buy. They have micro inverters that mount behind the panels and parallel up with each other. I have been waiting for this type of system. No electrician needed to tie it into the grid. Pay back time is about 8 years. I plan on adding more in the future. Here are a couple pic's of the bath. The tiles need a final wash in a couple days after the grout has really set up. dorf dude...
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:30 PM   #2375
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That's ok at the the moment because I start a new job on Monday. I could only give a 2 days notice and my boss is really mad at me. After 4 1/2 years it was time to go. I will be Maint Tech on a mobile Counter IED suite.
http://ict.usc.edu/projects/mobile_c..._trainer_mcit/
This was a couple of years ago, page 95 haha, but I went to look at that web site and wanted to ask if you/the branch you work in now have had any involvement with a virtual environment called Opensim?
It is similar to "SecondLife" with a fully interactive virtual 3D world you can build in, move around in etc. I run a server from home, connected to a public access grid in Germany in fact and here's a couple of pics of a building I did last year, it took 3 months and over 9,000 objects. I don't want to derail your house thread, so if this is something you do too, we should do a thread on this as a new topic.

You mention working in a military branch, and this is soemthing happening now in fact, and there is talk about using opensimulator software for various simulations as well as for vets with PTS to use to decompress with:

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The Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy: Rationale and Use Cases
The Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) is an experiment designed to test the limits of 100% open source software designed to re-create the stable Second Life(r) experience. The primary goal is to determine if MOSES can be placed on a private network, behind a firewall, and completely disconnected from the Internet. MOSES is hosted at the U.S. Army Research Lab Simulation & Training Technology Center in Orlando, Fl. It is installed on US Army servers and maintained by the Army. It is connected to a commercial network so that users access it from the open Internet.





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Old 03-24-2013, 05:38 PM   #2376
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This is the true sense of Ironic. I didn't even open it or read it. My dog really did eat it. Now I have to buy a new one to replace it. She is getting to be quite the handful. dorf dude...



LOL!!!!!!! that's gotta the funniest damn picture I've seen in a long time hahaha, trust me, those of us with dogs are no strangers to the irony of events like this one, mine have mostly taught me to keep pens and all papers off my desk, if I don't, when I come home the pen is certain to be on the floor in pieces with blue ink all over, and the papers are guaranteed to be securely shreaded and left randomly across the floor like so many rose petals scattered by the wind. Of course only the most critical portions of any paperwork's text will be consumed while the rest of it is just shreaded

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With the price of gas so expensive here, over $8 a gallon, I will probably switch to fuel injection. It will pay for itself in short order. dorf dude...
The funny thing is how people in the USA scream gripe and complain when gas went UP to $3 a gallon, and I tell people that in Europe, people pay twice what we do as a normal price. I also tell people the Canadian keystone pipeline is NOT to bring us cheaper gas, it's for Canada to send it to the Gulf port cheaper to sell it OVERSEAS where people would be happy to get it for as cheap as $6 a gallon, they aren't going to sell their $6 gas to us for $3!!!!

I usually drive a scooter, 80 mpg, popular in Taiwan and many places in Europe, catching on here in states but still too many get in their "two ton tanks" (3/4 ton pickups with dual rear wheels and extended cabs) to go to the grocery store 3 blocks away for ONE bag of groceries, then they complain and whine about it costing $100 to fill the tank...
I bought this a year ago this month, it already has 2000 km on it, I even ride it when it's down in the single digits F to work, the store etc. I can carry 3 bags of groceries on it. Hardly ever use the car any more now, this runs real nice, about 35 mph (50-55km) electric and kick start and it was under $700


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Dude, tell us what you are doing to fix the tile to the walls.

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Old 03-25-2013, 01:49 PM   #2378
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Want to point out to everyone that -40 C = -40 F.

Tell us about the rolling window shutters, costs, etc. I assume you have them on your windows. Options-insulated pvc, etc.

Out of curiosity I looked them up here in the states, they sell them especially in Florida for hurricane and security, but all the homes they are pictured installed on are these huge, expensive McMansion.
One site that actually listed prices- the others all had contact forms for "estimates" so you know they are expensive!!!

I punched in an approximate rough double hung window size of about 36" x 60" and the manually operated one was over $600, the motorized one was over $1,000
So, figure on about $1,000 per window at least.
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Dude, tell us what you are doing to fix the tile to the walls.

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Here is the link to the glue I used. This is really tough stuff. The tiles won't be falling off in my lifetime. dorf dude...
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When I lived in northern MI, my wife got criticized by older neighbors for hanging out laundry on a Sunday even though she worked 6 days a week.
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Wow is all I can say, that and DD's situation about noise/work on sundays sounds a lot like the antiquated, and I might add unconstitutional "blue laws" in the US back bafore the 1950s when it was an actual crime to open a business on sundays or buy alcohol.

Thankfully, "the church" here no longer has the power it once had to arrest, try, and even execute people being accused of or suspected of being "witches," or fining/jailing business owners for daring to open a business on sunday even if their belief system was totally different.

I'm old enough to remember the "blue laws" and I'm amazed they lasted as long as they did, now sunday is like any other day of the week, most larger businesses and stores are open, except banks, those that aren't open choose not to open, but it's no longer under threats of fines or jail.


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Here in West Michigan, if you live in Hudsonville or Holland, you can be pretty sure that a lot of businesses won't be open on Sunday, but it's better than it used to be. I believe you still can't buy alcohol on Sundays in those towns.

A guy my brother used to work with lives in Hudsonville. The guy was working 60 to 70 hours a week and the only day he had off and could get work done around his house was Sundays. He was outside washing his car one sunny summer day and the water stopped coming out of his hose.

He set it down and walked over to the spigot around the other side of his house and the thing was turned off. He thought that was strange, turned it back on and went back to cleaning his car.

Pretty soon, it stopped working again. He went around the house and turned it back on. Well, this happened a few more times and he couldn't figure out what the heck was going on. So he stood just off to the side where he couldn't be seen from the spigot and as soon as it shut off again, he poked his head around the corner and caught his elderly neighbor guy shutting it off.

When he went over there, the old guy lectured him about not working on Sundays. They take it pretty seriously around there.
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Here in West Michigan, if you live in Hudsonville or Holland, you can be pretty sure that a lot of businesses won't be open on Sunday, but it's better than it used to be.
That's more of a they are already open 6 days and do need a day off kind of thing, and sundays are usually slow anyway.


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I believe you still can't buy alcohol on Sundays in those towns.
Which if enforced by anyone probably violates something I'm sure, it just hasn't been challenged there yet in court, but I find it pretty outrageous that one religion foists it's own rules on everyone else that way. They ar elucky I don't drink or live there, because I WOULD file and go to court for my rights to purchase a legal product on any day of the week I want to.

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He was outside washing his car one sunny summer day and the water stopped coming out of his hose.

Pretty soon, it stopped working again. He went around the house and turned it back on. Well, this happened a few more times and he couldn't figure out what the heck was going on. So he stood just off to the side where he couldn't be seen from the spigot and as soon as it shut off again, he poked his head around the corner and caught his elderly neighbor guy shutting it off.
Oh boy, someone tries that kind of stunt on my property I simply would not tolerate that one bit! He would get one warning, then the next time the police will be on his doorstep citing him for trespassing, I would take that very seriously here!
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Greg came over and framed in the roof window. I got the silicone done and the tub is set. I'll let it dry over night and the water connections should be done tomorrow. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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Tub is done. I took my first bath on Easter. I got the floor all cleaned up and put down the underlay. It is a foil sided foam, about 2mm thick. Urinal is working too. The toilet will go in once the floor is done. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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