Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The last piece of gutter still is not here. I think is is suppose to be here this afternoon.
In the next few days we will go to Portland and Merle Point for a couple of weeks.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Today Jeannie and Doris went with me to Oklahoma City to get the gutters and downspouts for the building. Now we got lots of stuff to work with. Lots of fun now.
I finally got the info on the doors. they are to be delivered to Fort Smith on the 23rd. Then delivered here after that.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I did not think about them when I first ordered the building. They will make a big difference in the front. Right now the rain is digging at the foundation a little every time it rains. I will go pick up the gutters in OK city next week I think.
The problem with the doors seems to be resolved. They are going to replace the doors with ones built for a steel building. The ones they delivered are for a wooden building. They will be here some time after next week.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This time I have installed the door openers. When the correct doors arrive I can hook them up. I cant run the wires to the safety switches yet cause they run on the tracks which are not here yet. They are going to change them out for the Steel Building kind instead of the wood building. Just not the same at all. The track mounting is different and the door panels are not the same either. I bet the hardware is different also.
Found a leak in all this rain. When I got on top I found a screw loose and tightend it up and it stopped the leak. Of course it rained more to check the leak repair.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Well here is a building without front doors. It is complete otherwise. Now we will have to do electrical. Need lights right. And work benches and move in all the stuff. Im going to start cleaning up the floor but it started raining before I got up today. Feels good to have it done.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Here we go. Nearly have completed the 4 walls here. They shorted me 4 pieces of trim for the top of the wall so can only do about a 1/3 of the roof till they get here. They were supposed to be shipped on the 26th and should have been here yesterday. I called and they got put off till Monday. It goes at the top edge of the front wall. Started working on the roof sheets getting them ready to put up yesterday.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
And some more the next day.
A few more sheets and some are even getting installed straight and smooth.
This is the first piece of insulation and the first sheet of metal on the siding. Well it was not too bad. The other side is in the shade so it is hard to see.
It is hard to put all the pics on the page at one time. Here is some more.
It is big and is hard to position real close to where you want it. Leaks lots less now anyway. Only is leaking from the Power stearing cylinder on one side now. I will have to fix that too I guess.
Hey that is Lee up the lift in this one. He is a great help doing this. This is the first steel building either of us has built so we have done some rework already.
Here is the view from up on top of the lift. Makes me look short Ha.........
Ok Ok lets get started. Now that you are up there. Looking down from up on the lift.
Most of the steel is up here in this one.
All thats left is the big door frames in this one.
Who is that guy and what does he want? Oh that is me again.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We started building the shop last Saturday and we finished the steel today, Saturday again. Will start the sheet metal this afternoon. Was lots of work but it is standing there now. A concrete slab and a skeleton of a shop. Another week and well have a building.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Now it started raining. I hope the insulation dont get to wet.
That is what it looks like at noon Monday. Wish I could get better shots.
This is out front of the trailer looking over the hydoponic garden toward the shop in an easterly direction.
On Friday morning all the parts came on a truck. The blue tarp is covering the insulation rolls. Our garden is behind the pickup and the chicken house is behind that. Our trailer is in the background on the left in the trees. That is looking west.
Friday, July 31, 2009
You can see the Purple Hull Peas on the fence in the back. Cantaloupes in the middle and the Asparagus in the front. Hope the Asparagus will be ready to start eating next year. Takes at least three years to get old enough to eat.
Here is another tire garden of Green Beens.
Just look at the size of them peas and they are not ready yet. They will turn purple when ready. Looks good enough to eat now to me.
Jeannie and Lee did almost all of this garden because I was off working when it needed to be planted.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Now have to wait. Maybe a month or 5 weeks till the concrete man does his thing. The building will be here in 6 weeks. I requested the finished concrete to be done so it can set 7 days before the building gets here to put up. I have found a forklift I can use to unload the truck and build the building but as usual I have to fix it first. Both lift cyclinders or shot so I have to rebuild them.
Today and yesterday I worked in the garden. Hope to get lots of goodies to eat out of this garden. Last year we did not get much since I was not here to do the owrk.......................
Friday, June 26, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
I have been working in a Power Plant doing the check out and now the startup. We have accomplished the first fire in the three gas turbines. They have F15 engines to run the generators. the small size allows them to be called peakers. The term is used for units that can be started and up to speed in 10 minutes. They are used at the peak times in summer and winter when power is needed for short times and at a moments notice.
A couple more weeks and Ill be home again. Hopefully to stay this time.
There is a lot of stuff that needs my attention at home so I better get back there soon. That will keep me off the streets for a while I hope.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I got to go see Larry in San Antonio while he was there. Really enjoyed seeing Larry and Trinda's family.
I decided to get one of them fancy external drives and try to load a version of Linux on it so I would have a dual boot system to play with. I had a minor problem though. I got mixed up some how and installed on my original hard drive loosing my stuff. I have tried to recover it but was useless. I called the Toshiba line and they are going to send me a new CD to recover with. In the mean time I have been experimenting on the Linux versions that a friend at work William has. We tried about 7 or 8 different ones and couldn't get them to work satisfactorily till I tried a version I got out of the latest Linux magazine Ubuntu. Seems to work ok. Now I got to learn how to use it effectively. Has lots of stuff to work with. One big problem is my mapping software is windows so I will have to find a replacement to work with my GPSMAP76 unit. I have gotten spoiled by having a good map to go anywhere with.
Since this is a test I better try it out.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Today I went to the boat show in Corpus Christi Texas. It was disappointing to me as it turned out to be a fishing boat show. All power boats and fishing equipment for the high dollar fisherman. I went with a friend (William) from work. We decided to go to the marina to find out when the next sail boat show will be. We found out that the next boat show will be at the City Marina in April so will probably be gone by then. Who knows.
While at the marina we found the replica of the ship NINA of Christopher Columbus tied up to the wharf. I took some pictures. The ship is in really bad shape like no one has been taking care of the ship at all. Sealer all pealing off and dry rot eating up the wood bad. Will try to add pictures later.
We found the aircraft carrier Lexington was there, and is a museum now. We went on the ship and had a good look around. Saw a lot but missed the engine room tho. Had an enjoyable day.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I saw a garden like this one in the Virgin Islands. I wanted to build one like it. I did not have any space to build on for a long time. I now live in a place where the ground is really bad for a garden. I wanted to have some good vegetables to eat, so I decided now is the time to build the garden. I decided to do a test garden first to make sure I could grow stuff before I really do a permanent one.
This setup is built with 7 pieces of 4" 10 foot PVC drain flashing pipes. I also used two 90's, 1 tee, and three caps. I bought a small water pump from Ace Hardware to pump the water. I also bought a plastic 55 gallon barrel for my nutrient tank. I used 14 building blocks standing on end to raise the pipes off the ground. I don't want to lean over to work on it. It is going to be easier to weed the garden with a weed eater.
I decided where to setup the garden. I needed a level or close to level place in full sun close to the water supply. The first image shows the layout of the garden.
I laid out the pipes so that there are three lines of pipe 20 feet long. On one end I cut the last pipe in half to get two five foot pieces. Cut the bell end off this one. All of these pipes are belled on one end so they slip together. I glued two pieces together for each run. I put the ends without the bells on toward the back. The elbows were glued on. The middle run gets the tee. Put the short pieces between the elbows and the tee. when these lines are glued together be sure they are straight and level so water will run through easily. This makes a fork like layout.
I laid the pipes out where I wanted the garden. I put the blocks along the side so I could level the blocks. I used a long level to set all the blocks to the same height. Then I put the pipes on top of the blocks. I cut the bells off the open end. I put the caps on the pipes without glue so I could clean it out or look in. I put them on with duct tape. I put a fitting in one cap to accept the garden hose in from the pump. That is where I took this photo.
I put some fittings together to make an automatic siphon to drain the garden back to the tank.
You can make layout a different if your space is not the same. You can use 7 or 8 pipes and use a 55 gallon barrel for your tank. The pump I bought was the 1/6 horsepower pump. It is a submersible pump with a garden hose fitting on top. I bought a Walmart timer to turn the pump on and off
Friday, January 23, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
January 2 already. My how time flies. I first started this blog when I returned from my trip with Larry on the KatieLee. I got sidetracked and did not keep it up. I think I will try to do something with it now. I am interested in Hydroponics. I have some pics of the hydroponic garden I constructed to do some testing to see if I could do it my self. Here is how it looks.
Ahh that worked. I can put up some more pics that show how it was built another day.