Creative Problem Solving

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Problem: Drain pan rusted out on AC. Drips on people during service.

Problem Complication: Can’t repair unit because we are getting ready to remodel space and don’t want to replace something that has to be torn out in a few months any way.

Solution: Duct tape, cardboard, plastic, string, and a bucket. Drip is redirected and silenced. Not pretty but functional.

Thought: Duct tape, cardboard, plastic, and string are essential assets in a handyman’s tool box.

Hurricane Michael Was a Cat 5


NOAA acknowledges that Hurricane Michael was a category 5. 

Their words, “While there remains uncertainty, based on the data described above NHC’s post-analysis assessment of Michael’s landfall intensity is 140 kt, making the hurricane category 5 on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale at landfall. “

140 kt is 161 mph. 

You can read their 86 page report below.

Nao Santa Maria

I had the pleasure a couple of weekends ago to see the Nao Santa Maria. She is a full size replica of Columbus’ Santa Maria. She looks big from the port. Onboard you learn she had a crew of 45. She would feel a lot smaller with 45 men on deck. Don’t think well some were below deck. Nope, below deck was supplies for the trip.

Nao Santa Maria is a traveling museum that visited our local port. You can self explore over most of the ship. She does have a few modern upgrades as required by law. I really enjoyed visiting her. You can learn more about her at

Blooming Good Time

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It has been four months since hurricane Michael wrecked havoc on Callaway Florida. As far as restoring buildings, and property back to pre storm conditions, we are years out. There are still hundreds of homes in our county that need to be bulldozed. I guess that about ¼ of the homes, which equates to about 15,000 units, are not safe to live in. You just can’t believe the number of people living in campers in their front yard while figuring out what to do with their homes.

But nature doesn’t care. My azaleas are blooming like crazy. They bring beauty to the area. Many plants are staring to bloom. Soon no-one will notice the crushed forests for they will be covered over with green vines (see note). I predict that nature will swallow the destroyed wild areas faster than man will be able to restore the developed areas. For now I for one am glad to see the flowers.

Note: This part of Florida has a wild grape variety that grows on every thing that does not move. It would give the kudzu of Georgia a run for its money.