Birds etc.

I was fiddling with my Odroid-C2 yesterday when out of the corner of my eye I saw a small “something” on the patio. Closer inspection revealed it was a young tree swallow. They aren’t great flyers on the first day. It seemed to be resting its belly right on the concrete keeping upright with its wings. I fetched my camera but it was gone by the time I returned. I must start carrying my camera around. I’m missing too many opportunities.

Today, I was out on the driveway shortening a bolt to replace one that had fallen off the whipper snipper into the grass. I took a 4 inch bolt and cut it into three pieces and welded the threaded section back. I could have cut new threads but welding is more fun… I installed a lock-nut to keep it in place. Saved another trip to the hardware store 15 miles away. In the process, I observed a huge gathering of swallows and their young swooping and diving in my yard mopping up the remaining mosquitoes.

We had a much needed decent rain recently so I did not need to water anything. The Saskatoon bushes and Swiss stone pines and tomatoes seemed particularly happy, showing good colour and new growth. Life is good.

UPDATE – When I went back out to the garage I found a sparrow had been trapped inside. I opened both doors but it took a minute before the bird found an opening. All’s well that ends well.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Birds etc.

  1. dougman wrote, “You should get yourself a bolt bin with various size bolts, they come in handy.”

    I used to buy bolts in boxes of 100. I finally used up the last a couple of years ago. The subject bolt came out of some pile of junk… Last year, I bought some metric bolts about the right size but they were a bit too short, so I improvised to save a trip and recycle some scrap.

  2. dougman wrote, “Wheres your ‘droid phone?”

    Right here on my desk. It’s slower and more fragile than my camera, a tiny Olympus palm-sized thing. The camera turns on in about 3s and is ready. The phone takes 30s or so just to boot. It’s old/slow.

  3. dougman wrote, “You do realize you just ruined the hardened tensile strength of said bolt, with all that welding heat?”

    I certainly understand the metallurgy. This is a bolt under very low stress. It holds the shroud which protects the operator from flying debris. It’s clamping a skinny metal bracket to a plastic bracket. The important consideration was preventing it from coming off again. I looked thrice but I could find neither the bolt nor the nut. I could have welded the new nut on but that would have made replacement difficult. I chose to apply two nuts torqued up pretty well. It should outlast me or the engine whichever fails first.

  4. dougman says:

    “I must start carrying my camera around. I’m missing too many opportunities.”

    Wheres your ‘droid phone?

    ” took a 4 inch bolt and cut it into three pieces and welded the threaded section back.”

    You do realize you just ruined the hardened tensile strength of said bolt, with all that welding heat? Your arc-welder just saturated the poor bolt with massive amounts of heat, I am surprised that it did not snap when you tightened it down. Now, if you said you TIG welded it, well ahem, that is another matter.

    You should get yourself a bolt bin with various size bolts, they come in handy.

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