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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1170 on: February 07, 2019, 06:47:43 PM »
This is my long weekend....I was planning to finish the dock, no problem. But a norther has blown in and temps might drop to freezing tonight, or just above. 

High tomorrow of 5 degrees C.

15 mph wind.

It's going to stay like that for 3 days. Monday might be warm again.

I don't know if I want to work outside in the cold. Of course I can come inside and warm up out there, so I guess I could see how much I could get done. No shorts and water shoes though. Fortunately I have most of the wet area plumb and level. There is some work left that might involve wet feet. It's treacherous and slick and muddy on the big uneven granite boulders under my dock. I've come close to  falling in a couple of times already. Too cold to fall in right now. That part can wait until Monday.

I'm going to build what will be an underwater bench along the lakefront portion of the dock, the head of the T, so to speak. So someone can sit in the water with their drink sitting at shoulder height on the  dock next to them. And it'll make an extra step to climb up on. It's going to be part of the extra bracing I 'm planning.... the frame that will support the bench will also brace the concrete uprights.

Maybe I can get a little bit done. The dogs don't care how productive I am or how much I screw off. They're not judgmental.

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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1171 on: February 08, 2019, 05:12:31 AM »
The sun is coming up here, and the temp has been dropping for the last hour....now hovering just above freezing. Hopefully that's the bottom for the weekend, and we go up from here.

I need to add weatherstrip to the  prep list. Drafty big old house. My feet are cold.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1172 on: February 08, 2019, 12:18:00 PM »
It decided to sleet a little. That's it for me. Work called on account of weather. I'm torn about whether to drive in to town to get a sub from the sandwich shop, or actually feed myself.  That's how much I don't want to go outside.

But I'm marshaling my forces for a run for the roast beast. Fortunately the new truck has remote start. I'm going to warm it up now, and then I can make it to Thundercloud Subs.

I'm a real mountain man survivalist. LOL.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1173 on: February 08, 2019, 12:21:29 PM »
It decided to sleet a little. That's it for me. Work called on account of weather. I'm torn about whether to drive in to town to get a sub from the sandwich shop, or actually feed myself.  That's how much I don't want to go outside.

But I'm marshaling my forces for a run for the roast beast. Fortunately the new truck has remote start. I'm going to warm it up now, and then I can make it to Thundercloud Subs.

I'm a real mountain man survivalist. LOL.

At least you don't need a Cripple Helper to go out for a Sub.  ::)

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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1174 on: March 05, 2019, 04:27:54 AM »
Fifth of March, 2019....coldest morning of the whole season, 25.5 F on the thermometer in my kitchen window.

 Yesterday morning was the first freeze here since October, if I'm not mistaken. At least it's dry. Hope I didn't break any pipes anywhere. I need to check the pump at the stead. Haven't been out there in a couple of months, but I left a light burning under cover I put on it. Hopefully it'll be okay.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1175 on: March 11, 2019, 06:06:35 AM »
Bit of an update:

I finished the work on my dock 2 weekends ago now, and last weekend I did drive out and look at my work after the lake came back up, but we had a little late freeze and the weather wasn't conducive for water sports. Overall, I rate the job I did a solid 8, although there are a few things I need to tweak. The new cradle on the boat lift doesn't want to sink. Too much new dry wood, and hopefully it'll stay dry for a while, since I did coat it with epoxy. I plan to add some weights. The new underwater bench is only submerged about 6 inches. I had hoped it would end up slightly deeper, but it will still work.

I rebuilt the old swim ladder, which I had pulled when I last redecked the dock a few years back. You can't buy a steel swim ladder anymore, and it just needed the wooden steps replaced. I put some of that white rubber molding, 63 feet total (small dock) around the whole thing and mounted some boat bumpers on the corners. Looks a lot better and it's way more functional. I want to get the Rhodes back in the water asap.

I've been dealing with my HOA at the canyon house. I have an easement for a 10K Volt main LCRA power line that runs across the edge of my property. I've deliberately let it go wild over the 25 plus years we've lived in the house, and they sent out their paid tool to take pics and send me a registered letter and hassle me.

I spent a couple of weeks mounting some resistance and got them to back off on most of it, but I had to run out to the stead yesterday and pick up the chainsaw to clear some bushes along the street frontage that somebody found annoying. Greasewood and retama (aka Thorn of Jerusalem).

I wasn't sure my chainsaw was working well enough to do the job, almost bought a new one just on spec..but I loaded it with fresh pre-mix and bar oil and it did okay. I was glad, because I didn't want to ruin a new bar and chain on such a rough job. Lots of rocks and sparks,,,but it's done, pretty much.

After unloading and using a whole pallet (42 bags) of ready-mix around the dock three weekends ago, and now two more days of hard yard work this weekend, I''m a physical wreck, and sleeping on a heating pad to help with the back pain and sciatica. 

Throw in coming to work an hour early due to the Spring Forward time change, and I'm less than thrilled to be working today. It would normally be the fourth day of my 4 day weekend, but I'm working to get at least 2 and half days in before we travel to the semi-frozen North.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1176 on: March 13, 2019, 01:32:01 PM »
At the airport,headed to the big apple.

First leg.....737 max 800

Second leg.....Airbus 380.

LOL.
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Re: Meanwhile back at the 'stead
« Reply #1177 on: March 13, 2019, 01:56:07 PM »
Looks like we get a different plane now. All 737 max 800s grounded.
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