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Old 07-14-2011, 01:56 AM   #4996
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As you can see it's just a plywood box with a plastic fitting going out the bottom. The front - which is cut at 45 - is covered with window screen.

The two plywood pieces on the sides can be removed - they are screwed on with tiny #4 x 5/8" screws - for screen replacement if necessary.

The plastic fitting was originally intended for use as a dust chute on my 6" jointer. But since it happens to be a perfect fit in the big downpipe, I thought hey...why not?

The inside has one coat of sealer on it - second coat going on tomorrow - and our usual house stain on the outside.
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:59 AM   #4997
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Here's a look from the side, you can see how it's chopped off at 45. This is supposed to permit the water to enter the downpipe, while excluding the leaves and other debris.
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Lovely Keith!!

Finally all caught up on your thread. Thank god we have the internet at work, what else would I do all day?
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Keith, I could see the water droplets on the rose buds but not on the rose, it is still beautiful.

That is a neat idea on the screen to let the leaves fall off the angle, thanks for sharing.
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I had to get started on clearing all the growth that has happened over the past two years around the pond.
Now there's a pond ???
Good Lord, will this project never end?

Can't wait to see what imaginative creations will be directed at the pond. Sounds like a fun project.
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Keith, I could see the water droplets on the rose buds but not on the rose, it is still beautiful.

That is a neat idea on the screen to let the leaves fall off the angle, thanks for sharing.
It is supposed to work as advertised Jim, I guess I'll find out in due course.

I finished the second seal coat on the inside of the screen, and painted the second stain coat on the outside shortly after 6 this morning...a couple more hours and I'll put it in the pipe.

BTW, thanks for putting up post number 5,000 on the thread.
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Now there's a pond ???
Good Lord, will this project never end?

Can't wait to see what imaginative creations will be directed at the pond. Sounds like a fun project.
Bud, when the wife took her trip over to the U.K. a few years ago, I dug out the pond. Got some carpet and underlay to put over the ground, then put pond liner over that.

It leaked from day one, and I have never been able to find the leak.

So now I'm trying to get a wide enough path cleared back all round the pond so I can add another layer (maybe two) of liner to stop the leak.

There are already some big fir beams cut on the mill which are supposed to be turned into a bridge. You'd have to look way back in the thread to see pics of those. Good thing I made them when I did, because I don't have the juice to run the mill any more.

I'm not making any guarantees that the bridge will ever be made...moving those 300+ pound beams might be more than I can manage now.
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It looks as though the rain is going to stop for a few hours at least, so I put the screen into the pipe, then screwed the screen to the wall to keep everything in line.

I think I still need some way to fix the downpipe from the gutter in place so it doesn't take a tumble off that metal piece I have it resting on. Maybe just a plastic tie.
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Keith, maybe you could wait until the next snow and drag the beams over the snow, I don't know if that would work or not. Buddy, when you get all through with your home and have nothing left to do maybe your car will take up the slack for something to do then, I still don't see how you do all you do.
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That little "downspout debris deflector" gizmo is pure genius. I have never seen anything like that before.
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That little "downspout debris deflector" gizmo is pure genius. I have never seen anything like that before.
Bud, I cannot claim to have come up with the design. There is a commercially made one which looks something like this which has two screens on it. The first screen is about 1/4" mesh, and the second screen looks like about what I put on mine.

But since we have to deal with evergreen needles here - by the zillion - I figured just to go with the fine screen to see if it will keep everything out right off the bat.
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It's time to get onto the corner deck post, so I cut the post to length first on the big mitre saw.

Then had to measure for and lay out the notch at the bottom.

I used the Fein tool to make the initial cut, taking out about 3/4 of the necessary wood. The rest I pared down slowly by hand with the Japanese chisels.
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Next up was a test fit on the corner of the deck.

Since that looked OK, I will move on to drilling and countersinking the bolt holes.

Since the post is unvarnished, I will need to get at least a few coats on before I risk installing it, so that will get started this afternoon.
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Next up was a test fit on the corner of the deck.

Since that looked OK, I will move on to drilling and countersinking the bolt holes.

Since the post is unvarnished, I will need to get at least a few coats on before I risk installing it, so that will get started this afternoon.
That looks like a tough spot to get to to fasten the post in place.
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That's right Jim. I'm going to have to get up a ladder from below.

But first I'll need to cut and fit the top handrail as well. I think it will be necessary to use several screws through the top of the rails into that corner post as well as the other two posts on the end there. Then I'll plug the countersink holes and add more varnish.

That's the main reason to wait for the good weather to do the final install. Got the first varnish coat on today.

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