Severe Alert

Is it ever going to stop raining? Forced out of the house and to the Children’s Museum

I'm lying in bed last night when a severe alert came across my phone. Now I knew it was going to rain until Sunday so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but come on. Doesn't Mother Nature know I am trying to finish the deck? On another note, I did go to the Children's Museum, can't remember last time I was there, it was free day. Place was packed, but it is so big it wasn't too bad. We spent…

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Old Blade

Trying to make progress on the deck, not going so well

  • April 28, 2017
  • Deck

The weather is not cooperating. I just finished screwing in one board and got started on the last, when I started to hear rain drops hitting the tarp. I asked it, "are you raining"? Of course it didn't answer, but sure enough. So, I start to cover the deck with the tarp again. Of course I had to almost completely put it back on because it had to be removed enough due to the last board being right in the middle of the…

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Gasoline leaked from pressure washer

I took the pressure washer back to its owner. It's a 45 minute drive. I had to lay it down in my car, and before I did this I was wondering a. is it going to leak and b. is it going to damage the power washer engine? I have a rhino-type pad thing, ah crap, let me go find out what it is. Hang on. OK, it's a Rhinolin Writing Surface. Looks like I ordered mine back in 2012.…

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Deck Deck Deck Deck Deck

Deck pressure power washing – I was able to get photos off my phone

  • April 26, 2017
  • Deck

I rebooted my phone and was able to get the pictures off my phone. I think it was the phone and the third party USB cable. If that USB cable is bad it would be the third one that has gone bad from cable matters. I've been in IT for 20+ years and have never had a USB cable go bad. I started screwing down the new boards today and ran out of deck screws, so I had to run and…

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Power Washer

More power washing with Subaru pressure washer

So I got a text today from the guy I borrowed the pressure washer from, well his daughter actually, saying he needed the pressure washer back. Since he did me a huge favor by letting me borrow it to begin with, I told her I would finish up and take it to him tomorrow. So I did more of the driveway, the street gutters in front of the house, under the new dryer vent and the deck. I would post…

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Front yard landscaping

Both areas are against a north facing wall. The corner where the Lemony Lace elderberry is gets afternoon sun. This area is under the office window. I took some of the hostas from under the dining room window and put two here. I also moved one of the purple coral bells from there to here. I also planted Christmas ferns and caramel coral bells here from bulbs. They are marked with flags. I am glad I marked them because it came in…

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USB Light

Replacing electrical receptacle outlets and switches oh my

I have been replacing electrical outlets and switches and I was curious as to the number of outlets and switches in this place, because every time I think I am finished with this job I find more. Now if I counted correctly, because I think I missed some in the basement, these are the numbers: 69 outlets plus 4 exterior outlets Of the 69 outlets 4 are GFI 2 are USB with light and 1 is a USB without a light…

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I figured out how I can retrofit the deck to be code compliant – FastenMaster FMTHR614-24 ThruLOK Screw Bolt Fastening System

  • April 19, 2017
  • Deck

I have been trying to decide how to retrofit the deck and still be code compliant. The deck is only 18 inches high so I really don't need railing to begin with, so I guess I just contradicted myself. I am doing it anyway, and after many hours of research I found something. FastenMaster FMTHR614-24 ThruLOK Screw Bolt Fastening System. From what I have seen they are easy to use and secure.

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Stained Fence

Staining the fence with Olympic Wood Protector – it is beautiful

26 year-old neglected fence gets make over with a little pressure washing and some wood stain and protector. This is how the pool equipment fence came out after pressure power washing and wood staining. Isn't it beautiful? This is what it looked like before. This is after it was pressure washed. The neighbor gave me some canna lily bulbs and I planted them along the fence. The wood is so old and hasn't ever been maintained, it sucked up about a gallon…

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Febco 765-1" BV-Pressure Vacuum Assembly

Febco 765-1″ BV-Pressure Vacuum Assembly blew out – defective or just me?

I replaced the old Febco 765-1 with a new Febco on the irrigation system last spring because the valves were frozen shut. Based on what I see after the freeze situation from December, I wish I would have kept the old one and repaired it. Not only did it blow the top, it blew out the side. Even the nuts are already rusting in less than a year They do sell replacement parts, but your better off just buying a whole new…

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