Saturday, May 25, 2019

Project Updates


Where Are We Today
" The Ridge"
Project Updates

Since we have been home, I have a number of projects that I am working on. this post is an update on those.


Come along holding up the front of the mower
One of the first , was the to get new blades for the riding lawn mower. Not wanting to take the deck off the mower to change the blades, I decided to use my come-along to raise up the front of the mower to get at the blades. Having borrowed my buddy Rob's impact gun, it took less than five minutes to get the old blades off and the new ones on.
Old blades are bent from hitting to many hidden  rocks.

New blades on and ready to go.
 


A second project was to put a trailer hitch on our SUV,  (Toyota Rav 4) to pull my cargo trailer, instead of using the truck. I got a great deal purchasing the hitch through CanAm, which I was able to install myself. In a couple of weeks, when I'm down working, I will have a brake control, charge line and wiring installed by CanAm.


Ready to install

Reading the instructions

Yes, I'm laying down on the job. After removing a towing bracket, taking a tap to clean up the threaded holes, I was able to get the hitch installed.



All done!

The repair on my Stinson Reliant is finally done. I have a fuel tank overflow line to replace and the cowl to reinstall to complete the project. After that, good weather for flying.



Opening the under belly to expose the damage


Re-enforcing the cracked ribs with plywood

The left and right aluminum landing gear were separate, so I re-enforced them with another piece of aluminum, joining them together.

All back together

The " Hanger" is still ongoing, wiring, insulation and vapor barrier are now done. The next step is to drywall, paint and trim pieces. I still have the inside of the doors to finish, a bench out of the cargo trailer to install and flooring to do. As time and funds permit.



A bit of wiring for lights and receptacles


Insulated and vapor barrier going on




I am sure you have been reading Pat's blog with our day to day activities, and have read about the wood cutting and moving the pile closer to our fire pit along with the install of a permanent mail box post. There is still more wood to move and cut as time permits. All in all, life at "the Ridge" is good, with today being a all day rain, it seemed like a good time to write an update.
Thanks for taking the time to  stop by, comment if you like and I will respond. Until the next, take care, be good to one another, stay safe and enjoy life.


Friday, April 19, 2019

Winter Mileage

Where Are We Today
"The Ridge"
Priceville Ontario 
Winter Mileage

Leaving "The Ridge"

At the end of each winter, I like to report our distance traveled and fuel mileage from the time we leave "The Ridge" until the time we return to "The Ridge". It should also be stated that it is not always a direct drive to and from the border crossing, as we may stop for one or more days between "The Ridge " and the border.
The following numbers are taken from the truck's  instrument panel computer.
Mileage: 9654.5 mi./15537.4 km.
Fuel/: 10.4 mpg avg./22.6 l/100 km.
Amount Used: 927.9 U.S. gal./ 772.64 Imp. gal./ 3512.5 l.
It should also be noted that these averages are for both towing and normal driving. This being our third winter away, thinking back, these numbers have been close each year.

Changing the subject, I was asked awhile back, by Dave from ourawesomeviewfromhere.blogspot.com, about my step ladder hung underneath the trailer and about hanging 50 lbs on the ladder at the back.

Arriving back at "The Ridge"

To answer Dave, you should have no problem hanging your blue boy on the ladder, it is rated for somewhere in the 200 lb. vicinity to allow you to climb up it.
To see the step ladder hanger install, you can go to this link here, clembillpat.blogspot.com/2018/06/
I got the idea from someone we met in a park in Huachuca City AZ. He had his in this location on a Mobilesuite.
Thanks for taking time to stop by and hope you are having a Happy Easter where ever you are. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. Comment are always welcome.

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