Monday, July 31, 2017
I made up a battery mount for the plane, but didn't get around to going and installing it yet.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
When I got home, I took the wheels off the mountain bike, as I'd found a chunk of tread missing on the (pretty bald) rear tyre. I swapped the front to the back, and installed an old directional front tyre. I tear up rears, not fronts. I found that the rear brake is sticking a bit, and I reckon new pads should help there (these are still the pads the bike came with).
In the evening, Jen came over and we barbecued for the first time this year. Time flies when you're in a coma.
Friday, July 28, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Ken left to go and do some stuff at his brother's, and I got the air filter fitted, and did some safety wiring. I'm hoping to get back during the week and run the engine in, as that's about an hour's work.
In the evening, we watched Game of Thrones - we ended up watching it on the home theatre PC via a web browser, as the Chromecast really didn't want to play. I've read a whole bunch of complaints about the HBO Now app via Chromecast sucking, so maybe the new router I've ordered won't help anyway :o(
Friday, July 21, 2017
- Not Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park
- Oh man...
I went over the the airfield and tidied up a few bits and pieces and some wiring to the new motor. I figure there are only a couple of things to do before firing it up for the first time :o)
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
In the evening, we watched the series premier of Game of Thrones.
I tinkered around the house until it was time to pick up the Jeep again. By this time, it was too hot to do anything, so I didn't.
The Raspberry Pi that I use as a DHCP / DNS server took a dump on Friday, so I played with that a bit. I think it's the SD card, as the original 8Gb wouldn't install a new operating system, but a new 16Gb card worked just fine. Now I just need to get around to configuring it and reconfigure the router to no longer do the DHCP stuff.
Friday, July 14, 2017
I had a guy come over to buy an old monitor from me, which was nice - more space, more money, what's not to like?
I got out on my bicycle, which is something I rarely do when I get a day off, then went to sell off an old graphics card. Yay!
I even got time to get some work done on the EAA website. I should take time off work more often.
Monday, July 10, 2017
I got up early and went to the airfield, where it was quite windy. I did circuits again (not wanting to be too far away when it starts warming up and it gets too bumpy), and chatted to Ken when I got back.
I put the toilet together again when I got home, and it seems to be holding fine now, so I called that done and headed out and changed the oil in the van.
I had thought about going to the airfield and flying again in the evening, but it was 105F and I couldn't face fighting with the hangar doors again in that heat.
I started the day really early (couldn't sleep), putting the toilet back together and a little water in it to see if it was fixed. I got yelled at for making too much noise, so I went to the airfield and did some circuits until it started to get busy, and bumpy.
When everybody else showed up at the EAA hangar, I cooked breakfasts until Bruce's presentation about flying his Bay tour. As soon as that was over, Ken came and got me to go and fly the gyroplane with Don. I set in the front this time, where the instruments are, and with a better seat belt that made me feel a lot more secure.
After that, I went home and checked the toilet to find it had leaked through one of the bolts that holds the tank on. So I pulled it all apart again and silicone'd up those fittings too. Again, it was to be left overnight to cure.
In the evening, I went back to the airfield and took the plane out for a flight, getting back not long before it got dark.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Today was a holiday, when Americans celebrate Brexit 1776 by going shopping.
My day started with a phone call from a customer at 07:25 because he didn't understand something he'd been told by a cow-orker. He's in Canada, and somehow isn't aware of Independence Day, yet I'm aware of Canada Day being on the 3rd this year due to the holiday itself being on a Saturday.
I got a new flapper valve thing for the toilet, and put that all together the way the picture showed, but that caused a massive leak. It seems there's another gasket that you need, that isn't included in the flapper valve kit. Vic went and got one of those while I cleaned everything up and to it all apart again. We had a couple of goes getting it all together again, but it was still leaking, so we left it.
When I got home, I turned the water off and took the hose fitting off the bottom of the toilet, and we went out and got parts - a new tap fitting, hose to the inlet on the toilet and ballcock. Of course, it's still filling itself from time to time, so the problem seems to be the flapper valve is leaking (as the old ballcock had been hissing on and off, I assumed it was the ballcock, but that all needed replacing anyway as the washers were disintegrating).
In the evening, I went back out to the airfield and took the plane out for a flight. It was pretty bumpy and windy, so I didn't do much, and headed home after about an hour.
I started the day at the airfield, where I got the plane out and then it wouldn't run properly. Ken got back from a flight as I was tinkering with it, and we checked the floats, jets, carbs etc as it seemed to be a fuel problem. It didn't seem to get any better, so I decided to come back later with more tools to throw at it.
Don was coming over to give Ken lessons in the gyroplane, and Todd was having a trial lesson, so I asked if I could get a trial too... no problem. Then Bruce showed up, and he took a trial lesson after Todd got back, then Tony showed up and he took a trial lesson when Bruce got back, and eventually I got out. We figured I'd sit in the back seat to solve the problems with the pre-rotate and everything, but that meant I couldn't see everything and didn't have as many instruments. It was shakier than the Flightstar, and I didn't feel comfortable with just a lap belt (I'm used to a 4 point harness), but it was fun. It seemed we had only just taken off when we went back, 40 minutes later :o) It's definitely something I'd be interested in, if I could afford a $85,000 plane.
At home, I tinkered around with a leaking toilet, and decided to get all the parts to fix it. Tomorrow.
In the evening, we went out to get things and stuff, then went over to the airfield with more tools. I wanted to try new spark plugs at the very least before going home to regroup. The plane started just fine, and ran just fine all the way up to ~5400 (which was all I could hold it to on the brakes). Typical. Vic suggested I try a circuit, and it ran just fine for that. Typical.
There's thinking that it's the 12v landscaping lights, but that doesn't make sense to me - they don't draw enough power to cause this, and I'd been smelling smoke all day.