Tom and I Clear Some Trees For Fire Prevention

Thursday April 2, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Tree day

Today I was thinking of setting up to cut down some pepperwood trees for fire protection around the house. So I got out a ladder and started trimming some blackberry vines and limbs around the trees to be able to use the chainsaw on them.

Tom helps

They are actually on my brother Tom’s place and he was watching me from his place and offered his saw so I said bring it on over and let’s get these trees down and I’ll cut them up.

We had to put some ropes on each one to pull it down in the right direction  and after awhile we got them down safely without too much trouble.stumps


Trimming them up

Tom left and I got out my big saw. First I had to limb the trees. Lots of brush for sure.limbed


I worked on cutting the logs up for a couple hours and got it almost cut up at this point.cutup


I needed a rest from all the work so took it easy chair hopping until evening. Looking west as the sun just went


I cut up the last of the logs. Lots of brush there to get rid of, but not today.done


I did get a little firewood out of the work.wood


Working chickens

After that I walked out front where the chickens were and they all crowded around thinking I had something for them, but I didn’t.chickens


I’ve learned that if I sit somewhere the chickens will come over, so I sat in this chair to get them to start digging this area up for me. It worked for awhile before they lost interest and wondered off.helpers


It was good to get those trees down and cut up. Now all I  have to do is clean up the mess.

Got a lot more exercise than I needed which is always good and the sun was out nice, so nice day.

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No Chicks and Working On the Van’s Radiator Leak Repair

Wednesday April 1, 2020 Guerneville CA.

Chicken nest

This morning I noticed the nesting chicken under the big redwood tree was off her nest so I went over to see what was going on. Any chicks hatched out yet? Not yet but any day now, they should hatch if they are going to.nest


Working on the van’s radiator leak problem

After that I did some chair hopping while I figured out what I wanted to do today. I didn’t really want to do any real hard work and I was curious about my van radiator leak so I got the tools out and started taking things apart to get the radiator out of the


First off the van’s belly pan has to be removed which I did.pan


An easy one

Then I removed the front electric cooling fan which was fairly easy as I made a quick release bracket when I installed the


Need a better design

Next I needed to remove the fan shroud which was a bit more complicated as I should of made it easier to get off.shroud


Worked on the dozer some more

I got started on it when Tom came by and wanted to try priming the bulldozer fuel system again. So we got our tools and a good battery together and went up to the dozer and worked on that a bit. Still  no go, I’ll have to do some more research which I did and now think I know what to do and how to do it which we’ll give a try next time.

I never did get back to the van’s fan shroud but at least I got what I got done today on the project. Once I get the fan shroud off I can investigate the leak better.

The sun was out nice today so I also did some chair hopping around the yard and cut some more bamboo and installed it on the chicken fence project.

Nice day puttering and getting some stuff done.

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