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Picking up, putting away; breakfast with John    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 - Rock Springs WY

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We enjoy this view of the old ranch buildings and White Mountain from our site at Rock Springs KOA

Our main focus today has been to pick up things we had taken out and were using and put them away in preparation for leaving Rock Springs tomorrow. Elaine had been doing some card making work and had her Cricut machine out as well as various paper items. So she put those away and also put away the folding table. I had to make a run to UPS and the Post Office to get some items shipped, and got that done. But we started the day with breakfast at the Santa Fe Trail restaurant in Rock Springs with son John. He had contacted his Mom last night and asked to do that (even though he is not a breakfast person!) and we enjoyed our visit with him.

No drip with Teflon; more baffles; Kyle and Ashley visit    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Rock Springs WY

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Here's the plumbing connections that were dripping

I have left the park water feed turned off except for when I wanted to fill our tank, because I had several joints dripping. I hate to waste water, and in this case with the water connection down in a pit it made it worse because the pit would fill with water and then flow out onto the ground. And the ground is clay, so the water does not soak it well and the clay turns to sticky mud. I tried tightening the connections with channel lock pliers, and also tried replacing some washers, but still it leaked. Then in a totally unrelated conversion yesterday Shane mentioned something about Teflon tape, and I dawned on me that this might fix my problem. So this afternoon I took apart my connections and applied Teflon tape to all those that I normally do not undo.

Got a leg (rest) up; more organizing    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Rock Springs WY

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Shane studying the mechanisms under the seat before removing the old drive motor.

We have a movable leg rest on the passenger seat again! As you may recall, the motor seized up a couple of weeks ago and once I diagnosed the  problem I ordered a replacement motor from Tiffin. It arrived on Thursday, and Shane came over this morning to help me remove the old and install the new. Good thing, too, because parts of it turned out to be a two-person job. I had detached the seat base from the mount and had the seat on its side, and had started loosening the base from the seat which we needed to do to get at the motor. What we discovered as we got into the project, we would have to disassemble or remove more than one part of the assembly to get at the motor. Some of the bolts were difficult to get at, and that is where having two people helped because one could hold the assembly in place while the other worked the bolts and nuts.

Thank goodness for backups; cold night, beautiful day    (Click for full story)

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 - Rock Springs WY

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The Western Digital Passport Ultra external drive I use for regular backups

I preach computer file backups, and I practice what I preach! So many times those backups have saved my bacon, and today was an example. I was working in Visual Web Developer (VWD), the web design tool I use, and did a side search using Bing trying to find a solution to a problem I was working on. The search got hung up in Firefox and I could not stop Firefox and was forced to close everything down by holding down the power button. I could not even load Windows Task Manager, my usual way of shutting down recalcitrant applications; that's how bad it was. After the hard reboot I went back into VWD to resume working on my project, but I got a strange error message when I tried to open the file I was working on. It was not a message I had ever seen before, and my search for how to handle it gave me little help.

Bigger screen; Jo Behrman; Farmers Markets; bitter wind    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Rock Springs WY

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Here's my new 22-inch monitor next to my laptop. Lots of working area!

My new monitor came in today - it is a Dell E2214H and I use it as a second screen beside my laptop. With the kind of work I do it is not uncommon for me to have 4-6 different windows open at the same time, and I go back and forth from one to another. I usually have my Firefox browser running on my laptop screen and my Thunderbird email client running on my second screen. And when I am doing web programming I have Microsoft Visual Web Developer running on my laptop screen and my Chrome browser open on my second screen; Chrome is running the current web site for testing. And it is not unusual for there to be 2-4 other applications minimized as well. And even when I am not doing web development I often have about the same number of windows open at once.

A magnetic solution; Elaine is done; haircuts; programming    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - Rock Springs WY

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Here's the latch installed (red oval) and the latching plate (red square) to hold the drawer front closed

Elaine's work area at the dining table has a computer cabinet along the wall. This includes a pullout drawer to set a laptop on and a cabinet below that can be used for a printer. Originally the computer drawer had a latch attached at the top but the part of the latch attached to the frame scratched her computer so we removed it. I installed a pair of hook-and-loop fasteners on each side, but these never stayed attached to the drawer front because the hook-and-loop attachment is stronger than the glue attaching them to the wood. She has held the drawer closed while traveling by various means, but when parked the drawer has been open and in the way. Today we fixed that problem.