Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Yoga for Yankees





Just had to share this video.  I am from Maine and I think this is hilarious.  I showed it to my hubby after work tonight and he hasn't laughed that hard in a very long time.



I hope you enjoy it too.

Carol

What's One Year In the Grand Scheme of Things

Found signature on the last key I was replacing on the Mason & Hamlin piano. Dated 1886 not 1887 as I thought (what's 131 years vs 130 years) . Now that the keys are all replaced and operating smoothly it's on to the next step of checking all the screws in the action parts to make sure all sections move as they should and don't wiggle or flop (very technical terms).


Thanks for stopping by.  
Enjoy your day!
Carol

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sock It To Me

Ok now, I just have to share this wonderful find I made recently.  Yes, it's SOCKS!  Not just any socks but awesome soft, cuddly socks that don't hurt the toes and snuggle your entire calf right up to the knee. Real, honest to goodness, knee socks for adults.


I do not have diabetes but I do have circulatory problems such as Raynaud's, arthritis, and nerve problems of the toes.  Usually the little toe line of the socks causes me pain at the cuticle area, but not with these socks.  Also, they gently cuddly the calf and do not squeeze it or cut in at the top.

I am stepping out comfortably these days thanks to Dr. Scholl's Diabetes & Circulatory socks.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DIY Piano Repairs - Replacing Keys

Got back to working on the piano today.  Last step with the keys is to put the PTFE powder (teflon) into the felt bushings.


Next is to burnish the powder with a metal screwdriver tip.


Then when both sections are done, replace the keys.


Almost half way done.  It's slow going and I don't know how much, if any, it will help.

Thanks for checking in.  I hope by next week I can have all the keys completed and the action put back in to test it out.

Enjoy your day.
Carol

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Table For One, No Waiting

In the midst of a blizzard, this little one sat clinging to the feeder, and picked a few seeds to sustain him through the night.


Shortly after this photo was taken he was blown off the feeder by a gust of wind.  I finally found him clinging to a nearby tree.


He eventually fell to the ground as the wind grew stronger, then made his way to a small pine tree with close-cropped branches.  I hope he's safe for the night.

Still snowing really hard here.  We have 3-4 ft. drifts all around my house.  Can't even open the back door.  Fortunately I had the forethought to place a board across the front door at an angle to keep the snow from pressing up against it.   Winter storm Stella sure is giving us a pounding.

Hopefully there will be some beautiful pictures tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

No It's Not Halloween

No, it's not Halloween......the mask is to keep the dust out of my lungs.  This was quite a messy job. After brushing out all the dust and rodent material I used the steel wool to clean the pins, polished them, and then lubricated them all.  It was an all day project with many bathroom breaks and coffee breaks. Still, by the end of the day I was walking like the Tin Man from Oz.


I knew these bioterrorism masks would come in handy someday. 
 I have these from my days as a nurse.  



Old paint brushes sure come in handy.



Polishing.....used red pipe cleaners for polish.


Lubricating......used yellow pipe cleaners for oil.


Used copper wire brush to clean the back felt. 



The end results.
It was a lot of work but it's worth it.

I have the keys sitting on top of the piano. I had to glue some of the ivory tops.


After they dry completely I need to start putting the teflon powder into the felt bushings and burnish.  Then I can start replacing the keys.

That'll have to wait a day or two until I can recover.  Both thumbs feel right now, which I know is a flare up of tendinitis, which will go away shortly.  Then it's back to work on this project. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day.
Carol




Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mason & Hamlin Screw Stringer Upright Piano DIY Repairs by Carol - Video #6





It was a long day dusting.  I'll post some pictures tomorrow of my polishing, and lubricating the pins.  The majority of the work is done.  The next step is to put the teflon powder in the felt bushings and burnish it before replacing the keys.  I also found some loose ivories that I glued with the PVC-E glue and those are drying.



Needless to say, I am exhausted.  The vacuum cleaner finally arrived and I did a quick once over to get any residual dust.



Thanks for stopping by.

Carol




Mason & Hamlin Screw Stringer Upright DIY Repairs by Carol Video #5





Waiting for my new vacuum cleaner to arrive so I can suck out all this dust and bits of seed that some critter left inside the piano.  I had decided to line the keys up on top of the piano because I had previously removed several of them and laid them across the other keys and guess what happened, yes.....I knocked them over and mixed them up.   Sorry the shot of those polished pins isn't clearer.  They really do look nice and slippery.



Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your weekend.

Carol

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mason & Hamlin Screw Stringer Upright DIY Repairs by Carol Video #4





Thanks for stopping by.  I have a lot of work ahead of me.  I've been a little "under the weather" today so not up to tackling this just yet.  Instead I did our taxes................yea, I really did.  Nice surprise was we didn't owe as much as I thought it would be.



See you soon.

Hugs,

Carol

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Ebony and Ivory

Today's project was cleaning the ivories (and ebonies).  I thought they came out very nice and this is the easy part of my DIY piano repair project.


before
and
after


And, here's a little stroll down memory lane from Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.......


"Ebony and Ivory" 2012



Thanks for stopping by.
Have a blessed and joyous weekend everyone.
Carol

Friday, March 3, 2017

DIY Mason & Hamlin Screw Stringer Upright Piano Repairs by Carol - Video #3





Moving along slowly.  I've reglued the piece and check all the others.  No others are loose, so it's a thumbs up.  Now I can reinstall this section after it dries, which I found is at least 24 hours.



I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carol