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    Introducing Dog to new kitten

    Yup - that's what I need, the Hannibal Lechter of Cats. Actually, Hannibal would be a great name for him (or even her). Less controversial than Bundy, PolPot or Mengele when taking it to the vet for shots. My mom always had good luck getting mousers rather than housers, and generally she picked up random kittens from unloved sources. Our last cat (RIP > 8 yrs) came from some random lady who found a nest of kittens in a hedge and put a note on an electric pole near our house. I was proud of him the first day we had a gift on the front doormat - just the body - for some reason he liked to eat the heads. "That's my boy!" We went on vacation and a neighborhood teen girl was supposed to feed him. She blew it off after the first day and so he spent a week on his own, but with access to the house via the cat flap. We came home to a charnel house of dismembered mice, lizards, a snake and a large black live scorpion with it's tail chewed off. The only animal that kicked his ass was a blue jay that he dragged across the deck by one wing, but could not find a way to kill - it eventually flew away.
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    Introducing Dog to new kitten

    We're overrun with rodents - mice, rats, gophers, rabbits - and now the inevitable happened - my wife came home to find a rattlesnake in the garage. Presumably looking for a snack. Poison, traps, blocking holes with mesh and so-on just does not seem to be able to keep pace with the onslaught of wee beasties. So the new and improved plan is to get a cat. But we have a well established family dog who likes to chase cats, squirrels, deer, turkeys, coyotes and so-on. He is a smart dog and, generally, understands our requirements and does as he is told, but getting a kitten and setting the relationship between dog and cat off on a good footing (i.e., one that doesn't result in a dead cat) is important. How's it done? Blue Heeler dog, if that makes a difference. The plan is for a generic moggy kind of accidental street cat of no particular heritage - but something big enough to take down a rat or a rabbit.
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    Managing my Retirement Nest Egg

    Blow it all on filthy women and hard liquor before you're too old to enjoy either. If you survive, move in and bum spending money from your kids.
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    White Whales in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

    I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up! 'tis the Devil Fish. For hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!
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    Damn !

    Working from home sucks. Lonely, distracting and not social - I hate it.
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    Damn !

    Yes - I have an army of loonies, neophytes and morons when it comes to travel. Also, I left my iPad on a Delta flight last week. Shit happens when you get out into the wild.
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    Damn !

    Or, what happened to my employee SFO 14 hours to HKG, wait 3. HKG 5 hours to PEN. Passport full, denied entry, deported after 8 hour legal bullshit. PEN back to HKG, HKG to SFO. approx 48 hours continuous travel. I don't think he will forget to renew his passport in future.
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    Damn !

    Try leaving at 9:30pm Saturday for a flight from SFO at 1:30am Sunday, arriving TPE at 4:50am Monday. First meeting at 9am, second meeting at 2pm, back to TPE for flight to HKG, arrive HKG around 9:30pm, drive across China border to hotel, arrive 11:30pm Monday. Hurts. Do it once a quarter,
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    Don' make me pull the car over

    Captains chairs (not bench seat option) in a nice wide SUV saved my kids from infanticide multiple times. Also, one in middle left seat and the other in rear right seat, with a "broken" seatbelt reel for longer journeys.
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    Joke

    Yeah - the other ending for that is the older shepherds are Welsh. The youngster is a Scot. When they catch him at it taking the sheep from behind they comment "not that way - how can you kiss it?" I'm sure it sounded better when my crew told it - but that's the gist.
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    Shore power gfi tripping

    Hmmmm - this is a weird one. The GFCI will trip when the current through a coil in the breaker from the hot is not balanced by the return current through the neutral. That creates a force that flips the breaker. Ergo, you have hot current that is returning via ground and not via the neutral. That's a boat no-no because it means you're sending current through your bonding and into the marina, so you have a good chance of your keel paint falling off, or your prop vanishing mysteriously. Also, you can zap your diver if it's fresh water (and clean). Since this happens when you connect the battery charger, I'd guess that your charger is connected to your boat DC ground, but boat DC ground is not connected to the neutral or is connected, but through a corroded contact that has so much resistance that the current prefers to go via ground than by the wire. Typically a GFCI will permit a certain amount of leakage current - spec that we work to is 500uA - which is nothing. But maybe your GFCI is set up to trip at >100mA or something like that and so you are not drawing enough current under normal circumstances through the HOT to trip the GFCI. When the charger is connected that takes a decent whack of power, now you have enough current flowing in HOT but not in Neutral to flip the breaker. My recommendation is to check that your connections between boat ground, mains ground and neutral are correct and not corroded. You can check if I'm right by putting your multimeter in AC current mode in series with HOT and later in series with Neutral and measure the current with and without the charger on. My guess is that there will be a more or less linear relationship of HOT current to Neutral current, which speaks to a resistance (corrosion). If the Neutral current is zero, you probably have a wiring error - fuse placed on neutral and blown, disconnected entirely or something like that.
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    J 105 Halyard

    I agree - not rocket science. Chances are the main halyard is tight anyway if you have someone dangling from it feeding the halyard through. I have never had an issue with crossed halyards - keeping the others tight when you feed the new one is key to happiness.
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    3-D printing discontinued parts

    The free availability of these CAD tools makes it really easy for hobbyists and hackers to do some pretty nice stuff in a professional way. I really enjoy it.
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    3-D printing discontinued parts

    I used SimScale for a stress analysis of a glass tabletop I had made for our kitchen. It was pretty easy to import the mesh from Fusion 360, then set up a bunch of FEA tests with the table weighted in various locations. The base I built means the glass is supported in only 4 points with significant overhangs and I wanted to make sure that it would not sag visibly under it's own weight or break when a 200lb person stood on it. With the glass stress/strain figures I was able to convince myself that I had a 5x margin and I don't know any 1000lb people, so that worked out. Table looks great.
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    30 J105s Signed Up for BBS

    Holy Shit! Where else can you get 1000 linear feet of boat and 180 sailors on the line for a One Design start! https://yachtscoring.com/event_scratch_sheet.cfm?eID=4670 My recollection is that the RC is supposed to set a line 1.5x the total length of the boats on the line - 1500ft. With 10 or so degrees of line bias in favor of the pin, that's over 7 boat lengths advantage for those with the balls to tack back through the beachbound pinchfest.