Brewing…

Here’s a basic run down of the process I follow for brewing a batch of beer using LME(liquid malt extract)

This is a yeast smack pack, prior to smacking:

Here is the yeast pack after it has been smacked, and allowed time for the yeast to propagate:

Here’s the “mash” boiling:

And here is the cooled wort in my conical fermenter, with the yeast added:

And here is the yeast I’ve collected for use in a future “proof of concept” brew:

Coin Cells…

Ah, the joys of parenthood. If you’re a parent with kids who have toys that take somewhat unusual batteries, you surely know my angst. Or if your kids just tend to leave toys on, thus draining said slightly unusual batteries.

And this is not even the first time I’ve resorted to preemptively buying a bulk lot of batteries from Amazon or eBay…I need to make a bunch of blinky lights…

Ok, I Know This is Picky…

I will freely admit I can be particular about parts for projects I do.  I can obsess to near madness about finding a part or source for a part that is exactly what I want. Here’s a couple pictures to illustrate that

These a just some ordinary door stops, but a very heavy/solid example that I have always used in my past homes. Well, my new house needed some door stops replaced, and it turns out that Home Depot near me no longer carried these exact ones. So I went online.

Here’s a slightly more specialized door stop that I tracked down from a small east coast hardware store, online of course.  It’s a nubby door stop, for hallways and such where you want to prevent doorhandles from hitting walls and such.  Seems silly, but they really do well, and I may have ordered several extra, stashing them in one of my boxes of hardware in the garage, for future use.

Good ‘ol Saturn v2…

Well, it keeps throwing another code, and this one point to a dirty or dead EGR valve. The magic of Google says a good cleaning with throttle body cleaner should do it. First picture is the removed valve…

These next two show soaking the valve and then cleaning with a toothbrush…

Blizzard…

I didn’t post pictures of the actual damage to my wife’s car, but these pictures show the end of the day of the storm after I took my wife’s car to work because of how snowy it already was at ~0530. It was a snow day for school, and I finally made it all the way to work, getting rear ended on the way in, and then they sent us home after only 2 hours…I was not happy…

Good ‘ol Saturn…

My Saturn SL2 has been throwing a couple codes here and there for a while, and the most likely culprit is this O2 sensor. It’s an easy fix, about $25 in parts, and easily accessible on the front side of the engine.

Sensor along with some anti-seize for the installation. Next picture shows the location of where the sensor was removed from using a healthy dose of PB Blaster

Next is a comparison of the old and new sensor…

And finally the sensor reinstalled…

Pretty easy in the end. Solved that issue. I wouldn’t exactly say I’m a car guy, but when I can google something, find a good video, and the part is fairly cheap, I’ll give it a try.

Fixing a Lamp…

My daughter’s lamp stopped working a little while ago, and it’s a fairly nice touch dimmer lamp from Pottery Barn Kids. Shouldn’t be too hard to fix, right? Nope, turns out the controller they used is fairly specific in size and specs, and there is basically only one place to buy them from. Someone on eBay, who I’m fairly sure ran into the same issue and discovered that the only place to buy the controllers was direct from the manufacturer in China, in bulk wholesale quantity. So now he sells them on eBay, and I bought 4.

Here’s the parts…

And here’s the finished result…

Here’s reassembling the base containing the controller…