Chris Mendla's Corner

A cornucopia of stuff. Do it yourself, humor, hacks, fails, self development.

Draining the Swamp like pool

In June 2016, I was facing a 20,000 gallon in ground pool that, because of a couple of years of neglect, resembled a swamp. When I say swamp, I mean frogs had taken over and there were dozens of frogs along with hundreds of tadpoles. I’m not sure what else was in there as the visibility was about 2 inches. My GF had suggested filling it in. When I looked into it it seemed to be unfeasible. I would need to get a permit, rent heavy equipment and purchase fill. In addition, most townships prohibit any future building over a filled in pool. Besides, I like to take a swim. Continue reading

Scavenging firewood from oversized fallen trees and logs.

I can always use more firewood. I have a couple of larger trees that have been down for two or more years plus some larger logs from a red oak that was dropped about 5 years ago.  I also have a wood stove that I use to help heat the house. The problem is how to get usable firewood from these trees. For the most part, the wood is dry enough to burn without having to be seasoned.

I don’t have a splitter. I asked Santa for one this year but he couldn’t fit it on his sleigh. Even with a splitter, the problem still exists that you are dealing with logs that have been in ground contact for some time. Continue reading

Should I wait for the next tow truck?

My Ford Exploder (Found on Road Dead) decided to live up to it’s name and die on the road. All of the gauges started to go haywire like you’d expect to see in a bad movie about alien visitations. I got over to the side of the road and it went Kaput.   I called my friendly roadside assistance and they dispatched a flatbed.  When he pulled up in front of me, I saw the killer clowns on the truck.

Let’s put it this way, had the driver gotten out with anything resembling clown makeup, big floppy shoes or weird clown clothes, I would have been out of my truck doing a roadrunner imitation.

Anyway, he turned out to be a decent guy and dropped me and my Ford off at the local Meineke for an alternator transplant.

 

Would you get in the truck when it’s decorated with Killer Klowns?

Yellow tag sales at the supermarket

I missed this one for the longest time. When my GF has me over for dinner, she would often say “This was a yellow tag sale”.   I happened to be in our local Giant Foods on a Tuesday night and saw a bunch of stuff with yellow tags. One example is below. A $10 T-Bone steak for $5.   I bought a pair of them. My son applied his grilling skills and homemade marinade and we had a fantastic dinner. Continue reading

Raising the blade for more clearance on a Sears Lawn Tractor.

I have a well worn Sears LT 1000 lawn tractor that I use for grass cutting, hauling firewood, mulching leaves and snow plowing on 2 1/2 acres. Quite often, we get snow before I’m ready to remove the cutting deck. That means that I have to install the plow. The problem is that when the plow is raised, the ground clearance of the plow is about 1/2 inch.

The front lawn has stinking Norway Maples so there are roots that that can get hit by the plow.  In the woods, there are uneven spots, rocks, fallen branches, dead bodies and other hazards (ok, just kidding about the dead bodies).   I tried adjusting the clearance but other than playing with the adjustment on the spring, I didn’t see any way to adjust things. Continue reading

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