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by ffj
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

Thanks guitar, I'm glad you've enjoyed it. There have been some key players here recently that have left us, and it got me thinking over the years how many people have come and gone, and why I am still here for that matter. We are such an odd bunch to be honest, something to celebrate but also somet...
by ffj
Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 624
Views: 92685

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

- So did the in-laws back off the mask mandate? Yeah, but not after a bunch of unnecessary drama. I wisely stayed out of the whole mess but in the end they figured we could just work in alternate rows which was my recommendation from the start. Sometimes I feel other people speak in code and I faile...
by ffj
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 624
Views: 92685

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

The FerMonster, haha. I could see the benefit of that wide mouth for cleaning for sure. I picked grapes yesterday and crushed 3 gallons worth of juice to convert into wine last night, so we are brothers in brewing arms this week. ;) If only I had known how to do all of this in high school and colleg...
by ffj
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fill in an in-ground pool?
Replies: 19
Views: 632

Re: Fill in an in-ground pool?

That's a lot of concrete surrounding that pool. Bust it up and throw it in the pool, then haul in dirt to level the backyard. It probably won't take much dirt as you have so much concrete. If you are handy you could rent a skid steer and do the work yourself. Not to make you feel bad, but I would ha...
by ffj
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

And done.

Beautiful day today with cool weather and fair skies. Now on to plumbing and electrical.

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by ffj
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: RIP RBG
Replies: 12
Views: 759

Re: RIP RBG

I was really hoping she would have lived past the election just to avoid all the drama this will mean going forward, drama we don't need right before the votes are cast. What will be interesting is how this will affect voter turnout and what Mitch McConnell does in response to this news. He had bett...
by ffj
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

Day two of the porch roof construction. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50354667027_6bac4e70b1_c.jpg Should be able to finish it easily tomorrow and then I need to get back to plumbing and electrical. I'll have to take a picture from a distance tomorrow for scale and how it breaks up a blank pla...
by ffj
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

There are 33 long rows of grapes and a handful of pickers. We could all have our own row and never have to breathe around anybody else. Usually we have a big picnic for lunch and that will have to change somewhat but I don't understand the concern. Right now I am just sitting back and letting others...
by ffj
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: the animal's journal
Replies: 547
Views: 134460

Re: the animal's journal

Holy cow, you are going to roast in that cabin. People are going to wonder why all of the doors and windows are open in the middle of winter at your place, haha.

Looking good though. Very picturesque.
by ffj
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: How do you all like that campfire smell in CA/OR?
Replies: 48
Views: 2194

Re: How do you all like that campfire smell in CA/OR?

I don't know how things work out West, but sometimes local volunteer fire departments will help with small controlled burns. It gives them the training they need and helps the landowner out at the same time. It might be worth asking about. Also, it seems to me if your area has experienced a wildfire...
by ffj
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Disc sander: Motor shaft hub mounting flange coupling coupler thingamajig?
Replies: 11
Views: 1480

Re: Disc sander: Motor shaft hub mounting flange coupling coupler thingamajig?

If you enjoy this kind of stuff, check out Shopnotes.

I used to subscribe to them and built quite a few jigs off of their plans. It was a great little magazine.

http://www.shopnotes.com
by ffj
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

@Hristo Happy you enjoy, it seems like we have some similar interests. I'm really keen to make some more wine this year but a bit of drama has popped up. As mentioned, my in-laws have a small vineyard and they rely on family to pick the grapes each year. They sent out the all-call for this weekend w...
by ffj
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: How do you all like that campfire smell in CA/OR?
Replies: 48
Views: 2194

Re: How do you all like that campfire smell in CA/OR?

@Campitor

Just finished watching the two videos. Enjoyed both quite a bit.

It really makes you think about what is possible.
by ffj
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

Like every skill, you need to apply what you've learned for it to really be "learned". The course is worth taking, but don't expect to suddenly be able to read every situation and know what to do, as that takes experience in the field, and equipment. And keep in mind that very little diagnosis occur...
by ffj
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

"soup-to-nuts" That's a new expression to me, ha. The tutorial I am sure was worth the extra money as you probably didn't know shit from Shiloh about brewing before her advice. :) I still use that same kit for my beer and wine making. Here in a couple of weeks I'll be picking thousands of pounds of ...
by ffj
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 1008
Views: 233999

Re: ffj's early retirement

@Scott2 I put the hole under the staircase and I plan on keeping it. I'll build a door in my master closet wall to access that void space to get to it. It's just too handy not to keep it and I guess you could call it a secret exit. Although I'm not sure what I would need to be escaping from, haha. A...
by ffj
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 624
Views: 92685

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

Central Africa, early nineties.

There was another forum member who was also a Peace Corps alum but I can't remember for the life of me what name they used.

It's nice to see others here.
by ffj
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE
Replies: 660
Views: 127507

Re: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE

I got a genuine chuckle out of it so thank you.


@CL

Didn't Jacob start a thread about sharing skills? What happened to that? Seems like if someone would take the initiative your ideas and his could happen.
by ffj
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Hristo's FI Journal
Replies: 624
Views: 92685

Re: Hristo's FI Journal

You remind me of a good friend I have and I like the way you write, plus you are a fellow RPCV. Three things that make me want to read your journal.

Keep up the good work.
by ffj
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE
Replies: 660
Views: 127507

Re: classical_Liberal's Semi-ERE

@Kriegsspiel

"I figured ffj would have some since he's a Kentucky redneck"

I don't know what is funnier: whether you are trying to poke at me or it's a blanket statement. And I might have a gun or two... ;)