Maintenance

This would have been a great weekend to get away into the woods. The temperatures are in the low eighties, and the rain has cleared out for a while. Instead, I decided to do some chores at home. One-minute read, +1

Gary: “I’ve worked nine of the last ten days. I’m taking the afternoon off.” Garbage Disposal Unit: “Today is a good day to spring a leak.”

Weekend cleaning – To paraphrase the immortal line from ‘Apocalypse Now,’ I love the smell of gun oil in the morning. Many years of backpacking have certainly taken their toll on the finish of my Beretta. Especially on the side that’s showing here. That is the side that faces away from my body when it is in its holster.

Snow day gear repairs – I’m usually pretty easy on my equipment, but recently I’ve got careless and damaged three items of my backpacking gear. Today I removed my temporary duct tape fixes and applied permanent repairs to my underquilt protector and rain skirt. One-minute read, +5

Garage Project – Just about done – For now… I’ve been tinkering with finishing this project for a few weeks now. It’s slowly getting there. Two-minute read, 5 pictures

Garage Project – Open sez-a-me. The doors are now fitted, and that’s all the main construction work complete. One-minute read, 6 pictures

Garage Project – Main storage area and the overhead shelving. One-minute read, 3 pictures

Garage Project – Ready to start building the main storage area. One-minute read, 4 pictures

Garage Project – The shop vac and compressor now have a new home. One-minute read, 2 pictures

D’oh! In a repeat of the dishwasher dying right after I spent money on a new hammock … The freezer died tonight, less than a week after we laid down the cash on our new furniture.

Late Night Cleaning and Polishing. I first cleaned these brass ornaments, belonging to my mother when I was 4-5 years old. Two-minute read, 3 pictures

Photograph of a disassembled Sig Sauer P238 handgun.

Greater love has no step-father than this: – With 20°F temps outside, today was just the sort of day to do some therapeutic cleaning and oiling of Katie’s Sig Sauer P238. Two-minute read, 4 pictures

Photograph of a leather Journal and Desk pad during cleaning with leather oil

Routine Maintenance. I have a suspicion that like myself, many rangefinder-style camera users also harbor an affinity for leather journals and fountain pens. +1

Gary vs The Drier (Again)There was a blue flash and a bang, and the drier stopped working. +1

Photograph of a garage workshop featuring a fold-down workbench

I’ve been kept busy with a couple of projects in the workshop this week Two-minute read, 4 pictures

Beretta PX4 Storm compact handgun

Routine Cleaning – Cleaning and fixing things was not quite my plan for the day, but that is what I ended up doing. +3

Roomba Cleaning – The Roomba started to do the ‘circle dance’ again. I love the idea of the Roomba, and when it works it is great. However, the design sucks.

Yard Work and Ceramic Fish – We cleared a bunch of yard work today. I borrowed Tom’s pole saw and cleared a load of limbs. Then I fixed the privacy fence on the deck and put up the last of the fish (somehow I’d left one in my desk drawer when I hung up the others). I wonder if my sister remembers giving me these fish, That was a long time ago, possibly over ten years. 2 pictures

Washer Transmission

Washer Repairs (Part II): Gary: 1. However, there is bound to be a re-match later. This is what $250 of washing machine parts looks like. 3 pictures

Washer Repairs (Part I) – Thursday night the washer started smoking. Obviously, that’s not a habit to be encouraged, so I took a quick look and determined that the transmission support bearing had broken up.

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