Monday, June 1, 2020

May Update

 Where Are We Today
Since my last post, many of you know what the goings on here at the Ridge are, as you follow Patsy’s blog daily. As informative as Patsy’s posts are, she does leave some details of my doing, for me to post.

Outer Tips Covered


Wing completely covered
I have continued to work on my model, the wing has been skinned now and work started on the fuselage. I have not said what kind of plane it is that I am building, but a couple of followers have. For any airplane enthusiast, one look at the gull wing and you would know that it is a WWII fighter, the F4U Corsair.

Working on top half of fuselage

Top half of fuselage
For some time now, I have wanted to get a new laptop, as my 9-year-old one has stopped working in some areas. I am happy to say that a new HP laptop has been purchased and with only a couple of frustrating set up glitches, I am up and running, this post is being written on it.
New on the left, old on the right



New on the left, old on the right
 On another good note, the truck is fixed, except we are waiting on a new back-up camera, the original took quite a jar when the trailer pin box landed on the tail gate.

Black Beauty ready to come home
The latest news from me is that I have started a part time job with a friend and local contractor doing what ever I can to help out at the job site, so far it has been clean-up, dismantling and cutting and handling materials. I have found some un-used muscles, but I’m enjoying what I do and learning some things at the same time.
 This week we will get a date to get the trailer in for the repairs to the cap, where it cracked after hitting the box sides of the truck. It will be in the shop for three to four days, so Rob and Pat have offered to bring their trailer here to the Ridge for us to stay in while ours is being fixed.
The grass is growing and the cutting and trimming has begun. The buds are turning into leaves and the trees are filling out, there are many birds and chipmunks entertaining us daily, life is good here at “the Ridge”.
Thanks for dropping by, always great to hear your comments. Until the next time, be safe and take care.



 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Cupboard Refit

Where Are We Today

The Ridge
Our kitchen cupboard where we keep our dishes, can and dry goods, has two adjustable shelves in it. The adjuster strips are made of plastic and held on with 5/8 staples. I suppose for normal use, these plastic strips are great, but for full timers, like us, and the traveling we do, they are not the best.
Plastic adjuster strips removed

5/8 inch staple that held the strips on
With the weight of the goods on them when traveling, the shelves tend to bounce and the plastic tabs bend and sometimes break, causing the shelves to either droop or drop down. We decided on our way home, that since we never adjust these two shelves that I would make them permanent. To do this, I used four boards 3/4 X 1 3/4 x 22 inches, to replace the plastic strips, and permanently fastened them to the sides of the cupboard.
Pat always seems to a pic of me working
Patsy emptied the cupboard shelves in preparation for the refit.  I drilled four holes in each board, counter sunk each hole and used 1 1/2 inch screws with plastic anchors to mount them to the inside wall of the cupboard. There is a space of about 3/4 of an inch between the inside and outside walls of the cupboard, so I had to trim the plastic plugs a little so they would fit in between the two walls.
First shelf done
 I had pre-measured where each shelf was, so marking the sides for each shelf, I held up the boards and marked where the holes in the wall needed to be drilled. Put in the anchors and fastened the boards. Replaced the shelves, cleaned up my mess and put the tools away. Patsy then restocked the shelves.

Second shelf done
Shelves back in
That's about it for this post, today is another cold windy day here at "The Ridge" and it looks like we are in for a few more before the warm temperatures return. Until the next time, take care, stay safe and let common sense prevail.