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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    Woke up to our first "snow". After all the horror-deep-snow pics, I feel funny even mentioning it. Looked out the winder, and gazed upon a "powdered sugared waffle" landscape.......maybe it was the frightful Grizleey Bear waffles we had the day before??? 30 degrees, just enough glaze, all compounded by a strong wind! I'm with you, Gary, on the "Wind-Kill Factor"! Gotta put the hose away and go buy "Ice-melt" at Low-down Lowes.....Brrrr
    You got this
    Best to stay on top of it


    Covering the locks is my finishing touch to the inevitable, whenever it finally gets here;



    nothing more aggravating than fiddly farting around with an iced over lock in below zero weather...and wind
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Never would have thought about doing that, pretty slick idea Gary......I use those on my outside faucets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IKE View Post
    I use those on my outside faucets.
    Yeah, that's what they're designed for

    Heh, you know how it is.......improvise
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    it's a bit trickier without a door, so added a flat and eye bolt wood screw to the chained gate lock

    Last edited by Gary O'; 11-12-2018 at 08:44 PM.
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    "My advise, Sir....get de-icer!"

    "Pour some hand sanitizer onto the key and try to insert as much hand sanitizer into the lock as possible. Insert the key and unlock the padlock. If the padlock remains frozen, repeat the steps. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which can melt the ice. Only in high concentrations alcohol can burn, however the intensity used in hand sanitizers is not high enough to burn, but enough to assist in thawing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    When living on the left side of the Cascade Range, snuggled deep into the Willamette (well-I’m-wet) valley, I used to scoff at the term ‘wind chill’.
    Thought anybody considering a little wind was a pansy.

    Heh, after a few winters here, my tack has changed a bit.
    Anything under 20° F, a slight breeze will cut yer face off.

    It got down to -37° F one winter.
    Then the winds came.

    Life…and keeping it, became interesting.

    The valley gets more than its share of rain.

    We get more than our share of sun…and snow.

    It’s a bit of a tradeoff.
    So far, I think I have the better deal.

    out the cabin window where I sit (winter before last);
    This pic needs to be on a wall somewhere, or many walls. Sheer beauty!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    This pic needs to be on a wall somewhere, or many walls. Sheer beauty!!
    thanks, pard

    good to see you back
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meanderer View Post
    "My advise, Sir....get de-icer!"

    "Pour some hand sanitizer onto the key and try to insert as much hand sanitizer into the lock as possible. Insert the key and unlock the padlock. If the padlock remains frozen, repeat the steps. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which can melt the ice. Only in high concentrations alcohol can burn, however the intensity used in hand sanitizers is not high enough to burn, but enough to assist in thawing."
    Tried ‘em all
    Anything that has the potential to melt ice or keep ice out
    Very frustrating when the rig is finally warmed up, yet the gate remains closed
    While the padlock, with its wee little key slot, grins its icy grin

    Covers

    The only remedy I’ve found
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary O' View Post
    thanks, pard

    good to see you back

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    This pic needs to be on a wall somewhere, or many walls. Sheer beauty!!
    Sir Jim, that’s what we see from our cabin window

    When I built the cabin, I just wanted light, not realizing the vista






    Other than seeing wolves, bear, and deer, from where I sit, typing, that little mountain, guarding the marsh, and begrudgingly permitting ol’ sol to rise, has begot many a view











    It has greatly enlarged our tiny living area
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Gary, that view alone makes working your whole life to get there worth every minute! Awesome pics my friend!

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    Talk about bringing the outdoors in! Thrilling views.

    Gary, do you have fiberglass insulation behind your paneling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    Gary, that view alone makes working your whole life to get there worth every minute!
    Man, I can't argue with that


    Quote Originally Posted by JimW View Post
    Awesome pics my friend!
    Thanks, Pard, but I was just on the back end of the Nikon

    That Creator guy knows his business
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Talk about bringing the outdoors in! Thrilling views.

    Gary, do you have fiberglass insulation behind your paneling?
    That’s not paneling, per se.

    It’s T-111, a rather inexpensive common exterior siding, but non-grove.



    Used it for two reasons; affordability, and more rough than paneling…more cabinesque .

    Sadly, I discovered cedar fence boards were more to my liking, while finishing the breakfast nook



    but not unhappy I didn’t use them in the same room as the wood stove…..

    Our ‘insulation’ came by way of ceiling tiles from Craig’s list freebees
    (hate working with fiberglass)

    Moving along

    As far as my fence board creations, turns out they’re a somewhat hot item.
    Right after I pulled what was left from the downtown second hand store, folks began asking about them.







    and gonna introduce the little cabinet I built on request (she was delighted with my ripped pine limb trim)



    Even my actual crates, that I fashioned for our water conveyance, were asked about





    So,

    This winter I’ll bang out a few things, and see what happens.

    If they take off, I’ll get all official and come up with some sorta business name

    Something like Crate Expectations

    Kinda catchy…or kitschy ….
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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