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  1. Actually 3 days for my place but steep with a couple of dormers, a roofed bay window, an attached lean-to garage built sometime after automobiles were invented, and two porches. But same as yours - tarps put up, windows covered anywhere they might be damaged, cleaned as they went, some new chimney flashing installed, a few roof board replaced. An excellent job all around.
  2. When we bought this place the roofs were shot. We had a guy do it who was then in his 60s and carried every bundle up a ladder and nailed by hand. No safety gear used. The price was right. I've done a few roofs but there's no way I was going to climb a 40' ladder to do the barn and the house had too many weaves at dormers. Thirty years later we had the house done again. A crew of 8 showed up, set up safety rails, stripped it, placed membranes, drip edge, multi nail pairs with a couple of guys cleaning up constantly. It was so well choreographed that while I was siding the barn up in a bucket truck I would just stop and watch from my perch. When they left for the day the only evidence they'd been there was the dumpster. It was expensive but not the most expensive bid but that guy doesn't advertise, word of mouth only keeps him booked out a year. His crew has been with him for years which is unusual.
  3. Any day of the the year there's about 200,000 flights. People travel for the same reasons everywhere: for work, to visit relatives, to tour, for medical reasons, for business dealings, etc. Not all of the third world is a $hit hole. In fact, lots of it is quite beautiful. I've overstated "avoid" because there are plenty of nice places and good people. I stand by "avoid third world airlines" with few exceptions. I've been to many cool places in the world and while there's plenty to do and see in the US don't be afraid to venture out, just do your due diligence. Here's a pic of what 19,000 flights look like. You can see holes over parts of Africa and a hole over the vast Amazon. The rest of the world is quite busy:
  4. Here's a piece of today's Florida: Orlando International Airport authorities have issued NOTAM 09/160 announcing cessation of operations, except for emergency flights, from 14.30 on 28 September until 14.30 (all times UTC) on 30 September. Tampa International Airport authorities have issued NOTAM 09/267 announcing airport closure from 00.57 on 28 September until 16.00 (all times UTC) on 30 September. Melbourne International Airport authorities have issued NOTAM 09/040 announcing airport closure from 18.00 on 28 September until 14.00 (all times UTC) on 30 September. Sarasota Bradenton International Airport authorities have issued NOTAM 09/107 announcing airport closure from 00.00 on 28 September until 23.59 (all times UTC) on 29 September.
  5. Agreed. The eastern ones are a wolf/coyote hybrid and are big, good looking dogs. They make a lot of noise around us at night, or at least my wife says so. I take my hearing aids out and don't hear much.
  6. It's possible the bike was going so fast that the cat was surprised, or, it was so used to seeing bikers that it wasn't a surprise. Maybe had one for lunch before and decided the skinny body was too tough.
  7. We use a subscription service to sift through the thousands of NOTAMS - formerly Notices to Airmen now, due to some woke bureaucrats, Notices to Air Missions in the 'States even though NO woman pilot I've ever met had any issue with Airman. I digress. The NOTAM system is terrible. Buried in the lists of unimportant are the important thing things like runway closures and approach systems out of service. Overseas are especially bad as they insist on listing everything in one category. Who cares if taxiway light #452 is inop? We don't have time to dig through all of that so we get bulletins, lots of them, with the important stuff highlighted. Yeah, probably illegal to strike. I was dating a cute red head controller who got fired by Reagan. She was just off probation and the union steward told her she must walk or forever be be an outcast, besides, the president wouldn't dare fire us. So much for that.
  8. Actually I spend a fair amount of time in LA, SF, and Seattle. It's like anyplace - stay away from certain areas and it's fine. San Fransisco and Seattle downtown, what used to be good tourist areas, are just trashed. One should never go to East LA, Other than the airport I haven't been in Portland for years. Back in the day we'd go to the Danner factory for shoes but that was years ago and not far from the airport. Their boots are probably made in China now anyway. There's so much to do around LA. Two great auto museums, La Brea tar pits, two great airplane museums down in Chino,the Reagan Library, etc. I've been, well, all over. You just have to do due diligence. The African safaris were a high point. Flying around Africa has really improved over the past decades but I'm floored by the replacement of controllers with ?? You've always had to be careful - offset and self announce position, maybe vertically offset too. Some countries at war you just don't fly over even if you can get overflight permits. in the past passengers would be surprised when the airshow screens would show us over Iran. 'can't do that anymore but for a long time it was the best way around the region.Iranian controllers were good. Overflight permits were a source of hard currency.
  9. One of our guys lives in Marin and is an avid mountain biker. He came face to face with a big cat, dismounted and walked slowly keeping the bike between them. He said the cat looked him over and went on its way.
  10. I'm not quite sure what you mean. As chief pilot for the department I need to know where in the world we may need to be vigilant. I've received today all the closed airports and airspace due to the approaching hurricane. I receive warnings about Israel/Palestinian strife, Lebanon, Russian and Ukrainian airspace, etc. Along with domestic issues such as GPS jamming tests, anticipated delays due air traffic controller shortages and on and on. Most I can easily dismiss as not important due present schedule. We're not going to Baghdad but we are going to the Emirates and Saudi so issues in the Mideast may be important. The point of my post is that I've never heard of ATC controllers being arrested and replaced with who knows who. I was in France the other day when the controllers struck but they used supervisors and limited flights. We were just going Paris-London so were only in French airspace for a very short time and had no delay.
  11. I get these alerts all day, usually about missile launches, weather issues, border strife, runway closures, etc. Here's one though, that really got my attention. Flying in Africa has always been an adventure but this takes the cake. Controllers arrested and replaced by unknowns? Luckily no flights for us scheduled. Always avoid third world airlines and the whole third world if possible. Africa A very dangerous situation is developing today in the African ATC strike. Crews and operators should be aware that in a number of FIRs/ACCs/Towers, the normal controllers have been replaced earlier today with unqualified and unrated people. In simple terms, the voice on the radio is NOT an Air Traffic Controller. From local sources we understand that GOOO/Dakar Oceanic and domestic, DXXX/Lomé, and FKKD/Douala all have unlicensed staff that have taken over the faciltiies. In FCBB/Brazzaville and FMCX/FMCH/Comoros, controllers have been arrested. In Niger and Madagascar, controllers have been suspended.
  12. My wife resists, I don't hesitate to turn the fireplace on or push the thermostat up. I hate the cold! I'm hypo thyroid and once my core temp drops it takes forever to get warm.
  13. My 2013 4WD has recirculating ball. The half tons have rack and pinion, perhaps the 2WD 3/4 tons do. Fact is, in New England I've never seen a 2WD 2500! Edit: Not recirculating ball but not R&P. Rock Auto shows conventional pitman/idler arm type. Must have been off a 1500.
  14. Picking them out of your teeth doesn't count. I wear an open face helmet. After taking a June bug in the cheek I finally put a face shield back on. Back when I had rice rockets I wore a full face and took some big bug at well over a hundred. What a mess!
  15. Great channel. Karen's laugh is infectious, dog is a riot.
  16. Actually #30 , .1285 - clearance for a 1/8" rivet. Imagine just how many a manufacturer goes through! Even a small shop like the one I worked in would go through a handful on a repair. I wonder how much a Winslow sharpener costs? Edit: Never mind. I found used on Ebay for 4 grand!
  17. Back in the day there was a guy who picked up all our bits and returned them in like new condition for cheap money. Most were small stuff used on sheet metal - #s 40; 30; 21 and the like. They'd even do the short reversible knock outs. The extension bits are expensive and well worth sharpening. They could not do threaded bits that were used in angle drills. Often when drilling out hundreds of rivets you could pick up the dimple of an AD rivet and stay centered, but only with a split point. I've never seen anyone successfully hand sharpen a small split point. There must still be a sharpening service like that somewhere. Aluminum is soft but it still will wear bits out to the point that they wander or cause you to use too much pressure thus ensuring that they'll wander. We used cobalt almost exclusively as they were worth the extra money. Somewhere I have a Drill Doctor. I stopped using it for some reason that I forget. It did a reasonably good job on split points above about a 3/16th, if memory serves.
  18. Ford had a similar problem back in the '70s. I was always careful to be sure it latched in on my AT 70s Ford pickups. Back at the airline we lost a few. In PHL a lav truck backed across the ramp, firmly wedging itself under a TWA 707. In BOS a water truck disappeared one evening, found in Boston harbor in the morning. It had backed its way across all the runways in the middle of the night. There were other similar events. Eastern's fix was to remove all the column shifters and replace them with floor mounted ones that only had forward, neutral, and reverse. Parking brakes had to be used and chocks in place first thing when exiting the cab, a common practice today.
  19. Educate yourself to all the rules too. I've had a near miss with one operating way above 400'. Here are the rules: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjT25HZoLH6AhWsKkQIHRUHBJIQFnoECAIQAw&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nifc.gov%2Fdrones%2Fblm%2FFAA%20Part%20107%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1_Nu3DGubgt0dBOzr9B4aJ I have a remote pilot certificate simply because I wanted one and being a pilot the test required no study. Some day I may buy one😁
  20. Exactly. They're tough on the rabbits too but always leave enough for the next generation. Last summer we had a female with two kittens keeping us company. That may have been the same girl or perhaps one of her kittens. I think they got lots of the groundhogs as I haven't seen as many as usual. I took a long shot at one in the spring but aimed about a half inch too high. They're a very destructive rodent.
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