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  1. Still having fun chasing birds. Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
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  2. Closer and closer . . .
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  3. Got this deep vacuum pump at an estate sale for $65. Not sure what I have or even if it works, but new they sell for $350 to $700. I've been considering making a small vacuum kiln for turning blanks. They are also used for stabilizing with Cactus Juice.
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  4. So sad to hear of his passing. I never saw ZZ Top live but have watched them on videos over the years. I keep watching their appearance on Howard Stern on Youtube playing La Grange one of my favourites. My recently made Les Paul has the same electronics that Billy Gibbons has in his - Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates.
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  5. Orchids can live for a long time. 65% of my orchids live in the pool cage and a 9 x 14 double deck space connected to the cage needed for winter and can be heated. The rest are on trees around my yard. There are around 35,000 natural species of orchids on 6 continents. The closer to the equator the more orchids to be found. I grow about 150 plants. They all need the same care. I built my collection that way intentionally. Because the menu of orchid choices is large, the ones that like my culture are the only ones I acquire. I will never run out of interesting choices. Besides the species there are tons of hybrids. Before I retired I did not have any orchids on trees. Then before work earl in the morning I could water all orchids in 5 minutes. Since I retired I have added two more hoses to drag around for the treed orchids. No rotations of the or "chids". They become family. When in bloom I bring them to front and center. When the bloom is done I move them to a good growing area. In the winter the blooming plants come in to the living room. No one complains about the flowers. But nobody likes an orchid out of bloom. When In bloom there is no focus on the plants, just the flowers. Out of bloom, not much to look at. I have a narrow slice of orchids within a narrow group of orchids. Narrow relatively speaking. There a thousands for me to choose from. Add a geometric multiplier when you add hybrids. I'm certain there are orchid growers in Chicago. Also there must be a chapter of an orchid society. They have the tricks how to grow them. Advice changes with different climates.
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  6. Check the moisture content as-is, then at any cuts you make. A board that old ought to be pretty consistent, through and through.
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  7. Lol no my brother is the maintenance director for a equipment dealer in the cities its one of their planes. He does all my mechanic stuff and I do his ww projects.
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  9. Oh yeah be careful on that one you can spend easily on a Jeep Here's a couple pics of the one I had
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  10. I do have the man’s name and phone number that my neighbor bought them from and he told her if I had any questions, to give him a call. Maybe his info on their history is more correct than the species.
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  11. On the whole i agree with you. Winters up here though do not agree with diesels that well though. I'm somewhat excited for it. I've never had 4wd before so that'll be a new thing. Top off and doors of is going to be awesome as well. The sad part is 99% of the miles I drive are going to be on pavement and of those 1% 75% are just gravel roads. So the reality is i doubt I'm going to be off-road with the jeep much. Most of the work the 4wd system is going to get will be from driving through snow. Aren't many options on the Gladiator. I got the 3.6l Pentstar with 6spd Manual. There is a 3.0L diesel but again winter. You also are locked into an automatic. I was considering buying my first automatic vehicle but then decided I'd probably hate it and regret my decision. Oh i also got the limited slip rear diff. That's going to make a huge difference in the winter. I can't count how many times I've been inconvenienced because i can only get 1 wheel spinning. I was tempted to gull full Rubicon for front and rear lockers but $$$ and I'd never drive the thing off-road. I got the overland model which is more the luxury model but not quite fully decked out.
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  12. This is a Brassavola orchid. There are many variations to this plant. I think around 30 species. And it is crossed with the same and others frequently to make some very nice hybrids. It ranges from northern South America, central America, Mexico, Caribbean and Bahamas. This plant is globally known even though this flower looks mediocre. The plant has a trick that humans like. It has a sweet and spicy aroma only at night. Orchids have been on the planet since the dinosaurs. Because the pollinator is nocturnal the plant has evolved not to waste the energy of the scent during the day. The global nickname is 'Lady of the Night'. The best place to grow this plant other than its natural habitat is here in South Florida. I have them planted on trees in my yard. I have several varieties which affords different times for blooming.
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  13. And the rest, still needs some sanding
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  14. Let the end of crown hang until you're ready to put the coped mate to it in place. I still cope crown the old way. I use two coping saws, and two jewelers saws. Two of each so I don't have to switch blades from staight to 90 degrees. I like Jewelers saws better for the cove at the bottom of crown. MDF crown is especially fragile for the thin parts of the cope. The MDF boards are just glued up with Powergrab. 12 ton jack is overkill, but probably the smallest hydraulic jack I have. This house is just a couple of hundred yards from our house. I got Pam to come down to help me measure the pieces of crown. Instructions for those crown brackets say to put a roofing tack one inch down from the ceiling. This is 3-5/8 crown. 1-1/4" works better. I don't do sheetrock ceilings in anything. In order to have middle board over plywood joint, it didn't fall on a ceiling joist, so I used Togglers, and machine screws. Plywood fasteners are 2-1/2" medium crown staples, shot on the bead-makes it easier to hide them. Top of wall was rolled with wall paint, and cove on crown painted before putting it up. That left no cutting in up there. When the walls were draped, for spray painting the ceiling, the tape is put right on the upper point of the cove.
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