Wed. Jan. 27, 2021 – just keeping on keeping on

The national forecast shows us on the edge of a weather system.  Usually when that happens, we don’t get the weather.   Local forecast calls for clear and dry.   I would like some more dry weather for a couple of days at least.

Yesterday was nice out, cooler and a bit less humid.  It was 60F when I went to bed.

I got one auction closed out, and made decent money on it despite some very poor pictures and low prices.  I’m taking some of the leftover items to the other auction house, where I’m sure they will do better.   That’s today’s job, get stuff to the auction house, and to and from storage and my secondary location.  Not only did I remove the stuff in the entryway, I got several bins off the patio too.

Foyer is clean and empty, ready for piles of cookie boxes.

Progress has been made.  Always at the expense of something else on the list, but ‘them’s the breaks.’

Today was also haircut and shave day.  Still got the ‘stash and chin beard, but my cheeks are smooth again.

I also took a tiny bit of time to do more cleanup in my office.  In this case, sorting some of the auction receipts, and fixing a couple of small things.  The ‘fixing’ mainly involved cleaning up leaking batteries, and getting the contacts working well again.  It did get a couple of things off the desk and surrounding area, so that is  a good thing.  Baby steps are still steps 🙂

Out in the garden, I’ve been adding my used coffee grounds to the raised beds.  Can’t hurt, might help.  The potted limes are in bloom, well, “bud”.  Flowers soon enough.   The collards are about the same as they were.   I haven’t harvested anything from them at all yet.  They seem to do much better in the second year for me so I’ll wait.  I expect they’ll start growing enough I feel ok harvesting leaves soon.   The grapefruits were and are delicious.  Big, juicy, almost sweet, needing only a bit of salt to moderate the bitter.   The Meyer lemon is still producing big and sweet juicy lemons.   For all the rest it’s getting to the point I need to start planning the planting…  and get a couple of areas ready that I blew off last year.  I want more stuff in the ground this year and hopefully I’ll get more out.

I don’t want to tempt fate, but we were expecting a cold winter.  Fat squirrels, white tipped ears, etc.  So far, we’ve only had a couple of nights dip below freezing, and not by much.  I’m glad, as I didn’t have to cover and heat all the citrus.  I’m concerned because it didn’t kill off the vermin.

Speaking of which, mice have been eating the poison baits in the attic.  The ‘evidence’ is too small to be rats, I think.   I’ll refresh all the bait boxes over the next couple of days in case, and maybe set a couple more pads or traps.   If you don’t have stacks of rodent and pest control already, get some in… they won’t be going away, and they typically prosper when the humans get to fighting.   You don’t have enough food to share.

Just one more thing to stack, so get going!  Keep stacking.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

63 thoughts on “Wed. Jan. 27, 2021 – just keeping on keeping on”

  1. 10G via satellite would be amazing. How do they have the bandwidth to do that? Beats me. But then Musk is having spaceships bellyflop to (almost) perfect landings. Next try is tomorrow.

    The new stated goal is 10 Gbps, but even 100 Mbps will be a challenge.

    This week is a big PR push for all of Musk’s companies centered around today’s release of TSLA’s year-end results. The numbers are supposed to be good, but The Real Life Tony Stark (TM) doesn’t want too many questions about how they got there.

  2. There are lots of people for whom the expense is a small consideration vs the d/l speeds. My client would have one tomorrow if he could.

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  3. The grapefruits were and are delicious. Big, juicy, almost sweet, needing only a bit of salt to moderate the bitter.

    Oh yummy. That sounds so very good. I have not canned any citrus yet this year, but it cans up beautifully. I usually do it as a treat for my husband: being from Florida, he does love grapefruit. I just peel & section them, removing the membranes, fill the jars, and add water to cover, then process in a boiling water bath. Since I only can Texas citrus (sweetest of all), I don’t add any sugar. Seriously, the grapefruit tastes like fresh fruit, up in the summer, chilled and refreshing! The official instructions:
    https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_02/grapefruit_orange.html

    Prayers for all those going through prostate issues.

    Geoffrey, wonderful to hear that your daughter got through COVID ok.

    Lynn, so happy to hear that your daughter has her insurance again.

    And Nick, I can’t remember if I posted, but if not: belated condolences on your dog passing away. We miss our little friends so much when they ‘go on before’ us.


  4. the pneumatic brad nailer

    What does the brad in Switzerland think of this implement? I can’t imagine he’d approve.

    Sounds painful.

    The national forecast shows us on the edge of a weather system.

    Weather. Ok, I’ve had enough snow. Shoveled another 6″ or so this morning, but it’s snowing steadily, and forecast to continue snowing steadily through the weekend. Could easily be another 3 feet of snow before it’s done. Towards the end, it may turn to rain. Yummy :-/

    Sarah Hoyt

    I agree with a lot of what she writes in her blog, but I do think she’s gotten a bit overly pessimistic since the election.

    Still, there’s a lot right about her latest suggestion: If progressives want to deny services to conservatives (e.g., Parler), then it’s fair for conservatives to deny services to blatant progressives.

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  5. There are lots of people for whom the expense is a small consideration vs the d/l speeds. My client would have one tomorrow if he could.

    Right now, it isn’t a question of cost as much as whether 100 Mbps up/down anywhere on Earth via satellite or some combination of satellite and terrestrial radio is even possible for more than a small number of people, if any, without a serious misallocation of talent and society’s resources such as spectrum.

    People need to get a grip about their entertainment wants.

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  6. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9190349/Disneys-Jungle-Cruise-ride-REMOVE-depictions-native-characters-savages-cannibals.html

    Tweaking the Jungle Cruise is overdue, but Disney is being hypocritical in that they recently released a limited run of “Trader Sam” merchandise to EBay arbitrage with great success, including a “shrunken head” purse from Loungefly and a Tiki mug featuring a “native character” motif which was $32 new at the Polynesian Resort in Orlando … if even available.

    It won’t cost them much to remove Trader Sam and rework the script for the ride, unlike other projects in Florida which have been shelved half-complete.

    We’ll see if the Trader Sam Grotto bar goes away with the tweaking of the ride.

  7. @Pecancorner:

    Geoffrey, wonderful to hear that your daughter got through COVID ok.

    If that was aimed at me, Yes, she did, although actual reports say she didn’t enjoy it. Don’t think anyone, who got it, did. I’ve only seen her once, and it was a flying visit, socially distanced.

    G.

  8. Talking of WuFlu, I got my first shot, Pfizer virus, on Sunday. And, barring soreness at the injection site, there have been no side-effects of any note. Not even fatigue.

    G.


  9. If that was aimed at me, Yes, she did, although actual reports say she didn’t enjoy it.

    @Geoff , yes it was. Ar least now, she and all of you will have one less worry on your minds. Looking forward to the day when we can all knock COVID off our worry list.
    Apologies for calling you by the wrong name. Let’s say it was the coffee’s fault: not strong enough! 😀


  10. People need to get a grip about their entertainment wants.

    Does Netflix even have an option any more to send out DVDs? Or there’s always the RedBox kiosks.

  11. “People need to get a grip about their entertainment wants.”

    Does Netflix even have an option any more to send out DVDs? Or there’s always the RedBox kiosks.

    Netflix still makes decent money from DVDs.


  12. I’ve long advocated for two amendments to the constitution:

    Me, too.
    1. Any law or regulation that does not pass with 3/4 of both houses and the president shall expire after no more than 10 years.
    2. The government shall not spend more money than the previous years budget, or receipts, whichever is higher. This restriction may suspended for one year with a vote of 3/4’s of both houses and the President.

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  13. Texas passes first hurdle on plugs’ crimmigration crap EO. Judge stays the EO for now. I hope every EO plugs issues is challenged. His latest prevents Federal goobermint minions from saying “Chinese virus” and “China virus”. I don’t see how this can stand. If it does, an EO can ban any language. The States need to keep suing and PACs need to back lawsuits.

  14. @Pecancorner:

    Let’s say it was the coffee’s fault: not strong enough!

    I have the same problem!

    G.

  15. If that was aimed at me, Yes, she did, although actual reports say she didn’t enjoy it. Don’t think anyone, who got it, did. I’ve only seen her once, and it was a flying visit, socially distanced.

    Your milage may vary. Our little granddaughter got covid from a friend. She had no symptoms at all, no fever, aches, anything. The two friends I know who got it described it as like a mild cold. However, sister-in-law, living in Detroit, claims to have contracted it in March, was bedridden for 2 weeks, and is still showing symptoms like loss of taste. Of course she didn’t tell anyone this till Christmas. She’s in her 40s without any co-morbidities. She’s also a drama queen who enjoys being a victim so I take her reports with a grain of salt.

    Reports claim that some blood types have more issues than others and vitamins play a big role in the severity of a case.

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  16. I’ve long advocated for two amendments to the constitution…

    Term limits. My version, one elected office, lifetime. It will never happen, but I can hope for the return of the citizen who takes a short time away from normal life to serve.

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  17. Today was also haircut and shave day. Still got the ‘stash and chin beard, but my cheeks are smooth again.

    My beard is kept to the length of a #2 guard on a set of clippers. About once a week I run over my face with the clippers. I do keep the lower half of my neck cleaned up with a razor (don’t want to be a neckbeard). When I was younger I wanted a goatee as I thought they looked cool, but by the time I was out of the military and considering growing facial hair the goatee just reminded me of 1990s IT guys. lol 🙂

    Term limits. My version, one elected office, lifetime. It will never happen, but I can hope for the return of the citizen who takes a short time away from normal life to serve.

    I am okay with term limits in the House. Perhaps no more than 5 terms (10 years total) per Representative. The Senate I would oppose term limits. It’s always been my impression that the Senate was supposed to be comprised of senior statesmen and career politicians.

    If I had to add another Amendment it would be to set a fixed number of Justices on the Supreme Court.

  18. However, sister-in-law, living in Detroit, claims to have contracted it in March, was bedridden for 2 weeks, and is still showing symptoms like loss of taste.

    So, from the way you describe the situation, I assume that your sister-in-law’s case wasn’t confirmed by a test.


  19. So, from the way you describe the situation, I assume that your sister-in-law’s case wasn’t confirmed by a test.

    No test. She was sick and covid must be the culprit. I’ve seen several people claim to have had covid without a test for proof. Maybe, maybe not. With the media hype, any flu or headcold can be self diagnosed as covid. My UK friends say their media is equating getting covid with a death sentence. The media are loving creating the panic.


  20. I am okay with term limits in the House. Perhaps no more than 5 terms (10 years total) per Representative. The Senate I would oppose term limits. It’s always been my impression that the Senate was supposed to be comprised of senior statesmen and career politicians.

    Two terms. I instigated my own rule and won’t vote for any candidate who is going for more than two terms. I started in NV and continued in TX with the last election. No pensions, but 401K contributions I think it is especially important for Reps. They are supposed to rep the people, not have lifetime pensions.

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  21. No test. She was sick and covid must be the culprit. I’ve seen several people claim to have had covid without a test for proof. Maybe, maybe not. With the media hype, any flu or headcold can be self diagnosed as covid. My UK friends say their media is equating getting covid with a death sentence. The media are loving creating the panic.

    I’ve noted here a couple of times that, since the election, the local Faux News station, owned directly by the parent network, has a new female reporter whose specialty seems to be stoking virus fears, grabbing attention during slow news cycles using low cut dresses/blouses.

    Bio says she started in October, hired from CBS.

  22. am okay with term limits in the House. Perhaps no more than 5 terms (10 years total) per Representative. The Senate I would oppose term limits. It’s always been my impression that the Senate was supposed to be comprised of senior statesmen and career politicians.

    The Senate was supposed to be the state legislatures’ chosen representatives featuring slow moving changes in philosophy as opposed to the House, which was elected directly by the people every two years. The 17th Amendment blew up that balance.

    At this point, our walking corpse Congresscritter is the poster child for the pro-term limits argument, but the alternatives the last two elections have been, in order, MJ Hegar and a Subcontinent takeover of the seat.

    Redistricting will probably mean we get a completely new critter in Williamson County in 2022. Dell will probably try again to elect one of their execs, maybe even another run with MJ Hegar.


  23. My beard is kept to the length of a #2 guard on a set of clippers. About once a week I run over my face with the clippers. I do keep the lower half of my neck cleaned up with a razor (don’t want to be a neckbeard).

    About 8 years ago I broke my arm in a fall off a cliff on the Marin headlands. My fault, I was looking thru the camera viewfinder at the GG bridge and not where I was stepping. Lucky I didn’t break my neck. Anyway, with my good arm out of commission for a few months my beard got long and shaggy. When I got well enough to trim it my wife said she liked it that way and all the kids thought I looked like Santa. I have trimmed it back a bit since then but am keeping it bushy to keep the wife happy. If it were just me I’d do the same as Chad.


  24. I’ve long advocated for two amendments to the constitution…

    Term limits. My version, one elected office, lifetime. It will never happen, but I can hope for the return of the citizen who takes a short time away from normal life to serve.

    None of this will even be considered until after CW II.

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  25. Lynn, so happy to hear that your daughter has her insurance again.

    Thank you ! Yes, this gives us 10 months to snooze about the place, living our lives, before going into panic mode again.

  26. Term limits. My version, one elected office, lifetime. It will never happen, but I can hope for the return of the citizen who takes a short time away from normal life to serve.

    I am okay with term limits in the House. Perhaps no more than 5 terms (10 years total) per Representative. The Senate I would oppose term limits. It’s always been my impression that the Senate was supposed to be comprised of senior statesmen and career politicians.

    If I had to add another Amendment it would be to set a fixed number of Justices on the Supreme Court.

    My son says that we should repeal the 17th Amendment and I agree with him. It used to be that when any Senator got uppity, their state legislature would recall them immediately. Senators are now representing their donors, not their constituents.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    Nine does seem to be a good number for SCOTUS. It would not hurt my feelings to remove John Roberts though.

    And if two terms is a good limit for the President then two terms works for every other elected job in the nation. House, Senate, Governor, Mayor, dogcatcher, etc.

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  27. And if two terms is a good limit for the President then two terms works for every other elected job in the nation. House, Senate, Governor, Mayor, dogcatcher, etc.

    Good compromise, but still impossible. CWII could bring many more important changes. Note that another CW does not have to be violent, but it would take a LOT of restraint. I vote for a peaceful restoration of what we have lost, mostly peacefully, over the last 150 years. It would be nice to be on the winning side.

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  28. “For Love of Mother-Not (Adventures of Pip & Flinx)” by Alan Dean Foster
    https://www.amazon.com/Love-Mother-Not-Adventures-Pip-Flinx/dp/0345346890/?tag=ttgnet-20

    Book number one of a fifteen book space opera series with psi. I reread the well printed and well bound MMPB published by Del Rey in 1987. In fact, I even bought a new copy to acknowledge ADF’s righteous copyright battle with the contract breaker, Disney. I have all of the books in the series and and buying a couple of new ones for grins.

    ADF wrote this book to expand on Flinx’s back story after the fifth book in the series and it is a great story. Obvious, it is somewhat inspired by the awesome “Citizen Of The Galaxy” by Robert Heinlein which is fine by me. And then it goes into a totally different direction with the Alaspian mini-dragon Pip and Flinx’s intermittent psi talent.

    ADF has a website at:
    https://alandeanfoster.com/

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars (260 reviews)

  29. And if two terms is a good limit for the President then two terms works for every other elected job in the nation. House, Senate, Governor, Mayor, dogcatcher, etc.

    Good compromise, but still impossible. CWII could bring many more important changes. Note that another CW does not have to be violent, but it would take a LOT of restraint. I vote for a peaceful restoration of what we have lost, mostly peacefully, over the last 150 years. It would be nice to be on the winning side.

    CWII has already started and we, the conservatives, are not on the winning side to date.

    One might argue that CWII started in January 2017 with the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President.


  30. One very important thing to keep in mind when considering lead vs lithium chemistries….. when lithium fails, it is VERY ENERGETIC. As in VERY VERY. Google burning tesla for examples. Sometimes DAYS later…

    You don’t want a big lithium battery in your house. Even smallish ones in ‘hoverboards’ have burned down houses.

    How about my stash of old cellphones? Any danger from their Li-Ion batteries?

  31. Re: Multiple monitors…
    I have two Dell 22″ (E2214H). I always need my monitors to match. Having two different ones distracts me visually for some reason (maybe a little OCD).

  32. Term limits come up from time-to-time in Canada as well as there are seats that are “safe” for a particular party/candidate for long periods. This is not due to gerrymandering, which looks to be a much more serious problem stateside. I will say you should be careful about this. Too strict (one term!) means every politician you elect will be, essentially, an amateur, and will never be in office long enough to learn the ropes. They will become incredibly dependent (more so than now) on unelected advisors, lobbyists, and civil servants. I think you may end up with a democracy in name only, with all power residing with those advisors. Perhaps a limit of something around 10 years, enough to make someone commit to it as a serious career, but not so much as they think of it as a sinecure, might work. My opinion only of course – not my government or country (but I am Canadian, and we watch America very closely).

  33. My son says that we should repeal the 17th Amendment and I agree with him. It used to be that when any Senator got uppity, their state legislature would recall them immediately. Senators are now representing their donors, not their constituents.

    The only way it would happen now is to make a repeal part of a Constitutional Convention agenda, and that event would be more of a circus than any recent election.

  34. I’ve only had one lithium battery play up. That wasn’t a fire, or even getting toasty – it was a swollen pouch cell in an nVidia Shield tablet, to the extent that it popped the back off the case. I need to do something about that – I can’t use it as-is, and Shield tablets won’t work without a battery.

    There are places that claim to be able to do a battery replacement, but in these pandemic times, they all require mailing the device off to an anonymous company on the internet, with no guarantee that I’ll get it back.

    Well, it’s that or throw the tablet away, which seems like a waste. It still works well, absent the battery problem, albeit software updates were slow, and are now probably non-existent.

    G.

  35. “Kerry to Laid-Off Oil, Gas Workers: Switch to Solar”
    https://cnsnews.com/article/washington/melanie-arter/kerry-laid-oil-gas-workers-switch-solar

    “(CNSNews.com) – Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, who once served as secretary of state for the Obama administration, said Wednesday that oil and gas industry workers who are laid off because of President Joe Biden’s climate change initiatives can look forward to working in the solar industry.”

    Wow. What a kind heart. To go from making a base of $50/hour on a crude oil pipeline job to a minimum wage job in a closed solar panel factory. Or as a $15/hour solar panel installer on someone’s roof (dangerous !). And no benefits.

  36. Wow. What a kind heart. To go from making a base of $50/hour on a crude oil pipeline job to a minimum wage job in a closed solar panel factory. Or as a $15/hour solar panel installer on someone’s roof (dangerous !). And no benefits.

    There are only so many ketchup heiresses to go around.

    Only an illegal -er- undocumented worker would get up on a roof and install solar panels for $15/hour in Texas. The new Wendy’s near my house pays almost that much to start.

  37. Yep, all Li batteries should be treated with caution. They are mostly a risk when out of the device or when charging. Physical damage is very bad. Shorting is bad. Overheating during charging is bad. Cheap chargers are bad.

    LOTS of energy.

    n


  38. Shorting is bad

    As is driving a nail into the heart of a lithium battery, even a small one. Don’t ask how I know.

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  39. Just got the email we had another student at daughter 1’s school test positive. That’s a couple this week.

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  40. Just got the email we had another student at daughter 1’s school test positive. That’s a couple this week.

    The emails specify students testing positive or possible exposures?

    I get 3-4 “possible exposure” emails a week from the high school, but I haven’t seen anything about a confirmed case.

    The teachers want to go home for the rest of the year. If there was a positive case among the in-person learners, Round Rock ISD wouldn’t hesitate to pull the plug.

  41. Well, I just signed up my primary business for the second round of PPP financing. Last years PPP loan enabled me to keep all my employees except the one who passed away. This loan will do the same. Otherwise I will have to let two people go.


  42. Just got the email we had another student at daughter 1’s school test positive. That’s a couple this week.

    Our great granddaughters class was put under quarantine back in November when one of the girls announced “Guess what, I’ve got covid”. Only little Addie tested positive and she had no symptoms at all nor did she pass it on to the rest of the family. It must work differently in kids. Addie hated missing school and said the on-line alternative was “stupid”.

  43. The teachers want to go home for the rest of the year. If there was a positive case among the in-person learners, Round Rock ISD wouldn’t hesitate to pull the plug.

    None of the vaccines cover kids under the age of 16 so they will not be vaccinated until they reach 16. I do not have a problem with the teachers getting the vaccine early as long as they teach inperson. My employee whose wife is a teacher had miserable Christmas since his wife got it, then he got it, then their teenage son got it. Their 9 year old daughter did not get it.

  44. Otherwise I will have to let two people go.

    I sat in the phone queue for three hours with TWC this morning and accomplished nothing.

    If you’re concerned about an appeal, I filed my request in October.

  45. None of the vaccines cover kids under the age of 16 so they will not be vaccinated until they reach 16. I do not have a problem with the teachers getting the vaccine early as long as they teach inperson. My employee whose wife is a teacher had miserable Christmas since his wife got it, then he got it, then their teenage son got it. Their 9 year old daughter did not get it.

    I don’t have a problem with teachers getting priority, but I have no doubt someone will figure out how to manage vaccine arbitrage fairly soon.

    I just saw an article in one of the Florida papers about Sheriff Grady Judd busting a fire department captain and a paramedic for stealing vaccine doses intended for first responders.

  46. Positive tests. The kids who get letters about exposures have to have spent 15 minutes or more next to the kid, without a mask. Otherwise, you just know about the test result, and the kid being kept home…

    We have a dashboard online somewhere…

    Our district is up to 80 or 90% in person learning now.

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    https://covid19.springbranchisd.com/dashboard

    (it’s got some lag)

  47. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-jen-psaki-national-security-terrorism-8ac769920a5a945ed1ccaf44d0906d99

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee, said it was “critical” that the Biden administration appeared to be prioritizing the threat of domestic extremism.

    “In particular, far-right, white supremacist extremism, nurtured on online platforms, has become one of the most dangerous threats to our nation,” Schiff said.

    –if you want the boogaloo, this is how you get the boogaloo. And the patriots involved in CWII will in fact be those things. I’d put it that it’s not currently a threat to the NATION so much as a threat to the would be rulers in DC.

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  48. –if you want the boogaloo, this is how you get the boogaloo. And the patriots involved in CWII will in fact be those things. I’d put it that it’s not currently a threat to the NATION so much as a threat to the would be rulers in DC.

    Schiff is very worried that he will be put up against a wall someday. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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  49. Had my semi annual Physical today. Third different RN in three physicals. All three apparently did read the medical history I prepared when I moved to Alabama from North Carolina that the Doctor put in the back of my chart. No new issues. She questioned me about exercising and I told her I about the trees I stacked and burned a few days ago. She seemed surprised at that. The intern that was with her confirmed my age and said I he wouldn’t have guessed at a man of my age and size (5’10’, 140 pounds) doing that. I said I would start return to running when the weather was warmer.

    Rained hard all night so I worked on the details of the interior shop layout (electrical and water/sewer). This needed to be done so the water lines and conduit may be properly placed in under the slab before it is poured.
    Also worked on the book.

  50. @bob, are you putting in any dust collection? I forget if you’ll have a wood shop, but putting air, power and dust in the floor at the table saw can simplify things later. At least according to the “Shops” issues of Fine Woodworking….

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  51. @ Bob Sprowl
    Thanks again for sharing details on the building.

    When I posted yesterday:
    “I know Bob posted earlier about his layout, but I don’t remember if it included office/heated space. Hydronic would certainly make sense in that area, as would putting down 2″ of extruded polystyrene to decouple the slab from the ground for heating purposes. ”

    In your climate, you don’t need it.

    The EPS was wrt “that area”, i.e. “office/heated space”. Would not make sense in a large general shop slab from a thermal standpoint. In colder climates 2″ of EPS buried vertically around the perimeter might be indicated.

    If I were doing the slab myself or had a good relationship with the concrete supplier, I’d probably see about getting some “fiber” from Mexico and broadcasting surface hardening aggregate. Probably limit the quartz floor to the office, and paint the rest.

    If you put dust collection in pvc under the floor, don’t forget grounding. Sounds counter-intuititive, I know.

  52. Scanner is very quiet tonight. I guess they spent their budgets already…

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  53. RIP Frau Blucher.

    She was brilliant, and made difficult roles come to life.

    At the same time, remembering Teri Garr, who is still struggling. She was a natural talent, and could light up a stage in an elegant way.

  54. Just got the email we had another student at daughter 1’s school test positive. That’s a couple this week.

    My daughter’s school has probably been averaging about one per week since August that they email about. That is probably just the tip of the iceberg. I would imagine at any given time there are a dozen or more infected kids at the school. Luckily, we live in a district where the overwhelming majority of teachers want to be physically at the school teaching the children in-person. Students and faculty wear face masks all day long and have their temperatures taken when they arrive, desks are sanitized between each period, and hand sanitizer must be used before the start of each class (though, my daughter and her friends say the desk sanitizing and hand sanitizer has gotten pretty half-assed). 90% of students in our suburban semi-rural school district have been in-person learning since the start of the school year. Other more urban districts in the vicinity were 100% virtual learning the entire first semester and the teachers union was screaming when they went in-person for second semester.

  55. I’d probably see about getting some “fiber”…

    Highly recommended. Cheapest way to control small cracks. Also, increase the cement and decrease the water as much as your finish crew will allow. There are agents that can be added to improve the workability and surface hardness. Machine finish is a necessity, and produces a dense, hard surface.

    Regarding painting a concrete floor, I don’t like anything that forms a skin on the surface. It will eventually chip and peel. Instead, there are stains and sealers that penetrate. Or, I have had good luck with commercial acrylic floor wax. It lasts longer that might be thought, and can be reapplied as necessary. It is the cheapest surface treatment I know of. I sealed my basement floor over 40 years ago with it, and the exposed storage areas are still good; just occasional damp mopping. If you want the ultimate, Dow Corning used to make (and might still) a silicone penetrant that can be clear or have stains included. Not cheap, but extreme durability.

  56. Oh, Bob Sprowl, if you don’t have a commercial floor buffer, get one; used is good enough. A good one will last you forever. Buy a diamond loaded felted pad intended for final surface finish on polished concrete. Shop for a good deal. Run this over the surface after the concrete has cured, following manufacturer’s instructions. You will have a very nice finish. Later, the pad can scrub almost any deposits off the surface and make it like new. Add a little acrylic wax, and the area will be ready for more service.

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