First Project Video posted to my YouTube Channel

About a month later than I intended, but I did post my first Project Video on my YouTube Channel.

It is too long, but I try to roughly cover the steps involved in completing my Outdoor Brush Burning Stove.

Most importantly, I wanted to cover the common flaw I uncovered in many of these builds.

Here are my Instagram Posts for this Project …




My second project video will be about recovering from this set back and the finishing touches.



Gathering materials for this years big project ...

This weekend I checked out one of the Habitat for Humanity - ReStore locations in Leesburg, VA and picked up a few things.

I found three chrome lamps that might be good for “the build” …

I also picked up a three legged jobvise. It is half-clamp and half-saw horse.

I look forward to trying this thing out.

I also got a great deal on 100 x 10 foot Galvanized Steel Framing Studs. I basically paid half retail.

Overall I felt the store had too much furniture and not enough building materials.

While Christmas shopping I ran into a couple of deals that were two good to pass up on iems I knew I would be needing for “the build” at some point.

I grabbed a 2nd Generation ChromeCast for $15 on eBay. And an NFC Smart Dead-bolt for securing “the build”. I also grabbed an approprately sized first aid kit.

Last but not least I set aside a few items I already had laying around.

Today, I ordered a couple of items from Amazon for “the build” and for a project here at the house. I’ll post again when those come in.

          - PinderNET


What is this all about ... 

2004 IC CE-Series 29 Passenger School Bus

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Dungeons & Dragons and the swing join the National Toy Hall of Fame.

PBS calls D&D a “fantasy board game” in the true tradition of getting nothing correct in an article involving the original Role Playing Game. Either way, it and this stupid little thing from before 500 B.C. (the swing) get some credit today.

In honor of the event, here is a picture of some of our old games.


 - PinderNET


Snow Blower

So, Heather and I both … separately … were ready to get a Snow Blower.

Neither of us wants a repeat of last year.

And here in Virginia this hasn’t exactly been unusual in recent memory.

 First thing to know.

I now think long and hard before adding an internal combustion engine to my maintenance routines. And when I do, I try hard not to go cheap.
It took a lot of expensive experience to conclude; I like to use (abuse) engines. I don’t enjoy maintaining them.
Knowing that.
Last year, while propped up and nursing my complaining back, I spent a lot of time researching snow blowers with the intent of buying only one in my lifetime.
I decided to spend about $800 on a Kohler come summer time (hoping to get $1000 worth of snow blower). I never quite got to it and I hadn’t intended to buy the little riding mower at all. So … when Heather and I realized that we both wanted to get a something before we wish we had. I didn’t want to spend anywhere near $800 dollars.
So, start the research over knowing I won’t like anything I look at. YouTube, Amazon, Blogs, etc etc. Here is what I learned first. At this price range. There is no way to get a review that will ACUTALLY help you decide. Nothing of value anyway. I ended up decided by taking what I learned about much higher end snow blowers and what makes them different. Each low-end/low-cost snow blower in some way attempts to emulate a high-end feature. So I ranked the ones I thought were most important and based my decision on the way it looks like the low price unit tried to mimic it.
In the end, my expectations are very low. So I decide to only spend as much as I was perfectly happy expending for a single bad snow storm. Until I actually use this thing, I won’t suggest anyone spend less than $500 on a gas power unit without assuming it will die in the first season, or only last one bad storm.
Maybe I’ll feel different after really using it.
Here is what we bought.
I paid $169.99 and it is now on sale for $135.99
Shipping was free with my Prime Membership
The most valuable thing I learned in trying to decide what to purchase was that the quality of the cord is at least as important as the snow blower and that you CANNOT purchase an acceptable quality cord from your local Big Box store.
Here is the cord I ended up buying. They also come in 25 ft and 50 ft for quite a bit less.
I paid $78.15.
The only assembly required was to unfold the handles and put a handle in place.
It came with a tool for clearing the chute.
I’ll certainly update the blog the first chance I get to use it.