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One year follow-up yesterday and no signs of cancer! 

Had my CT scans yesterday and officially 2 years cancer-free (also a 45 year cancer survivor) 

So, my wife goes to empty the clothes dryer, and the plastic door pull snaps off in her hand. This looks like a job for "WOODWORKERMAN"! One scrap of cherry later, and BOOM: I considered usin

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9 minutes ago, Mark J said:

Yikes!!  That's -35 F!  I always thought Calgary was more temperate.  I'm getting hypothermic just thinking about that.  Sure hope that air mass doesn't wander down to the Great Lakes.

Calgary is normally much more moderate. Normal temp for this time of year is -2C. This goofy polar vortex has been around since the weekend & is supposed to let up by Sunday.

When I got to work this morning I decided I better try to get one of the vans started that's been sitting for several days. It started fine, but made a huge racket. Someone had sawn off and stolen the catalyic converter.

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7 minutes ago, Chet said:

Well theres a $2500 repair someone won't be happy about.

Not at all. There's been a rash of these thefts lately, but it's been from large trucks & school buses. I guess they're moving down the food chain now.

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For those of you that take cruises, do you usually buy the cancelation insurance? My bride and I are going on an Alaskan cruise in May and the insurance is 10% of the cost and I haven’t found out yet, what % I get back if we can’t make it but was told it was only a portion. 

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22 minutes ago, Coop said:

For those of you that take cruises, do you usually buy the cancelation insurance? My bride and I are going on an Alaskan cruise in May and the insurance is 10% of the cost and I haven’t found out yet, what % I get back if we can’t make it but was told it was only a portion. 

I never have but I know a few folks that have and have used it where it actually worked out well for them, that was with Royal Caribbean. One thing we always do is book the airline with the cruise line and always fly in the day before the cruise, releases a lot of stress on the day the ship leaves. 

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No desire to be locked in a tub with a couple thousand germ-bags, but a friend that cruises often tells me his best experience, by far, is with Disney. They take passenger health and safety very seriously, he says.

BTW, an Alaskan cruise is the ONLY type I'd ever consider. Hope yours is a blast! And remember, pics or it didn't happen! 

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We purchased the insurance on a trip to Alaska, not a cruise, back in 1997, but it was extreme circumstance, my dad wasn't doing well and we didn't know if we would have to cancel because of his failing health.

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9 hours ago, Coop said:

For those of you that take cruises, do you usually buy the cancelation insurance? My bride and I are going on an Alaskan cruise in May and the insurance is 10% of the cost and I haven’t found out yet, what % I get back if we can’t make it but was told it was only a portion. 

May parents get insurance on their trips for the reason @Chet mentioned. Family members are starting to have health issues and they never know what is goign to happen tomorrow. If everyone is in reasonable health there is less risk.

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I will be setting a 2” sq. steel post in concrete to a depth of 2’ to support a very large birdhouse. It isn’t galvanized but I am spraying it with a primer and cold galvanizing spray. I welded caps on both ends to keep water out of the inside and was thinking about coating the outside below ground portion with roofing tar. Now I’m thinking that the concrete might not hold due to the tar barrier. Anyone have a better idea for protecting the buried portion? 

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2 minutes ago, Coop said:

I will be setting a 2” sq. steel post in concrete to a depth of 2’ to support a very large birdhouse. It isn’t galvanized but I am spraying it with a primer and cold galvanizing spray. I welded caps on both ends to keep water out of the inside and was thinking about coating the outside below ground portion with roofing tar. Now I’m thinking that the concrete might not hold due to the tar barrier. Anyone have a better idea for protecting the buried portion? 

I think I would dig my hole a little deeper then you were planning so you can put 6 inches or so of gravel or drain rock at the bottom then with your post setting on the gravel pour your concrete.  The gravel should act as a French drain of sorts and keep the post from rusting for at least as long as you are alive.:lol:

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Ross, I looked at YouTube videos and that looks a lot better than the roofing compound. 

Chet, great idea, never thought about that. 

Thanks to both of you for your quick response. Gonna buy Flex-Seal and gravel tomorrow and hopefully a pre-packaged post hole! 

 

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Ideally, I suggest changing the detail. Don’t embed the pole. Make the concrete larger, add a reinforcing cage, and embed stainless steel threaded rods that project out the top. Use the steel rods to bolt down a baseplate that the pole in turn is bolted or welded to.

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Actually, I left out a bit of detail. There will be an 8’ x 2” pole in the ground with 6’ above ground. To this, I will clamp a 12’ pole that will run up thru the center of a purple Martin  “mansion”, that winch up and down for maintenance. So, this 8’ pole will support the 12’ pole. But I like the reinforcing cage idea. It will keep the concrete from separating from around the pole. To heck with the next fellow that wants this thing out of the ground! 

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17 minutes ago, Coop said:

Actually, I left out a bit of detail. There will be an 8’ x 2” pole in the ground with 6’ above ground. To this, I will clamp a 12’ pole that will run up thru the center of a purple Martin  “mansion”, that winch up and down for maintenance. So, this 8’ pole will support the 12’ pole. But I like the reinforcing cage idea. It will keep the concrete from separating from around the pole. To heck with the next fellow that wants this thing out of the ground! 

I wouldn’t worry about the next guy. In many cases, smashing off the top few inches is sufficient, and he can always dig it out if he needs it 100% gone. 

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