Sunday, August 30, 2015

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Aug 29,

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - August 29, 2015
Well I got the hot water tank leak fixed, could not do it myself as I could not remove the water inlet nipple from the tank. I had put a wrench in the flats of the fitting and the plastic broke. I tried using a nipple removal tool that will grab the inside but I could not move the fitting. I tried a easy-out with no movement finally John got a plumber he knows to come to Buster to remove the nipple. All this work is inside the cabinet and at arms length, no fun working like that.  The plumber was here about an hour and a new brass fitting not leaking was installed in the tank. I had the drain plug out of the hot water tank so that water did not drain out into the compartment. With the tank filled with water there was a very small leak coming from the fitting in the tank. We need to dump pressure and water so out I go to take care of that work. I shut the water supply valve but forgot to remove the pressure before removing the drain plug from the hot water tank. The result is as I am removing the drain plug the sixty pounds water pressure “helps” me and “pow” I get sprayed with most of the ten gallons of water head to toe, but the tank emptied fast. The second water test was no leak. I am leaving the area open until Monday to dry out.
New not leaking fitting installed

In the front drivers chair there were gaps in the foot well area where wires come in to go under the dashboard. Bonnie wanted these closed off. I could not get to the area so I removed the drivers chair from the floor mounting position just to access the area. I installed a Masonite board on each area then reinstalled the seat.

One of the draws in the bedroom the bracket holding the rail in the back had broken and while I was at camping World I purchased a replacement set and installed them after working the floor. I have been getting a lot done with the temperatures not getting a warm, this week only into the high eighties.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Aug 9 - 18

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Sunday, August 9, 2015

A day of recovery, we did too much and a rest day for today, and we are laying low this week . i need to finish some maintenance I have been putting off with the high heat. Bonnie and i also need to make plans to head west for the winter.

We have had some warm days and rain days close to what anyone would like. It is not getting to the high nineties like we had in July but the low nineties and high eighties. I have been lazy watching television and not doing anything, or the heat sucking the energy out of me. The week of the twenty first I started making a plan for getting Buster moving on next month. This meant I need to get some projects done inside and out. I started with the out as we had nice weather and completed the cleaning of the last compartment. Inside the cabinets above the J lounge are separating from the top of the slide out. This also happened to the cabinets above the computer desk a couple of years ago. I just need to remove the weight inside and prop up then install additional screws.

Ariana’s team has changed with new girls coming on the team and some moving on to to other things in life. Others have joined other teams for age reasons, moving up. There are other Challenger Teams, there are many more different age groups and a high school “National” Team, drawing players and playing nationally.

The Saturday the fifteenth she attended a Challenger team tryout with Sunday a three-hour scrimmage game. Thru the spring she will stay with the same team but will “guest play” with the Challenger National Team at some games (going only as far as New Jersey.

The twenty-second was a tournament weekend and tuned out we only had one day of play as the girls did not have it. They were flat no spirited energy to play. The three games started good but they ran out of energy making errors, they did not put “hits together” leaving runners on base. Ariana played short stop and second base mostly. the third game was late and after dinner. The catcher was sick and Ariana replaced her but there were only nine there at the field and they played the rest of the game a player short. there were only two outfielders.

Ariana  # 42

Catching the third game

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Saturday, August 1 - 8

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Saturday, August 1 - 8, 2015
Nothing to write, writer block, no doing nothing to write about, just hanging out doing routine things like shopping for groceries.

This week I was picking Ariana up at the high school as she was taking a one week course in drivers education. But the last day I took her in to school and her mother did the pickup after a ninth grade orientation that started after the drivers education class ended.
Wednesday Bonnie and I were going to watch Ariana practice at the softball field and got a call it was canceled. So we continued on to a grocery store. Not just any grocery, Publix Grocery of Florida is expanding into North Carolina with locations in Raleigh and Cary. We went to the Cary store for a walk around and just a few things stuck to our fingers.
Does not look like beach weather
Saturday is a beach day, Fort Fisher State Beach. It is a two and a half hour ride each way to get there. After working our way to interstate forty, just ride in that to the east until the end and go another twenty two miles after Kure Beach. Friday our high temperature was in the low eighties and Saturday at the beach was in the high seventies with a lot of overcast sky. While driving out there was light rain but the forecast was for clearing late morning. It never was sunny but there was no rain while there at the beach. After beach tine we went to the North Carolina Aquarium for short visit, that is just beyond the state beach
On the way rest area, Does not look like beach weather

At the beach, Does not look like beach weather
At the Aquarium there are displays for above the water, and there is also a ypung bald eagle at feeding time.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Jul 31 - Aug

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Friday, July 31, 2015
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind NNW 4 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 76%, Partly cloudy.
Afternoon 95 Degrees high for today, Wind S 6 & gusting to Mph, Humidity 45%,

Salamander’s Baseball Game
One of Zane ‘s baseball team members birthday celebration was a night out at the baseball game for four boy’s. The Salamander’s Baseball team is a college A ball team based here in Holly Springs. It was a nice evening and the new stadium was built with the home plate facing northwest and all seats shaded for the evening game. After the game it was a sleepover at the birthday boy’s home.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - JUL 28 - 30

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Morning 71 Degrees, Wind variable 1 & gusting to 2 Mph, Humidity 96%, Partly sunny.
Afternoon 99 Degrees high for today, Wind variable 1, Humidity 65%,  
Partly cloudy with a sprinkling shower (0.1 inches) during the game tonight.

Burned insulation
center (of picture) is over temperature switch

Bonnie and I got Ariana to the high school game tonight and while they were warming up there were sprinkles off and on. They had a good game winning ten to six and got slightly wet in the process. It never really rained just sprinkling the whole game. The game lasted an hour and forty-five minutes. Chris and john came later as Ariana had to be there an hour before the game time.

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind ESE 4 & gusting to 8 Mph, Humidity 90%,  .
Afternoon 91 Degrees high for today, Wind SE 2 & gusting to 4 Mph, Humidity 52%,   
mostly sunny.

Running around retail, boy am I tired Bonnie and I were all over in different stores for retail therapy wears a boy out.

Buster's sun screens

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Thursday, July 30, 2015
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind variable 1 & gusting to 2 Mph, Humidity 83%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 95 Degrees high for today, Wind W 1 & gusting to 2 Mph, Humidity 58%,   
Partly sunny. Thunder but no lightening seen and no rain, but a nice eastern sky.

My big job today is picking up Ariana from the high school after drivers education class, she will be getting her drivers permit in November. 

An observation for my sun shades on Buster’s windshield. Here in North Carolina the wind has not been enough to be ripping them off the windshields. Once I got them set with the larger magnets there has not been any “wind” like we experience in Texas.

The hot water heater has been working fine all week. The nomenclature for the fuse is not good and in trying to “look” checking if the fuse is blown is not easy while it is installed. I did need to remove it to “see” if it was blown, John was doing that for me. With about eight fuses in the block two were five amp and the others were fifteen amp. I had taken our the other five amp fuse, that shutdown the bedroom air conditioner. It powers the thermostat circuit. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Jul 25 -

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Saturday, July 25, 2015
Morning 63 Degrees, Wind variable 1 Mph, Humidity 97%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 88 Degrees high for today, Wind W 3 & gusting to 6 Mph, Humidity 41%,
mostly sunny.
Ariana (42) batting

Ariana’s traveling softball team showcase tournament weekend in Cary, North Carolina with her first game eight-thirty today dad had her there early for the warm up stretching before the game and throwing. Bonnie and I arrived in time for the first pitch. Games are timed at an hour and fifteen minutes they won three to one. The second game started at twelve-thirty they lost two to one. These were “pool games” to “seed the bracket. With the low scores they were seeded third for the next game at six, they lost big time, too much time off between games. Bonnie and I were there all day as team members and family's were to get food. we had brought a cooler with enough for the day. we had plenty of cold bottled water and other drinks, our shade canopy and chairs.
Ariana playing shortstop

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Sunday, July 26, 2015
Morning 65 Degrees, Wind variable 1 Mph, Humidity 97%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 90 Degrees high for today, Wind NW 3 & gusting to 4 Mph, Humidity 47%,

Bonnie and I canceled for the eight-thirty game for this morning, the team lost 1 - 0 and done as it was the teams second loss in the tournament bracket.

Later I took a ride with John to a work site he needed to check on. It is a Domino pizza store his company is remodeling. The demolition is done and floor tile is being laid and in a late afternoon check the framer has started his reconstructing studs. They started Saturday night, yes after getting home from the ball game he was at the job site for a few hours insuring the start got underway correctly. He also passed by on the way to the ball field. This job needs to be complete by Wednesday night for the store to reopen by Thursday noon.

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Monday, July 27, 2015
Morning 73 Degrees, Wind variable 1 Mph, Humidity 97%, Partly cloudy.
Afternoon 89 Degrees high for today, Wind SSE 2 & gusting to 4 Mph, Humidity 45%,
Partly cloudy

Troubleshooting the water heater for twelve volt ignition and gas valve opening. Can not find the twelve volt source or fuse. I now find the level sensor’s get power from the same source not working at the panel where the water heater switch is located.

I finally, John found the fuse right there in the hallway fuse box. He was pulling them to get a better “look”, I had pulled one earlier and it was the control circuit for the roof air conditioner, stopped working. Anyway I needed to go for a five-amp blade fuse and after replacing that there was power at the switch and the level sensors were working normally. Now I need to replace some wire or re-insulate the wire with tape.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Jul 22 - 24

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Morning 70 Degrees, Wind NNW 3 & gusting to 7 Mph, Humidity 82%, mostly sunny.
Afternoon 97 Degrees high for today, Wind S 5 & gusting to Mph, Humidity 65%,       Partly sunny.

Grand parent rest day

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Thursday, July 23, 2015
Morning 74 Degrees, Wind SSE 7 & gusting to 10  Mph, Humidity 90%, Overcast.
Afternoon 83 Degrees high for today, Wind S 6 & gusting to Mph, Humidity 85%,   
afternoon and early evening shower (0.30 inches)

Bonnie complained about cold water shower this morning, me thinking back to last nights shower I realized there was less heat in the water. Doing the breakfast dish’s I was thinking Bonnie had turned on the hot water a while ago and it should be hot by now, and it was not. We had a lunch date with Cindy no time to troubleshoot this now but I did recheck the switch a couple of times and the igniter circuit light did not illuminate, no spark was taking place to light the propane gas.

We took Ariana to the high school scrimmage game and brought her home.

After coming home I checked and there was voltage and found the over temperature switch tripped. I could put twelve volts to the other side and get the propane gas to light.

Holly Springs, NC - Busters Place - Friday, July 24, 2015
Morning 72 Degrees, Wind NNE 2 & gusting to 6 Mph, Humidity 98%, overcast.
Afternoon 87 Degrees high for today, Wind S 4 Mph, Humidity 57%, mostly sunny.

Went to camping world for a replacement switch installed that the water heater fired up I closed the cover and latter the water is not as hot as it should be. After checking on line I found there maybe a blockage in the fire tube “soot” from the propane gas. Thinking about the few times I got the lights of propane there did seem to be “blow back” more than expected. When I opened the cover this time some wire had insulation burned off and the over temp switch had shut off the system again. 

Now cleaning out the fire tube and getting soot removed was the first order. New I have two new problems the burnt wire insulation and there is no power on the switch and can not find the fuse location. But we now have hot water as I am running twelve volts directly from the battery. That new switch package, there was two in there so I am now using the second one. Now to find the twelve volt source.