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Old 08-05-2013, 10:21 AM   #7876
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On Saturday, I noticed this yacht sort of floundering around in front of our place and after awhile I wondered if he was in some kind of trouble. He was there for several hours, and eventually the vessel assist boat showed up.

They remained tied together for a long time until they drifted out of sight, so I don't know what the outcome was.

I wondered why he didn't put up his sails even though there wasn't a lot of wind. But he could have got part way to his destination.
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I just don't know how many times I have to tell the chauffeur to leave the boat in the garage on long weekends. You never know what crazies are out there and your boat might get scratched up.

Name of this boat is "After Eight".
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And then there's the other extreme.

A lone kayaker came by right at sunset to watch the setting sun. Folks will come to this area, particularly right into Herring Bay in front of our place, just to see the sunsets.

I think if you look very carefully, you might just see the last hint of yellow to the right of center above the distant mountains.
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Good gravy Keith, that makes me tired just watching you do all that hard work. Hopefully you will get good news soon so you can get off the island.

That is terrible about your friends car. He is very blessed to have come out of that alive. I know he was some kinda sick about all of that. That is one beautiful car, as a kid I rode in a bunch of rumble seats, not fun in the rain.

Is there really people in the world with the kinda money to buy boats like that.
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That is terrible about your friends car. He is very blessed to have come out of that alive. I know he was some kinda sick about all of that. That is one beautiful car, as a kid I rode in a bunch of rumble seats, not fun in the rain.

Is there really people in the world with the kinda money to buy boats like that.
All that Ray and his passenger suffered were some facial cuts, but nothing that serious. As you say...they were lucky.

Personally, I don't know anyone who could afford that boat...but he's either got a ton of money or REALLY good credit!

I can't even imagine having to pay the fuel bill for that boat, never mind having to pay for the boat itself.
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Here's part of the pile of debris that came from the old tank. I've added more to it since then so it's even bigger now.

Oh, by the way, I completely destroyed the chain on my chainsaw due to whacking so many spikes in the old tank.
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Hi Keith,

I am not normally one to post message in online forums, but I felt compelled to in this case. I read your thread from start to finish, and as so many before me have said, it's just amazing what you've done.

My wife and I recently bought a small lot a few miles away from you on the east side of Thetis Island (facing Leech island) upon which we plan to build a cabin in a few years time. After spending some time RV camping on the lot, and noticing the abundance of logs on the beach and in the water, I wondered if if was feasible to make anything out of them. Some internet searching on the subject of milling driftwood led me to your thread here, and I was quite excited to see that you built a whole house mostly out of salvaged logs. So the other day I bought a used chainsaw mill and look forward to getting started playing around with logs, and maybe upgrading to a bandsaw mill later on.

Anyways, thanks so much for taking the time to post your experience. I have read a lot of books on the subject of building, but I've learned so much neat stuff on here that is just not covered in any books I'm aware of. I agree with everyone who has said you could write a great book if you were so inclined. Thanks again and best of luck on the sale.

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Coco -

I have been a long-time lurker on your thread and have always loved reading about your experiences, especially on slow days at work! Some how I missed when you decided to sell the house and why?? I wish you the best of luck with everything and you have certaintly provided a lot of inspiration for me as I am renovating my own property!

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Hi Keith,

I am not normally one to post message in online forums, but I felt compelled to in this case. I read your thread from start to finish, and as so many before me have said, it's just amazing what you've done.

My wife and I recently bought a small lot a few miles away from you on the east side of Thetis Island (facing Leech island) upon which we plan to build a cabin in a few years time. After spending some time RV camping on the lot, and noticing the abundance of logs on the beach and in the water, I wondered if if was feasible to make anything out of them. Some internet searching on the subject of milling driftwood led me to your thread here, and I was quite excited to see that you built a whole house mostly out of salvaged logs. So the other day I bought a used chainsaw mill and look forward to getting started playing around with logs, and maybe upgrading to a bandsaw mill later on.

Anyways, thanks so much for taking the time to post your experience. I have read a lot of books on the subject of building, but I've learned so much neat stuff on here that is just not covered in any books I'm aware of. I agree with everyone who has said you could write a great book if you were so inclined. Thanks again and best of luck on the sale.

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Tim..firstly many thanks for your post and welcome.

Next, apologies for the delay in replying. I left Ruxton early Monday morning, but managed to destroy a tire on the Coquihalla Highway on the way up. I'll have to do a post on that fiasco.

For those that do not know, the Coquihalla runs from Hope, B.C. to Kamloops, and the only town in between is Merritt for any sort of service.

As far as a chainsaw mill goes, I hope you're a young man. That is very hard work in every sense of the word. I wish you luck with that. Having gone through the experience I can only say that a sawmill is immeasurably better. Easier, cleaner, faster, more accurate, you name it.
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I have been a long-time lurker on your thread and have always loved reading about your experiences, especially on slow days at work! Some how I missed when you decided to sell the house and why?? I wish you the best of luck with everything and you have certainly provided a lot of inspiration for me as I am renovating my own property!

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Hi Tom...lurkers always welcome here!!!

A combination of reasons for selling the property actually. Mostly because I'm getting to be an old, cantankerous curmudgeon (you DO believe that, don't you?) and one of our immediate family members has met with an extremely serious medical problem. However, with the current market conditions, we are likely to remain the owners for some time.

Thanks for checking in.
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Before I forget, I'll fill you in on the Coquihalla flat tire story.

I was on the early part of the Coquihalla when I started to feel an imbalance in something right at 100K's...slow to 96 and it would go away.

So I pulled over at the Britton Creek rest stop and discovered that I had shucked a piece of tread. So, I figured I would just keep going until I got to Merritt, which from there must be about 60 kilometers or so, but at a much reduced speed and keep my 4 ways on. This I did. Until there was a loud slapping noise caused by a much bigger piece of tread coming off the tire and slapping the body.

OK, well, obviously we need to get that fixed. There are very few places where there is room to get a vehicle off the highway, but as luck would have it, there was a short spot maybe 20 yards long right where I stopped.

Now my van has one of those high priced pizza tires which had obviously never been off the mount, never mind been used. So after unloading a number of the blue boxes to gain access to the needed equipment I proceeded to jack up the van.

At this point, a tow truck materialized out of nowhere and asked if I needed help. Well, I had checked the air pressure in the pizza tire, and it was all of about 5 lbs. That's not going to cut it, so I asked if he had any air on board. Turns out, he didn't usually drive this particular tow truck, and he wasn't sure. Couldn't find a compressor, but he did have an air tank and was able to get the pizza tire up to 35 lbs. The rim was so rusty I really didn't think it would hold air, but I must have done something right that day because it worked.

He asked if I needed any further help and I thought I would be OK from there on, so I said I don't think so, and off he went.

Now it was time to get the bad wheel off, and this is where the fun started. There was a short ratchet with a 3/4" socket in with the scissor jack. Let's see now...yep, it fits the wheel lugs.

OK, give it a good heave and I couldn't budge the first nut for love nor money. Kept on trying until I blew the socket apart into 3 pieces. Hmmm...could be in a spot of trouble here.

Aha, but then I remembered that there was a 4 way wheel wrench under the seat of the van when I bought it...let's hope it's still there. Move more stuff out of the van on to the side of the road - where I forgot to mention the wind was blowing about 80 k's - and yes the 4 way is there! Good show.

It's one of those nice big ones, so we should be good to go now. OK, put the 3/4" end on the nut and.....dammit, the end of the wrench is split open. No kidding, I couldn't believe it. Hmmm...now I could be in a bigger spot of trouble.

But I still have one ace left, and that is one of those tool kits which has everything under the sun in it, and that even included a much better looking ratchet and decent 3/4" socket.

Fingers crossed and started on the wheel nuts again. It was a real fight, but they all eventually came off, but I have to tell you I was beat at the end of that little exercise. No more undue difficulties changing to the pizza tire...throw everything back in the van and off we go. Except this time I have set my self imposed speed limit at 60 k's.

Let me tell you how slow that is when the speed limit is 110 and most vehicles are doing 130+.

Made it safely to Merritt, where there is a Canadian Tire store and as every Canadian knows, they have everything. Even the right size tire for the van. Yippee!

It turned out that a section of the sidewall had been damaged somehow, and this had caused the tread of the tire to run way out of line, which in turn caused all the tearing. So, $112 later I'm on my way and very grateful to the tow truck operator who had some air!

Here's the offending wheel wrench. And if any of you need a slightly used 3/4" socket, you can find the pieces located some 20 odd kilometers south of Merritt about 40 yards off the highway.
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Hey Keith, we were starting to worry about you. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Looks like our luck runs about the same. I blew a tire on the xway about a month ago, luck had it the TDOT was right behind me and changed my tire for me, good thing because the spare was almost flat. I checked the date on the tires and they are 17 years old. There is a place on the tires that starts with DOT, look at the last number in the stamped area and that will tell you when the tires were made.

The good part that the TDOT was there is I had just had my left eye operated on and wasn't suppose to pick up more than 10 pounds or so.
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Hey Keith, we were starting to worry about you. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Looks like our luck runs about the same. I blew a tire on the xway about a month ago, luck had it the TDOT was right behind me and changed my tire for me, good thing because the spare was almost flat. I checked the date on the tires and they are 17 years old. There is a place on the tires that starts with DOT, look at the last number in the stamped area and that will tell you when the tires were made.

The good part that the TDOT was there is I had just had my left eye operated on and wasn't suppose to pick up more than 10 pounds or so.
Hi Jim:

I don't know how old these tires were, but one of the guys at CanTire told me to check in between the tread for any checking. I must admit I never noticed that before. But sure as heck the damaged tire showed quite a bit of checking between the treads, so it wasn't long for this world anyway.

Hope your eye is OK now Jim.
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Before I left the island for this most recent trip I managed to complete the three lights in the bedroom.

What a difference...even though they only produce 21 watts of light all together, it's plenty bright enough.
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Also came close to getting the shelves in the bedroom closet done. On the right side of the mirror they're done, and the first two on the left are in place. Just didn't quite have time to do them all before I had to leave.

There's no finish on the wood yet, which is Arbutus...so expect to find several flaws in the wood. It's just the nature of the beast.
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