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Old 08-26-2012, 01:28 PM   #6721
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I was late up this morning - sciatic nerve trouble - and the lady of the manse had rubbed a coat of Minwax Polyurethane on the table before I knew it. I guess we wait and see how that comes out now.

I don't know what the compatibility is between linseed oil and the poly, but I guess we will be finding out later today. Fingers crossed.

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I was late up this morning - sciatic nerve trouble - and the lady of the manse had rubbed a coat of Minwax Polyurethane on the table before I knew it. I guess we wait and see how that comes out now.

I don't know what the compatibility is between linseed oil and the poly, but I guess we will be finding out later today. Fingers crossed.
She had the best intentions.
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She had the best intentions.
As remote as that possibility may be I'll go along with it.

The odd thing is that she used to own an antique store with a big refinishing area in the back. She used to refinish container loads of antique English chairs and so on. Her favorite product was the Circa 1860 brand. We have some here so I'm surprised she didn't use it.

The Minwax did not do the job and the original areas with minor damage still show. It wasn't the fault of the Minwax at all, but rather that the surface had not been properly prepared first.
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Sometimes one is best not to ask questions,,,,,,,,life if too short to inquire what life is all about.......
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I am new to this thread and there's only two things I can say right now (on page 127 and still reading):

1) Holy Crap.

2) Sorry if I missed it, but is there a septic system? Just an outhouse?
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I am new to this thread and there's only two things I can say right now (on page 127 and still reading):

1) Holy Crap.

2) Sorry if I missed it, but is there a septic system? Just an outhouse?
Hi Alex...welcome to the thread.

1) should be "religious excrement"...or something like that.

and 2) no septic system. No outhouse either. We use composting toilets which are odour free and very easy to look after.

The greywater - from showers, dishwashing, laundry etc. feeds the garden.
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Hi Alex...welcome to the thread.

1) should be "religious excrement"...or something like that.

and 2) no septic system. No outhouse either. We use composting toilets which are odour free and very easy to look after.

The greywater - from showers, dishwashing, laundry etc. feeds the garden.
Wow, that's really cool, I'd never heard of such a thing. Must make things very easy. We just had a new drain field put in at the house we are remodeling and it was a doozy of a project.

I'm beyond impressed with your project and I love the thread. Thanks so much.
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The ground here does not permit such things as septic fields. Far too much rock and very little soil. Besides, that would waste far too much water here, which is a very precious commodity.
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The ground here does not permit such things as septic fields. Far too much rock and very little soil. Besides, that would waste far too much water here, which is a very precious commodity.
That makes good sense. Besides, the total agony of getting backhoes and graded aggregate over the bay.

Hey let me ask another question: you don't talk much about food. What kind of food do you make and eat? Do you use water to clean your dishes? Do you fish and hunt for food?
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Time to scrape the food chain off the bottom of the sailboat this morning. On the way over I noticed that the falling tide had caught another sailboat out in the bay and apparently those on board were still sleeping.

The best thing to do in these situations is actually nothing. Well, possibly run a line from your main halliard over to shore to a BIG rock or the base of a tree and tie it off so the boat doesn't go any further over.

So what do you suppose the first instinct of everyone is to do? You guessed it, try and pull the boat off with their dinghy. It never works.

This morning, amid great amounts of yelling and screaming from everyone out in the bay, the owner tried to pull his 10,000 pound plus sailboat off the rocks with his 9.9 h.p. powered dinghy. No chance.

All he managed to do was to partly spin it around a short distance, thus doubtless putting some healthy gouges in the bottom of the keel. He must have tried for a good 15 minutes - on a falling tide no less - to move the boat. Total waste of time and fuel.

Eventually he gave up of course, by which time the boat was leaning fairly impressively. As is pretty much always the case here, the tide did come back in again. But our intrepid sailor just couldn't wait for mother nature to complete the job...and when the boat was close to floating he started the tug of war again. Fifteen minutes worth of patience would have seen the boat floating, but he tugged on that thing until he finally got it off the rocks.

Bottom paint companies love guys like him, he leaves his all over the islands here.
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So while he was busy scraping his bottom paint off, I was trying to clean the hull and put some on.

I honestly cannot remember the last time it got done (it might be on the thread here somewhere) but there was an awful lot of food hanging off the boat when the tide went out.

It is already scraped off here, but you should have no trouble seeing the pile. Before I even brought the boat to shore I took off a couple of hundred pounds of mussels at the waterline.
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Once that was done I tried to scrub the bottom clean. I think a pressure washer was really needed this time as the guck was well and truly stuck on.

I was supposed to get some help from my friend here, but he was a no-show. So, it was a one man show trying to beat the incoming tide.

We all know who wins that one every time. At least I got the rudder well painted and the waterline down about a foot or so. That's where the sunshine forces most of the marine growth, so it will have to be good enough for another year like that.
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That makes good sense. Besides, the total agony of getting backhoes and graded aggregate over the bay.

Hey let me ask another question: you don't talk much about food. What kind of food do you make and eat? Do you use water to clean your dishes? Do you fish and hunt for food?
Alex, we eat the same kind of food you do. We go over to town and shop at the big grocery stores the same as everyone else.

I'm not a fisherman, but there are several fellows on this island who are very good at it. In some of the local areas cod fishing has been banned, but the salmon may still be caught. Plus there are the usual shrimp, prawns and crabs that get trapped as well.

No hunting here, the island is way too small to support any game. Other than the deer which nailed some of our plants a few days ago.

Of course we use water to wash the dishes. Did you have something else in mind? Beer perhaps?
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Alex, we eat the same kind of food you do. We go over to town and shop at the big grocery stores the same as everyone else.

I'm not a fisherman, but there are several fellows on this island who are very good at it. In some of the local areas cod fishing has been banned, but the salmon may still be caught. Plus there are the usual shrimp, prawns and crabs that get trapped as well.

No hunting here, the island is way too small to support any game. Other than the deer which nailed some of our plants a few days ago.
OK, makes sense. There's not a quick trip to the store so I guess you tend to stock up when you go.

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Yeah I guess I wasn't sure how frugal you'd be with running water. Maybe there's a composting dishwasher available?
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Okay Keith...
I'm going to show my total ignorance here and ask.........

In frames 6733 and 6734 -
1.) How the hell is that boat just standing there?
2.) How much keel is in the mud (if you will)?

I hope I'm not too embarrassed by the answer.

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