Paradise ponders: wooden stirrup, leaky pipes, and stair rails edition... This morning my brother Scott came by, looking for a bit of help in building some wooden stirrups. Wooden stirrups? Why would one want those? Well, it turns out that people from the town of Newton (where Scott lives) volunteered to build a display for the town, to be shown at this month's Cache County fair. Scott was one of the volunteers, and he got the job of making wooden stirrups (along with some other stuff). As I understand it (and I'm not entirely sure I do!), other volunteers are going to combine the wooden stirrups with potatoes, other vegetables, and who knows what else to make ... little potato-head stirrup people. Exactly why they're doing this remains unexplained. :) But making the wooden stirrups (photos below) was fun, mainly because it involved boiling wood for 45 minutes or so to make it bendable. There was also a bit of a challenge cutting a precise angle on the dowels that make up the hanger on them. They came out rather nicely!
Yesterday morning I tried very hard to fix the leaks in the 2 1/2" galvanized pipe fittings on my irrigation pump. I tried a total of four different thread treatments (thin Teflon tape, thick Teflon tape, Teflon paste, and old fashioned pipe dope). None of them worked – I had a drippy leak after using them all. So I got online and looked up methods to stop leaks in large threaded joints, and found hundreds upon hundreds of posts about it. Obviously I'm not the first one to face this challenge! There seemed to be consistent advice that a product called Loctite 565 thread sealant would do the trick. So I ordered some, and it will be here tomorrow afternoon. If that doesn't work, then I'm not sure what to do!