Thursday, February 17, 2022

Digging Ditches . . . . Again

 The result of the ice we got last week is that outside grade level was about four inches above the garage slab . We then got a warm front from down south with a mess of rain and my garage flooded . 

I had about an inch of slush throughout the whole thing . Took us most of last week to clean out the depressing mess . 

Tonight they promise more rain. . .  SO . . . 


 I spent three hours yesterday smashing the ice and frozen ground outside with an axe to create some ditches to give the water a place to go . 

Painful . . .

Exhausting . . .

And the result is an ugly mess

Three more hours of toil and pain today to divert more flow around the back of the garage .

Water seems to be flowing briskly

https://youtu.be/g882KcasNbs 


Have I mentioned how much I disdain winter ?


Sunday, February 6, 2022

Sometimes You Need To Call In The Big Guns

 On Friday we got a day long load of Globular-Warmining . 

 

God awful wretched stuff. Came down like sugar but set like concrete . 

  

Now I know many that don't have to shovel the crap will say that looks beautiful . . . . 

. . . yea about as appealing as sticking your hand in a running blender .


Normally the town public works department runs these rigs around here . Sometimes a smaller F-450 with a dump body . 

On this occasion it required something a bit more serious .

  Sunday morning we screwed our courage together and were hacking away at the berm left by the plow truck in front of the driveway . Could not touch it with a shovel and required an ice chisel to break it up. Then  my neighbor Jeff came by with his plow truck and he knocked the berm down in about three passes saving us about four hours of back breaking labor. We managed to scrape off a light layer of snow from the top of the driveway with the shovels but the hard stuff was impossible to remove by manual means. Jeff then brought over his backhoe and in five minutes he did a quick job of it .

It is sure nice to know folks with the right tools for the job .


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

And yet you wonder why we are doomed ?

 We got new neighbors across the street recently so now when I click to connect to my WI FI I see this .

 WTF???

Someone's fricking dryer and stove connected to the internet ?

I CANT GET AWAY FROM ALL YOU DEPRAVED FREAKS SOON ENOUGH

 


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Feeding Welfare Bums Again

 Given that my efforts to provide improved housing for the Bluebirds was an exercise in futility and  it actually scared them away from their ledge , I splurged for a fifteen dollar bag of meal worms to see if I could make amends and they would come back .

And it seems this did meet with their approval .

For in short order two pairs of them were back . 

all is well with the world again

Even the Winter Wren got in on the action  .

Though this one seems to like the suet better than the meal-worms . 

Given that this is only the second time I have seen Bluebirds around here . . .


 I'd call that a success .

No gender identity issues in nature .

The females have a bit more gray on them than the males .

Titmouse got some too .

Then the Red Bellied Woodpecker spooked them all away .

The other one that' been hanging around here lately is the Peliated Woodpecker .

That sucker is huge , he has to be about sixteen inches from head to tail . Seems the Bluebirds are quite happy to bed down in the holes he makes in the maple tree in the front yard .

Here is the link straight to Oy-tube in case it don't play

https://youtu.be/JMpCVo2L28A 

 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Bluebirds ? ?

 Yesterday evening when I pulled in the driveway in the VW as it was getting dark I looked up to the right at the corner of the house and noticed a gray spot on the lower end of the freeze board where it meets the gable end soffit return .  Hmmmm ?  Do I have some rot going on there ?


 Jumped up on the basement dog-house to get a closer look , and as soon as I had my head level with cap on the return , a gray flutter flew past my face . Startled me a bit but I guess that why we call those returns " Bird Coops " .

 Could not figure out what kind of bird it was , so later I poked my head out the upstairs window and spotted one very cold looking female Bluebird bedded down on the lead flashing of the cap .  Given the pile of droppings it was evident it has been making it home for some time . Checked the other " bird coops " on the house and there were as much droppings there too . Annie mentioned she had seen a pair hanging around the front of the house lately . . .

. . .  so I checked the soffit return on the front foyer and sure enough there was the male of the pair .

Given that it was rather cold outside we were baffled as to how they were still hanging around here and had not headed south with the rest of their kind . That there is about eighteen below zero Celsius for yous confounded metric canukiestanians .

So this afternoon I cut some one-by wooden triangles , added a front fence and wrapped all sides with Reflectex bubble foil wrap . . .

. . . and filled them with wood shavings inside . Put three of these up . Book says Bluebirds do use birdhouses so we shall see if this meets their approval .


Friday, November 12, 2021

Bookshelves and Barn Doors

 The next step after enclosing the lolly column in last chapter was to add a low set of book shelves.

This is the part where my knees remind me they are most unhappy

But the results are pleasing to the customer and builder alike

The view from the back hall 

As I need to mill a bunch of round nosings on the shelves I actually remember to bring my router .

Shelve extensions are added to the unit and nosings for the shelves carry over to help support them .

Once again the results are promising .

Ties things in together nicely .

Next on the list are barn doors . So I biscuit joint and edge glue a mess of 1 X 8 into three foot wide boards and let them set over the weekend .

The general idea comes together .

Install the rail for the doors .


 And do a preliminary hang of the doors now with the cross bracing installed .

Not half bad for a hack .

Make about a hundred and fifty plugs

Plug all the screw holes on the cross bracing .

Looking a bit stubbly there .

Shave all the plugs flush , sand and poly . One coat of sealer and three of polyurethane .

After most of the week spent sanding and polyurethaning in the garage the doors come back inside .

Everyone is pleased with the results

Still needs some tweaking  and assorted hardware to keep the doors on track at the bottom .

Most of the time it will live on the open position . The bookshelves will be painted white to match the rest of the trim in the space .

Considering that this was the starting point . . .

I'd say it looks a whole lot more civilized .