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Archive for January, 2007

Project Hutchinson: Window sills!

We now have nice window sills. I made them out of a long piece of Douglas fir that I got from Southern Lumber in San Jose. All the wood was expensive, but it looks great. I put three coats of indoor varnish on it. They match the doors really well. We also now have vent covers: Another view of the window and you can see me and Louise in the reflection:


Project Hutchinson: Septic trouble

Well! Louise and I were unable to use the water in our house for about two weeks. We had trouble with the septic tank; it was backing up somewhere from the cleanout by the house to the tank itself. This could have been real bad, as that pipe is directly underneath our new driveway. So, we called Roto-Rooter, for better or for worse. $315 later we still had the same problem, and the guy figured we needed to have the tank pumped. So, I dug up the tank cover, which was a pain in the ass and a lot of... [read more]


All the cool cars are electric

I like electric cars. Oh wait; I should use the term “EV” since it is what all the cool kids say. And, if you aren’t in the know, EV is short for “electric vehicle”. Now, why do I like EVs? Well, they aren’t as harmful to the environment as gas cars, they are much quieter, and some of them have a really nice torque curve. I’d say oil is the number one reason that I’ve become more interested in them in the past few years, but I’ve always liked electrics. Heck, when I was young I spent many hours playing... [read more]


Unicycling: Pedal review

I’ve had many horrible experiences with pedals. After my latest set of pedals pulled out, I decided to start recording my experiences for the benefit of others. I’ll go through them in the order I acquired the pedals. 1. Wellgo (unknown specific kind). My 2004 24“ Kris Holm Mountain Unicycle came with these pedals. They have a horrible flaw; non-replaceable spikes. As you can see in the above pictures, the spikes have worn down to nearly nothing, making it really hard to keep your feet on the pedals when doing really rough riding. In addition, the bearings have worn away... [read more]



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