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Details, Details, Details: Adding a Side Grill to our Teardrop Trailer

This week, Mark added a side grill to our home-built, custom teardrop trailer, because, you know, he can! (I LOVE this man!)

When we initially designed our teardrop trailer, which really was a bit more like winging than designing (check out my blog post:  Building Our Teardrop Trailer From Scratch: Learning by Doing) we made note ahead of time of some key features we wanted to include.

One feature, right off the bat, was to install an extra deep stainless steel sink that could easily hold a large spaghetti pot.

Another was to install rails all around the rear of the trailer to accommodate table tops wherever we might need ’em. Our thought on this was to stay modular in our design, ready to accommodate future needs.

Well, this week, a need (really a “want”) arose when Mark decided he wanted to add an extra grill besides the neat slide-out, cast iron, double-burner grill we already enjoy.

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As you may note in the picture above, besides the rear-right rail being used by our fold-out table, there’s also a rail on the right side panel of the trailer near the electric socket. We have the same exact two-rail configuration on the left side of our teardrop trailer as well.

So when Mark decided he wanted to make use of an old barbecue grill, we talked about a design for making it safe and stable so our 80-lb Lab/Shepherd couldn’t accidentally knock it over. All said and done, we came up with this:

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“Is that grill smoking,” you ask?

Why, “Yes, it is!”

How can one set up a grill and not fire it up?

Salmon burgers, here . . . we . . . come!

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We love our ever-morphing teardrop trailer! We especially love all her details, details, details!

Make sure to have fun with YOUR teardrop trailer! Even if you buy it new or already customized by a previous owner, make sure to add those details that make it your own!



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Bet You Never Viewed a Solar Eclipse THIS Way!

Shoeboxes? We don’t need no stinkin’ shoeboxes!

– quote by Sue J., inspired by Pacino  🙂


Impromptu Experiment:
Quickly craft a solar eclipse viewing mechanism without the use of the old shoebox method most of us are accustomed to

Materials:
Whatever the heck we can find around the house (excluding boxes because, well, we had no suitable boxes; hence, the need for an impromptu project . . . still with us? Good. Moving on . . .)

Allowable Timeframe for Completing Project:
Five minutes. Make or break, we clearly have more important things to do, but Heck, this is fun!


THE EXPERIMENT

I start off with the requisite foil square and poke a hole in it so the sun can do its job.

Next, a piece of paper that’ll serve as a projection screen. White paper is too bright, so Mark grabs a manilla folder.

I grab a metal clamp off the kitchen table (Hey, in a house inhabited by at least one mechanically minded person, if not often two, it’s not unusual to find a clamp, pliers, tape measure, etc., as part of the dining area decor.) figuring it would add to the scientific ambiance if we use a tool to hold the foil rather than just our hands.

Mark runs out the door, me trailing close behind with necessary paraphernalia in hand.

Folder. Check!

Foil. Check!

BAM! Solar Eclipse. Cooooooooooooool.

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Design Improvement Attempt #1:

Mark tries to free his hands from having to hold the clamp so we can view it in a hands-free, all-mind, zen-like peace. He tries to hang the foil from a tie-down wire on the patio, but the angle isn’t working.

Back to the initial viewing configuration. But, hey, what’s this? THREE eclipses?

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Way cool.

Sunlight is projecting not only through the foil, but through a cut-through hole in the clamp and through a tiny space between his fingers.

Design Improvement Attempt #2:

We don’t need no stinkin’ clamp!

We don’t need no stinkin’ foil!

VOILA! Solar Eclipse Au Naturel! 

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Who ever would have thought it’d be this simple to watch a solar eclipse?

Grins of accomplishment all around, slaps on backs, high fives, a couple of atta boys and atta girls.

Mission accomplished on all fronts (fun, discovery, and nature combined. . . cool, cool, and cool).  🙂