1/03/2019

Hot Water Tank - Fix Dripping T&P Valve


I was all ready to replace a leaking temperature and pressure relief valve on my hot water tank.
fix leaking t&P valve on hot water tank

After doing the yearly check of the valve to see if it works (actually i've never checked it before) it wouldn't stop dripping.
dripping pipe on hot water tank, fix

It probably had something to do with all that corrosion on the inside of the valve.
how to fix a leaking hot water tank

Everyone said that you have to turn off the water, drain the tank, then replace the valve.
t&p valve leaking, dripping, hot water

But i didn't want to do that, so i keep flipping, pushing, pulling on the valve and tried to get it to seat properly with the gasket.
temperature and pressure relief valve on hot water tank is dripping water

Finally after a couple days the drips stopped.  So just keep flipping and slapping that valve until whatever is causing the drip gets dislodged.  
quick fix for leaking hot water tank valve, flick, flip

12/28/2018

Riding Mower - Fix Flat Tire




How to Refill Riding Lawn Mower Tire That Fell Off Rim

https://youtu.be/RDvtTRtWJ3g


A common problem with riding law mowers is flat tires.  The PSI in lawn mower tires is actually pretty low, just around 15 PSI on average.
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Also when you get a flat, it's common for the tire to come off the rim.  So when you try to fill it up with air, it just leaks out the side and the tire doesn't fill up.
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The fix is to try and apply even outward pressure and seal the bead between the tire and the rim.  That can be done with a ratchet strap or a rope and pipe.
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First, jack up the mower.  Second wrap the rope around the tire, then the pipe.  Then continue wrapping around a second time.  
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You will then twist the pipe, which will tighten the rope.  This will push the middle of the tire in and the edge of the tire out.
how to fill up riding lawn mower tire with air

Do this all at the same time and then try adding air to the tire.  Hopefully you get a good seal with the tire bead and it will inflate.
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It takes a lot of force.  Also this is common when you get a brand new tire.  In my case it was with an old worn out tire that got a flat.
use rope and pipe and rachet strap to fill tire up with air

12/07/2018

Wine from Wild Grapes


Homemade Wine From Wild Grapes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7PJXEv5zOM

This was my first time making wine.  Here was the process i took.
homemade wine using wild grapes

Early in the year, these were the grapes that grew in my yard.
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They were classified as wild riverbank grapes.  Here they are after ripening.  Not that big.
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Animals and birds started eating the grapes and i figured that it's time to start picking them.
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This was their size.  Not huge.  It took a lot of picking to get 1.5 gallons.
how to make wine, wild grapes

Here was the amount of grapes i got.  About 3 gallons of grapes.
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This was the stems and unripe grapes that i separated.
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I got 2 totes and some other stuff together for the tools.
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1 bucket for grapes, 1 bucket for the destemmed grapes, 1 bucket for the stems.
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After all the stems were removed i added 0.5 liters of water and started crushing the grapes.
crush grapes to make wine

I bought this Yeast on amazon, heated up some water in the microwave, added the whole packet and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
how much yeast to add to grapes to make wine

Then i added the yeast, added about 3 pounds of sugar, and let it sit for 7 days.  This was primary fermentation.  I didn't have a hydrometer to measure any sugar/alcohol levels.
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After 7 days i was ready to transfer to jugs.  Cleaned with soap and water first.
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Scoop the grapes and liquid, strain through colander, and pour into the gallon jugs through a funnel.
how to make wine

It was a messy job, definitely something to do in the garage.
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I only ended up with a gallon and a half.  But i put the 1 way stoppers on top and will let these ferment for about a year.  Racking every 3 months to separate the wine from the sediment at the bottom.
secondary fermentation, how long, time, valve, stopper



Propagation of Tree Branches - Grow Tree from Cuttings

Grow Trees from Branch Cuttings - Propagation for Free Screen Wall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOdW-JtFPsA

We wanted a cheap or FREE screen wall by our back fence.  Turns out that willow trees via Propagation are the best answer.
propagation of willow trees

Here are some willow branches that have been soaking in water for 1 week.  Buds already starting to form.
how to grow tree from branch cutting

Here they are after about a month.  Roots and new branches.
grow a tree from a branch

Here are some other willow branches.  You can see the amount of roots that will grow in just a bucket of water.
can you grow a tree from cutting a branch

I also tried other trees.  These are white pines.  They didn't grow.
best trees for propagation

Here are cottonwood branches.  These tried to grow roots but not as well.
what type of trees will grow from branch cutting propagation

This was another tree branch that i tried propagation.  Nothing.
propagation

After planted, they grew very well.  The willow here was planted only 1 week to this point.
fast growing willow tree from cutting

I also transplanted bamboo to the fence.  This loves as much water as you can give it.
bamboo in michigan


Here's another willow that's been transplanted.
fast growing screen wall

Close-up of the willow buds after a week in water.  The willow tree has natural enzymes that facilitate propagation on it's own.
grow roots from willow tree