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Posted by Larry in Angel Fire, NM on 10/26/2018 9:31:50 AM

Ok, so we have three garage doors, one of which is a 16’ unit.  Although I had an installer out a year and a half ago to set it up, it never worked correctly with the motor.  It needed 1) more tension on the springs, and 2) possibly different springs as the guys selling these didn’t do a great job of calculating the springs for the smaller doors. I figured they may have messed up on this one as well.  Sometimes I can put things off a long time, especially if I have a temporary fix, which in this case was opening it by hand.  But finally, with winter coming, I decided to get it properly fixed and called the fellow out again.  He came out, increased the tension by a half turn, reset the limits and closure pressure and it worked! For a day.  Yesterday Sandra went to use it and it stuck halfway upon closing.  I came home and tried to reopen and close and the sucker opened completely, way past where it should have which required two people to pull on the rope to manually close it.  Seems like the clamp that attaches to the motor spindle is slipping and can’t be tightened any further. Called the installer and he said they have a new type of clamp.  He’ll order one and come back to install. Damn it was nice while it worked!


Steel arrived Tuesday to make brackets and supports for the bunk bed rails.  I’ll try to start on those this weekend.  Going to use skis place horizontally as the rails.  Found a bunch at the local Habitat Restore in Taos for peanuts.  Just had to remove the bindings, which is a bit of a puzzle.  They like to hide the screws that make the attachment to the ski and each manufacturer does it differently. But in the end, I got them all off and had a garbage can of bindings to haul away.

Sandra has been antiquing used oak flooring we got from a friend.  Mutiple coats of paint, then sanding it off a bit and adding dark and clear wax.  We’re using it as a tall wainscot in the second level ski room.  It’ll protect the wall from skis hanging on the racks. I’m gluing it with construction adhesive, using 18 ga. nails to hold it in place while the glue sets up.  With the colors she’s using, it really gives a big splash to an otherwise drab room. Slow process getting it up, and once done, I still need to trim the top, but should be done tomorrow if we have enough prepared.

We went out into the forest last weekend to look for a stump that we could use as a table pedestal.  Found a perfect one with a root splay.  Got it back to the house, I trimmed it and Sandra cleaned the dirt, bark, sanded it and weathered it.  Letting it dry before urethaning it, but it’ll make a perfect base for a kitchen table top we’re getting ready to build.

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An oblique view of the wainscot going in. You get more of a brown, wood look.
Straight on though, you see an explosion of color.
And the bunk beds now have mattresses and some of the bedding.enouh for our daughters dog at least!
Raw stump
Sanding it



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