WEEK 33 2018
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Friday 17 August
Thursday 16 August
Thursday - Hot
I spent the morning stapling the solar screening to the frame, and adding
the molding. This took up several hours.
I've run out of screening, I'm about 4' short, so I can't finish the last
The molding dimensions aren't consistent - I actually realized this before
I cut them, which is an improvement over the 1x4 framing. About a
3/32" difference in widths, for a 1.5" strip. It would look terrible at a
corner. I also had to go get some more #6 screws halfway through, so I
just went to the local hardware. It cost more than Home Depot, but
less than the 25 miles of gas a round trip would cost.
I then couldn't find my metal flat bar that I just bought, so I
ordered some magnets, with holes, from Amazon. Should be here
soon. I don't know if I left the bar in the shopping cart or what. Did
I perhaps set it on the bumper when opening the rear hatch? I once did that
with a coffee cup, and found it when I got home.
I then showered, had lunch, and started swapping the house room
contents. Office stuff to the back, assorted junk to the front.
I was dripping with sweat by the time I finished - the outside humidity
never dropped below 25% and it was also 100F or so, so the inside
temperature was in the 80's and probably near 100% humidity. It's fairly
rare to need a bandanna indoors around here.
I turned on the computer long enough to see that it was working again, then
turned it off.
Wednesday 15 August
Wednesday - Hot and kind of humid
again. It was supposed to be in the 90's temperature-wise, and in the
teens for humidity, instead it's over 100F and the humidity is in the 20's.
Paid the registration fees for the Explorer online: $123 for a stamp
I was working on the app in the afternoon and the video displays froze up -
I guess 86F is too much for a laptop.
I shut everything down and will move the office to the cooler east room
Tuesday - Hot and humid.
I thought I'd attach the magnets to the frames for the french doors.
Opened the package and realized I'd bought the kind without a mounting
hole. "No problem" sez I, "I'll just drill a hold in them..."
Ever tried to drill through a ceramic magnet with a steel twist drill?
It doesn't work.
You do get a pretty little yellow glowing blob of steel at the end of your
wrecked drill bit though.
I could try gluing them to the painted wooden frame, but I think the paint
would just fail.
I am thinking of embedding a piece of mild steel flat stock in the frame
(easy to drill), and using that for the magnet attachment.
At the smog check place the weather report was reporting "103F, feels
like 110F". Just the kind of day where you want to spend time in
a shop with a metal roof.
The Explorer passed OK, so I'm good for a couple more years. AH says
hot days are actually better for smog tests, the car stays at operating
temperature better. I drove up to Mojave and back, to make sure it was warm
throughout, and to boil any condensates out of the oil.
I picked up a little piece of flat stock and some wood countersink bits at
Home Depot afterwards, before heading home.
Monday - Hot. Felt a little foggy
in the head all day - I don't deal well with interrupted sleep any more.
I meant to take the Explorer in for a smog test, but didn't quite get around
to it, some other chores intervening. I did get a replacement air
filter and some gas cleaner - with 272K miles it needs every advantage it
can get, I think. I can't find the last test's result, but as I recall
it was a bit high on the HC and NOX side. It only has about 500 miles on the
last oil change, and I put some good Chevron low octane gas in it.
Trying to work on the app, but it's just too blasted hot in the office,
despite the little window a/c unit and the window film. I guess it's
time to move the setup to the rear office.
One of my nieces wrecked her car - that's it in the photograph below.
Off the road and rolled into Niles Canyon Creek. She walked away, but it
looks to be totaled. She was lucky we are in summer and a drought - my
sister says that someone else went into that creek last year and drowned.
Sunday - Hot. Pretty tired.
Did some shopping in the morning, and some weekend chores around the house.
Got the T-50 type staple gun from S, it doesn't have quite as much oommphh
as my old PowerShot, but with the aid of a hammer to tap the staples down it
should get the job done.
'll take the old PowerShot apart and see what the issue might be. If
it's wear and tear I'll just toss it, but it could just be a foreign object
in the works or something easily fixable.
I had checked out a bunch of home improvement books, before the 4th of July
holiday. I finally ran out of extensions and brought them all back -
having essentially not read any of them.
Watched for meteors for about an hour and a half, from 9:30pm until 11, and
then again from 3am to 4am. I saw a grand total of six
meteors, only one of which was "bright". I don't know if it was a bad
year for the Perseid's, or whether the smoke and haze is thicker and more
opaque than I thought.
Observed Mars for a bit, but it was windy and the seeing was bad - I
couldn't make out any detail, not ever the polar caps. I think that
Mars is in the midst of a planet wide dust storm as well, so maybe just a
round ball is all there is to see right now.
The winds were bad enough that the awning from July failed. My
friend's stitches were intact - the canvas material itself failed.
Well, it was more a proof-of-concept thing.