The post-Christmas clean-up is under way – get the presents out from under the tree, clean up the bits of wrappings and boxes, and generally put the house back in order. We’ve got guests coming over tomorrow (really) and it would be nice for them not to have to choose their steps carefully to avoid stepping on something like we do. Sometimes getting from one room to another in this place is like running a Tough Mudder obstacle race, only […]
My ongoing shop clean-out project is becoming more an exercise in archaeology than hygiene. I came upon these two hiding in a long-unopened drawer today:
My refrigerator battery backup project is finally complete and in service. I’ll wrap up the last phase of the build and talk about the next steps – no point just staying at version 1.0, after all.
In the process of getting my workshop cleaned out enough to use for my latest project, I discovered the degree to which my slovenliness had damaged my tools. The biggest problem was the corrosion on the cast iron tables of my band saw and table saw. Surface rust mostly, but a fair amount of pitting too. Shameful.
We continue with what is quickly turning into one of my favorite builds ever. Today we’ll tackle the electrical design and build.
In part 1 of this series, I covered the design goals for a refrigerator battery backup for our small insulin fridge. In this post, the build continues with more casework, some cable management, and getting ready to install the electrics.
November 29, wake-up temperature: 9°. I’m no stranger to working outdoors in the cold, but it takes a while to acclimate, and it usually doesn’t get this cold and snowy until well into January. Time for some long-neglected indoor projects.
I had a blow-out kit review performed by a “professional”. My cousin is a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, a trained combat medic, and a civilian paramedic with over 25 years of experience in one of the busiest metro areas in the country. Amongst other great conversation, I threw him my blow-out kit off my chest rig and asked for an honest assessment. Here is his candid feedback.
The day before Thanksgiving was an all-day snow event – something like 16 straight hours of snow. Accumulation wise, not terribly impressive at only about eight inches, but it was really sopping wet, heavy stuff. Perfect for snowball fights, which I had with the kids, and also perfect for plugging up the driveway with a solid cake of snow that can become the proverbial immovable object. As powerful as my little tractor is, it hardly qualifies as an irresistible force, so […]
Yesterday morning. 0300 hours. I wake up to an unfamiliar sound – a strange blaring siren somewhere in the house. My first thought is, “Well that was a nice, cozy three hour night of sleep.” The unfamiliar sound turned out to be the alert tone on my new weather radio, triggered by the fine insomniacs at the Albany office of the National Weather Service, who decided that it was absolutely critical that everyone with a weather alert radio know right […]