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Old 06-13-2019, 06:06 AM
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More wet weather on the way. This is a bad cycle we are in. I bet the farmers are having a tough time planting again.
Looking ahead, I see unsettled, cool weather for us for the next 10 days or so. By cool, I mean 3 to 4 degrees lower than normal. I know any weather forecast beyond 5 days is a guessing game, but they've been pretty much spot-on this year so far. We seem to be situated on the edge of the Jetstream path where cold and warm air collide causing the unsettled weather.

It may be like this until July, when hopefully things dry out a bit.

My irrigation sensor or my water timer is f'ed. It's raining this morning - not hard, but still the soil is wet - and even though the timer is flashing the soil is wet, it's still watering the beds.


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Old 06-13-2019, 06:42 AM
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My irrigation sensor or my water timer is f'ed. It's raining this morning - not hard, but still the soil is wet - and even though the timer is flashing the soil is wet, it's still watering the beds.
Chip error. I've got a better one. Sunday night I got some ice from the dispenser and it refused to stop. It was like the jackpot on a slot machine. If it happens over the door and then select water, that was the only thing that stopped it. Next day it worked fine.
 
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:44 AM
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Technology can certainly suck - especially at the lower levels. I think the sensors are a good idea, but I think they are more likely prototypes for the low-cost market spenders (me).

I've just learned that there are two identical Melnor sensors - but one is "newer", I guess meaning, an updated version of the original. I think I've got the original. But, I've thrown away packaging and there's nothing on the unit to identify it's specific model number.

I might try removing the batteries on the timer unit, and reinserting them to see what happens. I'm hoping there is a memory chip in the unit to retain the programming!!

The front baskets are scheduled to be watered at 3pm. Although I always try to be there when the watering is supposed to take place, I usually get distracted/busy with something else, and forget to check.

I've never been to the casinos. A broken ice maker, and/or the Golf range ball/bucket dispensers are the closes thing I'll get to a jackpot. Although, I've not checked my tickets for the $65 million jackpot on Tuesday. Hmmmmmm

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Old 06-13-2019, 09:16 AM
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Jackpots aren't near as much fun in this digital age. Ringing up credits isn't nearly the same as the coins hitting the pan.
 
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:24 AM
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Ringing up credits isn't nearly the same as the coins hitting the pan.
Or, 54 golf balls dropping into a basket.
 
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:16 PM
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Never could get excited about golf balls.
 
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:26 PM
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Raptors take the NBA title! What a nail-biter, right to the very end.
 
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:18 AM
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Okay congratulations.

Need coffee.
 
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:57 AM
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The sun is out, very windy (so no golf). A good day to run some errands and do a little shopping in the city.
 
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:09 AM
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We have sun haven't been out so wind I don't hear.
 
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:26 AM
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Enjoy it, as you seem to be on the same path as us - unsettled weather - for at least the next week or so.
 
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:36 PM
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I've enjoyed the break from the unseasonable heat we had there for a week or two. It is right pleasant outside right now.
 
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Old 06-15-2019, 09:57 AM
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Cloudy, cool and rain on the way. Tomorrow, on the other hand, looks great.

The moisture sensor on one of my timers is f'ed. The timer displays the zones will not be watered, yet, it seems to ignore that setting, and waters the zones just the same.

Tomorrow, I'll get to prime my BBQ side burner with a new grill plate. Apparently, you have to prime it first, by baking it with "lard" on it for an hour first, before using the side burner for every day cooking.
 
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Old 06-16-2019, 05:07 AM
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Yes that is standard and then you never wash it with caustic chemicals.

I gave myself a treat and had some pros do the 15' of gutter over and beside my front door. I replaced the 5" with 6" and a larger downspout. There is just too much roof draining into one downspout for a single 2x3 to handle it.

3 guys and some expensive equipment did in 40 minutes what would have taken me 3 -4 of my short work days to do.

It should be well tested today.
 
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:18 AM
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My neighbour redirected a downspouts from the second story trough which used to empty at the ground level, to a main floor trough. He also removed the main floor trough downspout on the same side, so that main floor trough (which now also takes at least half of the upper roof trough drainage) drains somewhere else on the other side of the house.

I can't fathom the reason other than maybe foundation leakage on the one side? These are fairly new homes and what I could see, is normal drainage. Our house has the same thing - two downspouts on each side of the house - one from the second story, and one for half of the lower level trough. They empty out two or three feet from the foundation.

Anyway, now, when it rains, with his lower level downspout trough gone, and the upper level roof trough now draining into the lower level trough, I'll let you guess what happens at that juncture when there is a more than average rainfall occurring or a downpour.

Ok, I'll tell you - a mountain of gushing water that spills out all over the place because it's too much water for one trough to handle. Smh!

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Old 06-17-2019, 08:51 AM
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I have 3 downspouts on the front of the house but one of them was doing all the work, draining 3 large roof planes and a valley to make it worse. Fine for normal rain but not doing the job in a heavy rain or with any minor accumulation of leaves.

It is my hope that the larger gutter and downspout will pass the occasional leaf through and maybe only require a once a year cleaning when the maple drops its leaves.

How did that grill pan seasoning turn out?
 
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Old 06-17-2019, 09:03 AM
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Going with pros for the work you had done, was a good choice.

We've got two downspouts on each side of the house that manages the upper and lower troughs respectively. I've not seen any issues with handling the rain, other than when we experience a torrential downpour. I guess I'm lucky in that the forest behind us is far enough away so that few leaves end up in our troughs at the back of the house.

I primed the grill with lard and baked it at 350 for about 45 minutes, as the manufacturer recommends. I'm going to make sure I prime it again at the end of the season before packing things away - again, as the manufacturer suggest.

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Old 06-17-2019, 11:00 AM
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We've developed a taste for grilled veggies. I need to get one of those or I may just find my cast iron griddle pan which is already seasoned.

The advantage to some of the grill pans is the holes which let the smoke through.
 
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Old 06-18-2019, 06:27 AM
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While I like barbequing in the good weather, IMO, it takes 2 people to make the dinner. One inside and one outside. I'm sure if you plan everything ahead of time (meat, vegies, other "sides"), all (or at least most) of the cooking can be done on the BBQ. But that's too much planning for me.
 
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:38 AM
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While I like barbequing in the good weather, IMO, it takes 2 people to make the dinner. One inside and one outside. I'm sure if you plan everything ahead of time (meat, vegies, other "sides"), all (or at least most) of the cooking can be done on the BBQ. But that's too much planning for me.
You are correct. You can run yourself to death without help.

Usually there aren't many 'go withs' when I cook on the grill. A salad and baked tater are easy; anything else gets complicated. Tater sald and chips if it is chicken.

Yet more rain for today.
 
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