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Old 03-10-2012, 06:42 PM   #99
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Since we will be listing it ourselves, we have to stay fairly close to a fax machine and where we can get phone and wifi. And if there are showings, we have to be there. This is a drag, but we will win.

I got 2 coats of Danish Oil on the quarter round after sanding it smooth. It is the nicest wood in quarter round I have ever seen—lots of cool figure in it. I cut the threshold down to fit the new flooring, but didn't cut quite enough, so I had to sand it for a long time. Oak is like that. But the dirt that had collected in the grain for 4 1/2 years is now mostly sanded out. It now has 2 coats of polyurethane. Second coat of that on the subfloor too. And I cut some of the bathroom door trim off at the bottom. Once I put away the biscuit saw, I saw another place where I have to do that—near the slide out pantry. Sigh. I replaced the awning arm I didn't finish a couple of days ago.

Tomorrow we clean off the areas that need new sealant and seal away.

Before we went in we could hear elk bugling in the next field about 150' feet away. There are trees between. I have never heard male elk bugling except during mating season in Sept. and Oct. Maybe they have read the "Sex in an Airstream" thread.

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I bugled last night...didn't do any good though.

Stay busy my friend.....

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Old 03-10-2012, 07:02 PM   #101
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I bugled last night...didn't do any good though.

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Try flowers.

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Old 03-11-2012, 07:29 PM   #102
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I bugled last night...didn't do any good though.
Try flowers.

We sealed many things with Acryl-R. It is very messy, but a messy job and a dry trailer are a decent trade off. The index finger is still the best way to smooth out a bead. Several rags destroyed and much acetone to keep my fingers clean and wipe off the major messes. I kept my nose out of the acetone, but a whiff every once in a while was quite heady.

I did the door frame, lower trim at the bottom of the aluminum body, step light, 4 lower courtesy lights, antenna, patio light, kitchen fan, city water, cable TV cover and what looked like it needed it on rear soil stack and the bathroom and shower fans. Anything else would need me to get on the roof and I have yet to convince Barb that she should do that. There is an assembly on which the antenna rests. It is riveted in place. The plate was not sealed; now it is.

Windows come another time. Beltline seems unnecessary since the top skin overlaps the bottom one and water usually doesn't go up (capillary action wouldn't do enough to worry about).

The threshold now has 4 coats of polyurethane and looks good cleaned up. I have a few more places to cut with the biscuit saw to get the floor underneath. The trim around the exterior door also has to be cut back with a hacksaw. Then I will bring all the flooring into the trailer and dry fit it. I also have to build a jig to cut it with a sabre saw. It looks like it is just wide enough for 3 planks to fit across the hallway with a fraction of an inch to cut off. Since the hallway and the space between the kitchen peninsula and the gaucho are not quite in line, dry fitting will enable me to see just what to do without screwing it up. I can mark each plank on the back and the subfloor too.

Over 4 1/2 years we have had leaks in one vista view, both panos, both Fantastic Fans, the awning support(s), the bathroom fan and the skylight. For the most part when I or others have sealed them, they never leak again and some have held for 3 years. But when they seal them at the factory, they leak pretty soon.

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Over 4 1/2 years we have had leaks in one vista view, both panos, both Fantastic Fans, the awning support(s), the bathroom fan and the skylight. For the most part when I or others have sealed them, they never leak again and some have held for 3 years. But when they seal them at the factory, they leak pretty soon.

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Now Gene...., How do you know your sealing all the suspect leaks better than the factory that makes them. The Airstream factory does power test for water leaks don't they?

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"But when they seal them at the factory, they leak pretty soon."

Great tag line Gene.

Sounds like you had a busy day.

Friday we had to have a tree taken down next to the garage, split at the base during the wind storms we've had recently. Couldn't take any chances, what with the Ford and TV inside.

Spent the day doling out the wood to the neighbors and cleaning up.
Finish tomorrow, then it's off to NAPA to get the grease seals for "Cooudsplitter".
If the weather holds we should have an early Spring get ready all done.
Will also be inspecting for leaks and filiform, hoping for negative results as we spent quite awhile last Fall sealing everything that looked suspect.

We don't really have any long distance trips planned for this Season as the MIL's health is still iffy.
I guess most will be shorty's to the Adirondack region. Hoping we all can get up to Piseco Lake, as it sure brings back some great Family memories for her. It's nice to see her light up when she can remember the good times.

Kinda glad we got the little boat two years ago, keeps us busy around here on the weekends when we can't get away in the trailer. So far it's been a lot less of a PITA, and more fun than I remember.
It's about a half hour run from here to "Mickey Rat's/Captain Kidd's" at Sunset Bay. (any memories there?)

Say high to Barb...

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I bugled last night...didn't do any good though.

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Hey Bob: You "bugled"? According to thefreedictionary.com "Bugled:
Any of several creeping Old World herbs of the genus Ajuga in the mint family, having opposite leaves, square stems, and terminal spikes of purplish to white flowers. Also called bugleweed." An old addage: an object at rest tends to stay at rest!, maybe you need to modify you moto "Stay busy my friend"..... Or are you meaning everyone else? whilst your setting roots? Get out there and use that Airstream man!

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Old 03-11-2012, 09:08 PM   #106
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Bob,

I understand how aging parents can keep you close to home. I have to live within a day's drive of my in-laws.

Now that you mention it, I have a vague memory of Mickey Rat's. I think I was there with a law school friend whose parents had a house on the lake where he kept his boat. That would be around 1974. One time in that sailboat was enough for me. He was crazy. He never could pass the NY bar, so he found out what state had the highest pass rate and went to Kentucky. He passed it there. There was a restaurant on the lake south of Buffalo we used to go for seafood in the early to mid-70's. I have no idea of the name. And there was a bar about an hour southeast of Buffalo where they always had a band. Name also gone.

I'm trying to remember your wife's name—Sandy? Hi anyway. If this makes you feel better, I never picked up any women named Sandy in Buffalo.

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There is one other documented report of elk bugling in the spring.

In fact it occured at Mammoth Hot Springs in late September 2009.

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I understand how aging parents can keep you close to home. I have to live within a day's drive of my in-laws.

Now that you mention it, I have a vague memory of Mickey Rat's. I think I was there with a law school friend whose parents had a house on the lake where he kept his boat. That would be around 1974. One time in that sailboat was enough for me. He was crazy. He never could pass the NY bar, so he found out what state had the highest pass rate and went to Kentucky. He passed it there. There was a restaurant on the lake south of Buffalo we used to go for seafood in the early to mid-70's. I have no idea of the name. And there was a bar about an hour southeast of Buffalo where they always had a band. Name also gone.

I'm trying to remember your wife's name—Sandy? Hi anyway. If this makes you feel better, I never picked up any women named Sandy in Buffalo.

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Gene,

Yes it's Sandy and if I met her in Mulligan's it's very likely you did too.

That could be Hoak's Restaurant, 3/4 mi down the road from us.

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Bob,

That restaurant does look like it could be it. Mulligan's: there was a really short older guy who used to do strange moves there; later they found he was stealing money or something. Not sure what, but he used to stand in a corner across from the bar in the front room. Maybe more memories will come back, not all of them good probably. No Sandy though. She'll probably deny she ever met me too.

As for bugling elk in March, it could be because this area has unusually vital males of all species. Unlike bull elk, my wife won't let me have a harem.

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Floor work has slowed down. I'll add a photo of the entire subfloor revealed and coated with urethane. You can see water stains to the right of the kitchen sink peninsula. I can't find any source for it. I believe the sheet vinyl was continuous under the sink cabinet, so even when water slops over the side or when the drain leaked, how would it get through the vinyl? I tore out some of the vinyl under the sink and coated that part of the floor; there is no stain there. Maybe water got onto the subfloor when they were building the trailer. It is supposed to rain and then snow, so I'll see if the sealant is working.

I have put 2 coats of Danish oil and 3 of urethane on the quarter round and 6 coats of urethane on the threshold. The more coats, the more depth and thus the better look to the coating. I managed to get most of the dirt out of the oak threshold. I also had to cut it down at the bottom so the new flooring would fit. The factory must have put one coat on and it wore off fast so dirt could get in the grain.

Getting ever closer to listing the house. I took a bunch of new photos and have cropped, straightened and otherwise worked on them. Now I have to figure out how to tell a story with them. Since every website has a different number of photos, I have to create different stories for each.

I don't know where the days go. How can I be retired, not have enough time and be so busy and not feel like I got anything done? Maybe this is the answer: Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder - YouTube

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Good progress. I know it's a sense of satisfaction at days end. Having something to do and being able to do it is rather the essence of the good ol' days.
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It snowed about 1 1/2" the night before last and I went to check for the leak below the awning supports yesterday morning and again yesterday afternoon.

Dry! Not much water in that snowfall, but a good sign that I have solved the leak. If I get to wash the 4Runner soon, I'll spray the trailer looking for leaks too. I still have more sealing to do (windows mainly), but that'll come weeks from now.

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