Monday, March 1, 2021

Fixing the Air Conditioner Filter Access

 We had the entire A/C and Furnace system replaced last Nov 2020 and with it came a new air cleaning system.  They put in a 20x25x4 inch HEPA filter below the fan and other parts of the system.  Basically it is just a metal box to hold the filter below all the other components of the system.

It being 3 months since then, I figured I should check the filter to see how it is doing.  There is an access door on the front of the filter housing.

But when I went to open the access door, it would not open.  It was wedged between the floor and the fan sitting on top of it.  It seemed that the upper units had settled down on top of the access door, or the floor had expanded up, so that there was not enough clearance to allow the access door to swing open.

So I called Service Wizard, since they had installed it, and a guy came out, looked at it and said "Yep, it's stuck" but had no idea how to solve the problem.  I suggested that the floor, being plywood, could be sanded down to get enough room to open the door.  He agreed. And then left.

So I got out my belt sander, 80 grit sand paper, and ran it for about an hour in front of the filter housing, getting it worn down enough to allow the access door to be opened.  Then I sealed the newly sanded wood with polyurethane and, the next day, with Kilz primer (and as long as I was at it, painted the rest of the floor in the utility closet.

And I will order some replacement air filters.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Lost an Olive Tree

 We have two olive trees, one North of the raised garden and one South.  Neither has been doing that well.

But the South one is apparently doing much worse.  It had two main branches from the trunk and one of the rotted and fell off just a couple weeks ago.  Then we had the coldest weather ever here in Central Texas,  snow and ice everywhere for days. 



and the South olive tree is clearly not going to make it.  So I cut it down.

I will need to go out and dig up the stump, but that will require dryer soil, so it can wait.

The North olive tree does not look much better

but we will wait to see what happens in the Spring.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Digging up the back half of the front yard, Part 9

In the front of the ditch, we have a few layers of dirt and rock.

 But with just digging down and moving it out, we can get down to just a layer of rock.

And then we can apply the jack hammer to reduce it to rubble

And clear that off, to get a smaller set of layers of rock

Repeating this process leaves just a small ledge of rock at the bottom.


We do the same in the back half of the ditch.  We start with a layer of rock

and after repeated rounds of using the jack hammer and cleaning up the debris, we end up with having moved the ditch closer to the sidewalk, moving rock out and mixing the remaining dirt and dust with leaves and piling it up behind us.

Then we can move on to the next section, digging out the overlaying dirt.

mixing it with leaves, to improve the organic content, and putting it on the pile of dirt behind us.