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A sign from the universe...

October 12, 2007 12:19 PM

Looks like the universe wants me to start the winter maintenance on my bike this week. - the speedometer broke again today on the way to work. That’s only a couple of weeks after I repaired it the last time so that means the wheel bearings are loose enough to allow the speedometer “clutch” to be driven at the wrong angle and break. That fix is not too bad. At worst it’s $75 and a few hours of my time. I’ll just have to order the parts and pick up some kerosene for the turbo heater so I can work comfortably in the garage.

That’s a little annoying because I wanted to ride the bike up to the cemetery where my cousin is buried for my visit. :-(

Anyway I’m taking a half-day today so I can get the lawn tractor working at home and then work on designing the plow lever for it. I need to go out and get some hardened bolts to use for the mount for the plow but those should be available at Home Depot or Ace.

It’s going to be bittersweet parking the bike today. I really wanted to keep riding it until it snowed but I guess the opportunity to do all the maintenance and modifications on it is something I should not pass up.

Fixed a load issue in the garage. (Our housemate says I only fixed part of the issue but I think he’s wrong.“ After a lightning strike a number of years before the electrician who did the repairs installed a timer for the front garage lights. Well that timer has never worked and I looked into it. Turns out that their the timer was mis-wired or the motor was bad and was causing a significant load on the garage. So much so that we had trouble running equipment out there. Well yesterday I removed the timer from the circuit and replaced it with a standard light switch and lo and behold the load problem disappeared. That rocks because now I can use tools and good lighting in there to get things done during the winter. I’m almost curious enough to try firing up the RA82 14” hard drive platter I’ve got out there to see if it spins up or not. I’m guessing not, but I now have the right QBUS board to not have to run that drive anyway.

I really would like to get my office taken care of before winter hits fully but I need to repair the lawn tractor first as that’s the most important thing. I’ve become allergic to shoveling the driveway in my old age. ;-P Anyway it needs to be fixed and then I can acquire the parts for my desk. I need to do some height measurements anyway before I buy and cut the conduit. And I need to make sure that I buy the felt pads to go on the bottom of the “feet” so that they don’t damage the floor. I’ll have to also acquire all the shelving I want to put in there before I get started because it will be much easier to put that up before I put the desk in. I think the most annoying part of the project is that almost everything will have to come out of that room before I can install the shelves and put the desk in there. That will make a huge mess but if I do it right it won’t be for a long period of time.

And the last thing I want right now is another mess to clean up...




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