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[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 19:54:48 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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A 1967 Mercedes dump truck carried away the 12th load of overgrowth today, things are looking nice. Finally. Many inlaid granite block retaining walls were found after clearing the bushes and overgrowth. Another perk is that the views from above are vastly improved.

Bayer not only makes asprin but many pharmaceuticals and chemicals. A small jar of concentrate, about 2 ounces, mixed with 10 gallons of water makes a great non-selective week killer.

Some of the trees on this property are bigger than three people holding hands.
Somehow I have to top a few of the eucalyptis trees and take down two dead ones. "Air ferns" are a parasite here that injures trees much like mistletoe does in teh U.S. Even the electric power lines have air ferns on some runs, maybe the insulation is edible.

I discovered another advantage of a 20,000 liter water tank today. When you lose power to the well pump the house is usable for a few days, maye a week if you're careful. The thunderstorms of the last few days knocked out one of three phases early this morning and blew one fuse to boot. But with propane and water it really wasn't that much of a bother.

(Note to self: Make that _4_ auto storage batteries for computer source, inverter and both solar and AC chargers)

The storms here are pretty wild at times. Somewhat similar to the midwest but with random flashes of violence, hail, wind, sleet, etc. But the rain is normally warm.

The sections of unfinished, uncleaned, roof left large blotches of brown on teh exterior walls. Brown == bat shit.

[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 20:09:04 EST from harry @ Dog Pound BBS II

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You're using diluted aspirin as a weed killer??

[#] Mon Jan 16 2006 20:14:47 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Ha! No, in the U.S. Bayer is known for synthesyzing asprin but they're a much larger company in both pharaceuticals and chemicals.

Sorry if I wasn't clear.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 00:57:18 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Oh. Ok. Yes, I knew Bayer was a big pharma company. I was not aware that they also do feritlizers, herbicides and pesticides. But it does make sense now that I think of it.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 03:31:03 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Curly: You could order from ebay. some merchants will ship to other countries.

That's how my brother got his TREO 600 (he got the 650 a different way).

 



[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 03:34:52 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Harry - have you priced mineral water delivery?

 



[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 07:57:59 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Tril - No.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 09:49:31 EST from Splott @ Uncensored

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Perhaps you should, IIRC it's actually somewhere between $20-30/month in my area, and if you're paying $18/month for water filters that extra $2-12 might be worth it just for the reduced hassle in filling Brita pitchers and changing filters and such.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 15:48:10 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Our Brita filter is screwed onto the output of the kitchen sink. Flip a lever, and you have a spray of "normal" water, flip the lever to the second positio and you have a stream of "normal water" and flip the lever to the third position and you have "Brita filtered water" with no yucky flavors.

We like it the way it is.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 16:47:57 EST from Splott @ Uncensored

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Ah, that sounds far simpler than my "fill the pitcher with a big glass cuz it doesn't even fit in the sink" setup. :P

[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 21:49:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I couldn't deal with having a big chunky filter module hanging off my beautiful high-arc faucet. If the water here weren't completely drinkable as-is, I'd probably put an inline filter under the sink -- maybe one with a nice "instant hot" function too.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2006 23:30:27 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Well, our plumbing is old, like ancient. So having a small Brita filter hanging off the side of the kitchen faucet is by no means unattractive relative to what's there already.

Plus the Brita filter has a "spray" mode as well as a "stream" mode which, without the Brita, we would not have. No sprayer option except what the Brita provides. So we get sorta "two for the price of one" by screwing the Brita filter onto the kitchen faucet - spray mode and filter mode.


Now the PUR filter is pretty big and ugly, but the Brita filter is like less than half the size of the PUR and prettier too.

[#] Wed Jan 18 2006 06:47:15 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I use a Brita pitcher and it's a little bit of a pain but the advantage is that the water is nice and cold in the fridge when I want it. Instead of having to wait for the filter to give me a glass of (in the summer) not so cold water.

[#] Wed Jan 18 2006 17:19:56 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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We have about a dozen one liter bottles with the easy-close/easy-open sports nipples. We fill these with the Brita water and stash them in the fridge in a known sequence such that the ones you pull out to drink are always the coldest ones. Works for us.

[#] Wed Jan 18 2006 17:42:28 EST from jock @ Uncensored

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Bayer makes a good pesticide, too. They have spun off Bayer Chemical with a new name: Lanxess. Please don't ask me to explain their new name. Some exec won a contest. Bayer's good in some things, bad in others. They don't have a good sales organization.

[#] Wed Jan 18 2006 19:51:48 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Was in the attic today and noticed that some of the original roofing wood has labels "Made in Canada." Amazed the heck out of me! This house was made during WWII when German U'boats owned the Atlantic. Not only the war but Canadian wood is on the West Coast so it would have to come overland from Chile or around Tierra del Fuego to Buenos Aires then 1,000 km overland.


It's definitely not pine or fir, its a hardwood but I don't recognize it at all. Nice grain for construction, straight, and hard as concrete. Not pretty enough for furniture though.

I bought a film camera today and will take photos. When I return for a visit next month I'll get a CD made when developing to post before and after photos.


Found some more bad wood for the carpinteros today. Also found some cast iron chimney pipe to replace the one on the old wood stove in the antique kitchen which has a crack. Had to be removed to replace wood anyhow. Surprisingly the cast iron chimney was in direct contact with the roof wood! Built a sheet metal insulator which will be stuffed with fiberglass before reassembly.

[#] Wed Jan 18 2006 21:32:42 EST from harry @ Uncensored

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Good Idea, Curly. Keeping an ignitable substance, like wood, in contact with a possibly firey hot chimney flu is not a very safe construction practice.

[#] Sat Jan 28 2006 22:52:14 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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The roof is finished and I fired the painters.

Had to buy 1,580 new, used, roofing tiles to replace those broken. New membrane beneath and all the wood repaired. Had an "asado" (bbq) for the roofers on Fridayh, amazing how much meat an Argentine can eat. 13 lbs of beef for 8 people and I didn't eat much.

The roofers weren't pleased, fuck them. They had 5 weeks to paint and waited until the last week to rush and the resulting quality sucked. Dunno if the contractor is obligated to pay or not, that's his problem. After almost daily conversations about quality and timing he should have expected this.

[#] Mon Feb 20 2006 18:30:21 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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ok, 4 hours for a working bike wall post.

Raw materials:

some large bolts and anchors

one large ellbow fitting, about 8cm side length.

tools:

Impact drill, drill, angle grinder, monkey wrench, pencil, ratchet set

first lift the bike to the wall, the pedal at the side of the wall up, that high as you want it. Mark the lower side of the at the wall.

hold the ellbow fitting to the wall, mark the wholes you selected.

use the impact drill to drill the wholes. 

use the drilling mashine to enlarge the wholes you've decided to put the bolts through to make them go through.

(i've used 12 mm impact drill, and an 8mm steel drill) 

hold the ellbow fitting under the pedal and mark where you will cut out the fork, and where you will bent it up to go through the pedal.

 and now (your neighbours gonna like that part ;-) use the angle grinder to cut the fork into the one side of the ellbow fitting.

right done? check it back with the pedal if it fits.

you can hold the fitting with the monkeywrench during operation. better for your fingers.

then bent the forks up to make the fitting look like an asymetric 'u' from the side.

fits to the pedal? did you leave enough room for the rest of the pedal to hook into the fork?

did you remove the grinds? done?

ok, now  put the anchors into the wholes in the walls, and mount the ellbow to it.

lift your bike onto it, done.

looks as if somebody glued the bike to your wall in a weird angle. if you have metal tiger paws, you might even be not able to hook your jacket on the hook in a serious manner. looks really smart, and doesn't disturb if the bike is on the road. 



[#] Wed Feb 22 2006 09:35:54 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sounds like fun. Was this for a bicycle or a motorcycle?

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