February 06, 2016

Explorer Ready to Explore Again

I got the call on Thursday that the insurance adjuster had been in to the shop and authorized several things:

  • Break down the tire that got hit, take out the plastic parts that were wedged between tire and rim, remount, and balance
  • 4 wheel alignment. No other problems were noted, but the 4 wheel alignment would help determine if other things were out of wack
  • Order a new front bumper as there was damage (holy cow, I didn't notice damage and neither did anyone else that looked at it.

So, they did the tire stuff and alignment and ordered the bumper. That will take some time to get in, so when I dropped off the Focus for inspection (it passed!), I picked up the truck. I took a look at the bumper and there are just a couple of minor scratches. Nothing I ever would have noticed or expected to have fixed - especially since it is rubber/plastic/composite, so its not like it will rust. However, this vehicle was in truly excellent condition cosmetically when I bought it (except a known defect on the back door), and the bank expects it to be restored to that condition, so that is what they are doing.

Both vehicles are home and when I get the call that the bumper is in, I'll drop the truck off for a day. Meanwhile, I figure I have warded off any more snow until then; the local TV station says the computer is showing 2 models for Mon/Tues - one that the system completely misses us, the other that we get a good storm - I know which we would have gotten if I only had the Focus :)

Posted by Bogie on February 6, 2016 at 06:40 PM in At Home, Vehicles | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 30, 2016

Another Oldy is New

I've been looking for a vehicle that gets better mpg for everyday driving for the last month or so. Plus, I need an extra vehicle in case one goes down - I can still get to work. Case in point, while Explorer is in shop to check for damage from the accident.

Newly installed in the garage is a 2007 Ford Focus ZX4 with almost 200k miles. I paid a little less than what I got for the Patriot that had a dead transmission - I figure I'm ahead. It's in pretty good shape; just has high mileage. I'll see if it passes inspection next weekend, but I don't see any reason it shouldn't pass. It is a 5-speed so I'm looking forward to driving a standard again.

Ford Focus ZX4 2007 bought 1-30-16

During the test drive I forgot to down shift as I was coming to a stop light until the owner reminded me - funny how short a time one forgets even though I still have the urge to shift the Explorer on a regular basis (haven't ever reached for the clutch, just reach for a shifter that isn't there).

I'm still keeping the Explorer for driving in winter weather, hauling pellets and other heavy loads, and it can pull a trailer if I ever get one. Plus, it doesn't fit in the garage anyway, so no extra space is needed for the car.

Still need to get tags for the car, so it will be safely ensconced in the garage for a couple more days before I can start enjoying the 28-35 mpg (better even than the Patriot was at 26-28).

Posted by Bogie on January 30, 2016 at 07:40 PM in At Home, Vehicles | Permalink | Comments (8)

December 19, 2015

Another CL Find

Before tearing into the workshop cabinets, I needed to find something to store power tools in, that that would alsw provide access to said tools - else I could have just used a bunch of boxes. Finally found a great deal on CL to this beauty.

Husky Tool Cabinet

It holds all the power tools I use on a regular basis; drill, sawzall, circular saw, plus all their accessories. Paid a little less than 1/2 price of new and it is so nearly new, that it makes no difference. Have my eye on another cabinet on CL, but my offer hasn't been accepted yet (I'll admit, I lowballed it, but offered only a little less than what was being asked). If the offer isn't accepted, then there will be more on the site after Christmas I'll wager. And, I'm not desperate for storage yet, so can wait it out.

Posted by Bogie on December 19, 2015 at 04:16 PM in At Home, House Work | Permalink | Comments (4)

October 03, 2015

Extreme Exercise

Last Sunday was the perfect day for getting pellets into the house. My plan was to move 2 tons, then move the other 2 tons thru the week. I had to clean out the corner in the basement that I store pellets since I've been using it for storage while ripping apart other areas of the house. That would only give me room for a little over a ton (I already had a little over a ton there as leftover from last year) but with the cabinets for the bathroom in the house, I could start loading up the back wall of the garage with pellets.

Me and my trusty 4-wheeler (okay, it isn't motorized but it does have 4 wheels) started the project at 12:55 pm (first pic is at the very start of the project) got thru the first ton in about 45 minutes. Load 5 bags in the cart, move the cart to the door between the basement and garage, carry each bag about 40 feet (of course the storage is at the furthest corner from the garage) and place in a stack.

Pellet move start 1255pm
Pellet move start 1255pm

Then the second ton - the first 3 rows went into the basement and the rest went into the garage which much easier as I didn't have to carry them, just stack.

Second ton gone

I decided I had enough daylight and energy to get the other two tons in so I now have a bit over 5 tons readily available for use.

Basement full
Basement full
Basement full

I was done with pellet moving at 4:40 pm - not bad if I do say so myself.

Posted by Bogie on October 3, 2015 at 08:38 AM in At Home | Permalink | Comments (3)

September 20, 2015

Proof You can get Rid of Anything on CL

With all the digging I've been doing getting in gardens, I acquired a very large dirt pile that I didn't know what to do with. So, I put it on Craig's List. This is how the pile looked on 8/22 and I added more when I put in the extension to the trailer-side garden:

Dirt pile 1

This is how it looked Thursday night after 3 nice young men took a large truck bed full

Dirt pile half gone

This is after another truckfull left on Friday (same kid came over with his dad instead of his two buddies this time).

Dirt pile most gone

There is still a little more left, but it is manageable. I just have to get it all back into a pile, then I can plant some very root bound holly - they should be very happy!

 

Posted by Bogie on September 20, 2015 at 08:13 AM in At Home, Yard Work | Permalink | Comments (4)

All Set for Heating Season

The rest of my heat for this winter arrived Friday afternoon.

Two tons Presto Log Pellets

Posted by Bogie on September 20, 2015 at 07:55 AM in At Home | Permalink | Comments (2)

September 13, 2015

Getting Ready for the Next Season

Since I was paying HD to deliver cabinets and such, I figured I would have them add in a couple tons of pellets so I don't have to pick them up 10-15 bags at a time (a ton is 50 bags). I don't have room for more than 3 tons in the basement and I have 1.5 tons left from last winter. Add to that I am preparing to sheetrock some walls, and everything not of immediate use is stuffed into the corner that the pellets are usually stashed.

So, two tons are sitting outside at the moment, until the garage is cleared of other stuff.

2 tons pellets - end shot
2 tons pellets - end shot

And, then Lowes got in some good pellets (compared to what I usually burn), and had $19 delivery (up to 6 tons) for up to 75 miles - so I have a couple more tons of pellets coming the end of the week. As long as I get it all moved before the sn*w is here to stay, I will be good.

And, here are some shots as to why the basement is not ready to receive any more pellets:

Workshop wall opened
Workshop wall opened

Yep, I tore out the wall that my workbench used to be on. The wood is holding up the insulation as I painted the sills today with waterproofer. I will eventually take out the whole thing. I have ideas on how I want to reconfigure it, but my real goal is for it to be ready for running electrical and then installing sheetrock along the wall that abuts the garage, and the foundation wall (which I had insulated last winter).

Posted by Bogie on September 13, 2015 at 07:05 PM in At Home, House Work | Permalink | Comments (2)

Finally - Glorious Rain

My little section of the world has been very far behind on rainfall. In a 3 week timespan, we got maybe 1/2" of rain. Funny as it sounds, I regularly drove/rode thru rain, and one night there were flash flood warnings for every town surrounding mine - but not mine (because the storms were going to either side). Other towns were dealing with cleaning up overrun culverts and drainage ditches alongside the roads, and I was watering my vegies and new plantings 4-5 times per week. I even had to water new plantings in the no-mow zone; which is a place that has always been damp. I water by hand as I find it very wasteful to water areas outside my gardens. And, I am not encouraging the grass/weeds to grow by giving them moisture. Fortunately watering is soothing, calming and lets me take the time to inspect for weeds infiltrating the mulch.

Well, Thursday into Friday we got a long drawn out rain. Probably only got 1-1.5 inches, but it was nice and slow so soaked in. Today it has been drizzly most of the day, and rain is expected tonight (assuming it doesn't go around us).

An extra 30-40 minutes per day gained in not watering is great!

Posted by Bogie on September 13, 2015 at 06:56 PM in At Home, New Hampshire News | Permalink | Comments (1)

August 23, 2015

Strange Cat Sighting

There are several cats in the neighborhood that I regularly see, but this one decided that my propane tank was a good place to rest for a while. Don't know why he was up there, but it didn't disturb him that I was taking pictures or using the flash.

Yellow cat 1
Yellow cat 1

Posted by Bogie on August 23, 2015 at 12:25 AM in At Home | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 14, 2015

New Culvert, Now a New Road

Monday I rode the bike into work. When I was coming home, I turned onto a dramatically different road than I left that morning.

Road torn up right
Road torn up right

The dirt was very soft and made the bike squirrely. I was glad I didn't have to go far (you can see my tire tracks in the first picture to the right of the driveway). Since then it has rained hard, so it has compacted a bunch - a good thing since I have to ride the bike to have some service done tomorrow.

Oh, and now that they have removed all the shade creating plants by the culvert, Japanese Knotweed is growing like, well, weeds - better in fact. I have to inform the town that it is there and maybe they will try to take care of it before it comes into my yard (if you will remember, that is what I spent so much time eradicating/controlling over by the garage). I read that Deering just did a spray program to try to control/eradicate this nasty invasive, maybe Hillsboro will do the same.

Posted by Bogie on August 14, 2015 at 09:09 PM in At Home, Motorcycles | Permalink | Comments (0)