WEEK 41 2018
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Saturday - Beautiful weather, 65-70F, no wind.
AH came by and we determined that the GFCI circuit breaker was bad.
The little local hardware store didn't have a replacement, so we went into
town and got one. Everything is working fine now, yay!
I'll have to talk to Tim, I think there should be another breaker for the
And as I said: beautiful weather.
So I did some more fascia work after the electrical stuff, and finished it
up. It looks startlingly better, considering that its just one layer
of primer. There are some minor repairs that need filler still, and some
caulking here and there, but the bare wood is mostly covered now.
Pretty tired afterwards, a long day and week.
Friday 12 October
Friday - Nice
I was pretty tired so just worked on the app for a bit in the morning.
No huge progress to report there...
I did go and have lunch with Dr. G midday. We hadn't talked in a while
and it was good to catch up over a surprisingly tasty lunch at Don Chato's
in Crown Valley. We discussed STARS for a bit, and I went over some
FreeCad documentation that I'd written some time ago.
Thursday 11 October
Pleasant fall weather, not much wind.
I continued sanding, repairing, and priming the fascia, this time on the
west side of the house. In five hours I managed to do about
40LF. Pretty tired afterwards but it looks good (from a distance). The
new paint highlights some repairs that still need doing.
The primer is white, but I do need to finalize on an external color scheme
While ripping a plank for a repair the other day the exterior outlet circuit
died. I've reset all the breakers and it's still dead.
AH suggested looking for a GFI outlet somewhere that might be tripped - the
house has a "whole house GFI" but sometimes people add individual
units. So far I haven't found one.
I was reading up on Hurricane Michael. They are calling it a Cat-5
Hurricane, but truthfully the ground level winds were only Cat-1 or Cat-2,
maybe 100mph or so. Damaging, but not the end of the world.
Everything is hype and/or lies these days in the media, even simply
Book #37 was The
Proof House (Fencer #3), by K.J. Parker. It ends the series in a
gloomy, depressing, pointless and horrible way. Parker is a good
writer, but I don't know that I'd recommend his books to anyone.
Wednesday 10 October
Wednesday - Nice weather.
I went and pulled weeds - mostly tumbleweeds - in the front of the house and
the side yard, in the morning. This took a couple of hours and filled
both the green waste and the trash bins. I had it all done in time for
trash pickup. The green waste and trash go into the same truck...
Worked on the app in the afternoon, just grinding away at things.
In the evening we finished off Season 5 of Blacklist. The finale was a
bit of a letdown, but there were several good episodes leading up to it, so
it's all good...
Tuesday - Pleasant weather, getting a bit
windy after 2pm.
The hot water heater stayed lit, and it seems to be coming out a bit warmer
and to be a little less noisy when heating. I only got a little
buildup of out whilst draining - half a shot glass of solids perhaps, so I
think there is probably a lot still in there. You could actually see little
bits of copper corrosion in the white crystals.
I am tempted to put a new water heater in before I put in new flooring, but
can't quite decide if I have more faith in an American-made heater built 20
years ago, or a new Chinese product? Also, $600 is a lot of money.
I painted the eave's fascia boards for the south side of the house and
garage, and the front of the garage. This used up the rest of the
first gallon of primer, and it was getting windy at 2pm so I knocked
off. There is just the front of the house, so perhaps 80LF of fascia
left to do. Then it's time for a water jet of the eaves underneath for
the rafters and soffit area, then drying time, then caulking and spray
painting, then finish painting on the eaves, then house prepping and
painting... A lot left to do, but even primer makes it look better.
My friends gave me a nice Werner 6' ladder on my birthday a while back,
perfect for this sort of stuff.
My hands and upper arms were feeling the burn in the evening.
Painting the eaves fascia with primer.
Book #36 was The
Belly of the Bow, by K.J. Parker (Fencer #2). A good book, though a
bit horrible in places - Parker doesn't hesitate to kill off characters, his
battle scenes are pretty rough, and even his protagonists aren't always
particularly likable or admirable.
N texted back, said she and S went and stayed at the Olea
Hotel again for the one year anniversary, and had fun visiting the hot
springs and stuff around there.
Dinner at the H's. The boys have mid-terms tomorrow...wow...seems like
they just started!
Monday - A very cool morning, 50F!
When I took my morning shower the water was tepid, and even turning the knob
to HOT didn't help. It seems as though the cold temperatures had
cooled my nearly empty propane tank to the point where there wasn't enough
pressure to keep the water heater pilot lit.
I mentioned it to my neighbor, and he advanced his trip to Costco planned
for Tuesday, and we went into town with his old F-250 and filled our tanks
after lunch. It's the 100# tank, and it took exactly 23.86 gallons
according to the meter there, for 100.212 pounds. At $2.20/gallon it
was only $50 for over three months!
While the hot water tank was cool I took the opportunity to try to drain it
of silt and scale. Not much came out - the tank dates to January of
1998, so it's probably massively scaled up inside. It'll be interesting to
see if the banging and gurgling sounds are as loud in the future during
heating as they have been.
I also had some issues relighting the water heater. There was so much
air in the line that I finally had (at TD's suggestion) to disconnect the
gas line at the controller and let it vent for about 5 seconds. After
airing the house out I re-lit it (with help from AH) and everything is fine
I had worked all morning on the app, and it was now after 5pm, and past time
Ah, Apple, Apple, Apple.
While working on the app I clicked on an image in the asset catalog to
delete it, and clicked OK in the dialog, without carefully looking at the
Which was apparently: "Do you want to delete the entire Asset Catalog?
Why would there even be such an option?
Anyhow, "Undo" in Xcode won't undo that sort of operation. "Put It
Back" no longer exists in the Trashcan.
Fortunately I had done a commit just before, and "Delete All Changes" rolled
me back to a good version with the asset catalog still present. Only
45 minutes of lost work...
I can't even get angry about this stuff any more, it's just Apple's
indifference to the developer manifesting itself one more time.
Sunday - Cool in the morning - wool shirt
weather, but overall a nice day, windy in the afternoon.
Did my shopping, I needed quite a bit of stuff.
N&S's one year
wedding anniversary. I texted her and wished her the best.
I was pretty tired, didn't do much in the afternoon. I meant to do my wash,
but didn't get around to it. Did some reading.