Tuesday, October 15, 2019

It Slices, It Dices

It probably even makes julienne fries, though I wouldn't recommend it.

Long story short: my free saw arrived today. Yay!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

There's more than one way to do it

I like to keep a minimal patch kit on every bike I ride, or at least the ones I ride any distance away from home (so the BMX gets a pass). At one point I'd been using an under-saddle bag to hold these goodies, but over time it got old and faded and it never really held things securely and rattle-free. So given that, I decided to explore different options and ended up with 3 different solutions for 3 different bikes.

First up: Purple Haze.

The tool roll under the saddle is perhaps the most classic solution for road bikes, and so I bought 3 different tool rolls to test out which one I liked the most. I'm glad I got more than one as they seem to be of highly variable design quality.

One was from SKS, which is a fairly highly regarded european cycling accessories brand. The tool roll was, somewhat curiously, designed to fit under the handlebars rather than the saddle, and despite its fairly large size it was incapable of holding even a bare essential set of tools before becoming too bulky to properly roll up. Total fail.

I had more success with the Lezyne tool roll, as you can see from its place securely strapped under the saddle. However, it too suffered from a mild lack of space, and I wasn't able to include a CO2 inflator without the roll getting too bulky. Luckily I run fairly low pressures on this bike so it's not too difficult to pump up by hand. (You can see the purple mini-pump just behind the bottle cage on the down tube)

So with that bike down, it's on to the next: Blackbirb.

For this bike, an under-saddle solution wasn't a good option as the motion of the dropper post would put the tool roll/pouch/bag/whatever too close to the rear tire when the saddle was in the low position. For a while I was running a small frame bag that I designed and sewed myself, but there were a few features I wasn't happy with (mostly that it didn't mount tightly enough to not rattle against the frame) that lead me to the thought of either taking another shot at designing a new one, or going for an off-the-shelf solution. The latter won out and I got this Dakine down tube pouch.

That's not to say that the pouch was without its own flaws. The designers had intended for it to hold a pair of CO2 canisters, a MTB-sized tube, and some tire levers stuffed in the elastic sides. I personally have no use for tire levers, and instead opted to put a multi-tool in the elastic sides, but since a multi-tool is bulkier and heavier than a set of tire levers it seemed likely that it would slip out the open bottom of the elastic strap. Thankfully the strap was close enough to the bottom edge of the pouch that I could just stitch the two together, and now my multi-tool is safe and sound and well restrained.

This all came together to make a nice solution for my mountain bike, but due to road bikes being a bit more slender it wouldn't work on my third bike: Dirty Dozen.

When I bought the tool rolls, I actually bought three of them all at once to decide which pleased me the most. The Lezyne was good enough to stick on Purple Haze, the SKS was a bit of a dud, and this final one, a Camelbak, did the best job of holding a full set of roadside repair tools (multi-tool, tube, patch kit, CO2 inflator). The downside of this one, however, was that it didn't have a proper strap to hold it to the underside of the saddle, so I decided to try out a standalone downtube strap (in this case a "Granite Rockstrap") for securing the tool roll.

At first I tried strapping it under the saddle and it worked ok-ish there, but the buckle that held the tool roll closed kept the strap a bit off center and it was difficult to position it in the perfect spot. So I did a little experimenting and found that just under the down tube was the perfect position for it (above the downtube between the pedals wasn't an option as the tool roll was slightly too wide and would interfere with the chainrings).

Barring some unforeseen mishaps with these solutions, I think I'm pretty sorted for on-bike storage at this point. Now I just need to find the time to actually go out riding...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A Pale Reflection of Former Glories

Or maybe it's just a lighted, magnifying mirror. One of the two. I'm at home sick with a mild cold today so I decided to install this mirror I got off Amazon to cover a little patch of chipped paint on the wall.

Can't see that chip anymore!

A battery powered version (and there are many available) might have had a slightly cleaner installation, but given I almost never plug anything in to the outlet here I figured having a cord draped across the wall a little ways was a fair tradeoff for never having to change batteries.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Two-gang Done Right

Wiring multiple outlets in a single box? Save yourself some time and headache with a little advance preparation.

A little bit more power

In my pursuit of juicing up my server to act as my security camera processing box, I decided to pop in an upgraded video card. In theory, if everything goes to plan, this should allow me to encode video and run image processing and ML algorithms much more efficiently than trying to do it on the CPU.

Of course, what I didn't count on when ordering the video card is that it would be too long to fit into the existing case, and that furthermore I would need a new power supply with the right connectors for the auxiliary power inputs on it. Cue another trip to Amazon and...

Now my server is much larger. It's quite nice having so much space inside to work on stuff, for the rare occasions that I'll be digging around in there to work on stuff. The important part is that the RTX2070 card fits inside with room to spare.

Amusingly I went for a 1kw power supply just for the sake of making damn sure I'd have enough dancing pixies to keep the magic smoke contained, and after powering the system on and checking the display on my UPS, I'm only using about 100w at idle. I think I've got a little headroom left over.

Now I just have to get all the software to actually talk with the video card. Also peel off the protective plastic once I shove it into its final location in my crafts room.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Letting the Sparks Fly

... Or trying not to, as the case may be. Today's project was repairing a loose outlet. Why was it loose? Well, when it was originally installed the workers put in a 4x4 bakelite junction box in the wall, used the space to join a bunch of wires together because why not, and then put a bakelite mud ring on top to mount an outlet to. Bakelite is, of course, quite brittle, so obviously it's the material of choice for something that people will regularly smack into.

Somehow they didn't see that coming. it's a good thing they don't make 'em like they used to. And here's the mess that was hidden inside:

Naturally all the wires were cut way too short, and many of them were spliced in questionable ways, so before I could install the old-work box I had to clean things up and extend them all. That was a fun time.

It's a good thing crimp butt splice connectors exist. If you're wondering why there's two different sizes, it's because this old style romex uses an undersized ground wire. And since they don't make a splice that fits both 12 and 14ga wire, I not only had to use two different sizes of splices, but also go out and buy some 14ga wire.

Anyway, after the usual amount of struggling and cussing I got the new box in, a pair of outlets wired up, and everything buttoned up nicely once more.

Job well done.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hiding in the Walls

Today I decided to rewire the ethernet drops that go to the craft room and, since it shares the same wall, the guest bedroom (which is still entirely devoid of furniture, but never mind that). I wanted to rewire them for two reasons. Firstly, they were obviously installed by someone who had no idea what they were doing, as the wiring on the keystone jacks was hilariously sloppy and the RJ45 terminations on the other end had an inch of bare wires behind the plug.

So I remove the faceplate on one side of the wall and start disassembling the sloppy work. I'd had this plate off once before to inspect the state of things, and at the time noticed some odd items inside the wall: what looked like a piece of fabric, perhaps a glove, some folded up pieces of paper, etc, but I didn't pay much attention to them as it looked like a work glove and probably the instructions for how to wire an ethernet jack.

Oh how wrong I was.

I figured I might as well clean out the detritus, and the first thing I discovered was that what I assumed was a glove was, instead, a jacket off of a doll. Weird. Continuing to dig revealed other odd items: a piece of a toy golf club, a valentine's card from someone's grandmother, an empty packet of Certs, a painted piece of metal that looked like it was a part of a toy at one point, some handwritten notes about bending sheet metal. Then things got weirder.

A torn magazine page featuring pinups of Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson.

About 14 pages of inkjet printouts of scantily clad ladies.

A pair of women's panties with a wallet-sized photo stapled to them.

A sock.



Anyway, pulling the new wires turned out to be a bit of an adventure. I bought some pre-terminated ethernet cables to save a bit of fuss and as it turned out the hole drilled at the top of the wall wasn't quite big enough to fit the RJ45 plugs through, so I had to very carefully drill a second hole beside the first so I could squeeze them past. Then I decided I'd probably need even more space for the next pair of cables and, well, let's say I guess I got greedy. I managed not to nick the cables drilling the first hole, but the second one wasn't so lucky and I managed to completely sever one of the old cables (no big deal) and nick both of the new cables I'd already pulled (annoying, but luckily I have RJ45 ends and crimper, and the damage was maybe only 3 feet from the end of the cable, so it wasn't a total loss to have to re-terminate them).

Anyway, I had to resort to using a fish tape to pull the second pair of cables, which worked out ok. Would have been nice to use the old cable but it was no longer fit for even that purpose. Interestingly, when I pulled the remains of that one out of the wall I found that it suffered some sort of damage part way down and had been folded over and wrapped with electrical tape for some bizarre reason.

Needless to say I'm glad I got rid of all that mess. I just have a bit of electrical to fix in the guest room (one of the electrical boxes is broken, so I need to chip out its remains and replace it with an old work box) and then I can move my server into the craft room and not have it sitting in the middle of the main living area.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Big Brother is Watching

So I got a free TV and let me tell you it's worth every penny. It actually works fine I just didn't know that companies were still making 720p sets in this, the year of our lord Two Thousand and Nineteen.

I'm basically planning to use it for running a live display from my security camera once I get things a bit more set up, and finally put my ChromeBit back to use.

I was originally planning to buy a large touchscreen panel and get a little fancier with the UI so I could review previous events and so on, but it just so happens that I refinanced my house and got this TV as a "free mortgage gift" as part of the process. Story time:

When I originally bought my house and got the mortgage I was given a code to plug into a website to select one "free" gift from a variety of merchandise that you might expect to find on offer from such a program. Most of it was crap but there were a few half-decent tools to pick from, and eventually I narrowed it down to either a portable bandsaw or a 10 inch miter saw. A bit of contemplation later and I put the porta-band in my cart and went on living my life.

Fast forward to my refi and I get the email with a code again, and I get excited at the prospect of being able to pick up the 10 inch miter saw, only to find that this time the selection is much more limited, with maybe only 8 products in total being offered and most of them of lower value. So I'm like "oh, I guess they don't offer the fancier catalog when you refi, only when you purchase" and I figure I might as well grab the incredibly low-end TV set to use for my security cam display because why not.

Then a day or two later I get another email with a different code and a slightly different "congratulations" pitch mentioning that because of some corp perk with Google I'm entitled to a fancier gift, and punching in the code leads me to the full catalog I recognized from the first time around. So I dig in, find the 10 inch miter saw and hit the order button.

I guess I'm getting two "free" gifts!

Roses are Red

Something something violets something.

Tossed some fertilizer in and pinched off some leaves with a bit of fungus and suddenly everything bloomed at once. Roses are hungry buggers.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

These Boots Aren't Made For Walking

But they are made for motorcycling, and currently they're my only pair so designated. This made it a bit awkward when one of the buckles ate its springs and became a bit limp.

There was still plenty of velcro to keep it on my foot and the buckle still technically worked, just not as well as it was designed to. Luckily the replacement part wasn't too difficult to find, and also came in an assortment of colors. Seeing as the boots are black with a few red accents, I decided to coordinate.

Looks good, works good, everything is as it should be!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Now with 10% less hantavirus

Finally got around to taking down a bit more of the rickety shelving in the garage.

It's not much but it's something. Also patched up the drywall a bit (though eventually I'm going to rip it down so I can stuff insulation in the walls). The drywall tape was actually peeling off of the joint between the panels, so I replaced it with the fiberglass mesh style which shouldn't have that problem. I'm not going to bother patching up the dog-eaten bits by the vent until I redo the walls.

I also took the opportunity to vacuum up some of the mouse turds from the shelf above the garage door, and clear away some of the old pop cans that had been tossed up there. One of the cans was a coke can from the 1996 olympics so that'll give you an idea of how long it was collecting dust. (No, it's not worth any money)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

It's Life, Jim But Not As We Know It

Looks like the seedling tray system is working well, I've already got a few sprouts popping up!

They're a few days early too, they're supposed to take 7-10 days to germinate but I saw the first signs of sprouting only 4 days after I started them. I guess that's a good sign that I'm doing something right!

As an aside, I wanted to check the exact phrasing for the quote in the title of the post, only to discover that it's not actually a quote from Star Trek itself, but instead from a parody song Star Trekkin'. Who knew?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

A Test Run

I decided to saddle up on Dirty Dozen and put a few miles on it to see what cycling to and from work would be like from my new house.

Northbound, southbound.

The answer: not bad, but it'll take a bit more time out of the day than I'd like. Most importantly, I wouldn't be able to make it to the office by 9am if I woke up at my usual time of 7am, and waking up earlier would likely fuck up my sleep schedule a bit too much.

Also the flat tire on the way back wasn't too awesome. Picked up a nail while coming into Saratoga. Real nice of the construction folks to actually secure cargo in the back of their ratty, broken-down pickup trucks.

Anyway, flat tires aside, it's a little over 1.5 hours wall time each way. The question now is whether I could trim that down significantly with an e-bike (class 3 so I can get boosted up to 28mph), enough so that I could roll into work at the usual time? Though for the moment the question is largely academic as e-road bikes (as opposed to the annoying flat-bar commuter bikes) are still in the early days and priced well above what I'd want to spend on a speculative buy.

I guess we'll see what the future brings in the next few years. Until then, I'll be enjoying my motorcycles.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Greenest Thumb

A little water, some warm sunlight, and a week and a half later thousands of seedlings are poking their first leaves up out of the ground.

Unfortunately I only planted hundreds of seeds, and if my math degree prepared me at all for this situation I'm pretty sure that means that most if not all of these are weeds.

So, take two, let's try a different approach.

Friday, September 6, 2019


My back yard was apparently visited by some birds today. No idea what kind, apparently the type that poops a lot.

Got out the hose and gave everything a quick scrub and...

... well, I guess that's going to save me some sanding on the table. Good thing it's on the list for refinishing. The refinished chairs (4/6 done) stood up to the scrubbing quite nicely.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Seeds Of Evil

Got myself some yarrow seeds on a lark to pretty up some of the blank dirt up behind my retaining wall.

These seeds are incredibly tiny. The photo doesn't really do it justice.

Anyway, planted them up this afternoon, and I'm hoping those popsicle sticks I used as markers don't end up being tiny seed tombstones. But if they do I've got plenty more seeds to try again I guess.

The irrigation isn't terribly functional. It's got some emitters but most of them seem to be some combination of clogged or broken, so I'll probably pull them out and install some lengths of drip line instead. In the mean time I'm watering manually with the hose.

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Mysteries Of Life

Me, owner of a set-back thermostat, sitting at home on a holiday Monday afternoon enjoying the late summer sun pouring in through the windows: Hmm, why's it so warm in here?

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Turning Over A New Leaf

So there's this shrub of some description in my back yard. Ugly as sin, mutilated with poor pruning and basically just weedy and leafbare.

When I moved in I took a "wait and see" approach to it to see if it might leaf out and redeem itself, but it remained looking basically like this the whole time, with just a few leaves and some tiny purple flowers. As the weeks turned into months I hatched a plan to replace it with this leftover... uh, no idea what it is but it's a neat looking plant.

It had just been sitting in this container since I moved in. There's a bunch of similar plants in the front yard and I imagine the former owners had some sort of plan for it, but my plan was simple: stick it in the hole in the ground I was about to make ripping out the ugly, weedy shrub.

Looks quite nice there, I must say. The digging was quite hard work as the soil here is pretty miserable hard-packed gravel and clay. If ever I find myself with the urge to redo the landscaping, I'll be sure to bring in a few truckloads of compost to amend the soil.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Yearly Obligations

I've made it a bit of a goal to, at least once or year, bike a century and bike up the BOB. Today I checked one of those off the list for 2019.

I'm going to go lay down for a little while.

Run A Mile In My Shoes

I managed to run a full mile non-stop yesterday. Now I just have to do that 25.2 more times and I'll  have achieved a marathon... Might take a while.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

A Stitch In Time Saves Having To Use Duct Tape

As mentioned previously, Scooty-Puff Sr has been sitting in bad bike jail for a bit due to a tear in the seat that I wanted to properly repair. Also because it's been stupid hot lately and all the wind protection on the bike tends to broil you in the heat.

Most folks would either ignore this until it became a bigger problem or apply an ugly layer of duct tape to try to "fix" it. Or both. Not me, though, I would much rather fix it properly.

So, out comes the needle and thread!

The stitching went pretty well. I just happened to have a curved needle and lots of high strength black thread in my box of supplies so I didn't even need to buy anything new for this job. The results speak for themselves, I think.

The fabric doesn't lay perfectly flat but given where the repair is it's pretty much invisible. Hopefully this fix will last another 6 years at least.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A Good Hike

Took a hike with the gang up to Mt El Sombroso. About 6 miles out and the same distance back, the strava profile is a bit messed up thanks to a few GPS glitches.

The weather was perfect though and we got out early enough to beat the afternoon heat. That said there was a bit of attrition during the hike, with Hall bailing out near the start due to explosive diarrhea, and Sid and Tyler both checking out about a quarter mile from the top due to exhaustion. Only Brad and myself made it to the top, and everyone made it back out as a group (except Hall who just bailed and went home).

Despite the attrition everyone seemed pretty happy with their performance. Well, except Hall maybe.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Garage Lighting Phase 3

So with the installation of a third outlet box the interior lighting is now complete. Huzzah!

So now all 6 lights are active instead of just 5 of them. I still have a few items left to do, such as wiring in some external lights and replacing the 14/2 wiring down to the switch with some 12/3 so that I can control the garage door opener and extension cord spool separately from the (motion-activated) interior lights and (motion-activated, not yet installed) exterior lights.

In other news Scooty-Puff Sr is in jail temporarily while I deal with a small tear in the seat before it becomes a big tear in the seat.

Shouldn't be too much fuss, just gotta get in there and stitch it up.

I also went ahead and cleaned the seats in the van with some upholstery cleaner. Got a bunch of dirt out but it's still possibly not 100% clean. It's kind of hard to tell with the sun shining on it since the light tends to mask some of the dirt. No photos of this, just picture mostly-clean van seats in your mind's eye. I believe in you, you can do it!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Vole Hole?

What a curious discovery in the boulevard today.

It's a bit small for a gopher hole and there's no dirt piled up around the hole so it was dug from below rather than from above. I've never seen another like it so I haven't a clue where the other end(s) of it might be. How very peculiar.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

My rear end is sealed

Got the seals replaced in Orthrus from the transmission on back. Took a bit of time in the shop since it's a pretty old bike and they didn't have all the tools and so on they needed to do things and had to buy/make some stuff. But it's all wrapped up now and it's good to have the whole gang back together again. Hopefully it won't be dripping any more oil onto the driveway now.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Miraculously Restored

This morning I decided that I was tired of dealing with the flattened foam in the driver's seat of the pedovan. Over the years of people sliding over the side of the seat to get in and out, the foam had been crushed and flattened to a shape entirely unbefitting a posterior of refined taste such as my own.

After a bit of muddling with some bolts and screws, I was miraculously able to refurbish the seat to look almost like new again!

... by, of course, swapping it out with the passenger seat base.

The good news is that nobody ever sits in the passenger seat, and those who do should be thankful to be chauffeured around in the first place and not whine that the seat foam isn't to their satisfaction.

I was a little bit tempted to swap the backs too, but because the upholstery is asymmetric (there's a hole on one side that the arm rest goes through) it would have been a bit more involved as I'd have to skin the seat, swap the foams, then re-stuff them and that's honestly just a bit too much work.

While I was poking at stuff I noticed that I was getting a bit of rust along the lower edge of the passenger side door. Upon closer inspection I discovered that the sealant along the seam of where the lower part of the outer door skin is folded over the inner door stamping had failed, and was trapping condensation water that would normally drain out the weep holes at the bottom of the door. I gave it a quick hit with a cup wheel to knock off the old sealant, loose paint and corrosion, and smeared on some silicone to keep the water from collecting there again.

At some point I'll pick up a can of white rustoleum or something to add a layer of protection over the bare metal there, but given I live in California I'm not too worried about the rust progressing much before I get around to that.

There's a bit of rust staining on the outside of the panel and I'm pondering what to do about it. I could leave it as is and just not care, or I could go through the trouble of sourcing some matching white paint, spraying up part of the body panel, sanding and buffing to blend it in, etc. It's a lot of work for a minor problem but I do have a bit of paint missing elsewhere on the van so I might end up going down that road eventually anyway.

But again: California, so I'm not in a big rush.

There's still plenty of stuff on my to-do list on the van. Still need to swap out the steering wheel, finish up the wiring from the aux battery to the inverter and the power ports that I mounted to the seat bases a while back, and of course build the bed/bench/shower/sink/whatever module that I've been cooking up in my head to make the rear pleasantly campable.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Shifting Perspectives

This piece looks important.

I guess that explains why Rabbit Season wasn't shifting right recently. Buttered it up with loctite and snugged it back down, so hopefully that'll be the last of that issue.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Laying Some Pipe

Or perhaps unlaying, as the case may be. I removed the last of the vestigial plumbing from the old garage sink (which I finally managed to get dispose of, as an aside) and replaced the shitty 30c hose bib washer connections with a fancy dual ball valve. Now I'm at least 93% more likely to switch the water off when I'm not using the washer (still never gonna happen).

Interestingly this plumbing will be somewhat short lived, as I'll eventually be relocating the washer and dryer to the west wall rather than the south wall, which will (along with replacing the hot water tank with a tankless and relocating it outside) eliminate the mess of pipes going across the stairs between the garage and the house. It's a bit absurd that they were ever there in the first place, but, well, I've learned not to ask too many questions about stuff like that.

I had, with completely unfounded optimism, assumed I could get this job done before lunch when the heat of the day would set in. Two issues prevented that, though. Firstly, this piping is at the low point of the system and I had a great deal of difficulty getting the water out of the pipes. The second, fairly minor, issue was an incomplete solder joint that happened on the valve connection for the hot water of all things. Luckily I caught that while it was still hissing air before the water reached that connection, and I was able to shut things down, re-drain the system, and re-sweat the connection without too much fuss.

In the end I managed to wrap things up by 12:30 completely covered in sweat, but a nice hot shower washed away those worries and I was still able to get a late lunch by 1:00pm. Did a load of laundry after that and everything performed flawlessly.

Feels good to have this project checked off, as it'd been on the list for a while now.

Take Off, Ya Hoser

Got some hose reels installed in the front and back. Front has a 100ft 3/4 inch hose and rear has a 50 foot 5/8 inch hose (5/8 is standard for garden hoses).

I went with the 3/4 hose in front because the longer length will tend to restrict the flow a bit more, and it wasn't much more expensive than the 5/8. It's nice to be able to actually water the plantings out front, though eventually I'd like to finish installing the automatic sprinklers that the previous owners had started... Eventually.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Time to Get Swole

Gave the UPS guy a workout, now it's my turn. At least, it will be once the bar arrives.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Take a long walk up a short hill

Saturday hosted another hike day, the first in a little while. The crew and I went to San Pedro Valley Park in Linda Mar to hoist our corpses to the top of Montara Mountain.

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Search for Stain

So my Ikea patio set was starting to look a bit worse for wear, so I decided to give it a little refurbishment. Since I had some wiping varnish kicking around I decided to give a hidden spot a little quick sanding and splash some on to see how it would look.

Answer: not too hot. This is unfortunate as I wanted to limit my sanding and refinishing to the spots that were actually showing wear, and not have to get into all the little nooks and crannies to make sure everything looked the same.

The good news is that Ikea sells the stain for this furniture set. So I go online to Ikea's website and check to see if the local store has it in stock, and the nearest location that I can get it is an Ikea in frikkin' Arizona. I think to myself "great, it probably has some chemical in it know to the state of California to cause cancer" and so they can't sell it here or some junk.

Just to be sure I drop by the Ikea after work and check to see if maybe it just had a different California-specific SKU or something, but after searching the shelves I can't even find a spot tagged for it, never mind any cans of it.

As a last ditch effort I check with one of the guys manning the "I'm totally lost and need to find something" terminals and he looks it up and is like "oh, you're out of luck, we don't have any. Next shipment of it says it should be here next week."

I wasn't so sure I believed him, but I drop in the week after, this past Thursday, and wouldn't you know it...

Fuckin' miracles!

Crap Flap

So my dryer vent was literally just a hole in the wall that, while it did have some metal trim around it, wasn't exactly much of a dryer vent. I'd bought a replacement vent right when I moved in as part of replacing the shitty corrugated aluminum dryer vent hose inside, but didn't install it right away as I had other more pressing tasks to deal with. I also wanted to do it up nicely with a coat of paint and so on.

Well, today I decided to knock it out. Or, this week really as I painted it before putting it up.

First, the primer. I used an automotive spray primer for good adhesion to the metal.

Then came the exterior semi-gloss paint.

It went on pretty thick and held the brush strokes, but in the end it looked fine so I'm not too fussed. All that was left was to install it.

Kinda rushed the caulking but meh, whatever. It's fine. The actual waterproofing is courtesy of the half-tube of silicone I put in behind the vent before shoving it into place, the stuff around the edges is just for aesthetics.

So now I have a proper dryer vent complete with a rain hood and crap flap! Hurrah!