23 September 2010

It has been a while

I haven't posted in a while because i have been busy as hell. September 1 we closed on our new house. We found "Our Dream Home". It has 2,150 square feet, two car over sized garage that fits my Dually, a 20' x 40' carport, a 16' x 16' carport, a 30' x 18' carport, a 30' x 40' shop, two acres and a stocked pond.

It is 3 miles from the city limits so we are in the country but to far out. I can ride my 4-wheeler or whatever now and not get harassed. The landowners actually own the road. The law can't do shit about it.

The other night i took the rhino to go check the mail. A couple of neighbors were drinking cold beer in the garage and flagged me down. A couple hours later i tried to find my drunk way home and forgot i had lights on the rhino. Life is good!!

The pond is about 60' diameter and was dug to a depth of 14'. we estimate that it is about 9' deep now. The water was crystal clear and you could see the bottom. It had an overgrowth of algae growing beneath the surface which really interferes with my fishing so i decided it was time for the algae to go.

I go down to the coop and they have this copper sulfate to kill the algae. I read the directions and estimated the water volume of the pond. I guess i put too much of the chemicals in the pond because now the water is no longer clear and it smells awful. Freakin algae is ruining my pond.

So i figure since i am a man of exceptional talent for coming up with presidential fixes, i decided to invent a tool to remove the algae. I call it Ray's algae grappler. I built it out of square tubing and it is 24" x 30" and i welded 3" long rebar to it. It looks like a small spring harrow that i tied a rope to and can throw out into the pond. When i pull it in, it rakes up a butt load of algae. Excellent tool but it requires a lot of labor.

Once i get the place cleaned up i will post some pics. I have already hauled off three 16' trailer loads of scrap metal and burned tons of trash. Now i have to trim some trees because the previous owner didn't maintain them.

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