On Tue, 07 Feb 2012 19:41:12 -0500, Norminn wrote:
At first I did try the 2x4 but then I just tapped directly on the
sandstone. The stone broke. So, for all the rest of the stones, I didn't
soak them in water nor did I tap as hard.
Unfortunately, partially as a result, water pools on the shelf in the
But, it will have to do. Luckily it doesn't rain all that much out here.
Another lesson learned was to cut the stakes for the form.
I kept catching my clothes on them, and, especially during the 7th hour
of this, I kept tripping over them.
I couldn't drive them in any deeper (they were hitting something mighty
hard - probably concrete) so I should have cut them off with the saw so I
wouldn't have tripped on them so many times!
You are observant.
In TWO places there was a sprinkler head within an inch of where I put
the shelf. I had no choice.
One of those two places had to be shored up with a form, which required
stakes as shown in this picture below:
So, while I don't know where the water line lies, the stakes must be VERY
CLOSE to them. I didn't think to test. I'll test tomorrow. I hope I
Really-- Chuck. Get a cheap Canon powershot digicam. Then go
to http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK , download the freeware for your
camera and set that baby up for a time lapse shot.
For all the work you did documenting lessons learned, a 60 second
video would be a great reward. [for *you* and *us*<g>]
On Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:21:53 -0500, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
I've seen those time-lapse videos - and some are well done (others make
the music the big theme ... and they move around too much).
My wife tells me I am a 'blogger' at heart ... although I've never
blogged ... so maybe I should set up a web site for people who are
clueless (namely me), who still try to do stuff.
It would give inspiration to the other clueless folks who need
inspiration and courage.
BTW, you guys gave ME the courage I needed to move forward ... thanks!
The pictures are a pain ... plus there is cement all over my Nikon SLR!
A video cam on a tripod with time-lapse set might be best after all.
BTW, it's a pain for me to view links on my usenet reader (I have to cut
and paste into a browser). Are you guys using a usenet reader that you
can just click on the links - or do you also have to do the cumbersome
cut and paste into a browser?
On Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:07:58 +0000 (UTC), Chuck Banshee
You don't need a video cam. My video cam is a few years old, but
was supposedly 'the thing' at the time for time lapse. A Canon
powershot [a point and shoot camera] is a lot less money, so you don't
worry about it getting wet & dirty.
The CHDK [Canon Hack Developers Kit] software is open source, doesn't
affect the camera [it goes on the memory card] and has a lot more
flexibility than my video cam. It also does a lot more things, like
motion detection, even color detection. [I can set my camera up and
only have it take pictures of the Cardinals when they show up at the
I think you're geek enough to really have some fun with it.
Get the free version of Forte's Agent--- then get the newest version
for $30. The links are a small thing-- imagine getting all the
twits to disappear. I can't imagine doing Usenet without kill
filters these days.
Click link, browser (Opera or IE 6.x) opens page, photo is displayed on
A link is an URL...an "internet shortcut"...Hyper Text Transfer
Protocol...it *should* open in a browser. If it doesn't on your machine
your file type associations are incorrect.
Or are you saying that your usenet reader doesn't recognize URLs? If so,
dump it (or maybe configure it)...even OE does URLs. What reader are you
I'm using Pan on Linux as my USENET nntp reader.
The only way I know how to use a browser is to use google groups, e.g.,
But I vastly prefer a 'real' USENET client. Anyway, I'm ok with mine (it
just doesn't do links). I was worried about you guys.
BTW, here's a picture of my 'curing process' using towels.
How long should I keep it wet (I'm planning a few days)?
Oh. Ok. That would be easier than ruining perfectly good towels!
For some reason, I 'thought' I had to keep it wet for a few days ... but
I can easily spray it in the morning and afternoon if that's all it needs.
I was wondering how the water was supposed to get to the good parts UNDER
the stones anyway.
My fingers are painful (it hurts to even type) and today, I still had to
scrub the newly laid sandstone today to change it from this:
My hands now look like this:
But, one thing I learned is that every piece of grit hurts my fingers!
I found it hurts slightly less if I put nitrile gloves on UNDER the work
gloves! Like this:
I should have STARTED with the nitrile gloves under the rubber covered
gloves (I'm surprised nobody mentioned that) for added protection from
the caustic chemicals and abrasive grit!
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