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Old 04-12-2012, 11:46 PM   #6181
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Also in that picture above you can see that the liner has been taken off the sides of the water tank. It was held in place right up to the top of the tank sides with battens and stainless steel screws.

Before that was removed, it was necessary to pump the water out, so rather than waste it I transferred it to the pond in the Japanese garden.

There had been a number of issues with the liner holding water in the pond, but I made a determined effort to try and remedy the problem, and so far so good.

There was about 1,000 gallons of water still in the tank, and the pond liner seems to be holding OK after it was all pumped in.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:49 PM   #6182
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The twin water tanks held about 3,000 imperial gallons each, and one of them will be replaced with a new pressure treated wood tank (using the liner which came out of the old tank) but it will be reduced in size to somewhat over 2,700 imperial gallons.

Here is the start of the work to build the new tank. A stack of P.T. 2 x 4's.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:56 PM   #6183
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It is the size of the old liner which has determined the size of the new tank. The original was 10 feet across with 5 foot high walls. So the liner was therefore 20 feet by 20 feet.

Since I will be using 4 foot high plywood, this would leave a maximum width available of 12 feet.

I had the nice man at the House of Pot cut the plywood into 32" widths for me (the whole lot for $5!) and this meant that I could fit 14 such sections at 32" wide into a 12' circle.

In order to keep all the edge connections tight and strong, I cut all the 2 x 4's which were on the sides of the sections to the appropriate angle so they would butt up tight against one another.

If I remember rightly, I think the angle needed was about 12.86. Any cuts made in this P.T. wood need to be treated with end cut preservative, so that was done as things progressed.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:58 PM   #6184
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Then the 2 x 4's were assembled into frames...
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And then the plywood was added making nice sturdy sections...
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Once the first one was done and the measurements were all checked to see that everything would be OK I did a sort of production line assembly of the rest.
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Here's the whole shooting match nailed up...
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Until such time as the rest of the old tank is taken apart, that's where the new tank will wait for now.

But there has been some small work to be done inside as well, so since I was quite able to use the table saw and planer with a bummed out back, I made some long strips for trim wood to go in the bathroom, along with about 150 pieces of vertical wood to finish the top wall sections.
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Just in case there wasn't enough to keep me busy around here, on the Easter weekend there was a spot of bother with the outboard motor on the runabout.

I hadn't used it since the previous Tuesday to take the missus over to town to catch the Vancouver ferry.

On Saturday morning I went down to check things, and discovered much to my dismay that the motor had somehow magically lowered itself. Now I always raise the motor to come in with, because there is never much water where the boat resides, and when the tide falls, obviously there is diddley squat. Plus I turn the batteries off.

I am still wondering if it was one of the many visitors here that weekend who couldn't leave well enough alone, but i guess I will never know for sure.

In any event, what I saw was the motor down in the muck actually holding the weight of the back of the boat in the air!
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That wasn't a particularly pleasing sight, so I dug a hole under the engine and let the boat down. Then set about finding what might have happened.
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Advice I received online and from the dealer suggested a faulty raise/lower switch, although that didn't explain the main battery switch being turned on.

Following the "simple" instructions to remove the offending switch, here's what I found you needed to do.
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That's right, all that mess has to come apart just to get at this little two bit switch, which, as it turned out, is perfectly good after all.
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Along with all this extra water in the pond, I thought perhaps I might try to see if I could do something toward building the new bridge over the pond. You might remember that I cut some big beams for the job some time back, and they have been sitting under a tarp ever since. They have also dried out and weigh a lot less than when they were green.

First thing I did was to find a very long 2 x 4 which I could lay across the pond to see where the bridge would look best. Yes, I did have a precise spot in mind, but this 2 x 4 was just a bit short to sit where I would prefer the bridge. A little more angle will look better, and I believe the bridge timbers are long enough to reach.
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Here's one of the timbers after I uncovered it and dragged one end out on to a sawhorse for laying out and cutting.
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That timber is 19' 2" long, so it is still quite weighty. It seems to have air dried well and shows no signs of cracking.

I bought a beam cutter attachment some time ago specifically for the purpose of cutting these bridge timbers. It is nothing more than a chainsaw bar and chain with a method of attaching it to a specific model circular saw - which I just happened to have.

When I first assembled this thing and gave it a test run, there was a terrible vibration. I experienced something very similar many years ago when I was using an experimental bar and chain made by an outfit over in Langley.

That turned out to be a loose nose sprocket and the guys fixed it up for me no charge.

I called the company who made this beam cutter and explained the problem. Followed all the instructions to the letter, and still no joy. And for the life of me I could not find anything that appeared to be mechanically wrong.

Anyway, I tried the beam cutter on one timber to see if the action of the cutting would stop the vibration, but it did not.

The one cut I made with this thing wasn't good. It's essentially impossible to follow a line with the chain, due to the way it is made, as you cannot watch the leading edge of the chain. The cut - while it does indeed cut - is extremely rough. Any of my other regular chainsaws make a far smoother cut.

So my rating for this overpriced gadget is extremely poor.

Here's the first beam cut.
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