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Old 12-26-2012, 09:47 PM   #7321
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You can start searching for a publisher now Keith.

Bud, maybe you didn't run into the burning barrel. Maybe you were moving it so it wouldn't be in the way if someone decided to drive through your yard. Yeaaaah! That's the ticket! And you tried moving it by hand, but it was frozen to the ground, so you had to nudge it with the bumper of your truck.

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happy new year everybody!!!!!!!!
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I certainly hope so.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

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AMAN on the Happy New Year, this is going to be the best year ever, I am like a tight pare of pants, I'm ready to rip. (That's redneck talk ya know)
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This winter should see the end of all the interior cedar finishing done...and the first completed project of 2013 is a small section of ceiling that has been open pending the final inspection of the plumbing running through. Just wanted to make sure that no leaks developed.

Naturally it is an odd shape, a triangle in this case.
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All finished now...one more off the list.
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Every once in awhile we find evidence of mother nature at work here. This time it was in the form of what looks like gull feathers on the front bank.

I didn't see the raptor, but most likely a bald eagle, of which we have several still here.
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Very short lived sunset from two evenings ago.
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If anyone has those small solar garden lights which you just push into the ground...now might be a good time to bring them inside for the winter. Of course, if you live in more balmier climes and you are still getting sun, then no need to worry.

The tops of these lights unscrew quickly, and the top may be dis-assembled by the removal of three screws. You should then remove the battery and find some way to charge it. Re-chargeable batteries do need to be kept charged on a regular basis, otherwise they will go kaput. Please note that these batteries are about 2/3 as long as a regular AA battery.
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There are probably many different manufacturers of these solar lights, and the one above has a chrome type case. I think I have about 10 of that kind, and they were all OK. None of the chrome type leaked.

This kind with the black plastic case had a 100% leak rate! Every one was full of water, so I don't know what they will be like this summer when I re-plant them in the garden.

I was going to give them a spray with WD-40, but I am told that WD-40 is not terribly compatible with any form of electronics. I may try the LPS-3 spray instead, which is what we use for the boat motors.

Two screws to get these apart, plus they have a switch that you can turn on or off. However, when you want to remove the battery in these - which is a full size AAA - it is necessary to carefully bend up a soldered tab by the battery holder to get them out. I suppose they don't expect anyone to go to the trouble of trying to save them.
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Guess it's about time I added a couple of things here.

A before and after of the small area at the back of the front entryway. It needed some minor furring out before the boards could be put on that short wall...one more off the list!
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A couple of days ago I ordered several rolls of Shoji paper, the real McCoy from Japan. I will be making several tall Shoji screens for the bedroom, as well as some Japanese style lanterns, plus some sort of screen around the divorce hole in the bedroom floor.

I do my table sawing and planing outside, and I promised myself if it got above zeroșC that I would get to it. Well, this morning it was + 1/10th of a degree at the airport, so no more excuses.

I had a beautiful piece of dead clear cedar that I have been hoarding and decided that it could be used for the side rails for the 6 screens. There was just enough wood for this exactly, so any error would really kibosh things. OK, that worked out all right.

Then I needed about 80 pieces of wood for the kumiko, and they are the small pieces which you fit inside the frames. I expect that there will be a pretty high failure rate on the kumiko, as they all have so many small lap joints cut in them, plus a tenon on both ends of every one. Never having made one of these guys before, I'm expecting the odd fubar.

I made about 50% extra for the kumiko so I can practice on a few pieces before I get to mess up the really good stuff.

I figured I could get all this cut and planed in an hour or so, hour and a half tops. Five hours later...

I took this pic when I was about half way through, because by then I was pretty sure it was going to be very dusky before I was done. And it was also pretty cool out there.
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A little while ago I was bragging about the soft water we have here...being rainwater and all. While Bud's water was so hard it grows stalagmites out of the tap!

Well, today the water got a bit hard here as well.
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This evening's sunset.

Actually I was outside trying to see the crescent moon, but this was still a bit early. Plus there was just too much cloud around unfortunately.

Tonight was one of those rare occasions when there was a conjunction between the moon and Mars. I did see the crescent moon later when it got quite dark, but could not see Mars due to the cloud conditions.

Tomorrow evening, as soon as it is dark, you should be able to see the crescent moon (which will be getting a bit fatter) and Mars should be very close to the horizon below and a little to the right of the moon. Look for a red star and that will be Mars. Good luck!
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