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11/23/08-12/3/08 Quicksand 3
11/23/08-12/3/08 Quicksand 2
11/23/08-12/3/08 Quicksand 1
11/14/08 Footprints in the sand
7/22/08 Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
7/14/08 Made in the Shade
7/6/08 Dust devils
6/14/08 Lincoln abound
6/17/08 excuses excuses
5/6-9/08 Lovin on the side
4/26/08 p x p (rho by rho)
4/13/08 In about an hour x 6
4/12/08 Cut it out
4/7/08 Urea! I've found it!
4/5/08 Hit the lights will ya?
3/2/08 I forgot
1/10/08 Back Burner
12/15/07 40 winks
12/8/07 Like a cool mountain stream...
12/4/07 John Madden, Freelance Plumber
12/3/07 Caulk the Caulk
12/2/07 Creepy Crawlers
11/30/07 Talk the Talk
11/23/07 Field Trip!
9/1/07 Relocation
8/26/07 A Tasket
8/18/07 Electric Sheep
7/16/07 2nd Quarter Projections
5/27/07 [DONE]
5/26/07 Season 2
5/24/07 1095
5/19,20/07 Slime Time
5/17/07 Root of all evil
5/14/07 That old sweet song
5/13/07 Till her about it
5/9/07 Power Plant
5/6/07 It ain't easy being green
4/23,25/07 Xavier Approved
4/12-13/07 Dig in
4/10/07 Take 3
3/24-25/07 Roll Tape!
3/12/07 Picture that
3/12/07 Disco Inferno
3/10-11/07 Springing back to work
12/03/06 Despair Repair
11/30/06 PANTS!
11/27/06 All ups
10/21/06 Windows Vista
9/1/06-11/24/06 Taking a stand
10/14-10/06 Baby Cakes
8/25/06-9/25/06 Fasting
8/28-30/06 Finish what you got part 2
8/26-27/06 Finish what you got
8/21/06 Thinking inside of a box
7/8/06 Put a lid on it
7/4/06 Door #3
6/24/06 Case closed
6/20/06 Wackadoodle!
6/17/06 Cool it!
4/26/06 Inch by inch
4/15/06 I got da blues
4/14/06 8 is enough... 75 is better!
4/08,12/06 Clearing a path
4/07/06 Shortcake in progress
3/21/06 * Rosebed....
3/11/06-4/13/06 What's cookin
12/21/05 Penggy Bank
12/3,4/05 Holiday decorations
11/19,20/05 Bluedilly Doo
11/19,20/05 Stormy Weather
11/12,13/05 Everybody needs a little romance
10/18/05 Roses by the stairs
10/8/05 Whoops
10/4/05 Ground Support
10/2/05 West Side Story
9/25/05 Fall Pickup + Fan Fix
9/12/05 Up in Arms
9/10/05 A good Off-Fence
9/8/05 French Fence Prep School
9/5-9/05 True Blue
8/27/05, 9/3/05 Blown away
7/24/05 When it's a jar
7/3/05 Processed
7/2/05 It worked?
6/25/05 One in a million
6/24/05 Floored
6/23/05 Me Amadeus
6/21/05 Hit the dek!
6/13/05 The green stuff
5/22/05 Aww Shucks
4/23/05 Top of the World
4/22/05 Stair Master
4/18-21/05 Stain Master
4/11/05 Boogie Woogie Woogie
4/3/05 It's a doosie!
3/27/05 ISO Plastic Chicken
3/19/05 Knock Knock
3/12/05 um.... Liza?
3/12/05 It's about time
3/10/05 Next... the horse
2/21/05 Veni Vedi Vici
2/20/05 And if you look to your left...
2/20/05 Lite Brite
2/16/05 Sneeky cat
2/14/05 Stop the Draft!!
1/10/05 Draft
12/10/05 Christmas time is here
11/1/04 Timber!!
10/28/04 Whiter Shade of Pale
10/12/04 Knock Knock
10/10/04 Mood Lighting
9/28/04 Cleaning the Basement
7/20/04 The 'End'
7/17-18/04 Now that's a horse of a different color
7/16/04 Extinct
7/11-12/04 Squeakie
7/1/04 Go back from whence you came
6/30/04 If I were a rich man
6/29/04 Angels, devils, a thorn in my side
6/28/04 Hey have you seen the neighbors? You will now! (part 2)
6/22/04 Hey have you seen the neighbors? You will now!
6/12/04 Progress Street
6/10/04 Returns
6/9/04 The Angry Inch
6/8/04 Showerman Party of 6...
6/1/04 .....Two Bits
5/29/04 Made in the Shade
5/27/04 Apocalypse WOW!
5/25/04 Rohr Shows Off
5/24/04 Working The Garden
Rocks, paper, scissors, and a 280lb table saw

4 new entries added after 7/22/08

  • 11/23/08-12/3/08 Quicksand 3
  • 11/23/08-12/3/08 Quicksand 2
  • 11/23/08-12/3/08 Quicksand 1
  • 11/14/08 Footprints in the sand
  • All old woodworking projects except the deck fence have been copied (but not removed) from here to Woodwork. Now you'll have two pages to come see for updates on my projects!
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    40 winks - 12/15/07

    After looking through some online newsgroups I received several tips for my air in the pipes issue. The one thing I found out was that the expansion tank should be empty. I am not sure if I buy that since I have also heard that it is supposed to be half filled. So I shut off the valve to the tank and drained it. Seemed like quite a lot was in there. I closed it back up and went out to dinner. I decided not to open up the valve right away in case it was going to leak.

    So I got home and watched some tv and thought I'd go downstairs and check on the tank. This is the point where I found the basement flooded. The pressure release valve was dumping out water. Apparently I should have opened that valve back up. Steve helped me vacuum up all the water. In the past I was able to use the washing machine to pump water out of the basement. Now however I have a front end loading washer so I can only do a little at a time. We went to the old bucket carrying technique. Once the floor was taken care of we tried to sort out the pressure problem. When we had the water working into the pipes we tried getting the pressure up. The pressure release valve started leaking again.

     

    We put a bucket under the spout which was very low to the ground. The problem with that was if you pulled the bucket out it would dump. So we had to continue with the vacuuming and hauling of water. To make it even more frustrating the bucket took about 20 minutes to fill. So one of us had to be there to dump it every 20 minutes. Did I mention it was midnight on a saturday and no one in the county would come out to look at it?

     

    We swapped to a larger (40 minute) bucket. I kept looking at the internet to find a solution and Steve helped me to get rid of the water. Here we were.. two degrees a piece and we couldn't make the stupid thing stop!!!

     

    Around 2 Steve called it a night. I thought through the entire process and ended up draining the tank once more. I pulled on the release valve to see if it would blow out any debris that could have been in there. It still came out. I did it once more and it was just a drip... One more time and only a drop came out every 15 seconds or so. 4am I went to bed and set an alarm for 40 minutes. I reluctantly woke up and went downstairs to check. Things were holding up. Back to bed and another alarm. Still good.

     

    Around 7am I received two calls from the '24 hour' plumbers checking to see what I needed. Thanks a lot guys. I didn't wake up for them. I called a plumber and had him come out for monday. He said that things were 'ok' for now. I might have him come out and replace the valve. I haven't decided if I trust his judgment though. From what I have heard from a few people some of his suggestions were out of line. I really wish I knew how to do this stuff on my own.