Pedaling the little bike keeps a soul (if not my aching body) young!
Friday, June 30, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
While I was under there, I spied the inline fuel filter. "I'm replacing it" was what I said to myself. Why get gassy more than once? Turns out, it was sort of a trick little thing. After disconnecting it, to my amazement, I saw that it had a glass center section so you can see how the filter is doing. Not very well in this case because I couldn't tell it was glass. It was black. When I pulled it apart I found that it was completely clogged. I don't know how fuel got past this thing. Perhaps that contributed to the fuel pump failure? Now it's clean and clear.
I just had to make a video of this thing running. Normally it takes a little bit for the idle to settle down. Normally it even takes a few cranks for the thing to cough to life. Not now. I started this video just a few seconds after it roared to life. Wow, I'm wondering just what was going on with the fuel system because now it's just so smooth. I'm talking in the background but it's nothing important.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
I love this car.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Sunday, June 11, 2017
I like to mark my Mom and Dad's birthdays whenever they come around. Truth be told, I was really bad about remembering them while they were alive. Maybe I feel like I'm a better offspring by remembering them after they're gone.
Anyway, today she would be 84. We're approaching my Dad's 99th, which will be interesting but not as cool as next year for his 100th.
I've posted this photo before. I love it. It's so rich with 70's goodness. See that green couch? The weird lamp? The lighter and ashtray on the wooden coffee table? How about those fake plants in the background? This is one of the few photos of our home on West Bruno that's pre-paneling. Yes, shortly after this they festooned the entire upstairs with dark fake wood paneling that persisted until I sold the house in 2007. Ah, memories. Anyway, happy birthday, Mom.
Friday, June 09, 2017
Ah, that's a clean deck!
Last October, I presented you with the saga of my rotten deck boards. I took a whole day and replaced all of the horizontal wood. It looked nice.
For the last few weeks, I've been obsessing over the darkening of the wood. I know it's supposed to age, but for some reason I just got weird about it. Deciding to sand it all down and seal it again made me feel better.
Over the last week, I've been sanding the horizontal boards with a belt sander. That's hard work. I would say that it wasn't much harder to replace all the boards. A lot cheaper, as belts are about $5 for a 5 pack, but pretty hard on the back and arms.
I finished sanding the boards this morning and sealed it this afternoon.
When I finished, I came to the realization that just a plain power washing and sealing would have sufficed. The wood is of course, fine. I don't know why I got so bent out of shape. By the time this wood is ready for replacement, the entire deck will be ready for demolition and replacement. It's 13 years old, after all.
Now, the stairs are a different story. I replaced those earlier, and used a urethane to coat them. The urethane has yellowed quite a bit. I might just call time on those and cut some new steps. Much less trouble than sanding them.
But that's for another day.