Sunday, 17 February 2019

50 Years

The Australia Post courier delivered the shed electrical distribution board early this morning.  So early that I was still asleep!  Anyway, Jan accepted it.  Another cheap purchase from eBay.

Obviously it needed to be fitted which I decided to do before it got too hot.  It's been some time since I last fitted a switchboard and I've seen too many boards where the reverse looks like a birds nest.  Fifty years ago, when I'd started my apprenticeship, my 'master' was a tyrant demanding both speed and neatness.  He taught me well and I've always endeavoured to keep my wiring tidy.



The white cable loop sticking out of the box is actually plastic covered steel curtain wire.  It's the drawer cord for the yet to be installed main power and earth cables.

I've fitted a temporary supply cable to the power board whilst I wait for the necessary energy and enthusiasm to dig the cable trench from the shed to the house.



You can see the 32mm diameter grey plastic conduit for the power cable below.  The white cord is for pulling the main earth through the wall.  To the left is an orange conduit which carries the power cable for the bench saw plug which is in the middle of the concrete floor. 


Friday, 15 February 2019

The rear needs modifying

One thing leads to another and before you know it you need to do more than you anticipated.

I want the trailer tailgate door to open 180° which will provide unrestricted access to the interior of the trailer.  So the hinges were modified.  However in opening the door 180° I discovered the left rear light fitting was going to be an obstruction.  If I needed to relocated the left fitting then obviously the right also had to be moved.  Then I realised the spare wheel mounting on the tailgate would also need to be moved as the larger tyre and rim would catch on the back corner of the trailer.

So this is what the rear of the trailer now looks like.



OK... the spare wheel mounting hasn't changed.  But do you see the other changes?

Well the first change was with the rear lights (A).  After relocating them higher on the trailer I discovered they were non compliant with the Australian Design Regulations (ADRs).  Lights must be not more than 1750mm above ground level and with the larger tyres and rims on the trailer they were slightly over the legal limit.  To rectify this I purchased a second set of lights  (B) and mounted them on the rear bar.  Of course the number plate was then in the way and was also going to be obscured by the spare wheel once the mounting has been moved.  So the number plate and wiring (C) was moved to the opposite side.


By the time I finish there isn't going to be much that's original on this trailer! :-)

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Floor is In!

You would think the trailer floor qualified for frequent traveller points based on the number of times I’ve attempted test installation fittings.  However before I could do this I needed to cut the matrix of 10mm holes with the router.  The first problem was with the chinese sourced router bit.  The diameter of the shaft was 0.5mm less than standard.  So it wasn’t a ¼ inch bit.  This was overcome by wrapping some masking tape around the shaft.

Cutting the outer series of holes in the board was achieved using the router guide.



A length of dressed pine was then used as a guide for the inner holes. 



After completing all the holes I discovered the router bit is only 9mm rather than the specified 10mm.  So perhaps a cheap bit from China wasn’t the best option.  Anyway, the holes are completed and I have (I hope) a perfect matrix of holes at 100mm spacing.




I wanted to ensure the sheet of plywood doesn't bounce around.  It's not likely to happen, however I made a set of small timber blocks which were then screwed to the corners of the trailer frame.



When I was fitting the plywood floor into Waiouru the joiners showed me how to use wood screws into metal.  So that's what I did with the blocks.

One lateral partition was made from the sheet offcuts.  I'm waiting on the delivery of brass rod from China to make the pins which will then be glued into the base of the vertical partitions at 100mm spacing.  The photos below are just a demonstration on what the system will look like.



The idea is to have a set of movable partitions that will provide flexibility for various size loads.  

I can probably start fitting some of the camping gear into the trailer and identify how many partitions are require.

 

Monday, 11 February 2019

It's Cooler

Not the outside temperature!  I’ve installed all the insulation and plywood lining in the shed and its had a dramatic affect on the temperature inside.

Today everything was removed from the shed apart from the table and mitre saw.  Then I used the Aldi spray paint gun to apply three coats of paint to the plywood.  I used the grey paint left over from the boundary fences.  Halfway through the task I discovered the rubber in my face mask had perished and I was occasionally sucking paint vapour.  I’m extremely disappointed with the quality of the mask.  It’s only lasted 33 years!




The postman delivered the router bit I’d ordered from China.



It has a pointed tip and will cut a 10mm hole.  I could have purchased a similar bit in Perth for $44.  However by ordering one from China and waiting a month for delivery it cost me $1.64 including postage.  So why do I need this bit?  The plan is to drill a matrix of 10mm holes in the 19mm plywood upper floor in the trailer.  You may be able to see the matrix of 2mm pilot holes in the photo below.


I’ve also ordered a length of 10mm brass rod from China.  My plan is to cut the brass rod into 40mm lengths which will become pegs.  These pegs will be glued into the base of the 19mm plywood vertical partitions I plan on making.  Having a matrix of 10mm holes in the floor will allow me to move the partitions around to suit the size of the contents of the trailer.  Well that’s the theory.

As with all jobs..... Safety First!





Saturday, 9 February 2019

Hard Border

There was a TV news article on Northern Ireland yesterday and I was slightly surprised to hear the Northern Ireland Parliament hadn’t met for two years because the major parties were in dispute.  One assumes that a country can operate without their elected representatives.  But then the program mentioned Northern Ireland was being governed from Westminster.

Now the elected representatives of Westminster appear to be in turmoil with no clear agreement or directions.  Should the UK parliament be suspended and government be vested in….. Brussels?  Just saying….. :-)

Actually I was more interested in the ‘hard border’ argument.  One ‘remainer’ stated that if the UK were to leave the EU without a deal the WTO would require a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.  A little research on my part suggested this wasn’t true.  WTO rules require a country to allow all trading countries equal access, unless specific arrangements have been agreed.  The WTO would therefore not require the UK to install a hard border if it allowed all nations to trade with the UK on equal terms.  However the Irish Republic would require a hard border because it’s a member of the EU.  The EU has a protectionist approach and has applied tariffs and quotas on many good and services from non EU countries.

An example of this is Irish beef.  67% of all Irish Republic beef goes to the UK.  Under WTO rules they would have to compete with much cheaper beef from countries like Australia, Argentina and Brazil.  This would decimate the Irish beef industry.  Actually it gets worse for the Irish because without a hard border, cheaper beef could be imported into the UK and then slipped across the Irish border. 

Actually I think this hard border is a red herring.  Switzerland is surrounded by EU countries and there is no hard border.

Of course adopting WTO rules wouldn’t be all good news for the UK.  Local farmers (eg, sheep) would have to compete with producers from the rest of the world.  New Zealand could probably send their lamb half way around the world and still sell it in the UK at a lower price.  NZ and the UK have similar standards of living which suggests the NZ farmers are more efficient. 

One of the problems with being a member of a protectionist organisation is it results in inefficiency and increased costs which are borne by the consumer.

If the UK does leave the EU without a deal and adopts WTO rules there will be some parts of the UK economy that will go through a period of pain whilst they struggle to adjust to a competitive market.   Interesting times ahead.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Testing AGAIN

non illegitimi carborundum

More reading and research regarding the OLW problem.  This is yet another suggested solution to the problem caused by Google abandoning its API.

If this post publishes and the photos are displayed I will explain what I’ve done.

Today was definitely a day for indoor jobs.  Despite this I did manage to install another three sheets of plywood lining in the shed.  So these are the before and after photos of the light fittings





 Hall









Lounge

Well the "fix" for OLW didn't work and I was forced to do this post in Blogger.  Hence the unsatisfactory format.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Google is playing funny buggers!

Well if you've been following my various attempts to get photos to publish from Open Live Writer you will know I've failed spectacularly.  Google keeps moving the goal posts.  I've just read an official notice from Google advising this state of affairs is likely to continue to 1 March so I'm going to cease these fruitless attempts until after that date.

Meanwhile Jan mentioned she didn't particularly like the horrible (her word) blue light shade in the laundry.
























Nor did she like the hallway shade by the front door.


And while she was on the subject, the shade in the front room looked tired.
























All this led to a decision to visit the local lighting warehouse where they have an excellent range of Chinese made light fittings (Isn't everything made in China these days?)  Whilst we were in the shop I added to strip lights to the purchase order.  Actually I require four in the shed so the last two are on order.

We also visited the timber merchant where I purchased 11 sheets of 9mm plywood and two bags of insulation Batts.  He sold me the non itchy version...... But he lied!



Jan helped me carry the plywood sheets from the trailer to the shed (good girl) and I then used the Batts from one pack to insulate most of two walls.

Then I started cutting and fitting the plywood.  Eight years ago I would have nailed the sheets in place, but after the boat fit out I'm a fan of using screws.  It takes longer, but the sheets are less likely to move.



It was so damned hot in the shed I probably drank more water than a thirsty camel.  If I left any tools out in the sunlight there was a chance I'd burn myself picking them up.  In the end it became all too much and I retreated inside to the air conditioning and a cold cleansing ale.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

It's Official


It’s official.  We’ve experienced the hottest January since records were first kept.  Meanwhile, up in northern Queensland over 4 feet of rain has fallen in the last few days.  That’s the average annual rainfall in less than a week.  More that 20,000 houses are forecast to be inundated.  Forest fires continue to rage in Tasmania.  It’s been an interesting start to the year!

I’ve been making slow but steady progress with the workshop.  The lighting wiring is now complete and I’ve installed the timber framing for the back wall.  This has used the last of the scrap timber which means we’re back to involving the plastic card.  Hopefully I’ll start installing the insulation and plywood lining on Monday.

Someone has eaten the last of the ‘ginger gems’ (OK… I put my hand up) so today Jan made Lamingtons.  not those little stale bricks you buy in the supermarket.  These are man size.  Light and soft on the inside and sticky on the outside.  I’m being rationed to one daily. 

Photo method 4 has now stopped working.  I must go back and check method 3.  I suspect one of the problems was with Google who appear to have been fiddling around with their code in the background.  If you see the above photo then Method 3 is again working (I hope)  No… it didn’t work.  Back to no photos for me.  Now the post won’t publish with NO PHOTOS Sad smile Sad smile

BUT WAIT.  I’ve deleted the draft post and pasted the text into a new draft before adding the photo using Method 3.  (Didn’t work).  It appears the OLW situation has reached the point where drafts in OLW won’t publish with or without photos.  What are you doing Google?



I noticed there was a new post from nb Wandering Bark and was anticipating another video report on the history of the BCN.  However it appears Captain Ahab and the first mate have travelled a long way in search of other waterways.  Gosh hasn’t Singapore changed since we lived there in the early 80’s.  Even back then the Singaporean authorities were becoming concerned about the rapid loss of old architecture.  I recall in one part of the downtown area they retained the facades of the old ‘Malaca” style three story houses building new high rises behind. Singapore keeps increasing in physical size as they continue to reclaim more land from the surrounding sea.  Most of Changi Airport is on reclaimed land.  

I don’t believe Andy & Helen are going to find many canals in NZ! But then they may be searching for Hobbits.

This post was drafted in OLW and pasted into Blogger Editor before publishing

Friday, 1 February 2019

Method 4

A big thank you to everyone who left a comment regarding my latest attempt to find a solution to the Open Live Writer photo problem.

Method 4 is actually quite simple.  You need to use Blogger and Open Live Writer.  The steps are:

  1. Login to you Blogger editor and start a new post.  Add all the photos you want in your Open Live Writer post; size photos to Original Size. Save as draft.
  2. Open OLW. Click on File > Open Recent Post >Your Blog Name > the post you just created in Blogger.
  3. Edit with desired text and formatting. Resize photos as needed. (If you need to add another photo or image, you'll have to save, close, and reopen in Blogger to add it)
  4. Publish
  5. When you next login to Blogger delete the draft from the previous post.

I used the above steps yesterday to insert the 3 photos into Open Live Writer and then published them from OLW. 

Pip & Mick (nb Oleana) I agree with you.  Google has apparently been making a number of changes to their systems over the last few days.  I suspect this may be the reason why sometimes the photos can be seen and at other times there are just blank boxes. 

I’ve also looked at Wordpress.  Apparently there are two versions.  One version is hosted at no cost by Wordpress, but does carry Ads.  The other version requires the user to host it themselves on server space they rent.  This option doesn’t display Wordpress Ads.

Thursday, 31 January 2019

test

Method 4.   Do you see the three photos below




Addendum to today’s post

Please read this in conjunction with today's earlier post.

Jan (she who must be obeyed) and KevinToo have both mentioned they cannot see the photos in the post I published earlier today.
Jan is using her Android tablet and Google Chrome.
I am using Opera browser (my usual browser) on the laptop and can see the photos. 
If I use Firefox on the laptop I do not see the photos.  But I do see the photos from the previous post (Wed 30th). 
If I use Google Chrome on the laptop I don’t see today’s photos but I do see those from Wednesday and earlier. 
When I load Blogger and look at today’s post the photos are there.

Below is the screen dump from blogger

So my Method 3 allows me to insert photos into Open Live Writer and when I publish the post from Open Live Writer the photos appear in the editing screen of Blogger.   However Blogger WILL NOT show the photos on some browsers.

This has happened in the last 24 hours and it has to be Google.

I'm looking for answers and a solution.

As an aside.  If any readers have been using Google+ please note Google is abandoning it on 2 April 2019 and all data will be deleted.  If you have data on Google+ which you want to retain you need to move it somewhere else before that date. <info>


Lifespan and more on the shed

Another 3 hours working on the shed lining before the temperature drove me back into the air conditioning.  It was in excess of 40C inside the shed which meant frequent water breaks.  I now have the timber framing installed to one wall.

This has been taking longer than usual because I’m attempting to use old scraps of timber.  Jan noticed a packet of metal right angle brackets in Aldi when we were food shopping on Wednesday and I immediately grabbed a pack thinking I could use them to secure the timber to the horizontal metal ‘C’ section.  They worked, I’m now wishing I’d purchased a second pack.  This wall still needs the insulation and plywood lining.
I also managed to fit the waterproof switch to the rear wall of the shed.  A piece of plywood was glued to the inside of the wall to provide some strength.

This gave me something to fix the switch against.

I used Sikaflex to ensure the join against the shed wall was waterproof.  The switch is for a future swimming pool.  I’ve deliberately located the shed a metre away from the boundary fence so it would leave a space for the pool filter and pump.  Hopefully the shed will muffle most of the noise.

Now if you were wondering about lifespan this may explain everything
On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."
The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
And God saw it was good.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."
The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"
And God, again saw it was good.
On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed it was good.
On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."
But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."
So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.
For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.
For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.
And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.
If you are looking for me I will be on the front porch















Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Red Sky at Night

What’s the expression…. “Red Sky at Night – Shepherd’s Delight.  Red Sky in the Morning – Shepherd’s Warning.

A very red sky as I was returning home from my walk yesterday evening.

 

The problem was…… The sun sets in the west and that photo was taken to the south!  Has the earth slipped on its axis?

Today I decided to treat Jan to a meal out.  Obviously I had to find somewhere really cheap and unfortunately the charity soup kitchen was closed.  We ended up jostling with the other grey wrinklies in the queue at Sizzlers.  This is where for a fixed price you can each as much as you want from the salad bar.  The salad bar includes soup, pasta and desserts.  Drinks are extra, so we take along our own water. 

By the time I took the above photo I’d stuffed myself with soup, two helpings of main course (mostly crab sticks) and a dessert of apple crumble with ice cream.  Full as an egg….. which is probably why the photo is out of focus.   I really need to starve myself during the previous 24 hours.

Naturally the idea of working on the various projects in the afternoon didn’t appeal.  However the postie delivered my Chinese ‘knock-off’ Anderson plugs while we were out, so I decided to complete the last of the trailer wiring.

This last part is the wiring for the fridge which has a 12V cigarette type plug on the end.  A female cigarette socket is $20 and being a cheapskate I didn’t want to go down that path.  The replica Anderson Plugs cost $13 for 10.

I sweated and burped for a few hours in the afternoon wiring finally fitting the plug before testing the setup.

As you can see; I found an old lead with a female cigarette socket on the end.  The fridge male socket connects to it.  One the other end I have two Anderson Plugs which connects the trailer 12V battery to the fridge.  That’s the last of the trailer wiring.  I’m now waiting on the router bit from China so I can finished the trailer upper floor.

Meanwhile we stopped at Bunnings enabling me to buy the last of the timber framing for one wall and a waterproof switch for the future pool pump.  Have I previously mentioned Jan wants a swimming pool? 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Have I found a solution?

Thanks readers for letting me know you could see both photos in the last post.  Maybe I’ve found a solution to the problem.  But first; what is the problem. 

Basically it has been caused by Google abandoning an API used by Open Live Writer.  In simple terms an API is a protocol which enables two separate programs to accept information.  Open Live Writer was written using a Google API which enabled photos inserted into OLW being accepted by Google into Blogger.  Google has abandoned the API which means the OLW photos aren’t recognised and the post is rejected by Blogger.  Leave out the photos and the API isn’t required so the post will be published.  In order for OLW to work how it used to the developers of OLW will need to re-write OLW to include an new Google API.  That’s a big task for a group of volunteers.  And what stops Google from abandoning that API. 

So what is my 3rd method.

1.  You need a Google Photo’s account where you place the photos you want to include in your blog post.  In Google Photos I’m creating a new photo album for each month. 

2.  I share this album by clicking on the 3 vertical dots on the menu bar and select share with everyone.  I’m not sure if this step is necessary…. but I’m doing it!

3.  Upload photos to Google Photos

4.  Have both OLW and Google Photos open.

5.  Start writing the draft blog post.  When you get to the point where you want to insert a photo go to Google Photos and click on the photo you want to insert.  This brings up the photo into it’s own screen.  I’ve clicked on the photo of the trailer freezer.

6.  Right click on the photo to bring up the popup window and left click on “copy image address”

7.  Go to OLW and click on the ‘Insert’ option on the Toolbar.  Click on ‘Picture’.  Click on ‘From the Web’.  Right click in the address field and paste the address you obtained from Google Photos.  The photo should appear in the preview box.

8.  Click on the ‘Insert’ button to insert the photo into your blog post (as seen below)

For those of you using OLW please let me know it this works for you.

My assumption is this method obtains a different API from Google Photos which is then inserted into OLW.  The photo in OLW is then recognised by Blogger.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Method 3–Do you see two photos

Thanks for the photo feedback to date.  This is my 3rd method for inserting photos

into Blogger via OLW.  

The Missing photo

Please leave me a comment if the missing photo from the last post is now showing below.  If you can see the photo then I suspect I made an error yesterday.


Sunday, 27 January 2019

The Shed

The exterior of the shed has now been completed and I’ve made a start on the first fit electrics

I’m not in favour of 240V cables being close to metal.  Yes, the cable is double insulated, but I just have this thing about electrical safety.  After a trip to the hardware we are poorer but I did have the necessary plastic conduit and fitting to complete the pre-lining wiring.

The right side of the shed will have a long bench with drawers below and cupboards above.  The drop saw will be fitted towards one end.  I’ll also need a power socket for recharging portable power tools.

The right socket is for the drop saw and left for general use.  All the cables are run through pvc conduit.

My heavy work bench will go against the rear wall.  The carpentry vice at one end and the engineering vice at the other.  Only one power point, however there is a second, separate wiring circuit here which will be the power supply to the pool pump and filter.

 

This is only a temporary location for the drop saw.

I’ve also installed one lighting circuit for LED strip lights.  you may have noticed the ceiling has already been insulated.

The left wall will have a tool shadow board.  I plan to install the switchboard where the arrow is pointing in the photo below.  The light switch will be just to the left of the photo.

I always knew the shed would need to be fully insulated.  It was like an oven during the fit out!  My next stage is to install an interior light timber wall frame which will hold the glass wool insulation in place and provide support for the plywood lining.

This is a first draft of my planned drop saw bench done in Google SketchUp.

The final location of the saw will be further to the right and I haven’t shown the drawers underneath the bench.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Freezer and the Solar

The 12V computer fan has finally been installed in the trailer freezer compartment.  In the end I had to remove the freezer in order to drill the holes for the mounting block   The fan is wired into the freezer power supply so it will automatically run when the freezer is turned on.

With the fan and freezer rumbling away I thought it might be opportune to see what was happening with the solar panels. 

Freezer on the left and solar panel input on the right.

Battery voltage is 13.6V and the freezer is using 4.43amps.  The solar is producing 3.02amps which is less than the freezer is using.  However the solar meter is measuring the power before the MPPT controller.  Note the voltage is 19.55V.  A more accurate check on what is happening is the Watts which are shown at the bottom right of both meters.  The freezer is using 60.2W and the solar is producing 59W.  The battery is already fully charged which leads me to believe to solar can’t produce any additional power as the battery won’t accept it. 

To test the above theory I started the second Engel fridge.

The consumption rose to 77.2W and the solar input to 91.2W.  So the solar panels will produce more power if there is a demand.  Total solar capacity is 300W which should produce a maximum of approximately 20 amps.  At the time of the photo they were producing less than a third of their maximum capacity.  This should mean there is plenty of surplus solar power to recharge the 150Ah battery when I’m on a trip.



Thursday, 24 January 2019

The ‘Man Cave’

I’ve given up watering the shed concrete pad as there has been no sign of growth.  Today 80% of the man cave components were delivered allowing erection to commence.

I’ve commenced calculating the insulation, plywood lining and wiring requirements.  Provided the weather stays dry, the shell should be completed tomorrow allowing me to make a start on the interior.

Meanwhile Jan has been baking bread.  The smell of freshly baked bread compelled me to enter the kitchen.  After some pathetic pleading and wining an end crust was cut for me.

Which I then managed to smother in a layer of homemade butter…… Delicious!

Well that led to a lunch consisting of a tomato sandwich.  Devine!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

2nd alternative for inserting photos into Open Live Writer

Mick & Pip (nb Oleana) mentioned my previous “work around” for inserting photo’s into Open Live Writer was cumbersome and I agree with them.  The issue is managing to get the photos to have the required “credentials” from Google before inserting them into OLW.  This is because Blogger (eg Google) wont publish the post unless the photos in the OLW post have the credentials (my term).

I’ve discovered another method which is slightly simpler (again my term).  This method requires the photos to be uploaded to the Google Photos application.  Google Photos is the successor to Picasa so if you previously used Picasa then you should find your original Picasa photos in Google Photos.

Using Google Photos you can create albums and upload photos.

The work around I have identified requires both Google Photos and OLW to be running in separate screens.

STEPS

1.  Load Google Photos and upload your post photos

2.  Load OLW and commence your draft post.

3.  When you get to the point where you want to insert a photo switch to Google Photos and left click on the photo you want to insert.  This should bring the photo into its own screen.

4.  Right click on the photo and select “copy image”

5.  Go back to OLW and place the cursor where you want to place the image.  Right click and select the “paste” option.

The photo should be pasted into the post.

Repeat the process for subsequent photos

I have tested this process and my OLW post was published by Blogger.

Photo Test

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Open Live Writer Photo Problem

If you are like us and use Open Live Writer (OLW) as your blog post editor then you may have recently experienced a problem publishing posts from OLW if they have photos.  From my research it appears Google have made one or more changes which has resulted in posts containing photos being rejected.  Specifically, Google is closing down Picasa and moving to Google Photos.  OLW is programmed to work with Picasa.  Therefore the OLW developers will need to modify OLW.  This is just another example of Google forcing people to use their products.

I think I’ve found a rather clunky work around.

STEPS

1.  Load Blogger and create a new post

2.  Insert all the photos you want in OLW into this new Blogger post (don’t enter text and don’t save the post.  No requirement to give it a title as it’s only temporary.

3.  Load OLW and create your new post.  When you reach a point where you want to insert a photo change to Blogger and right click on the photo you want to insert.  Select the option “Copy image address”.

4.  Go back to OLW and select the picture icon on the toolbar.  Select the “From the web” option and paste the address you copied from Blogger.  The selected image should appear in the preview box

5.  Click the “insert” button.  The image should now appear in your post.

6.  When you have inserted all your photos then close and delete the draft post in Blogger

7.  You can now complete and publish your OLW post.

Effectively what you are doing is transferring your photo into a Google product (eg, Blogger) where is obtains a Google API.  Then your are transferring the photo address (and approved API) to OLW.  Google Blogger then accepts the post.

This is a longish work around but I do find OLW a better editor than Blogger.

So here’s my test photo.

I don’t particularly like the man’s moral compass but I did find this funny.

Friday, 18 January 2019

First attempt at spray painting

With the temperature forecast to exceed 40C tomorrow it seemed like a good idea to make the most of today’s slightly cooler morning and paint the fence.  I’d pressure washed the fence last year and been delaying painting it because of the thought about all the effort it would take.  However Aldi had an electric spray gun for $29.99, which seemed an easier option over a brush or roller. 

This is my first attempt at spray painting, so the fence looked like a good first project.  Moreover, I need to paint the fence where the shed will be as it will be impossible to do this once the shed is erected.

OK, I cheated.  My first effort only had the spray gun full of water.  Confident I knew what I was doing I then decided to use paint. The first step was to wet down the cement fence.  The idea being a wet surface would reduce the amount of paint absorbed by the cement.  It also cooled down the surface.

This photo shows the old and new surfaces.


Jan had chosen a light grey water based paint.  I hadn’t realised how noisy the spray gun was going to be and after the first refill I used ear defender in an effort to retain what little hearing I have left.  I managed to get the rear boundary fence painted before lunch.  It was then too hot to continue.


I’m rather pleased with my finish and was delighted just how little paint I’d used.  Only two more sides to go.   

Now this appealed to me

After 10 years, the wife starts to think their child looks kind of strange so she decides to do a DNA test.  She finds out that the child is actually from completely different parents.
Wife: Honey, I have something very serious to tell you.
Husband: What’s up?
Wife: According to DNA test results, this is not our kid..
Husband: Well you don’t remember, do you?? When we were leaving the hospital, we noticed that our baby had pooped.  Then you said: “Please go change the baby, I’ll wait for you here.”  So I went inside, got a clean one and left the dirty one there.
Moral: Never give a man a job that doesn't belong to him Smile

Thursday, 17 January 2019

The Drill and the Carpenter

I can (almost) feel sorry for Theresa May.  In attempting to appease everyone she has pleased no one!   If it wasn't for the ‘Back Stop’ then she might just have got her deal over the line.

My feeling is another party in government wouldn’t be able to negotiate a “better” deal.  Moreover I suspect the EU bureaucracy is (and always has been) manipulating for a second referendum.  It’s a well proven strategy.

On to more important things (for me).  I’ve cut out the plywood upper floor for the trailer using the Makita plunge saw and rails.  Last time I did this there was some bad “tear out” on one side of the cut.  This time I’ve tried to overcome that problem by running a line of masking tape down the off side of the pencil line.  The idea is the masking tape will eliminate the tear out (chipping of the cut edge).


The edge is masked


The cut has been made

The idea was a failure!

Fortunately I’m getting slightly smarter and ensured the “clean” edge was on the piece of plywood I wanted to use.
The next step was to mark out my hole matrix using the Paft guide tool.





A combination of the tool and Pythagoras enabled me to drill a matrix of 3mm holes at 100mm spacing. These holes will eventually be enlarged to 8mm.  however I first needed to turn the board over and rebate the underside of the holes.  This minimizes the splintering of the under surface when the larger holes are drill from the top side.


All the small cut outs were then done.  The ply sheet should be a snug fit, but first I have to enlarge the holes to 8mm.  I plan to do this will my plunge router.  But I don’t have an 8mm V groove bit.  Ebay China have them for $1.67 with free delivery.  However delivery won’t be until the end of February.  There is an Australian supplier, $44 plus postage.  Guess I’ll be waiting!

The last two days have seen regular 40 minute interruptions as I run out into the heat to spray water on the shed concrete slab.


As you probably know, heat builds up in concrete when it’s setting (curing).  If you don’t control the heat the concrete shrinks and cracks.  It’s been very hot the last couple of days which means I’ve needed to regularly water it.  actually I’d better go out now and wet it………..   I’m back.  Phew… it’s hot out there and forecast to be even hotter this weekend.