Thursday, September 25, 2014

Checking In...

I've slowed up posting to this blog lately and it's showed through followers and comments. For that, I apologize. I've been quite busy outside of the world wide web lately though. Honestly, I've been a lot happier without worrying about what I'm going to post, who I'm going to talk to on facebook, and what my email has for me. There are so many people around me who are just so addicted to their smart phones, the internet, and so on that I've been a lot happier living life without it.

I've been busy with Lily each day and working on projects around the house. In the last few months I've taught myself how to run electricity and I've been making our house the home we want it to be. Currently, we're working on making the downstairs a finished area as it makes more sense to spend time near the pellet stove and not waste the heat on the second floor in the winter.

On top of that, I'm not sure if I mentioned this previously or not but we're planning another trip to Disney World! We plan to go in the Spring for five nights but we plan to spend a few nights visiting my Aunt and Uncle in Hollywood. No, Lily is not going. Eventually she will come with us and she will love it but right now she's still to young. I will not take her until she's old enough to both enjoy and remember the experience. I think right now it would be more work than fun but she'll be even happier with Grandma and Grandpa for the week.

The school seems to be going through some financial challenges right now. Next week I'll be attending a meeting to find out more about the current state of the college. It seems to be a consistent problem among New England schools as enrollment has gone down in the region. There are less high school students which is making recruitment much more stressful and challenging for recruiters. I'm hoping it's not bad enough that people lose jobs but I'll know more next week. I think this year we'll be okay but it seems like anything goes next year. The goal is to increase enrollment and continue working hard to keep retention up in the future.

That's all for now... Enjoy the Fall foliage!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mr. Fix It

Being a home owner has been pretty awesome to say the least. I've been able to customize our home and make it exactly how WE want it. I've taught myself a lot of things, most recently, I've taught myself how to do electrical work. I've put a ceiling fan in the garage to help with the dampness from summer and winter due to the fact that no pad was installed under the cement and I've placed a light above the dryer, an outlet for my chest freezer, and a ceiling fan in the basement.

Installed ceiling fan in the garage to help with floor moisture due to no pad under cement.
My next goal is to continue progress with our garage. I have a work bench in the back corner which I want to add power to. Now, I could easily take power from the existing line which is on a 20 amp circuit or I could wait and take it from the sub panel I'm going to install. My buddy and I plan to install the sub panel in the garage using the wire that once gave power to the outside hot tub. Now that the hot tub is gone we can use that wire for the sub panel. My thought is that I'll use power from the sub panel to put a light and outlets over by my work bench.

Installed fan in the basement as well as we slowly try to finish it off.
The main reason for installing this sub panel is to put a 30amp outlet on the outside of my garage to run our camper. I thought it would be nice to have our own personal camper hookup and with the excess line I might as well do it, right? The other thought with the sub panel is that I may eventually want power above the garage. Right now, we have cold storage up there but eventually we may want to finish that off as a room and make it part of the house. If we do this, it will be extremely easy to run power as the sub panel would be just below. It beats having to run romex through the house and down to the basement!

Installed new spin wheel on front of mower deck.
Another project I had to complete this week was putting a new spin wheel on the front of my mower deck. I purchased the wheel when I noticed there just simply wasn't one there. I knew it needed one or else I could run into a situation where the mower deck could bottom out. Usually this will happen if you hit any type of uneven ground with your mower. I found a parts diagram of the tractor and ordered the part. When I first put it on, it didn't really fit very well. I ended up taking it off on Wednesday night and grinding both ends down with my grinder which made it work much better. I put the wheel back on it worked great!
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