No More Clunk

Today I replaced the front sway bar end links on the Subie. What a bitch that job was! The end links that were on the Subie I think were the original factory installed ones. This would normally be a fairly easy job, but not these. Once the bolt is loosened, the whole unit starts to turn, this is normal, but the factory ones have a cheesedick setup. What is suppose to happen with the factory one, is you insert an allen key in the end to stop the bolt from turning while you take the nut off. What bullshit that is! These were rusty enough that the allen key stripped out the hole for it. What to do? Damn! Well, I tore off the rubber boot that is around the ball and socket so I could fit some vise grips in there and tighten it down so it wouldn’t turn while taking off the nut. That was still a bitch! Not really sure why, but near the end of the bolt, the nut was super super tight, so it took some real oomph to get the fucker to turn. After spending a few hours getting the two side off, the new after-market ones when right on. The new ones have a spot on the back side to put a wrench on and keep it from spinning. Much better! After that, I cleaned everything up, took a short break and grabbed Eli for a test drive up Menge Creek Rd. No more clunking. Yay!

On the drive, we just went up a ways and turned around, but on the way back I took a trail that headed into the hills. Now Menge Creek Rd goes through a really hilly area, so I took this trail hoping to see a view. Man, there is a really nice view up there, though of course I forgot my camera, but I’m looking forward to getting some autumn photos from up there.

Anyway, I guess that’s it for now, I’m pooped.

Long Weekend

It’s that time of year, time to start using my PTO (Personal Time Off) before the end of the year. I’m taking this Friday and the coming Monday off. I have new sway bar end links for the Subie coming Friday and hope to get them install Friday afternoon. Other than that, not much planned.

Barn Wood Window Awning

So… Any time it rains I get rain coming in my front windows, many due to the eaves not sticking out far enough and they are quite low, so any wind help blow it in. I’ve looked online for simple samples of awnings made of wood, I’ve found a few. Today I made one, a large one. The awning is 72 inches wide to cover the width of the windows, plus a little, and 30 inches deep, though that’s on a 18° angle, so it doesn’t stick out quite that much. I have it all assembled, though all but the end boards are not connected yet, and ready to be put up. Right now it’s too damn hot out, 86°F, to do much else, so mounting it will have to wait until tomorrow.
I’m hoping it looks okay on the logs of the house.

The first image is one of the samples I found. The other images are of the almost finished awning.

This is the sample.

Damn Bear

The damn bear came and raided my bird feeders again last night. Two of the shepherd’s hooks are bent down to the ground and things are scattered around. I don’t know why, but none of my cam captured anything. I took a snap-shot of the scene with one of the cams, but that’s all I have. Eli has been busy sniffing around the feeders with all the fresh smell of bear.

Update: Cleaned up stuff and bent the shepherd hooks back into shape. But why, why does he feel the need to always take one feeder with him. This time it was a nice glass and metal feeder. Funny thing though, the hummingbird feeders were empty, but still hanging. He must have stood there on his hind feet sucking on the things.

Pictured Rocks Cliff Sheer

Yesterday, 08/12/19, quite a large cliff sheer happened along Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. Rarely caught on film, this one was by a couple guys flying a drone. This is at a section where the cliff is about 200 feet high. Watch until the end of the video, there are kayakers that were mighty close. I watched on the news where they interviewed one of the kayakers, and he said he will never be that close to the cliff again.