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Less buzzy but no less busy...

September 22, 2008 11:06 AM 9/22/08

So the wasps are officially dead. At least that nest of them anyway but I have yet to see any new nests. This is a good thing...

In case I didn’t mention it Pitboy came over and helped me fix one of the three Color LaserJet 2550n printers so now we have a color laser in the house. (Thanks Pitboy!) I’m on my way to fixing the other one so I can either sell it or use it in the garage. Have to put all these printers one by one on the kill-o-watt and see what they draw. I’ll still likely put them on X10 modules so they get turned off during the day but I still want the numbers.

I’m probably taking next week off so I can get things done at home. I’ve got the vacation time and really want to get all the misc shuffling of things done before winter. I’ve decided that if my wife wants a day-bed in the third bedroom then I’ll put the “ugly” couch out in the garage and forego the pool table. I’ll just go with the whole seating area thing for entertaining friends that come over. (And it gives me a place to sack out if I’m tired or in trouble with da wife.)

There’s still a lot to do. The garden is done so I need to cut it all down and pull up the nasty carpeting that was out there. That and clean out the small wasp nests in the garage vent. (That reminds me - I need to get a couple of furnace filters to put over the garage vents. Keep the heat in but let the air circulate.)

I’d like to get my weather station mounted properly before winter as well. I also need to swap the grill for the lawn tractor so that the tractor is in the garage with the plow on it. But that’s still a few weeks away. Still mowing and grilling time left on the clock. (As soon as all the other stuff is downstairs though I will move the second bike into the garage so I can do work on it during winter. When I’m finished organizing things there will be enough space to push both bikes off to the side and work on a vehicle if need be.)

There’s also still riding time left on the clock as well. I need to get out there and ride while I still can.

We’re making progress but slowly. I’m hoping I can push a bunch of that along next week and then all that will be left will be things we need to pay for - like the fireplace/chimmney inspection - or minor things like book shuffling and picture hanging.

I still need to get the network wiring done for downstairs so that I can move everything down there. I don’t like it but I’ll have to get into the crawl space big-time. Such is the life of a home-owning geek. :-/

Just like I’m not looking forward to tackling the carpet in the garden but at least that’s out in the open away from the spider webs. *shudder*

In a couple weeks I’ll likely buy the square steel pipe I need to make a ladder rack for the truck and weld that together. It shouldn’t take long. A friend reminded me to remember to gusset the assembly so it doesn’t twist. Good advice that.

Definitely concerned about the financial stuff. The lady at the credit union said that all their stuff is protected and not stock invested or anything so I’m okay there. I’m more concerned that our loan is through Countrywide and they aren’t doing too good. They haven’t tanked so far but it’s early yet in the crash of our economy. And no matter what anybody says this bail-out is NOT going to help. We should be bailing out the people not the businesses.

Things are going to get really bad folks but if you’ve got the capacity to read these words then you already know that. It’s time to take a complete stock of what we have and what else we need to obtain to help us survive. I want to definitely get a decent gas or propane generator before the middle of next year. Definitely at least basic solar by the end of next year if not sooner. I think I’m going to stock some MREs as well. Just in case. That and empty the rain barrel into containers. It’s not immediately potable since it came off the roof but it’ll do for washing things and can be boiled to make it potable.

I do know that some of my things I’ve had for a while are going to go up on E-Bay now. The two Heathkit W-5 tube amps - matched serial numbers. The tube base PA system. The Sylvania Polymeter. Maybe a couple of other things. I need to test the tube amps before they get put up there. Needless to say that will get me some cash, big or small, to use to buy other things.

Hopefully I’ll be able to start the box-by-box de-kluge next week after I shuffle things around...




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siliconshaman
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'd recommend buying a decent sized PV array, 15kw wind turbine and enough deep-cycle batteries to give you 48hrs uninterrupted, now before the prices go up... because they will go up astronomically once the brown-outs and rolling blackouts start. [and trust me, once the economy tanks, that'll happen.]

I'd also recommend extending your camera network by a couple, for security reasons.
nimitzbrood
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
I'm all over the PV thing but that's costly so I don't know how fast I'll be able to implement that. I may be able to do a panel a month.

As for the wind turbine - it would have to be a Savonious or something like a windbelt. I live in suburbia so putting a standard turbine would be problematic. Doable but I don't know what my neighbors would say. I may buy the parts then put it up when things get worse. I figure people won't care then.
acelightning
Sep. 23rd, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
I would recommend thoroughly cleaning the places where the wasps' nests were. It's been my experience that they will come back and build a nest again in the same place - I think they leave pheromone traces. Cleaning the area with ammonia usually keeps them away.
nimitzbrood
Sep. 23rd, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
Well we're okay until it rains because I haven't cleaned up the white powder the bug guys used and it's all over that area. (I'll likely clean that off tomorrow - at worst next week when I'm off.)

I suppose I could spray the ammonia in the wall afterwards but unless I tear out the wall I'm not getting to the nest area. And we're financially not ready to tear apart the walls of our new-to-us house. ;-)
acelightning
Sep. 24th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
I've never had to deal with a wasps' nest inside a wall, although I did have one between the inner and outer glass of a storm window - that was the one where they kept coming back after I'd killed them. They didn't come back, though, after I sprayed a lot of plain ammonia into the space. YMMV, as always...
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