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Old 05-28-2014, 09:39 PM   #7936
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Keith, maybe while you don't have a lot to do you can prefab some parts to your next home. Just a thought. (like you are going to have any time to do something like that) I hope your house sells quickly buddy.

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Hi Bud...how the heck are you? Most excellent to hear from you.

No, my pal tells me that there is an issue with the polyurethane on the long railing outside the bedroom. Apparently the poly is not compatible with the varnish, contrary to what the poly supplier assured me. Other than that it sounds like just routine maintenance. Just enough to keep me out of trouble!
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Hi Jim...you snuck that one in there quickly while I was replying to Bud!

I don't think it would be any too practical to try and prefab anything on Ruxton Jim. You forget that I have been in the country where all it takes is a phone call to get materials delivered! That beats dragging stuff over on a boat hands down.
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Hi Jim...you snuck that one in there quickly while I was replying to Bud!

I don't think it would be any too practical to try and prefab anything on Ruxton Jim. You forget that I have been in the country where all it takes is a phone call to get materials delivered! That beats dragging stuff over on a boat hands down.
I have that disease CRS, (can't remember stuff). Man that is going to be tough to get use to again, hopefully it won't last long and your home will sell. Housing is picking up down this way and some of the prices on homes are rising slowly so maybe you will sell quickly.
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Same thing up this way Jim. I think everyone has been sitting where they are and doing nothing because of the crummy economy here.

I was chatting to my friend Al the realtor a few days ago, and he gave me figures of his past five years sales, and then showed this year so far. The first big increase in five long years. He's a happy camper now.

And one other thing, those people out looking now are generally serious buyers, so I hope the folks coming over in a couple of weeks are like that!
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Hi Keith,

Sorry that I have been away for almost a year. 2013 was terrible. I was diagnosed with cancer and my brother died in the EA-6 Prowler crash in Seattle last March. I saw the post about your daughter and I am so sorry.

I love the lights that you installed. Beautiful! My kitchen isn't fully finished, but it will be at some point. We are currently working on our new greenhouse since the weather is finally warm. I'm trying to spend as much time outside as possible as I was bedridden most of 2013. I have learned to value every day now.

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Oh, my goodness. I am so sorry for you and your loss. Words cannot cover that in any way. I can only wish you all the best.
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Melissa,

Very sorry to hear of your health struggles and your loss.

I hope you heal quickly and strong and we will be keeping you in our DIY minds.

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After several very frustrating days attempting to get my internet connection back, partial success has been achieved.
Now it's time to get on with tidying the place up.
The first thing that hits the eye, other than the hayfield where there once was a lawn, is the bad finish on the big railing and the small railing at the little round deck below.
It appears that there is some sort of incompatibility between the original spar varnish (good stuff) and the polyurethane finish (not so good) despite the manufacturers' claim to the contrary.
I tried sanding the finish off and that is all but impossible. So after 3 hours trying the sander, I went to a heat gun. Now things are happening. After a further 2 1/2 hours with the gun I have nearly half the big railing cleaned off.
Careful use of the gun is key here...too many seconds in one place and the cedar starts to show burn marks...too little and the finish won't come off. It is slow and frustrating to say the least.
I did take several pictures before I got started, but only one came out anywhere near in focus, but you'll see what is happening.
The other pic is after trying the sander.
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I did bring one little treat back for the master bedroom.

Picked up this screen while I was in the interior and thought it would be perfect in its' new home.
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Man, you must be wore out from all the moving, I wouldn't be able to lift an arm after all you have been through. I really hate that you had to go through all that. Well at least now you will have all the time you need. That has to be disheartening seeing all that beautiful work tainted a little. I hope all goes well for you now buddy.
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Well Jim, you know how it is sometimes, life throws these little curve balls at us. Tonight when I was returning from Nanaimo, the tiller broke on the sailboat!

Then my neighbour's boat broke down about a mile before he got to Ruxton and had to be towed in...and then Steve right next door thinks he developed a water leak from the block in his engine coming over earlier this evening. You'd almost think it was Friday the 13th!
Tomorrow will be a new day and we'll see what can be done with the railing. It's supposed to shower here on Sunday, so there's not a lot of time to get this wood stripped and re-coated.
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My stars, it must be a full moon or something, it sure is a startling reminder of life on an island. Hopefully very soon all falls back in the groove and things get back to as normal as possible. For some reason, when you tell of the things going on there I feel like I am right there.

I know how it is with boats, we got our ole fishing boat ready to hit the water, launched, tied to the dock and the motor never would crank. The wind was blowing fairly hard so the boat and dock was doing some bouncing, this ole man don't do well on moving objects so we gave up and like to have never got the boat back on the trailer. The motor will fire right up here in the yard with the muffs on it.
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You know how it is with boats Jim, they have a mind of their own.

I took some pics of the stripped and sanded railing, and now my camera won't load the pics onto the computer...no idea why. Maybe it's just the cable. Not sure if I have another one here or not, but I don't think so. That means no pics until I get this figured out I guess.
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It's nice to see this thread active again!

If we still have the same camera Keith, try taking the card out of your camera and inserting it into your computer. A year or two ago, my camera stopped loading pics onto the computer too. I never did figure out why.

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