October 2017 Media and Progress Notes


October 2017 Image links are below.
Jugatsu 2017 shashin wa shita desu.

(Last update: (23 October 2017)

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Only two of the mp4 movies, 1 and 2, were added to Vimeo.com since 3, 4, and 5 are so similar to 2.  Important:  Please view movies on Vimeo.com rather than here.  If viewed here too frequently I'll have to disable them here to avoid overloading this server.

Some late 2017 progress highlights follow.

Almost no indoor work was attempted this summer or early fall.  So for interior media please refer to my April 2017 Media Catalog.

Summer work focused exclusively on outside projects including a thorough pressure wash of my aircraft, preparation for fabrication of a permanent front landing gear support structure and related infrastructure, wash and relocation of my unsightly west storage van, relocation of unsightly 727 components and other material which was located generally south of my right wing, installation of a small wind generator, reconstruction of the water plumbing adjacent to my well, and numerous more modest projects.

Most though not quite all of the pressure washing is complete but the front landing gear support structure remains incomplete (no rebar has been fabricated and no concrete poured, a disappointment), and my west storage van, though now thoroughly clean, was moved only a modest portion of the distance to its final destination.  But all the ugly material in my forest south of my right wing was fully relocated and my wind generator is substantially (though not completely) installed (currently it's temporarily connected only to my right outboard landing light).

And reconstruction of my water well plumbing is complete.  However the remaining pressure tank is leaking moderately and will likely fail outright soon and thus must be replaced (the other twin tank failed about two years ago and was removed and recycled).  I'll purchase at least one new composite pressure tank to replace it but hope to be able to locate it inside my aft cargo hold rather than outside.

And the well's electrical control system, though functioning generally reliably, would benefit substantially from a full reorganization into a single plastic housing, connection to the new and more robust power cable (it's visible as an unconnected cable emanating from the ground in the images), and modified to utilize the electronic pressure detector attached to the new plumbing.  I have all the components necessary to accomplish this - now it's just a matter of time allocation.

The steel well casing is badly corroded below natural ground level as you can see.  I don't yet know whether this severity of corrosion extends further down where the protective concrete jacket seems generally intact - I'll investigate by chipping a bit of the concrete away so I can inspect the underlying steel.  If the concrete protected steel has minimal corrosion I'll try to remove the corrosion above the concrete level, add a protective coating, then pour new concrete to extend the concrete jacket well above ground level.  But I might have to defer this work until spring or summer 2018.

This well has served me superbly for about 43 years.  These improvements should add many more decades to its life if the steel casing and down-pipe remain reasonably intact.  The down-pipe developed a leak very early in the well's life slightly below the surface but that leak seems to be modest in size and stable and thus not a serious problem (because I installed a back-flow valve, visible in the images, in the surface plumbing), and no others have developed to my knowledge (new leaks at a significantly lower level would be evident to me).  But of course if the existing down-pipe leak begins to grow or others develop at least some of the down-pipe will eventually have to be replaced, a substantial task.  (A modest sized crane or equivalent would be required.)  However once new pipe and a means to lift the down-pipe was made available on my site it might be possible to complete the work in one or two days.

The well work is just a modest proportion of the array of summer projects.  I'll describe the other work here in detail later if time permits.  In the meantime the images below illustrate some of the progress.

The weather's now cold and wet and daylight hours are short so further substantial outdoor work, including rebar and concrete fabrication of all three landing gear support structures and probably final relocation of my west storage van, will have to wait until about spring 2018, alas...

As usual a notarized copy of my last will, revoking all previous versions, is posted on the refrigerator in my cabin.  Please honor only that document after I draw my last breath.  (A task which won't require attention anytime soon I hope.)  It's adjacent to popular Nihon-jin (Japanese) actress and occasional product pitch gal Arimura Kasumi-san, who will remain prominently displayed in my cabin for the foreseeable future.


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