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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Episode 9 — Polyethy-lean-to

This video is very long. There is an extra bit of video after the credits of how the final project behaves in high wind though, so it isn't quite as long as the time stamp would have you believe. There are Chapters embedded into it so you can easily skip to the next section if you feel you have see enough of me drilling holes. Each Chapter has it's own section in the blog as well if you want to find the details on one particular step.

The most concise details are in the spreadsheet I made. Click the links below for a PDF you can save with links you can click to go to the vendor websites, or access a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.

PDF Bill of Materials with Hotlinks

Google Drive Spreadsheet Bill of Materials with Hotlinks

Introduction

Back in August I started thinking about how much nicer it would be to work on Ally Mo if I wasn't so pressured by the weather. If there was some kind of roof over it then I could take out the windows and not have to rush to get something in the hole. I could have lots of fresh air during the disgusting part of removing all the mouse infested cabinets and paneling and insulation. And it could provide shade. On a cool winter day it would stay cool enough for me to work in full PPE.

Criteria:

  1. Aesthetic - It needs to look nice. I need something to boost my confidence and make me want to work on the project
  2. Cost - It should cost less per square foot than a comparable ready-made canopy kit or else I'll feel dumb for having these high aesthetic standards at the cost of a lot of extra work

Research and Development

I did some research looking at photos of midcentury carports to see what they had going on.
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V shaped supports. Nice, but I don't know if that's going to work for me.


I found some interesting tropical structures
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Eventually I stumbled into the farming sector and learned about caterpillar tunnels and hoop houses

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Tunnel Vision Hoops Caterpillar Tunnel

I started considering what I could do with these readily available components and techniques. What if I could lift that up and tilt it over? That might look interesting. I did a very basic elevation drawing (I currently lack any explanation for why I chose these line colors) to verify I had the scale right in my mind. 
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I don't really trust drawings though. I need to see things in place. So I bought a couple 10' lengths of 1" conduit to play with, see how bendy it is. I got it in roughly the right place with a couple of ladders so I could stand back and take it in.
 
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I liked the curve of the 20' of 1" pipe so I decided to move forward. I made a spreadsheet with a bill of materials and got an idea of what I was looking at for cost. I figured it was going to be around $700 minimum. I allowed as how I would assess how flimsy it was and may have to buy more lumber to shore it up. 

How does this compare to kits I could buy? If it was going to cost a lot more per square foot how would I rationalize not doing it the easy way? The cheapest Harbor Freight carport tent thing is $99 for 10' x 20'. I'll call that $100/200 sq feet = $0.50 per square foot. That's cheap.

The Shelter Logic version that used to come in different sizes is $349.99. It's only available in 10'x20' right now, January 2021. But from the reviews I see they used to make them big enough for an RV. The reviews complain that the covers only last a year. Anyway, ignoring that it's too small for Ally Mo, the price per square foot is $1.75/ square f

My early spreadsheet made it look like I would be spending $1.20/sq ft. That's in between. Of course neither of those are big enough to even cover my project. What about one that is big enough? I found a 15' x 40' gable end canopy 8' tall, which Ally Mo would fit in, as long as I didn't want to get on the roof. But it was over $2964.76 for 600 square feet, or $4.94 per square foot

There's an Arrow brand RV canopy that's 14' x 47' x 14' for $5399.99. So the math on that is $5400/658 sq ft = $8.20 per square foot. 


These numbers made me feel pretty good about my plan. It would be good value. Also I need to work on my trailer. I can't have those posts so close to the side and have the roof right up against an 8' canopy. That would be all kinds of in the way. Not to mention guy ropes all over the place. I decided to commit to the PVC hooped based project.

Material Acquisition

The big challenge was going to be getting the long materials. I hurried out and bought 10 foot long pressure treated 4x4s in August because I'd heard on the Fine Homebuilding Podcast that there were shortages. There was still plenty of stock at Home Depot in Tallahassee. I asked them if they'd had unusual demand on pressure treated because everybody was stuck at home and wanted to build a deck. They said no, people weren't buying it more than normal, but that logging crews stopped harvesting trees during the initial shutdown in March so they weren't getting their normal shipments. But they still had plenty from before the pandemic.

I couldn't find any place that would deliver 20' PVC pipe to Beachton, but I did find a Lowe's on the far side of Tallahassee that stocked it. I wanted to buy the long pipe and 12' pressure treated 2x4s at the same time since I had to tie all that on the roof rack. I needed to not dawdle because of the rapidly rising prices on building materials due to increased demand and limited supply. One day in early September my car battery died. I got it started with my battery charger and drove straight to the Auto Zone and bought a new battery. Then I went across town to Lowe's and loaded up my car. I had a man help me lift the materials up there and then I tied it on. I was not keen to get on I-10 with it, but it was fine. I guess all that experience tying on kayaks was worthwhile. I had to get my Aunt June to come help me lift it off or risk damaging my car. Fortunately she was nearby. Thanks, June!
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Alternative to White Schedule 40 PVC:

I'm going to have to paint this pipe because ultraviolet radiation will discolor it and make it brittle. If the manufacturer adds only 2% of carbon black to the PVC formula it makes it resistant to sun damage (citation). I'm guessing that's why conduit is gray. If you can get hold of some 20' conduit you could avoid painting it. I found it on Lowe's website, but there's a large minimum order that didn't work for me. Also I wanted white for aesthetic reasons. If you were doing a shade fabric lean-to gray might look neat.
Schedule 80 PVC Pipe, UV Resistant

I didn't want to use 10' lengths pushed together in the middle. I don't have any evidence it wouldn't work, but it just seemed inelegant.I worried that the joint would make a discontinuity in the sweep of the line. It would also be a heavy spot that could unbalance the whole thing.  I wanted a smooth curve. 

The key to my plan was this aluminum channel that farmers use to hold the edges of the polyethylene. I looked online and found lots of sources. I even found a place 80 miles away in Central Georgia that manufactures the stuff, Atlas Greenhouse. I called them up about coming over there to pick up materials in person. But we were in the middle of a pandemic and I didn't think it was a great idea. I decided to just have it shipped from a place that had some other stuff I wanted, Advancing Alternatives. Here's my shopping cart.
I wanted to get this stuff in my hands before I started building anything. Like a 20' long pipe, I needed to see how bendy it was going to be. I am going to have to make this 36 feet long. Can it handle it? 
I want to use this as a purlin

What's a Purlin?

Purlins are the part of the roof that runs perpendicular to the rafters. You don't get them in houses that much because they put sheathing right on top of the rafters instead. But my house has purlins. It's 2x4s I screwed across the rafters and then I attached my metal roof to them. For my lean-to the plastic pipe hoops will be like joists or rafters and this channel will be where I attach the plastic, so that makes it a purlin. My shed doesn't even have rafters, it only has purlins. They're 30' long steel members with a C shape profile. They attach right to the end walls and the corrugated steel goes on top. The industrial metal is actually a structural component, not just a cladding. Even the polyethylene in this project has some structural importance. It's like the paper on a balsa wood model airplane.

In the video I moved pretty fast over the other profile I used. It looks like this.
Since I would be screwing these to a 2x4 I wasn't that worried about how stiff they were. These are also incredibly common. I found them on Tunnel Vision Hoops, who also offers the double channelBootstrap Farmer, and Farm Plastic Supply. I bought them from Advancing Alternatives because I could get the quantity I needed without going over. I also liked that they used stainless steel for the spring wire instead of a PVC coating.

The polyethylene itself I decided to get from Farm Plastic Supply, along with ABS clamps to hold the ends. I went with 55% opaque plastic because it's freaking hot here and most of what I need to do is inside the trailer anyway. The extra light wouldn't help me see.


Now that I have everything built and tested I may be able to get away with 16' wide plastic next time and it would be $88 instead of $96. Seems like it's worth $8 to have plenty of slack though.

Some of the expensive stuff I had to buy was fasteners. People seem to just gloss over them when they're talking about a project but I find them to be one of the most expensive line items. The 4" long 1/4" Spax construction screws I wanted to screw the tie beam to the side of the shed cost $6.98 for a box of 12. That's $0.58 each. I bought $15 worth of them and had 2 leftover. I bought $20 worth of Deckmate screws to fasten the pressure treated lumber together. I can't get over how expensive those things are. I didn't even have enough. I had to scrounge some more out of my stash in the shed. I also used a lot of galvanized collated nails for my nail gun, but I already had those leftover from a box I bought about 30 years ago. Ultimately I spent $55 on fasteners for this project.

Placing End Posts

I decided not to be too fussy about my post placement. I could have put up batter boards or measured diagonals and all that, but why? It's going to have an entirely flexible roof. So what if it's a couple inches off one way or another? I just measured 16 feet from the corner of the shed and eyeballed a straight line. I dug a hole, placed a post, carefully packing the soil in lifts, and got on with my life. 


Shed Repair

I had to finish fixing the shed before I could attach the lean-to. I patched it up back in 2005 when I first moved back to Beachton but the flashing on the end was so damaged I threw it away. I finally measured the other doorway and did a drawing and had new stuff made. Here's what I started with in 2005

I took out the overhead power feed and replaced the studs in the corner back in 2005. And then since Brenna and I ran underground power in June I got the lights working again. Just put a switch on the same old wiring from the 8' fluorescent fixtures. They came right on. You can hear them humming in one of the clips in the video where I forgot to turn them off when filming at night.

Middle Posts

Once the two end posts were set then the placement of the middle two is actually pretty important. If they aren't in a straight line then the whole thing will look wavy and awful. Fortunately that's not what I screwed up on the second one. I used  string to be sure it was in a line with the other posts, I just marked the spot wrong and the spacing between them isn't even. I didn't double check it before I dug the post hole. My bad.

Cap Beam

I started out putting a single 2x4 between the posts. The shed is 36' long so with 3 spaces 12' long it comes out just about right. Once I subtract the thickness of the actual posts it leaves a little extra to cut off. I wanted to see how much the structure would move with this scenario, figuring I could double it up if it seems sketchy.


My Most Valuable Skill

I figured out I made a mistake on the post by the back door of Ally Mo when I was putting the 2x4s in between. I rationalized that it wouldn't really matter as long as the line was straight. It will only be viewed from one end on an angle so it's going to look fine anyway.

How Flimsy Is This?

I shot some slo mo video of how the posts and beam move when I push on it. It's pretty wobbly. There's more footage of how it moves after I doubled up the 2x4s in the part where I hammered on the straps.

Prescribed Fire

My aunt was burning the woods down the hill to the southwest of my house one day and it made it all smokey. It was a nice segue to talk about a possible drawback of a polyethylene roof at my house. Falling embers could melt holes in it. The plastic has to be replaced every couple of years anyway, so maybe it's not that big a deal. Something to think about though.

Full Scale Planning

Even though I did some drawings to figure out how to build this thing I still had some working out to do with how to space the hoops out. I need the holes to line up with the high ribs of the shed, but I also need the screws to go through the high ribs where the panels overlap. So I can't have a hole there. Then there's the ends of the boards to deal with. They need to fall between mounting points and hoop holes. And hopefully not come too close to either one. I decided on a kind of odd arrangement that worked out like this. 

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The numbers are feet. The ends of the boards were in there somewhere. I had some 8', 10', and 12' lumber. I didn't cut any of it ahead of time, keeping the pressure treated ends intact.

Farmers use huge hoop spacing like 5 feet apart. I had to buy my pipe bundled up in groups of 5 so I figured I might as well use 12 of them.



I clamped a broom handle to the post and used a ladder to hold the other end while I got the one end in place. Then I climbed up and used a protractor to determine how to angle my holes. I didn't take a picture of measuring the other side. It was 20°.

40° Hoop Holes

1" PVC pipe has an outside diameter of 1 3/8". I had a 1 3/8" spade bit so I started out with that to see how it would go. It didn't go great. It kept knocking the spindle out of the drill press.

I made a few test holes and considered leaving part of the board at the bottom of the hole as a stop. I decided against this and just drilled all the holes clean through.

I made a special trip to Home Depot to get some alternatives for making the holes. I settled on a hole saw. They were out of the one I wanted and I had to buy a lot of extra stuff, but in hindsight I bought the wrong extra stuff and I had regrets.

I wanted this for $12.37

But I got this 1 3/8" hole saw for $10.47


and this quick change arbor for $21.47
I also bought a longer bit

But the big fat part at the back hit the wood and got pushed up out of the notches in the hole saw so it overtightened on the arbor. I finished the job with it anyway. 

A half round wood rasp was pretty vital too. Here's a link if you don't have one. I already had one so it's not in my Bill of Materials.

20° Hoop Holes

Slightly different technique for these ones. No chisel work.

Check Hoop Holes

I put the first tie beam section on the shed and clamped the 2x4 cap with a 20° hole in it up on the top of the posts to be sure I was doing everything in the right direction and to be sure the angles worked. Stuck a 20' pipe in. Looks good. Climbed up and checked the height over the Spartan. It comes to about my chin, which means I can work under there just fine.

Put up Tie Beam

Steve came to hold the end of the tie beam while I drilled the holes and put the screws in. He shot a few video clips with my phone from the other ladder. I almost forgot. 

I'm including painting the tie beam in this chapter. It was easy with the holes already painted. My superpower is knowing exactly how much paint to put in my paint pot.

Double the Cap Beam

I doubled the 2x4s between the posts with a lot of galvanized nails. 

Screw on 20° Drilled Cap

Then I screwed the 2x4s on top with the 20° holes drilled in them. I had to plane the beam a bit to get it all tight. I used $10 worth of 2 1/2" Deckmate screws and some 3" ones too for going into the tops of the posts.

Bracing

I didn't go into this part that much in the video because it's kind of a matter of personal preference. I just used the lumber I had on hand. It is important to use lag bolts and not just screws though. I used screws to hold it all together while I took it apart and marked and cut and set my posts but then I added big ol 1/4" bolts at the end. Here's what my braces look like. I used a piece of HardiTrim for that shelf. I had it leftover from when I rebuilt my outdoor shower. The angle bracket on the front of the post is what backs up the hole for the first hoop joist. Stops it falling through.



Strapping

This step was probably totally overkill, but straps are pretty cheap. In fact they would've been free if I'd realized I already had some in the shed, but I bought new ones anyway. I couldn't find the receipt for them because I paid with cash so it didn't go into my email as normal. They were about a dollar. The box of nails about $7. I can't find them on the Home Depot website.

Straps like this always remind me of Taylor Huddleston. When we were building June's little garden house we strapped the rigid frame to the joists. June was helping by nailing the straps under the house. Taylor went to inspect her work. She was only putting nails in about every 3rd hole. He asked her why. "They didn't put the holes in it to reduce the weight!"

I also put nailing plates across the joints in the 2x4s on top. Totally ridiculous I know. But I wanted to attempt an editing trick to make it look instantly nailed. It didn't really work because outdoors. I need controlled lighting for that.

Stiffener

The cap beam between my posts is a bit wobbly because of the joint at the post. I could have bolted a 2x4 to each side across the post but I thought that would look shitty. So I just bolted on a wee piece of steel just because I had it. The lag bolts were also in my stash. If I'd braced all four posts it wouldn't have mattered. In fact it probably still doesn't matter. The flexibility of that structure has not entered my mind once in the month or so since I finished it. The loading on it is really minuscule. The top structure is light and wind doesn't seem to do much to it.

Prepare the Pipes

I cut the bell ends off all 12 pipes at a 40° angle. I didn't bother with the angle on the other end since that would require me to match the axis of the cut on the two ends. That seemed way too easy to screw up. I guess I could use the writing on the pipe, but it just isn't worth it.

I washed the pipes with water just because there were dusty from being in the shed, then I cleaned them with acetone to sort of give the surface some tooth for the paint. For paint I used Gripper primer. It is just a regular water cleanup acrylic paint.

A lot of the farmer websites sell a white felt tape to put on the pipes to prevent wear and heat from damaging the polyethylene prematurely. I wasn't sure I'd be able to get that on easily because my structure is kind of high. Also it is expensive. But if the polyethylene fails over the pipes I may consider adding it when I buy new polyethylene. It's $15.99 for 45 feet. It would cost me $64 to put felt tape on all the pipes, far more than the pipes themselves cost. 

My paint roller came from Zoro. It's only $14.99, but you have to get roller covers too and there's shipping. 

Paint the Post Side/Wire Channel

I painted this side of the structure on Thanksgiving morning under the threat of rain. I was partway done when it started to rain. I quickly covered the unpainted part with visqueen. In about 10 minutes it stopped and I uncovered it and finished painting. Then later when I drove over to have pie with Brenna I was astonished that the highway was soaking wet! It POURED all around me, but right at my house, nothing. Lucky!

Brenna and I put the aluminum channel on the side when the sun was setting and almost forgot entirely about filming it. I handed Brenna my phone and got a few seconds of video. It is pretty straight forward. I predrilled the aluminum then used roof screws because that's all I could find. I should have gotten screws specifically for this.

Purlin It All Together

I meant to order screws from McMaster to hold the conduit clamps to the purlins but I forgot. So I had to buy them at Home Depot at the last minute. It was a painful and expensive purchase. I decided #12 was the best fit. Those only come in stainless steel. The right size is #12 Stainless Steel Panhead Screw 3/4" long with #12 stainless steel nuts. A nut driver is very handy for working on these.

I had to put the conduit clamps on the 6' lengths of purlin first because when I rivet on the plates the end of the groove is covered up.

You could still rivet these together if you don't have buck rivets. You could just use pop rivets.


Belly Pan

I did do some work on the actual trailer in this episode. I took off the belly pan. In 1949 they used this asphalt impregnated product with aluminum channels holding it up. They seem to have put an off white color mineral wool or rock wool insulation with a kraft paper backing over the steel frame before they put the plywood floor down, sort of like how my dad did the roof of my shed. The mice and rats had completely separated the fluffy stuff from the backing. 
Packrats carried my avatar into the belly of Ally Mo. It was on a corrugated plastic sign I had made at Vistaprint that said "Longleaf Conservation Area"


This is a detail of the drain from the roll-down window


Really high quality screws in this trailer. I just unscrewed them! Heads intact.


In 1951 they used pink fiberglass insulation. They must have run out of the scraps they used to make the channel too because they used sheet aluminum screwed directly to the steel frame. 
Detail from removing the belly pan from Ally Min, 1951 Spartan.

But Ally Mo had these nice aluminum channels under there and I intended to use them. I extracted them and then pieced them together and riveted them until I had a 36 foot piece stiff enough for Brenna and I to carry it.

I measured my spacing for the hoops (see above) and drilled holes on either side for cable ties. I tried a regular twist bit but it didn't work great. The tapered bit worked the best. At the ends I let the cable tie go around the end of the metal and over the hoop.

Drill holes at the hoop joist locations

Make the holes big enough and spaced properly for your cable ties

I added a second cable tie over the first. There was still room in the hole!

Putting up the Purlin

I cut a dozen foot long pieces of conduit and stuck them in my holes in the tie beam and then Brenna and I lifted the double channel purlin up there. Then I pulled the short pieces of conduit out and put them through the conduit clamps so it was all lined up and ready for the next nice day.

Hoop Day

This was a fun day. The hoops went up very easily. Brenna declared it very satisfying. It was just like a dance. It was everything I dreamed it could be.

We were on the next to the last hoop when I remembered Brenna was in the color guard in high school. I asked her to show me her skills. Then we finished the job.

Polyethylene Day

This was a hard day. I exhausted myself. It was a lot of getting up and down. But I got the sheet of plastic on the hoops. Just watch it.

I never really went into detail in how I laced the purlin to the wall. I had the roll of rope and I sort of made lark's head knots around the tie beam. I made a loop then put the whole spool of rope through it. I did that on either side of the screw holding the 2x4 to the wall. You're really supposed to have plastic in both of these channels. They use it for roll-up sides. And then you put the clips on top of the plastic. I just got this kind because I needed the structural properties.






Last Day

I did some final adjustments and added an art.


Weather Tests

I captured some time lapse footage of wind and rain to see how the polyethy-lean-to performs. It seems to perform quite well. 

Conclusion

Thanks for watching/reading. I'm now going to get to work making things to sell so I can buy some plexiglass and weather stripping. Go buck yourself.

Guests:

This episode features my niece Brenna Tomlinson who drove up from Tampa for Thanksgiving. Because of the pandemic there was no family gathering. Brenna and I worked on the polyethy-lean-to instead. It thought it was great fun and I didn't miss the feast in the least.

Also I had help from Steve Leacock who drove out to Beachton on short notice two times. Once to help me put the tie beam on the side of the shed, and then on Polyethylene Day when I over exerted myself and lacked the strength to squeeze the ABS clamps on to hold the polyethylene to the ends of my structure.

And I had help from my Aunt June in September who drove over in the farm truck to help me take the long materials off the roof rack of my Honda.

Thank you Brenna, Steve, and June!


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Episode 8 — Wheel See About That


Guests:

Brenna Tomlinson appears briefly as she was still here for part of the Episode 8 work after helping me extensively with Episode 7. But I took her back to Tampa in July.

Harry Tomlinson and his girlfriend Linda took Brenna a Honda Fit before coming up here to fix the golf cart and help me move Ally Mo. Maybe with a car of her own Brenna will be able to come up here to volunteer again!

I am grateful for help!

Animals:

Brown Thrasher
Family Mimidae
Toxostoma rufum

Wood Duck
Family Anatidae
Aix Sponza

Gopher Tortoise
Family Testudinidae
Gopherus Polyphemus


Hardware:

Wheels:
Wheel Vintiques 41 Series Ford Pickup Rally Wheels 

Tires:
Taskmaster Contender TTT868 

Cradle Vise:
WEN 434TV 4.25-Inch Industrial Strength Benchtop and Drill Press Tilting Angle Vise 

Seat Post Clamps:
DZS Elec 2pcs M8x65 Black Bike Seat Clamp Seat Post Quick Release Saddle Parts for Folding Bicycle Mountain Bike 

Credits and Links:

Thanks to Strange Garage where I got the Elmers glue idea

What wore out on my Ryobi 18V reciprocating saw in two years


Details about Laurel Wilt

I saved the sassafras wood in case somebody wanted it for smoking meat. Maybe my cousin Wes will try it with some venison this winter. It's supposed to have a good flavor. I also wondered if the fungus would make the grain stand out and be pretty as a turning blank. I think it just looks moldy and I don't like it. I think I will burn it up instead of selling it as blanks.

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Hi, my name is Barbara. I'm a blank builder and a blogger

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and I'm on a mission to rebuild and repurpose this 71 year 
old 

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aircraft construction aluminum trailer home, Ally Mo

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Ally Mo is right there

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But I need to put her back right there

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My brother called me from his car. He said he was on his way
 to Tampa

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And then after Tampa he was coming up here to Beachton

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to fix the solenoid in my mom's golf cart

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It requires a technical tap to go 

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And really should be replaced because it's getting worse and
 worse

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So anyway, I asked him if he would help me move Ally Mo back

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next to the shed while he's here

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and he said he would, as long as it had all four wheels on 
it

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Well I have the two wheels

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But first I have to take 2 off

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And move one over to the other side

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So that I can put the two other ones on this side

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Or maybe I should just stick one on really quick so we can 
move it

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And then shift em around later

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I thought I would have more time

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and I would have time to move the two off of this side first

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It's so hot

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I would just do it now

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Get out some lights and keep working, but it's so hot 

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And when the sun sets it doesn't get any cooler

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Yesterday I took the piece of aluminum skirt off the wheel 
well

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On the left side of Ally Mo

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And I started loosening the bolts

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But it was kinda wet because we had a bad thunderstorm the 
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So I kind of gave up and figured I would get back on it that
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And I got ready to go to the grocery store

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And then as I was leaving the house there was a tree across 
my driveway

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So I had to clear the tree out of the road and that kinda 
made me tired

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So I didn't get back to the wheel project

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So I think maybe I'll just buckle down and get these two off

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Clean one of them up and get it on the other side

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And if I can get that far that'll be something

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I think what I'm gonna have to do is jack it up

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So that I can turn the wheel to loosen the lugs

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Because of this big ol hub that Ally Mo has

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I can't use the breaker bar and jump on it

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For one of the bolts on each wheel because the hub's in the 
way

43
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So if I can just turn the wheel and then lower it back onto 
the ground again

44
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It's gonna be a process

45
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But I have a plan. Now I just have to work my plan

46
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I need something to hold onto

47
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I need a new plan

48
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Oh wow look at that

49
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Ok, the trick is to put both feet on the breaker bar and  
hands on the bucket

50
00:07:00,834 --> 00:07:03,033
Yeah! That WORKED!

51
00:07:04,066 --> 00:07:07,567
Alright, one more time. Both feet on the breaker bar

52
00:07:07,567 --> 00:07:10,567
Yeah, there we go

53
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Great. Is that all of them? I lost track

54
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At least there's only 5

55
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Ew

56
00:08:03,834 --> 00:08:06,300
I think it helped that it was really flat

57
00:08:06,300 --> 00:08:08,600
I can't get the right angle on this

58
00:08:08,600 --> 00:08:12,934
Jeez! Why is this so hard?

59
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Just go in this spot

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This is unstable. What am I doing?

61
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This was a terrible idea

62
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I need to change the name of this episode to When in Doubt, 
Kick It

63
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This reminds me of when I was.... one Christmas

64
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 My aunt got electric toothbrushes

65
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Just like, the one battery use disposable kind at the 
grocery store

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She got Wes's kids these

67
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And the littlest one wasn't strong enough to push the button
 to turn it on

68
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And without even missing a beat

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She put the button in her mouth and bit down on it

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Turned it right on

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She knew where her power lay

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That baby is in the Navy now

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I would not be surprised to hear

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One day she bites something else

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This one still has air

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it's a good tire. This'll be going on the other side

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00:10:18,667 --> 00:10:23,633
But because I am what I am, I'm gonna wash it first

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00:10:23,633 --> 00:10:26,633
This is a weird tire

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On the day my new wheels were supposed to come I was so 
excited 

80
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I went up to the gate to prune the persimmon tree to make 
room for the UPS truck

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I shopped online for these wheels for many hours. 

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I gave up matching the old wheels and just got two alike for
 the left side

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But I was nervous they wouldn't fit

84
00:10:56,233 --> 00:11:00,934
After pruning this persimmon tree I applied this same 
nervous energy to a dogwood tree in the yard

85
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OK, I have a new blade, 75% battery, let's do it

86
00:11:56,300 --> 00:11:58,066
Thanks UPS Man!

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New wheels!

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00:12:03,767 --> 00:12:05,934
Nice

89
00:12:05,934 --> 00:12:08,934
These are Ford Pickup Rallye wheels from Summit Racing

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I got the silver painted finish and they cost $74.99 each

91
00:12:12,533 --> 00:12:15,533
with free shipping

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Made in USA 15 x 6.0  01 17 2020. Think these were made on 
January 17 of this year? They're fresh!

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I immediately bolted a new wheel to the empty hub to check 
the fit

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That'll do

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The backspacing looks fine

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Here's a comparison of the old and new wheels side by side

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The old ones are made to take hubcaps on the outside of the 
big protruding ring

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00:12:49,767 --> 00:12:54,734
And on the  new ones the hubcaps are meant to go on the 
inside

99
00:12:58,433 --> 00:13:01,433
This is a Brown Thrasher in a sassafras tree. Can you say 
that three times fast?

100
00:13:35,367 --> 00:13:38,367
Two of my sassafras trees next to the shed have died of 
laurel wilt

101
00:13:39,300 --> 00:13:43,266
It's a disease that's going around the Gulf Coastal Plain

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It got to my county in 2017 so I guess I did pretty good to 
go three years without getting it

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But my two biggest sassafras trees are dead

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So I want to cut those down 

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And make room for these little baby trees 

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that are all over the ground here

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To grow up and maybe they can replace the dead ones

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00:14:06,367 --> 00:14:09,367
These are the Sassafras trees, right here

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And right here

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Sorry little Longleaf!

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00:15:40,867 --> 00:15:43,867
Now I'm clearing out more room for Ally Mo

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00:15:44,133 --> 00:15:46,166
I'm a bit worried about fire

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00:15:46,166 --> 00:15:49,166
I'd like to clear this whole thicket and get a better fire 
break behind the shed

114
00:15:53,734 --> 00:15:57,800
But I don't have a backhoe budget, so I just have to do what
 I can by myself

115
00:16:35,934 --> 00:16:38,934
OK, now that might kill some weeds

116
00:16:39,400 --> 00:16:42,800
Make the briars not grow so well for a split second

117
00:16:43,233 --> 00:16:47,333
And when Brenna comes to visit I will have her help me drag 
that over to the fire

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Whew!

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00:17:31,033 --> 00:17:38,834
This is a male wood duck in a Longleaf Pine tree. Ducks in 
tree are so funny to me.

120
00:17:38,834 --> 00:17:44,633
Wood ducks nest in tree cavities. The ones they like in my 
yard are in live trees. 

121
00:17:44,633 --> 00:17:50,200
These holes were made by red cockaded woodpeckers over 50 
years ago

122
00:17:51,367 --> 00:17:55,233
I've only seen hatchlings once in my whole life

123
00:17:55,233 --> 00:17:59,400
I didn't see them jump out of the tree, so I'm still hoping 
to see that one day

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00:17:59,500 --> 00:18:02,533
And if I ever do I will stay in the house 

125
00:18:02,533 --> 00:18:07,500
so the mama duck won't be afraid to come and lead the babies
 down the hill to the pond

126
00:18:08,867 --> 00:18:11,867
I shouldn't have filmed these baby ducks

127
00:18:28,433 --> 00:18:32,100
A friend of mine in Tallahassee asked me to make him a 
couple of masks

128
00:18:32,100 --> 00:18:35,467
So while I'm there I'm gonna put some tires on these wheels

129
00:18:35,567 --> 00:18:38,934
I love my new wheels, but I hate tires

130
00:18:38,934 --> 00:18:40,300
and I've been putting this off

131
00:18:40,300 --> 00:18:44,133
But I'm just gonna go and get em

132
00:18:44,367 --> 00:18:46,300
Maybe they can outgas?

133
00:18:46,300 --> 00:18:50,200
I'll put them out in the yard for a while before I put them 
on the trailer

134
00:18:50,200 --> 00:18:53,700
Just because I have the tires and wheels doesn't mean I have
 to put em on, right?

135
00:18:59,000 --> 00:19:01,800
Well I'm back from getting my tires

136
00:19:01,800 --> 00:19:04,367
I took some trash bags with me

137
00:19:09,533 --> 00:19:15,300
These trash bags have a scent to them, like Febreze or 
something? It's revolting

138
00:19:15,900 --> 00:19:20,100
I had the guy at the tire store but my tires inside these 
trash bags so that

139
00:19:20,166 --> 00:19:23,133
I wouldn't have an allergic reaction to tire

140
00:19:23,133 --> 00:19:28,900
And instead I had to smell this trash bag smell all the way 
home

141
00:19:40,633 --> 00:19:42,300
So this is what I bought

142
00:19:42,300 --> 00:19:47,266
It's the cheapest tire they sell at Discount tire

143
00:19:47,433 --> 00:19:51,533
And they were in stock. I think they were $46

144
00:19:51,533 --> 00:19:55,800
But it cost a lot to get them mounted

145
00:19:55,934 --> 00:19:58,500
What is this crap on the sides?

146
00:19:58,500 --> 00:20:01,500
Feels like soap. Yuck

147
00:20:01,500 --> 00:20:04,500
Goddam these smell terrible

148
00:21:34,300 --> 00:21:37,300
Around the back of the shed is where I keep tires

149
00:21:39,800 --> 00:21:42,400
So this is my tire stash

150
00:21:42,400 --> 00:21:47,800
I have these four golf cart wheels and tires back here

151
00:21:47,800 --> 00:21:50,800
They've been here long enough to grow briars

152
00:21:52,834 --> 00:21:56,633
I don't know what I'm gonna do with those. Ideas?

153
00:21:58,967 --> 00:22:03,667
But these will go on Ally Mo

154
00:22:03,667 --> 00:22:06,667
As soon as they stop stinking

155
00:22:20,834 --> 00:22:23,834
It's moving day!

156
00:22:24,500 --> 00:22:27,500
I only have one wheel on the Spartan

157
00:22:27,900 --> 00:22:30,900
Harry and Linda got into town last night around midnight

158
00:22:30,900 --> 00:22:35,500
And instead of going straight over to the ancestral home 
they came here first

159
00:22:35,500 --> 00:22:38,500
to plug the car in because it only had 9% battery. 

160
00:22:39,333 --> 00:22:42,333
The superchargers in Tallahassee were out of order

161
00:22:43,567 --> 00:22:46,567
It's good to know all that work Brenna and I did on the 
conduit has paid off

162
00:22:47,800 --> 00:22:51,333
I wanted to start with this wheel because it's on the shady 
side of the trailer

163
00:22:51,333 --> 00:22:53,867
But I left both my jacks on the other side

164
00:22:53,867 --> 00:22:57,934
I think I'll just get one of them so I can work on this side

165
00:22:57,934 --> 00:23:01,333
And then I'll do the new wheels last 

166
00:23:03,300 --> 00:23:06,300
I think the first step is to see if I can get this wheel 
into the wheel well

167
00:23:07,400 --> 00:23:10,233
Then I'll worry about getting the hub at the right height

168
00:23:10,233 --> 00:23:14,266
There's sort of a hump because I put the trailer so close to
 this tree

169
00:23:14,266 --> 00:23:17,266
I'm not sure I can get it low enough to get it

170
00:23:19,033 --> 00:23:21,467
It's gonna be hard

171
00:23:21,467 --> 00:23:26,800
When I jack it up a lot it makes a lot of funny noises and 
it comes off of the other blocks

172
00:23:26,800 --> 00:23:32,700
So I think it's probably best if I don't do anything drastic

173
00:23:33,300 --> 00:23:36,300
Harry and Linda drove over in the Tesla to plug it in

174
00:23:36,300 --> 00:23:40,266
And now they're walking back to the ancestral home

175
00:23:40,266 --> 00:23:44,033
to get the golf cart and the truck

176
00:23:44,033 --> 00:23:47,467
So I have a little bit of time to work on my wheels

177
00:24:40,467 --> 00:24:44,367
That's pretty close. If I just make the sides wider

178
00:26:04,867 --> 00:26:07,867
I got some new bolts

179
00:26:07,867 --> 00:26:10,867
And I got a brush to clean

180
00:26:12,233 --> 00:26:15,233
I'm doing another episode of Aunt B Does Unnecessary Things

181
00:26:16,500 --> 00:26:21,000
On this episode of Aunt B Does Unnecessary Things

182
00:26:24,400 --> 00:26:27,400
I'm cleaning the threads of my lug bolt holes

183
00:27:11,867 --> 00:27:15,900
I'm still doing this because it's fun

184
00:33:57,700 --> 00:34:03,367
Okiedokie! The Spartan is in place

185
00:34:03,367 --> 00:34:06,367
Look!

186
00:34:11,333 --> 00:34:13,567
I'm ending this episode by giving up

187
00:34:13,567 --> 00:34:16,567
I'm usually quite stubborn and I don't give up on anything

188
00:34:16,567 --> 00:34:20,800
but I've been trying to make hubcaps out of bowls

189
00:34:20,800 --> 00:34:23,200
And I can't make it work

190
00:34:23,200 --> 00:34:26,900
I have some more ideas to try, but I don't want to do it now

191
00:34:26,900 --> 00:34:28,400
Because it's still pretty hot

192
00:34:28,400 --> 00:34:31,400
I learned something really neat about drilling stainless 
steel

193
00:34:31,400 --> 00:34:34,400
Elmer's Glue. You gotta try it

194
00:34:43,433 --> 00:34:46,433
Pretty cool. Let's try again

195
00:35:47,567 --> 00:35:50,567
So this is how I have this bowl held on my drill press

196
00:35:50,567 --> 00:35:58,033
And this is a bicyle seat post height adjustment lock

197
00:36:10,433 --> 00:36:16,700
My idea was to make holes that would line up with the 
protrusions and then somehow compress the lip of the bowl

198
00:36:16,700 --> 00:36:20,333
I was pretty sure it wouldn't be able to get three holes in 
the right place, 

199
00:36:20,333 --> 00:36:25,400
but it's a $4 bowl and a $9 drill bit set and I needed 
uni-bits

200
00:36:25,834 --> 00:36:29,800
I did try ready-made hubcaps for these wheels

201
00:36:29,800 --> 00:36:35,500
But the hubs stick out so far only a mixing bowl is going to
 come close to working

202
00:36:35,500 --> 00:36:38,500
You can also cut stainless steel with an angle grinder

203
00:36:38,500 --> 00:36:44,400
but I really feel like I should be wearing a respirator when
 I'm doing that and it's too hot

204
00:36:44,400 --> 00:36:48,834
So when it cools off enough for me to wear a respirator I 
might cut this bowl up some more

205
00:36:48,834 --> 00:36:51,834
Another update: I got my saw fixed

206
00:36:51,834 --> 00:36:56,800
I took it to Home Depot and it was under warranty and they 
replaced all of this stuff

207
00:37:00,867 --> 00:37:03,867
So now I'm ready to do more forestry

208
00:37:06,233 --> 00:37:08,734
The summer shopping doldrums are almost over

209
00:37:08,734 --> 00:37:11,467
and people are starting to buy stuff from my Etsy store 
again

210
00:37:11,467 --> 00:37:13,033
So I need to restock

211
00:37:13,033 --> 00:37:17,233
So if you need any Christmas gifts, go to my Etsy shop, 
Beachton Blank Works

212
00:37:17,266 --> 00:37:21,633
I'm making lots of bookends out of live oak and longleaf

213
00:37:21,633 --> 00:37:24,633
That make great Zoom backgrounds

214
00:37:24,633 --> 00:37:27,633
So thanks for watching season 1 of the Beachton Buck Rivet 
Report

215
00:37:29,400 --> 00:37:32,400
Go buck yourself

216
00:38:10,066 --> 00:38:13,066
Oh no, dude!

217
00:38:18,867 --> 00:38:21,867
I went and got a new battery

218
00:38:21,867 --> 00:38:26,667
after this one died after a long time lapse

219
00:38:26,900 --> 00:38:29,900
But I want to see what happens

220
00:38:30,033 --> 00:38:36,467
to Medium Size Jock's hole

221
00:38:36,633 --> 00:38:38,367
It's full of water

222
00:38:38,367 --> 00:38:42,066
How long will it take for it to go down and will he come 
out?

223
00:38:49,700 --> 00:38:52,700
I see him. I can see you!

224
00:38:52,700 --> 00:38:55,700
He's right there in the opening of the hole

225
00:38:59,166 --> 00:39:00,633
Probably got his nose out

226
00:39:12,600 --> 00:39:14,633
It is my opinion that 

227
00:39:14,633 --> 00:39:17,100
This hole filled up because

228
00:39:17,100 --> 00:39:21,100
sheet flow came this way 

229
00:39:22,166 --> 00:39:24,367
and went straight into the hole

230
00:39:37,767 --> 00:39:41,166
So that sheet flow flowing into the burrow

231
00:39:41,166 --> 00:39:46,233
is why this gopher's hole filled with water in that little 
storm

232
00:39:46,233 --> 00:39:51,133
Whereas Stump Gopher is a little bit better Civil Engineer

233
00:39:51,133 --> 00:39:56,033
and has a bit of a rise in the burrow mouth

234
00:39:56,867 --> 00:40:00,967
So this burrow mouth is also very grassy

235
00:40:02,266 --> 00:40:08,633
And it's built up around the edge so that sheet flow doesn't
go right down in there

236
00:40:08,633 --> 00:40:13,066
That's why this one is dry way down in there

237
00:40:15,166 --> 00:40:18,166
I can feel warm air coming out of it

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Episode 7 — I, Conduit

In this episode we dig a trench from the power pole to the shed to run conduit. We have to go underneath some really big roots so the 18" requirement was exceeded by a great deal. The conduit is more than 24" deep at some points.

Big thanks to my niece, Brenna Tomlinson, for volunteering to help me with this. Pulling wire was a lot easier than I thought it would be, but I'm sure if I'd tried to do it by myself it would have been a fiasco.

Animals:

Annual Cicada
Insecta: Hemiptera: Cicadidae

Gopher Tortoise
Family: Testudinidae
Gopherus polyphemus

Southeastern Pocket Gopher
Order: Rodentia
Family: Geomyidae
Geomys pinetis

Hardware:

Electrical box:

GE RV Panel with 50 Amp RV Receptacle and 20 Amp GFCI Receptacle 

https://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-RV-Panel-with-50-Amp-RV-Receptacle-and-20-Amp-GFCI-Receptacle-GE1LU502SSP/308853161

Breaker in Main Panel:
CH 60 Amp 2-Pole 

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Eaton-CH-60-Amp-2-Pole-Circuit-Breaker-CH260/100208375

Wire:
8 Stranded CU SIMpull THHN Wire

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Southwire-By-the-Foot-8-Red-Stranded-CU-SIMpull-THHN-Wire-20490999/204632886

Conduit:
1-1/4” x 10 ft PVC Schedule 40

https://www.homedepot.com/p/JM-eagle-1-1-4-in-x-10-ft-PVC-Schedule-40-Conduit-67470/100196693

There's a link to the datasheet on volatile ingredients right on the Home Depot listing for many items. That's where I got info on Oatey Regular PVC Cement.

https://images.homedepot-static.com/catalog/pdfImages/42/424ac34a-eee3-4cca-93e8-79c8cf3d03f2.pdf

Tetrahydrofuran, C4H8O, 40-60%
Acetone, (CH3)2CO 10-25%
Polyvinyl chloride 12-20%
Cyclohexanone, C6H10O 5-15%
Methy ethyl ketone, C4H80 5-15%

Music

Many songs courtesy of
www.bensound.com

The rest are available on YouTube music

Music:
Power Shutoff
Funky Element by Bensound
All That by Bensound
Jazz Comedy by Bensound
Funky Suspense by Bensound
Carmelized
House by Bensound
Happy Rock by Bensound
Apprehensive at Best
Inspire by Bensound
Endless Motion by Bensound
Punky by Bensound
Happiness by Bensound
Downtown by Bensound
Photo Album by Bensound
Retrosoul by Bensound
Splashing Around by The Green Orbs
March to Victory by Silent Partner

Here's the entire subtitle file:
1
00:02:31,900 --> 00:02:37,934
Hi, my name is Barbara. I'm a blank builder and a blogger 
and I'm on a mission to rebuild and repurpose

2
00:02:37,934 --> 00:02:42,767
this 71 year old aircraft construction aluminum trailer 
home, Ally Mo

3
00:02:42,767 --> 00:02:45,033
Today I'm working with my niece Brenna.

4
00:02:45,033 --> 00:02:47,834
I went to Tampa yesterday and picked her up from college

5
00:02:47,834 --> 00:02:50,834
And we're going to see if we can get some work done today

6
00:02:58,266 --> 00:03:03,333
Hi, I'm Brenna. I'm a university student and a volunteer

7
00:03:03,333 --> 00:03:06,333
My power comes in to that transformer

8
00:03:06,333 --> 00:03:09,333
And then through this wire to that pole

9
00:03:09,333 --> 00:03:12,333
And then down to that box where I have a 200 amp breaker

10
00:03:12,333 --> 00:03:16,467
So we have to connect from there over to the shed

11
00:03:17,834 --> 00:03:21,800
and I've dug part of the trench but it was hard work. It 
hurt my back. 

12
00:03:21,800 --> 00:03:24,800
So we're going to teach Brenna how to dig a trench

13
00:03:24,800 --> 00:03:26,200
Have you ever dug a trench before, Brenna?

14
00:03:26,200 --> 00:03:27,000
Never

15
00:03:27,000 --> 00:03:28,900
You ever use a shovel?
Yes

16
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How much?
Not often

17
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Ok, well, she's gonna learn

18
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Ok, Brenna. Put your gloves on.
Alright. Let's do it

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Alright. This is a shovel. You put the pointy end in the 
ground 
Yeah

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00:03:48,567 --> 00:03:50,100
Then it gets a bit technical

21
00:03:51,033 --> 00:03:53,033
I will explain

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What I do to cut the sod is I use this square shovel

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I put it in the ground and then I jump on it

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To cut a little slot

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Then I do the other side

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That looks satisfying 

27
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Yes. I thought you would like this job

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Now the next thing you do is you take the little shovel

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And you empty out the hole

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All the way in?

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Well, what I've been doing is I sort of make a long trench

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Then I sorta loosen up the sides. I use this shovel to sort 
of slice down the sides of the trench

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Then use that shovel just to get the dirt out

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So my thinking is that I'll go along and slice the sod

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And keep loosening it up for you

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And then use that shovel and you'll be getting the dirt

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00:07:24,033 --> 00:07:27,533
We hit something. What is this?
Conduit. It's taking the power to my house

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Are you serious?

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Yeah, not very deep is it?
No, it's like a hand deep!

40
00:07:35,233 --> 00:07:41,633
So much for that 18" we were planning for
Holy shit! Yeah, look at how many roots we've hit already

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If we only did that deep we'd be done already, wouldn't we?
Right?

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00:07:45,600 --> 00:07:48,033
I'd kind of like it to be deeper than that though

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00:07:48,033 --> 00:07:55,166
That's not right. My electrician must've taken a shortcut 
there when I was at work

44
00:07:55,166 --> 00:08:05,633
Yeah, that goes from there to that panel, it's that left 
pipe, and it goes to the house

45
00:08:06,667 --> 00:08:13,266
Alright so now we need to make our... we just need to move 
this over

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00:08:13,266 --> 00:08:17,934
So that our new conduit can go on this side of it and to the
 shed 

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00:09:09,533 --> 00:09:11,100
Whoo!

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00:09:15,066 --> 00:09:17,600
We're getting right up under this root

49
00:09:22,000 --> 00:09:25,000
We're gonna go under that one, huh?
Hell yeah!

50
00:09:26,133 --> 00:09:27,934
Gonna make this work

51
00:09:27,934 --> 00:09:29,367
Ooo, look at that!

52
00:09:34,233 --> 00:09:36,433
It's a cicada

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00:09:36,734 --> 00:09:39,000
Do they live in the dirt?
Yeah

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00:09:39,000 --> 00:09:42,000
Wow
You know those ones that live 17 years under the dirt?

55
00:11:20,500 --> 00:11:23,500
Whoo! 

56
00:11:24,633 --> 00:11:26,500
Go further!

57
00:11:31,033 --> 00:11:32,867
This is a gopher burrow.

58
00:11:32,867 --> 00:11:36,567
These tortoises are a keystone species in the longleaf 
ecosystem

59
00:11:36,567 --> 00:11:40,166
When she comes out again watch the condensation on her 
carapace

60
00:11:40,166 --> 00:11:42,767
Let's back that up

61
00:11:42,767 --> 00:11:46,533
Watch it again. Nice

62
00:11:46,533 --> 00:11:51,934
They dig all the way to the water table so it's humid and 
cool at the bottom of the tunnel

63
00:11:53,166 --> 00:11:57,600
This gopher is smaller than the other ones that live in my 
yard and they can't fit in this hole 

64
00:11:58,767 --> 00:12:02,567
I saw stump gopher try it. I  walked by and startled her

65
00:12:02,567 --> 00:12:06,633
She dove for this hole and went >thunk<. Stuck.

66
00:12:06,633 --> 00:12:10,734
She fits fine in her own hole under the stump. It's only 
about 10 feet away

67
00:12:13,000 --> 00:12:20,333
This gopher dug her tunnel just wide enough to turn around, 
but it's not high enough for the bigger gophers to get in

68
00:12:21,800 --> 00:12:27,700
These guys graze on grass, like horses. And their burrows 
smell like a barn

69
00:12:30,066 --> 00:12:34,734
They poop down in that hole and all sorts of insects live in
 their compost

70
00:12:34,734 --> 00:12:38,800
From time to time they push it up to the burrow apron 

71
00:14:19,533 --> 00:14:28,767
So right now we're digging out this hole with a trowel 
underneath this big root

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00:14:28,767 --> 00:14:32,767
Because the conduit probably won't fit

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00:14:39,467 --> 00:14:43,200
How sticky is this clear stuff I see running out of these 
roots?

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00:14:43,200 --> 00:14:49,233
It's very sticky but it smells really good. It's fun to play
 with

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00:14:49,233 --> 00:14:52,233
How do you get it off when it gets on your skin?

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00:14:52,500 --> 00:14:58,100
Some sort of really strong alcohol and a paper towel

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00:15:08,200 --> 00:15:13,266
This big ass wire is what goes to the lab 

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00:15:13,266 --> 00:15:16,633
And it's live 100 Amps

79
00:15:16,633 --> 00:15:22,767
So I'm trying not to poke my screwdriver up into the exposed
 metal bits

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00:15:22,767 --> 00:15:27,600
But I'm trying to not break this little thin ring

81
00:15:27,600 --> 00:15:30,600
And only get the circle out

82
00:15:30,600 --> 00:15:35,367
But the little ring keeps bending and the circle doesn't 
want to come out

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00:15:55,233 --> 00:15:58,233
Yay! We did it!

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00:15:59,700 --> 00:16:02,700
Damn hot damn

85
00:16:22,433 --> 00:16:25,433
These wires are just in the way

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00:16:32,667 --> 00:16:35,200
Tight?
Hell yeah

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00:16:35,200 --> 00:16:38,200
Alright

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00:17:28,133 --> 00:17:31,133
Be sure it's pointing the right way

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00:17:39,900 --> 00:17:43,333
I want it to be plumb

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00:17:43,333 --> 00:17:46,333
I want this part to be.... like if it was a string it would 
hang straight down

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00:17:46,567 --> 00:17:49,567
OK
That's what plumb means

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00:17:53,533 --> 00:17:57,166
We have to get a cloth or something because this has a bunch
 of sand in it

93
00:17:59,934 --> 00:18:06,066
And I have sand on my hands so you're going to have to do 
it. I'll let you get here

94
00:18:06,066 --> 00:18:08,600
Get me that glue

95
00:18:08,600 --> 00:18:11,600
That smelly smelly glue

96
00:18:13,867 --> 00:18:16,367
Do you know how that stuff works?
No

97
00:18:16,367 --> 00:18:20,700
It's kinda cool. It's a strong solvent like toluene

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00:18:20,700 --> 00:18:25,233
I proceeded to explain to Brenna how pipe dope works while 
banging the camera with the conduit

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00:18:25,233 --> 00:18:32,066
PVC cement is about 20% PVC, the same actual material as the
pipe.

100
00:18:32,066 --> 00:18:37,133
It's about half tetrahydrofuran, a water soluble precursor 
to polymerization

101
00:18:37,133 --> 00:18:42,166
This is a new one on me since its not a solvent they sell in
cans at Home Depot

102
00:18:42,166 --> 00:18:48,934
Same with cyclohexanone. That's up to 15% of the can. It's 
huge in the manufacture of nylon

103
00:18:48,934 --> 00:18:55,200
The rest is the famililar -one suffix solvents. Acetone and 
Methyl ethyl ketone

104
00:18:55,200 --> 00:18:59,300
There is no toluene. I was wrong about that. There's no 
-enes at all.

105
00:18:59,300 --> 00:19:07,734
Anyway, the proportion of solvents are more than what's 
required to dissolve the PVC in the can. There's extra to 
soften the pipe too

106
00:19:07,734 --> 00:19:13,767
Then as the ketone solvents evaporate there's nothing left 
behind but polyvinylchloride, which is in fact, a polymer

107
00:19:13,767 --> 00:19:19,066
So that's why it's called a solvent weld. It's not a glue at
all

108
00:19:19,066 --> 00:19:25,567
Glue sticks things together with another thing. Welds stick 
them together with more of the same substance

109
00:19:25,567 --> 00:19:31,834
We don't really have a good word for that. Hand me that can 
of precursors to polymerization is a kind of a mouthful

110
00:19:31,834 --> 00:19:34,600
Especially after you breathed it for a minute

111
00:20:22,333 --> 00:20:26,834
Ooo that's satisfying looking. Very nice

112
00:20:58,967 --> 00:21:01,967
Ok, well the thing is

113
00:21:01,967 --> 00:21:04,967
Is this on the side a little bit?

114
00:21:04,967 --> 00:21:07,967
Yeah. Maybe we need to just
You need a trowel

115
00:21:07,967 --> 00:21:10,967
Yeah. We need to make it wider that way

116
00:21:10,967 --> 00:21:12,934
Yeah, kinda widen out the side a little

117
00:21:12,934 --> 00:21:15,934
I'll pull it back

118
00:21:22,567 --> 00:21:25,567
My arm isn't that long

119
00:21:32,700 --> 00:21:37,000
I'm going to carve out the side a little bit. That'll make 
it easier

120
00:21:42,533 --> 00:21:45,533
Alright, go ahead and push it and let's see

121
00:21:46,300 --> 00:21:49,300
Wow, it went through a lot easier, right?

122
00:21:49,300 --> 00:21:52,900
Oh, yeah. Is it all through?
I mean, it's through past where we need it to go

123
00:21:52,900 --> 00:21:56,300
So we're good right? Look. Come look
Oh, ok, cool, I'm just bumping it into the dirt

124
00:21:56,300 --> 00:21:58,667
Yeah, you're just bumping it in right here
Sorry

125
00:21:58,667 --> 00:22:01,166
So, I mean, it's fine, I mean, I can 

126
00:22:01,166 --> 00:22:05,467
Alright, let's vacuum out the dirt
Well, you packed it with a lot of dirt. So take this out

127
00:22:05,467 --> 00:22:09,700
out and dump it, cause, I mean, who knows. It could be 
packed in there 

128
00:22:09,700 --> 00:22:13,233
for a foot
Yeah, and now we can get it in there without getting a lot 
of dirt in

129
00:22:32,233 --> 00:22:34,633
Alright, let's do it. Let's try it. Yeah?

130
00:22:34,633 --> 00:22:36,800
Yeah
I mean it's one shot

131
00:22:38,033 --> 00:22:40,166
Yeah
Yeah, you get one shot

132
00:22:40,166 --> 00:22:43,166
Or we fuck up our whole lives
Hahahaha!

133
00:22:43,400 --> 00:22:44,166
Ok

134
00:22:45,133 --> 00:22:48,133
Aunt B, you're getting dirt all in your fucking thing

135
00:22:49,934 --> 00:22:52,033
That works good

136
00:22:52,033 --> 00:22:56,633
Ok. So we'll just leave the shovel there
Wait, let's get the other shovel

137
00:22:56,633 --> 00:22:59,867
I don't like, I don't know

138
00:22:59,867 --> 00:23:02,867
Ohhhh

139
00:23:07,767 --> 00:23:10,767
I think put the shovel a little bit closer to the

140
00:23:11,533 --> 00:23:14,533
That's better

141
00:23:29,834 --> 00:23:31,133
K

142
00:23:32,233 --> 00:23:35,233
Ready?
umhmhmhm yeaaah

143
00:24:04,033 --> 00:24:06,266
Did it do it?
Yeah

144
00:24:06,266 --> 00:24:08,967
Push as hard as you can. Pushpushpush

145
00:24:08,967 --> 00:24:11,333
I think that's as far as it's gonna go

146
00:24:14,333 --> 00:24:16,633
I think it's glued though! 
Ok

147
00:24:16,633 --> 00:24:18,667
Yay!
Here, do you want to switch?

148
00:24:18,667 --> 00:24:23,200
I'm going to keep holding it for a minute until the glue 
sorta gets stuck

149
00:24:40,433 --> 00:24:43,433
Here, you do it.
No, you're doing good

150
00:24:50,734 --> 00:24:53,734
Let's do another one
There's a bunch of dirt on that one

151
00:25:21,000 --> 00:25:24,967
This is a Southeastern Pocket Gopher

152
00:25:24,967 --> 00:25:29,533
I have never before in my life seen one of these actually 
making one of these mounds. 

153
00:25:29,533 --> 00:25:35,800
They're nocturnal and subterranean and don't usually poke 
their nose out in daylight

154
00:25:35,834 --> 00:25:41,667
This is what people think you're talking about if you say 
gopher in most parts of the world, but not here

155
00:25:41,667 --> 00:25:48,500
Here in the southeast, gopher means the tortoise. But the 
tortoise was actually named for the rodent

156
00:25:48,500 --> 00:25:52,967
These are always called pocket gophers or sometimes 
sandy-mounders

157
00:25:52,967 --> 00:26:00,433
Sandy-mounders becomes salamander for some people, but I 
think that's really going in the wrong direction

158
00:26:00,433 --> 00:26:03,633
If you're talking about a turtle and people are picturing a 
rodent 

159
00:26:03,633 --> 00:26:07,834
it doesn't help to talk about a rodent and have them picture
an amphibian

160
00:26:09,967 --> 00:26:13,867
Pocket gophers are solitary. They live alone underground

161
00:26:13,867 --> 00:26:19,333
When spring comes males will dig a long straight tunnel 
hoping to cross the tunnel of a female

162
00:26:19,333 --> 00:26:24,533
I like seeing the lines of sandy mounds in the woods, 
guessing where the next one will be in the morning 

163
00:26:28,500 --> 00:26:32,367
Pine snakes spend most of their life in pocket gopher 
tunnels

164
00:26:32,367 --> 00:26:37,900
I have never seen a pine snake, and pocket gopher mounds are
 more common than ever

165
00:26:37,900 --> 00:26:41,800
Since a pine snake usually eats about one pocket gopher a 
month, 

166
00:26:41,800 --> 00:26:46,400
I kind of wonder if there are any around here? Did something
happen to the pine snakes?

167
00:26:46,400 --> 00:26:49,400
Nobody knows

168
00:29:41,734 --> 00:29:42,500
What?

169
00:29:42,500 --> 00:29:44,200
I dropped the screw
I got it

170
00:29:44,200 --> 00:29:46,166
Down in the conduit

171
00:29:48,934 --> 00:29:52,467
Oh well, you'll have to find another one
I do actually

172
00:30:41,934 --> 00:30:45,266
That noise is not going to work for me, vacuum cleaner!

173
00:31:22,400 --> 00:31:24,200
Yeah!

174
00:31:24,200 --> 00:31:27,200
I bought this vacuum cleaner in 1990

175
00:31:27,700 --> 00:31:29,233
Aww, it's your pet vacuum?

176
00:31:30,266 --> 00:31:31,200
Bye!

177
00:32:02,700 --> 00:32:04,533
Professional ball winder

178
00:32:04,533 --> 00:32:07,533
Let's take a closeup of that. Pretty cool.

179
00:32:08,133 --> 00:32:09,567
String ball

180
00:32:10,800 --> 00:32:12,600
It's very beautiful

181
00:34:08,100 --> 00:34:10,066
Brenna and I took today off

182
00:34:12,433 --> 00:34:15,433
We just did other stuff besides work on this

183
00:34:15,433 --> 00:34:18,834
But I looked at the weather forecast and it might rain 
tonight

184
00:34:18,834 --> 00:34:22,367
so I've got to get this wire inside this box

185
00:34:22,400 --> 00:34:26,467
and close up that conduit body

186
00:34:29,967 --> 00:34:33,600
but that's all I'm gonna do. I am still tired

187
00:34:43,367 --> 00:34:50,066
I got 65 feet of this 8 gauge wire

188
00:34:53,533 --> 00:34:55,700
But I think I got less of the 10 gauge

189
00:35:16,066 --> 00:35:19,066
This old wire is my old well wire

190
00:35:19,066 --> 00:35:20,800
I replaced it

191
00:35:20,800 --> 00:35:23,800
Pppth ate a bug

192
00:35:23,967 --> 00:35:28,967
At the end of this I'll get this wire inside this conduit 
and remove this extra scrap stuff

193
00:35:28,967 --> 00:35:30,934
But that's enough for today. 

194
00:35:32,100 --> 00:35:35,100
Oh, wait. I gotta put this back in

195
00:35:37,967 --> 00:35:42,934
There's still a string in the conduit

196
00:35:42,934 --> 00:35:46,567
So if I need to pull more wire I can pull another rope 
through

197
00:35:46,567 --> 00:35:49,834
to pull more wire. So I'm just going to keep this ball in 
here

198
00:35:49,834 --> 00:35:52,834
I don't think it'll fall in the hole. Yeah, that's good

199
00:36:06,066 --> 00:36:09,066
Alright rain! Do your worst!

200
00:36:14,333 --> 00:36:18,367
I've been avoiding this because I don't like working with 
big wire. It hurts my fingers

201
00:36:21,000 --> 00:36:24,433
But I was waiting for it to rain all day and it never 
started raining

202
00:36:25,000 --> 00:36:27,200
So now I feel like I oughta get some work done 

203
00:36:28,333 --> 00:36:30,400
I don't even know how long you're supposed to

204
00:36:44,467 --> 00:36:47,467
OK, I have my red and black wires hooked up

205
00:36:50,800 --> 00:36:52,100
How'd I do? 

206
00:36:52,100 --> 00:36:53,633
Here's my neutral

207
00:37:19,600 --> 00:37:23,734
I'm guessing these two little knobby things are what this is
 supposed to go in between?

208
00:37:30,867 --> 00:37:33,867
Oh yeah, nice, it holds it

209
00:37:36,400 --> 00:37:40,400
Now, the screw that I need for that is down in the bottom of
 the conduit 

210
00:37:43,400 --> 00:37:46,400
I found some big old stainless steel screws

211
00:37:46,834 --> 00:37:49,834
Kinda hard to screw in, but...

212
00:37:49,900 --> 00:37:52,900
that'll work

213
00:37:59,533 --> 00:38:06,166
It took me longer to find these screws than I spent trying 
to get the other one out of the conduit

214
00:38:07,500 --> 00:38:08,834
Wish that had worked

215
00:38:13,834 --> 00:38:16,834
I do compliment the designers of this box

216
00:38:17,533 --> 00:38:20,533
For at least making all the screws in it the same

217
00:38:21,867 --> 00:38:27,133
So I can make this part work

218
00:38:34,533 --> 00:38:37,533
Today I'm gonna wire up this panel box

219
00:39:04,867 --> 00:39:09,567
Alright. So now everything is safe from here down

220
00:39:24,300 --> 00:39:27,300
I wonder what you're supposed to do with a hole

221
00:39:30,266 --> 00:39:32,266
After you take stuff out of it?

222
00:39:32,266 --> 00:39:34,934
What am I supposed to fill that up with?

223
00:39:36,500 --> 00:39:41,834
Alright, so here's the... I gotta get this wire in this 
conduit

224
00:39:41,834 --> 00:39:46,000
somehow. And I've found it difficult to get the old wire out

225
00:39:46,000 --> 00:39:49,000
Not sure how I'm gonna get the new wire in

226
00:39:56,800 --> 00:39:59,133
This screw is totally destroyed

227
00:40:01,266 --> 00:40:03,700
Crap. You know what?

228
00:40:09,800 --> 00:40:13,166
Fine. Be that way

229
00:40:16,934 --> 00:40:21,567
If it's going to hurt my joints it might as well not give me
 actual

230
00:40:22,333 --> 00:40:25,333
break-the-skin kind of wounds as well

231
00:40:26,533 --> 00:40:29,533
Gotta try to minimize my damage here

232
00:40:46,934 --> 00:40:49,600
This giant fucking wire goes to my lab

233
00:40:49,600 --> 00:40:54,834
It used to be the 200 amp service to the house that burned 
down in 1984

234
00:40:54,834 --> 00:40:57,233
I just reused that same wire

235
00:40:57,233 --> 00:41:01,233
because it's giant fuckin wire. I'm not wasting that 

236
00:41:05,967 --> 00:41:08,367
So this is my breaker

237
00:41:08,934 --> 00:41:12,133
I'm jumping ahead of myself

238
00:41:12,133 --> 00:41:15,133
    i need to know

239
00:41:23,767 --> 00:41:27,800
Anybody remember which way this went? Does it matter?

240
00:42:07,300 --> 00:42:10,300
Gotta punch these out. Derp!

241
00:42:17,667 --> 00:42:20,667
Check it again. Yeah, that's the right one

242
00:42:25,300 --> 00:42:31,300
Now that this is in that's so tight it's hard to get it to 
get in the right spot

243
00:42:36,600 --> 00:42:39,800
Ok, let's see what happens


244
00:42:39,967 --> 00:42:42,967
Nothing. Good

245
00:42:46,100 --> 00:42:50,066
Should I turn this on? I'm scared to

246
00:42:55,967 --> 00:43:00,233
Good. Nothing. They're turned off in the shed

247
00:43:12,834 --> 00:43:15,800
Alright, that's the refrigerator and freezer back on

248
00:43:15,800 --> 00:43:18,800
Turn the air conditioning back on

249
00:43:20,300 --> 00:43:26,333
Alright, let's see where we are on this side of things

250
00:43:26,333 --> 00:43:29,333
I'll turn this on and hope nothing goes boom

251
00:43:30,333 --> 00:43:32,333
Ok, nothing went boom

252
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Reset that

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Plug that in and see what we get

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00:43:38,400 --> 00:43:40,333
Correct

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00:43:40,333 --> 00:43:45,100
These two are lit up and this little code here says that's 
correct, so

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I have power! In the shed.

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I can plug my extension cord in right there and run my drill
 press

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00:43:52,233 --> 00:43:57,066
Cool. I think I'll do that

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00:44:07,734 --> 00:44:11,133
Here comes the rest of my diagnostics. Will it charge?

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00:44:12,000 --> 00:44:18,100
My brother took a road trip up here and found the nearby 
supercharger out of service

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He plugged his computerized cord into my new 50 Amp 240 Volt
 receptable and it said, NOMINAL*

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00:44:28,367 --> 00:44:33,834
His car went from 9% to 80% in the time it took to do our 
day's projects. That'll be the next episode

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Thanks so much to Brenna, the best volunteer. And to Harry, 
for having kids when I coudn't be arsed to

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That's all for the Beachton Buck Rivet Report. Go buck 
yourself.