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Old 01-28-2015, 04:06 PM   #16141
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I have a lot of minerals in my water and find the drain cakes up on my furnace humidifier and it then leaks onto the furnace and /or floor.
I'll take a look at that but the drain goes to an open sink and seemed to be draining normally. Since it is still under warranty I'm not going to expend a lot of energy on this but make a phone call instead.
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Old 01-28-2015, 04:29 PM   #16142
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I'm acting as general contractor on a house we're building for in-laws on our property- exciting day, crane was here to set the trusses for the roof. Really starting to look like a house and can walk around and see how the plan translates to reality- so far, good!
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Old 01-28-2015, 04:30 PM   #16143
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I'll take a look at that but the drain goes to an open sink and seemed to be draining normally. Since it is still under warranty I'm not going to expend a lot of energy on this but make a phone call instead.
Good plan. I was warned by the furnace installers to not let water get onto the heat exchanger, as it might damage it.
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I goofed off all day after getting my Escape from the mechanic's shop.

I went out and drank beer with my gardening buddy. I ordered chicken wings to go.
I stayed up late (2:30 AM ET).

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Finally decided I needed new glasses - minor prescription change. Had lunch at my favorite sushi bar, went for a walk, spent several hours on Netflix watching shows. Have a bunch of annual events to take care - doctor checkups, vehicle checkup, firearm recertification, taxes, etc - to take care of before we disappear into the boonies again. Thinking about heading SW until it warms up, then maybe NW. We'll pick out a few intermediate destinations, then meander on out ...


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Went skiing yesterday at a small area call Monarch which is south of most of the large ski areas. Went with a friend who is in his 70s. He likes Monarch because skiing is free if you are 69 or older. I was pretty happy with the $40 senior rate too. The day started out fairly cold and overcast which meant the light was flat and it was hard to see what you were skiing on. The sun came out in the afternoon and that was much better. The new ski equipment worked just fine. The only issue was I brought thicker socks and they were too tight in the boots. I had to buy a pair of sock liners and that worked fine. The friend wants to start skiing at least once a week. I still have 3 passes to use with DD this year. I think this is shaping up to be a good winter!
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Yesterday was the morning show of bird seed & bread crumbs and some putzing around the house with some chores.


Then I took a drive out to Torrey Pines St Park for a huff & puff walk up the road to the top of the cliffs to enjoy the view, then down the trail to the beach to walk back to the car - enjoying the beach, waves and view.


Then a lazy laid back afternoon listening to some music and prepping tacos for dinner.
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I'm acting as general contractor on a house we're building for in-laws on our property- exciting day, crane was here to set the trusses for the roof. Really starting to look like a house and can walk around and see how the plan translates to reality- so far, good!
Congratulations!

I'm not that far on my house yet. I am going to install "outlooks" over the gable trusses on the roof ends. That means the gable end trusses and the next truss are tied together with 2x4s that extend over the edge of the roof. I will build those on the ground and have them put in place by the crane along with the rest of the trusses. I am waiting on better weather to put up the upper walls so I don't have to sweep snow between, around and over the walls.
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Turned on my laptop this afternoon and got a black screen and 4 beeps from the motherboard. Always scary because I've done a few important things since my last backup. Used DW's laptop to do research, and found out it was a RAM problem. Took the bottom off and did some pull and boot experiments, and found the malf'ing memory card. So I'm back up and running, but on just 2GB of RAM. It sure is slow. The new (and upgraded) memory should be here in a couple of days.
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Congratulations!

I'm not that far on my house yet. I am going to install "outlooks" over the gable trusses on the roof ends. That means the gable end trusses and the next truss are tied together with 2x4s that extend over the edge of the roof. I will build those on the ground and have them put in place by the crane along with the rest of the trusses. I am waiting on better weather to put up the upper walls so I don't have to sweep snow between, around and over the walls.
Thanks, sounds interesting. I've seen some of the pictures in your build thread, impressive place and a lot of work! Not sure I would do well at your altitude.

We had snow here over the weekend but only a couple of inches. Wd did spend some time clearing the snow out of the house and clearing off the top of the walls where the trusses would set but there was still some ice on the floor the day of crane work. I spread the sawdust from my collector in the workshop inside the house and this made it much easier/safer to walk around. The guys doing the work were appreciative! Now that the trusses are in place, we'll get the backfill in around the foundation and it will be much easier to walk around the site. Hoping to start that Monday and the metal roof will go on if the weather cooperates.

Here's a picture of the last truss/gable end going up.

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Yesterday I installed some cabinets I made for a room off our home theater. Room is narrow so the cabinets are only 22" deep instead of the usual 24" depth. The face frames were made from some lumber I milled from a couple of oak trees that came down when we lived at our old house. Carcass sides were made from oak ply. I have about a 5' high stack of oak and finally used some of it, it worked well and very little problems even though it's been stacked outside for about 5 years. Slowly working through my stash of lumber from when I had a sawmill. I still have a good amount of cherry and walnut to use when the right project comes along. I'm happy with how they came out, first time making cabinets and I took a few shortcuts here and there and learned a lot for the next time. I used pocket screws for most of the construction and find I really like that approach for projects like this one. Small fridge is perfect size for the area but was too low so brought it up to countertop level. I used French cleats to hang the upper cabinets and it was really easy to get them level and situated before screwing them to the wall.

Hope to get the bar sink in place today and will use ceramic tile for the countertop- have some tile left from other projects that should work fine. Will also build a wine rack and place to hang some glasses in the area above the sink.

This time of the year, it's good to have a mix of inside and outside projects as you never know from day to day what the weather will bring.

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Here's a picture of the last truss/gable end going up.
You're well on your way. When the roof is done, you will be weathered in and no more worries about the snow!

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As someone who is going to be building a cottage in 2016 I am following the home-building updates with extreme interest. Awesome! Keep em' coming!
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Had a biopsy done today on a mole on my arm that has recently gotten bigger.

Ended up with 2 stitches that have to stay in for 2 weeks so no pickleball for the duration.

Oh well, better no pickleball for two weeks than skin cancer. Melanoma runs in the family so I check my skin religiously!
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Let's see...it was a full home day for me and Mr B. We had 4 inches of fresh snow overnight, so I got my exercise shoveling the steps and cleaning off the cars.

Laundry, bonsai plant torture session done to my 3 Granny Smith baby apple trees, planted a few San Marzano tomato seeds, got takeout fish fry dinners for 2, watched a movie on HBO on demand, and had blueberry pie for dessert.

I am now watching a National Geographic show "Hacking The System" about personal security and ID theft. Very interesting how a lot of people do not keep a close eye on their personal or electronic perimeter in an urban setting, w*rk, and/or at home. Granted the show host is an expert at this, but none of it is high level rocket science. I learned a few things.
Next up is "Survival Hacks". This is a cool show.
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I am now watching a National Geographic show "Hacking The System" about personal security and ID theft. Very interesting how a lot of people do not keep a close eye on their personal or electronic perimeter in an urban setting, w*rk, and/or at home. Granted the show host is an expert at this, but none of it is high level rocket science. I learned a few things.
Next up is "Survival Hacks". This is a cool show.

Thanks for the tip, freebird! Just set this up to record on the replay later tonight.



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Made nice breakfast for DH, this is his first birthday in years that I wasn't at work. This evening went out to dinner and brought 2/3 of the food home for future meals--yum! Stayed in today and did some decluttering. Goofed off--a lot!

Talked to my cousin tonight and decided to go to California for a few days, booked my trip. This will be my second trip to California in a month. When I get back I'm going to the second half of a flute festival that happens to be at the hotel where I will park my car while in California. Sooo perfect!
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It snowed last night. I spent over 2 hours sweeping the floor of the house, the snow off the tarps that cover all the lumber piles and other places that shouldn't get too wet. Then it started snowing again. Sigh. Its time to go out and sweep some more snow.

I got my plow truck back yesterday. Unfortunately, it has a small leak in the part that was replaced. The rebuilder is shipping another unit and the mechanic let me take the truck because he knew it was supposed to snow this weekend. Its a good thing he let me take it. I was dropped off and it would have been a very long walk home.
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Hermit, Is it a wet snow? If not, do you know you can use a leaf blower to remove snow quickly? Glad to hear your trucks back.
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Hermit, Is it a wet snow? If not, do you know you can use a leaf blower to remove snow quickly? Glad to hear your trucks back.
I've used an air hose when it is thin and light. A leaf blower might work with more snow. Thanks for the tip.

The stuff this afternoon was a real mess. It is above 40 and everything was water and slush. I just swept it off as best I could. Got a lot of water dripping into the basement and on all the wood down there. I think I will need to get a squeegee and caulk all of the joints the next warm day. I'm about ready to start putting up the upper walls, so, hopefully, I won't have to contend with the weather as much soon.
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