Friday, April 28, 2017

April 27th

The trolley on one of the garage door openers puked out part of the plastic bushing, so I ordered a replacement (from Ebay - Sears want almost half the cost of a new door opener for just the trolley assembly).  That arrived, so I decided to install it.  My plan was to let the front of the opener down, and just take the old one off / put the new one on there, but it hit the spring that opens / closes the door.  So I took the whole damn thing down.  All told, it took me about an hour, and Vic was driving up just as I was finishing attaching everything to the door again (I thought she'd hit the button to open the door, and knock me off my ladder, but luckily she saw the lights on).

April 26th

We went and met Vince for dinner, before he heads off to Arizona.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23rd

We went to IKEA in Sacramento so Vic could get some storage stuff, and stopped at Costco (I love you) on the way back.  I think I'll be living on peanuts from now until the big tub I bought is finished.

I went over to the airfield and talked to Vince about Jack's projects, then changed the front tyre before going up for a short flight.  It was warm enough to not wear a jacket, but a bit bumpy, so I ended up not staying out for very long.

April 22nd

Today was Earth Day, so Tilly and I went over to Mahaney Park to see the show.  Roseville Electric confirmed that you can't have a permit to generate more than 100% of your power usage.  We didn't hang around for long, as Tilly wasn't happy with the running fire engine and garbage truck.

I went over to the airfield and chatted with Chris about some of Jack's junk^H^H^H^Hproject aircraft.  I reckon the Flighstar that was never finished would do him just fine.  I tidied up a bit of the wiring for the strobe controller (that I've taken off for the moment), then took the plane out for a bunch of circuits.

Friday, April 21, 2017

April 19th

I went over to the airport for the EAA meeting about instrument approaches.  They're very complicated :o)

April 16th

The forecast was for rain, but the Warcraft servers were down, so Tilly and I went over to the airfield and reinstalled the compass, and took the strobe controller (that's stopped working) off the plane.

Shortly after lunch, it started raining, but the Warcraft servers were back up, so it wasn't an awful day.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 15th

We started the day with Vic renting a carpet cleaner while I put the family room rug out on the patio, and then we spent a few hours washing it to try and get the fish emulsion smell out.  We seem to have been pretty successful.

In the afternoon, I went to the airfield with a couple of things to look at.  I took the compass out to try and refill it, but couldn't get the cap off, so I went for a bunch of circuits (almost 2 hours!) and took the compass home.  I managed to get the cap off and fill it most of the way.

April 14th

The rear brake pads needed changing on the Jeep - the fronts don't look too bad at all.  The pads arrived, so I got those installed in the evening (it doesn't get dark until 19:30 or so).

April 9th

The weather wasn't too bad, but I just didn't feel great, so I wasted the day playing on the computer.

April 8th

It was raining on and off, so I just played Warcraft.

One of us ate a load of fish emulsion that was being used in the garden, and then threw it up on the rug in the family room, so I spent a fair amount of the day trying to get that cleaned out.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 5th

I called Roseville Electric about putting more solar panels on the roof, for a possible electric car.  I'm not allowed to generate more power than I've used in the previous year, so basically I'd have to get the car, use the electrickery, then after a year I could look at putting up enough panels to generate more power.

Right now I think I'm ~500W of panels from breaking even, so basically it isn't going to happen until after I maybe get an electric car.

In the evening, I went to Lincoln for the EAA Board meeting.  Fun times.

April 4th

I got out on the pushbike at lunchtime, and I've figured out a new route... it's about 11.5 miles, and there are bits I can add in if I want to go a little further.

I had intended to go flying in the evening, but there was a wall of dark cloud approaching Lincoln, so I gave up on that idea.

April 2nd

Another windy day, so I stayed home and played Warcraft.

April 1st

A new month, so here are the stats:

Power billed

Power generated

I started the day at the airfield cooking breakfast at the EAA hangar.  It looked like the wind was going to pick up so I scratched any idea of flying, and went and did stuff around the house.