Archive for September, 2009

Our new house has nearly two dozen can lights filled with 65w incandescent spot bulbs. While they are nice and bright, they seem to be an energy hog.

The test plan will be the replacement of the five incandescent bulbs in the kitchen- (5 @ 65w= 325wph replaced with 5 @ 14= 70wph). That will be an electricity savings of 79% per hour! My basic calculation anticipates a savings of 5-6 cents per hour, but over time that savings will really add up. If these work out, I’ll continue to replace rest of the bulbs.

In our last house I had installed regular curly bulb CF’s in all of the fixtures and it seemed to save us a lot of money. I don’t think the curly bulbs would look good in the cans in this house, so I purchased a six pack of 14w CF soft white spot bulbs (TCP Compact Fluorescent BR30) at Home Depot.

It may take a little time to adjust to the brighter/ whiter light, but I suspect they will work well in our application.


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Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzle

In this fast-paced, technology driven world I’ve recently re-discovered the enjoyment of putting together jigsaw puzzles.

During a recent visit to Walmart, I picked up a couple of 1000 piece puzzles. What a great way to unwind after a stressful day at work.

I was pleased (and honestly surprised) to see that Buffalo Games manufactures their jigsaw puzzles in the USA! It’s amazing how rare it is becoming to find things still manufactured in the USA.

The green mat under the puzzle is the puzzle mat I use to roll up the puzzle when I’m done working on it for the day. This helps prevent my little helper kitty from messing with the pieces.

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It’s been a while since I last posted, so I think I’ll give it another go.

Firewood Racks-
First, an update on the firewood racks I made last autumn- They held up surprising well through the winter. I ended just covering the tops with pieces of an old tarp I had sitting around. I held them down with a couple of logs. This kept the wood dry as it seasoned. I still have three racks of split seasoned wood left, plus two more racks worth of unsplit seasoned logs.

In December, we had a major ice storm hit our area that knocked out our power for seven days. We camped out in the family room and burned the fireplace nearly 24 hours a day to keep warm. The seasoned wood we had split sure came in handy!

As a result of that storm we ended up with another cord worth of large branches (that I cut up after the power came back on). I had two of the new racks loaded with another third of a cord each and they held up with no signs of fatigue. the log rack design was simple but very durable.

New house-
We’ve since moved to a new home (on 1/2 acre) and no longer have a wood burning fireplace, so this wood will last a long, long, time burning a few pieces at a time in the patio copper firepit.

With the new house comes a lot of new projects. I plan on posting information on some of the major projects I’ll be doing around here (setting up my woodworking workshop, landscaping, cedar siding repairs, weather proofing, and energy efficiency improvements.

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