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“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” — Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”

What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 4

Plan for the day was to limp my broken butt out to the yard and get the three beams in place and leveled. While having breakfast, Lowe’s had other ideas.

Son of a biscuit!

So, obviously, there is no longer a rush for me to get the beams in place.… Read the rest

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What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 3

If I had a late start yesterday, I was even more delayed on the third day.

First, I was informed that “the family” had decided that they wanted ad-blocking turned back on on the pfSense firewall. I was told to turn this off several months ago.… Read the rest

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What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 2

Definitely feeling my age, I got started on Day 2. The day’s goal was to clear the platform and assess the leveling situation. Stretch goal was to get the three 4″ x 4″ x 12′ pressure-treated beams on site. Of course, there were delays in getting out in the cool part of the day, so it is a good thing that I like heat.… Read the rest

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What I Did on My Mid-Summer Vacation: Day 1

I took the week of August 1st off in order to build a new shed in the yard. The old shed had a leaking roof and was, generally, falling apart. In order to build the new one, I had to clear the old one out of the way.… Read the rest

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I’m going to be pretty frank here…

Pretty Frank Seaside Activated Charcoal deodorant freaking rules!

I finished up the last jar yesterday, 248 days after I opened it. Sure, there was the odd day or so in there where I was offensive even to myself, but, for the most part, it has been smooth sailing.… Read the rest

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Like Frankenstein’s Monster, Just Zap It With Electricity

Electricians are arrived at the house at about 8:00AM. Told me it’d be about four hours to install the 240-volt from the circuit breaker panel to the outdoor heat-pump. They were done a touch past 10:00AM.

I turned the Nest thermostat, which drives the oil burner, down to 58F and ran around setting the head-units to 66F.… Read the rest

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Enter the Heat-Pump

Today the line-sets went in, as well as the massive heat-pump.

The covers on the channels are a great sign. These are paintable, so we’ll be shopping for some grey paint come Spring. They put a vacuum on the line-sets and they are all sound, so they charged and primed the system.… Read the rest

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And the Next Day, Mini-Splits

Everything happens at once. Yesterday we took down a 75′ spruce tree, and today they started installing our ductless mini-splits.

Today, they installed the four head-units, the backer plates for the exterior channels, and the pad for the outdoor compressor. Tomorrow they install the line sets and hopefully the outdoor compressor.… Read the rest

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One Year with Rooftop Solar

On Dec 23, 2020, I was finally given the OK to flip the switch to bring our eleven panel solar system online. It has been a learning event, for sure, this past year. The main thing I have learned is that we needed that spruce tree (at right in photo) removed, the consumption monitoring CT clamps installed, and five additional panels installed.… Read the rest

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Pretty Frank Charcoal Seaside Deodorant FTW!

191 day! That last jar lasted 191 days! I could not be happier with this deodorant and have told several friends about it on the Facebooks. Thank you, Pretty Frank (formerly Primal Pit Paste), for this awesome product.

I was happy to see that the plastic cover has been replaced with metal, and the scent, which my wife finally noticed a few weeks back, has been dialed back a bit.… Read the rest

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