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Old 08-18-2010, 11:55 PM   #2266
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Thanks buddy, I appreciate the information. The ferries must be huge to handle that kind of weight.

We can't wait to see your windows complete, I know they will look fantastic.
Right, out here in B.C. they build 'em big! I don't know how many vehicles the biggest ones carry, but it must be in the hundreds. Our ferry system basically is the highway between the mainland, and Vancouver Island and the gulf islands.

Next post will be about the windows...coming right up.

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OK, the glass was cut to width yesterday, and I needed to trim the height to fit. Give or take, this was about an inch.

So far, this little saw (it's only a 7" blade) is doing fine with the glass.

The blade obviously is not of very good quality, and I think if it had the diamonds running a little further up the side of the blade it may be smoother.

Don't get me wrong, the edges of the glass are absolutely smooth...but it is taking lots of really tiny chips off the corners. But nothing has broken yet, touch wood. I stress again that the cuts are being made very slowly - about 90 seconds to go through 18" of glass. Tile I would cut probably five or six times faster.

After they are cut, the glass is covered in a fine white powder. It's a mixture of glass and water. I conned the missus into doing the rotten job of cleaning. Some of the panes had what looked like some sort of oil spilled on them. We weren't sure it would come off, but...
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I took a pic after the first four panes were in, looks something like this.
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With wife number 2 doing the cleaning (good thing I wasn't doing it, we'd still be waiting!) we got the whole kit and kaboodle installed.
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It's pretty difficult to see what they really look like, but both of us are quite tickled.

Here's 3 of them close up so you get a better idea.
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When that was out of the way - along with the obligatory swim - I started on the framing for the studio door.

Didn't get terribly far, but I will cut the jambs in the morning and hang the door.
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While I was beating the 2 x 4's into submission, I evidently annoyed the local population in this wasp nest just starting to be built. I didn't get stung, but I'm afraid they will be given a dose of medicine after dark when they quieten down.
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Ya'lls windows are looking great buddy, isn't it great when our sweeties jump in to help us out. That lets in a bunch of wonderful light.

Those little stripped boogers look just like the ones down this way, talk about hurt they can really smart.
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They might be Yellow Jackets. They're scavengers, so you know it's them when you sit outside to eat and they show up.

The windows are awesome Keith! That's quite a talent you both have to be able to see that glass at the store and visualize it being up in that spot.

Is the mixture of glass and water to clean the windows something you bought or did you make it from glass you had there?

What did you have covering that opening before you put the windows in?

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Wow, the windows look amazing!!
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Ya'lls windows are looking great buddy, isn't it great when our sweeties jump in to help us out. That lets in a bunch of wonderful light.

Those little stripped boogers look just like the ones down this way, talk about hurt they can really smart.
They do indeed, don't they? Every once in awhile they will sting our little dog. She let's out a yelp and then tries to lick the sting better.
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They might be Yellow Jackets. They're scavengers, so you know it's them when you sit outside to eat and they show up.

The windows are awesome Keith! That's quite a talent you both have to be able to see that glass at the store and visualize it being up in that spot.

Is the mixture of glass and water to clean the windows something you bought or did you make it from glass you had there?

What did you have covering that opening before you put the windows in?

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Right Barb, they are yellow jackets...for whatever reason we call them wasps up here.

They are all too frequent dinner guests!

The glass powder is what ends up on the glass after a cut with the saw. It just happens to be a really good abrasive for getting almost any kind of junk off. Once that is off, the M-R-S cleans it further with Bon Ami.

There were already two layers of glass in those windows, these now mean it will be triple glazed.
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Wow, the windows look amazing!!

Thanks...we try to make things look good if possible. This glass was just a very lucky find.
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They might be Yellow Jackets. They're scavengers, so you know it's them when you sit outside to eat and they show up.

The windows are awesome Keith! That's quite a talent you both have to be able to see that glass at the store and visualize it being up in that spot.

Is the mixture of glass and water to clean the windows something you bought or did you make it from glass you had there?

What did you have covering that opening before you put the windows in?

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Barb, the kind of yellow jackets you are talking about are ground yellow jackets. Those things just won't quit buzzing around your head until you kill them. They are not as apt to pop you as the ones in Keith's picture.
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Bc ferries: check out those pictures.
jl, hey many thanks for that link.

The two "spirit" class vessels are the new ferries...and they really are monsters. Lovely to ride in.

The Seaspan rail ferry (In fact the whole Seaspan outfit, which has oodles of big barges) is owned by a chap from the north end of Thetis island, which is about 5 miles from here.

A couple of years back I was going to have the distinct pleasure of re-doing much of his incredible house and outbuildings there - a summer home. Probably not worth a dime over ten million dollars!!!!

Right about then I managed to have a heart attack and my doctor put the kibosh on that idea.

A shame, because it isn't often you get a chance to work on a place like that for a customer who doesn't even need to ask what the cost will be.

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