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trees and cars, oh my!

Just wrapped up a heck of a day of physical labor. Matt came over at noon, and since then we FINALLY drilled out the shattered (hardened steel) tip of the bolt extractor stuck inside the broken bolt in the Saab's engine block. Woohoo! Victory! And the right-angle drill adapter necessary to reach the bolt didn't melt (the last one did)! Woohoo! And we tapped the hole so a new bolt will fit inside! Double-woohoo!

Between bouts of drilling (it took a really, really long time), we let the drill sit to let the right-angle adapter cool off. See, its casing is made of plastic. Yep, plastic. Which melts when the gears and bushings inside get hot. As they do when one is drilling hardened steel.

Those "breaks" consisted of cutting down four trees in the back yard as well as a lot of small trees, bushes, and other crap crowding the yard. Then of course we had to chop up the tree trunks and branches to make them small enough for the city (or friends: Hello! Firewood!) to remove. I wish we had photos. Matt held a rope which terminated in a grappling hook wrapped around the tree trunk, half way up, which I attached by climbing a ladder and hooking it in place. Then he applied pressure to pull the tree in the correct direction while I notched the trunk with my chainsaw. See, the safe fall-way lay between the fence and my garage is pretty narrow, and if the tree fell even 10° in the wrong direction... crunch!

But all went well! Now I have a giant pile of tree-pieces in the alley behind the house. Need to log off now and run downtown. I owe Matt dinner and several beers!

Best,
Chris

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arian1
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
Sounds like a real saab story.
roseconnelly
Oct. 31st, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
See icon.
mckitterick
Oct. 31st, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Ba-da-boom, tsch!
roseconnelly
Oct. 31st, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Firewood! Firewood!
mckitterick
Oct. 31st, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
Hey, if you want firewood, come and get it! I've chopped up the trunk into 3-5-foot sections, easily transported in, say, a little SUV. The branches would make awesome kindling. Just sayin'.
pamelonian
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
Hehehe! You said "log off."
mckitterick
Oct. 31st, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
Ba-da-boom, tsch!
kijjohnson
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
Fun, and then even more fun!
mckitterick
Oct. 31st, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Absolutely! Tonight, dinner was at a new Thai place in town (Encore), very tasty, then a big crew hit Harbour Lights and played pool and ancient Atari games on the console and it was much fun.

Tomorrow at 11am, Matt and I begin actually *drum roll* reassembling the car. Whoah.
kijjohnson
Oct. 31st, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, it's a car?
mckitterick
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
...no longer a planter!
edichka2
Oct. 31st, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Drill, baby, drill!
- E
mckitterick
Oct. 31st, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Palinized!

After all that drilling, we still didn't find oil. Rather, we found a lot of oil, but drilling didn't reveal any more. That would have been bad.
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