Things are very wet and squishy.
Historically, it has taken three days without rain before I can get on the garden and till. I am not sure we are going to get three days.
In a day or so, I might stretch a line and pop the tomato plants in. I don't need to till to do that.
I have an upright freezer that stopped working with no warning. The motor and fans seem to run. It short cycles.
One of the on-line suggestions was to replace the defrost thermostat. The part was cheap and not hard to get at.
No. It did not fix the problem.
I am going to bite-the-bullet and call a repair guy. It is $90 for him to ring the doorbell. First half-hour is paid for. Parts extra.
I also did a little bit of chainsaw maintenance today. It had thrown the chain. The chain did not want to go back into the bar. A quick feel-test showed that the root of some of the teeth had a burr, undoubtedly from when they hopped out of place.
A new chain is now on the bar and I am looking for a small stone to hone the burrs off.
I finished off grafting persimmons on my place and have to clear away competing trees and brush. I bought the scion from Cliff England and have been very happy with the wood.
Mr England is a nurseryman's nurseryman. I told him the varieties of persimmons I had, what I liked about them and what I did not like. Then I asked him to pick out varieties that he thought I would like.
David's Kandy Corn
Journey (Rossey X F-100)
I am very excited about fruiting out these varieties but first I have to get the scion to grow and to keep the deer away from them.
|I will want to add a plastic extension to this handle so the fence does not nip me|
I want to find a better way to diagnose shorts in the fence. I picture a knife-blade switch to disconnect the run of fence that is suspect. In parallel with the switch I picture a neon indicator "lamp".
If opening the switch causes the lamp to start blinking then the fault lies somewhere down-line of that switch. That is what lamps do when you put them between a power source and a ground.
If I cannot make the lamp work, then I can always station Mrs ERJ in the barn by the energizer and open-then-close the switches sequentially. She can tell by the sound of the energizer and the blink of the tell-tale if dropping out a run of fence "fixed" the short.
The advantage of the neon lamps is that I might be able to diagnose the issues without a second person.
It will be interesting to see how long they can take the beating the fence gives them and if I will be able to see the blink of light.