Jun. 1st, 2011

Stuff

Jun. 1st, 2011 04:11 pm
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We closed today on our refinance to move from a 30 year to a 20 year loan, cutting 5 years out (since we were already 5 years in on the 30 year. Awesome! This also means I don't have a mortgage payment til August. Sweet!

I dropped off Joanna's place mats at the history museum today for the "Woven in Time" exhibit coming up this fall. There was much confusion since they did not tell me that I should be dropping it off at the research library location rather than the museum itself. Bad communications on their part. Oh well, it's done.

We finally have the AC on. The second floor is working great but the first floor is not. Someone's coming to look at it tomorrow. That'll probably take care of spending the surplus we'll have from not paying the mortgage this month. The joys of being a homeowner, right there.

I spent a lot of time fixing the band saw on Sunday, and it worked fine for a while, but now I'm having a new problem. I think either the belt is loose, or the blade is too dull. I might work on that tonight so I can get on to preparing some more turning blanks. The ones I roughed out this weekend seem to be drying ok out on the back porch. I hope they don't crack.

Allergies have hit me hard this spring. So far, everything except sudafed makes me sleepy or doesn't work. Maybe I should just plan more naps into my days.

I have a very tedious task that needs doing at work. I'm going to do it this evening I think, after dinner. Actually, as I think of it now, I can do that tedious task in 1 delightfully quick update statement because I only have to do it in dev (where I have access to update via sql). The poor payroll team is then the ones that will have to do it all manually in production. Poor guys, I'm glad I'm not in payroll. Maybe I'll go do that update statement now.

Idiots

Jun. 1st, 2011 06:57 pm
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I'm good at putting things together from kits. I follow the step by step directions and get it done. Clearly some people FAIL at this.

I took apart more of the band saw today, only to find a missing part on the drive shaft. According to the manual, there should be a 3/16" woodruff key to affix the drive pulley to the spindle that makes the saw work. Once I finally got it apart, I find that there is no key affixing the two parts together. The idiot who put it together just left it out, then screwed the set screw in as far as it goes, therefore making the saw moderately functional, though it slips easily under a heavy load.

The set screw has chewed up the spindle a bit where it had slipped, but I got it all apart, and the home depot website tells me they sell woodruff keys in a 2-pack for 74 cents.

Come on people, power tools are not the place to skimp when it comes to reading the assembly instructions.

At least I have a purry lap kitty to whisk the irritation away.

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