I did not buy a traditional splitting wedge. I bought one of those wedges that have a sharp point and a cross shape. That shape makes this wedge very easy to start in the wood chunk but I don’t think it spits the wood as quickly as a traditional wedge.
I was a bit concerned when I got about 1/2 of the wedge buried in the chunk o wood and did not see any splitting cracks. After a few more whacks with the 4 pound sledge hammer I started seeing the wood split. This wedge never tried to break to the left or right if I did not hit it square with the 4 pound sledge hammer or the 6 pound splitting wedge. This wedge really buries it self into the wood before it splits the wood. Good news the pine burns pretty good once it is dry or has a little help burning with the addition of hard wood.
I would recommend this type wedge along with a 4 pound sledge hammer or 6 pound splitting wedge to split a few big chunks of wood if you are disabled or not very strong. It takes more time but not as much effort compared to using a regular maul and heavy duty sledge hammer but I can split larger chunks of wood. A huge plus is I would not be able to burn those big chunks of wood unless I could split them into smaller sizes.
Mom and I did not do much in the way of Xmas lights this year because I did not want to drill into the new siding. I picked up some hooks that are supposed to fit under the edge of the vinyl siding but my siding does not lift up and is to tightly installed to admit those hooks. This is a good thing as the siding does not give the wind a way underneath to lift the siding off the house. When Xmas stuff goes on sale I’ll add new lights and this summer I’ll get the clips that attach to gutters and along the roof line.
We are getting snow so we may have a “White Christmas”. Mom bought a Ham for Xmas dinner. It’s strange as I don’t have to cook Xmas dinner. I have a Prime Rib ready for New years eve and a couple of New York roasts to cook next year. I can always find a special occasion to cook up a good roast or steak. We got a little snow today but it is still somewhat warm and no freezing rain so that is good. I put out a little ice melt on the front yard sidewalks to help with traction. Other than that I’m not getting aggressive on snow removal. Still early days but I suspect we won’t have a lot of snow or freezing rain this year. If things go all sideways I can try out the new snow blower if not I can lay down sand to fill in the new driveways. This is a win/win situation.
The house Mom wants to buy, got a lot of work done to get it appraised for her loan but it looks like it will early JAN. 2018 before the paperwork is done. The sellers installed a new tub faucets and shower/bathtub surround and a few other fixes. A lot of people are working to get this house sold so I’m feeling very hopeful about the house. Most of all Mom really likes this place. She will have over an acre of land but still be in a small town and at most a 30 minute drive from my house.
Something to think about getting is USB powered devices. I know why would you look up a fan or whatever to your PC USB ports as it seems silly. Have you noticed how many items run on USB power connections? Have you noticed how cheap those USB rechargeable battery packs are today. Have you noticed how many small/ fold able solar panels charge up stuff via USB ports? Heck most little solar panels or USB battery packs brag on how many times they can recharge an I phone or kindle/Android device. I recommend you all start small and invest in a 10-15 watt foldable solar panel cost about $50.00-60.00 USD and then buy USB power banks as cheaply as possible. That will give you coms some light, possibly fans and a little bit of power that you are in control of, even if it is a bit iffy.
I spent $65.00 so Mom had a power pack that would jump here vehicle easily. It also has a little air compressor and a couple of USB ports for charging. I had a dying battery and I used my little jump RAV power almost daily until I could afford to buy a new battery. Think outside the box on power. Even a small power bank that is rechargeable via solar is a good choice for energy.