Posts tagged ‘Life’

LiPo battery failure

Dug out my LiPo 3S batteries on the weekend with the intent of charging them up for some use in the Traxxas E-Revo brushless. Unfortunately it appeared they had gone bad. As I revived one of them I found one of the cells had gone and the other I never bothered tinkering with.

I’ve since wrote them off as failed and purchased a new set. Now waiting for the new ones to arrive so I can have battery connectors soldered onto them.

Additional backyard work

Went on to complete the backyard work, and sort out another area down the side of the house. I just need to circle back and fix up some drainage which I will do in the next few weeks, as I can’t make a mess of the backyard until after my sons birthday party. So will get stuck into fixing that in the next 2-3 weeks. I put some posts in on the side of the house so we can use it to block the dog down the side when we have events on in the backyard. It also keeps out from running down that side of the house when it’s wet and destroying it.

A few more pictures below;

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Backyard work in progress – phase 2

I’ve now moved onto doing the next phase of work in the backyard. Below is a couple of photos that show the progress of the weekend. I put the timber in the week or so earlier, and put in 2 trailer loads of soil to help bring up level of the area. Followed by a load of 20mm river pebbles today. Looks like we will certainly need more.

On the flip side our wheel barrow has a badly damaged tube which I will now need to repair before next weekend when I get another load. I think we will need another 2 loads probably, but see how we go.

Pictures below;

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Movies: Need For Speed

I went and saw Need For Speed on Saturday night. I totally enjoyed it and thought Aaron Paul was quite good. I liked him in Breaking Bad, and I think it was good he actually got cast into a movie.

I think this movie role worked good for him, as he certainly pulls it off.

Got to love the sound of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, you’ll see what I mean when you see it.

Linux installation on SSD

I am going to be installing a Linux desktop onto an SSD drive soon, and I have started to research. If you have done this already and found something you needed to do that was not documented, please drop me a line.

My aim is to setup my Intel i3 Mini-ITX system with a Linux Desktop install (Ubuntu probably) and eventually drop in some more storage, since the case and motherboard could handle 4 more SATA devices, not including the optical and SSD boot drive.

Figured I could end up running for additional storage, services and desktop environment for doing other tasks like maybe get VMware Workstation going so I can run my existing virtual machines.

The current duties it does that requires Windows will move onto a laptop I will purchase at the end of this month, or early next month.

Plumbing issue now resolved

Today my step dad and I fixed a problem I discovered post the new pergola slab going in. Days after the area was cleared, I noticed a lot of water near the tap and thought my wife must of over watered the lawn.

Post the slab being done it was more noticeable when pergola installer cut the downpipe. i.e no water came out of the live pipes. Since these should contain water since it goes to a tank. Thought the collar (reducer from 90mm to 100mm pipe) had come off, as it had once before.

We cut out the pipe, and when we put a torch down the water was actually below the point of the collars, which meant the leak was lower.

Dug out the side to access pipe and I immediately spotted the problem. It appears the 45 degree elbow that was under the concrete slab must of been knocked during excavation of the slab area I imagine and this split it on the inside of the elbow. It was so split that it was nearly around the whole pipe diameter. It had else caused some soil to erode around it too. Every time it rained, the system would need to load up, and post rain the system would unload all that water into the rear out this split. No wonder the ground was so wet post rain.

Didn’t take and pictures of the split, as I was too covered in mud to get a camera. However did capture the picture below showing out fix, as you can see not a bad job. Loaded up the down pipes and no leaks. So win for us.

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Now I can get on to the next jobs around the house and yard. So much still to do. Will continue to take pictures. Have another low spot where I am going to lay a surface drain and some arg line/pipe to help stop the area from pooling with water (where the trampoline use to be)

 

New PC laptop purchase

I was going to build up another mini-ITX desktop, however the more I look at it I am better off buying one of those Dell Outlet Inspirion laptops. As  I end up getting a PC that can be used as a desktop replacement and doesn’t need any more hardware purchased. i.e. keyboard/mouse/monitor. So I am monitoring the outlet site the past week watching what Intel i3 Third generation systems come up and the prices.

The PC laptop will probably run Windows 7 x64 Home (or Windows 8.1 if my work VPN finally ends up supporting it). While my existing mini-ITX desktop (i3/16gb ram) will probably be converted to a Ubuntu desktop, so I can implement lxc containers again and some other workload on it. Really want to get tvheadend setup on it and plug in the USB tuner I was using with my Raspberry Pi. Remember the post here, about that?

If I get some time this weekend one evening going to install a temporary hard disk into my desktop and do a Ubuntu 12.04.4 install and do some messing about to ensure the hardware all detects fine and resolution of monitors works fine. The system uses an Intel HD 4000 onboard, so I hope accelerated video works or that could be a problem.

Looking to purchase the laptop the end of this month or early next month.

Harold Ramis RIP

Was sad to hear in the news today that Harold Ramis has died. Still not that old either. Will always remember him from Ghostbusters.

Random Yard Pictures

Just a few random pictures from our yard, the garden as per previous photos is still a work in progress. You’ll notice the new position of the trampoline for now, so we can give the lawn a break for a while.

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Trampoline killing lawn

We had to move the kids trampoline on the weekend as it was killing the lawn, and the area we had it in was very limited in how/where we could move it to give the lawn a chance to recover.

You’ll see what I mean from the photo below;

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