R&W Rope - Climbing, Marine, Paracord

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Framing and the fallen...

Contractors hammering away, putting framing up for another house behind us. I don't think they're building any more of the smaller craftsman style homes like ours in the neighborhood, just the larger two-story ones.

Not sure how they'll fit those larger ones on the empty lots beside us and across the street in front of the lake/pond (mosquito farm).

Took a couple of pics of the trees that blew down out back behind/beside our house, during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma last week.

A taller one with shallow roots fell and took out all the others beside it. There's a drainage ditch/storm drain just behind/underneath them. I don't know if they'll just be left like that or cleared out when the next door lot eventually gets developed.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Campbell Hausfeld 5-in-1 Cordless PowerPal

Well, after ten+ years, my Campbell Hausfeld 5-in-1 Cordless PowerPal seems to be dead.  The battery has been steadily going down (sealed lead acid) in performance for the last five or six years, but it still worked well enough to keep it in my truck for when I needed it, mostly just keeping my tires properly inflated.

The few times I tried to use the jump starter function, it did not work, either because the vehicle battery was too far gone, or it didn't have enough juice to help crank one.

I'd used the lantern/flashlight occasionally, even though the fluorescent bulb didn't put out that much light.  The inverter function came in handy when the house power was out, to run simple single plug in items like phone chargers, even in the past working Pa's CPAP machine (Continuous positive airway pressure therapy) that he uses every night for his sleep apnea. I'd brought it in the house during Hurricane Irma/Tropical Storm Irma, to put it to use, but it's now DOA.

I've looked for a replacement occasionally over the last couple of years, online and at wallyworld when browsing the automotive section, but comparable models run more than I can afford, so getting a new one keeps getting pushed back on the list of things to take care of, lol...

And in today's mail, early birthday (Oct 3) presents arrived. A six pack of Old Spice Classic body wash. Usually I buy these at the local Kroger, Walmart, or Walgreens, but they have not had it in stock for months now, unknown why. Also received new earpads for my six year old Sony headphones.

The faux leather pads deteriorate over time and crack/disintegrate into little black crumbs/specks after a couple of years. They still sound good, despite my hearing loss/tinnitus, so I've kept using them.

I'd bought a pair of earpad covers four years ago, but they're worn out now too, so I'd mentioned to Ma that replacement pads could be bought instead of buying all new headphones.

Ceiling fan chain pulls installed after some stormy weather...

Ma had a couple of ceiling fan chain pulls she wanted to go on the newly installed patio fan/light to replace the plain white painted metal ones that came on the Hunter branded outdoor rated fan.  I had the fish model my ceiling fan chain in my bedroom at the other house, before we moved, and the lighthouse pull was hanging from the front office ceiling fan chain.

Not sure where Ma got these hand painted pulls, just that we've had them for years.  Maybe she bought them at a gift shop in Savannah, or perhaps Gatlinburg, or they may have been Christmas gifts from family...

Hurricane Irma/Tropical Storm Irma rolled through Georgia over the last couple of days, knocking our power out for 30+ hours and taking down at least a couple of trees in the neighborhood, one in the woods behind our house, and the other one in front of a neighbor's home.

The one across the street fell right across the sidewalk.  The horror!  I could have been crushed, if I ever took walks around the neighborhood, which I haven't, and now I am surely dissuaded from doing so.  "Danger, Will Robinson!" :P

Monday, September 04, 2017

SD Memory Card Failure

My camera's SD memory card broke apart on me.  I take the card out of the camera to insert it into a usb card reader, and then put that into my desktop's usb port after taking photos to upload and edit them.

This is my third 2GB SD card that's failed/worn out since I received the 'gently used' camera in 2011.  I put a piece of tape around the card to hold it back together and it seems to still work.  I have another card that had issues at times, but still worked on occasion, so kept it in case of a failure with the current one.

The camera won't recognize a larger memory storage SD card than 2GB, so I just have to find a replacement online.  I don't think memory card manufacturers continue to produce new ones with that lower storage capacity, but there are plenty of new old stock still out there.

I recently saw a micro SD card that can hold 400GB of data, so they continue to upgrade the storage card memory technology...

Sunday, September 03, 2017

SAK bite...

I was using my thumbnail to scrape off something that was stuck on the side of a pair of Victorinox Orange Alox Rambler scissors (Ma's) and didn't realize the side edge of the scissors had sliced into my thumb (diabetic peripheral neuropathy) until I saw blood drops and wondered where that was coming from, lol. 

Didn't even feel it and it took a bit before it stopped bleeding, just hope it doesn't get infected...

And a photo of Ma's edc keyring attachment with the alox Rambler, Fenix E01 LED flashlight, and a blue stainless steel whistle with a gaucho interweave knot that I added to it with 0.9mm string.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Around the house projects...

Ma and Pa had a contractor/handyman friend from church come and take care of some projects around the house, including installing storm doors over the front and back doors.

These are neat in that the top half glass of the door slides down and a screen section unfurls from a roller in the top of the door.

Should be nice for letting a cool breeze flow through the house once the weather changes from the current warm and humid summer heat.

An outdoor rated fan/light was installed on the back covered patio, Closetmaid shelves/racks in the pantry, a new toilet in one of the bathrooms, towel racks/bars and tissue holder and a fixed/curved type shower curtain rod also put up in the bathrooms.  A new outdoor light fixture went in over the front door.

A peephole was installed in the front door, much needed since you could not see who was at the door when someone knocked or rang the doorbell. The front door is recessed a few feet back between the brick walls of the front of the house and no windows to check who's there, a safety issue with opening a door to strangers, and the new locking storm doors also help a bit with that issue, but any determined intruder won't be stopped by any locks, windows, or doors, so other defensive measures are in place nearby should a worst case scenario play out.

Although there's a sign at the front of the subdivision stating 'No Soliciting', we've still had Jehovah's Witnesses and home security alarm sellers come by the house several times since we moved in a couple of months ago.