Month: August 2015

New tool. Eating healthy.

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Daddy daughter breakfast= Pizza at Piearo’s.

Jasmine and I slept in this morning. She got up around 10:45 and I at 11. I checked my email and someone I had emailed yesterday had got back to me. He was selling a lathe. So off we went.

We went over to the shop and got the trailer and went to his place. I looked at the lathe that had rust and didn’t turn on and offered him $20. We settled at $40. I’ve been looking for a lathe for about a year or so. This one popped up on Kijiji and scooped it up. I’m still looking for a Drill press to replace the one I have now. It’s whipped… It still works but is on it’s very last legs… (I may have found one but won’t know until next week.)

It’s a Craftsman 30” lathe. Someone had let it sit outside in the rain once so it had some surface rust on the bed. The table top that it was attached to was particleboard. It goes kind of crazy when it gets wet. It had got wet and expanded to more than twice the original thickness. It didn’t turn on when buddy went to show me how it worked. I got it anyway. On the way home we stopped for a nutritious brunch of Pizza slices and pop. Mmm. If only Heidi was here. We wouldn’t be eating so late and so well.

We got it home and I took it apart. Their was a reason it didn’t start when buddy plugged it in. The switch is broken. It is either on or grounds out the circuit and blows a breaker. I popped a breaker finding that out. I took the top off because it was about to return to the earth as a dry flaky compost. It also made the whole unit easier to carry. It came with a stand with a shelf and a honking big motor. With the cast iron lathe attached to the top of the stand it is very heavy. Too heavy for me to carry.

I’ll pick up a new switch tomorrow. It’s just a simple household light switch.

I cleaned off all the rust with some PBlaster and sandpaper. Then I oiled the bed so it doesn’t rust again. Chances are pretty good that this will stay in the garage at home or in the big shed at the shop. Both are unheated… So tools can rust if not protected properly. I would put the new lathe in the shop but I have some rearranging to do in their first. That will take some time so it’s best in either the garage of the big shed. The oil I put on the lathe is a temporary solution. I will get some beeswax and melt it in a finishing oil and rub the lathe down with that later. That’s the finish coat.

After I tuned up the lathe it’s good as new. It took about 1 hour to do everything. I still need to install the switch. That will take 2 minutes.

When We got home with the lathe Jasmine took off to play with a couple of he little girls down the street. They went to the park, then swimming and she didn’t get back until 8:30 pm. Their was a little break in between to go pick up Heidi from the market down town. She called from a payphone to say she had returned to the city… I tried to call her numerous times today and go the message system…. Turns out she turned her phone off. Simple enough right. Well she didn’t remember me telling her what the buttons do… And she didn’t bother to push any of them…. Had she, she maybe would have turned it back on by mistake….

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New tool. Eating healthy.

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Daddy daughter breakfast= Pizza at Piearo’s.

Jasmine and I slept in this morning. She got up around 10:45 and I at 11. I checked my email and someone I had emailed yesterday had got back to me. He was selling a lathe. So off we went.

We went over to the shop and got the trailer and went to his place. I looked at the lathe that had rust and didn’t turn on and offered him $20. We settled at $40. I’ve been looking for a lathe for about a year or so. This one popped up on Kijiji and scooped it up. I’m still looking for a Drill press to replace the one I have now. It’s whipped… It still works but is on it’s very last legs… (I may have found one but won’t know until next week.)

It’s a Craftsman 30” lathe. Someone had let it sit outside in the rain once so it had some surface rust on the bed. The table top that it was attached to was particleboard. It goes kind of crazy when it gets wet. It had got wet and expanded to more than twice the original thickness. It didn’t turn on when buddy went to show me how it worked. I got it anyway. On the way home we stopped for a nutritious brunch of Pizza slices and pop. Mmm. If only Heidi was here. We wouldn’t be eating so late and so well.

We got it home and I took it apart. Their was a reason it didn’t start when buddy plugged it in. The switch is broken. It is either on or grounds out the circuit and blows a breaker. I popped a breaker finding that out. I took the top off because it was about to return to the earth as a dry flaky compost. It also made the whole unit easier to carry. It came with a stand with a shelf and a honking big motor. With the cast iron lathe attached to the top of the stand it is very heavy. Too heavy for me to carry.

I’ll pick up a new switch tomorrow. It’s just a simple household light switch.

I cleaned off all the rust with some PBlaster and sandpaper. Then I oiled the bed so it doesn’t rust again. Chances are pretty good that this will stay in the garage at home or in the big shed at the shop. Both are unheated… So tools can rust if not protected properly. I would put the new lathe in the shop but I have some rearranging to do in their first. That will take some time so it’s best in either the garage of the big shed. The oil I put on the lathe is a temporary solution. I will get some beeswax and melt it in a finishing oil and rub the lathe down with that later. That’s the finish coat.

After I tuned up the lathe it’s good as new. It took about 1 hour to do everything. I still need to install the switch. That will take 2 minutes.

When We got home with the lathe Jasmine took off to play with a couple of he little girls down the street. They went to the park, then swimming and she didn’t get back until 8:30 pm. Their was a little break in between to go pick up Heidi from the market down town. She called from a payphone to say she had returned to the city… I tried to call her numerous times today and go the message system…. Turns out she turned her phone off. Simple enough right. Well she didn’t remember me telling her what the buttons do… And she didn’t bother to push any of them…. Had she, she maybe would have turned it back on by mistake….

I have a new blister on my left hand.

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It’s from digging holes with my post hole digger.

We went to the village for coffee this morning. The idea was to go to the chiropractor and we did that but after we went to Black Walnut Cafe for coffee. Jasmine had banana bread and water. It was nice to be in the village early on a Saturday morning. The Walnut wasn’t busy when we arrived but soon filled up as we were finishing our coffee. They have a new cafe downtown that I look forward to going to. It’s only 5 blocks from our house. That makes it very easy to wander down to.

After coffee we went to a couple garage sales in our area. I got Jasmine a folding camp chair. At one sale someone gave her a stuffie dog. She has carried it around all day…

We took Heidi to the bus station so she could go to Toronto for her friends wedding party party thing… I think she will have a great time. Especially just being away from the hubby and kid.

Once we dropped Heidi off we went to Gibraltar Trade Center. I needed to get another piece of rubber as I cut the last piece into washers for the keel swing bolt and lock down bolts. I made 16 sets of 4 and am giving them away to the people that own Siren 17’s. I sent out 6 sets yesterday.

I also wanted to take a look at the flea market. I need a new pocket knife and know that FCS sells them as well as some of the flea market vendors.

I checked a few places and finally came across a guy that just sold spring assisted folding knives. Spring assisted means that their is a spring that helps the blade open. Not a switch blade. More like any pocket knife but a lot easier to open. I found one that I liked at the knife shop and got it. It’s 6.25” long overall, all stainless steel and has a blade that is 2.75”. Not too big. Just perfect for carrying in my pocket. I had been looking on EBay for the style of pocket knife I wanted for a couple weeks. This just has a single blade and is thin.

After the market we went to the shop to see how Rick made out with the holes. He hadn’t done anything since I was there yesterday. So much for tricking someone into digging holes for me. The hole he did start was about 18” deep. I finished it off to 3’ and then dug 3 more 3’ deep. 4 holed in total with my clam shovel.

Once the holes were dug I put the posts in them and added ½ a bag of concrete to each hole. Then I set the poles level. Once level I poured water into each hole. The I filled each hole with the dirt I had taken out. Then leveled them all again. Done! It only took me an hour and a quarter to do all that. Jasmine helped sift through the dirt for old broken china. I put it all back into the holes.

We had burgers for supper. Mostly because Heidi is away. We may have them for breakfast too…

We had a party to go to tonight at 7pm. We got their a little late because I couldn’t find the place. I thought I knew which house it was at but was wrong. After being chased out of someone’s back yard I got a call from my buddy Knoal. (Not his real name.) He told me what house it was at and off Jasmine and I went.

We entered the party by walking down an alley between 2 big houses. It led to another set of door. I opened one and walked in. Didn’t get chased away. This was the place.

What a beautiful back yard this guy has! it is all deck. But it has a roof that surrounds ½ of it around the edges. Everywhere I looked things were well placed and neat. each of 3 corners of the yard had a little sitting area that was beautiful. It all was beautiful!

He even has a music house. That’s a dedicated place to listen to music. It’s a separate house behind the main house.

We had a great time. I got to see a couple of my old college teachers. There was live performances and great conversation.

I didn’t have time to return it for my reward…

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I found one of the missing cats today! It was outside it’s house wanting attention. It wanted me to pet it! I didn’t fall for it though. I just took pictures. I am pretty sure this cat cuts it’s own hair. It has one bad hair cut! The picture on the lost poster had it with a lion type cut. Today it looked more like the mauled by a lion cut.  It followed me down the road a little bit but I was in a hurry and didn’t capture the beast.

I popped by the shop today and marked out where I need to dig holes for the new fence. Rick (The guy that cuts the grass.) was there and I told him I was going to put a fence up and that I needed to dig 4 holes. He jumped at the chance to dig the holes! So I left him with the post hole digger… It’s a manual type one… Like salad tongs.

I loaded up the utility trailer with the old wood that came off the old trailer. I was planning to burn it tonight at the yacht club. 2 birds with one stone. Have a nice family bond fire and get rid of wood. It didn’t work out that way though. The yacht club had a group of dragon boaters there tonight. The wind was going right at the clubhouse too… So I chose not to burn the old wood and instead went for the cut logs from around the club. (Ash trees that the Emerald Ash Borer killed.)

I lit the fire and we cooked weenies and had those as our supper. (My plan was not to use the ld wood to cook weenies but to burn it after supper. Who knows what chemicals is in plywood…) We had a good time around the fire and I put it out after we ate. The girls went to catch things in buckets at the edge of the lake and I packed up.

After packing up I went to the boat to take some pictures of the rudder castle for a Siren 17  owner that just broke his. Also to check the water tightness of my rubber gasket repair.

Dry as a popcorn fart! Yea!

After the yacht club We took Heidi home because she wasn’t feeling good. (She has a cold.) The Jasmine and I went off to a big box store to buy fence posts and concrete. Both for the fence. Then we went to McDonald’s for ice cream. (Don’t tell Heidi.) It was 9pm and the place was full of teenagers. Messy loud ones too. Jasmine pointed that out to me…

We dropped the new posts and concrete off with the trailer at the shop and saw that Rick had dug one 18” deep hole.

He was still there… I told him he was doing a great job and that I would come by and help tomorrow sometime. I’m not sure when I will get time to go by at this point…

Tomorrow Heidi goes to Toronto for a bridal party party for her friend Paula’s wedding. Heidi is one of the brides maids. She leaves at 1 pm and comes home on Sunday some time. I figure that Jasmine and I can install the fence posts in the afternoon on Saturday. Hopefully the 4 holes are finished by the time we get there.

We have a social function to attend Saturday night with some of my friends. It should be fun!

Tomorrow morning Heidi and I are going to the chiropractor in the village. I will take another look for that cat.

New fence.

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I now have a fence to install at the shop. I’m going to run it along the South side of the property from the corner of the lot to the end of the house. That will keep people from using my back yard as a thoroughfare.

I picked up a 4’ high chain link fence. I still need to get the posts. I’m pretty sure I have posts at the yacht club. I have a pile of unused posts lying on the shore line. I only need 4 posts. I have 2 already. The end ones from the old 4’ chain link fence that someone drove through. I hope that doesn’t happen again… Not sure when I am going to install the fence. I’ll probably start digging holes tomorrow or Saturday. I’ve never installed a chain link fence so I need to figure it out first.

At one time their was a retail store in the building that I have my shop at. One of the employees kept driving into the deck and the wood fence. She really shouldn’t have been driving… She wouldn’t enter the parking area if there was another car in it. The parking area had room for 6 cars! Her car was a testament to how well she drove. It had dents and scratches all over it. I asked her after she backed into the deck and broke it if she looked behind her when she went backwards. She said no. I didn’t bother to ask anything after she drove into the wood fence and knocked it over. (She broke 2 6×6 posts that time.) I just removed the fence. I figure that she could hit the trees or the neighbor’s house. To hit the house she would really have to squeeze the car between the trees… Surely she would loose the side mirrors and probably the door handles. She never tried to my knowledge. I replaced the deck after she smashed it. two weeks later the deck had a hole in the lattice and the underneath storage door was ascue… (I made the new deck bigger than the old one.)

I got a new point and shoot camera today too. I found it on Kijiji. It’s a 5.5mp Panasonic that comes with a case, charger, and funky tripod. I really only wanted the funky tripod but the camera came with it. It will be a good addition to my camera collection. It’s very thin and light. Perfect for putting in a pocket. Perfect for putting inside a boat that is being worked on.

I also picked up 2 platforms for my stairway to the dock. I have new stairs at the top of the hill and the bottom. In between the stairs are dangerous. I don’t have enough room to run stairs straight from the top ones to the bottom ones in one run so I figured I could break the stairs up a bit with two landings. They are 4×6’ and made of 2×6 on the deck and 4×6 for the stringers. Super heavy duty. Perfect for the wilds of Fanshawe lake.

I have the platforms in the new utility trailer right now and plan to take them to the lake this weekend some time. I won’t install them this weekend as it’s supposed to rain.

10 years.

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It’s Heidi and my 10th anniversary today. I got her flowers. She got me flowers. Jasmine gave us flowers she cut from the garden. We have a lot of flowers.

I took the girls out to Chinese BBQ for dinner today too. We love that place. Anything on the menu is delicious! Today we had Pad Thai, crispy spicy seafood, Garlic Brocky, soup, and rice.

After supper we went to the yacht club to sail.

It’s Wednesday. The day everyone comes out to race me. Also the regular scheduled beer can races. (I like to say that people come out to race me because typically we are the only ones on the lake when we sail… ?) I guess everyone is too busy to sail. (I’ve been their. Don’t like it much.)

The races were had two starts again. I figured that I should start with the keel boats since I won the regatta on the weekend.

There were only 4 of us in keel boats. I got  started a little late…. Last over the line. But we were 2nd around the first mark. We lost that lead won the downwind drift to the 2nd mark. It was a long drift. More than half the lake long. We were last getting around that mark. But only by about 20 seconds.

We fought right to the end and were about 30 seconds behind the 3rd place boat. Overall we kicked butt! Only finishing about 2 min after the first boat. The other boats are much faster boats too. The winner was a T22 and the others were CS22’s. All have to give time to the slow lumbering Siren 17.

If the time was corrected for the PHRF we would have won by a long shot.

On the way back to the dock I used the motor to get through the mooring field. There was no wind there at all. When using the motor I noticed that the tiller handle seemed a bit loose. So I got looking at it when we docked. The bolts are loose on the leg of the outboard! It has 3 bolts that holds the bottom end on. Only 2 were remaining…

Looks like I need to take it apart and get a new gasket for that joint as well. Part of it was sticking out broken… Not a good thing. The motor was built in 1965 and by the ESCA corporation for Sears. It was marketed as an Elgin 2ss. Almost nothing in the way of info about the motor exists that I can find. ESCA was a new company and just built the outboards with parts from other manufacturers… So the motor is a Tecumseh 3hp and the leg is something I can’t recall now…

I’ve called sears about the motor before and was told that they don’t have any record of ever selling it. Funny that… Sears owns the Elgin name…

I think I will get some gasket material to make it myself. No cereal box gasket for this outboard motor.

Water tight bottom.

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My camera girl and I were back at the club today. We (I) had to replace the jib halyard turning block on the mast. Also thread the jib halyard through again… Because I pulled it out on Sunday…  I figured that since I have the mast down I would replace the faulty block.

The block was an experiment. I wanted to find out if I could use Princess Auto junk on the boat. The block qualifies as junk… it is pot metal and doesn’t have bearings. Just metal on metal for the bearing… Not the best design. But I’m sure it would work for it’s intended purpose… What ever light duty task that is. Hanging bikes from the garage ceiling…? Kids block and tackle experiments?

To be fair I should say that it did work fine on the boat. The problem we had was related to the block twisting and the halyard rubbing on the side of the block. That created a lot of drag and made it very hard for Heidi to raise the jib. Me too sometimes. I put the block through it’s paces and am sure I put more pressure on it than is intended. Hey it held a genoa and or jib in gale force 3 conditions last year. And I keep sailing it hard…

I made a couple videos on how to replace the keel bolt rubber washers. One yesterday and another today. Yesterdays was how to do it on a boat lift and today’s was how to do it on the trailer. (Most will do it on the trailer.) If I had thought about doing it more I would have elected to do it on the trailer too. But I have access to a boat lift… So the lift won.

When we were at the club I met another member and got him to show me how he made his home made furler. He did a good job and I think I will copy his design for the Siren when I get around to it. I may have to tweak his design for myself though.

After I had installed the new block and threaded the halyard thought it i had to raise the mast. Jasmine refuses to help me because she says it’s too scary… (I only have her hold the fore stay. Just hold it. Not pull the mast up or hold the mast when it’s up… ) So she played on the ground behind the boat while I raised the mast alone. I filmed this as well.

I filmed it because there is only a goofy Siren 17 mast raising on YouTube. It was done by 3 drunk guys that swear a lot too. My video has no swearing and it’s no nonsense. I climb onto the boat and raise the mast. After that I get off the boat and turn the camera off… Ta Da. It takes about 2 min.

After the mast was up and the shrouds tightened I put the boat back in the lake. Jasmine held the lines. That’s not too scary. I put the boom back on and the outboard motor. We just motored back to the dock. I would have liked to go for a little sail but Heidi called and told me that she was starting supper. Can’t miss supper.

After supper I dropped the empty Siren trailer off at the shop. I spoke with someone that told me that he saw some punk trying to steal my new utility trailer on Sunday night. He scared him off when he turned on a light. I’m glad I got the new locks for the trailers yesterday. Hopefully that will be more of a deterrent. Who knows, maybe I should keep it chained to the shed…

I know I need to brand it. So I will make some stencils and paint Northchannelcharters.com on it in white. Maybe that will help it stay around.