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New Ride

2017 chevrolet impala On the way home from school Wednesday night the Malibu died and had to be towed to the dealership. That turned out to be a rather pricey repair, coming in at over $750. The Malibu is just about 5-years old, out of warranty, and with 60,000 miles on the odometer it’s getting to the point where a certain amount of work is going to be needed. Time to pull the trigger on a new car. Perhaps, I just have the bug. My son just bought a new car, my uncle just bought a new car, Dale is always buying something, and I’m feeling left out. I want something new. We were thinking the next vehicle was going to be an SUV, but after test driving the Equinox, we decided that it was just too much like a minivan. I’ve always been a car guy and while I would have been okay with the SUV, I was happy to pass it by and get a car. It doesn’t handle like the Malibu, but it’s 305 hp V6 matches the Malibu and will hit 60 in 6.1 seconds and that is quicker than either my Malibu or my Camaro. An

New Ride

2017 chevrolet impala On the way home from school Wednesday night the Malibu died and had to be towed to the dealership. That turned out to be a rather pricey repair, coming in at over $750. The Malibu is just about 5-years old, out of warranty, and with 60,000 miles on the odometer it’s getting to the point where a certain amount of work is going to be needed. Time to pull the trigger on a new car. Perhaps, I just have the bug. My son just bought a new car, my uncle just bought a new car, Dale is always buying something, and I’m feeling left out. I want something new. We were thinking the next vehicle was going to be an SUV, but after test driving the Equinox, we decided that it was just too much like a minivan. I’ve always been a car guy and while I would have been okay with the SUV, I was happy to pass it by and get a car. It doesn’t handle like the Malibu, but it’s 305 hp V6 matches the Malibu and will hit 60 in 6.1 seconds and that is quicker than either my Malibu or my Camaro. An

Making the Grade

With the first half of the Summer semester done and two of my three classes complete, here's how I'm doing: Class Grades - 2017 Summer  Official Grades Class Description Units Grading Grade Grade Points HVA 174 HVAC Blueprint Reading/ Design 3.00 Graded A 12.000 HVA 246 Mechanical Codes 2.00 Graded A 8.000 PS 110 American Government 3.00 Graded Government, which promises to be an interesting class, will run through the 14th of August, then I'll get a short break and go back to 4-nights a week in the fall. thumbs up

Making the Grade

With the first half of the Summer semester done and two of my three classes complete, here's how I'm doing: Class Grades - 2017 Summer  Official Grades Class Description Units Grading Grade Grade Points HVA 174 HVAC Blueprint Reading/ Design 3.00 Graded A 12.000 HVA 246 Mechanical Codes 2.00 Graded A 8.000 PS 110 American Government 3.00 Graded Government, which promises to be an interesting class, will run through the 14th of August, then I'll get a short break and go back to 4-nights a week in the fall. thumbs up

Stalled

Last night I put down the second layer of subfloor to bring the floor level with the hallway and then hung all but one piece of the remaining sheetrock (I have to get behind the shower to make an adjustment and install a bracket I forgot). But even so, I feel like it was a productive night after a busy day. Tonight, was the first American Government class for the wife and I. On the way to school, the car started acting odd; sputtering and stalling, indicators coming on and service warnings appearing, and limited speeds. It was an odd bit of work, so I called the dealership and arranged to get it in first thing in the morning… It didn’t last that long. Leaving school it started, grudgingly and after stalling twice. On the way home it just stopped, the motor stalled and wouldn’t restart. It’s probably a sensor or module of some sort that has gone bad. Whatever the case, Great Lakes Towing came and picked up the car and took it to the dealership and Zachary took a break from work and brou

Time for Sheetrock

Another day, another update on the main bathroom. Today, I fixed everything in place. A few shims and it's all square and plum, which is important if we decide to install shower doors. If we go with a curtain, it's not so important. Once everything was shimmed and plumbed and screwed in place, then it was time to hang some drywall. in place and awaiting use I probably could have gotten all the sheetrock up, but I still need to add another layer to the floor to bring it level with the hallway and to lock in the bottom of the tub. It just seems like getting that down first will be the easier way to do things. A couple things about this tub/shower that I feel I should share. It's a Sterling Ensemble, which is made by Kohler, who have a pretty good reputation. The first thing is that this unit is made of a far heavier and denser material than the Delta shower unit I put in the basement. It seems more susceptible to cracking and crumbling, and yet, feels more durable. The second

Time for Sheetrock

Another day, another update on the main bathroom. Today, I fixed everything in place. A few shims and it's all square and plum, which is important if we decide to install shower doors. If we go with a curtain, it's not so important. Once everything was shimmed and plumbed and screwed in place, then it was time to hang some drywall. in place and awaiting use I probably could have gotten all the sheetrock up, but I still need to add another layer to the floor to bring it level with the hallway and to lock in the bottom of the tub. It just seems like getting that down first will be the easier way to do things. A couple things about this tub/shower that I feel I should share. It's a Sterling Ensemble, which is made by Kohler, who have a pretty good reputation. The first thing is that this unit is made of a far heavier and denser material than the Delta shower unit I put in the basement. It seems more susceptible to cracking and crumbling, and yet, feels more durable. The second

Long Day in a Small Room

    Today, I spent the day in the bathroom, or what was once a bathroom, and hopefully will be one again soon. These kinds of projects take me far more time than they should, mostly, because I'm deathly afraid of doing it wrong or ruining the stuff I've bought. Anyway, today was a day full of visible progress: Set bathtub on a bed of mortar, leveled, and secured to walls. Plumbed in the new tub/shower water valve. Drilled holes in and put up the shower walls, but have not yet secured them in place. Realized I don't have the right stuff to finish the drain for the tub. The tub is level and holds water, as an additional bonus, it does not leak. There is hot and cold running water to it... again, no leaks. These are good things and sure signs that progress is being made.         Heidi kept popping in with her camera, so I asked her to give me some pictures to post. These are what she gave me.

Long Day in a Small Room

    Today, I spent the day in the bathroom, or what was once a bathroom, and hopefully will be one again soon. These kinds of projects take me far more time than they should, mostly, because I'm deathly afraid of doing it wrong or ruining the stuff I've bought. Anyway, today was a day full of visible progress: Set bathtub on a bed of mortar, leveled, and secured to walls. Plumbed in the new tub/shower water valve. Drilled holes in and put up the shower walls, but have not yet secured them in place. Realized I don't have the right stuff to finish the drain for the tub. The tub is level and holds water, as an additional bonus, it does not leak. There is hot and cold running water to it... again, no leaks. These are good things and sure signs that progress is being made.         Heidi kept popping in with her camera, so I asked her to give me some pictures to post. These are what she gave me.

Blueprint Reading Final

Last night was the final exam for my HVAC Blueprint Reading course. That went pretty well, I think I can expect an A in the class and an A on the exam. Monday will be the final exam for my HVAC Code class and then Wednesday we start Government, we being the wife and I. We're going to take another class together because we had so much fun in English.