Dear Abbey

By: ycd0108, 6:24 AM GMT on October 29, 2011

You won't believe this:
G-Dau (that's grand daughter for those without instant recall) is getting her hair dyed by Herself (grandma). Guess what they are going to do: You put a number of packages of "Kool - Aid" in a bowl with a bit of water and then either paint the goo on your hair or soak strands or something. (I can not watch) and then you wrap up ringletts in plastic overnight.
Makes me happy that I had to grow up with only a "Flat-top and fenders" hairdo and admire the girls with at least two spray cans of clear stickum on their hair.

Updated: 6:25 AM GMT on October 29, 2011


Earthquake in Turkey

By: ycd0108, 2:09 PM GMT on October 23, 2011



M.V. "Link"

By: ycd0108, 2:14 AM GMT on October 21, 2011

"She was broad and fat and loose in her stays
but to catch her took the "Antelope" two whole days.
God Damn them all!
I was told we'd cruise the seas
For American Gold
We'd fire no guns
Shed no tears
Now I'm a broken Man on an Halifax Pier
The Last of Barrett's Privateers."
I used to sing this ditty at coffee house music venues - I think I liked the part where you belt out "God Damn them all!" And yes, it is Stan Rogers' song: "The last of Barrett's privateers" and his voice.


Trading time for money

By: ycd0108, 3:44 PM GMT on October 19, 2011

I was trying to read the "B.C. Building Code Section 9" regarding in general: Rain Screen. Specifically window and door flashing and sealing vapour barrier. We are trying to move ahead with a building which started out to be "Green" but the usual cost factor modified our approach.
It's a long story and the Devil is in the Details: a wall is fairly easy to super insulate but when we poke holes in it for windows and doors -
Maybe I should just post the diagrams I've been staring at from "Best Practices - Wood - Frame Envelopes in the Coastal Climate of British Columbia"


Ramp is done!

By: ycd0108, 11:36 PM GMT on October 15, 2011

I figured we had to get moving on this - the hospitals around here have no room for patients in dire need let alone a young strong fellow who just needs to recover from the surgery and some scorching. So we got there to find it was better than we could have hoped: He had recently put a new solid deck on the back of the house and there was a patio door that a wheelchair could navigate. The deck (and interior floor) are only about 25" above a paved access to the back of the property and for a town lot there was lots of room to set up tools and park trucks.
And Yup he was discharged about the time we got there. Takes an hour or so to get clear of an hospital so we intended to have something there for him to wheel up. Craig made a run for materials - mainly 3 sheets of 5/8" plywood and lots of wood screws. I had enough new 2x12" (see previous post references to concrete forms) fir plank on the truck to do two runs of 22' of support.
We cut out his new railing and dropped the 2x12 (flatsy way) on a whaler on the deck and an old fence post he had - there was a bit of shimming and biasing involved - we wanted the bottom of the ramp to sit on pavement. When Craig got back with the plywood Andrew was on the way but it's about a 40 minute drive. Suffice it to say that when he got there and transferred to the chair he could wheel himself up the new ramp.
His 1 1/2 year old daughter was helping a lot with "Stress testing" the whole time - she especially enjoyed standing on my tape when it was stretched out. All kids love a carpenter's tape and so do I but I never step on it. Samantha loved the ramp too. She was up and down it before we had fastened the plywood down. So I'm fairly confident that "Work Safe B.C. (Worker's Comp.) should have no complaints. They would likely have done the ramp eventually - possibly before Andrew had recovered.
'Course it would have cost them a bit more



By: ycd0108, 5:05 AM GMT on October 13, 2011

Today: I was inside the service shed getting ready to set a bolt when things went real bad:
Arcing sounds and a shower of molten metal and then the electrician lands (on his feet) by the door. Not good! He is down and damaged but did not get shocked through him - just bailed out when the system flared. He dropped from about 12' so his first complaint was his heels. He was still clear in the head and asked me to phone my wife and get him some water. I first went to get the water but I should have stayed with him I know now. She came and assessed and called the ambulance.
So I busted the electrician - he will be (at best) in a wheel chair for a while.

Updated: 8:07 PM GMT on October 16, 2011


Staking Tool

By: ycd0108, 9:01 PM GMT on October 10, 2011

We found a beautiful wooden box while cleaning out our deceased friend's house. it is a K&D Staking Tool.
I could see that it was a metal working punch but found from google that it was an essential watchmaker item.
Now that most watches only need batteries it is a bit out of fashion.
Neat thing, though. If anyone knows how to operate it I would appreciate feedback. I'm guessing you drop one of the numerous punches into the guide and tap the top but I don't want to break or damage anything.
Herself is going to give it to another friend who has worked with metal for years.


Superman comes to town

By: ycd0108, 8:25 PM GMT on October 07, 2011

I got into a "Tail-Back' last night on the way home from work. It's a four lane highway but they had two blocked and it took me at least a half an hour to get past. Apparently Russel Crow and his son are here filming "Superman 11" or "111?".
Lots of 'choppers and probably traffic problems today, I suppose - one "looky Loo" slowed down too much and was rear-ended by a pickup with an horse trailer but that's all the news.
I'm about to snip the telephone overhead line and push the poles over. Tomorrow we can put up the masts on the Service shed and reclad it. Then the electrician can come in and move all the drops to the new poles.
After that we can knock over the rotten poles at the shed.

Updated: 8:26 PM GMT on October 07, 2011


Hair Straight Back

By: ycd0108, 4:16 PM GMT on October 05, 2011

That is how my cousin described selling his house and building a new one in less than three months. In my own way (I'm neither as young nor as focused as he was then) my hair has been "Straight Back" for these last few weeks.
Today: I'm waiting for the cable provider to show up and pull their cable through the buried conduit. Hopefully the same crew can drop their overhead lines to both houses. Then I can push the old rotten poles over, pull off the defunct telephone line and saw the poles up for kindling.
What chaos in my truck and shop! For that matter there is over a thousand feet of chaos in the forest where we ran the ditching. The material we disturbed does not lend itself to neat backfilling. It is a mixture of sand, clay, gravel and large "Bones" (boulders too big to lift by hand) so trying to flatten it out is a bit of a challange. The big bones inevitably spring up as you "Back Blade" and dig new trenches or boost the machine and sit there with a major speed bump around them. Some of these rocks are too heavy for the little Hoe to push let alone lift.
So I've had nothing better to do while bouncing around on the machine than imagine what placed this odd mixture of dirt and rocks just where I decided to dig the trenches. I have done a bit of "Schoolin'" and worked as a field geologist in Mineral exploration. One interest that has stood the test of time is: Glaciation.
According to some researchers this area was covered with up to a mile thick ice field. The weight of the ice mashed down the land (and I'm thinkin' created the severely compacted "Hard Pan") then the glaciers melted away about 12K yag. and the land started to "rebound". Meantime the mass of ice in the (now named) Salish Sea (used to be: Georgia strait) was likely last to melt due to it's vast mass and the watersheds in to the sea would have brought all the gravels and stones I'm trying to deal with and set this material on the edges of the ice. More later - the dog is a total wreck. He can not stand to pee because his old method depended on the newly broken limb. I've got a gouge under my right eye which makes me happy that I never took to the stick on lenses - could not get used to poking anything in my eyes. I'm pretty sure the glasses deflected the stick to the cheek

Updated: 9:39 PM GMT on October 05, 2011


Surfacing 1 month on

By: ycd0108, 2:32 PM GMT on October 04, 2011

I just looked back in previous blog entries to find the date we started digging: September First!
So I have spent over a month partially Underground.
Today should get me back up out of the ditch.
After the concrete pour yesterday I changed the digger bucket over to the wider "Clean up" bucket which has no teeth - the better to backfill you with.
Oh yeah: we still have to pick up the new cedar 8x8"x18' masts I ordered the other day when we got the 2x12 fir planks for forming around the shed. The planks were so pretty - way too good to use for concrete forms - that we wrapped them in plastic sheeting to help preserve them. I can pull them off this morning and clean them up. The planks will make good backing for the electrical masts.


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