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I’m back…

08 Apr

I’m not much into Facebook these days and am thinking about updating here once again. To get started, I just went through all the old posts and fixed broken links and missing content, etc. Soon I’ll get some of my unsolicited thoughts on miscellaneous topics posted.

 
 

Floor Refinishing Job

12 Dec

 
 

Finished a Real Bike Ride

01 Aug

Rode 6.75 miles today on the bike. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a ride and learned a few things. The seat is uncomfortable and seems to be a wedge splitting your body. Riding hills is tough. Gears too low and you’re a hamster cranking in its wheel but not going anywhere – can’t really stand and pedal in this mode. Go to a couple gears higher and you can stand and still work the pedals, but it takes a LOT of energy to move. It takes a whole lot more work to get the bike up a hill than to run up the same.

Anyway, Steph’s training for her mini triathlon and I’m trying to support her and understand some of her pain. It’s a tough thing that she’s preparing for on August 16th!

 
 

Columbine

25 May

An amazing photo I captured of a columbine in our backyard. Sometimes, the shot just comes together. This is as shot with minor cropping. I hope you enjoy it!

Backyard Columbine

Backyard Columbine

 
 

Hi Age

16 May

 
 

Close to Famous

02 May

Look at the image from http://live.com/ today. Seems very close to my photograph which was take in the same area. 🙂

 
 

Washington Cherry Trees

11 Apr

Spring has finally sprung in Washington and all the trees are exploding with colorful blossums everywhere. There are many amazing flowers to check out, but the ones that have been most impressive are the varieties of cherry trees. This type has been my favorite so far.

 
 

A Trip to Snoqualmie Falls

02 Feb

 
 

Sweatin’ a Joint

02 Feb

I’ve done lots of home improvement in my time. I’ve done framing, electrical, repairs, etc. But the one trade I’ve not really done before is plumbing.

There’s lots of plumbing that I’ve done like install/repair faucets and sinks, install/repair toilets, install/repair sprinklers and PVC, etc. But I’ve not done the mother of them all – copper plumbing. That is until now.

Recently I had a simple, small repair to take care of in the upstairs bathroom. It actually started as simply turning off the supply valve to the toilet to check out a problem. After turning off the supply value (behind the toilet), I noticed a small leak from the end of the valve handle. No problem…all I need to do is replace the value. Done it many times before. Off comes the toilet to allow enough room to work on the value. I installed a new valve and there was a very slow leak at the compression fitting.

Next step would be to cut a 2′ x 2′ opening in the drywall and test my skills at replacing some copper plumbing. Nothing to worry about since I’ve seen this done many times before on TV and in magazines. It looks pretty simple – clean, flux, heat, solder, done. But let me be the first to admit that it is more difficult than it looks. The only thing that makes it a challenge that’s worth pursuing is to start the job for the first time at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday with the hardware store closing and kids needing to get ready to go to bed. Let’s just say, there was added pressure to complete this “simple” task.

Opening the wall

In the end, I put together the shoddiest solder joint you’d ever seen and was very worried that it may not hold. But, with persistence, determination, confidence and a disapproving wife, I was able to pull it off. Two hours and no leaks. (fingers still crossed.)

Joints 1 & 2 Joint 3

I’m looking forward to trying to do this again in the future, but probably on a less important part of the house and with more time and supplies.

I realize now why it’s called sweating a joint. Cause I was really sweating!!!

No leaks

 
 

Operation Holiday Escape – Part III

22 Dec