Saturday, April 30, 2016

Building Temporary Stairs with redwood

Last week, I discussed some temporary stairs built with cinderblocks to meet code for entry and exit stairs.

But those aren't the only stairs I built!  I also built a set with lumber, because I was sort of tired of working with cinderblock, I needed a bit more height, and lumber seemed an easier option.  Variety!

As with the cinderblock steps, I'm no professional.  I built these for my house, as temporary stairs, and I needed them to be and meet code.  This set took me just about a day to build (I started the previous evening and finished mid-afternoon).  So, don't go about doing this and then complain that they don't work for you.

If you're interested in how I built them, read on!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Building temporary stairs with cinderblocks

Life update: A few weeks back, I bought a house.  I'm not in Seattle anymore, and this blog may take a slight turn for the rural.

The house wasn't quite finished.  It still needed a few things before I could move in.  Minor stuff - hooking up the well (lots of trenching), filling in the trench (lots of labor), putting numbers on the house (drilling holes in the wall), etc.  I've learned a ton in the past few weeks.

One of the many things I had to do to get our house ready for the occupancy inspection was to add stairs.  There are two ways of doing most things like this: Paying someone, or doing it yourself.

So, of course, I did it myself!

I had a set of standards for landing size, step rise, step run, and the like.  They're a good idea, unless you want the inspector to fail you for them - and I've heard if they're having a bad day, they will pull out tape measures.

In any case, the end results include a small set of stairs weighing in at around 1500 lbs of materials, and a large set coming in at somewhere around 2500 lbs.  They look more or less exactly like this!

If you're interested in how I built these massive structures, read on!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

What happens when you order 18650s from China?

I needed a few 18650s, so I ordered them from China.  They arrived, and I thought I'd share some of the entertainment of unpacking them.

International battery shipping regulations are a bit odd - so all of this is to meet those requirements.

They show up in an awful lot of boxes.

Read on for the rest of the photos...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Custom Mid-drive Ingress Hill Climber

It's Saturday, and I'm taking a break from digging holes, plumbing pressure tanks, wiring well pumps, and literally pounding sand (building a base for steps) to talk about yet another electric bike I had a chance to ride!

Last week, I reviewed a cargo bike similar to the Rad Wagon.  This week, I'm taking a look at a mid-drive fatbike that's similar to the Rad Rover!

Mid-drive (BBS02), internally geared rear hub, and enough power to climb anything.  And it scoots right along on the flat!

As always, read on for details!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Custom Mid-drive Cargo Bike

My last two electric bike reviews were of the Rad Wagon (an electric long tail cargo bike), and the Rad Rover (an electric fatbike).  Both of those use rear hub motors.

I'm not done, though!  I also rode a friend's electric bikes - one cargo bike, and one electric fatbike.  Both of these are mid-drive motors.

It's interesting how many people claim you can't possibly go and get groceries with kids - this bike is literally used for exactly that, quite regularly, and does it perfectly!

Read on for build details and how it rides!