Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Barn Style Chicken Coop Door

After a lot of wear and tear on my original coop door, it was time to build a new door.

This is one of those times I should have taken build photos.  But...  I didn't.  So here's a picture of my barn style door.  Its just basic 1x4s and 1x6s.  The main part is 1x6s with 1x4 to create the proper width.  The front has more lumber for support.

On the left is another 1x6 to help hold and manage the hinges.  The rest is 1x4s.  I also put two cross members for added strength and rigidity.  Honestly, I think I could have skipped them but it won't hurt.  The majority of the screws are on the front but I added several from the back for additional strength.

I mounted it to the coop with two 2x4s.  I'll add one more 2x4 above the door later.  I'll also paint it red with white trim but I almost want to just seal it.

It was a very simple project.  I spent maybe two hours on it taking my time.  The lumber and screws came to about $25 at Menards.  I already had the other hardware but they would have added about $8.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Praying Mantis Sees You


Shot with my Motorola Droid Turbo.  No touch ups but minor cropping.  Taken summer 2015.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Splitting Kindling

Its fun revving up the saw and felling a tree.  Its relaxing to rhythmically swing a maul.  Its delightful to hear the wood crack and pop as it splits.  The neatly stacked rows of seasoning wood are a proud accomplishment.

Kindling is the one wood heat chore no one seems to like.  Its time consuming.  It can be dangerous.  The meager mound of kindling feels like a weak victory compared to tenacious, stacked cord wood.

At least, that's how I felt.  I was never quite sure what to do with it.  I often gathered sticks and sometimes the wood bits from splitting.  When I tried splitting wood down to kindling size, it felt like it took forever.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Linux Uptime

Linux rarely needs a reboot.  With more recent kernels, it doesn't really need to reboot at all.  Since I've been studying for my CompTIA A+ exam, I've left a lot of material open and handy.  I lost track of how long my desktop had been running so I ran a simple terminal command "uptime" to see.



Yes, that would be 53 days, 14 hours, and 38 minutes.  Try doing that on Windows.


Drolet HT-2000 Update

 Since I've used this stove a few times, I just wanted to show how you could load the wood in a North-South orientation.  This wasn't even full but it still burned all night and kept the house warm.


Lighting the stove has been very easy with a little kindling on top of the wood.  It drafts very, very well (I have about six feet of single wall pipe in the house and another nine feet of double wall pipe for a chimney).


I've smelled smoke only once in the house.  It was my fault.  Open the damper completely (set it to 4 or IIII) and wait just a moment before opening the door.  Even with the door open, the draft is strong enough that smoke doesn't come in the house.