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You know…

I keep saying I’m not going to post on this sort of thing any more. I’m decreasingly inclined to even read about it, and hope for the day when I lose the impulse entirely. It’s a process. But sometimes… Sigh. … Continue reading

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Ramshot True Blue and Enforcer powder review

My goodness, it’s good to be back in the saddle. Regular readers know I went out of the reloading business almost four years ago when I took a fall and wrecked my (other) shoulder. I wish I could say the … Continue reading

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Sorry, Terrapod. I tried. But…

This passive cell signal booster does nothing. It took hours before my notional signal strengthened enough to enable Airdrop so that I could even get this pic on the Official TUAK ‘Pooter. We’ve had some variable weather, I have 3 … Continue reading

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Starboard Battery…

Torso Boy has taken it upon himself to protect my blind side from marauding cattle. And let it be said that he’s doing a hell of a job.

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AC or DC? I don’t always know which is best.

It’s kind of a problem for me that you can buy AC and DC lightbulbs with the same socket size and design. Often Chinese-made, they sometimes don’t even have identifying markings which means if you store them carelessly – and … Continue reading

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Only the second day this year in triple digits…

…I keep trying to cheer myself up by phrasing it that way. It hasn’t missed triple digits by much any afternoon for the past week. Nice evening breeze, though.

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And that’s why I always keep expensive ant poison.

We have a big black ant here, very industrious, very hostile, and for some reason they like to build their nests on packed-down driveways. They’re not fire ants by any means but their bite – and they do bite – … Continue reading

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“This is starting to feel like a bad idea.”

So said Neighbor D, 15 minutes into trying to straighten out the corral partition in their horse run. We hadn’t anticipated how deeply the sections had sunk into the clay over the years… Which, once we had laboriously dug one … Continue reading

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Water heater progress report…

Got it back together yesterday after the Monday morning water run, this time (so far; it fooled me the first time) leak-free. Max temperature with good overhead sun, no glass cover: Capacity at max temperature: …barely one’o’those. Which is just … Continue reading

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“Uncle Joel, it’s too hot in here. “

Normally TB isn’t interested in joining me on the porch in the evening but even his ‘new things are bad’ extremism has limits. So this evening he’s joining me in the breeze, and for the first time seeming to enjoy … Continue reading

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Hey, remember this target stand?

Well, I spent this afternoon cooking up some real .44 Magnum loads for the Model 69. And when you shoot at that particular target inside 20 yards or so with 200 gr. lead bullets that have a lot of powder … Continue reading

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Oops. What are the chances?

I’ve been sticking PVC bits together for a fat 40 years in all temperatures, awkward places and positions, and it always works. Say what you will about PVC as plumbing material, it has its faults, but ease of sticking the … Continue reading

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New Water Heater #2: That went … well.

I was just about to make lunch and call it an afternoon when it occurred to me that I probably did have the fitting I was lacking – just not in the bag of PVC fittings where it belonged. I … Continue reading

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New water heater almost done…

To fend off any questions about why I’m doing it this way, consider that my water heater for most of the past fourteen years has been this… …so I’m not hard to please when it comes to a better source … Continue reading

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Torso Boy! Gung Ho, Uncle Joel!

He was really open for business early this morning. It’s like quarter past five and I haven’t had my coffee yet but I’m wandering around getting dressed – and no sooner do I put the revolver on my belt than … Continue reading

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I guess you can get away with going cheap…

…if you do it early enough. I don’t know anything about quality optics in general, or binoculars in particular. In fact I rarely give the subject much thought, but it came up this morning. I was futzing around in Landlady’s … Continue reading

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Playing around this morning…

My new target stand is in a part of the wash farther from my neighbors, where the walls are high and gunfire noise doesn’t carry quite so far. It’s a little higher than the sand so out of danger during … Continue reading

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I made a thing!

Ian, bless his heart, gave me the gift of a nice metallic target to do with as I will. What I will is a semi-portable target stand I can place way deep in a canyon area of the wash where … Continue reading

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Up on the roof first thing in the morning…

Uncle Joel is afraid of heights. Always has been and it’s not easing with age. But some things are simpler than others, and fortunately for me one of those things is working on the new addition’s nice flat roof. Also, … Continue reading

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You should be ashamed for being here, you haters!

I was just climbing a ladder to do something scary (see next post) when I got a text from Big Brother… We had breakfast at a [breakfast place] this morning but couldn’t access your blog on their WiFi. I guess … Continue reading

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