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Title: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 02, 2016, 07:30:34 PM

Weekends
Or my life as I travel.
I'm getting ready to retire. The nice part is while I'm still working I can say NO. What can they do, fire me ? Please give me a reason to retire now. I will start the New Year as a free man. If only I could win the Lotto before then.....

Having money is nice and a big part of life. Finding freedom is better. I have the chance to walk away and enjoy what time I might have left. I've watched other people work until they died. I hope I live for 50 more years. But I know it won't happen.
Reality sucks. At best I have maybe 10 years. To be honest, 5 years if I'm lucky. Family history.

I bought a small John Boat today. Fishing will be a big part of my new year. If I'm lucky I might catch a big fish.....lol. Or I just might find I don't need the big fish. A very old movie. The Old Man And The Sea. Watch it if you can.

Finding Freedom..........
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: forumjunky on December 02, 2016, 11:38:49 PM
Yeah the odds. I took my pension some 3 years back, but still climb into my excavator each morning and move some earth. I figure as long as I enjoy what I do its cool. I take it day by day, and don't contemplate the time I may have left, my wife is convinced I'm still 12 with the toys I fool around with, and the mischief I can get into. 

 Maybe its a good thing? I don't know, but I find the reflection of life brings one to a continued view of both the good and bad that has been this thing we call time. I guess owning up to the failures as well as the successes is a plus at my age.   
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: Traveler on December 03, 2016, 03:38:58 PM
I look  at what the world was like when I was young and I look at it now. I have to question if there is even going to be a real pension left in a few years anyway. :-[
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 04, 2016, 03:24:20 PM
Fourmjunky you hit the nail on the head. I no longer enjoy driving a big truck. I still enjoy driving just not a big truck. My fist six months of retirement will be getting my house in order. And fishing. Not starting out to good on the boating part. I was putting some wheel grease on the used boat I just bought. The grease fitting came off. *(%*$*&^*O&^.... My nephew came over with a new buddy bearing and a hammer. Bam!  He knock the old bearing out and I almost had a heart attack. But we got that part working. I was able to start the motor but then I think I flooded it. I'll get that part right long before I'm in the water.

Traveler we all worry about that. I don't have a pension. Just Social Security. A pension would scare me even more. But I have to make a change in my life. I might have to find some part time work later on. It should be an interesting journey.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: forumjunky on December 04, 2016, 07:44:15 PM
Yeah the will is still there, but the body says no...lol  where I used to jump down from the cab, is now replaced with crawling down. I'm the old man in a sea of youngsters in their early 20s, but still have the knowledge base and ability to run circles around most of them.  Its cool in as much that they want to learn, and I guess thats sorta what keeps me going.

 My pension (Swedish) is, well, something that would be tough to get by on, around 1200 bucks a month, but my social security pension from the States kicks in next year when I turn 66, it adds another 1300 to the pot, then I can bail if the urge moves me.   Right now its getting old debts paid off, and possibly a move to Portugal and a warm climate...lol   I hate snow.   
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on December 04, 2016, 08:34:00 PM
I hated snow when I had to work in it.  Now that I don't have to I love it again and I mean REALLY love it!  We may get 1-4" tomorrow.

Good luck with the fishing ToM!  That's one thing I've never hated and is why I don't claim being a full time vegetarian.  I still eat fish on occasion.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 09, 2016, 01:58:32 PM
Good news and so so news. I still can't get the boat motor to start. It could be me doing something wrong. But I doubt it. My nephew should have a look at it this weekend. Just in case I picked up a new set of plugs and a carburetor.

The Good news, I've been approved for my social security.  Down the road I'll look into a part time job. I was thinking of a job with some meaning to it. Three day a week would be nice. I'll start looking around June next year.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 09, 2016, 03:23:56 PM
My nephew just stopped over to have a look at the motor. I knew it wasn't me...lol. He couldn't get the motor to start. But after a short spray of starting fluid we know the spark plugs are good. It tried to start. So that tells me the carburetor is clogged up. Now all I need is to find the time to put the new carburetor on. I'll get there.   
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on December 11, 2016, 09:45:22 AM
In a few weeks you'll have plenty of time!   ;D
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 12, 2016, 03:50:23 PM
I hate to say it but it looks like I got suckered. In other words I was sold a bad motor. The new carburetor was easy to put on. No help. So I changed to plugs. No good. The threads on the head came out with the old plugs. It would seem someone put in wrong plugs. I spoke to my mechanic at work. Odds are the rings or values are bad. I still need to do a compression test on it. So how did the seller make the motor run so good ? A old trick. You add oil through the carburetor. WD 40 would work. That would temporally give you the compression needed. I'll take the motor apart after the new year. It might be worth fixing. Cough cough......

I also learned something else on this  adventure. A 2 1/2 HP Mercury motor at most box stores sells for $1475. I bought the same motor today from a small independent shop for $729. Okay there is a small difference. The $1475 was a 2016. The $729 is a 2015 but brand new with a two year warranty. I AM GOING FISHING !!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on December 13, 2016, 07:29:54 PM
WOOHOO!  Like they always say; a bad day fishing is better than a good day working.  That never made sense to me but you know those guys that spin yarns and tell fish tales.

Now you can look for your own Catfish Hunter!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 16, 2016, 03:04:34 PM
Please !!!! No catfish.
I've always been told salt water catfish are no good to eat. Years ago I went fishing with a coworker.  Th first fish I caught was a big sail cat. When I kick it back into the water my coworker screamed at me. What are you doing ? I explained no one eats salt water catfish. Bull shit ! I have eight kids to feed. We eat them ! To be honest the catfish tasted good. But he said they were a pain to clean.

Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 18, 2016, 03:30:05 PM
It is not easy for me to get out of bed on my one day off. Unless I have something I want or need to do. I had things I needed to today. Most of that changed with a phone call. My Daughters Grandmother passed away today.....

Life happens.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on December 22, 2016, 08:29:54 AM
I hope she's handling things okay.  It sucks to lose a loved one.

As far as salty cats...well I have to agree with your co-worker for the most part because it depends on what cat you are eating.  This may help:

http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?34688-EATING-SALTWATER-CATFISH

Even carp is edible.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on December 25, 2016, 05:36:09 PM
It is kind of strange saying I have three days off from work. When I know next week will be my last week at work. I slept all day Saturday. OK half a day. Lazy the rest of the day. I made it out today with my Jon Boat. It was easy to launch it. It started on choke and then I flooded it. Grrrrrr. Motors are a lot like a women. You only get one chance. Did I say that out loud ?

If anything I learned I can launch and put my Jon Boat back on my trailer by myself. I also found a small leak. An easy fix. I'll be back out tomorrow. But first I'll make sure I understand how the motor works. A two stroke motor is so much easier than a four stroke motor.......

I also learned when you use body parts that you normally don"t use, ouch!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on December 25, 2016, 09:05:52 PM
That would really suck if you hurt yourself and had to take time off from your retirement... :'(
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on January 09, 2017, 10:27:55 PM
Okay ToM!  How's that retirement going?  I see you've logged in but we haven't heard/read from you in awhile!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 10, 2017, 08:49:59 AM
I've been fighting a bad cold. But I am feeling better. Lots of sleep helps. I would put my breathing back at 80 %. Last week I was lucky if I could walk 50 feet without gasping for air. Yesterday I walked all around a Wal Mart shopping. A little heavy breathing but not that bad.
With any luck the weather should be warm enough tomorrow. I got my boat motor back from the dealer and now it is so easy to start. I might just take my boat out for a ride. The fresh air should do me good. I'll try to take some pictures. Can we post pictures in here ??? lol......

I'm still here, just not moving as fast.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on January 10, 2017, 12:10:24 PM
Oh good on you being around, not on the cold!

Pictures can be posted but you have to use an outside image host.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 12, 2017, 09:51:11 AM
OK what ever fishing / boating God I made made mad, I apologize. I'm just not having any luck with boating. I didn't feel up to boating yesterday. But I was ready to go this morning. Just to be safe I wanted to warm up the motor before leaving. Shut it down then wait for 30 minutes and restart it. Kind of like if I was out fishing. You move from one spot to a different spot looking for the fish.
So I opened the fuel line and the air vent on the gas cap. Pulled out the choke. One pull,nothing. Second pull it fired right up. Sweet ! About five minutes in I started to smell the gas. The motor stopped and gas was pouring out. This was why I took it in last week to be repaired. I took it back in this morning.

Sooner or later I will get to go fishing.......
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on January 12, 2017, 11:50:13 AM
Oh damn!  I hope it's an easy fix!   :(
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 14, 2017, 02:13:31 PM
Looks like it was a easy fix. I played with the motor this morning. It worked great. I'll test it again before putting the boat in the water. I just might get to go fishing soon.....
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 19, 2017, 08:38:07 AM
I made it back out with the boat. I didn't do any fishing. I forgot to bring an anchor. The wind was strong enough to push my little boat around. But I did enjoy the boat ride. The motor worked fine for over two hours. On and off,easy restart. Then I bumped ground and the motor shut off. And again the float stuck and it started draining the gas. A little taping on the carburetor bowl and twenty minutes later I was back up and running. Thank God ! There was no way I could have paddled back to the boat ramp.
So to be on the safe side I bought an electric trolling motor. Hell I'm to damn old to paddle a boat a couple of miles. So next time out I'll bring an anchor. And a seat cushion. I really need a seat cushion......lol.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on January 19, 2017, 09:25:39 AM
So it looks like that carb needs fixing.  Electric trolling motors are lovely but if the wind picks up on you it may not have the power to bring you back in.  I'm concerned with that because I want you to come back!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 19, 2017, 03:10:42 PM
LMAO, thanks for being concerned. As long as I stay in the river, I'll make it back. Once I  get out in the bay..... I'll still make it back. You always leave a float plan with someone. If your not back in time, they call for help.

Today I'm cooking something I really enjoy. Boiled Peanuts. Sad parts is it will take all night to cook. But I'll have a great snack for lunch tomorrow.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 25, 2017, 10:12:19 AM
Go Figure.....

I was going to bring the motor back and have them look at it today. But I figured I should test it again. It has been working perfect all morning. I'm hoping I just need to break in the carburetor. I've let the motor run for 5 to 10 minutes at different speeds. Then I shut off the gas and let it run until it stops. That should keep the float moving up and down.
It would be kind of hard to fix a problem when it is working perfect. Once the wind slows down and it warms back up to 80 degrees I'll take it back out for a test run.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 25, 2017, 01:57:19 PM
And it was working so good. Then the float stuck again....grrrrr.   I'm not taking it back to the same place I bought it. They already had two try's to fix it. I called a REAL outboard motor repair shop and explained what the motor was doing. They won't be able to look at it until next week. But I'll bring it in to them tomorrow. They said it "Should" be covered under the warranty. It better be covered !!

You know that's the good part about being retired. I have the time to take care of stuff.   
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on January 26, 2017, 09:04:33 AM
Speaking of that, how are you adjusting so far?  Has it hit you yet that you don't have a "schedule" anymore, that you don't have someone determining your day for you anymore?

Some people take to it really fast, others feel like they aren't as valuable.

One thing I've learned about being disabled which is somewhat of a forced retirement; I no longer want my life to be dictated by others(as much as I can avoid it).  As you suggested I started a monetized youtube channel that I'll be posting videos to regarding my genealogy project and homesteading the land I eventually buy.

Ooohh, too bad you haven't been recording your adventures with that PITA outboard and posting them up!  I'd watch!  Your fishing too!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 27, 2017, 03:43:37 PM
I'm still getting use to being retired. The fist two weeks ? I had a bad cold. I didn't get the sleep I wanted. Hell I was out of bed before 9 am. Now If I want I can sleep until 11 am.
Not having a job ? No problem. As long as I think I have enough money to pay the bills. As to my value in life. To be honest I think I fulfilled any "reason" to be here about ten years ago. Now is my time. And I enjoy being lazy. So yes I still need a purpose in life. Get out of bed and go fishing !! Clean the house. Ouch ! I still have things I have to do. But now I have the time.
Life is good.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on January 28, 2017, 06:23:02 PM
Now If I want I can sleep until 11 am. Not having a job ? No problem.

I'm still up by 5am for some reason other than the occasions when I'm exhausted.  I call it my left over habit from truck driving.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on January 31, 2017, 08:29:57 PM
Boiled Peanuts.....

I love eating them. But they have to be soft. With lots of salt. Cooking them never seems to be the same. From stove top to crock pot every batch cooks different. Food of the Gods.....
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 01, 2017, 09:34:42 AM
After that description I pictured you sitting in a chair on the porch with some boiled peanuts and a cup of fresh brewed coffee watching the sun rise.   :)
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 02, 2017, 02:06:26 PM
How about boiled peanuts and a cold beer? I did freeze some of them. From what I read they last for ever frozen. I did microwave some and they tasted great.

I kind of knew it would happen. The boat motor repair shop said I had some trash in the fuel. 99$ for the repair. So much for a warranty. New gas can and new fuel. Really ? Hey as long as the motor works, no problem. I did ask to have a fuel filter installed. I hope to have the motor back in time to use it. Tomorrow ? We have some nice boating weather coming up. I hope to run the motor and see what happens. Trolling motor for back up. I'm too damn old to paddle..   
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 03, 2017, 08:31:40 AM
I hope it works!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 06, 2017, 02:14:37 PM
A quick update. One tank of gas will get you 5 miles. I'll figure the mpg later. Top speed 6 to 7 mph. Half throttle 5 to 5.5 mph. Half is good for me. Just hope I never have to out run a storm. I never had a problem before, just check the weather before going. I tried some fishing, no luck. But I went at the wrong time for fishing. The electric motor worked. But the 50 amp hour battery could not Handel it. So happy the gas motor worked :).
I had 4 big boats pass me today. Only one was an ass and didn't slow down. I was motoring at the time so no big deal. Just aim for the waves. If I was anchored and fishing it would have made me mad. Now I have to clean things. The no so fun part about boating....
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 07, 2017, 08:25:24 AM
How big is your boat?  Post a pic?   :)
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 07, 2017, 03:43:57 PM
It is a 12 john boat. I'll post some pictures sooner or later lol.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 08, 2017, 10:02:27 AM
No hurries and no worries on retirement eh?   ;D
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 08, 2017, 01:08:19 PM
A lot of rain last night. My boat cover couldn't handle it.  Took me a half hour to get all the water off of the cover. So I built a pvc frame to put inside of the boat. Hopefully it will help the cover act like a pitched roof. I'm sure I'll have to adjust it later on. I did take a picture but haven't uploaded it yet.
Right now I need to do what no one with a computer ever wants to do. Reset it back to the factory settings. For about two months now it has been locking up on the boot. I get around that by constantly pressing the F11 when I power on the computer. I tried all the repairs I can think of. The error is a WDF Violation.  A bad window 10 update ? So any way if I'm not back here in the next few days, I'll be resetting my pc.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 08, 2017, 01:50:13 PM
Lucky me my lap top still works. I hate a laptop keyboard. Started the reset and it is only at 2%. This will take all night lol. And then a few days to update everything.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 08, 2017, 03:27:52 PM
I'm glad you can still post here!  I only like the convenience of laptops when traveling otherwise I use a desk top.  I don't like paying twice as much for something that lasts half as long and doesn't have near the storage capacity unless peripherals are used.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 08, 2017, 05:27:03 PM
I'm glad you can still post here!  I only like the convenience of laptops when traveling otherwise I use a desk top.  I don't like paying twice as much for something that lasts half as long and doesn't have near the storage capacity unless peripherals are used.

The lap top is a pain for me to use. I keep hitting the wrong keys. But I am happy to have it. 7 hours later and my reset is only at 20%. I hope the power stays on all night.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 08, 2017, 11:37:05 PM
Couldn't sleep. So I check on my computer. It was finished resetting. It did lock up trying to set it up. I had to pull the pug and do the F11 key again. But after I got it working I did one shut down and a new start. I'm back to windows 8 and so far so good. Let me try one more shut down and see what happens. I'll be back.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 08, 2017, 11:54:10 PM
It still seems to be working.... I'm going back to sleep.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 09, 2017, 01:05:58 PM
Interesting. My windows8 product key no longer works. But I still have windows.As to updating windows. I have 187 new updates. It would only do 7 of them. And that took almost an hour. I can buy a new product key from windows for $37. Would that fix updating ? Do I really need to update?
I think my computer is around 6 years old. I might just think about replacing it. But I really don't want windows 10. Apple ? No for the price. Maybe a new PC later and set my old PC up with Linux ??? Might be time to learn a new system.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 09, 2017, 03:35:07 PM
LMAO.....

No way will I try another update for windows. Granted I got off my ass and did a few things waiting on the update. Which once again did not work.

Boating is so much more fun than this. I won't go out on a weekend, but Monday is looking good for boating. I'll have to look up the fishing part.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 10, 2017, 07:56:53 AM
I'm sorry I'm so distracted right now ToM!  Your updating issue is VERY common ever since W10 came out and I completely forgot!  There are a few fixes online and I've used a couple.  Once you get the right one you shouldn't have the issue again.  I have to do the same for mine tomorrow or Sunday.  I have to be out of here on Sunday and it's been almost my entire focus.  Sorry!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 11, 2017, 10:30:09 AM
I called Microsoft and had them do a remote fix. It works now. I'll stay with windows 8. Hope everything works out on your move.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 13, 2017, 11:07:22 PM
Yep, I'm done.  Exhausted but done.  Not in the van til tomorrow night.  I'm really sick right now and needed a couple days to recover.  My updates went well too.  I'm sticking with Windows 7.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 15, 2017, 01:55:10 PM
Yep, I'm done.  Exhausted but done.  Not in the van til tomorrow night.  I'm really sick right now and needed a couple days to recover.  My updates went well too.  I'm sticking with Windows 7.

I had a chest cold (?) my first three weeks of retirement. I was lucky to walk five feet without thinking I was going to die. I hope you feel better in a couple of days.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 16, 2017, 12:18:33 PM
I do!  Just needed some rest and to get over being exhausted!  Well house dust doesn't help either since I'm allergic to it.

Very much looking forward to reading more about your fishing adventures!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 17, 2017, 05:36:13 PM
After doing some home repairs today I did try and start my boat motor. I think it has been at least a week from the last time I started it. Worked like a charm. For now I think I can trust my gas motor. I'll be back out on the water soon enough.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 18, 2017, 07:45:42 PM
Nice!  Looking forward to that!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 19, 2017, 06:53:03 PM
I was hoping being retired would be all fishing and sleeping late. But life still happens. I still have a lot to do around the house. This week coming up should be nice and warm out with only a small chance of rain. The time for fishing is not when I would want to go. I might just go for a nice boat ride.
On a good note. While I know I should make a budget on paper I never do. But I know in my head what I spend. I still won't get my social security until next month. For the month of January I spent just a little over half of what I will get. February is looking to be about the same. As long as I'm a little careful I can still save a little every month.
If you have the chance get out of debt. I worked my ass off doing it. But now I have a chance to enjoy my life. I wish everyone the same. 
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 19, 2017, 08:47:29 PM
Agreed.  That's a major reason why I'm not distressed living in my van.  I know why I'm doing it and TBH it's not that much different than living in the sleeper of a truck.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 21, 2017, 08:31:28 PM
Agreed.  That's a major reason why I'm not distressed living in my van.  I know why I'm doing it and TBH it's not that much different than living in the sleeper of a truck.

Living in a van or camper is really no different than a current treat. Tiny house. It's paid for and can be moved as needed. I love owning my house. But I can't move it. And doing repairs on a 1000 square foot house is expensive. You learn to become carpenter/plumber/handyman to save money. Same thing with a Tiny House Camper or Van.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 23, 2017, 09:24:54 AM
Yep and once I buy my property I'll decide if I want to build a house or not.  If I do it won't be bigger than say 500-600 feet as that would be plenty of room.

Or, I could just keep living in my van and not worry about it.  At least I'll have a place to park that they can't raise the rent on since it won't be a rental.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 24, 2017, 11:00:05 PM
Yep and once I buy my property I'll decide if I want to build a house or not.  If I do it won't be bigger than say 500-600 feet as that would be plenty of room.

Or, I could just keep living in my van and not worry about it.  At least I'll have a place to park that they can't raise the rent on since it won't be a rental.

I swear you sound a lot like my daughter. She is ready to travel the USA her her VW van if and when her company close the doors.

Going Fishing. I still have a lot to do around the house. Taking a day off for fishing,no problem. The weather is starting to look good. But the news is not so good for fishing in Tampa bay. Hey the fish are still there! But the water isn't so good. Seems we have a lot of fecal matter or should I say crap in the water. It seems to happen way to often .

Maybe I'll just go for a boat ride......

 
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on February 25, 2017, 08:11:57 PM
I tell you, we took a HUGE step backwards when we started municipal "water treatment" in it's current state.  People in cities and towns with water treatment facilities don't realize that some of the water they are drinking and bathing in was once in a toilet.

I found out when someone told me about the poop water they get in a tank and then spray it on their lawns and gardens.  It's treated for biological hazards but still...

even the Puget Sound isn't immune from poop water:

http://www.king5.com/tech/science/environment/raw-sewage-dump-into-puget-sound-has-crews-working-around-the-clock/410048084
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on February 27, 2017, 08:23:13 PM
I guess I should change the name of this thread from weekends to Retirement.
So far the hardest part of retirement for me is getting to sleep. The nice part is if I can't get to sleep I can sleep in. Which makes it harder to get to sleep at a decent hour. So I'm trying to get up around 8am. LMAO not a lot of luck with that so far. So I'm trying to stay busy cleaning my house.
Holy Crap I have a lot of work to do. Finishing one thing at a time would be a good way to do it. In a way that is what I do. I got my boat and motor ready. For day time fishing. I'm not so sure I want to be out in the dark in a boat fishing.

House repair's. I don't have a lot of repairs to do. But I do have a lot of "improvements" to do. Getting rid of stuff I no longer need. And finding a place for what I keep. Tools. I have enough if I can find what I want when I need it. I had a door sticking. I went looking for my really cheap ($4 ) hand planer. Couldn't find it. Then I went looking for my electric planer. I ended up buying a $20 hand planer. Door works great now.
The nice part is I have the time to do these things. I think it took me two years when I had to rebuild my bathroom. I was working 10 to 12 hours a day 6 days a week. Gut it all out. New 2x4's in the walls. New walls and a shower pan. New floor. Which also meant some new plumbing. Not a damn thing is square but it works ! I had to take a shower in a very large cement tub hooked up to my kitchen sink with a garden hose. That was a lot of fun in the winter. But for the last 10 years ( ? ) I have a working bathroom.
I'll adjust to the sleep thing sooner or later. But for now I have the time to do things I need and want to do. I like retirement.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 04, 2017, 04:20:34 PM
Walked out the house this morning and almost tripped and fell. I've been meaning to fix the sidewalk.

(http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc352/TiredOldMan1955/home/th_17%20-%201_zpsmp8ep1hb.jpg) (http://s527.photobucket.com/user/TiredOldMan1955/media/home/17%20-%201_zpsmp8ep1hb.jpg.html)

So I bought a cheap grinder. The $4 grinding disk I also bought ? I might need three of them.  Some parts of the side walk can be up a 1/4 inch. I did 5 spots today in about 2 hours.

(http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc352/TiredOldMan1955/home/th_sidewalk%20repair_zpsg6p8oiur.jpg) (http://s527.photobucket.com/user/TiredOldMan1955/media/home/sidewalk%20repair_zpsg6p8oiur.jpg.html)

Right after posting the photos I moved them to a different folder on photo bucket So I had to re post them.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 05, 2017, 04:53:43 PM
Can you use a metal cutting disk on concrete ? Yes. But it is slow as hell. But this is a big up lift in the concrete to repair.
(http://i527.photobucket.com/albums/cc352/TiredOldMan1955/home/large%20lift_zpsogout4td.jpg) (http://s527.photobucket.com/user/TiredOldMan1955/media/home/large%20lift_zpsogout4td.jpg.html)

You can see I used a motor mix to make it into a ramp. It will not trip you but it fells funny to walk over. This one will be fun to finish.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on March 06, 2017, 09:35:31 AM
I guess I should change the name of this thread from weekends to Retirement.

If you want it changed just say the word!

That concrete grinding looks like quite a job!  I'll bet you'll be glad to be done with that.  Couldn't help but to look at a few other photos and stopped at this one:

http://s527.photobucket.com/user/TiredOldMan1955/media/home/concert.jpg.html

That's quite a view you have there!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 06, 2017, 06:37:09 PM
And I still look the same :)
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 07, 2017, 01:08:02 PM
After sleeping half the day it was time to get a new grinding disk. I bypassed Northern tools and went to Habor Freight. They didn't have what I wanted. Home depot here I come. They also didn't have what I wanted. But I did get  diamond concrete cutting blade for $12. Next stop Lowes for the grinding disk.

The diamond cutting disk? GREAT! A little to great in a few spots. User error. But it sucked at smoothing the concrete. The concrete grinding disk cleaned it all up. Now I can go back to being lazy..
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on March 08, 2017, 09:13:05 AM
Looks like you have that licked according to your pics!  Of course that's ignoring that I've watched your videos.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 08, 2017, 10:32:03 AM
Which video ?
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 11, 2017, 07:54:07 PM
I amaze myself at times. I have plenty to do around the house but end up doing other things. I have a Neato robotic vacuum cleaning that has been dying over the years. I found online how to repair it. I ordered the parts and should have them in about a week. This should be fun.....
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 12, 2017, 02:23:07 PM
I was able to get the Neato to work again today. But now it is locking up again. I did take it outside and cleaned it using a air hose. Way over due for a cleaning. I could take it apart and have it ready for when I get the parts. But I'll wait. I'll make this a one day challenge once I have the parts.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 13, 2017, 04:52:42 PM
Rainy day and I was bored so I took the Neato apart. Why do they always hide a couple of screws under a piece of tape ? It took me about an hour. And add 45 minutes to find the two hidden screws.

Depending on how hard it is to remove the capacitor I might just change only the bad one.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 13, 2017, 06:59:19 PM
Not that I really know what I'm doing. I did a voltage test on the bad capacitor. Zero volts. I check a few other capacitors and they seemed OK. 14 volts dc. Removing the bad cap really wasn't that hard. Removing the solder from the holes took a few try's.

I went to school after I got out of the Army for electronic. I made better money driving for a living. Now days if it breaks you throw it away and buy a new item. But that might be good for me. My Neato cost me around $200 new. A $10 repair sounds good until you add in labor. Why pay $110 for repair when you can get the latest product for a few dollars more.
The video I watched on youtube, he bought his Neato at goodwill for $6 dollars.
I'll have to start looking at Goodwill. For the parts alone ($6) looks good to me. I might even make a new robot that will conquer the world for me. What could go wrong ????????
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 17, 2017, 03:27:18 PM
I only changed the one capacitor. The new ones where double the size of the old one. I didn't want to chance shorting something out. So I put the Neato back together. I knew I should of taken pictures and used tape to keep the screws where they needed to be put back in. So I have 9 screws left and no place to put them. Don't laugh, it is now working. I wonder how long it will keep working ???
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on March 20, 2017, 11:04:02 AM
I watched the videos on your youtube channel!

I hope your Neato stays working, that would be awesome.  I'd love to find one to annoy my cat with if anything else.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 21, 2017, 02:28:31 PM
I went to the main Goodwill store today looking for a Neato. No luck. But I'll keep looking. My cat won't even look at the Neato.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 22, 2017, 02:11:01 PM
I'm still amazed at things I do to avoid things I need to do. Still working on sleep. My goal now is to just go to bed early and get up early. Early ? Okay so I'm trying not to sleep in all day.

I did get up on my house roof and close an opening with some spray foam. I even picked up a few things from the back yard to put into the recycle bin. Clean the shed ? Not a chance. But I did make the five gallon bucket mouse/rat trap. Only no water in the bucket and I'm hoping to harass some squirrels .
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 22, 2017, 08:33:35 PM
So much for going to bed early. Here it is 11:20 pm and I'm still playing around. Now to be fair I did finish some cleaning I have been putting off. I get two points for that.
I got a new toy last week and have been playing with it. A Baofeng 2 meter/70 meter hand held ham radio for use in emergency. I had two FRS radios but they suck. So I bought another one for my daughter. Sometime this week I should be able to test them for range. I can use my radio on my boat (marine Channels) as long as I am on the water but not on land. I programed in FRS GMRS PRS and MURS along with all the Marine channels. Plus A few other channels. While I have no plan on getting a license for ham radio, you don't need one in a emergence. So now I have to see how far it works with the stock antenna.
Like I needed a new toy.........
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 26, 2017, 08:16:56 PM
Antenna Antenna antenna........

This ham radio thing is interesting. I'll post more later.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on March 29, 2017, 11:35:50 AM
Have you looked at the test yet?  I will when I get set up on my property someday.  Right now I'm just trying to make some actual time to make youtube videos.

Hmm, I'll have to make sure a HAM tower will be allowed in the subdivision.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 29, 2017, 12:58:33 PM
As of now to the best of my knowledge,no subdivision can stop you. Ham radio is part of emergence response. But that could change in the future. I only made it about 1/2 of a mile on the two radios. I added a roll up antenna on my radio and was able to hear my Daughter a mile away. But she couldn't hear me. So I ordered a roll up antenna for her. The roll up antenna will also be used for camping or hiking. Use some rope and throw it over a tree branch.I can also hear a Ham radio about 30 miles away. I'm sure that is coming off of a repeater.
With the right antenna even a small 4 watt hand held can get some good range. Should the phones go out I hope to be able to stay in touch with family.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on March 30, 2017, 08:12:22 AM
If you would like to study for a ham license this is a good web site.

https://hamstudy.org/
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on April 02, 2017, 09:19:25 PM
The amatuer radio fans of the family went through the ARRL

http://www.arrl.org/home

There's nothing in the property owners association rules blocking it but if I get that far I'll certainly find out.  Right now I'm just trying to find another van.  It seems like I have to be sleeping with one to buy one.  It's as if a few hours after they are posted up they are gone.  I've missed out on close to 20 vans now.  I'm really frustrated and I have to admit to being scared too.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on April 03, 2017, 11:13:22 AM
I'm sure you will find a van. From what I read prices should be going down. But I'm not so sure about that.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on April 05, 2017, 08:07:46 AM
I did find one!  I'll post up a thread later but right now it's scramble time!  I can almost feel the NM sunshine!
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on April 05, 2017, 08:13:02 AM
I did find one!  I'll post up a thread later but right now it's scramble time!  I can almost feel the NM sunshine!

HAPPY DANCE
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on April 09, 2017, 12:35:46 PM
Looks like I'll take the Ham Radio test at the end of this month. I am more than certain I'll pass.
Now as to my cheap Baofeng hand held radio. It works. It works even better with a antenna placed up high. Both people have to have an antenna placed up high. Using the roll up antenna I need it just above the roof of my house. Easy to do. My Daughter is four stories up so she has no problem using the roll up antenna.
Do I stay simple or move up to a better radio ? I'm still debating it. And the cost. A mobile duel band radio is about $250. I can also use a mobile as a base station. Power output is important. My hand held is only 4 watts. A mobile would be around 50 to 75 watts. But the most important part is the antenna.
Once I have my license I'll be able to use repeaters that will give me a greater range. But what if the repeaters go out ? I still want at least a 10 to 20 mile range. With the right antenna I can use the hand held. With the right antenna and more power....longer range.
From past history the odds of me needing a ham radio is slim. But it is till fun to look at.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on April 12, 2017, 02:18:50 PM
I have a painters pole that can extend to 24 feet. I cemented a pipe into the ground near my back door. It seems to work good. A very fast way to put up an antenna. And take it down during lightning storms.
Looking forward to getting my Ham license to test it.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on April 12, 2017, 02:39:34 PM
Nice on that antenna!  Don't forget, your 10-20 miles range can become hundreds and even thousands when there is some good skip going on.  Find your local HAM club.  They can clue you in on where they most likely get skip from.  I remember my step dad talking with someone from a Pacific island, I think it was Guam.  Been too long now.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on April 13, 2017, 02:58:29 PM
I listen to a local ham club on a repeater about five mile from me. The repeater is good for about 50 miles on vhf. I'll have to wait until I have my license to test my range using my 4 watt hand held. I don't see myself joining any club. But I'll be asking questions once I can get on the air.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on April 27, 2017, 05:04:53 PM
I took the ham radio license today and passed it. I know of four questions I had to guess at. But all they tell you is if you passed or failed. Not how many questions you got right or wrong. I would have liked to know how I did.
Now I have to wait from a few days to a couple of weeks. Once my call numbers are posted on the FCC website,I'll be legal to talk.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on May 11, 2017, 11:48:07 AM
Two weeks to the day. I finally have a FCC cal sign. Some people might get this, I'm poison.  KN4DDT. Now I get to test the range.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on May 17, 2017, 05:50:47 PM
It took me some time to figure out how to program the radio using my computer. But I got it. Using the repeater I get a easy 50 mile range on 5 to 10 watts. So far so good.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: MeBeAdmin on May 26, 2017, 12:20:22 PM
I'm poison.  KN4DDT. Now I get to test the range.

LOL grats!  I hope you have been enjoying it and my apologies for such a slow reply.  My internet access has been little as of late(too busy!).  It would be nice to see how the skip is here to see if I could buzz you once in awhile when it's going good.  *If* it goes down your way.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on May 26, 2017, 06:54:46 PM
As long as you are still doing good no problem. I hope you are able to get a better internet connection.
My radio is VHF and UHF. An HF radio would be better for skip and long range.But for $25 the 5 watt hand held along with a $25 J pole roll up antenna is a good start.
Always happy to see you posting.
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on June 09, 2017, 05:31:14 PM
Six months into my retirement.
If I don't have to get up in the morning, I'll sleep all day. Granted I stayed up all night watching Netflix. I'm starting to think I might be a night owl...

The song Digging Up Bones.....
An old girlfriend showed up few months ago. When she broke up with me she said she wanted to go back to just being friends. Life moved on and she got married. Twenty years later her husband died. And then one of her Daughters. She was in need of and looking for a friend.
I spent those last twenty years working my ass off. Sixty plus hours, six days  a week. Life happened. My Mother died. I watched my Sister fight cancer only to lose the battle. I understand what it is to lose someone you love.
I can be your friend. But I can't be anything more than that. I've spent the last twenty years....Leaning about myself. I love the life I have. The hardest part I hard to learn was the difference between love and lust. I was no longer in love with her. Was I ever in Love with her ? Like I told her, I can be a friend. I might be crazy but I think she is looking for more than that. So how do I be just a Friend without hurting her?
It sucks getting old. My Brother in law, who was my big Brother growing up passed away yesterday. I lost my big Brother. I can't ask him what to do about an old love I am no longer in love with without hurting her. He always had an answer........
Title: Re: Weekends
Post by: tired old man on June 12, 2017, 06:42:41 PM
The funeral was today. I said good bye to my Brother In Law. And as a big Brother he answered my question. Just be who you are. A friend. She will understand it in time.

The two most important days in your life are when you are born and the day you find out why.
Mark Twain