Thursday March 9, 2017 Guerneville CA.
Shopping for a project
I was rather slow getting it going this morning, but I did finally get it going, around noon.
My plan was to go over to Santa Rosa to do some shopping, but first I needed to take some stuff out of the van so there’d be room to put some stuff in it that I needed, so I started taking things out of the van, like my kayak on top.
Automatic gate problems
While I was doing that my brother Tom comes by in his golf cart and says my automatic gate was having a mind of it’s own while I was gone opening and closing so he shut the switch off which I had to turn on to get in when I came home, but I’d forgotten about that.
While we were talking the gate opens on it’s own and stops and does weird stuff without any commands.
I shut the main switch off and reset it, but it keeps doing it’s own thing.
So I went in the house for a short nap to think about it for awhile.
Maybe that will fix it
Since I was going to the store where one buys gate openers I thought I better have a look at it before I took off shopping, so I grabbed my electrical bag and went out to the gate and removed the box cover to have a look. Right away I found the positive wire clip to the battery wasn’t real tight and could cause this type problem I was having, mainly as it would be constantly rebooting the gate computer with the intermittent battery connection.
So I crimped both battery clip connections and put things back together and turned it back on and so far, so good.
Some wire I don’t have to buy
While I was talking with my brother he said he had some chicken wire over at his garden I could have for my project so we drove over to look at it. Just what I need. He said he didn’t need it anymore so we brought a roll home. One less thing I need to buy.
I’m finally off to shop
Around two I was finally off to do some shopping. First I went to Smoothers Auto Parts as I needed to get a new intake gasket for my van as the one I installed when I installed the engine has a slight coolant leak I haven’t been able to tighten down, so I need to do the job again, hopefully right this time. They had what I needed so I was off to the hardware store to get some more stuff.
I needed some rebar to build a protected area in my garden around my blueberry patch to keep the birds and the critters out. I found a guy with a fork lift to help me load the rebar on the van top and then went in the store to find some other stuff.
The rebar was heavier than I expected so I spent some time tying the load down with ropes. I put on a couple extra just in case.
That was enough shopping for me, so I headed on home and unloaded the rebar from the van’s top.
Ok so I got some bent ones
I should have been a bit more careful about not getting bent pieces, but I didn’t so I’ll have to just bend them back which should be good for my purposes.
It was a nice spring day out, no rain so I spent some time sitting around the yard enjoying the day as it got dark.
Checked out the cherry graphs
It did get dark on me as I was sitting in the yard. Being spring the dew hadn’t come in yet and it was pleasant out.
But eventually, I did come in for the day and that was my day.