Friday, January 20, 2017

Finally Gardening begins 

So you ever had those areas that seem to attract junk with the thought of dealing with it later?  Yes, my basement seed starting area was one of those this year.  I decided yesterday to get down there and start cleaning it up.  Card board boxes, wrappings from last year cell starting kits, bits and pieces from small construction projects for the area were all part of the rubble in the middle of the room.  The first order of business was to clear it all out.  I had a 10 foot gutter trough built for the five gallon buckets that had lettuce and radishes growing in last year.  That experiment was a success and I had it in mind to do it again this year but alas Christmas and plumbing issues stole it away from me.
So I decided to modify the gutter to turn it into a seed starting station.  I have enough room for 288 cells.  Leveling and a better hanger for the lights will be next.  Two more lights will be hung over the cell kits.  I have every thing I need to get it done.  Now I just need to muster up the desire and energy.

 

This is the year for a new phone.  The old phone was so far into the last century that it had no trade in value.  It only took two days for me to figure out how to answer a call.  My daughter and grandson snickered across the room every time I fumbled around with my phone.  You see I was used to poking buttons with the old phone and every thing seems to be a swipe with the new phone.  I've had to retrain all those muscle responses.  So after about three weeks, I have learned every thing I need to know.  I'm sure the phone will do much more than I will ever use.  It's kind of amazing to think that I can hold in one hand held phone more powerful technology than what took the astronauts to the moon.  I now have total access to the entire Internet's knowledge with a simple command of "OK Goggle".

Have a blessed January.  There's another post coming soon.

Nebraska Dave
Urban Farmer
dbentz24@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year Projects

So let the inside projects begin.  With the toilet not shutting off fixed and the kitchen sink drain leaking fixed, it's time to move on to repairing the washing machine shut off valve.  There are some challenges with this project.



 These shut off valves are old and haven't been turned off in decades.  They have become corroded.  In my experience with this type of valves to put some muscle on them and shut them off is a mistake.  Oh, they will shut off but when turned back on they leak. Then it becomes replace the valve.  That opens up the issue of twisting the pipe in the wall which could lead to breaking the pipe.  Now there's leak behind the drywall.  The first alternative is to always shut off the water to the entire house every time the washing machine needs to be worked on.  Even though that's unhandy, it's the only way to be sure not to disturb the corroded valve and cause unwanted issues.  


These are the parts that will fix the valve issue.  Instead of replacing the valve, I'm just going to put another valve in front of the existing one.  These valves are made different and will not have the shut off issues of the original valves.

Here is the new valves installed with no leaks.  Stage one is complete on the shut off valve replacement.  Now the real transplant needs to be done.  I took down the model, serial number, and stock number of the washing machine to take to the parts place.  The parts guy said it's not on the computer.  This machine is probably 20 years old.  It didn't surprise me that it wasn't in the computer.  So now I have bring in the part to who the parts guy for him to come up with a replacement.  They all kind of work the same and I actually believe I've replaced this one before.

What projects have been keeping you busy these cold Winter days?  Be safe.

Old Nebraska Dave





Sunday, January 1, 2017


Happy New Year

Yes, Well, here it is a new year once again. I struggled to stay awake to usher in the New year. Bradley, my 12 year old grandson, made it with abundant energy. After 69 New Years, it just doesn't have the same excitement as when I was younger. So Now we have clean slate for the year. What will be your New Year resolutions? Lose weight seems to be the most popular one in my experience. I'm always competing with weight. I've lost hundreds of pounds over the decades but it seems at the end of each year my weight increases ever so slightly. I guess the inside Winter projects just don't expend enough energy to keep down the tonnage. 

I mostly have given up on resolutions and have plans instead. It gives me the freedom to change the plans at will or eliminate them all together. So what are my plans for the year? I always have way more plans than time to complete them so some come from last year's plans. Many are kind of open ended and will take several years to complete.

1. Continue to develop Terra Nova Gardens. The plans there are to expand the rock lined beds by at least three more. I do want to double the electric fence protected area. It was amazing to see how well the portable electric fence worked last year. That was my greatest success.

2. Work more at bringing my house back into order. Yeah, a lot of hard work for that one. After many years of neglect, I hardly know where to begin. I'll probably start with plumbing. Yes, my favorite thing. Slow running drains, dripping faucets, toilets that don't shut off until the handle is jiggled, clothes washer that drips water when the wash is done, leaky drain pipes under the kitchen sink. Well, you get the idea. Old houses are in a constant state of repair.

3. I really want to write more. Last year was the least amount of blogging for me since I started blogging in 2008. Perhaps I might creep into video some. I have watched hundreds of hours of gardening videos on YouTube over the last three years. Blogging and Vlogging is a good way to keep a record of when things were done.

So here's to an awesome 2017. What are your plans for the New Year?
 

Nebraska Dave
Urban Farmer
Omaha Nebraska
GRIT Magazine Blogger