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May. 15th, 2013 @ 12:18 pm Plan Ahead!
Mary loves roses but I'm really cheap when it comes to somethings...

I don't even drink Mogen David!

My Grandfather, Daddy Doc used to grow them, especially the climbing variety which is why I wanted the new fence to be covered with them.

Natures Barbed Wire!

Half the ones I had in the original Rose Garden I promised Mary long long ago were accendently of the climbing variety and spread all over. I seporated them last winter and put the climbing ones around back to add to the fence, except for two I just found hiding in the collection of bush types in Terra Cota pots that I'll move today since I've got not one but Two helpers, Alex and his brother that's visiting.

Gonna redo the rose garden with a slab of white pavers leved out real well and the seams filed with pour portland cement broomed into the grass and dusted with the hose, and the entire proccess repeated every day and I'll completely solve the cutting the grass around the pots problem ninety percent of the way. The weeds being weeds will still find crevices in the cracks but round up will fix that.

Plucked this one for Mary to wake up to and didn't spend a dime! ;o)

Jags leaving tommorrow AM so I gave Alex a long long list so it is a smooth exchange LOL.

Just in and out and gone! Major headache for the past decade out of hair, what's left of it!

Back to work!

I'm Cheap!
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May. 14th, 2013 @ 09:29 am Feng Shui!
Or, Ya Gotta take your Yang with Your Yin!

Weird night resulting in no sleep.

My home is lined up almost perfectly to Magnetic North just by chance, not pyramid tolerances although the setting sun does cast my shadow in perfect alighnment to the orientation of the house, and two beams of light travel almost to the top of my driveway every year on my Birthday...

I've checked it with photos the day before, during, and after, using the tiles and a dowl rod in a stand and it's gotta be within seconds of being aligned.

I Meant to Do That!

LOL no just another Coincidence....

Anyways if I didn't mention it during my lapse I built a Tivo on Steroids a while back, six digital network tuners feeding an eight terabyte RAID5 server. Close to four thousand hours of recording time. I have a few hundred movies I thought my wife would like and have it set to record more I selected anytime they come on, even if its a year or two from now, and I'm starting to get a pretty good collection of mostly the classics that anyone in the house can access and watch. The TV is set up as a cloned monitor to one of the computers and last night we decided to watch something, forgot already what it was, but I had moved my bed that has always had my head facing South and my feet in the North, but had rolled it about fifty degrees counter clockwise to watch the flick. Fell asleep without bothering to roll it back, and in my sleep I apparently was constantly trying to turn myself so my feet were pointing West, making me lay diagonally in the bed, and fell out twice, Hahahhah!

I was having a nightmare of a job figuring out the sheets when I was half asleep, and after almost falling out a third time I was to the point I was gonna give up on sleep so I slowly woke up, then realized the trouble with the blanket was that my feet were off the bed at the far end, always a good thing to find your feet properly attached, and my right shoulder hanging midair on the other like I was a Human Compass.

Par on my Course...

Setting Sun
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May. 13th, 2013 @ 11:53 am Long Term Project...
I'm growing a climin tree!

Figure it will take take ten to twenty years but if you look at the large size by clicking on the photo you'll see it's pruned to be a living ladder for some youngster in the future...

Ten Year Project
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May. 12th, 2013 @ 09:40 am Hidden in Plain Sight!
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I do it all the time without smoke and mirrors but I completely outdid myself last year when I bought the Centipede seed to replant the yard.

I made a point of putting sixed pounds of the sand sized, thirty bucks a pound, apparently made of Gold, in an "Never would fergit" spot.

It's gotta be in the bottom garage or workshop or office where I stored my bike I've had since I was twenty and will become the future summers project of turning that space into an Emergency relocate my wife bedroom if it is gonna be a really really bad Hurricane.

I spent a good six hours sorting shelves and digging though storage bins yesterday, and being that I got all six pounds for the cost of one cause it was too late to plant it and technically it's shelf life would expire. You can store seeds for ages though if you do it right. I saw the jars sometime around Christmas I seem to recall, and hope to heck I didn't decide to put it in the computer room which only has a path through it and piles of computer parts I kept after thinned out all the 56k modems and archaic things I had left over since the wreck and had the litte ISP in town.

I've already put a lotta effort into this regrade the yard so having to buy seed I hadn't budgeted for irks me, and I know as I do and plant it, I'll find the old seed hahhaha!

I have to plant soon so I can also put out rye grass that will grow fast but die off in six weeks from the heat. Instant hay though cause to germinate Centipeded you need to water it for thirty days just to get it to sprout, and the rye shades the ground so it doesn't dry up every day by noon plus holds the sand in place long enough for the Centipede to take it's place, weed free since the straw I could get here and spread out over it to keep the ground moist is full of stuff I don't want growing in the yard after spending months kiling off everything.

Also raising all the sprinkler heads, putting a four inch length of pipe around them then pouring concrete squares even with the grade, and the heads half inch below so they might survive being driven over...

I made the driveway two cars wide at it's narrowest but I replace at least two every year because in the South people love to park in the grass! ;o)

I found a roll of UV cable while searching for the seeds and I'm half way considering putting lights along the drive every where a sprinkler is!

Redoing the Spriklers whil I'm at it!
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May. 3rd, 2013 @ 02:51 pm I'm Dumbfounded~
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Still wheelbarrowing sand to low spots in the front yard and building berms to direct the rainwater from the road to the back yard without flooding my drainfield again.

The other side of the yard I didn't even touch yet, a good seven more yards, except I fixed the ten inch deep ruts from the dump wheels.

Worked out well cause I really wanted to spread out the areas I collected the street water, and it's just sand up here so I set two hoses running fast enough to totally flood the place for hald a day but not start running out of control down hill. Took the jet sprayer then and just shot the sand out from under the grass that was doing well and it washed the sand out into the craters and after an hour or so of spraying all the sand was decompressed, the roots of the grass were pretty much undisturbed, and I had ten feet of additional run off fotage. Just let it dry out to settle and then smoothed it flat with loose new sand.

Should grow right back in!

What I can't understand about this entire situation is why am I so tired shovlin up hill for four hours when the other day Alex and I spent a good seven hours of me watchin him shovelin while I did this and that, like fixing the ruts by the road, and felt great at the end of the day?

And why am I getting offers for Prepaid Funerals now?

Still Wheelbarrowin and Rakin!
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May. 2nd, 2013 @ 09:58 am The Front Yard Project.
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My front yard had gotten over run with Crab Grass so I killed most everything and when I was sure it was all dead to the roots which can be like three feet long, I burnt the thatch off.

I had twenty yards of sandy loam delivered and dumped in two spots after a night of hard rain but before it started back up again. I'm washing the sand out from under the grass that was run over to make the low spot along the road for water longer to I'm less likely to get ruts in the yard, and I'm steering the water away from my drain field to either the driveway or the aqueduct system on the lot line, and spreading an inch or two of sand over the totally bare spots so the seeds can be raked in easily.

Hopefully it will grow this time. The really funny thing is that the lot I take care of next door is covered in weed free centipede that spread from my yard cause I have my sprinklers on the lot line set at three sixties. If the woods ever catch fire I have a setting on the timer to run the zone covering the entire lot line for two hours, and that's also why I generally rake it and keep any underbrush from growing up.

Plan Ahead.

I've actualy got the upstairs framed so I can add a stair case to the roof and put in a widows walk for a telescope if I ever get the urge, and ran plumbing to the spot on the floor that would end up being directly under the top step cause I was gonna add a sprinkler system on the roof but never got around to it hahhaha!

I did have the sense to put a water spicket for a hose in the guest suite bathroom and have a hundred foot garden hose with nozzle that will reach anywhere in the attic in case of a fire.

Still can't stay on topic LOL!

Anyways for the next couple days I'll be using the wheel barrow a lot, and I'm actually glad were set for a rainy week cause that will settle it all out and I'll just need to let it dry and give it a final raking to even it up, plants the seeds and set the sprinklers and wait sixty days...

Twenty Yards of "Dirt"

Alex Hard at It!

Long Days Work
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Apr. 30th, 2013 @ 01:21 pm Weeds!
LOL, If these were in the yard I'd have killed them by now.

I tried to grow a climbing rose there but it doesn't get enough sun and passed on, except Debbie seems to think she'll eventually get a four leaf looks like clover but isn't, "Lucky Charm"...

I think I'm gonna spend a dollar on some kind of flower seeds and tell her she could plant them there if she wants hahhahaha!

Still waiting on the dirt but the bottom level is pretty close to being able to get rid of the Jag. I need to find out what they are gonna load the engine on cause if it's a trailer I need to get my engine hoist refitted with new wheels and the ram I got long ago.

I actually know where the ram is! I was gonna make an extremely manual log splitter out of it but thought it out and it would have taken longer to make one split than to bust it all up with a maul, so chance favoring the prepared mind, other than possibly needing to move the mounts on the post a bit I have the one part I was lacking from 20 years plus ago to put it back together. The original ended up getting stolen when I moved from Pennsacola out here originally to the farm in Mossey Head. Rented a big 100 year old farm house for next to nothing after I met my new neighbors while camping out and clearing some space, making a dog pen, and building a shed to save a $2500 service pole hooked to nothing, or hooking it to any kind of structure making it free.

Once the shed had power I looked at the thing and decided to make it bigger and a cabin to live in while I went to West Florida for math or something except thinking real hard i was in RN school working at Baptist.

I am seriously tangental. The point about the house was I had a living room packed with bodyshop tools so losing the ram wasn't the end of the world cause it was hard work, and why I strayed from cultivating Weeds to when I fist bought the farm hahhaha!

Sorry! I'll get better I promise!

(I admit to scanning the pedals for a four leafer but that's really so I can yank it, then get rid of the rest LOL.)

Decptive Weeds!
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Apr. 29th, 2013 @ 07:53 am The Past is Real
Got the Scars to prove it!

Riddle me this...



You made me Insane but truthfully I was never Normal to begin with LOL.
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Apr. 28th, 2013 @ 01:55 pm Good Thing the Liberty Fire department knows me so Well...
I was running the whole house fan last night cause it was so nice and cool, decided to finish cleaning up the back yard to attempt to grow grass back there to this summer, and forgot the fan was on...

Set off all the smoke detecters except the one on the alarm system.

Dunno if that's a good thing or a bad thing but it's right next to the louvers for the fan so the air was likely going so fast it appeared clear.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled program.

Just another OOPS.

It's a daily thing for me.

OOPS
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Apr. 28th, 2013 @ 10:06 am Better than a Toaster!
A Month to Mary's Bday...

I got her a very very clean, practically never used laptop with decent sized keys but not so big she can't hold it.

Kid took it to middle school and his "Techy" friend twice tried to install Linux and I suspect a dual boot, and wiped out windows 7.

The stickers on the bottom of a laptop will practically never be the actual key, it's a compact, lousy tech supoort, buy HP, tech center is in Texas and you can understand what people are saying, but I seriously doubt they are gonna provide the correct key especially since it's out of waranty and I'm the second owner, so I'm gonna pull the hard drive, plug it into a USB fits any drive made Gizmo and see if the restore to original folder still survives, cause the keys built into it. If that doesn't work I'll search the drive for keys and should have whatever version of Win 7 was on it and try to reninstall from scratch.

Should be able to delete the Lynux, format C:, put it back together and if I'm lucky have it back to the day it was bought.

If not I'll start her off easy with XP. or maybe with win2000 which I always liked, and will make it a bit safer to let her learn on as far as undoing her mistakes hahhaha!


Laptop for Mary59
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Apr. 26th, 2013 @ 09:32 am Told Ya!
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The drain field still is three inches too high to reconnect it to the tank but we've been taking it easy washing clothes so fortunately the second chamber is still empty LOL.

Gonna be a nice day so hoping it trickles down enough I can reconnect it all tonight. I'll work on the forms for the risers though so that will keep me busy.

Was also pondering getting a couple more fittings and running compressed air into the drain field with all the compressors running. I have airlines plumbed into the house with connections on every floor, even the attic and I'm betting with all of them running I could add a regulator before I hit the pipe and keep twenty PSI on it all day. Not sure if that would be enough but it seems air being forced into the ground would drag some moisture along with it so I might give it a try...

Gonna also if I get time sand blast my engine hoist, then weld new casters on it. I've had a new jack to fit it for three years now haahha. I procrastinate and always have too many things going on at the same time still.

It's a Curse. OCD Cubed.

Seven Hundred pound rated greaseable casters...

In steel!

700 Pound Casters
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Apr. 25th, 2013 @ 04:54 pm I'm Back!
/me Doesn't even hear a pin drop let alone anyone shufflin in thier seats...

I've been using FaceBook as a blog and dunno why cause I mostly write so I can look back on a day and see what I did. This though is really where I should be writing this stuff so I'm changing my habits.

I can't remember when I did things but I do Remember doing them, and I actually printed out the first couple years of my LJ after bonkin my head and look back sometimes and just laugh at the puzzles I used to be able to just dream up mixing words and metaphores.

Often Clear headed now though so I doubt the riddles will ever be back LOL, and my posts will likely be as rambling and boring as what follows...

Septic Solutions!

A Pun!

I've been in the process of more or less killing off 90% of the grass in the front yard because it had been taken over by crab grass. Timed it so the Centipede was still dormant and spots are starting to turn green so that's a head start on reseeding it. Burned off the yard to to save me from having to thatch it, and that actually stimulates Centipede into sending runners out and start spreading really well, probably cause it is a natural grass here, the entire 2 acres at the trailer is wild centipede and by burning it for a few years long ago it used to have an excellent lawn till the tenent before Eddie lived there and didn't cut the yard so it got over grown with weeds.

Eddies got a riding mower and a Grandson LOL! I'm a firm believer in child labor, but the trick is to make it fun and teach them something at the same time...

My Dad had me helping pour concrete drives when the neighborhood was brand new and the neighbors got together and poured everyones drive in a team effort for a summer or two. I started doing the edging but was using a float after my internship, and getting paid to push wheel barrows, steel ones, to do patios and such where the truck couldn't reach when I was ten hahhaha!

My Dad's got a PhD in Electrical Engineering and has his name on a slew of patents but he can do pretty much anything so he started me on woodworking at four making the Family kitchen table and a desk that was always in my room growing up but he commondered for his home office. By the time I was ten I was allowed to use the table saw by myself if I called him at work and asked permission first...

Lost Again! LOL

The Septic Tank...

Since the grass over the drain field was no more, and we've had some serious rains lately, the water that normally gets stopped by the grass perked down and saturated the ground so bad it backfilled the tank. The tanks way lower than normal, the Health Department cut me some slack cause the ground perks so well and I would have practiacally had to grade a cliff in the front yard to have it close enough to the surface by grading right in front of the house flat, then suddennly right up to the road. I also had graded it as a shallow basin to collect rain water since I didn't have a sprinkler system until a year or two ago, can't remember!

It took two full days for the drain field to empty after the tank was pumped. After it stopped trickling out, since I had the opportunity I took the piping to the drain field and ran it up above the ground so I could pump in root killer in an ingenious manner!

The granuals are slow to disolve, and my drain field is huge so I needed to be sure it didn't just clump up at the beginning but get dissolved completely to cover the entire field, not just inside the pipes themselves. I took a water pump meant to suck up spills on concrete or tile, meaning it's practically flush to the ground, got some fittings so I could put a soft plastic tube on it instead of a hose, stuck it in a garbage can, dumped the pellets around it, set the hose to fill the can pretty close to what the pump took out, and in 30 minutes I had completely dissolved the pellets and sent the liquid into the drain field. Then I stuck the hose on full and pumped enough water back into the drain field until I had it coming up the green pipe about two feet higher than the tank. Should take a day to soak into the ground around the pipes so tommorrow I can connect it as it's meant to be.

Have a load of what passes for dirt around here, 20 yards of it, being delivered Saturday so I can turn the basin into a Molehill. That will direct the rain water to the drive which is actually an aqueduct self cleaning system that empties into the dog pen, cleaning the top half of that pen to, or else to the grass aqueduct on the side yard.

It will be dumped about 20 feet from where I need most of it, and the furthest I'll have to wheel barrow the rest to spread all over the yard is 70 feet and uphill just a wee bit...

I've been thinking I need to post to my blog cause I start talkin and can't stop LOL.

I wasn't like that before the wreck, I kept to myself, but these ramblings are far too long for FB I'm thinking so I'll be mostly over here...

http://Senseless.livejournal.com/

SAM_2144
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Feb. 25th, 2013 @ 01:02 pm I'll be Right back!
Hah! Promise!

Almost caught up with a few serious nightmares that landed on my shoulders near the last half of last year but as soon as I get the house in town rented I can get back to posting things.

Been tweaking my network to relax. Got a pro bono year of ultra high speed after spending some time with thier single person at the time the M-Card networked tv tuners I have that save me twenty bucks a month since it's like six bucks for two cards versus twenty eight for two boxes that I never used anyways.

I collect Shuttle PC's, http://us.shuttle.com/ Have a slew with near perfect cases, two in vintage polished alunimum, wiped the drives, put win7 ultimate on them, dissabled just about every service that I would never use from these pc's except to get online with a browser, and start WMC automatically. Two dual band servers cascaded, static IP's and a dedicated wired link between the two. Four 450 mbs wireless connections bridged together and have the load on all the wireless devices in the house balanced out pretty well.

Even used a wireless USB hub to install a NeatDesk to a three tera external drive cause it works great but builds huge files and shortly would take over the ProBook.

Not supposed to work on a network and definately since they are pushing a cloud service for a monthly fee they were pretty adimant ad also they insisted it had to save all the data to the C drive, external drives would only work as back up...

I didn't see any real reason for it not to work, in the old days I used to install all my programs on a second drive with windows in it's own small drive so I could reinstall windows every other month, cause its Windows, and rebuild a few short cuts and all my stuff was "installed and backed up".

Use a regular usb hub and wired cable to install the software, had the drive on the same hub, installed it on the external drive by duplicating the path all the way up, just changed drive letter. Shut down completely and restarted. Opened the program then went through the check for updates, went through the same process of switching drives to install them on the exteernal drive instead of common files which I had duplicated completely on the external drive since I had no way of knowing which windows file it might use. Switched to the wireless hub, set it to only come on when I want it, I click a couple buttons and the drive and Neatdesk pop online for me to use, it's working fine but I just got it and not caught up on really how to use it properly, but it saves everything off of the laptop, and the connection to it and the laptop is dedicated so I'm not breaking any rules making it work the way they said it definately wouldn't!

LOL

Anyways the stripped down Shuttles actually run WMC pretty well meaning I have one in place of a TV, and the monitor in the Caregivers room is a TV as well, but justs gets the bottom QAM.

Wireless keyboard and remote is your clicker, plus the TV / Monitor has a remote. The one in the Guest suit has a thirty four inch screen, and by putting everything wireless on it's own channel, anyone can watch HD while the person in the room next door is playing YouTube favorites on shuffle...

Sort of like being able to flush the toilet while someing is taking a shower and not hearing a screen.

Another plus is I used twelve Terabytes to build a RAID5 NAs that is bottomless, and although with the exception Of Doctor Who I seldom watch TV, I've been building up a library of movies by keeping a list with a pen on the island and if anyone thinks of a movie they jot it down and I set it up to record if it is every broadcast, so automatically I am slowly building up a library for guests.

I needed to blow off some steam hahahha!

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Dec. 20th, 2012 @ 10:00 am Sorry!
Been doing all kinds of things Except working on the bunker. Have repairs to make to two rentals, one is really trashed but I have a good future tenent that will move in when it's habital again and is helping on the repairs in exchange for a free months rent. Getting a couple months worth of dental work on top of that and mouth pain I cannot deal with.

I'd rather shoot a nail in my leg with the nail gun than visit the dentist...

New bill was just passed that allows cable companies to encrypt the basic channels, no more Clear QAM, which means if they do it you will need a cable box for every TV in your home, so I scored a Homerun, three tuner network device that takes an M Card at three dollars a month verse's eleven a box a month.

Homerun three tuner network device I mean. Bad pun I know.

Any computer in the house can watch live TV or record to a NAS RAID5 I had laying around, plus three tuner cards in three computers doing the same thing but just on the channels up to eighty.

I don't actually watch TV except Wheel of Fortune and Lawrence Welk reruns with the wife...

It's the OCD in me.

Did all kinds of things since last we spoke just can't remember what they are LOL.

I'll be glad when this year is over, so many fires still need put out...
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Aug. 6th, 2012 @ 03:20 pm Prepping for Hurricanes!
Most of you know I'm a bit Obsessive Compulsive with my building methods but since it's Hurricane season and Ernesto and Florence lurking out the on two sides of me I figured I should make a few helpful hints and tips to get through the initial aftermath of a Hurricane.

Don't count on FEMA for three days.

They are very very clear on this point because to get a supply chain going, move personel and set up a command center or multiple ones doesn't start until the storm has moved on. It's your responsability to provide for yourself for Seventy Two hours.

I take this a bit further though because I cannot stand, standing(pun)in lines and have only once in twenty plus years of living near the Gulf I have only had to go to a station for bottled water because my wife heard on the radio they were giving it out and made me go get a case, which I kept for a year before dumping out cause even sealed in milk jugs it just didn't seem a good idea to ever drink it.

You definately should have containers for drinking and cooking water, I have an eleaborate plumbing system which I'll get to later that constantly stores eighty four gallons of drinking water, constantly refreshed because the main water trunk passes through it before it gets to the rest of the house, and two, six gallon Igloos I fill, but mainly have for when I am working on the tree farm or a rental if the water isn't on.

I built my house to take a very high windload because my wifes illness would make it very difficult to evacuate her, although I do have the ability to do so and live eight hundred feet from an evacuation route. I managed to find a hill in Florida and dug into it so I have a full bottom level underground on three sides and it's possible that if we had a tornado tear the main floor and guest suit upstairs away, you'd be safe in the bottom garage, office and workshop.

The office space is unfinished currently and was to be an office for my wife Mary, but I planned ahead when I realized it would make a very good bedroom to relocate her to before the winds got near, the bathroom down there is plumbed for a full bath and I have shower I am going to install in there, one small window and two steel exterior doors at both ends of the space. The wiring in the house is split so I can isolate the top floors power supply and not cause an electrical fire, but power the bottom level with an eighty point five kw generator, plus the fridge deep freeze, whole house fan, and enough lights to navigate the house, and a light in the three bathroom on the main floor.

All the wall in my house are shearwalls, meaning I glued and nailed plywood to the studs before I finished them over with sheetrock, including the interior side of the exterior walls. These walls essentially get turned into beams once the plywood is secured and the two facing West, the worse direction my my case to have hurricane force winds, I used three quarters plywood. Even the decoaratcive mouldings int eh ceiling of the great room are actually structural. When I framed the house I blocked between the bottom chord of the trusses and the moulding is actually hiding two by fours screwed into the chords or blocks, and the main floor is three quarter plywood toungue and groove and solid Oak planking nailed every six inches and run purpendicular to the floor joist, once again making the bottom level stronger.

Hurricane Precautions

Shear Walls

I bought hurricane shutters for the windows I would need a ladder to install without breaking my neck, and made a huge bulky set from plywood Glued and nailed to frames with Dade County approved hurricane anchors that I unfortuneately need to put them up I'd need a hand.

Also under the main floor is the crawlspace, home of The Top Secret Bunker!
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-a-Super-Top-Secret-Bunker-under-Your-/

LOL You would not believe the hits I've gotten in the past from .Govs all over the planet, and honestly I even tried to get a permit to build the thing!!!!!!, but anyways I'm getting closer to being able to finish that project up in case a bus hits me cause my wife would never find anyone to finish it, except perhaps to pump a few trucks worth of concrete into the thing.

As soon as I get it "Done" meaning all the walls shored up properly for the long run, I'm going to work on getting the office finished into an emergency move the wife to location, especially since being underground on three sides it stays nice and cool but very dry which helps her breath and I won't need to worry about not being able to keep her warm or cool no matter the season!

I'm gonna edit this when I have more time and add a list of things I have in storage like Blue Tarps, enough to cover my entire roof plus nails wood strips and a hammer, the water I mentioned....

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I built a huge pantry and keep enough canned food to last a month at anytime which saves money in the long run once you get over the initial expense of stocking it since it lets you buy items you prefer in bulk when on sale.....

Some Shelves

This is getting to be a Diatrabe LOL.

I've got a left sided closed head injury that makes it hard to stay on track so I think I'll break this up into smaller posts in the near future on tips and such for getting through the aftermath of a bad storm.

I've been neglecting this for too long now LOL, and got all kinds of projects done over the summer so I will make the most Valiant attmpt to do more Update hahhahahah!

How ya been RT?
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Jul. 10th, 2012 @ 08:46 am Hold On!
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Jul. 8th, 2012 @ 11:59 am And I Changed them Back Again!
LOL can't help it!

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Jul. 4th, 2012 @ 10:22 am Change in Plans...
The guy that was to buy the power, power chair lift seems to have dissapeared so I am guessing he either found a cheaper one or changed his mind so I canceled the order I had made for two pallets of concrete, a couple hundred feet of three inch sch40 and thinwall and all the wood cause I just have too many unfinished things started, and I'm gonna wait till the fall or winter to finish it.

I don't have any choice about finishing it at this point, I guarentee it will sit there a good long time but there will come a day the house gets sold or left to someone and in general I am guessing that would be a detractor to any potential buyers LOL.

I'm gonna finish the pool house up cause that makes sense, the pool is actually getting used so a full bathroom and changing room would be handy. When we cleaned out the crawlspace to get the forty foot ladder I would really like to trade even up for a thirty four, we pull all the soffet out and I was gonna use it for the over hang around the pool house, but instead I picked up enough BC plywood to do the walls of the poolshouse and the soffet around it, cause it's cheaper or one and also will make it stronger, but the pool house will still likely be torn up in a hurricane cause the oversized eaves are just a big sail and I didn't build it as well as the house.

I actually have enough fittings and pipes, a hacksaw and unopened cans of cement in my hurricane corner so that if we do get a realy bad storm I can replumb the well and just run it free cause the tank would likely be gone so I wouldn't go long without drinkable water.

I just paused and remembered we also pulled out a pile of all thread and I know I have couplers so since the inside is exposed Maybe I can tie down the roof a little better while I'm at it.

I also have to replace a faceboard on the house and for some reason I never put the soffet up at the far end of the deck, it's like a foot wide and ten feet long and I haven't a clue why I wouldn't have spent thirty minutes to finish it at the time, or even when that time was hahhaha!

I also need to get next door and cut down some trees the owner said I could, particularily one Oak that's dying and could tag my front garage.

Plus I want the fire wood! But they just put it up for sale and it's not likely to sell, and hopefuly if it does he gives me a birddog for the five years I kept it from gettin over grown after Jim and I cleared it.

I really hope I put the fence on my side of the property line cause I really don't want to move the thing, but it would take away all the noise from the highway to have a house on the other side of me, and I guarrentee anyone that pays what they are asking for the thing is gonna want a sea wall and dock, which would pay for the materials to extend my sea wall further out and in a straight line to fence it and keep the gators out!

Actually for some reason the grass grows really well back there probably cause it has less trees on the western side where the pool is and geez I am osting about not starting another project cause I have too many started and I am dreaming of a second one and and and.

Ignore all that up there hahahhah.

Back to reality and working on the pool house!

Ok then...
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Jun. 30th, 2012 @ 10:25 am Redid the Slurry Pumper
Gonna finish the walls of the tornado shelter I hopefully foolishly built but will never need...

I think it was Katrina that got me and I was still pretty out there from the wreck LOL, but I need to concrete the walls in the cave and put a smooth finish on these walls and build stairs in case something happens to me and Mary is stuck trying to explain it to someone while selling the house hahahhah.

"Well see, my Husband was Bonkers?"

I had a thought though that it actually could easily be transformed into a wine celler If I just framed it permanently and poured concrete between the clay and it. It would take six months to totally dry out I bet, but I could then paint it and add some racks and shelves and a bench and it would be a wine and root celler, plus a tornado shelter for eight comfortably, twelve or more if piled on top of each other...

Besides it's fun!

More of a winter project like installing the two humongous attic exhaust fans I meant to put in last December.

Gonna get a good workout next week LOL, three tons worth.

The pipes are for pumping sand and clay out from under the house.

The bottom sideways pipe lets the big pipe suck water from the emergency well to dilute the slurry, and I have one eight horsepower trash pump that pumps water uphill from the lake into the pit and into the top horizontal pipe which is where the check valve is so it keeps it shaken the slurry passes by easy. If the pit runs dry and the pump tries to suck air the valve drops and the water is forced up, back to the second pump with a bleeder valve that lets the air out until the second pump gets enough of a prime to pump, the check valve rises and it start again and again as you shovel clay into the pit.

I can shoot it from the second pump about three hundred feet as long as it's either level or down hill and it will move a yard of sand in about five minutes easy.

I really think I'll try again to talk my neighbor into building a sea wall so I can have an excuse to extend mine and do a boat launch, then I can fill behind mine with clay from under the house, and just get a load of sand to cover it with after it settles and extend the yard a bit...

Redid the Slurry Pumper
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Jun. 28th, 2012 @ 10:42 am Hurricane Stuff!
Since I'm getting ready to get a couple more pallets of concrete mix, but probably in sixty pound sacks instead of eighty so I don't ruin my back carrying them down to finish concreting the walls of the tornado shelter...

I'm have a guy that is a friend of a friend and is scheduled to have his leg amputated probably because of diabets, and I made him a good deal on the power handicap lift that we used on the Rendezvous before I got the van, enough that when he at first countered I said anything less I'd put it on my van that he was looking over. I'd need to find a place to keep my spare tire though, which reminds me maybe I should finish the van by putting the bracket that holds the spare back on LOL.

I made a point to remember to save the wiring harness, and this has a swing away so you can pull a pin and it swings out when it doesn't have a chair on it, and he'll be able to open the tailgate on his truck, plus I have the anchor system, although I might have welded the plate and pin for under the power chair on, but you just drive straight on and it is like the tongue on a semi and clicks and it's locked in place, so you don't need to spend time tying it down, and it is much more securely fastened.

I don't really need it with the van although I had a fair bottom line, that or I keep it, cause I could have taken short trips with Mary lying / sitting in the back seat with the cushion that turns the back seat into a bed and the crane I made, and put her chair on the rack. He still is saving a bundle cause medi whatever doesn't cover the cost of a way to take a wheel or power chair with you, but they will get him a new power chair.

I'm gonna make a point of having the garages closed up when he gets it next month LOL. I'm not a business anymore but he'd look in there and try to get me to install it and if I knew him a while I would but not beiing well aquainted and no longer having a business with insurance I'm gonna send him to a friend of mine that sells bikes, Crazy Carl!, hahhahah, but is covered if some freak incident ends up in a lawsuit.

Sad world you when you gotta draw the line on helping someone somedays cause it could come back and haunt ya...

Chances are if he asks I'll end up doin it if he sees the doors open after thinking a moment knowing me.

(I hope he never reads this!)

Anyways the whole point of this was I almost have the Slurry Pumping Device, SPD, reworked, and once I concrete the walls of the cave I'll be able to fill it seven feet easy with water and experiment again with carving out the shelter with a firehose. Got the well in the tornado hole set up pretty spiffy by adding a tank to it, added a spicket in the pit, and it's putting out about nine gallons a minute with just a half horse pump so I need to add it to the generater circuit. It's connected to two toilets using check brass check valves since I consider it grey water even though it tested fine, but with the preassure set lower than the preassure on the big well, when ever we lose the water in the pipes of the house, the emergecny well kicks in and refills the toilet. This let's me run the big generater at eight and fifty thousnad kilowatts, and I have a second generater than I start to recharge the house, which has eighty gallons of reserved drinking water, in a few minutes, or leave it on if I need a shower or washing clothes or whatever so I am pretty well set for a good week to ten days just by filling up both tanks in my truck and the van, and they are old enough I can siphon the tanks whenever I need more. I don't end up with fifty gallons of gas cans that's I need to use up.

I do have fifty gallons of cleaned cause I checked, gas cans.

Gas Plastics? Jugs? (Insert Keyword here!)

Anyways, I'm gonna box in the walls with treated plywood facing out and pour concrete behind them so I can come back later after it's dried out build some shlelves and a bench. I'll pour the floor to hold the bottom of the wall from kicking in after they get poured, and slope it towards the SMD so if we get rained on I can use a sump pump to send it into a drain I'll end up with about two feet above the floor. I'm not gonna glue the top on so I can switch it for a cap when I want to pump sand.

It will make it humid as heck down there for a few months but I had the idea I could cut a big trench with the firehose where I want temporary walls to let me dig out behind them and not have the house fall on me, and just use the trench as it's own form, which would be rough but after I dig out a good sized area around it, I can use the reusable forms I made to pour a final wall with a smooth finish and concrete the top all the way to the walls of the crawlspace.

I want to also extend the path down the middle of the crawlspace and cut over to where I can put a door in the back garage wall so I can get Mary in, and one to the room I want to turn into an emergency bedroom to.

I should write less and do more hahahhahah!

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I need to Weld a Second one

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Jun. 20th, 2012 @ 11:55 am Onward!
I figured since I had so much of a headstart on cleaning up the crawlspace, and it is Hurricane season after all, I may as well finish it up as well as the pool house so I can run two generators to power the well without having to shut the house down in case I want to wash clothes, cause generally you get dirty cleaning up after a hurricane. If I'm not needing constant water I can just shut it off after it recharges the system, and power it back up when we run low on drinking water, and I have a sixty gallon water tank I am debating adding in under the house on an end run to keep enough to flush a toilet and wash your hands twenty times and can add it in over by the master bath and have it just supply water to that bathroom cause that bathroom is reinforced a bit more than the rest and if I brake a pipe somewhere in the house I can cap it off cause I have loads of fittings in bins I keep with the hurricane stuff cause it's easy to get to for regular plumbing projects, but that is the kind of thing you might just need to get water the day after the storm passes and the hardware store has been leveled..

I keep the glue down there to especially cause it stays sixy nine degrees more or less year round when I'm not using water to dig holes or something. It takes a good long time to dry back out after I used the sand moving device but I am gonna wrap up the Tornadoe bunker gonna be a wine celler project next month when I have some extra money and sand bag the walls with concrete mix in an ever enlarging circle, fill behind it as I go with portland cement and sand, Pour a sloped floor headed down to the stairs out I'll make, then keep spryaing it with the hose everyday until the bags harden.

After that I will almost stucco over the bags with sand mix, which is why I want a slop to the walls, and try to not leave any cracks, let that set up then fill the pit to the top with water, let it sit a day and saturate the portland cement behind everything, then slowly pump it out with a small sump pump.

Once that sets a good coupla few days I'll be able to use four times the water I could before to pump out the clay I dig with a fire hose, and have a three inch sch 40 line buried to the lake from where the drive starts to attach an eight hp pump at the bottom and push lake water up hill to both fill the pit and power the firehouse with valve I made that will slice like a lazer through this particular type of clay, and I am going to dig out proper walkways to get to things I have in long term storage, like piles of wire and stuff that can lay on the clay shelves next to the trench and I'll make some vids of the thing actually working like it was meant to...

Pumps maybe a yard of clay in twenty minutes, possibly half that, when you had ample water going in, but back then I was just running off my well, with one trash pump not two!

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