Yesterday was a good day. The roofer arrived bright and early and got to work. It was a large crew of at least a dozen guys. Before long the inside of the house was filled with the noise of a shingle roof being removed which was a lot of scraping and banging. Later in the day it was supplemented with a lot of banging and hammering as they re-nailed all of the exposed plywood to bring it up to code level strength.
The workers seemed very efficient and meticulous, laying tarps everywhere to catch any debris, which there was a lot of. By the time they wrapped up for the day around 2PM three quarters of the roof had been stripped, renailed, and covered with the new rubberized underlayment. All that remains is the front face of the roof that they are actively tearing into as I type. After this we have around a week to wait until county inspectors check things out before the metal can be attached.
I flew my drone overhead twice yesterday to get a unique high perspective on the work and the transformation as it occurs. It may be the first time I had the Mavic in the air since the hurricane.
I busted ass on more list items yesterday. At this point out of the 15 items on my staycation to do list, only one remains, fixing the pool pump timer. I plan to look at that issue today and hopefully be able to cross it off as well. Don’t get the wrong idea, once the list is complete I won’t be sitting around doing nothing the rest of the week. I always have something to do that either needs to be done or I want to do for entertainment, always. Extended time off at home always makes me feel confident that I could retire tomorrow and not be bored at all.
Late in the afternoon yesterday I found some time to go cruise on my little Mten3 wheel, riding more backwards than forward.
So I hit the ground of my nine day staycation with both feet, literally, starting off early Saturday with 13 laps around the middle school track. My legs felt dead and heavy for most of the run. I also had a sharp pain that gradually mellowed in that same spot on my right side that hurts during dragon flags. I finished the distance, which is all that mattered.
When I got back Cindy had already cleaned the chicken coop which was nice. I jumped right into weeding the property. After finishing up I ate breakfast and started on the first of many small projects of the day. I wanted to set up my new Pentair Dorado pool cleaner. I made a video out of it although there wasn’t really much to the process. The most impactful part of the video is the appearance of the pool at the start and how it looked three hours later. The bristle design of the vacuum scrubs as well as sucks, something my Hayward Navigator could never do.
I also shot a video outlining the install of my super cheap $28.99 security camera I bought to replace a dead one. The camera mounting hardware sort of sucked and only allowed you to adjust the angle of the cam EITHER left/right OR up/down, but not both. In some situations that could be a real problem but with where I was putting the camera a downward angle was all that was required. The 1080P picture quality was good, superior to the 720P camera it replaced.
So AFTER I finished these two projects I constructed my to do list which had a total of 15 items on it. Once we got back from a late morning Home Depot/Dunkin Donuts ride with the dogs I just started digging into projects left and right. None of the projects were massive, it was just a collection of things that I have been on my “need to get done” list for awhile but had not for one reason or another.
I changed the oil on the Prius, installed new seat covers on the Tacoma, did some 3D printing work and a number of other things. By the time Saturday ended I had knocked 6 or 7 things off the list. I thought that was a good total for one day.
Sunday morning Cindy and I did our second Dunkin Donuts ride in as many weeks. However this time Cindy was on her road bike instead of the Segway and I was on my Msuper. We carried a FAST pace for most of the ride, averaging over 20 mph for a lot of the time and even touching 25 mph briefly when Cindy wanted to race. It was a fun ride for sure.
I dug back into the list, knocking off items as much as I could. One sad task was cutting down the apple tree that has been part of our property for well over a decade. Hurricane Irma partially uprooted the tree. It was already not in great shape but it never recovered after the storm and was totally dead. I had a tinge of sadness in my heart as I cut it to ground level and drug it to the fill pit to be unceremoniously tossed in with all the other organic debris.
By the time we left for dinner I had only three items left on my staycation list, all of which I hope to knock out today. Sunday night we went to Cheesecake Factory for Cindy’s neice’s 18th birthday. All of Cindy’s local family was there so it was me and five females. I had a couple Miller Lites to take the edge off and the end result was a good time by all. I don’t think I had patronized the restaurant for around three years, when Katie turned 21.
This morning the roofers arrived bright and early and are currently unleashing hell on our old roofing material. The house is one big noise factory with somewhere around a dozen guys busting ass above us. The company we are using is expensive but good, really good. I am looking forward to a life under cool, durable, and reflective metal for the foreseeable future.
So today I finished the last of my medical requirements for being a half century old, getting my physical at our on campus med center. The visit included a urine sample, EKG, sex organ exam and of course the dreaded DRE, although out of the four times I have had it done this was probably the least uncomfortable session. I managed to stay calmer than is the norm with most doctor visits, I didn’t detect any sweat building up on my back. The nurse practitioner that did the physical was nice and we laughed our way through anything that could be potentially awkward. I also had them give me a tetanus shot while I was there since with work around the house I quite often will cut or stab myself with metal objects. I don’t believe I have had one since moving to Florida nearly 18 years ago so I was looooong overdue. It feels good to have all required medical procedures behind me. I should be in the clear for the next two years.
I am looking forward to my staycation which begins tomorrow. I do not have rigid schedules for things I want to do but rest assured there are a lot of things I will be knocking out. We also should have our old roof ripped off and prepped for metal by this time next week.
I shot another 3D printing video last night, enjoy.
On the way home last night I picked up my new pool vacuum cleaner from Pinch-a-Penny. I didn’t set it up yet as I want to do a proper unboxing/review video for it. You will find that once you have a YouTube creator mindset, every thing you do gets analyzed for it’s viability as content. I’m not saying that is a good thing, but it is definitely a thing.
Speaking of content I also shot a video outlining my latest issue with my CR-10 that I am fixing with money instead of the time and frustration to troubleshoot it in depth. I have been having symptoms of a partial clog in my hot end where a print will start normally but will fail after a short time period. In the past I went through almost a month of f’ing with the printer until I finally fixed it by replacing the entire hot end assembly.
When I did it back then it was still annoying because I had to splice/solder the new part into place which I honestly didn’t do a very good job with. They now have plug and play complete hot end assemblies where you just unbolt the old one and bolt in the new one, no soldering required. I ordered two.
The CR-10 and the AnyCubic I3 are my only printers that are big enough to print the large side pieces for the EUC stands. Having the CR-10 out of commission really limits my ability to make the stands so I wanted to make sure the problem was fixed, the first time. I also pulled the trigger on ANOTHER 3D printer, no, not a Prusa I3 MK3, a Jguarora A5.
This printer has a print area that is the same size as the CR-10 on the X and Y planes and only a little shorter on the Z axis. I like it’s sturdy frame and compact design where the control box is integrated into the main body instead of being it’s own stand alone box that consumes space. I know a few people that have these and they have been very happy with them. It seems like a printer that is very similar to the AnyCubic I3 Mega which I love with a bigger build area. As part of this plan I will be moving my Dagoma Neva to my office at work where it can print projects and be a good conversation starter.
Saturday morning I was up and out the door to get my track run in. It went ok with the normal “I hate this” feeling the first three laps, followed by “stop whining and run” for the next 8 laps, and finally “I can do anything for two laps” at the end. The bad thing about only running once a week is it doesn’t ever seem to get any easier.
Saturday was a go day, meaning I had a long list and the motivation to do it. I wasted little time before heading out to start weeding the yard which then rolled into weed whacking while Cindy got on the tractor to mow. It felt like my weed whacking muscles were out of shape. Towards the end of it I had to stop and try to stretch my middle back a few times.
We then took Elsa along to run errands. I had been waiting almost a month for the big Pinch-a-Penny spring sale to finally buy a new pool vacuum. My Hayward Navigator was falling apart, literally. I was a bit disappointed to see that they had sold out of the model I was going to buy but I still got the promo pricing, I just have to wait until Tuesday to pick it up. We also hit Home Depot where I had a list of several items needed for several different needs.
The biggest thing I wanted to get done was get my security cameras back online in the coop. Seven of the eight cameras were taken out by palm rats chewing the wires. I have had replacement cables for weeks but I wanted to make sure that we got rid of the rodents first. I don’t think they are totally gone but I think the ultrasonic device inside the coop has made them relocate mostly, I have not seen/heard any of them at night when putting the chickens to bed in weeks.
So I first had to pull all of the old wires out which were stapled to the wood in the run. I used a lot of staples. I had Cindy help me with installing the new cables. I decided to use wood screws mostly to hang/support the new cables which would be easier to replace if need be. I only used the staple gun to attach the cables to the roof near the entrance into the coop. I decided to use the existing hole that the rats chewed on but I left my big 3D printed nut and bolt in place, mostly covering the wires. I later added a wire loom around them as well as encasing the hole in expanding foam to further deter future chewing.
During the process we also relocated one of the two cameras that were pointing towards the back to the west side of the coop where we had nothing. The coop now has a 360 degree ring of vision around it. Even a ninja would have a hard time sneaking in there without detection.
Saturday night Cindy and I went to see Ready Player One, a movie based on a popular book. If you grew up playing video games as I did there is pretty much no way you can’t love this movie. Even Cindy, who is not nearly the gamer I am really liked the film as well. It was great, a solid A flick in my book, if you are a nerd like me.
We enjoyed dinner at the theater before the movie. You can really tell the exodus of snowbirds has begun. It was dramatically less full than the last time we went to the movies a month or so ago. Cindy was a little grossed out by the lack of cleanliness of the reclining leather chairs. The arm rests had various sorts of organic matter left on them. She went out and said something. One of the managers came in and wiped them down and was genuinely apologetic, saying his staff was going to be getting reprimanded for it. I imagine it is rather hard to get typical theater employees making minimum wage to be very conscientious about their job duties.
Sunday morning we “slept in” till 7:30 which felt well needed. After tending to the chickens and paying my bills we suited up for a potentially problematic ride. I suggested to Cindy that we try riding the big Segway I2 all the way to Dunkin Donuts and back. The 20 mile ride is far further than we have ever pushed the big Segway and the batteries in there are 11 and 12 years old. Expecting them to give that sort of range is unlikely, but Cindy was down for the challenge. We figured worst case it dies and I haul ass home on my Monster to pick her up with the truck.
So the ride out had a lot of headwind. As we monitored the battery indicator on the I2 we were concerned it was going down faster than we hoped. By the time we got to Dunkin Donuts it was showing half full which would be cutting it close at best. I brought the charging cord for the Segway. We wheeled it inside and parked it near an outlet where I plugged it in, hoping a 30 minute charge session would ensure we make it all the way home. We pushed back east with 5 bars of battery instead of 4 but that extra bar disappeared a mile or two into the return journey.
When we left I was honestly assuming the I2 would run out of power before we got back. The unit surprised me and made the trip back with 2 bars showing on the battery meter. It wasn’t the sort of ride you would want to normally do on the I2. It’s slower speed made the trip feel really long. Plus the I2 is most fun when you are going on varied terrain, not endless straightaways. Of course the journey is on video.
Sunday afternoon an old co-worker and friend of Cindy’s stopped by for a visit. It was nice for them to catch up. I mostly kept myself busy doing my stuff, namely 3D printing, video editing and some WoW. We had a hellacious storm blow through last night, dumping a ton of rain in a very short period of time, temporarily flooding out some areas. It’s a preview of wet season will contain.
Having a YouTube channel means dealing with idiots on the internet, it’s unavoidable. This comes in the form of comments on videos. I actually don’t get a lot of terrible comments but when I do I pretty much treat each and every one exactly the same, “Thanks for the insightful, well thought out, and helpful comment. Please don’t forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE!”
Casey Ruff 13 hours ago you’re a fucking failure you cunt faced twat
Last night had a lot of 3D store related activity. I built some stands, disassembled some stands for shipping, and then packed those same stands to be sent out today. I also scavenged a couple of the stands I was using for my wheels and listed them on the store, replacing them with some of the older style stands that weren’t selling. I have a bunch of filament on it’s way to fulfill a couple custom orders. My CR-10 needs some work, leaving the only printer capable of printing the large side pieces being my AnyCubic I3. I can see my printer inventory switching up in the future.
This weekend I have a lot on my mental to do list, hopefully I am not biting off more than I can chew.
So our only white chicken, Kristen, was not acting normal yesterday. I had noticed the night before that she may have “pasty butt”, a rather disgusting scenario where the back end of a chicken gets clogged up with dried “organic matter”. Not only is it gross but it can also be lethal if not cleared. Cindy is the one that does all the leg work when this comes up, I usually just serve a support role.
Cindy said Kristen did not want to come out from under the coop, even for treats which is a big warning flag. She eventually got her out by using a hose and then worked on cleaning the hens backside. When I came home I noticed Kristen was back under the coop and still not responding to me like she normally would. I asked Cindy if we could try cleaning her some more with me helping to hold her so a more thorough inspection could be done. Kristen was pretty calm as petted her softly while saying sweet chicken things to her.
Cindy saw some pieces of stuck on broken egg back there. It seems like possibly an egg broke on the way out, dried, and caused the problem. Cindy worked diligently cleaning things up. I was worried that when I went to put the chickens to be that Kristen wouldn’t be up on the perch but she was. This morning I checked again on the coop DVR to verify she was still doing ok. Cindy said this morning Kristen seemed to be doing well and was out and about with the other birds. It’s things like this that make me nervous about leaving the hens to go out of town for an extended period of time.
My 3D stands are selling well. Last night I had one person order three stands, the last three of the the newer 2.1 models I had. I may wind up putting some of the stands I am using for my own wheels up in the store if I can’t keep up with demand. 🙂
Last night I got the idea to do a video illustrating the strength of the 3D printed stands I am selling. I set up one of the stands and placed each of my wheels on it and one of the Minipro’s. The weight range started at 25 pounds and topped out at 55 pounds for my big Gotway Monster. As expected the stand performed just fine, as I knew it would since I have been using these for over six months to store my wheels in the hobby room.
However I wanted to really test the stand with something I had never tried before. I wheeled over the big Segway i2 and carefully placed the 105 pound unit on the stand. It held it without fuss. I really had no idea if this would work. 105 pounds is almost double what I previously tested with. Anyway I thought it made for an interesting video and I will include the video in the product description on the store.
I got some disappointing news that the first stand I sold arrived intact but doesn’t really work for the wheel the customer has. He has a KingSong model wheel that has an odd configuration for it’s foot pedal hinge, different than the four other brands of wheel I have tested the stands with. The hinge makes a normal stand too narrow to support the wheel safely.
I felt badly about this oversight on my part, I assumed all EUC’s were pretty identical when it came to pedal hinge design. I made a new version last night with side supports that are each 8MM wider which should give a larger/wider support surface. I plan to print and send it to him for free.
I have a couple 3D projects I need to try to work on tonight, it’s a fun way to keep my brain engaged.
Cindy busted ass on Friday trying to get a lot of chores done so us being gone Saturday wouldn’t be a big deal. I set the alarm for Saturday morning so we could get up and get the chicken clean up done before rolling out. We dropped Elsa off at Ali’s so she could spend the day with Sadie. Since Elsa stayed with them during our last road trip she is very comfortable there and we feel good knowing she will be well taken care of.
The drive across state in the Ioniq was easy. The smart cruise control the car has makes highway travel simple and safe. You set the desired speed and the cushion you want behind other vehicles. If you encounter another vehicle the Ioniq will slow down as needed to maintain that distance. If you swing out in the passing lane it automatically will accelerate once it sees the path is clear. The only unpleasant portion of the journey was the last 10-20 miles where we were engulfed in typical stop and go traffic on I-95. I still don’t see how people can deal with that day in and day out.
We found the college where Maker Faire was being held without issue. We swung into a nearby parking garage with flat rate $5 parking which is reasonable. For some reason I assumed the Maker Fare was indoors, it was not. Only a couple of exhibits were indoors which was fine, although I was glad I dressed temperature appropriate, it was 86 degrees when we left.
One of the things that actually got me interested in going to the event was I saw Prusa 3D printers was going to be there, including the founder, Joe Prusa. Well the Prusa tent was right near the one entrance. They had two MK3’s (the next printer I want) printing models as well as a bunch of other examples of things that it printed sitting on the tables. We talked to the guy working the stand for awhile and I said I that I thought Joe was supposed to be there?
The guy pointed behind me and there he was. Joe is really a big deal in the 3D printing world. His Prusa i3 design has been knocked off by many Chinese companies. Even though he is from the Czech Republic you would think English is his first language. Cindy and I talked with him for awhile and even showed him the big 3D Widowmaker rifle we made. I told him I hoped they would have a couple MK3’s available for sale but sadly that was not the case. Joe did say that the backlog for them is less than it was. It was taking 3 months to get one, it’s now down to a month and a half. 🙂
That was a great way to start the event and the good vibe continued throughout our time there. The people working the booths were really friendly and engaging. They seemed very excited to share information about the stuff they are so passionate in creating. We saw creativity in many different ways, it was great. We finished up with a good lunch at one of the food trucks parked outside the venue. Cindy and I both really liked the event and I would be happy to go back again in the future.
So we still had some time left and had thrown the EUC’s in the back of the car, just in case. We walked back to the garage and suited up for a quick ride down to the Bayside area, a very happening shopping/food district by the water. It was part of the Port of Miami so we got a good view of several massive cruise ships get ready to depart. We only rode for maybe a half hour. It was Cindy’s first time back on one wheel in a couple months so we didn’t want to push it too far.
The drive back was front loaded with traffic, this time getting out of Miami. Once we got back onto Alligator Alley it was smooth sailing. Elsa had a great time at Ali’s and didn’t seem in a rush to leave. We actually wound up taking Sadie back with us since Ali was going out Saturday night and was planning to be gone a good portion of Sunday. We got home before 6PM, it was a testament to just how much you can experience in a span of 10 hours.
On Saturday night we watched Atomic Blonde, one of those movies that was interesting to me but not enough to lay out theater level pricing to see. If you are looking for a good splattering of nudity, action, plot twists, and just high energy, this film will do nicely. The ending just nudged into A- territory for me.
So my Saturday run got transplanted to Sunday. Once again the temps in the low 70’s with humidity made the session feel uncomfortable very early. I may as well get used to it as there are another 7 months of such weather ahead of me.
Cindy’s big vinyl cutter showed up late last week and she has been testing it out, trying to learn the ins and outs of it. Although it is without a doubt not a high end cutter in fit and finish, it does work. In some ways it works better than the Cameo 3, it cuts fast and it’s simplicity is in some ways more appealing. The software that is included also isn’t as bad as I first thought it could be. It makes certain types of projects really easy to do.
My 3D EUC store got off to a nice little start, selling three stands in the first 24 hours. One of them is going all the way to Belgium. The customer is paying as much to ship the stand there as the stand costs. It will be interesting to see if demand will continue.
Yesterday afternoon I dedicated a couple hours to sprinkler replacement. In total I pulled out nine Rain Bird sprinklers that had stopped oscillating. It was pretty easy to tell which ones weren’t working as there was a narrow swath of green surrounded by brown. The Hunter sprinklers I replaced them with are supposed to be some of the best so I hope I get many years of trouble free performance out of them. Despite it only being April 8th it was quite warm in the yard mid-afternoon.
After returning inside I didn’t feel guilty just geeking out in WoW for a few hours. It’s hard to describe exactly why the virtual second universe I exist in is so appealing to my brain but it’s been my escape for 12 years and counting.
So yesterday a huge box arrived. It was the large format vinyl cutter that we ordered last week for Cindy. It has a 34 inch width capability and looks like a plotter that is used to make blue prints. The price of the unit was not a ton more than the Cameo that Cindy has been having so much fun with.
So last night Cindy and I worked on putting the unit together which basically meant assembling the stand and attaching the cutter to it. It became very apparent that this was a made in China product with sparse directions that are written in poor English. It took some time to interpret them correctly but eventually we got everything together and feeling solid although it’s reliance on self tapping metal screws is a bit odd.
So once it was together we attached it to the computer and I installed the software. The installation went smoothly but getting the cutter recognized in the software did not. It just wouldn’t work. When I went online to look for answers I instead found other people complaining of a similar problem, they never could get the cutter to talk to the software and many of them wound up returning the cutter for that reason, great….
I went as far as to install the software a second time on Cindy’s laptop and had identical failures. I was about ready to bag it for the night but decided to dig around a little more. In the connection properties for the cutter I had selected USB which seemed logical since it was hooked up via, USB. However when you would try to detect the cutter it would just throw a cryptic error. Well just for the heck of it I decided to set it to serial and picked the COM port the driver created. Bam, it worked. Cindy and I were relieved that we got basic communication established before going to bed. It’s no wonder so many people returned it. If it took me an hour or more of futzing to find the undocumented resolution, the likelihood of the average person doing the same are very slim. I look forward to see what Cindy is able to do on this monster machine.
We have an unexpected road trip that popped up a couple days ago. I just happened to get a notice on Facebook that the Miami Maker Faire was this weekend. Maker Fair was started by Make Magazine, which I get, several years ago. It is all about creators that do so in various ways including robotics, 3d printing, fabrication, RC, and much more. I threw out the idea to Cindy and she was all in.
So we are making a day trip of it, pulling out tomorrow morning relatively early and returning in the evening. Ali and Shuggs agreed to watch Elsa for the day so it should work out perfectly. As much as I enjoy my normal weekend routines it’s nice to abandon them here and there.