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A clogged toilet in our camper got me on the 10:00 news.

I still wonder what made them think that the person you want to approach to interview for a segment about how people are traveling during COVID, is the guy who is just finishing up handling raw sewage?...Regardless, I never would have been out for a another dump so close to home if it hadn't been for the declogging.

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One of my parent's neighbours cut down a big maple tree in their yard this spring, so I bucked up what was there yesterday and my brother cut some slabs for me. Should be able to make a couple nice tables once they dry, and some smaller ones for stuff like cutting boards maybe. The smaller logs I'll split down the middle and try making bowls or something. He also cut a chunk out of the middle of one log about 4" thick, I'll see how it is when it dries and maybe save that one for a rifle stock blank. We tried up the big slabs on the sawmill, the chainsaw work was pretty tough. I think I may have to build a small bandsaw mill for doing this in the future. It wouldn't take much to be able to do a better job than a chainsaw with much less waste.
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Added a couple more to the pile today, now it's all strip stacked in my shed to dry for the next few years. The neighbour that cut the tree down asked for a piece about 16" wide, 1.5" thick, so he can make a nice cutting board from it. I think I can spare that easily enough. I'm thinking I may use the wide slabs to make a table for the deck, and the narrower ones for benches.
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Technically yesterday, but I found a lively "little" water leak in the Sea-Doo caused by a missing exhaust bolt in a stripped hole between the manifold and stinger pipe.
Was chasing the source of water infiltration most of the season, thought it was the rivets in the footwells.

Lost fire in the PTO side jug at idle or anything under half throttle. Could have been water aspiration, could have been the stinger getting flooded and wecking the reversion pulse.
Haven't had the stones to check for scoring on the pistons yet.

I can only guess the bolt "evaporated" when the starter bendix was changed out a few years ago at a dealership I will no longer do business with. (1998 GSX-L 951 requires engine removal to do bendix...)

And my favored dealership up here on the river closed down permanently this year, and their license/inventory was sold off to another dealership further out.

Time-serts for all the exhaust bolt holes on manifold and jugs, manifold gasket kits, carb kits, special wrenches, all that jazz on order from ebay with by-Friday delivery.
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Still need to get some ultra copper gasket goo spray and find my tube of 518 anaerobic.
And see if the pistons are trashed... :BH:


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PostPosted: July 15, 2020, 2:56 pm 
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Good news, pistons are scratch-free! Time-Sert kit is in, still waiting on all the rest of the goodies though.

Back in the office for the next few weeks, which is a welcome thing.


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PostPosted: August 2, 2020, 1:12 am 
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Went for a dirtbike ride with my 8 year old son today, ended up riding most of the day and covered just over 53 km. We didn't plan on riding anywhere near that far, and didn't have any food with us, but he just kept going on his little Honda 70. He was getting pretty tired with close to 20 km to get home, so I called my wife when we had cell service and arranged to meet her on where we crossed a main road, so she could take him and his bike home. I finished riding home and was pretty much completely wiped out by the time I got back too.

The pink and purple tracks were from today, we definitely covered some ground.
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Today I made a collapsible firewood rack. I do a lot of bbq and needed a place to store my firewood. The rack keeps it dry and organized while giving me some more practice TIG welding. Unfortunately, I haven’t built a work table yet which means that I had to clamp the metal pieces together and hope that it worked out. Believe or not everything went perfectly... at first. While checking to make sure that I built it correctly, I accidentally tipped it over and busted most of the tacks. This left me with a bunch of random tubes that were tacked together and of course it made everything way more difficult than it needed to be. I should have used that moment to walk away and return another day, but I didn’t. Everything went together quickly, but my welds suffered accordingly. Then, just to add insult to injury, I welded the mid supports in the wrong location rendering the collapsibility useless. Just another reminder that when you get tired and start to rush, things go wrong... the plan is to fix it once i burn through the firewood I have now.


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Discovered that both of the uprights intended for my El Camino Jag IRS conversion are damaged.
Some :BH: prior owner or "Mechanic" used a hammer in an incredibly poor manner.
For the life of me I cannot imagine a circumstance where anyone could think bashing on the lower pivot bosses would be a good idea. :ack:
I have another pair in good shape but am not sure they are best to use as I understand the later carriers are stronger.
So I may be haunting P&P looking for another set.

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We returned late last night from a weekend away to find a storm had come thru and power was out. No biggie. It has been out before. This morning still no power,15 hrs after the loss occurred. Our electrical company had no estimate of when it would be fixed. Then later this morning they had an estimate of Friday at 3PM. Time to do something to deal with it. Locally there was no generator in stock. Everyone beat me to it. Called a friend about 20 miles away and they had power, and a small generator that would power our refrigerator.

Off we go to pick up his genny. Then decided to check his local HF store too. Everyone was sold out there too. Went to his Menards and there was a nice 5000W gen. 120/240. So I bought it. Got it home and put the few things together. Unlike the HF unit, it came with wheels and a battery. However....... the package inside was date stamped APR 2013! No wonder they were on sale and the 7 year old battery is down to ~6V. It started on the 1st pull! I definitely like the pull-start backup system. It runs and powers the whole house. Turns out that 5KW is enough to run the well pump, even the 2.5ton A/C, probably not at the same time :mrgreen: I'll check the battery after a few hours and hope it revives. I really doubt it though. I'll run the fridge on the small gen once or twice a day for a couple of hours and leave everything else on the 5KW one. I'll turn off the A/C when we take a shower etc, Right now the temperature has dropped 6 degrees in the house. :cheers:

The wiring is a temporary setup. Mains are off, so no back-feed to the power lines is possible.

Now I have this setup, the electric co will probably have us up and running shortly. :BH:

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