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Old 12-10-2011, 02:08 PM   #5896
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It was a "sight unseen". I just got back from looking at some spalted alder, but they wanted $400.00 for the 100 or so feet. Not a good deal in my opinion. I had to make some easels for the misses as she has an art show happening, only had 24 hrs notice to make 3 of them, talk about a challenge. But I made the time line.
Four bucks a board foot for spalted Alder? Whew...a little rich.

If you want spalted wood, just leave any hardwood outside, but under cover in a dampish place for a year or two and there you have it. It seems to work best if you tarp it with two or three layers of tarp so that it doesn't get rained on directly.

A fair bit of the arbutus I have here has become spalted over the years. It looks pretty good, but if you don't catch it in time some of it can turn from merely being spalted to outright rot.

To stop the spalting process you need to bring the wood to a dry area and bring the moisture content to something that is well below 19%. I find that 10% does the trick every time.

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Old 12-13-2011, 12:08 AM   #5897
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It has been a busy few days here again.

There was more firewood to get cut and split, still a long way to go, but needed to get more done as snow is in the offing for tomorrow.

Some kind soul ran his monster truck into my van over in town, not too much damage fortunately, but the little clown didn't even have a driver's license with him.

The new battery bank has not been performing well at all, so a chat with the battery guys has revealed that we have one completely dead battery, not just one cell, but the entire thing. That has to be taken back over to town for replacement.

And then there is the ongoing saga of the carpet. While it does look as though it will turn out OK in the end, it has been a bit of a nightmare to this point. More on the other thread.

This was this evening...
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It has been a busy few days here again.

There was more firewood to get cut and split, still a long way to go, but needed to get more done as snow is in the offing for tomorrow.

Some kind soul ran his monster truck into my van over in town, not too much damage fortunately, but the little clown didn't even have a driver's license with him.

The new battery bank has not been performing well at all, so a chat with the battery guys has revealed that we have one completely dead battery, not just one cell, but the entire thing. That has to be taken back over to town for replacement.

And then there is the ongoing saga of the carpet. While it does look as though it will turn out OK in the end, it has been a bit of a nightmare to this point. More on the other thread.

This was this evening...
My stars Keith, everything seems to be going south for you at once, at least a bit of good news with your carpet was welcome I am sure. That don't sound too promising with snow headed your way. I don't think I could swing a sledge to bust wood anymore. That is the way I first messed my back up, I had two wedges hung in a block of red oak and got a little ticked and there went my back.

That is a pretty sunset buddy, thanks for sharing.
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I don't think I would have the nerve to tackle a red oak Jim.

Currently, I'm slowly cutting up that big old fir tree on the bank in front of the wood shed. Every three rounds splt into enough pieces to fill up the lift box. About 11 or 12 boxes full is a stacked cord. That tree still has about 50 rounds in it, and they get bigger towards the bottom.

The bigger they get the harder they are to split, but so far, so good.

The knack to splitting this stuff is to swing the maul in a full circle before you hit the wood, and just hit the round right on the extreme outside lined up with the middle. Once you get the round split in two, then you just keep taking off about 3" chunks with each hit as you go around, and they will come off in a single hit...until you hit a knot of course. You must avoid those.

I'm seriously beginning to think that I don't need quite this much exercise any more!
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I don't think I would have the nerve to tackle a red oak Jim.

Currently, I'm slowly cutting up that big old fir tree on the bank in front of the wood shed. Every three rounds splt into enough pieces to fill up the lift box. About 11 or 12 boxes full is a stacked cord. That tree still has about 50 rounds in it, and they get bigger towards the bottom.

The bigger they get the harder they are to split, but so far, so good.

The knack to splitting this stuff is to swing the maul in a full circle before you hit the wood, and just hit the round right on the extreme outside lined up with the middle. Once you get the round split in two, then you just keep taking off about 3" chunks with each hit as you go around, and they will come off in a single hit...until you hit a knot of course. You must avoid those.

I'm seriously beginning to think that I don't need quite this much exercise any more!
Keith, I loved the big oak rounds, without knots, they were fairly easy to bust. Using a double bit axe we would hit on side like you explained then the other sorta like scoring a cement block to break. Just keep hitting and when you hear that distinctive sound like a deep sound you know the round is busted in half, after that it is a matter of just busting in a circle.

The hardest wood I ever tried to bust was Hickory that had dried for about two or three years. There was no busting that stuff by hand, it was like hitting a hard piece of rubber. I always kept my axe razor sharp but have been told not to do that as the axe would bury instead of bust the wood, just couldn't break that habit though. The easiest wood I ever busted was Ash, it splits so easy it is unreal.

It doesn't make any difference how easy the wood splits, swinging an axe or especially a maul is tough hard work anyway you look at it. You are a much better man than me to be able to still swing one. Cutting and busting wood you get to have the warmth twice, once when cutting, splitting, loading and stacking it and again when you burn it. You will sweat with snow on the ground while wearing a T shirt cutting wood.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:07 PM   #5901
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There was a smallish cedar log which floated in here a few days ago, and I bucked it up yesterday and threw the rounds up on to the bank.

Now there's a wood which almost splits itself. With that typical straight grain it's a piece of cake. The whole log is in the woodshed now.

I may have the battery bank problem solved, at least partly.

Took the defective battery over first thing this morning, they tested it and it was completely dead, all three cells. They told me that it is almost 100% for sure that there is a dead short inside the battery. So without any question they gave me a new one.

While I was there I got another row of batteries ($800 thank you very much) along with new cables and a top quality hydrometer.

I didn't know that a hydrometer reading is better than taking a voltage reading from a battery, but apparently 'tis true. Not only that, but when a battery bank is being charged, the batteries "fill" from the positive side first. So with rows of four batteries, it is likely to expect that the batteries closest to the positive side will have a higher charge than those on the negative side.

And yet another little tidbit, the battery manufacturers recommend that you periodically move the closest battery to the negative cable over to the positive side. Apparently this will keep the batteries more evenly charged and extend their life.

So, with four batteries to each row, once I have moved the batteries 4 times, they will be back in their original spot. If I remember, and if I have the energy and inclination, I might try that every 3 months to see how well it works. I will be doing both the current rows immediately as the battery bank is partly apart anyway.
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Apparently subsisting in the woods isn't cheap.
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Apparently subsisting in the woods isn't cheap.
Maybe not for electricity, but then, we don't have free heat sources floating up onto our front yards.
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Apparently subsisting in the woods isn't cheap.
Nothing over here is cheap Bud!

There is one other battery which they thought would magically come back to life OK. But after four hours on the charger today it doesn't appear to be functional at all. I hope they are not going to be too displeased when I call them in the morning with that information.
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The weather forecast for today was anything but pleasant. Wind, snow, ice pellets (that was a new one on me!) but it was quite pleasant this morning for the trip over...just a little wind and choppy water.

By the time I was headed back at 10 am the wind had dropped dead and it was lovely, which lead to us eventually having this sunset this afternoon.
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That's a beautiful picture Keith! Thanks for posting it.
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Wow, that is beautiful Keith!
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It is starting to look as though that one dead battery has messed up almost all of the others.

It looks like yet another trip over to get this sorted out. It's getting tiresome having to do all this unnecessary work...

I guess the best I can hope for is good weather tomorrow and a sympathetic ear from the battery guys.
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It seems that every time I chat with the battery people I learn something new...that's a good thing.

The boss was in this morning when I arrived there, and he was most upset that my batteries had failed.

First thing he did was to ask me what I needed to get through the weekend with power. Since I already had 5 new batteries over here I said three more new batteries will put me back to square one where I was in September.

Done...no questions asked. He got his man to load up three new batteries for me.

I took over 5 of the 7 remaining bad batteries, and after he looked at my figures on the state of charge, he said it was no wonder the batteries didn't work. But he was really amazed that they had been in service for less than three months. He said we consider that to be a brand new battery.

Apparently the chargers that I have at the house wouldn't be able to fix the batteries in their present condition. He has a rather special charger which he is quite sure will work, and once it brings the batteries back he thinks they will be OK. So, I'm scheduled to go over there again next Tuesday to see how things are progressing.

I have my fingers crossed...and I have good power back again for now.
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amazing thread, I have been reading a few pages every night on my phone while in bed, for about the last 6 months, I'm on page 247 now (date 11-5-2010), it's like reading a great book every night. I cannot wait to get to the end (hopefully u never stop posting)

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