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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pictures 1/9/17 - 1/15/17



This past week was spent getting into a routine, doing odds and ends around the house and doing some of those little annoying repairs that I never seem to have time to complete. The picture above is one of our kitchen cabinet doors that cracked along the hinge side. I'm ashamed to admit it, but it's been hanging half broken for several years. I am surprised that at some point it didn't just break off completely. The remainder of the photos are of projects that are on my “to do” list. Most of them are preventive maintenance, some of them are repairs or improvements and at least one is for fun. Enjoy the pictures!



Yep it is just what it looks like, a plastic box full of batteries.  These are deep cycle marine batteries that are charged by a small solar array located on the deck.  It’s time to check water levels and clean the terminals.  I’ll also check the battery condition with a hydrometer.  More on all that in a future post.
 

Speaking of solar panels on the deck, I need to move these guys off the bench and mount them on the south side of the deck.  As you can tell by the reflection, the handrail casts a shadow across them during the winter months decreasing their efficiency.


Here is another preventive maintenance project.  Our 07 Subie is overdue for an oil change.  Hopefully we will get some calm weather this week so I can work on it.  Oh…. I might want to do a little work on that front license plate while I’m at it.


Our 96 Subaru is just about ready for an oil change but this one will have to wait.  I will be taking it down to have an estimate done on getting engine seals replaced.  I have been adding about a quart of oil to it every other time I fill it with gas.  Once the estimate for repairs is done, we will decide if it’s worth keeping.


This will be a quick one.  It’s time to change the batteries in the smoke detectors.  No problem getting this done as long as I don’t fall off the ladder.


The DVD writer on my old desktop computer gave up the ghost about two months ago.  The new one is not the same type as the original but I’m pretty sure I can make it work.


This one is a bit more involved.  These are LED strips that will mount on the beam over our counters to provide some task lighting.  I purchased a separate power supply that will be able to drive all the LEDs and a remote to turn them on and off.  I still need a few more parts before I can start this project.  Expect to see this one in a future post as well.


Of course all work and no play….. well you know the rest.  Here is a little project I have been playing with to convert an old oil lamp to a battery operated LED night light.  I had it all together and working but the switch I was using was less than ideal and eventually failed.  I had to tear it apart and come up with another way to turn it on and off.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.


There are probably well over 100 little projects like these to do around here so there is no shortage of things to keep me busy.

Have a great week and God bless.

Vince