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What did you do this weekend?

As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their weekend. Did you make any plans? Take a trip? Do nothing at all? Tell us about it!

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  1. [4]
    aphoenix
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    Friday afternoon I purchased some beer from a local brewery for pickup, but I accidentally chose delivery. I phoned to make a change and didn't get an answer, but since I had to run some other...

    Friday afternoon I purchased some beer from a local brewery for pickup, but I accidentally chose delivery. I phoned to make a change and didn't get an answer, but since I had to run some other errands (groceries, grass seed, gasoline) I just stopped by the brewery to see if they'd give me the order, or to pick up a six pack to tide me over until the order shipped. They gave me the order, no problem, except I noticed that there were seven extra beers in the order after I got home. When I called to point this out, they said "no problem, enjoy." The next day, they delivered the order onto my lawn. I called to ask how to pay for it, and left a message, but I imagine I was garbled, because the result that I got was they refunded me the $10 for delivery because I had picked up the beer. The manager did end up calling me back and we laughed and worked it out; I now have a tab to come in and pay off at my leisure, along with about a six month supply of beer, since I generally don't drink much. As a result, I drank more beer this weekend than the entire rest of the year put together (that's only 5 beers) and I feel a little gross this morning. Not hungover, just fat.

    On Saturday, I delivered some stuff to my parents, who are very serious about isolation - when we go to their house, we stay 20 ft away, and don't go inside. I brought my two younger kids with me, and their bikes, and a disc golf basket. There was bike riding and disc golfing - we're playing with the idea of putting in a 9 hole course at my parent's house, and we played a couple of test holes with my travel basket. My dad has had some awful arthritis in his hands lately, and he had a half dozen different things that he needed me to do for him, so I helped with the lawn, rototilled the garden beds, clipped some tree branches, set up the pool filter, and more. When I got home, I found that our lawn mower had decided to stop working - they just don't make 'em like they used to, I can't believe this one stopped working after just 35 years - and I went out and bought a lawn mower and mowed the lawn. Then I dove back into Elite Dangerous and played for a couple of hours. I bought a new ship, leaning into the trade aspect of the game. it worked out fairly well; though I'm certainly still a beginner, I made a couple of million credits in an hour by focusing on trade and "freebie" courier quests.

    On Sunday my son and I went to the newly re-opened disc golf park near our house and played a (terrible for me, ended +5) round, then we went to our friend's 40th birthday parade, where we stayed in our van across the road and yelled pleasantries at their family for 10 minutes. Then we did yard work for most of the rest of the day until we stopped to play Road Tennis with the kids in the evening. Sunday night my wife and I had "date night"; we ordered dinner from one of our favourite local restaurants and watched a movie - Red Sparrow, about Russian Sex Spies starring Jennifer Lawrence. The movie was okay, the food was great, and the company was best.

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      Overzeetop
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      Man, I wish my in-laws were more serious. My FIL had a 3x bypass last year with pulmonary complications, but he's a social butterfly. My MIL would sit inside and watch HGTV all day unless you told...

      Man, I wish my in-laws were more serious. My FIL had a 3x bypass last year with pulmonary complications, but he's a social butterfly. My MIL would sit inside and watch HGTV all day unless you told her she couldn't go out, in which case she has a compulsive need to go shopping. We caught them walking the aisles of the local big-box lumber store because "they were bored and there are so many interesting things to look at". We've stopped doing the shopping for them because suspect they've been doing it themselves and are just making up things on a list for us to get for them.

      If you want a "friendly face" in the galaxy, shoot a FR to Grey Top in Elite. I'm not on all that frequently these days, but you never know. I'm about 1/2 solo and 1/2 open, but will jump into US or EU Mobius group if I see someone I know there.

      5 votes
      1. aphoenix
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        My in-laws are also not particularly serious, and my FIL has also had heart troubles, and is the sort of person who needs to take these things seriously. My MIL is the sort of person who will...

        My in-laws are also not particularly serious, and my FIL has also had heart troubles, and is the sort of person who needs to take these things seriously. My MIL is the sort of person who will admonish someone for not following the guidelines while fragrantly flouting the guidelines, so we're just only spending time with them virtually; no visits, because they get upset if we won't go in their house, or won't let them in our house.

        I will send you a FR once I figure out how to do so. I'm an infrequent player as well, though I only play open right now. I don't see a lot of people though; I think I'm pretty small time in my Asp, so nobody really pays me much bother.

        4 votes
    2. Icarus
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      Sounds like a pretty awesome weekend!

      Sounds like a pretty awesome weekend!

      2 votes
  2. [2]
    hungariantoast
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    It took me a bit over two weeks, but I managed to get running the two ATVs that I recently bought. The first ATV was a relative breeze. I planned on rebuilding its carburetor and master cylinder,...

    It took me a bit over two weeks, but I managed to get running the two ATVs that I recently bought.

    The first ATV was a relative breeze. I planned on rebuilding its carburetor and master cylinder, but ended up having to just outright replace both parts. After taking the carb apart, I found that it was by far the dirtiest carb I had ever seen. Several of its internal parts, as well as the actual cylinder of the master cylinder, were corroded and completely seized.

    So yeah, I had to just replace those. It cost a bit of money (OEM parts aren't cheap), but I shouldn't ever have to buy new ones again.

    After I installed the new carb and replaced the old ATV battery, I decided to try and start the ATV. I had already taken the gas tank off and it was currently soaking, trying to clean out all the old gas and debris from inside of it, so I just placed a clear tube over the carburetor's fuel intake port, put a little bit of gas in the tube, and tried to start the ATV.

    It fired right up and idled for about thirty seconds before it "drank" all the fuel in the tube. Thankfully, for a machine that had sat unused for several years, it sounded fine at idle.

    After that, I only had a few other things to do before I could take the ATV for a test ride. I washed out the gas tank, and installed a brand new petcock valve. The old one, as well as the old fuel gauge, were extremely corroded and brittle. They crumbled in my hand as I extracted them from the tank. Unfortunately, fuel gauges for this ATV are expensive, so right now I have to actually take the cap off the tank and check the fuel level myself. Not the end of the world.

    Right, so wash the tank, install the new petcock, install the master cylinder, replace the spark plug, and we're ready to ride.

    I took it around the neighborhood for a few laps and it did fine. The ATV has an "electronic shift" transmission. I was really worried that it was not going to work, but it performed just fine around the neighborhood. I also took the ATV into a field where a school had once been (since demolished), and ran it through some ditches and what not. I thought the suspension felt a bit soft, and the tires definitely need to be replaced, but it was fine overall.

    The final concern I had was that the cooling fan never came on while I rode the ATV around. The temperature warning light (which I know works) never came on either. Maybe it just did not get hot enough? It's something that I still need to test.

    So yeah, first ATV runs and rides just fine. I still need to test the cooling fan, replace the tires, and replace all the fluids before it's ready to hit the trails, but that will all be done tomorrow and hopefully this weekend I will go riding with friends. Before then, I would also like to take a closer look at the suspension just to make sure nothing is busted, and might go ahead and replace some of those parts anyways. I'm also going to remove and check the angle sensor, gears, and other bits that make up the electronic shift system. The little gears the system uses are notorious for chipping off and I don't feel like having to use a hand lever to shift gears while miles into the woods on a hot Texas day. I might try to go ahead and just replace all those parts as well.

    Overall though, for being a $500 ATV that was delivered to me, I'm ecstatic.

    The second ATV, which I only got running a few days ago and test rode yesterday, took a bit more work. I basically did everything to it that I had done to the first ATV, except on this one I was able to rebuild the carburetor instead of having to replace it. I also had to rebuild or replace pretty much the entire brake system, since several parts were missing.

    Unfortunately though, this ATV did not start when I hooked it up to a battery. There ended up being a few electrical issues, including fuses that needed to be replaced, a wire that had been snapped (or chewed) apart that I had to trace and replace, as well as several contacts that had to be cleaned.

    In the end though, I think I got everything squared away. I finally got it started and took it for a test ride yesterday. Like with the first ATV, aside from having to replace tires and fluids, I think it's more or less ready to hit the trails as well.


    So yeah, pretty much done with both ATVs. Hopefully this weekend I will get to take one of them on some trails, and hopefully it won't fall apart on me.

    As for future plans, my father had actually expressed interest in doing an engine tear down and frame off restoration of each ATV, one at a time, in order to really get every single piece of them squared away. I'm not opposed to that, but I'll also be starting a summer semester of college next Monday, so I don't know how much time I will have to actually commit to a restoration.

    8 votes
    1. Icarus
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      Really jealous of that deal and your proximity to ATV trails. I have been missing the days when I used to ride a dirt bike all day.

      Really jealous of that deal and your proximity to ATV trails. I have been missing the days when I used to ride a dirt bike all day.

      2 votes
  3. [5]
    skybrian
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    I finally recorded a clean version of Tragos Amargo and put it on YouTube and now I can go on to other things.

    I finally recorded a clean version of Tragos Amargo and put it on YouTube and now I can go on to other things.

    7 votes
    1. aphoenix
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      That sounded great! Thanks for sharing. I should get an accordion.

      That sounded great! Thanks for sharing.

      I should get an accordion.

      2 votes
    2. [3]
      blitz
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      Playing both the melody part and the accompaniment and keeping (relatively) in time is one of the things I'm struggling with most while learning guitar right now. You seem to have it down; good job!

      Playing both the melody part and the accompaniment and keeping (relatively) in time is one of the things I'm struggling with most while learning guitar right now. You seem to have it down; good job!

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      1. [2]
        skybrian
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        Thanks! Playing different things with each hand is indeed one of the tricky parts of learning accordion - it's similar to piano that way. Though, it's easier to start getting impressive results...

        Thanks!

        Playing different things with each hand is indeed one of the tricky parts of learning accordion - it's similar to piano that way. Though, it's easier to start getting impressive results with an accordion than with piano due to the chord buttons.

        I'm not sure what you mean for guitar? I've learned to play chords on a ukulele and I can see playing lead but both seems hard?

        1 vote
  4. [4]
    Overzeetop
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    Finished a project that I started two years ago. Part of my lazy-not-lazy series where I make a ten minute task into a five minute task by spending a hundred hours making the process more...

    Finished a project that I started two years ago. Part of my lazy-not-lazy series where I make a ten minute task into a five minute task by spending a hundred hours making the process more efficient.

    This biennium's completion: pressure washer for the car. To save the time of dragging out the washer and having to put it away, I bought one that could be disassembled from it's frame and mounted on the wall of my garage. With 3D printed brackets. And a modified reel because the one that came with the washer is really, really bad. Then ran a dedicated hose line to it. And added an in-line instant water heater. Which meant running power to the spot, but I didn't have a panel in the right place so I had to run a new sub-panel. With conduit through a 12" thick masonry wall.

    No, I didn't get around to washing the car.

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      aphoenix
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      One of my plans was for pressure washing this weekend, but I never got my dad's washer started, even with some fire starter to help it along. I think it just wasn't getting a spark, but I got too...

      One of my plans was for pressure washing this weekend, but I never got my dad's washer started, even with some fire starter to help it along. I think it just wasn't getting a spark, but I got too frustrated to really deal with it, so I just delivered it back to him instead. I think I'm going to be renting one, though I've thought about purchasing an electric one instead since I anticipate washing things twice a year, and this brings me to the part where my comment actually becomes relevant to your story, which is what PSI is yours? I feel like the one my dad has (which is ~3500 psi) would just strip the paint off my car if I tried to wash with it.

      2 votes
      1. [2]
        Overzeetop
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        It's a SunJoe 4001x - maybe 2100psi? Got it for <$150, maybe as a refurb, and it's got a Low and High setting. Low is great for the cars, High is good for light house work, small wood decks, and...

        It's a SunJoe 4001x - maybe 2100psi? Got it for <$150, maybe as a refurb, and it's got a Low and High setting. Low is great for the cars, High is good for light house work, small wood decks, and light cleaning of concrete and masonry.

        For cleaning off the deck and large/dirty masonry gasoline is the way to go. I've got an old Craftsman that's ~3200-3400 psi. It let's me use a wider tip to get more work done and scrape the really tough lichen off the brick on the north side of the house. A good electric will work (something better than my SunJoe), but it'll probably cost as much as a gasoline. Look at flow+pressure. In that way they're like leaf blowers - 200MPH doesn't help you if you're only moving 150CFM.

        3 votes
        1. aphoenix
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          Awesome, thanks for the advice! It's much appreciated. I'm thinking for now I'm going to just rent one (unless my dad gets his to actually start), but I'll continue to look for one that suits my...

          Awesome, thanks for the advice! It's much appreciated. I'm thinking for now I'm going to just rent one (unless my dad gets his to actually start), but I'll continue to look for one that suits my needs.

          2 votes
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    DanBC
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    I slowly built an incandescent rage about the behaviour of Dominic Cummings and the moral and ethical failures of the shit show of UK government who failed to reign him in.

    I slowly built an incandescent rage about the behaviour of Dominic Cummings and the moral and ethical failures of the shit show of UK government who failed to reign him in.

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  6. mrbig
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    I don’t even know what are weekends anymore. The days are the same and I think I’m going crazy.

    I don’t even know what are weekends anymore. The days are the same and I think I’m going crazy.

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  7. acdw
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    I wrote a gemini browser in bash and felt generally bad, mentally. Went on a hike Sunday which was really nice though!

    I wrote a gemini browser in bash and felt generally bad, mentally. Went on a hike Sunday which was really nice though!

    1 vote
  8. Kuromantis
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    Following @Tygrak's rant about how he has already cramped his muscles/unhinged his joints at 25 from sleeping on his stomach I tried to sleep up and it worked. ...Now that I think of it though, he...

    Following @Tygrak's rant about how he has already cramped his muscles/unhinged his joints at 25 from sleeping on his stomach I tried to sleep up and it worked.

    ...Now that I think of it though, he never said he was certain about the cause of his problems so I probably shouldn't act like he is and take it as advice.

    1 vote