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Old 07-18-2013, 01:09 PM   #7861
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I think this is it for the railing. A couple more coats of finish, but it won't alter the appearance any.

A small hint if you are trying to finish something with the spar urethane on cedar...or any very soft wood of that type.

After you have the first coat on, it will raise the grain somewhat, and the surface of the wood feels very close to about 120 grit sandpaper. Surprising how rough it is.

At that point I had the plugs in and they were cut off. I sanded the plug area with 120 sandpaper and got the surface level. You have to use a little effort to do that. Then I sanded the cedar - all of it - lightly with the 120. I followed that with 320 and the surface came up like silk.

Since then there has been an additional 4 coats of urethane applied.
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Keith, that last camera shot from the top of railing to bottom..was photographic art..incredible to see all the 'geometry', color, depth..awesome job..good on you! Makes me wanna go 'dust' off the vw..and get started..again ====8^)
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Keith, that last camera shot from the top of railing to bottom..was photographic art..incredible to see all the 'geometry', color, depth..awesome job..good on you! Makes me wanna go 'dust' off the vw..and get started..again ====8^)
Thanks Scoggy...but what you really need to do is to get the '38 terrorizing the neighbourhood!
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:05 AM   #7864
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Took the composting toilet out of the bathroom this morning, in preparation for the final grouting. Not the most convenient little room to grout...too many bad angles and high walls.

But by the end of the day it was done, last grout in the house to do I believe. If it's dry enough by tomorrow afternoon, I'll try sealing it, if not it can wait another day.

Don't you wish you could have your toilet in the middle of the kitchen?
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:07 AM   #7865
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Haven't given you a sunset lately, mainly because there haven't been any. But we got this one tonight, so time to share again.
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Every time you post one of those pictures I get Home Sick. I've spent most of my life playing in Tidewater chasing fish, crab and logs.
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Not that I want to add to your homesickness Kwickfish...but here's what we got last night after the sky filled with a high, white haze. Everything went red.

Got a little rain last night...first time in weeks.
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That is beautiful but man, that would really freak me out, I have never seen anything like that.
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That is beautiful but man, that would really freak me out, I have never seen anything like that.
Jim, what causes this type of sunset is particulate matter in the air. We haven't had any rain (except for in the wee hours this morning) for weeks. When the air gets dirty like this it makes for these terrific sunsets.
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A bit of unfortunate news about an acquaintance of mine. He was driving back from a gathering in Puyallup, Washington when we believe his rear end locked up and threw the car out of control.

The front end was run over by a 4 x 4 resulting in a wee bit of damage.

Both Ray and his passenger are OK, somewhat miraculous since the hood came right through the windshield.

He lives on the road up from the marina I park at, so next trip over I'll pop in and see how he's doing. He does plan to rebuild the car.

It was only just finished recently after a several year ground up build.
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Work is proceeding apace on the removal of the last section of the old water tank. It seems to be necessary that I have to cut it into pieces in order to get everything down to the bonfire area. It's a pretty heavy old beast.
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As you can now see from this pic, the whole affair is down.

I plan to use a section of the old liner as a cover for the new treated wood tank.

Right now with the open top, it seems to love collecting arbutus leaves. The water in the tank is only used for the garden, but since I need a pump to get the water out, it should be better with clean water rather than being loaded with leaves.
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You can't really see the sunken leaves here, but the bottom of the tank is just clogged. I'm going to have to climb inside and get rid of it all to start with a clean slate as it were.
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Right from day 1 when the house went up, I have been promising myself that I would get some sort of walkway past the plastic tank. The way it has been is that I need to navigate a very deep and slippery hole every time I have to get around there.

That generally means that I go around to the other side of the house to access the area, especially if it is wet or otherwise slippery.

Yesterday I managed to find some 4 x 4's which were long enough to bridge the hole and started on the walkway.
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It's getting harder and harder to find any suitable wood to build anything lately. But I dragged my way through part of the now six year old pile down by the mill and managed to find enough wood to do the job.

Some of it was even red cedar so I didn't have to treat those boards. The rest I added wood preservative to.
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