Sit. Rep. #26: Toe, Heel, Eyes, & Beard

1- The business end of the axe, in totality, is called the Head. The Bit is the cutting part and has sub parts called the Toe & the Heel.  The Beard of the axe is between the Heel and the shoulder of the handle.  The Eye is where the handle comes through the top of the head.  And the Poll is the back part of the head.  The Cheek/s are the sides of the head.

2- Care for the Head:

Do not dig or put into the ground
Do not let it get rusty
Keep the bit sharpened
Do not leave the axe out in the weather – even overnight
Do not use it as a hammer or as a wedge
Keep the head oiled or painted to prevent rust

     I like using gun oil because it dries quickly & still protects.  Or you can paint the head to keep it from rusting.

3-  There should be an official third part of the axe.  The sheath.  The sheath covers the bit or the entire head when the axe is not in use.  The sheath can be made of different materials such as Cotton, Leather, Rubber, or Nylon.  I used an old garden hose section, sliced lengthwise, more than once to protect the bit and me.

     Each material needs different maintenance.  Make sure that the sheath is not able to come off of the head without being taken off (Velcro, knotted rope, leather strap, or snaps).  Read up on whichever material you have.  Generically:  Keep the sheath clean, dry, and out of extended sunlight.

A- Where do cows go on a date?
B- To the mooovie theatre.

4- A short while back I discussed electricity and insulation.  Let me change the topic to plumbing.  In your house, you have 3 different kinds of pipes.  Sewer or wastewater, Hot water, and cold water.  In some older homes, they have an additional piping system.  That system is (very) hot water pipes or steam pipes for heating.
      Sewer pipes are not under pressure.  They rely on gravity to flow water and sewer stuff downhill.  Sewer pipes must be sloped for them to work correctly.  They should be sloped to the septic tank or to the sewer line at the street.  Sewer pipes are usually bigger ie: a larger diameter.
    The cold water pipes from the well or from the city/water provider are under pressure.  Being under pressure, that allows the water to travel uphill to the facets and to the shower and to the garden hose.  The cold water pipes feed the hot water heater.  That is usually where hot water is made.
When you look under the kitchen sink you should be able to ID the drain/sewer pipes very easy.  Trace them back to the sink.
    Usually, the cold water is on the right side of the sink and the hot water is on the left side of the sink.  Run some water and feel the pipes to test my assumption.  Those pipes feed the controls that turn the water on & off & modulate the mix.

C- Why did the bicycle fall down?
D- It was two-tired.

5- Mostly we talk about Scout Advancement as it refers to Rank Advancement heading toward Eagle.  Here are some special awards that you can also earn:

50 Miler Award, Boardsailing BSA, BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding, Complete Angler, Cyber Chip, Den Chief Service Award, Firem’n Chit, Historic Trails Award, Interpreter Strip (foreign language or sign language), Morse Code Interpreter Strip, Kayaking BSA, Mile Swim BSA, and lots more.

E- Why could the pirate not play cards?
F- He was sitting on the deck.

6- Check with your Scout Master about advancement, SM conference & Boards of Review.


Ranger Skits: by Thomas Mercaldo

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