Two years ago I had my knees replaced so had not been able to do much
maintenance on my old house.
Knees now in good shape I decided to bring all the wiring up to code and
add a few more circuits. To get wires from the basement to attic,
had to run up along the chimney. Were it not for that I may not have
noticed that the flue was bad.
One repair job leading to another.
Now two weeks later I've done a lot of work and I'll be darned...
lost all that weight I gained from being inactive.
Guess it's time to look for more projects. On a 116 year old house,
don't have too far to go.
wife just had a little surgery to fix her left hand pinky finger
yesterday. Result of too much sewing, knitting, crochet,
gardening. Already running around in the yard watering, weeding...
We're both on the wrong side of 70, I always weigh 150, she 120.
Our weight never fluctuate too much. I am really worried when I don't
have some thing to do. Lately I started fixing broken laptops people
don't want and selling some giving away some to needy student or
whoever. Lot of repairs are surprisingly very minimal, minor problems.
Take it easy and have fun.
When I was in the Army, I took a leave with one of my friends to visit
his 80 year old grandfather who lived in England.
With a two man saw we decided to help the guy and saw up some large logs
He ran over to us laughing and single handedly did it himself in less
than half the time it would have taken us.
I am not much of a firewood expert.
On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:12:57 AM UTC-7, philo wrote:
I spent 21 years in the AF flying a desk. Every vacation I would help out
a bit at home but it was very obvious I was in no shape to be physically ac
tive. Last year before retiring I took a part time job working in an iron
foundry. Now _that_ does a good tune-up job!! Nothing beats wrestling aro
und with 200 lb manhole covers at 5pm with the temps outside in hi 90s and
the covers coming out of the sand hot.
The local community college football coach used to send members of his team
to that outfit for 'shaping up'. One night I reported and there were two
big husky newbie footballers assigned to us. An hour later one comes over
to me and asks who the boss was. I pointed him out. Guy goes over, a minu
te chit-chat and both of them left :).
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:33:38 PM UTC-7, Terry Coombs wrote:
I heat 99% with wood and the work involved in it is my physical therapy. J
ust finished splitting/stacking 4 1/2 cords working at at 1 hour per day ev
ery orning (weather permitting). I need to either boost the time I spend do
ing it or cut down on the brews, my belly isn't getting any smaller :(
I should be out cutting more in a day or two if the farmer has harvested t
he field I have to cross to get to the trees.
I have about 70 cords of black locust split and stacked almost all done man
ually. The Locust Borer killed BL all over this county and I harvested almo
st every dead tree withing 30 miles of the house. I have a hydraulic splitt
er but it only sees the tough stuff (knots/crotches, etc).
I've heard that green wood has a lot of water.
And most of the firewood goes to boiling out
the water instead of heating your house.
Most of the wood burners up Nawth, keep the wood
under a roof or tarp, so it doesn't get rained on.
One old man I knew, used to pour crankcase oil onto
his wood pile, more stuff to burn. He said that
even light wood like dried willow burned a lot
better when soaked full of used motor oil. Sounds
messy, I'd think.
In the city no house has wood burning FP any more. Even out at my
cabin it is NG FP. I still burn fire wood using fire pit for fun.
My back yard has one too. In the evening, it gets cool always even in
summer(~10 deg. C)
On Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:46:51 -0400, Stormin Mormon
Exactly. It takes a lot of energy to boil off that water and the heat
is wasted up the stack. Not only that, if you have a chimney cap, the
vapor will often condense on the cold cap and drop back down the flue
and run out the bottom cleanout.
Wood should be cut and left to dry at least six months, 12 months is
better. If you have room to bring some wood into the house for a week
or two before burning it will dry even more and give a better fire.
You've heated with wood ... and I'm putting up wood for next winter . The
first stack I'll burn is what I cut at the end of last winter , it'll be
plenty dry by then . The wood I'm cutting now is all dead trees , most
standing but a couple of nice ones that were already down . I'll be out
cutting this winter too , for the next year . If I do this right I'll only
be cutting in winter when the bugs and snakes aren't a problem and I'll
always have a supply on hand of well-seasoned wood .
We used to walk the dog twice a day . But now she's old , and isn't really
into anything but sleeping in front of the TV ... kinda like me . Not really
, I get plenty of exercise . The wife though , doesn't . She talks about it
, but just never seems to find the right time .
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