Monday, June 29, 2009


This photo was leaked today.....some 4th of July Project is going on....PVC pipe and air fittings well as a lot of empty 20 oz. soda bottles..

He's a pensive boy today...or maybe just tired

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

At the pool...again

Austin thinks museums are called I-see-em.
And he's running around saying "you dummy" to kids. Not idea but they think he's a funny little far

Pool today

Monday, June 22, 2009

Every time at Northern Tool he heads right for this thing...and talks about the red tractor before we ever get in the door.

Sunday, June 21, 2009!/

This one looks cool and safe.

Basically 2 pieces of PVC pipe with a ball valve in the middle.
One end is open, one end is closed and has an air valve in it.

I'm going to make one like this...out of maybe 1" pipe...not HUGE 3" (potato size)
Mine will shoot these sort of 'projectiles' (about the size of a piece of big chalk).

Air tank valve/tire valve. $1.50 at fleet farm.
Screws into the PVC (after drilling a proper hole...of course).

Ball Valves - 3 to 5 bucks depending on size.

Some PVC pipe and fittings and a cap are pretty much all you the PVC cleaner and glue. has ideas.

Father's Day.

For Father's Day I got the picnic table I've been eyeing up!

Tonight we had dinner on it in the garage...cuz it is raining.

Worked good!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

2 YEAR OLÐ in June

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Heating, Ventilation, A/C (HVAC), Microwaves, Gas Piping,Garage HTG, BBQ, Water HTG/Softening,Electrical & Gas Appliance Installation & Repair, ETC.

Friday, June 19, 2009


You have a Picture Mail from


Here's a picture of our sweet boy on his first Emergency Room visit!  Seems he decided to split his head open on a table at a restaurant during a lunchtime temper tantrum and the resulting gash needed  some professional attention.  

furnace update

So yeah...nice furnace. Found that the 24V transformer primary was open too. Lots of issues in that old thing. Digging around in it, I see 1976 date codes all over. A bicentennial special.
Older than DeAnna.
Some guy installed back what I was 14 and working on getting a ham license, I suppose.
That guy is probably retired (or worse).

The stupid air purifier is hosed, the humidifier is hosed. Looking around I see why. Burned and corroded wires, which will be removed. I'm sure the end devices are bad too.

Got to drag out my my shiny new 20 year old Fluke amp clamp and meter and found that the fan draws 9.5 amps! Which is normal from what I read, but my God, that's a kilowatt of power! And we let it run year around to keep air moving. I'll be rethinking that scene.

I got things temporarily going with a new transformer and some alligator clip leads.
So the fan is OK, just the control circuitry was bad.

Have to button it all back up after I test the A/C and furnace functions.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Picked up an Acer Aspire One D150 Netbook over the weekend as a replacement for the Compaq Presario V4310NR. Performs well and has a much bigger hard drive than the old Compaq. Certainly smaller and lighter to carry! Amazingly, the keyboard keys are 92-95% the size of a normal keyboard and I can easily touch-type on it. Some of the smaller netbooks have too small a keyboard for me.

Austin says he's txting Crystal

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

a fine drawing

Sad to say that I made this drawing tonight. Apparently I can't spell "phone."

And this is what I do for a living? Guess that's why there's Visio.

Bike game...u have to pedal it! Cool!



Thursday, June 11, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

Post 1000 in this blog

I think this is Post #1000! Just noticed the last one was #999.'s a pic Austin took...with the Fuji A820...Not with the Nikon D40!

It's bad enough he's monkeying with a $100 Fuji.

This is me anyway.

"If I can't help you fix your appliance and make you 100% satisfied, I will come to your home and slice open my belly, spilling my steaming entrails onto your floor." --From

It would be even more hilarious if I weren't looking for furnace repair info. The fan relay in our fine 1975 vintage furnace has decided to go into semi-retirement and only works occasionally. Took 'er open and found the coil has had some issues with shorted turns. Getting a new one is easy enough and only maybe $30 or less. Decided to pop open the electrial panel in the furnace and found the low-voltage wiring is not too happy in there...will have to replace some.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Makes good grilled chicken!

Lawry's Herb and Garlic with Lemon Juice marinade


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