Thursday, August 13, 2020

August 12th

 Today is Tilly's birthday.  She's 13.  She didn't want any toys (she has rope toys and tennis balls already) so we gave her a big peanut butter cookie, which is pretty much her favourite thing :o)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

August 11th

 It was pretty windy, which means that the temperature wasn't too high, so I went out and worked on the DRZ first - I've replaced the vacuum operated petrol tap with a stupid on/off one, and that means that the fuel line can be shorter.  The old fuel line didn't want to go over the output line from the petrol tap, and the new fuel line (from what I haven't used on the plane) is too thick for the clamps to work, so I ended up using screw on clamps.  I then had to take all that off so I could take the tank off to put a piece of folded over vacuum hose on the carb to cap that off.  It all looks like it should work, but I want to get some fresh fuel to test it with, as it's pretty old now.

I then went and worked on the power window line on the van again - it had forced the guide off again, so I reinstalled that.  Again.

Monday, August 10, 2020

August 9th

Something (I thought mosquito, but now I'm starting to think maybe a spider) has bitten me on the hand, and despite taking a Benadryl (tm) last night, I woke up with a swollen hand.  It doesn't hurt, it's just a bit itchy and swollen :(

Jen had expressed an interest in flying Oroville with us for lunch, so she met me at home and I drove us to the airport.  We took off and played around waiting for Randy and Mehul to get in the air.  We then pottered up to Oroville.

Chris met us up there in his RV, landing just before did.

We flew back along the Feather River, but for some reason we don't seem to have shown up on anybody's radar on the way home.

In the early evening, Gwen came and picked up her PC (that I couldn't find anything wrong with), so I'm starting to get to the point where I can look at the DRZ :o)

Sunday, August 9, 2020

August 8th

First thing, we got up in the attic and took down the fan in there that's started screeching.  I think the bearings are failing, and there's what looks like oil on the motor.  I'll see about replacing the motor or just throw the thing away and get a new one.

I pottered around the house for the rest of the day, then went for a flight in the early evening.  I flew over Todd's house, didn't see anybody, so I flew over home, Randy's, then over to Chris', then went home.  At 2500' it was fairly cool, but descending to 1000' at Lincoln, it was a lot warmer.

August 7th

I spent some time steeling myself to drill a bigassed hole in the wall of the laundry room, then went ahead and did it.  That went surprisingly well, so we went ahead and built the OpenEVSE adapter, then got ready to plug it in.  The car tells us when it'll be fully charged, so I plugged it in and it said it'd be fully charged by 03:30.  I then plugged in the new charger, and it said it'd be ready in an hour :o)  I think we'll call that done - OK, it's running at 24a, where the car can accept 32a (and the charger supports 48a, for a later, faster charging car), but it's still something like 5x faster.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

August 5th

Gwen and CJ came over after work with Jazebra to pick up their laptop that I'd got working.  I hadn't had a chance to look at the desktop, but a quick squint after they'd left showed it seeming to work - I just need the password now :o)

I watched an online meeting about flying in to Truckee airport, as one day I might get around to doing that.

I managed to get to Lowe's to pick up some face plates for the OpenEVSE charger project, so hopefully now I'll manage to make some more progress on that and even get it built and installed :o)

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August 4th

I got a reply from the OpenEVSE people, and they said the connector was fine, I just need to use the screw in blocks for them.  Their instructions aren't up to date.

Randy texted me to say that the family were playing in Chris' swimmy pool, and it would be cool if I could fly over them.  So, after work, I went over to the airport and dragged the plane out.  I flew over to Chris', and spent a short while finding the house, then did a couple of laps - there was nobody in the pool, so I headed back.

I texted Randy when I'd landed, and they left Chris' shortly before I got there :o(

On the way home I stopped and picked up some switch plate blanks for the car charger project, then got a text message from Gwen - their laptop's died, so could I take a look at it.  I stopped in there on the way home and picked it, and a desktop that's not working, up.  I'll try and look at them tomorrow :o)