Archive for March, 2011

Adventure Discovery Zone

Today we used our museum pass to hit up the Adventure Discovery Zone in Nashville, TN. It was downright awesome! Of all the places we have been so far this one rocked. We didn't even get to see all of it. The robot section was fun. The kids and I built a robot arm and could pick up stuff. 🙂 Then we paid extra for the planetarium. I was slightly disappointed here. Last time I was at a planetarium I was like 10 and I loved learning all about the stars and constellations and stuff. I was all excited for that, but instead we watched a cool movie on the history of space exploration. It was well done and pretty sweet, but I was looking forward to the stars. Oh well. They did have a star room, that was awesome. You walked through a room full of stars. They had so many hands on exhibits for the kids and it was so much fun. This is definitely on the list of places to visit.

TV mounted in the bedroom

We got a new TV for the living room so the kids could play Wii better and we could all watch movies. The old TV was 19" and you couldn't see it all the way across the room (I wear thick glasses). Anyhow, I moved the old 19" into the back bedroom for the wife and I to be able to watch shows and movies without keeping the children up. I have a desk already built in front of the rear door, so I mounted the TV arm to a stud in the wall above the desk. This allows the TV to fold flat if we want to use the door, but swing out so we can watch it. I put the Mac Mini on the desk and hooked it up. That way we can watch Hulu, Netflix, and DVDs all from one device that has a remote. Works very well. I stuck my lamp on top of the mini and away we went. 🙂

I still haven't figured a nice way to hide all the wires yet. Honestly I have been a bit lazy on that. Can't see them when the TV is out so.... 😉

Here is the post for the new TV we put in the living room.
And here is the post about the mounts that came with the trailer.

If I want to, I can lift the TV off the bracket and take it outside to watch in our screen room that we have.

Nashville Zoo

Today we hit the Nashville Zoo in between jobs. We only had time to see half of it. Maybe we will make it back before we leave. I sort of get bored with zoos, I do enjoy seeing how much the kids remember about the different animals. I love it when we make fun of evolution. 🙂 So here's the pix already. I know that's all you care about anyhow. 🙂

Nashville, TN

Did a bit of sight seeing. Went and saw the Parthenon, let the kids play and take pix of some kids disrespecting the art. 🙂 (they wanted someone to take their picture so I did and told them I put it up. Here you go fellas)

Saw the Dukes of Hazzard museum (little lame) and saw the Grand Ol Opry. Decent day. Didn't really go in anything. Maybe today we will do some more fun stuff.

Wifi Booster

We kept having trouble with Wifi at places that we parked. Since we practically live on the internet, we really needed better coverage. I can use my Sprint Evo as a hotspot in places where there is no Wifi, but I was most annoyed that I couldn't get Wifi that was in the park I was staying in. I purchased the Rogue Wave Wifi booster from Land and Sea. It claims up to 7 miles range. I mounted it up on my TV antenna mast. Think I need to get some PVC pipe and put it up just a bit higher. I think I am getting interference from the TV antenna. I am able to see a McDonalds a mile away with 2 out 8 bars at this campground. I could not see the McDonalds a block away from the last campground. Not sure what to think about that.

The booster itself was way way smaller then I thought it was going to be. That made installation easier. I ran my wires down through the hole that the tv cable runs through. Then I fished it through the ceiling. I didn't want to drill a hole in my ceiling or wall so I just came out through the speaker hole and used sticky tack to attach it to the wall.

So far I have used it at two different campgrounds. I seem to get about quadrupal the range of my two laptops. And it's nice to only have to type in one code to get everything online. Plus with us having a router in the trailer now, we can share video and pix to all the different devices easily.

Rogue Wave wifi booster
$375 + shipping and then if you need installation. You could build your own for much less, but it may not be as easy to use and setup.
Seems to be pretty designed. I put some silicon glue on the cable holes and such just to make sure it was really water proof.
8db Gain booster. Came with all the cables and attachments and a Netgear router to get it all setup. Doesn't seem to have as much range as I would have hoped.
Makes using wifi in a campground much better then regular laptop. Allows me to use one key for the wifi instead of six. POE makes setup nice and easy.

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Little Rock, AR

Little Rock was not that impressive. 🙂 We didn't care much for the campground. The jobs were easy enough, and the submarine was cool. The museum we hit was so so. We did what we had to and then beat feet for Nashville. We hear good things about it. 🙂


We got lucky enough to do some jobs in Texarkana. This is a city that is in both Texas and Arkansas. It's not a bad area. Road construction was a nightmare. We did have fun standing in two states at once and taking a small walk about tour. The house in the pictures has like 12 sides! It's built like in the shape of the ace of clubs. Very neat. The campground was another KOA, so not that great, but we survived. From here it's on to Little Rock, AR.

Final Days in Miami

It was with sadness that we had to pack up and leave our new friends, The Clan of Parents, and drive for 24hrs to our next destination. I am getting very tired of driving, that's for sure. We did some fun stuff in Miami. We rode bikes, played with the rock crawlers, and played games with our new friends. The swimming pool was freezing so we didn't utilize it much. The campground was nice, but they need wifi and some solar collectors on their pool. Then it would be perfect. I did figure out how to get better 4G signal from my cell phone by sticking it in a torch holders and putting it above the roof. 🙂

4G booster antenna for my Sprint EVO

I am parked at a camp ground just outside of 4G coverage. Basically the trailer and the trees are blocking my signal. Which really stinks since there is no WIFI here and I pretty much live on the internet. 🙂

I came up with a way to boost my signal on my Sprint EVO so that I can have 4G and use my phone as a hotspot.

It's a little redneck, but it works!

Tub upgrade

We kept having an issue with the shower leaking out around the edges of the shower curtain. The water was running down the wall and then seeping along the edge and onto the floor. I bought a $4 cutting board from Walmart. Then I used my rotozip jigsaw tool to cut a shape out. Then I glued that shape to the tub with water proof silicon. It's totally removable and will keep the water from leaking out. I angled it back just a bit so the water will at worst pool in the corner. I also found that I need more caulk around the bottom of the tub as the stuff that was there seemed to have shifted and wasn't doing anything.

So here's some pix.

This should stop the water from leaking out the edges