Union Bay gets flushed

Just had a visit from my neighbour looking for advice on installing a Fluid Master 400 A fill valve in his toilet tank. I explained how to install the flush valve AKA Ball Cock. then showed him the ones I have in our two toilet tanks.

Worth well watching…

After installation I said do the flush test, what’s that he asked, I explained take a normal amount of toilet paper, put it into the toilet bowl then flush, let the tank refill and repeat two more times. If the toilet paper goes down the drain easily your done.

Union Bay and Coal Hills update

Just had a visit from my neighbour looking for advice on installing a Fluid Master fill valve in his toilet tank. The conversation led to did I know why the construction aware signs that read “Caution October to December” near the Union Bay Estates development. I said probably because of construction trucks coming and going. He then told me that a reliable source told him that a road was being built on the south side of washer creek, giving access to the coal hills.

I decide to go get some answers and called;

Alana Mullaly Contact Information

She explained that the developer may be building the road to allow access to the coal hill and will use the road on the development site later, further they have not received any information from the province on the coal hills remediation plans as of today.

And shared information that the purposed development plan to build a real estate sales centre with a neighbourhood cafe in the eastern wing of the building on Russell Street was passed, this was a site plan and not a building permit.

Well that helped to clear up some info, now about that Fluid Master flush valve.

Union Bay Gets Screwed

I love using screws on my projects, the most common are the Robertson wood screw. For those neophytes that’s the screw with the square head.

After badly cutting his hand while using a slot-headed screwdriver, Peter Lymburner Robertson invented the square-headed screwdriver and screw in 1908. He received the Canadian patent for his invention in 1909. … The Robertson screw was a big hit!

I use the Philips screw for drywall work, the screw has a star pattern. The Phillips head screwdriver was created and patented by Henry Phillips in the 1930s and was originally used on the 1936 Cadillac. The great thing about it is that unlike the flat head screw (with a single ridge at its tip to slide into a screw with one slot), the Phillips screwdriver is self-centering. Its “X” design won’t slip out of the X-slotted screw. Instead, it grips the screw firmly in the center, provided it’s the suitable size for the screw.

Now the slotted screw, this is the original screw drive. You find these everywhere, though the practice of using screws with slotted drives is on the decline because the screwdriver slips out of the slot, particularly when you are applying heavy torque to really tighten down (or loosen, for that matter) these types of screws.

And finally theTorx (pronounced /tɔːrks/), developed in 1967 by Camcar Textron, is the trademark for a type of screw head characterized by a 6-point star-shaped pattern. A popular generic name for the drive is star, as in star screwdriver or star bits. … Torx screws are also becoming increasingly popular in construction industries. This was explained in the first video comparing Robertson to Torx.

Now in Union Bay we have trustees that are much like these wood screws, they all come with their own uniqueness. Four male threads screw to the right (Righty Tightly) but one trustee was different she was a bolt with a left-hand thread. They all think what they say is important and want individual attention but like the all wood screws they need to understand their purpose.

Union Bay Deer just love our cedars

We love our Cedars and my neighbor noticed them saying, deer been eating your cedars. I did not know that deer love cedars.

Deer can cause minor and extensive damage to cedar trees and seedlings. Deer rip at and snap off branches and bark while feeding, especially when food is scarce, and the tender leaves of the cedar make an attractive snack.

Well then we will just have to learn to share.

Union Bay and a sack of hammers.

Just picked up pallets from Home Depot for my project work and noticed I had a variety of hammers. Some big, some small and some unique.

My favorite one is a framing hammer, it  is typically 20-32 oz, compared with 10-16 oz for a “normal” household claw hammer. … Related to that is the much longer handle on a framing hammer. Second is the face of the head: it’s waffled to prevent slipping off the nail head, helping prevent bent nails.

Another useful hammer I have is a 5 pound brass mallet and is typically used on machinery to apply force to parts with a reduced risk of damaging them, and to avoid sparks. As these metals are softer than steel, the mallet is deformed by any excessive force, rather than any steel object it is hitting. Great for garden projects that need a little more persuasion.

Next is the ball peen hammer

A ballpeen hammer, also known as a machinist’s hammer, is a type of peening hammer used in metalworking. It has two heads, one flat and the other.

Last is the shot hammer dead blow hammer is used in many specialized areas, particularly in automotive applications, such as chassis work and hubcap installation. The hammer has a steel handle and shotfilled head covered with non-marring material that dampens rebound and won’t spark.

Some have been known to use it as a Chairman’s gavel in Union Bay