Journey in the Woods

Wednesday, May 09, 2018


Fixing up an old gas grill.  One of the wheels had cracked.  Decided to carve up a new one.  Here's the broken wheel, the board I cute the new wheel from, and 'first draft':

Worked out ok: 

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Little Garage for my New Gas Gen

For strange reasons (neighbor sort of broke my other one), I got a new small gas generator and decided it was time to set it up behind the woodshed in it's own garage. Here it is:

The lid is made of round, scrounged HVAC metal pounded flat.  It's on hinges and has a nice rebar prop up stick: 

The side folds down so you can get at the controls and plug things in: 

and of course it has a door, with a latch: 

that opens easily: 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Just some wood

 A couple trees I've moved about 4 stories uphill, and only about 3 stories left to go to get to the axe yard, where I get to split and stack it. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tankless water heater exploration

Yay.  I get to learn MUCH more about my water heater than I wanted to.  Seems to be leaking from somewhere deep inside.  Here's what it looks like when you open it up:

Luckily, the company - Takagi - has a very strong tech support line, and they've emailed me a batch of instructions on how to take apart, inspect, and ultimately replace the part with one they're sending me.   Still, a big project that is pretty vital to the house.  Luckily, we have another water heater and shower down at the yurt. 

Here's the problem area, up inside the thing:


that was hard.  There were about a zillion pieces, all connected in strange ways.  Somehow I managed to get it all the way out, and all the way back together.  and it works!

One thing I'm glad I did was to tape batches of screws together that went for each area, and labeled them.  Working over the laundry machine on an outside deck with cracks in it, I was very afraid I'd drop a part and never find it again. 

home made crossbow

Well, couldn't help myself, I had to try and make a simple crossbow.  PVC prod, redwood stock. 

can put a hole in the tool shed with a light bolt.  If I make some heavy-duty bolts, this thing could be deadly. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Finally built the counter edge the way it should have been.

For a number of years already, this counter edge has been failing to live up to my ideals.  For some stupid reason, I thought it would be cool to have the cob/plaster edge come up and over to the granite counter.  stupid.  Of course it's a vulnerable edge, and, guess where my kid sits and smashes stuff?   Here it is looking horrible:

A while back I'd made a new wooden bumper for it, and spent time oiling it and getting it ready, so that it would match the older bumpers well.  I think that matching idea worked out well.  However, it was also stupid to build the thing in my shop (like a J) and then try and fit it to the counter.   I was most concerned about the way the joint would look *in the wood*, but it turned out to make it much more difficult to fit to the angle...  I should have put in one straight piece, then fit the second straight piece, then worked on the joint.   Well, maybe.  It's true that the way I did it, I know that the joint looks good, and that it's solid (I was able to screw and glue the thing from the inside of the angle) 

Another angle.  Now I'm lime washing the heck out of the whole area to try and get the wall to look a bit better... and I did a re-plastering.  Note above how you can see some of the plaster chipped off when I dug out a channel for the wood. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Meters and Blueberries

Really happy with my cheap new volt meters showing me what the house and the freezer batteries are at with just a quick glance: 

and now I have to figure out what to do with my ever-growing blueberries.  How can I protect them from the birds and the deer?  Will probably just build deer fence cover things. 

Monday, January 08, 2018

Organizing the charger wiring

*Finally* got around to getting my battery chargers wired in properly.  I've been working with these things 'on the fly', just carrying them around and using jumper cables and stuff to get through the proof of concept stage.  Now that I have it all worked out, I mounted the two different battery chargers (that create 27v or 54v DC from 120 AC from the diesel gen) in the electronics area and wired them in with super thick cable.

Now I can simply start the diesel gen and plug either of these in at the outlet and charge either the house (tops out a 56.8v ) or the freezer batteries (tops out at 27.1v I think).