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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 06:11:27 PM »
TRN, That looks like MN is September.  :cool:

Oh yeah!  Been there done that.  Had a presentation in the home office one day in September about 10 years ago.  Forgot my coat in the car at the airport and had summer weight slacks and a short sleeve shirt.  It was 9 degrees and snowing like mad.  I wasn't going to let the locals think I was panicked.  I slowly strolled from the car to the building across the parking lot as everyone else in parkas ran....

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:47:33 PM »
Sam that's actually sleet.  Roads starting to get slippery and I think we have 1 sand truck for 600 square miles.......

Thanks Don.  I will say that I've learned a few lessons along the way.

1.  too much compost is not a good thing.  I now have an over abundance of phosphorous.
2. A soil test from a local ag extension is a must to prevent item #1
3. You really need support from your family to weed and harvest or it gets overwhelming
4. If I had to do over I would like the sides of the enclosure lift up or swing open to make harvesting and maintaining easier.  It gets crowded in there
5. If you are going to go organic, as I have, make sure you have a good resource on pest prevention.  By the time I figured out what was eating my stuff, I lost a bunch of it.
6. In my climate, I need to start seeds indoors well in advance to keep the costs down.  Project number 827 will be a greenhouse to start seeds in during the winter.  LED grow lights are really cheap and affordable nowadays compared to the big power hungry metal halide and high pressure sodium of the past.
7.  One side benefit of having the top covered in wire is that you have built in trellising.  I tie twine to the wire and then to the cages and train the plants up on it.

I still have lots to learn, mainly how to not get over crowded, what works in my location, etc.

On a side note, I ordered some of these


to keep on hand.  I'm a big fan of non GMO heirloom

As for the larger garden, that will be another learning process but I have commitment from the family to help and still plan on automatic watering.  As I contemplate retirement, I hope to have enough experience by then to have a high performing garden and orchard by the time I retire.  I figure I have about 10 years to figure it out.

And you don?t have a dedicated crew standing by each time you use it to repair the carnage inflicted.

I think I just got fired ....

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D.O.T. / WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:32:18 PM »
Charles, I should have kept the video, but better yet it was a great teaching moment for my daughters. I have a few other stories probably best shared around a fire with some bourbon.

Anyhow another great example of multigenerational inbreeding at its best.  :popcorn:

I look forward to having a glass with you one day.  I think I'll start planning road trips once a year to visit all you knuckleheads one at a time....

Oh and the end of the world is upon us.  Famine, pestilence, panic......

What is this stuff??

Hide Site / Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:27:07 PM »
So, Monday, we were off for MLK day.  I got started by ripping some wood for jamb extensions and then attaching them to the frame with biscuits glue and screws.  Now I have to figure out the sill extension but I can get to that later.

Then I started trimming the windows and door with hardie.  Based on my experience with the windows on the other side and some good advice from Jared, I started trying to figure out how to get better fittment of the hardie next to the windows, especially since the porch is the workmanship I'll have to look at most I wanted it to be right.

So I found that the hardie siding was really really close to being able to shim the trim out to the right depth so I ripped from siding 3 inch wide which allowed space for the protrusion of the window and flashing and allowed me to get the hardie right up to the frame and even recess the window in the trim about an 1/8 of an inch.  I still had to use the slightest of composite shim but it turned out really well.  I have 4 more windows to go  and 3 of them are high off the ground so there's that....

Once I got the trim put on the door and two front windows I had to stop and make a 3 hour trip to the pool guy again.....we were having some communication problems with the square footage of the decking and needed to work it out in person.

So with that said, it looks like I'm about to bury a brand new L5P Duramax in the yard...... 

Only thing left is to see if I can work him down on the cost to add a 14x24 slab for the outdoor kitchen while they are at it.

Oh well, I'll just smile and write the check and watch the family be happy.....

So its probably not productive to think about all the things I could do with with that money.....

turn-key 50x80 shop building....
Couple of nice pieces of hydraulic machinery....
3 pre 86 full auto NFA items....
but I digress.....

So I got back from the pool detour and had about 1 hour of daylight left and I was able to get most of the hardie up on the left side of the door and had to stop and pick up all my tools.  My AO there looked like the Red Dog had gotten into my shop and strewn my tools from one end of the yard to the other....  My shop is a disorganized mess and it drives my OCD crazy.....

I may run a crew next weekend to get the other two sides of the building finished quickly.  I need to get this thing done so I can start on the shipping container project which needs to be foamed with insulation at the same time.  Depends on whether the crew leader is hung over or not I suppose......  Weekend work for those guys is beer and girlfriend money....

or you are deploying to a future democrat voter heaven

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 02:35:18 PM »
I?m scared to add up all the recipts for my casita build.  I?ll do it when I?m done but I bet I?m gonna be $60 a ft.

Shawn I was waiting for the right time to post this from my trip to Disney and thanks for the opening with the visual of the one handed burka dog paddle.

Here?s a little selfie action

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:21:56 AM »
basement???  whats that?  In texas that would be an indoor pool....

Stewie, great to see you back.  I got a 1/2 acre piece of land out front of our property that I plan to plant a big garden, fruit trees and berry bushes at some point....but I'm buried over in a building project that is going on 5 months now.....

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:31:00 PM »
So today, I got the jamb extensions on the door and the hardie trim on the windows and door on the front of the casita and then had to go meet with the pool guy.  Looks like we are pretty close to getting a deal done.  My hope is that I can swing the slab for the outdoor kitchen in the deal.  they want 7600 for a 14x24 slab with flagstone laid on top. Hope I can get them down to 6000. That will shortcut a lot of work later.

Then I got about 1/3 of the hardie on the front of the casita before it got dark.  starting to look like a house..

Now its time to batten the hatches as we expect some sleet and snow....full panic is about to set in....

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:54:30 PM »
Thinking about a well??

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:23:59 PM »
Today I learned that things slow way down when you get further off the ground.  Didn?t get started until after bible study and breakfast so got in about 5 hours worth.

Got too dark to take a final photo but finished the side up to the last course before it will transition to the hardie shake shingle in the dormer. Tomorrow I?ll start on the front under the porch.

Will have to rip some jamb extensions for the door, trim the windows and door and then get rocking. 

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:17:28 PM »
Sounds like a good time all around.

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Hide Site / Re: Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:27:05 AM »
Thanks guys. That?s a good idea Jared. I have fiberglass extruded windows in this project. So far I?m pleased with them.

Yeah so say a 3 inch piece of trex milled to about 1/2 inch would recess the window about 1/4 inch. Then I could cheat the hardie over to butt right up against the window. Next
Build ....if there ever is one.  Lol.

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Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:23:16 AM »
Sounds like a sale

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Hide Site / Hide site, retirement site.
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:46:28 AM »
So yesterday I started tackling the hardie plank.

Last week I put 4 new tires on the trailer.  Got rid of the chinese paper thin junk and picked up 4 goodyear endurance "merica" made tires with road hazard certs at discount.  I feel much better about towing that thing around with decent tires on it. 

I wanted to buy from my local lumber yard where I had been buying all my big lumber purchases, but they just couldnt get within $300 of the box stores.  Interesting that the box stores where identical in price (to the penny) on hardi plank and the prices varied from the stores in Houston to the stores in the Piney Woods of East Texas with Houston prices being cheaper.  So before work on Friday I went to Lowe's and placed the order with the contractor desk and picked it up about 1:30.  They don't carry the Hardie Shingle, interestingly enough, so I will have to get that elsewhere.  The plan is to have a little architectural interest and transition to the shingle panels on the dormer above the main roof line. (bonus: those shingle panels are 48 inches and easier to handle, me thinks)

So I really need to get some trailer brakes put on the trailer.  With 4500 lbs of weight on the trailer I was not confident towing that in rush hour traffic with the OBS truck and their mediocre brakes, not to mention my hydroboost is leaking and probably not working as well as it should.  Add that to the list of innumerable things I need to get to.

Yesterday, I stared at the building and the pile of Hardie for what seemed like an eternity....or about a cup of coffee worth anyway.....

then I stared at it some more and realized to eat the elephant, you must take the first bite.  The big side with windows and the dormer is the most critical since the roof transition needs to be flashed with the hardie and I want to make sure its 100% right.  Since its the hardest, as we like to say, eat the frog.  Do the hard part first and the rest will be easy..

The foundation is 3 1/2x11 7/8 glue lam and to minimize the visual height, since the walls are already 12 ft, I clad the base in smooth 12 inch hardie soffit and will paint it dark brown to give the illusion of a foundation and break up the expanse of hardie.  Since the tyvek runs all the way down I caulked the bottom of the tyvek to seal it then attached the hardie.

The sheathing is 15/32 plywood so it hangs out over the foundation by that much and because I want the hardie to completely cover the gap between the subfloor and the hardie soffit on the foundation, I needed to double the kickout course at the bottom.  Since the planks are designed to overlap at an angle,the bottom course has to have a small ledger piece ripped to keep the angle on the bottom piece.  because of the sheathing and because I was over lapping the siding to the foundation, I was attaching the kickout ledger strip on the soffit piece on the foundation which was already recessed 1/2 from the sheathing surface, so I had to double it up to get the correct angle.

Then I pre built the corners of 3.5 inch trim by fastening them together with 2 inch 16ga finish nails then attached them to the building with 2 1/2 inch 16 ga finish nails.  this assures perfect alignment of the corner pieces.

Then starting at the bottom I broke the first course halfway (24 ft building and pieces are 12 ft) and then staggered the joints in a pattern of stud wall spacing.  0,4,7,2 so that the joints were somewhat random and not just a stair step.

Then came framing the windows.  It took some figuring but because of the way the frame of the window sits I can't put the hardie completely flush with the frame so I'll have about 3/16 to caulk.  Even then, because of the flange and flashing, I learned (by having to go back and shim after the fact) that I needed to shim the vertical pieces so they sit flat.  Fortunately I had a bunch of composite shims left and simply shimmed out until the pieces were parallel with the wall and hit them with the nailer. 

So between all the figuring and remembering how to get started, and rebuilding the porter cable finish nailer, and re-stringing my chalk box, it was probably 10am before I started hanging planks.

Bought these gecko gauges which really make working alone a lot easier and keeps the courses much more accurate.  Well worth every penny I paid for them.  They are adjustable to set the reveal anywhere between 4 and 8 inches and hold the plank in place so you can use both hands to adjust and nail as needed.

Interesting, as much as I liked the shears, I'm still trying to figure out the accuracy of them, so I find myself going back to the saw, but having to put on the face mask filter is a pain.

So fairly drama free day despite being at or below freezing most of the morning I did this to my thumb trying to catch my falling 28ft ladder (did I mention that those class IA fiberglass ladders are heavy?).  Must of hit it on one of the square edged brackets, but it tore off skin and part of the nail.

In the winter, this side of the casita doesn't see any sun, so it was like working on the dark side of the moon.  With a 5mph breeze and no sun it was a bit chilly all day. 

So here is where I left it and I look forward to getting back at it today.  Will probably get to the eave and then start  working on the porch/front until I can get the hardie shingle for the dormer.....

Dave, I work for a very large company in the employer benefits business.  I lead a team of 45 people who sell and service our customers and I also work to develop new products and strategies.  I manage a P&L of about 2B in revenue and 100M in profit.  I've been with this company about 15 years.  My days are all over the map.  150 emails a day, several conference calls, a few in person meetings, lots of coaching with my team. Some travel for meetings and such.  Lots of in person external meetings with customers and brokers who distribute our products.  My college degree plan was electrical engineering but I stopped just short of finishing.  After 28 years in my field I like to say I have a masters degree from the university of get your a$$ a job

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:20:45 PM »

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:58:25 PM »
Wrong. I?m not trying to talk you out of them. Just an observation.  Remember the only person that has to be happy is the one that writes the check.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:25:55 PM »
Got a little done. Re learning stuff I forgot made it slower. One I figured out my layout it started pickup up speed.

Then this kinda stuff happens and slows you down again

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Don,you've got me looking and I've looked at a few of those models and they have different lifting capacities.  Are their options for lift hydraulics capacities or is it just the different year models I've looked at?

Faith Discussion / Re: Prayer Request thread
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:50:23 AM »
I'm with Shawn (did I say that??)  take a longer term view.

Make sure you keep your family's needs in mind too.  I'd love to do something different and work with my hands too, but I can't in good conscience walk away from the money I make until my job of getting the kids grown and on their feet is done.  Thus why I work with my hands every chance I get on the weekends.

Degrees and advanced degrees are not a bad thing, but a 40 year harvard study showed that all things being equal, emotional intelligence is the biggest key to success.  Invest in yourself and consider a personal coach.  In any field, being the best, and surviving any downturn means being better than those around you.  You don't have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun the rest of your group.

Learn how whatever you do helps the company make profit and then innovate to drive more profit.  You'll rise quickly and be considered irreplaceable.

So think about where you can be 5-10 years from now and what the income potential is for the job/role/path you decide to take.  Money is not everything but when you have a family to support, its an important part of your role.

Build Threads / Re: 2008 Jeep Jk 4 Door
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:28:23 AM »
Yeah, those won't make any noise on road.....

Better upgrade the stereo

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:54:26 PM »

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:37:40 PM »
ken, you're sharp as a log.....

Nice Don.  I have considered one and will look forward to your write up and opinons

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:19:12 PM »
Nate I watched Alton Brown show where he dry aged. What do you have in mind??

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:57:16 PM »
Trailer rides good with 4000 lbs of hardie plank on it

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:25:43 PM »
Ozarks on the list.

Don with KY just passing Medicaid work requirement, you just moved up a notch!!!

Anyone want to guess what I?m doing?

Hint: it?s not the smoker

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Share Your Recipe / Re: I am thinking about starting a dinner party?
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:46:10 PM »
Don, you had me until the "each cook his fav dish" part.  I might have to stop by Charles' with a fifth in hand.... hope he likes to barter!

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You bet.  And Im cheap too

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Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 12, 2018, 03:44:07 PM »
Nate that?s awesome. Thanks for the Google fu.  Will try and report back

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Share Your Recipe / Re: I am thinking about starting a dinner party?
« on: January 12, 2018, 08:01:41 AM »
I seem to use all my patience for stupid at the office.  Once I'm home I tend to have a shorter fuse.

I actually have a few liberal friends, soley because they can have a fact based conversation.  What I find is that we actually agree on about 80% of things but the 20% we don't is a difference in philosophy.  They think government is the answer and I think government is the problem.  Its ok to agree to disagree.

Nate, if you have a group of people that you think a compatible, go for it.  I like the idea of a web site or someother way to avoid all the back and forth via text.  We used to do that years ago when we first got married and had no money (well, not that we have any now, but back then it was thin)  We called it "sketti" night.  One couple would make the spaghetti and the rest would bring beer and sides.

I think it was more about drinking and being social that the spaghetti.....

Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:55:02 AM »
OK Nate that looks good.

I want to recreate a steak I've had at capital grille.  Its a porchini mushroom rubbed bone in ribeye with a 15 year balsamic vinegar glaze.  I have to do some research on powdering dried porchini mushrooms and making a glaze.  Then I have to drop the coin on prime steaks but it shouls still be cheaper than a trip to capital grill

D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:49:56 AM »
Probably not but I might change my name.  Idaho has some diverse areas and some areas have lots of rain and mild winters.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:34:46 PM »
Id have to do some more research, but there are a few criteria

conservative state with strong 2a stance.  30-35 inches rainfall a year (little to no supplimental irrigation required for crops). reasonable cost of land, $4000 or less.  Modest taxes.

That is where I would like 50-100 acres ideally bounded by very large tracts, preferrably, govnerment land.

bit of a needle in the haystack.  Not much rain out west.  Idaho comes to mind, though.

Share Your Recipe / sweet and spicy sauce
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:23:07 PM »
Oh crap. Bobby will be along shortly. Mentioning Siracha is like rubbing the bottle with a genie in it

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D.O.T. / Re: Love this guy
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:21:22 PM »
Was that a good thing?

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:03:04 PM »
lol.  thanks guys.  If I can get the wife used to the cold, i'd consider buying a place in CO/UT/WY, ID

She wants to keep our place here and have a "summer place" up north after we retire.

Will be going back to SLC to visit for sure.

Construction and Building / Re: Upstairs Add On started
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:58:53 PM »
looking good.  I hate taping and floating

Share Your Recipe / Re: I am thinking about starting a dinner party?
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:58:02 PM »
Sounds fun.  Don't think my wife would allow that for me.  I tend to be the guy that would look across the table at a lib who makes a statement and flat out say " you sure are a special kind of stupid"......dinner over.

D.O.T. / Love this guy
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:44:12 PM »
Love this guy.  Libtards are flipping their lids over this

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, posted the threat Tuesday on Facebook and made similar comments during a recent holiday tour with the USO.

?ISIS needs to understand that the Joint Force is on orders to annihilate them. So, they have two options should they decide to come up against the United States, our allies and partners: surrender or die!? the post said.

?If they choose not to surrender, then we will kill them with extreme prejudice, whether that be through security force assistance, by dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools,? he added.

The post also featured the hashtag #ISIS_SurrenderOrDie.

Gun Control / Re: Yea, so let's get to know the gun control gurus
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:52:47 PM »
Right on Wilbur. 

I never let people get away with calling an AR and assault rifle. If I bash you in the head with a hammer is that an assault hammer????

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D.O.T. / WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:49:08 PM »
I?m glorified overhead at a fortune 20 company and a lead the sales and account management team. This was a meeting to discuss our distribution strategy since we use brokers to sell our products.

Ken not sure. San Diego in March and Minneapolis in May is all I have scheduled at the moment. 

The grand American hotel in SLC is as nice a hotel as I?ve ever stayed in and I?ve stayed in a lot.  I think that will be a family trip with the kids in the not too distant future when they get some more snow.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:49:54 PM »
Hah. But it?s sooooo nice at that hotel.  I will be back, Dave.  I?m just through security at the airport.

I?m clinically brain dead after 11 hours of meetings. 

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:14:18 AM »
Dave I greatly appreciate the hospitality but I literally am heading into a meeting now and will dash from the last meeting right to the airport to hit my flight.  I was trying to extend another day but I have a meeting Thursday am that I can?t miss. :downer

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:55:53 PM »
Winner winner chicken dinner. Quick in and out. Dinner tonight. Meeting all day tomorrow flight home.  Nicest hotel I?ve ever seen. Grand American.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:38:13 PM »

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:05:54 PM »

You?re getting closer.

4,226 elevation

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Share Your Recipe / Re: whats for dinner tonight
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:41:34 PM »
Love me some 7 layer!

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