Stupid eric + When BB-8 runs...

A project log for Esot's Trenches

True tales (Trigger Warning!)

esot.ericesot.eric 01/14/2018 at 07:5811 Comments

locked my keys (three friggin sets) in...

Then thought it wise to use the largest rock I could find/lift to break the window...

Glass *everywhere* all the way to the other end of the van... on my bed, in my sheets, piles of glass in my clean laundry.

Apparently tempered glass is nice in that there aren't shank-sized shards, but I've come across more tiny needles than I'm comfortable sleeping on without a Thorough cleaning. seriously, glass in places I couldn't imagine it'd get into, at distances I couldn't imagine it could travel, around corners I couldn't imagine it could corner.

So... the whole interior was stripped, and I've slowly been moving things back in... first the food and bed. Then any tool I think might be useful in installing a replacement window... that's pretty much it, so far. Kinda like starting over. but better! Now I know what's under the flooring (besides, shockingly, glass)

Cat's been quite a sport during the multiday cleanup, including the first night barricaded in the passenger cabin trying to sleep upright.

so, now I know why so many cars have tarp- or plastic-covered windows.

I wasn't *entirely* stupid, though... this is surely the easiest and likely the cheapest window to replace. And the tarp wraps nicely around, and clamped in place, by the door.

And... Thankfully, the weather's been in my favor. It's probably 10+ degrees warmer lately... "the snow" (we usually only get 1-3 days of snow a year... much to my childhood's school-day chagrin) happened a few days prior. Though Facebook reminded me of "snowpocalypse" a few years back, which apparently happened two days after (and several years prior to) the breakage.


So I finally got around to the 7th star wars...

When BB-8 is "running", does he have to slow his pace to keep his head on?


Morning.Star wrote 01/15/2018 at 05:17 point

Wow, even I dont keep backups of my backups ;-)

Hey Eric. Sounds like you too are Having Fun, dude. Sorry I havent been around much either. Poxy planet eh?

I love Gaffer tape too, but for keys you cant beat a strong magnet and a wad of axle grease. Your spare spare key will be good as new in 20 years and invisible under a layer of dirt somewhere underneath. Just a thought... Hope you manage to get a new glass in there soon.

Remember that halogen bulb heater I told you about? When I get 5 minutes I'm putting one together for under my bench now its got cold. The central heating doesnt get right under there, and heats the rest of the house when I dont need it, so a little convective oil-filled radiator will work nicely. Its using a 120W halogen, which has dire warnings on the packet about "Do Not Touch : >200c"

Sounds about right, inside a heat exchanger with a lighting dimmer I can control that easily. Its half built, photos soon... :-)

Good luck my friend :-)

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esot.eric wrote 01/21/2018 at 01:41 point

howdy, sir! Sounds like you've been in the trenches, yourself, lately. But, the number of updates lately suggests at least there's a dialog going on, now, which sounds like some progress, albeit frustrating progress.

really gonna do the halogen heater, eh? With oil! Props on that effort! I've been burning fuel for heat, but electric would ultimately be a fuel-burner as well, so still working out that concept.

The dirt-layer was easily an inch thick on average, as I felt around for a previous-owner's key... so good call hiding it there!

New Glass is in the plans, but have slowly been prioritizing removal of the old...

Good luck to you and Bea, and the hunt for a wife ;)

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Morning.Star wrote 01/22/2018 at 15:39 point covers both quests neatly methinks. :-D Thank you my friend.

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Dr. Cockroach wrote 01/14/2018 at 08:58 point

I still remember using a Slim Jim years ago when my keys were inside and I was out. Guess that will not work on more modern cars/vans. Glad you and cat are ok after that :-)

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esot.eric wrote 01/14/2018 at 09:27 point

it may well've worked... but I was far from anywhere with a slim-jim nor a clothes hanger, at least as far as my patience could take me.

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Dr. Cockroach wrote 01/14/2018 at 09:40 point

I can imagine the frustration that you had at the time. For a while I had duct taped a key under a body panel where no one would look.

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esot.eric wrote 01/14/2018 at 20:15 point

yeah... twas the second thing recommended I do immediately after getting the thing. So when I realized i'd locked myself out, I checked everywhere hoping the last owner had done-so. Even ripped a couple pieces of duct tape, perfectly key-sized from under the thing, but no key.

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davedarko wrote 01/14/2018 at 08:20 point

maybe it's a streamline thing like the concorde does with the nose...I tend to lean back my head while running too though. Maybe dont want to hit something head first ;)

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esot.eric wrote 01/14/2018 at 08:33 point

haha, true... but... what if the motivation-motors are capable of speeds the head motors can't keep up with?

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davedarko wrote 01/14/2018 at 09:16 point

you mean when he has a bad motivator? ;) Spoilers: In 8 the head fell off, but he was capable of putting it back on.

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EricH wrote 01/14/2018 at 09:21 point
ROTFL! You've just cemented my interest in seeing 8!

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