Thursday, October 04, 2012

October! What happened to September?

Well, things have been comparatively quiet around the forge.  Not too many people dropping in to make armour, or just visit.  The hot tub has been an on going recurring nighmare....the pump has been replaced, twice, and now I have a fairly powerful surge in it.  It surges at about 1 second intervals, and eventually pops the breaker.  Best solution I can find is that there is some sort of blockage in the pipes.  It happens even when I removed the filter, so its not a clogged filter.  I see that some of the little "jets" have collapsed.  They seem to have several little stainless steel ball bearings as part of their components...I hope none of those have got into the pump to cause trouble. 
         Its just a pump and some plumbing!  Dammit, how hard can it be?   Trouble is, every time I go to test it, it means filling the tub.  Thats hard on the well, especially considering all summer we have had drought.  I may simply have to defer this problem to next summer at this rate!!!

Brenda had her girls over for a marathon pie making session.  They made 24 pies between the three of them.  Awesome.  That little gizmo she uses to peel her apples is a remarkable machine, could not peel a bushel of apples an hour without it.

I note that in the picture, they have the handle on backwards.  Cute....wonder how many people got one of those, and threw it away in disgust because they couldn't get it to work with the handle mounted on it like that!  Anyway, this gaget peels, cores, and slices the apples at about 15 seconds per apple.  Okay, two or three a minute if you are chattering...and why not?

Because the orders in the shop have simply not materialized, I "may" have to get some other job.  Not looking forward to that!  Oh well.  What must be done must be done.  I have rather enjoyed the break though...doing a lot of yard work, and getting a lot of building done.  The metal roof on my shop "may" have actually convinced the squirrels to not nest in there.  They launch themselves at the roof, and slide off.  Its like watching a series of "squirrel fail videos!".

Judy sent me an interesting video.  I realize I tend to just post videos, mostly music videos here, but hey, this one brought tears to my eyes.  Let me know what you think of it.   She posts a lot more than I do...and she has that macro lens which allows her to take such freakin' cool pics. 

Anyway....I think I'll go and see if I can figure out if some or all of the plumbing is clogged.  Heck, it was out of service for nearly nine months....anything could have happened.  Hope it wasn't a nest of mice....


Judy said...

Now if they had been making cherry pies, I might have demanded a sample, but I am not that keen on apple. I will be making pumpkin pie this weekend... No turkey, just pumpkin pie

Cerulean Bill said...

Guess with that much water, its not possible to drain it into some kind of holding tank?