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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7640 on: August 02, 2019, 01:39:25 pm »
Good luck with the move Mr Zog.

Will you be paid overtime? :biggrin:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7641 on: August 02, 2019, 02:46:29 pm »



I'll have to make a plan for the lawn, after all this rain it is growing like a magic beanstalk  :imaposer:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7642 on: August 03, 2019, 05:30:15 am »
Took me 2 weeks but I read it all from beginning to end. I had some dust in my eyes, I laughed out load a few times (once on the can at work) but mostly I just enjoyed reading it all. You both have a way with words that make me wanna read more.

Zog, you make me look very lazy, in fact I am super lazy, but still, your work rate is off the charts.

I love your animals the most. Maggie being my favourite as I had a little dachshund that helped me through chemo et al. I unfortunately lost her 4 weeks ago. Maggie fills her role for me now.

I worked and lived in the UK, USA and UK again over a period of 2 years (middle 6 months in Columbus OH). Wish I could have stayed in either. Tried Ireland for 2 years but for a lot of reasons came back to SA - big farking mistake. Ive been stuck here for 16 years since. Yes, living in SA is ok, but the crap here is getting to me.

Getting used to african ways again was a big let down for me. Id leave at the drop of a hat. First world living is expensive but so cool.

Anyway, my rant off. Keep up the good work your side.

Thanks BigEd, kind words. Vewry sorry to hear of the loss of your fur child  :'(

Some more pics of Maggie today, and some of Sammy too, because he also needs love  ;)
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7643 on: August 03, 2019, 05:32:51 am »
It's been raining today.

Just like yesterday, and the rainy day before that...

It's nice though, the temps have been down slightly.

But the TV news showing some flooding in parts, not serious flooding, just some roads under water and the such like.

Tomorrow we'll get lots more, Sunday too. Moving the shop is gonna be fun  ::)  :imaposer:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7644 on: August 03, 2019, 07:09:33 am »
Good luck with the move Mr Zog.

Will you be paid overtime? :biggrin:
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Fud can tell ya  :peepwall:

BO, he will be paid... weakly.   ;)

BTW, I have been (unsuccessfully) researching any documentation regarding US timber frame construction dimensional coordination.
As a student of architecture, modular dimensional coordination was part of the curriculum. 
Metric systems typically use modules of 300mm, 900mm or 1000mm and building elements are sized to fit, including provision for jointing materials.

Plywood is a major construction element in US. It is made in 4'x8' nominal sizes.  Similarly, gypsum board is also made in 4" widths.
This would seem to indicate a 4' module.  Supporting studs centre-on-centre would have to be a whole divider of that.
Two divisions would be 24" and three divisions would be 16".
So, mea culpa for misinterpreting the 4' module as 2x2' modules - I am half wrong.

Window, doors etc should be nominally sized to fit into clear openings in the 16" or 24" c-o-c spacings to eliminate waste.
I cannot find general proof of this on-line, but I have found multiple sources of construction practice notes
regarding use of multiple studs to frame door and window openings - as many as 3 off 2x4" PER SIDE.
So the structure is made to fit the windows, not the windows to fit the structure.  :patch:

Wall panel corner junction details show at least 4 off 2x4 studs per external corner.
That is 32 square inches sectional area of timber.

I guess that the timber cost is cheaper than the labor cost to erect it.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7645 on: August 03, 2019, 07:53:00 am »
Interestingly, in South Africa, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act states that no employer may require or permit an employee
to work more than 12 hours of work.  The employee must then also be permitted 12 continuous hours of rest thereafter before starting work again.
So if you have worked a 12-hr day and only finish at 10PM, then you may not be required or permitted to work before 10AM next day.
(Medical staff are excluded from this!)

By my interpretation, if your employment requires you to drive a company owned vehicle to and from the place of business or residence ('on call") as part of your duties, then the driving time is included in the 12-hr maximum.

I used this argument in a government department management committee meeting to counter the Director-General who wanted to introduce a ban on employees staying over in Cape Town when travelling to appear before Parliamentary committee sessions.  The DG proposal was that outgoing flights from 06:00 and returning flights up to 22:00 would make the overnight accommodation unnecessary.

In the DG's proposal to appear in front of Parliament by 9AM, one would have to catch the first flight from Johannesburg at 06:00.
The flight check-in time closes at 05:00 and you need to drive 30 minutes from Pretoria to the airport, so practically one would have to drive at 04:00.
Returning from Cape Town on the last flight at 22:00, one would land at 23:30 and then have to drive back, arriving home at around 01:00.
From 04:00 to 01:00 is a 21-hr working day and therefore clearly illegal.  Should an employee have an accident on your return drive due to fatigue,
then the employer could be held liable for damages and the DG as accounting officer for damages in their personal capacity for requiring an illegal practice.

(I was not popular with the DG, but the proposal was withdrawn and the entire management committee thanked me afterwards.
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7646 on: August 04, 2019, 01:35:32 am »
I got home around 6pm.

I am wasted. While I was carrying my little cooler box in from the van I got such severe cramps in both my arms that I couldn't even give the dogs their treats  :eek7: (I give them each a little doggie cookie when I get home, it's a "thing"). Mrs Zog had to do it for me. She brought me my cramp pills ((Natura Mag Phos from SA) that I let dissolve under my tongue. Eventually the cramps subsided enough that I could straighten my arms, but I was too scared to bend them again because that is what was triggering the cramps.

I filled a water bottle and added a sachet of Rehydrat (also from SA  8) ) and downed that too.

After a nice hot shower to loosen up the muscles and to get rid of the sweaty smell I felt a lot better. Today I worked too hard. I did drink lots of water, but I still dehydrated badly. Enough water, just not replacing enough electrolytes. Lesson learned (for a while  :peepwall:  :imaposer: )

The good news is that the donkey work of moving the shop is done. All the big and heavy stuff is moved, pallet racks taken down and re-erected. The rest will be done by a colleague, and the rest of us whenever we have some free time. I almost never have free time at work, so I guess I am done  :ricky:  No more moving tomorrow  :ricky:

Now at least I will be able to mow the grass  ::)

Despite it all, life is good.

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7647 on: August 04, 2019, 04:19:52 am »
Sleep the sleep of the man who has toiled hard for his daily bread, Zog.
Sometimes a hot bath is better to relax the muscles.
A quick shower to wash off the grime followed by a long soak in the tub.
 
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7648 on: August 04, 2019, 10:44:27 am »
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Thanks for reading  :thumleft:

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« Reply #7649 on: August 04, 2019, 11:36:41 am »
Tired and sore - and you still make time to post here - good man  :thumleft:
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« Reply #7650 on: August 04, 2019, 09:36:26 pm »
Yip - thanks always for the updates
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« Reply #7651 on: August 05, 2019, 12:47:45 am »
Today ended up being a rather lazy day.

I went to Harbor Freight this morning to buy a sander. Not just any sander, a combination belt / disc sander! I have been wanting / needing one for a very long time, but I just have never had the money for it. I have seen them advertised second-hand on Craigslist, but never when I did have a few $ spare. I have been watching this particular model for over a year now in the Harbor Freight brochures, and on Friday evening I got a coupon for one that was $5 lower than any price I have seen advertised before!

Now I still didn't have the money for it, but I mentioned it to Mrs Zog while we were chatting. She decided that because it is my birthday at the end of the month she would buy it for me  :biggrin:  So this morning I went off and got it  :ricky:  Birthday came early.

On the way home I got a call-out, so I dropped the sander off at home and went off to work. Luckily it was just a simple job, so I wasn't away for too long. Back home I unboxed and assembled the sander. Read all the instructions and set the front wheel so that the belt ran true. Then did a test on a piece of scrap wood.

MAN! It is so good to have a sander for the rough work again! It wasn't too expensive either, just $64.95.

It was raining, again. We have had over 8 inches of rain the last few days. Saturday the rain gauge overflowed, Mrs Zog emptied it, and this morning it was up at 1/2 inch again. The rain gauge maxes out at just over 6 inches when it overflows. This evening it's sitting at almost 2 inches already  :eek7:  The garden is just a soggy quagmire, no ways that I am even going to try and mow the lawn. The mower will just destroy the grass.

Mrs Zog mentioned that she wanted a shelf over the back of the table in the garage where the washing machine and tumble dryer sits. She uses the table to fold the laundry, but also to store all her laundry detergent and stuff, as well as the extra dog food et al. The table was becoming too crowded and full. So I knocked together a shelf that attaches to the table itself, using scraps of wood that I had in my shed.

The boss lady is happy  :thumleft:  :biggrin:

I also looked around in tha garage while I was in there and spotted the two spare vacuum cleaners that I had collected over the last few years. If y'all remember I stop and collect stuff that other people throw away. Then I usually end up fixing them and using them. I have stopped picking up vacuum cleaners because we have more than enough of them. I was going to throw them out, but decided against it...

I figured that I could use them in my workshop for dust collection instead! It would cost me money to plumb in a central vacuum line, and then I would still have to either make or buy shut-off valves at each tool so that only the tool I was using would get suction. If I use just the bits of the vacuum cleaners that actually are needed for dust collection I can save some space over the large size of the original vacuum cleaner, and it would literally cost me nothing, except some of my time. So I proceeded to strip away all the stuff that wasn't needed, like the floor sweeper bits, the handles, etc.  Then I put them away for the day that I need them when I build my next workbench...

And that was about that. I called my Mom and my Son on WhatsApp and caught up on their week, and the rest of the day I just moped around the house cursing the wet  :imaposer:  But secretly I do like the wet. It's a bit, just a little bit cooler than the sunshine  :peepwall:  :imaposer:

Right now I am deciding if I should start building an ark  :sip:  :lol8:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7652 on: August 05, 2019, 12:54:48 am »
I almost forgot to add some pics for y'all.

1. The two vacuum cleaners that will become dust collectors
2-4. The garden, under water.
5-7. Maggie and Sammy joining me in the workshop and getting up to kak
8. The shelf over the table. We also store the genny under the table.
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« Reply #7653 on: August 05, 2019, 07:01:00 am »
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7654 on: August 05, 2019, 12:22:40 pm »
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Have you moved to Texas without us knowing?!! :lol8:
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« Reply #7655 on: August 06, 2019, 03:12:31 am »
y'all

Have you moved to Texas without us knowing?!! :lol8:

It's not a Texas thing Chris, it's a Southern thing...  :deal:

And Florida is the Southernmost State in the Union  :thumleft:  :imaposer:
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« Reply #7656 on: August 06, 2019, 03:23:46 am »
I finished work earlier than usual today.

I was also very lucky today. I "scored" 8 full length 2x4's (8 ft long) and about 20 ft of smaller sections. They are used, but I will make very good use of them when I build my new workbench  :biggrin:  I even scored a handful of screws that I removed when I salvaged the 2x4's.  :ricky:

So when I got home I offloaded the planks from the van, then grabbed the mower and cut as much of the grass as I could. Some sections were actually still under water out front at the street, I guess they will take some time to drain away. But at least the lawn looks a bit better now.

I had just come inside when the phone rang. I had a callout... and the address was an hour's drive away. So much for an early evening.

I finally got home again around 8pm, and ate my supper. A lovely chicken curry that Mrs Zog had made. She is really a most excellent cook...  :drif:


Monday I have an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. My GP referred me at my annual checkup last week. My right hand is slowly siezing up, and it looks like I have a "triger finger" in the middle finger. It's fucking painful, especially when I use my hand. Anti-inflammatories do help, but I can't take pills for the rest of my life. I just hope the orthopod can fix me on the cheap. I can't afford surgery, nor can I afford to take time off work. But I have to do something about this paw of mine, it's driving me crazy.

Ok. That's it for now. Thanks for reading  :thumleft:
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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7657 on: August 06, 2019, 10:48:29 am »
Good luck with the move Mr Zog.

Will you be paid overtime? :biggrin:
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Fud can tell ya  :peepwall:

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Re: Life in America - I made the move.
« Reply #7658 on: August 06, 2019, 02:45:36 pm »
@BigEd - these pics were taken the day we got Maggie. She was 7 weeks old. She's come a long way in nearly 11 years!

We got her from an advert in the Junk Mail, she was advertised as "Jack Russell type dog." We paid R100 for her.  ;D

Somewhere I also have Sammy's adoption day picture, he was 3 months old when we got him from Wet Nose in Pretoria.
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« Reply #7659 on: August 06, 2019, 03:25:04 pm »
Oh my word! That face is so adorable.
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