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Old 04-08-2011, 11:30 AM   #4576
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While I was working upstairs, I noticed that there was a small tug boat vainly trying to pull a boom against the heavy prevailing north west wind yesterday. Slowly but surely, he was losing the battle and going backwards.

By the time I got around to taking a pic, he had just left for reasons I didn't know. It turned out that he was calling for reinforcements in the form of a more powerful tug, which arrived within 1/2 an hour.

This one was able to make some headway against the wind.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:32 AM   #4577
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For a decent change, we were blessed with sunshine yesterday - along with the incessant wind. So I took a few shots of some of the spring flowers finally coming out.
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While on the jaunt over to town two days ago, I decided it was time to replace our aging BBQ. Something more appropriate to go with the new house seemed in order.

After fighting with the 105 lb. box at the marina, it was now time to get the darned thing up from the boat to the house for assembly. The easiest way turned out to open the box in the boat and bring it up piecemeal.
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Now I know most guys hate reading instructions, so I'm sorry to let you all down and admit that I broke down and did just that.

Most of you are probably aware that Canada is officially bi-lingual, French and English. So what was somewhat surprising about these instructions - actually a couple of things were surprising - was that they were in English, French and Spanish. Now the Spanish threw me for a second, because you see, there are way more Chinese, Japanese, East Indian and Ukrainian speaking people here than there are Spanish.

Be that as it may, the instructions were surprisingly good, and rather than the usual English version of Chinese, these appeared to be written by someone who actually speaks our language, as opposed to the more common "Engrish". Not only that, it was quite impossible to avoid them. They came in the form of an 11" x 17" book!

We were instructed to lay everything out carefully to ensure that there were no missing or damaged parts, a duty which even I was able to handle with a minimum of difficulty.
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Now, whoever it was who wrote these instructions must have known I was going to buy one of the things.

They have carefully noted that you should NOT assemble this gadget on any surface with cracks, such as a deck outside for example. Obviously this is so that when you inevitably drop a screw or three that they will not fall through the cracks to be forever lost.

Well, it was too late, because by the time I got to that part of the instructions, the deed was already done...

I just have to show you one of the items included in the package. It is a bubble pack type thing with cardboard on the back. This cardboard is carefully perforated so that you may remove it using either a utility knife or something similar. Then each of the little compartments which then display themselves are carefully labelled with a number. Now all you have to do is to pick out the numbered screw as you commence the assembly...very clever.

I could see myself kicking this cunning little package and knocking everything all over the place, and also therefore through the cracks between the deck boards.
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Something else the instructions warn you about is the possibility of kids playing with all the many plastic bags which they use to pack every last part in. Since most of these parts are single items, why not punch a few holes in the bags to preclude such an event happening. And why don't they warn us adults to keep our heads out of these things as well...sheesh!

Anyway, onward and upward, the assembly instructions start on page 4 and go to page 9! Eeeek, this didn't sound good, as the sun was already starting it's downward fall to the horizon and I was doubtful as to whether or not this exercise was going to extend into day two.

Fearlessly I started to wade into this demonic task. And within a short time the first sub assembly was done! Nothing terribly complicated, just an "H" sort of a thing, which would end up being part of the frame.
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Next up was the front. Same deal...not terribly difficult, except that the less than artistically drawn picture didn't quite match the parts on hand. Nevertheless, it too was assembled in jig time.
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A few more bits and pieces follow, which leads to something vaguely resembling a box-like affair, at which point we are instructed to up end the whole shebang to attach the wheels.

Now let me tell you, I don't think this is quite the sort of thing that you would want to be dragging down the highway at any speed...these wheels are nothing to write home about. But, I guess for the 1/2 m.p.h. speed you might encounter on your deck, they'll be OK.
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Check out those hubcaps! Pretty cool eh?

OK, now we have to flip it back again right side up and get a few more pieces together...
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I should give some credit for the way these parts went together.

They have installed threaded fittings into the various frame parts, as opposed to just punching a few holes in the frame and using sheet metal screws. The screws used are all machine screws and everything fit perfectly first try. Not only that, but that high priced screwdriver which is provided for you to do the assembly is actually something useable.

Once the two end sections and the main top is added, it starts to closely resemble something that might actually work.

About the only thing I didn't do that was clearly mentioned in the instructions was to NOT tighten up the screws until you were finished. I got the idea that several of the screws would be less than accessible once it was all together. It turned out to be a good choice.
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And here it is with the final piece in place - the top - all ready to go. Just have to hook up a propane tank and we're in business.

Now I just have to get rid of a few dozen boxes and plastic bags and we can eat!
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That's a nice looking grill Keith.

I had to laugh when you talked about dropping a screw or three between the deck boards. I think there's a law about that... Murphy's Law.

I still can't quite picture how that closet is going to look. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.

What is the purpose of the hole that's cut out of the floor?
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That's a nice looking grill Keith.

I had to laugh when you talked about dropping a screw or three between the deck boards. I think there's a law about that... Murphy's Law.

I still can't quite picture how that closet is going to look. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished.

What is the purpose of the hole that's cut out of the floor?
The hole in the house? Or the hole in the BBQ?

The house one is for the woodstove chimney to go through. The BBQ is to sit the propane tank in.
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Thanks. I was wondering about the one in the house. I had to go back and find the one in the BBQ.

The flower pictures are beautiful. The only flowers we have so far are Crocus's.

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Keith, ...great job of reading 'jangeleze', and then as further 'proof'...having completion! But..in all fairness..does not the 'grille frontal portion', look like the rear of a '58 Cadillac "Biaritz"..rear panel! And I have a "scoggy'..stupid question..'why is there so much ..Stainless Steel..available to the 'public'..what happened to create a 'depression' in the SS market..that 'they' can build fridges, BBQs, et al..out of it?
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