Saturday, October 12, 2019

Solar Shed Part 18: Resolving Water Ingress

I haven't posted much about my office lately, simply because there just hasn't been much to post.  It works - very, very well.  I have most of the quirks worked out, I stay cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and dry in the rain.  Except, my office wasn't always dry, and it took me a few years to realize this.

My office door faces south, and if I had rain coming from the south (which doesn't happen that often), my office was taking on water.  I knew it was a bit wet on the inside, but I didn't realize just how wet a corner (behind some boxes) was getting.  No, that's not a good color to find on your wood.

But, like anything else, I've worked out most of the problems and resolved it - I hope!

What happened and how did I work it out?  Keep reading!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

A Tale of a Ural Head

Urals!  Crazy Russian motorcycles with sidecars.  And, sometimes, a source of some crazy failures that just leave you scratching your head.

I've been riding a 2005 Ural for about 3 years now, and I recently ran into some issues that required replacing one of the cylinder heads.  Screwing up a cylinder head is fairly rare, and I'm not even certain how the failure happened in the first place - but such is life with a Russian clone of an old BMW, upgraded slightly through the years, and put into modern service.

You've probably either cringed in pain after that photo or have literally no idea what it is and what it's even supposed to look like in the first place.  Keep reading, and I'll explain most of it!

Yes.  We are whiplashing from Electric Vehicles in the Treasure Valley and Adding an EV Charging Station to repairing an 80 year old engine design that happens to be my daily driver.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Adding a Public EV Charging Station Near Nampa, ID

I've installed a perfectly functional public EV charging station near downtown Nampa!

There's 32A worth of 240V fury a couple blocks off downtown, set up with the EVMatch charging network, and the setup works great!

This has been an interesting, somewhat drawn out process - but if you're looking to do something like this, you'll find a bunch of useful information in here about what the process looks like.

Should you?  Yes.  You absolutely should.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Electric Vehicles in the Treasure Valley

Two months ago, I posted about our Chevy Volt - a plug in hybrid that runs us around the Treasure Valley for an awful lot less money than paying for gas.  This week, I'm attempting to write a bit of a local guide to electric vehicles - specifically in the Treasure Valley (the Boise area in Idaho).  We've got cheap (and fairly clean) power out here, middle of the road gas prices, and I happen to think EVs or PHEVs make an awful lot of sense for most people!

If you're not in the Treasure Valley and are interested in EVs, you'll probably learn something too - but this is tailored for the local market in terms of price numbers.  Keep reading!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Analog Games: Do you play?

What's a good way to spend your free time?  Gaming with friends - but, as you might expect from this blog, I'm not a huge fan of modern computer games.  Analog games are the way to go, both board and tabletop.  That's where the bulk of my gaming hours go, and I like it that way.

I'd guess a good number of my readers also game - so let's talk about the joys of analog gaming!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

G600 "600x" Digital Microscope Teardown & Review

What has the internet come to when really interesting, cheap gizmos aren't being properly torn apart in reviews?  Are people afraid to take a screwdriver to a $40 piece of hardware and find out what's inside (spoiler: mystery meat)?  Do we just accept things like "1-600x" microscopes without calling MBE (Male Bovine Excrement)?  We do not!  No longer!

I recently acquired one of the "G600" microscopes you find floating around the internet.  You can get them for about $40 on eBay, they're definitely useful, but they are most definitely not "600x" zoom as you'll see advertised - unless you happen to have a truly massive TV as a monitor instead of the built in display.  Like most of my office gizmos, I played around with it for a bit to get a feel for it, and then proceeded to pull it completely apart, and over-analyze it in my usual style.  I'm trying to get through a backlog of gizmos I have laying around before too many more show up (and these are good idle time posts - I pulled it apart while babysitting a Roomba that was slowly learning the house and getting stuck on pull toys).

What's inside?  What horrible hazards lurk within?  Keep reading to find out all this, and more!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Running a Post Hole Digger on a Ford 9N

If you need holes in the ground, there are a few ways to do it.  You can use a manual post hole digger (one of those clamshell two handled things you slam into the dirt), you can use a multi-person auger, or you can use a post hole digger on a tractor.  I've got a tractor, and despite my tractor being "not ideal" for running a post hole digger, of course, that's how I'm digging my holes.

How does it work?  How can you make it not an awful experience with an old tractor that doesn't have a live PTO or modern hydraulics?  Well... you can probably guess I've got some advice for you!

Yes, two weeks ago I talked about the Chevy Volt and this week I'm dropping back about 70 years - where else will you find that sort of age diversity?

Keep reading for all the borey details!