WEEK 11 2013
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17 March 2002
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Saturday - Another item that had failed
was the dishwasher. This was a simple blockage, but I took the
opportunity to clean the kitchen and do dishes, which took most of the
morning! We then made a shopping run to pick up a number of household
staples (and some batteries for my multimeter!), then finished with a
very nice lunch at Yanni's Greek Restaurant (not the one shown in an episode of Hell's Kitchen!).
friends were totally exhausted by this time - I need to remember than
women aren't generally rated for a 100% duty cycle - and crashed by mid
However Tim managed to squeeze out a few minutes of his very busy day in late afternoon ( he's kind of a 200%
duty cycle guy!) and stopped by. With his competent help we determined
that there seems to be a break in the power line between the house and
the pool cover motor vault. So, good news and bad news. The very
expensive cover motor might be OK, but the nice heavy duty shielded
power line that runs under about 100' of concrete patio paving looks to
be bad. There was a little more deductive work to be done, a pigtail to
check on the switch/motor status, but it was something I could buy and
do on my own later.
Of course, we found another
problem in the evening. About 9pm there was a sound of running water in
the pipes, much like yard sprinklers would cause, but my friend
noticed that the sprinklers were not
running. A bit of investigation determined that the water softener unit
was running, and water was being consumed (the indicator on the water
meter was spinning). This system ran for about three hours. Apparently
the water is simply being diverted into the drains. There was an
ongoing issue with a high water bill that everyone had attributed
to evaporation from the pool, but a bad water conditioning
system might be the cause.
While looking at the water
softener setup I discovered that the new copper lines for hot water
from the new water heater (about 35' of exposed pipe) were not
insulated! We'd been told that we needed to take showers one at a time,
and I'd put it down to a smaller older water heater unit - not so! This
is a newer 100 gallon unit, which should have supplied enough hot water
for the neighborhood!! I guess it's another example of a contractor
taking advantage of a widow. Doing the right thing would have cost $15.
- OTR, in SD.
washing machine install went pretty well. The drain hose on the new
(used) unit was bad (it fell apart in my hand!) and that delayed us a
bit. We went to HD and picked a new one up, but it was too short, and
they were out of longer hose. The hose on the unit we were replacing
was OK, but using it meant that we had to disassemble the front of the
old washer, take the old hose off, disassemble the front of the
new(ish) washer, remove it's hose and then install the new one. Not
hard, but this took a while. While we were at it we checked the dryer
exhaust vent and discovered it was completely blocked by lint. So we made another trip to HD, picked up a lint brush, and cleaned that
out. Because of the severity of that blockage we also decided to
disassemble the dryer and remove any lint build-up inside, to prevent
By 2:00pm we were finally done, and did a trial
run of the washer. Thankfully everything worked OK, no leaks or issues,
and about a months worth of dirty linens were ready to be processed....
the late afternoon I fixed an upstairs plumbing issue, then took a look
at the pool cover motor. This had suddenly stopped working in the
middle of opening a few weeks back, and I had high hopes that it would
be resolved by a circuit breaker reset. No such luck. The breakers were
OK. There was a thermal reset switch on the motor itself, but it seemed
OK as well. I went to use my multimeter and discovered that the
batteries were dead, so I couldn't really check things out before it
started to get dark.
Thursday 14 March 2013
- OTR, down to San Diego. There was a bit of cleaning in the morning
around my house, then we left in the afternoon. We were delivering and
installing a used washing machine to replace a failed appliance at a
friends mother's place. She also had a number of other house related
maintenance items, so it was best to get a start on all of that by
leaving for a long weekend early.
Wednesday 13 March
- Well, the partnership now has a bank! It took a bit longer that we
expected. We tried to use a local credit union, EFCU, but they only did
sole proprietorships. We then tried another credit union, WFCU, one
that S & I already belong too, but they no longer did business
partnerships. Calling around this seemed to be the case with most
credit unions. A local bank, AV Bank, would do it but wanted $10 a month
for the privilege! I finally recalled that a fairly business savvy
friend used US Bank, and we called them. And they were happy to do it,
with a no fees account, in the afternoon. So, by about 2:30 pm - after
starting at about 9:00am - we were done.
One's having to be a business of some sort to put an app in Apple's App
Store was the main driver for this, so I now need to do my part
and get the code out the door!
- Went for a nice long 5 mile walk. By the time I got home my heel,
toe, and hip were aching - all on the left leg. What's that about?
Possibly I was favoring the old heel injury and all the rest was a
result of that.
I was pleased to find, on doing some App work, that Apple now has a
'Collection' view. When I was researching things about this time last
year they didn't have a view that naturally understood a grid layout -
you had to hack a table view to get one. I was pretty annoyed at the
time; it should be a no-brainer since the iPad home screen (for
example) is laid out that way, so I'm pleased that I don't have to
spend hours building that sort of thing, or buy it somewhere.
Apropos, tomorrow we want to set up a bank account for the partnership.
We have our partnership papers, the fictitious business name
advertising is underway, we have a Tax ID number, now all we need a
bank account for Apple to deposit the boatloads of money we'll be
raking in! Well, all that and a working
app to sell....
In the evening I went out into the west valley to look for come
PANSTARRS. It was supposed to be low in the evening sky, just to the
left of the new Moon, and indeed, there
it was! A very faint object to the naked eye, but clear
enough in even short time exposures by the camera. I forgot to bring
the tripod, but propping the T3i on the car hood worked well enough for
an object near the horizon.
- Did a bit of work on another project for work - some Giant Reed
mitigation planning for another site, and talked to the boss about it.
I'd spent a couple of hours making maps in Google Earth and he pointed
out that a previous contractor had already
created maps, in ESRI, and that they were on the data CD he'd given me.
Sheesh. Oh well, at least our numbers matched. He also gave the
go-ahead for a last little bit of field work on the GIS update project,
so I fired off an email to the client about that. The hours are pretty
well burned there, but what the heck.
Late Sunday I happened to be in Home Depot, and noticed that they had
some of the hexagonal interlocking pavers on sale, pallets at only 41
cents each, about half price. Since I have either 100SF or 265SF of
paving in the side yard planned this would be a nice savings. So I went
back mid-morning - and they were mostly gone. Maybe 50SF left. You
snooze and you lose... For end caps I was thinking of using pressure
treated 2x12's, only to discover that HD and Lowe's only sell them in
8' lengths! Another customer mentioned to me that there is a general
purpose lumber yard over on Division and K street, so I can go there.
Or I could put in cinder block or concrete block. And I'd need about a
cubic yard of base for each 100SF. Essentially I need to have a better
plan, and maybe line up some help before moving all this.
- A decent day for a walk. Spent some time in the yard, getting things
organized. Also working in the garage, which as always, needed ordering
a bit. I did take a couple of used items over to Goodwill, so it's a
bit emptier than it was. Still almost impassable.
I did a bit of work on the GIS job, trying to find a vault on Google
Earth. No luck, what I thought I'd found - the stanchion and
actuator rod / hand wheel for a sluice gate in the vault - turned out
to be a piece of artwork along the Ventura River Trail, that just
happened to be a waist-high obelisk with a vertical steel rod sticking
up. What are the odds?
I was thinking again about the odds of the cat sleeping on my pillow,
and realized that since the pillow was approximated two square feet
that the odds of him randomly sleeping on it were therefore about 1800:1, not 3600:1.