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Refrigeration Applications Project

I'm a little behind on the updates and posts, but I wanted to share this .gif with you. A big part of my Refrigeration Applications class is the making and documenting of a project. It can be anything. It doesn't even have to work right. It's just a matter of making it, documenting the process, making the diagrams, running a series of tests, and putting it all in a report. I'm making a thing that will, quite possibly, cool a six count of beverages. This is how I spent my Saturday. I'll take it to class on Tuesday and start the piping and electrical. destroying a perfectly good refrigerator I built the box and installed the Styrofoam cooler, then I took an old evaporator coil and mounted a compressor to it, and it all came out pretty impressively, but I may have some modifications to make if I want to be able to get the rest of it together. With a little luck it will actually do what I want it to do.

Refrigeration Applications Project

I'm a little behind on the updates and posts, but I wanted to share this .gif with you. A big part of my Refrigeration Applications class is the making and documenting of a project. It can be anything. It doesn't even have to work right. It's just a matter of making it, documenting the process, making the diagrams, running a series of tests, and putting it all in a report. I'm making a thing that will, quite possibly, cool a six count of beverages. This is how I spent my Saturday. I'll take it to class on Tuesday and start the piping and electrical. destroying a perfectly good refrigerator I built the box and installed the Styrofoam cooler, then I took an old evaporator coil and mounted a compressor to it, and it all came out pretty impressively, but I may have some modifications to make if I want to be able to get the rest of it together. With a little luck it will actually do what I want it to do.

First Day of Spring

Winter is over. Spring is here. Three cheers for spring. It may seem early to be checking these things, but it is the first day of spring and it hit 52 degrees today. Which for some is good enough... seems silly to me. spring is here And so I give you my first air conditioning preventative maintenance of the season.

First Day of Spring

Winter is over. Spring is here. Three cheers for spring. It may seem early to be checking these things, but it is the first day of spring and it hit 52 degrees today. Which for some is good enough... seems silly to me. spring is here And so I give you my first air conditioning preventative maintenance of the season.

Strive for Both

you can have one without the other

Strive for Both

you can have one without the other

Goodbye Chuck

Chuck Berry in 1958 One of my favorite songs When Heidi bought me my guitar, way back in 1988-89, this was the song she said would let her know I had learned to play. I never even came close.

Words of Encouragement

because i care

Words of Encouragement

because i care

Group Argumentative Essay

I would like to present you the argumentative essay that was our group project in my English 102 class. I wrote this in conjunction with three other students. Or rather, I attached my writing to the writing of three of my fellow students... we didn't actually work together on this for more than a few minutes. At the end, I will present you with the grade received, the instructor comments, and my thoughts on the paper as a project. I present it here as submitted, with the only edits being the removal of the header and  a reorganizing of the attribution block for the class. The Argument for Guns by Chen, Kaiser, Perham, and McCarrick March 15, 2017 Gun ownership, the most controversial topic in America today. In today's society, there is a divide between pro gun and gun control. Many believe that personal gun rights should be abolished because of high criminal activities with such weapons. Firearms are not the problem to criminal activities it’s the person pulling the trigger who

Group Argumentative Essay

I would like to present you the argumentative essay that was our group project in my English 102 class. I wrote this in conjunction with three other students. Or rather, I attached my writing to the writing of three of my fellow students... we didn't actually work together on this for more than a few minutes. At the end, I will present you with the grade received, the instructor comments, and my thoughts on the paper as a project. I present it here as submitted, with the only edits being the removal of the header and  a reorganizing of the attribution block for the class. The Argument for Guns by Chen, Kaiser, Perham, and McCarrick March 15, 2017 Gun ownership, the most controversial topic in America today. In today's society, there is a divide between pro gun and gun control. Many believe that personal gun rights should be abolished because of high criminal activities with such weapons. Firearms are not the problem to criminal activities it’s the person pulling the trigger who

Happiness is Relative

i think this only applies while they live with you... i hope

Happiness is Relative

i think this only applies while they live with you... i hope

Going Mobile

I'm going mobile this week as part of my project to ensure that I get no homework done over spring break. I suppose I could have used my laptop but then I'd have to drag that thing out and dust it off. I'm more of a desktop user. So I'm posting from the phone again. I took the desk to the garage for some much needed upgrades and improvements. Which leaves a great big empty spot where the computer used to sit. With a little luck, I might even have that desk out of the garage before break is over. Of course, that assumes the weather stays mild and the glue dries fast; both of which seem unlikely to happen. My goal is to get the drawers roughed in, the bottom squared up, and the desktop in place. So far so good.

Going Mobile

I'm going mobile this week as part of my project to ensure that I get no homework done over spring break. I suppose I could have used my laptop but then I'd have to drag that thing out and dust it off. I'm more of a desktop user. So I'm posting from the phone again. I took the desk to the garage for some much needed upgrades and improvements. Which leaves a great big empty spot where the computer used to sit. With a little luck, I might even have that desk out of the garage before break is over. Of course, that assumes the weather stays mild and the glue dries fast; both of which seem unlikely to happen. My goal is to get the drawers roughed in, the bottom squared up, and the desktop in place. So far so good.

2-Weeks Early

March 20th is the first day of spring this year. We're not there yet, so either this guy didn't go south with his fellows or the weather is so weird, he thinks it's already here. Either way, this is my first Robin spring.

2-Weeks Early

March 20th is the first day of spring this year. We're not there yet, so either this guy didn't go south with his fellows or the weather is so weird, he thinks it's already here. Either way, this is my first Robin spring.

Creative Investigator

It started with the idea of doing my office up like a Sam Spade/ Philip Marlowe style detective office. You know, something right out of the 30s. I'd have the glass door with the gold lettering; it'd be great. But, as the office started coming together a number of my other ideas started to get mixed in, and soon the whole vintage detective office idea was usurped by a need for more shelves and more practicality. But I still wanted the door (and a Batman cape and cowl hanging on a coat rack...). I found the door at Habitat For Humanity, and while it wasn't exactly what I wanted, it was only $40. So I bleached the mold away, gave it a few coats of prime and paint, added some obscuring window film to one side, and it was nearly done. It was just missing one thing... the lettering. I struggled a bit with the lettering: private detective, private investigator, writer, author, I couldn't decide. I wanted private detective, but that didn't quite fit the bill, and while I c

Creative Investigator

It started with the idea of doing my office up like a Sam Spade/ Philip Marlowe style detective office. You know, something right out of the 30s. I'd have the glass door with the gold lettering; it'd be great. But, as the office started coming together a number of my other ideas started to get mixed in, and soon the whole vintage detective office idea was usurped by a need for more shelves and more practicality. But I still wanted the door (and a Batman cape and cowl hanging on a coat rack...). I found the door at Habitat For Humanity, and while it wasn't exactly what I wanted, it was only $40. So I bleached the mold away, gave it a few coats of prime and paint, added some obscuring window film to one side, and it was nearly done. It was just missing one thing... the lettering. I struggled a bit with the lettering: private detective, private investigator, writer, author, I couldn't decide. I wanted private detective, but that didn't quite fit the bill, and while I c

You Know

if I had only known...

You Know

if I had only known...

Learning is Earning

compound knowledge

Learning is Earning

compound knowledge

Two Things

1. I was sitting at the light the other day and I noticed that there's a big ass rock sitting there just waiting for somebody to pick it up and heave it into traffic. Since it's right next to the bus stop, maybe it fell out of somebody's bag. Just a little weird. that's a good size rock 2. I've seen them chrome balls on the back of pick-ups before, but these seem to be particularly large. I have to figure that those are going to rub the ground every so often. Somebody is definitely making a statement here. ballsy Just a couple of my observations from the van.

Two Things

1. I was sitting at the light the other day and I noticed that there's a big ass rock sitting there just waiting for somebody to pick it up and heave it into traffic. Since it's right next to the bus stop, maybe it fell out of somebody's bag. Just a little weird. that's a good size rock 2. I've seen them chrome balls on the back of pick-ups before, but these seem to be particularly large. I have to figure that those are going to rub the ground every so often. Somebody is definitely making a statement here. ballsy Just a couple of my observations from the van.

Grades and Graphics

Word on the street is that I have received a B+ in Basic Refrigeration. Which isn't what I would have preferred, the goal is always an A. I think missing one class, the content that was presented, and the associated labs were what caused me to drop from an A- to a B+.  So the lesson learned here is don't miss class. Refrigeration Application started off with a bang, doing loss calculations for various types of coolers. Which means lots of math, as we don't have the fancy computer programs in this class. Welding has moved on to stick welding, which apparently I'm doing better at than I was either the other types (brazing or oxyacetylene welding). And English Composition, well, English is English. There are issues with that one that have very little to do with me. In other exciting news, I picked up the lettering for my office door. Due to a printing error I actually have two of them,  because some of the points on the lettering of the first one didn't quite cut prope

Grades and Graphics

Word on the street is that I have received a B+ in Basic Refrigeration. Which isn't what I would have preferred, the goal is always an A. I think missing one class, the content that was presented, and the associated labs were what caused me to drop from an A- to a B+.  So the lesson learned here is don't miss class. Refrigeration Application started off with a bang, doing loss calculations for various types of coolers. Which means lots of math, as we don't have the fancy computer programs in this class. Welding has moved on to stick welding, which apparently I'm doing better at than I was either the other types (brazing or oxyacetylene welding). And English Composition, well, English is English. There are issues with that one that have very little to do with me. In other exciting news, I picked up the lettering for my office door. Due to a printing error I actually have two of them,  because some of the points on the lettering of the first one didn't quite cut prope