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Aw...People speeding in their cars at night keep hitting raccoons...

Posted by groveontario on July 23, 2011 at 7:59 PM

  (Today)This little raccoon was on Moore Avenue just east of Mount Pleasant Road...

    I picked up(& took to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic on McMurrich street/ The V.E.C.) a giant boy raccoon that had been hit over a month ago, on Mount Pleasant just North of the Crescent road bridge...

    Just a couple of weeks ago, there was a large female raccoon that had been hit on Rosedale Valley Road, on the way to the Bayview extension...

    All three instances were caused by cars speeding at night...Raccoons are nocturnal & will cross streets at night- if you on purpose tell your friends who are driving not to speed at night in this downtown core area, you will most likely save the life of a raccoon, & save you the guilt of having terminated a young life...

  Ferrocement: Spoke to Erik Miller at Home Depot at Laird & Eglinton (extension 315 Hardware dept., press #2 for his section, if you call)...Erik graduated from OCAD University (or whatever they call themselves now) in 1979...I was looking at the trigger start bernz-o-matic torches to weld steel rebar, but he had a better solution to creating a firm steel armature for a cement sculpture...Erik showed me galvanized steel pipes at 1/2 diameter & 3/4 inch diameter, that could be bent with a tool called a pipe bender (costs about 50 bucks but it is so cool), & you can attach the pipes with various connectors in various ways...Such an innovative & cool idea, if you have an artsy sculpture project idea & need help, find Erik who works at that Home Depot for advice...(Then you can put chicken wire or mesh wire over the pipes & cover with your concrete blend mix, seal with concrete sealer, pre-colour the cement when you mix it for colours, & voila, a gorgeous stable outdoor sculpture, & also since you are using pipes, you could fish an electrical cord through it & make it light up or make sound...(I was thinking a swan sculpture slash lighthouse beacon for the shore, or that maybe trumpets a sound when one approaches...?)
  Names of products do this neat technique if you go to the Home Depot website...

Klein Tools 1/2 in. Conduit Bender and Handle (this is the bender tool to bend the pipe)

 

1/2 in. x 10 ft. Galvanized Steel Sch. 40 Pipe (this is the actual pipe you are going to bend)

Product Length (ft.) : 10 ft

Product Weight (lb.) : 8.5 (weight is important if you are going to use many pieces- 70 lbs is about all I can manage by myself)...

1/2 in. Galvanized Malleable Iron Tee (this is the name of one of the connector thingies that will connect different pieces of pipe together)

  • 1/2 in. x 36 in. Galvanized Steel Pipe(this is a shorter piece of pipe you could use for your armature too)...

    (p.s. galvanized means the steel is coated with zinc so it won't rust...)(You cannot weld steel if it is already galvanized, but if you do have bare steel without the zinc you can buy a galvanizing zinc spray primer at Home Hardware that will spray galvanize if you forgot about this step)...

 

 

  Notes on liquor, fashion & health: We walked 14.23 kilometres from our home to the Home Depot store today...
  On our way, we shopped at Winners & the new Marshalls store (which is basically exactly the same thing as Winners)...I used to be a snob about this type of store, but I had not been explained the premise...These are not "cheap" stores, with merely low priced items, but what you can find are high quality designer goods that are merely out of season...What it means is the high end stores had stock for say spring, then summer arrived & they just dump all their gorgeous designer goods to a Winners or a Marshalls...It has been so hard for me to find great designer gear & decent prices in the past & I am really impressed with our recent bounty...

  Our last stop was to the LCBO store for a bottle of Italian sparkling wine called Epsilon, which at $13.95 Canadian & a light taste, will please many...(Look for the label that has the strange code on it, only- you are supposed to scan that with your smartphone & it takes you to their Facebook/Twitter/ website automatically...

Update on Wed. Aug. 3, 2011: 
Ended up using copper pipe ( a 6 ft. piece with 1/2 inch diameter), & cut it by hand using a small pipe cutter, then connected the pieces with copper Tee couplings, strung through all pipe with some copper wire to make sure it held & cut up 25 ft. of 24 inch galvanized chicken wire to create the shape...Next step is to cover with a concrete mix (I am going to use 4 parts white cement to 1/2part each of aragonite sand, silica sand, glass strands 3/4 inch, & perlite- so essentially the mix is 4 parts cement to 2 parts aggregate- also I add cement bond admixture to the water in a 25 to 75% ratio to make the concrete more pliable & waterproof)...I need to get some black powdered concrete paint from Home Depot before I can start...(paint has to be mixed integrally into the mix not applied to surface so it won't peel)...


Categories: Health & Ecological Concerns for the Artist, Animals & People & Plants & Things we love, Concrete Sculpture Ferrocement

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