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.


10 comments:

  1. Nice to get those projects taken care of until more come along as they sure will. A rainy day is a good day to update your blog, keep dry.

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    1. Nice to get projects done for sure and your right a rainy day to get a post done.

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  2. Hope to see pictures of the Stinson back in the air soon.

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    1. As soon as it is up and flying, I will post pictures.

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  3. Rainy Days seem to be the best time to catch up on your Blogs. You definitely have been busy and this gave us a different view of what you've been doing.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the hitch on the SUV.

    It's about time.

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    1. It was the perfect day to catch up on my blog. As you know, Pat writes about our daily adventures, and rightly so, as she has a great knack for it. She does leave my interests for me to write about, but I tend to stretch mine out over time, so I don't write as often. Thanks for noticing and taking the time to read.

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  4. Seems there’s always lots to do. Smart using the come-along on the mower. Can’t wait to see the Stinson fly. That’s a very cool hobby!!!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, the come-along sure made the job easier. I will post pictures of the Stinson flying when I get it up.

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  5. Great update Bill! The Hangar is really coming together! Will be a nice comfy man cave when it's done. Unless you do it yourself I don't think people really get all the work that is involved. The hitch looks awesome! Can't wait to see the plane in the air!

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    1. Thanks guys, yes the "Hangar" will be nice and comfy man cave when done. I am anxious to get the plane in the air also, pictures to follow when it does.

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