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Tuesday, December 31, 2019 7:53 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Bummer. The shop vac is no more. I think it would have been fine had I lubricated it with grease when I fixed it back during the summer, but it's been grinding the housing. There were a lot of metal shavings in there when I opened it back up this time. I still tried the grease, but it was as useful as putting a band aid on a tumor.

I opened up the new one I bought, but it's too small. I'm going to take it back when I figure out what trim I need and pick that up. I guess I'm going to be sweeping for the time being like they used to do back in the stone age. My regular vacuum is on its last legs too, so I'm going to be on the lookout for something reasonably priced soon.


Got the spray foam curing in the two damaged doors now. I should be able to spackle them tomorrow and start getting them all painted. I may try to either start on the windows or the baseboard in between coats. I wish it was warm outside because I have to do all of this in a small room in the basement since it's too cold to do any work out in the garage. I probably can't be cutting wood in the same room where I have painted doors drying.




Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:41 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
No rain here either Brenda! I did just check my unofficial ball-jar rain gauge and between the last 2 storms I got around 3.5". So far so good for us! I hope it keeps up into 2020.

And speaking of which
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY !



Ah, Kiki. Soggy means wet. My balcony and everything outside my apartment building is wet, wet, wet!

But yeah. Happy New Year.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:31 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Thanks for the videos SIX. I'm going to bookmark them so they dont get lost!



I've got two more for you, for baseboards.





Up until a half hour ago, I was just going to cut 45 degree angles for everything. Now I don't even have to adjust the bevel on my ancient miter saw at all. Coped corners and 22.5 degree scarf joints seem to be the way to go. After I watched both of these I've already visualized in my mind the exact layout I'm going to do for the work and it should be ridiculously easy compared to how I was planning it out before.



Now all I have to do is see if I can find that coping saw in my garage that I know I have but I didn't even know what it was before. They probably don't cost much if I can't find it though. I'm going to have to buy a new blade for it anyhow, and it will give me an excuse to go right back and take that tiny shop vac back for a refund.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:35 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
It will be a very soggy New Years eve where I am but since I will be in there are no worries.

Flipside got quite a bit accomplished today. Got a picture frame that I am putting friends photos into. Also reorganized some books meaning binning them as I have read them and where they were, they were in my way. Some paper recycling done and another box got rid of. Took the wobbly shelf down and now have to see if I can find another shelf for the items that were and are on it. Also vacuuming done.

Now tired.

Lot of progress there BRENDA! Hope a good rest will dispel the tiredness and you can look around and enjoy your hard work!

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

Happy New Year, WISHY. I edited out your psychopathic screed!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 12:37 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Canadian firefighters heading for Brisbane Australia to help with fighting the wild fires. Fighters going from BC, Alberta, Ontario and PEI are heading Down Under.

Saw about the fires there. They looked just awful.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

Happy New Year, WISHY. I edited out your psychopathic screed!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:45 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
It will be a very soggy New Years eve where I am but since I will be in there are no worries.

Flipside got quite a bit accomplished today. Got a picture frame that I am putting friends photos into. Also reorganized some books meaning binning them as I have read them and where they were, they were in my way. Some paper recycling done and another box got rid of. Took the wobbly shelf down and now have to see if I can find another shelf for the items that were and are on it. Also vacuuming done.

Now tired.

Lot of progress there BRENDA! Hope a good rest will dispel the tiredness and you can look around and enjoy your hard work!

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

Happy New Year, WISHY. I edited out your psychopathic screed!



I was quite pleased with myself.

But I forgot something while I was out and will go out for a walk in a bit to get it. Then when I come back I will organize that frame and hang it.




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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:48 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Canadian firefighters heading for Brisbane Australia to help with fighting the wild fires. Fighters going from BC, Alberta, Ontario and PEI are heading Down Under.

Saw about the fires there. They looked just awful.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

Happy New Year, WISHY. I edited out your psychopathic screed!



We have a thing with the Aussies. That couple of summers ago now when we in BC were fighting all those fires, the Australians sent us help. So now we are returning the favour.

A group of Canadians will be coming home around the coming weekend as they have been Down Under for over a month then I think another group goes and another group will be coming home a few days later.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 1:49 PM

BRENDA


Out for a walk in a minute. Forgot something the other day and need to get it before I forget again. So later peeps.

ETA: Also it is dry today. Whoo! Hooo!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 5:45 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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I've been out in the cold garage all day, sanding doors. I don't know if I'm going to be able to sand them well enough to paint them. I just found out today that it takes a lot of prep work to get a door that was varnished ready for paint. I didn't think that would be a problem.

I may just abandon the doors until spring. Tomorrow is a few degrees warmer, but it's miserable working out in the garage right now.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 5:59 PM

BRENDA


Picture frame with friends photos done and hung up.

Had a nice walk in the sun and dry. Weather people are talking rain tomorrow. I hope not but will have to see.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:18 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Got my head on straight and went back to work for another 5 hours.

The Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 will do the trick. People swear by that stuff and with the insane prep work I'm doing I can't imagine it's going to peel off. The can itself even says that it will cover glossy veneer, and mine isn't very glossy anymore.

So I cleaned the closet doors for the master bedroom that were ready to rock and got two coats of primer on them. It took about twice as long to cure for the second coat than the can says because it's cold in my basement, so I took that time to make the rest of the cuts for the tricky door on the table saw in the garage, sand the edges down so they're round, and primered them too.

I'll just have to be VERY careful when I make my 45's for those and cut them to size because they need to be perfect the first time. I don't want to have to rip more and waste them.


As I went along with sanding the doors earlier, I also glued some veneer at the bottom of one of them and clamped it down. I had to do a lot of extra sanding and prepping at the bottom of the doors because Uncle Bob screwed that up just like he screwed everything else up. He must have cut the bottom of the doors with the dullest blade in existence.

The bottom peg on one of the doors had caved in as well, so I made a block to fit with cutoffs from the porch work and drilled a hole and popped the unit into it. Glued it and clamped it. It's more solid now than it was when the door was built.



HUGE day today. Tons of stuff done and I'm way further than I thought I would be. Our warmest day in the next two weeks is tomorrow and all I have left to do out there now is sand down the two bedroom doors and the patch work on the linen closet door... at least assuming I don't screw up one of the ripped door casings I prepared tonight.


Wish me luck. :)



Oh... P.S.

I know given my history that it seems that I'm being the cheapest son of a bitch ever by putting all of this work into the doors, but even if I bought new stuff it wouldn't be much less work, and there's actually a lot more that I would very likely screw up.

I've only ever installed a brand new inside door one time in my life, and I'm not good at chiseling out hinges or drilling holes for the doorknobs at all. I might be doing twice as much work restoring these old doors, but at least the hinges were perfect and the doorknobs were all set right.

These must have been pre-hung doors when they were installed because there is no way in hell that Uncle Bob did work that good. When there's nothing but weekend-warrior bullshit work everywhere else, he didn't suddenly become a craftsman overnight when it came to putting hinges on a door. :)

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:34 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Too bad you're not by me Brenda. I got plenty of shelving in my garage that I could give you. Only kept it when I was de-hoarding because I know I'm going to use some of it when I do the closets, but I won't be using all of it.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:01 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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The bedroom closet bifold doors look fantastic!!!

Two coats of primer and two coats of enamel paint and they look like the nicest set of doors you've ever seen. I can't wait until they dry and I get the rest of the trim and casings done so I can install them and finally have closet doors again.

I finished painting all of my baseboards and the altered casings too, so everything I need for the entire upstairs except for the windows is painted and ready to start cutting and installing. I'll probably start painting the window casings and sills as I pull the paint out to start doing the rest of the doors as I get to them just to make better use of the paint and less cleanup. I'm also going to figure out how much more I need for the rest of the house because I called up today to find out how long they'd be on sale for and was told that they were discontinued and I have to buy everything I'd need before they sell out. (No way I'm paying $9 per piece down the road when I can get them for $3 now, especially since I probably wouldn't even be able to find matching pieces when that time comes).

Going to mail out all the new rebates tomorrow. Now that I found out that I will indeed get the 11% rebate on the trim I bought, I ended up getting all of it for free and also made $9 bucks off the deal.

I already had the primer I'm using, so minus all the work and time I've put into this project so far, the only monetary cost to me has been a can of paint that I got for $22 after the rebate, $5 worth of dollar store sanding sponges, a $6 bucket of spackle, a $35 brad nailer and $5 worth of extra brad nails that will do the rest of my house and leave me with plenty leftover to do projects with down the road.


Patched doors look amazing now with one coat of primer on them. They'll all look brand new when I get 3 more coats on them like the closet doors.

Oh... I forgot I've spent about $25 on the wood I'll need to build the windows, minus the casings too. Not really fair to count that though since I have to actually build the entire windowsill and insets too.




Probably going to run all my errands tomorrow and get a much needed haircut and take it easy besides maybe doing a little painting. I'm exhausted after the last two days of being out in the cold and I think I tweaked my back a little again.


Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:27 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Too bad you're not by me Brenda. I got plenty of shelving in my garage that I could give you. Only kept it when I was de-hoarding because I know I'm going to use some of it when I do the closets, but I won't be using all of it.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



That is too bad.

Well, I might get lucky down at the Salvation Army Thrift store tomorrow. I hope so.

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Thursday, January 2, 2020 9:28 PM

BRENDA


Tired, tired, tired. Been home over an hour from work. Hence the tired.

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Friday, January 3, 2020 11:48 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Haircut done, rebates mailed out, all errands complete, and I still have most of the day left...

I picked up another gallon of that good primer since it was on sale today, but I think I can finish everything I still needed to prime for doors and trim with the gallon I have. I wanted to get it for when I paint the living room and kitchen walls though.

It's only 37 degrees outside with a high of 40 today, but I think I might put the second coat of primer on the two bedroom doors and the linen closet bifold since it's all staged out there already. It takes ages to dry at these temps, but it's all dry from last night and it's supposed to be above 35 degrees until the 6:00PM hour so it should be good.

I'm going to have to start installing some of that baseboard now that it's all painted. It's taking up almost the entire tiled room in the basement, and I want to move my painting operation in there so I can cut wood in the back room that is completely unfinished without kicking dust all over the paint job.

The two bifolds for the master bedroom look fantastic. I couldn't be happier. It's all dry now, but I still need to be extremely careful with them and figure out a good place to stage them out of the way so I don't nick them at all before they've had a week or so to fully cure.

Minus the bathroom, the 2nd floor of my house is going to be showcase quality.


Going to spend some time figuring out how many more casings and baseboards I'd need for the rest of the house so I can order them before they all sell out. With no credit card bonus while buying these this time, I won't be getting them for free, but a 66% discount with 11% more on top of that is something I think I can live with.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, January 3, 2020 5:29 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Put the 2nd layer of primer on all the doors and on all of the window insets. I didn't get to put it on the window sills yet since I still haven't made them and it's too late in the day.

It didn't even hit 40 degrees today. That was pretty miserable work... especially when I had to kneel or even half-lay-down to get the undersides of stuff. I think I'm going to be hurting tomorrow.


I'll be able to sand down the doors for a uniform finish and wash them down before bringing them into the house to begin the painting. I might have to hold off on that until I get that baseboard out of there though. I'm going to see if some of my neighbors have horses that I can borrow once I do since I only have one set. Maybe I can get all three doors up on horses and paint them all at the same time. I prefer painting straight down on them rather than doing it when they're leaning on walls, but if I only have the one set of horses that's going to be a lot of wasted paint with cleanups and a whole lot of down time between doors.




Well... too late for me to get the saw and compressor set up for only a few hours work. I know after the last three days there is no way I'm going to work until 9 or 10 like I have been. But I ran all the errands I was planning on doing tomorrow this morning and I have everything I need to start my day for once so I can get right to work on it when I wake up in the morning.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, January 3, 2020 10:14 PM

BRENDA


Nothing at the Salvation Army I could use. So will have to make a trip to a home hardware store at some point.

Also rain and wind today.

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Friday, January 3, 2020 10:16 PM

BRENDA


More ferry cancellations for today and into this evening. Heavy, heavy winds between the mainland and Vancouver Island.

More wind predicted for tomorrow, so there will be more cancellations.

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Friday, January 3, 2020 10:17 PM

BRENDA


Wind picking up around here. Can hear it rattling the windows and glass on my balcony. Trees swaying.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:19 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Cold and snowing today. :(

Not going to be doing more work on the doors in the garage until tomorrow. It's kind of a miracle I'm not sick right now and just have some minor sniffles after yesterday.

Going to have to drag my ass up and get those baseboards started though. I really need to clear them out of that room so I can stage stuff in there for painting and not tie up the saw in the other room with painted stuff waiting to dry.



Got an old coping saw I found, but I'm not sure if the blade is good enough for the job. I went to buy new blades, but the only ones they had were 1/2 inch short and were designed to fit a saw that they didn't have in stock. Bummer. I do have a brand new hacksaw blade that I might try if the coping saw blade isn't up to the task of doing the 45's. I've got some wiggle room to test on this since I'll be starting at the very end of a 12' piece that is going to be on a wall longer than 12' and will need a second piece anyhow.

I'm going to try to get those strange door casings cut and put in place today too. Not a huge priority for space allocation there, but it will be a good morale booster to finally get all the door framing completed.


I ordered all of the rest of the pieces I'll need for the entire house (minus the porch) last night. I have no idea how much I'd need for the porch since I still don't know what I'm doing with all of the windows yet, but since it's not part of the house proper I will just buy some cheap trim and/or even make my own for that when it's ready. That's a long way off though...

Unfortunately, I had to buy three 10' lengths of the trim, that were only $1.00 off. I don't think they're being clearanced out like the shorter ones are at that price, so I think they're keeping the same style in stock at the store, but just eliminating the shorter lengths. I don't think that's a wise decision on their part since people aren't going to be likely to buy 10' pieces for doorways and will just go for a different style that has the 7.5' pieces available.

I had to pay premium prices for these 10' lengths though because I'm not going to do shoddy work like the previous owners did just to save a few bucks and I've got three things that need casings that have a length of over 7.5'.

Anyway... we'll see what I get done today.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, January 4, 2020 7:49 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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Hey Sigs!

That video I posted about using a coping saw to make your 45's on baseboard works a treat.

I didn't actually use it for the baseboards today (yet), but I used it to adjoin two tops for door casings on doors that were right next to each other in a corner in the hallway and the entire thing is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in the interior of a home. No joke.




So even though I only got one piece of baseboard cut and installed today, I ended up finishing all the door casings on the 2nd floor. They were tricky as hell, and they took me about 4 hours to do, not including my frequent breaks to clear my mind, but I only wasted one piece of trim and it wasn't one of my specialty cuts, so it's no huge deal. I bought 3 extras for the entire house, and the rest of the house is straightforward cuts, so baring any real stupidity down the road I should end up with two extra pieces when I'm done.

I'm going to have to get a picture up somewhere for you all to see this.

Yanno what... I'm going to do that now. I'll be back in a little while. :)

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, January 4, 2020 8:17 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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In an effort to fool the reverse image lookup, I messed with the colors of the image a bit. Not sure if that works or not, but it didn't find any matching images now.

The colors don't matter though, you can still see the trim work.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, January 4, 2020 10:17 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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FYI, the scarf joints in the 2nd video work great too.

I've got two 1/2 walls of baseboard done in the master bedroom now, and unless you were shining a light right on 'em, you can't even tell where I joined the base in the middle of the floor, and those coped corners almost look so good that I'd think about skipping the caulk if I wasn't already going to have to re-paint after covering the nail holes. I'll hardly even have to caulk the top of the boards to the wall. It's got a bit of give and if you're careful when putting your nails in you can get it real nice and tight up against the wall.

So... I pretty much did what I initially set out to do today on top of everything else. I got a lot of that baseboard out of there already. The hallway will be tricky, but I could probably have all of the baseboard done tomorrow minus the closets, and I might even get started on the windows or put a first layer of paint on the other doors.


I'm amped up and could have kept working, but I'm using the noise level as an excuse to wrap it up for the night, even though with all the windows closed the neighbors probably can't hear it.

The baseboard by the closet will be a little tricky. I'm definately going to be hanging up the door for that, because I want to make sure that when the bifold opens it won't be obstructed by it, but I also want to make sure I'm not cutting it short either. Need that to fit like a glove, and I want to be fresh and alert in the morning when I do it.

I can't remember what video I watched about this trick, but when I end the baseboard before the closet door, I'm going to cut a 45 behind it instead of just cutting it flat. I'm then going to cut out another tiny 45 degree wedge to fit and use wood glue to secure it in. It looks 1000 times nicer than just going with a straight break on the end.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:26 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Well, today I took my cat in for (yet) another vet trip today. His backstory (which I'm sure I posted before ... nevertheless ...) ...

Where I used to work has multiple locations over the whole of SoCal. At one of the locations, employees found three feral kittens, seriously dehydrated and underfed, with no mom in sight, who they rescued by running off to Kmart to get a large Rubbermaid bin and lid out of their own wallets. Yanno, it's one of those things that doesn't make it into official records. Under the radar ... out of the eye of Sauron.

They were a scrawny 3 weeks old, as estimated by the vet. So I fostered them for the first ~5 weeks, got them all their tests, vaccinations, and flea treatments, and home care; and after that, fostering was then taken over by someone else with a better place. 2 kittens I had not too many worries about. One was completely healthy and normal. One had asthma and was the runt, with some gut issues. And then there was my guy. He never looked, or behaved like a normal, healthy kitten. I won't go into all that was different and concerning things about him, besides asthma, gut issues, and small seizures. (But wait! There's more!)

In any case, I found good homes for two, but kept my guy. I was wondering who might possibly provide him all the care I thought he might need.

Five years later, it appears his large intestine has completely stopped working. I believe he's on an inevitable path to surgery, but there's one more medication to try (available from a compounding pharmacy), and after that, the last step is surgery.

Why would go through this for a cat? I ask myself that. But he's a living creature in front of me, in need. It's one abstract step to be concerned over things you read about that are distant and far away. But a living creature in front of you, that you've already established trust with, is an immediate call for involvement. To not respond is to betray that call in me to commit to care I already took on.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:58 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


So, I'm looking in my freezer. I have

- 'leftover stew' that has potato, onion, some Tuscan kale and riced cauliflower, and chicken thighs
- 'marinara' which is intended to be a complete meal, it's savory tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, spices, herbs, aromatics, and ground beef
- mashed cauliflower that's like mashed potatoes, with chicken thighs and gravy.


I have room for one more batch of something. I'm thinking maybe stir fried beef and stir fried peppers and onions (of course with all the flavor of home-made teriyaki sauce, ginger, garlic, and green onions!) Or maybe potato+ frittata. Or pork, cabbage and potato stew! Or ham, bean, and vegetable stew ... They all sound so good! Oh dear. How do I decide?

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 1:09 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I have to share this joke about Alaska I just saw on TV -


It's so cold I saw my lawyer with his hands in his own pockets.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 3:54 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Wow, that door trim looks great! I think that those three doors all together would be tricky, and (if I'm interpreting the picture properly) especially where two trims meet.

Nice work!!

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

Happy New Year, WISHY. I edited out your psychopathic screed!

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:01 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Well, today I took my cat in for (yet) another vet trip today. His backstory (which I'm sure I posted before ... nevertheless ...) ...

Where I used to work has multiple locations over the whole of SoCal. At one of the locations, employees found three feral kittens, seriously dehydrated and underfed, with no mom in sight, who they rescued by running off to Kmart to get a large Rubbermaid bin and lid out of their own wallets. Yanno, it's one of those things that doesn't make it into official records. Under the radar ... out of the eye of Sauron.

They were a scrawny 3 weeks old, as estimated by the vet. So I fostered them for the first ~5 weeks, got them all their tests, vaccinations, and flea treatments, and home care; and after that, fostering was then taken over by someone else with a better place. 2 kittens I had not too many worries about. One was completely healthy and normal. One had asthma and was the runt, with some gut issues. And then there was my guy. He never looked, or behaved like a normal, healthy kitten. I won't go into all that was different and concerning things about him, besides asthma, gut issues, and small seizures. (But wait! There's more!)

In any case, I found good homes for two, but kept my guy. I was wondering who might possibly provide him all the care I thought he might need.

Five years later, it appears his large intestine has completely stopped working. I believe he's on an inevitable path to surgery, but there's one more medication to try (available from a compounding pharmacy), and after that, the last step is surgery.

Why would go through this for a cat? I ask myself that. But he's a living creature in front of me, in need. It's one abstract step to be concerned over things you read about that are distant and far away. But a living creature in front of you, that you've already established trust with, is an immediate call for involvement. To not respond is to betray that call in me to commit to care I already took on.

Awww... poor kitty.

I hope you get his gut issues figured out. I have to say, my favorite cat (yes, I had favorites) had the same problem and eventually it killed him. I had him taken to the vets so many times to get "cleaned out" and his large intestine would work for a while and then quit, and each time it started working again would be for a shorter and shorter time. Eventually he had surgery with the hope that it would restart his gut, but it never did. With all that was going on in the house with a sick kid I wasn't tracking him too well ... he was so backed up he wound up vomiting poop and was so thin because he couldn't eat. I let him suffer about four days too long. If your kitty's gut function doesn't come back, don't let him suffer like I did with ginger-cat. It was a terrible thing that I did, waiting too long before euthanasia.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:08 AM

SIGNYM

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So, I'm looking in my freezer. I have

- 'leftover stew' that has potato, onion, some Tuscan kale and riced cauliflower, and chicken thighs
- 'marinara' which is intended to be a complete meal, it's savory tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, spices, herbs, aromatics, and ground beef
- mashed cauliflower that's like mashed potatoes, with chicken thighs and gravy.


I have room for one more batch of something. I'm thinking maybe stir fried beef and stir fried peppers and onions (of course with all the flavor of home-made teriyaki sauce, ginger, garlic, and green onions!) Or maybe potato+ frittata. Or pork, cabbage and potato stew! Or ham, bean, and vegetable stew ... They all sound so good! Oh dear. How do I decide?

If I understand the seasoning correctly you have two chicken dishes that are rather mild and one beef dish that's zippier. In the interest of variety I vote for the ham dish: it's pork (the others are chicken and beef) and it has a different flavor profile. My second choice would be stir-fry, but I ALWAYS put red bells in mine! Maybe some shrimp??? A third possibility, something completely different - a Thai red curry with pork, lots of Thai basil, potato, red sauces, and coconut milk. You'd have to find a recipe for it tho, it's too complicated to post!

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:08 AM

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I have to share this joke about Alaska I just saw on TV -


It's so cold I saw my lawyer with his hands in his own pockets.

Gonna have to pass that on!!!!

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 4:19 AM

SIGNYM

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So at this end I did finally get to sell the car to our sometime gardener for real cheap. I hope it's useful to him, and our driveway is cleared out. Also finally sprayed the weeds with that concentrate that you suggested, SIX. Will have to check to see how effective it is over the next few days. But yanno, I'm getting a hankering to get one of those weed torch-type things. With the recent rains this would be the perfect time to use it.

You have to read some of the reviews. they're a hoot!!! Here's my favorite

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So I asked unto the shopping lord Amazon. "Alexa, please grant my wish to eradicate the unstoppable nemesis crabgrass in my 1/4 acre rock garden which has been a plague on my back and chemical supply for years". Alexa in all her glory bequethed onto my humble being the actual finger of death incarnate.
With whistling, hissing, flame throwing glee the finger vanquished all foes (along with a few pine shrubs who were accidental victims of the wrath) in a fiery blaze of glory. In what felt like an instant, hours upon hours of weed pulling work was eradicated as I laughed manically and my neighbors ran inside in fear.
Thank you my dear Alexa for granting me this wish and providing me with the funnest (and admitedly most frightening) tool in my arsenal of weed destroying troopers. I have roasted an entire bag of marshmellows in your honor, [and] even though it only took 5 seconds my sacrifice was genuine.



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Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:01 AM

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Wow, that door trim looks great! I think that those three doors all together would be tricky, and (if I'm interpreting the picture properly) especially where two trims meet.

Nice work!!



Thanks!

It's a pretty hard configuration to try to explain with just a picture. I've edited them to try though. :)






It was tricky as hell. None of the single things that I did themselves were tough, but putting them all together was a chore. Was trying to cut, place, alter and eventually affix 5 different awkward pieces together in a way that wasn't going to look like garbage when it was done.

I can't believe that was the door configuration that I didn't ruin any pieces on. I got cocky after that though and didn't take the time I needed to for the entry into the big bedroom that only required altering the top casing to fit the two side pieces I needed to narrow down and I cut that one too short.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:10 AM

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So at this end I did finally get to sell the car to our sometime gardener for real cheap. I hope it's useful to him, and our driveway is cleared out. Also finally sprayed the weeds with that concentrate that you suggested, SIX. Will have to check to see how effective it is over the next few days.



Give it a few days. It worked really quick for me, but being the terrible cook that I am I'm not one for measuring stuff. That concentrate was so cheap there is no way in hell I'm getting as many gallons out of it that the bottle states. I may have used quite a bit more in a gallon of water than you did if you actually followed the instructions.

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But yanno, I'm getting a hankering to get one of those weed torch-type things. With the recent rains this would be the perfect time to use it.


Ye gads! Be careful! California and fire doesn't mix, don'tcha know?

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You have to read some of the reviews. they're a hoot!!! Here's my favorite

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So I asked unto the shopping lord Amazon. "Alexa, please grant my wish to eradicate the unstoppable nemesis crabgrass in my 1/4 acre rock garden which has been a plague on my back and chemical supply for years". Alexa in all her glory bequethed onto my humble being the actual finger of death incarnate.
With whistling, hissing, flame throwing glee the finger vanquished all foes (along with a few pine shrubs who were accidental victims of the wrath) in a fiery blaze of glory. In what felt like an instant, hours upon hours of weed pulling work was eradicated as I laughed manically and my neighbors ran inside in fear.
Thank you my dear Alexa for granting me this wish and providing me with the funnest (and admitedly most frightening) tool in my arsenal of weed destroying troopers. I have roasted an entire bag of marshmellows in your honor, [and] even though it only took 5 seconds my sacrifice was genuine.





lol. Love the silly Amazon reviews. That was a good one.

I'm sure I'd never be able to find it now, but my favorite Amazon review was about a gallon of milk, back in the late 2000's. Maybe it would actually get to your door and be safe to drink now that Amazon has their own delivery trucks and distribution centers all over the planet, but really... who's going to order a gallon of milk in the mail?

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:41 PM

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Soggy, soggy Sunday here. Good thing I don't have to go outside today.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:25 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hey Jack

I too have doors and windows with placements (like right next to interior walls) that make fitting trim and baseboards tricky! So I've seen people have to fudge the fitting, sometimes better sometimes not so well. Your work looks terrific! If you think you might enjoy it, maybe you could do work as an interior trim carpenter?

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:30 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hey Brenda - I might have mentioned one of my favorite scifi authors (LeGuinn) here and there. She lived in Portland, Oregon and once wrote about having to get used to being more or less continuously damp. I always wondered about that. It seems like if one's place is warm enough, one might actually dry off at home. That's why I keep mentioning how toasty your new place seems like it is, especially compared to your old one that seemed both damp AND chilly.

Are you able to get dry at home?

Anyway, I hope you stay warm and dry!

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:40 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Hey Signy

I think I'm going to go for either a stir fry or a shrimp curry.

As for my cat ... he's not the friendliest cat in the world. Despite the fact that I adopted him at quite an early age, there are still things about him that are kind of feral. He can't stand to be picked up and held, for example, and he knows when I'm 'hunting' him to do that. He's really avoidant of strangers. It was YEARS before I was able to coax a purr out of him. That makes caring for him - administering medicine for example - tedious and frustrating.

But he's an indoor-only cat so it's easy for me to keep track of him. And he comes to me for comfort and warmth when he's not feeling well.

I've been feeding him high calorie nutritional supplement so he hasn't lost weight. The trick will be to keep his guts clear even though they're not working, while I'm waiting for the medicine to come in. That may mean another trip or two to the dreaded vet in the next week.

We'll see. I'm going to make sure he gets his best shot at a long and healthy life.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:22 PM

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Hey Brenda - I might have mentioned one of my favorite scifi authors (LeGuinn) here and there. She lived in Portland, Oregon and once wrote about having to get used to being more or less continuously damp. I always wondered about that. It seems like if one's place is warm enough, one might actually dry off at home. That's why I keep mentioning how toasty your new place seems like it is, especially compared to your old one that seemed both damp AND chilly.

Are you able to get dry at home?

Anyway, I hope you stay warm and dry!



She is quite correct. If you live on the West coast starting from the Lower Mainland of BC down to Northern California, yup it is a soggy old time.

I am able to stay nice and toasty and dry in my new home.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 11:25 PM

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Hey Jack

I too have doors and windows with placements (like right next to interior walls) that make fitting trim and baseboards tricky! So I've seen people have to fudge the fitting, sometimes better sometimes not so well. Your work looks terrific! If you think you might enjoy it, maybe you could do work as an interior trim carpenter?



Thanks. :)

I wonder what kind of money is in it. Without rebates or the CC discount, even at an insane price on clearanced out trim it's costing me around $420 for everything I still needed in my house. (Everything but three doors that were already done on the first floor and the baseboard in the living room, and rubber/vinyl baseboard I will eventually buy for the basement). Had I paid full price for everything, that would have been more along the lines of $1,100-$1,300 just for the wood, and that doesn't included primer, paint and other supplies or any doors.

I'm sure I'd get quicker at it over time if I did it frequently, and I'd definately buy a shiny new miter saw that would make easier adjustments and have it mounted properly on something so I wasn't kneeling on a cold concrete floor... But in the mean time I'd have to be making at least as much as I could make working at the local grocery store overnight. I'm not sure how fesable that would be at the speed I do this now. I haven't exactly been logging my hours here, but with all the sanding and painting with the door restorations I'm a good 9 days work into this now and once I build the windows and finish the baseboards I still have to caulk everything and spackle and sand down the nail holes before a final coat of paint goes on it all.

It would look great if I was doing something like this for somebody else, but that would be an extremely pricey job for somebody with the amount of hours I'd be racking up, even if I were only charging them around $10/hr.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, January 6, 2020 2:44 AM

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Not sure about contractor payments there, but here it costs at least $2000 (labor only, not materials) to have three large windows installed. That includes patching the exterior stucco, but it was a one-day job for a crew of three. $1000 to patch three exterior stucco holes (two of them were less than 6"X6").

Maybe you could get an idea what kind of pay to expect by collecting a few quotes for the work that you're doing/intend to do. Just stay away from anything structural or electrical because you could wind up with all kinds of liability. But wood floor installation or finish carpentry ....? Far as I know, no permits required here for that, and CA is regulation-happy so if there are no permits here then there are prolly no permits required there either. Same with painting.

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Monday, January 6, 2020 10:32 AM

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Yeah... I don't know how much people around here would have the kind of money to pay that. On the flip side, I know how much rent goes for in the big cities since my brother used to live in LA (or was it San Fran...?), so I know I'd have to be asking a lot less for my work.

I know with the right tools I could speed up the work. I'm also very good at finding the quickest way to the best results when I do something repeatedly, so even if I was slow at this at first I would get much faster at it over time.

I already know I wouldn't paint pre-primed trim before I put it up since that's essentially a waste of time and needs to be done a 2nd time. I'll have to see how my dad's stuff looks in his back porch that he did on his own years ago that way. I don't think he even had a brad nailer. I never noticed anything wrong with it over the years, but then again I never really paid it any mind either. There must be nothing glaringly wrong with it though, and that's what I would expect since even though he's a novice I get half of my perfectionism from him.

And at the rate my step-mom likes re-painting rooms in the house, it probably has a brand new layer of paint over everything now making any imperfections even less conspicuous.

I'd also buy a few sets of really nice saw horses that are easy to fold up and tuck away. I've got one set of the ones you build yourself with 2x4's after you buy the brackets, but they are difficult to store anywhere without being in the way and are a pain in the ass to bring in and out through 30" doors without banging things.


It's been a long time since I painted anything, and I rarely ever paint anything with a brush this extensively. Whenever I get to the remaining 6 doors in my house, I'm going to do those differently too. I will put the primer on with a short nap roller first, which will be about 20 times faster at least, since I sand the doors down after the primers up anyhow. While I was primering the doors in the garage, the primer behaved differently than I've ever dealt with before.

I was going in a left to right pattern a few feet long, while taking time to give the tops, sides and bottoms a little cover as well. But when I'd start my next left to right sequence below the 1st one, it would not cover the original paint very well and in fact seemed to pull it up a bit if I wasn't careful. A few variables could have caused that... There was still veneer on the doors since they weren't sanded completely bare. It was anywhere between 35 and 42 degrees in my garage while I was doing it. The primer is 6 months old from back when I painted windows and the columns in the front of my house, but seems to still be good. I made sure when I put the 2nd coat on to overlap these areas where the brush strokes were apparent, and although it was doing it again the 2nd time, it was hardly noticeable at this point since a lot more paint was up and I made sure to cover the first occurrence with the second layer.



I think the trickiest part of a job like this is time management. Not necessarily worrying about how long something intricate is taking (because that would only make me screw up cuts and throw money in the trash bin), or worrying about how much quicker I'm naturally getting by doing it more often, but minimizing downtime by planning things out smartly and having other things that can be done while paint is drying.


I always thoguht that if I could get into doing something like this and have a somewhat regular stream of work, I'd be able to undercut the competition fairly easily because of my own financial situation. I've got quite a bit of wiggle room there to at least get myself started and not worry that I'm not making a ton of money per job while I'm honing my skills and building a portfolio of work.


But am I ambitious enough to do that and not just settle for a weekly paycheck doing work I hate?

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, January 6, 2020 5:44 PM

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Well... I got the first coat of paint on the two bedroom doors and the bifold for the linen closet. It looks awesome and at this point I can't even tell where the holes were that I patched up anymore.

Unfortunately, I'm going to be without a kitchen table or the table in my living room that I use for my mail and keys and such probably for a few weeks. Even after two days of drying, I had the doors stacked on the wall in the basement last night waiting for me to prep the area with a drop cloth and get the tables down there and I had the corner of one resting on the 2nd one and they were stuck so I pulled a tiny bit of paint off. So now the plan is to paint it all again tomorrow, and then possibly wait a week to 10 days to turn the two bedroom doors over and paint the other side. Fortunately, the bifold door I can just install where it's going a day after it dries so I can have my horses back as well as half of the room I'm doing the painting in now so I don't have to put painting the window casings on hold.

I'm going to miss those tables though...



Had a frustrating start to my day that I'm not going to get into, but I essentially "won", if you call it winning after wasting 2 hours on the phone. Long story short, I'm getting a $120 shop vac that is more powerful than the one that broke for $35 with tax after a sale, an online code bonus in-store points and a credit statement refund all take place. Since I have to spend nearly $16 of that in the store, I'm just going to call it a $51 shop vac with an extra filter, since that's what I'm going to buy with it. It also comes with a free car vacuuming kit with additional hose heads, so pretty much in every way this one is going to be nicer than my old one, and it's by the same company so unless they suck now it should last me another 15 to 20 years. :)


Anyhow, I'm done for the day. I didn't really enjoy the painting like I usually do since I was agitated from the crap on the phone earlier. There will be a bit of a glut with the painting since I can't do any more of it outside, so I can wait on making my windowsills tomorrow.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, January 6, 2020 9:53 PM

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First 6 days of January wet. Also 26/31 days of December weeeeeet

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:00 AM

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Yeah... I don't know how much people around here would have the kind of money to pay that. On the flip side, I know how much rent goes for in the big cities since my brother used to live in LA (or was it San Fran...?), so I know I'd have to be asking a lot less for my work.

I know with the right tools I could speed up the work. I'm also very good at finding the quickest way to the best results when I do something repeatedly, so even if I was slow at this at first I would get much faster at it over time.

I already know I wouldn't paint pre-primed trim before I put it up since that's essentially a waste of time and needs to be done a 2nd time. I'll have to see how my dad's stuff looks in his back porch that he did on his own years ago that way. I don't think he even had a brad nailer. I never noticed anything wrong with it over the years, but then again I never really paid it any mind either. There must be nothing glaringly wrong with it though, and that's what I would expect since even though he's a novice I get half of my perfectionism from him.

And at the rate my step-mom likes re-painting rooms in the house, it probably has a brand new layer of paint over everything now making any imperfections even less conspicuous.

I'd also buy a few sets of really nice saw horses that are easy to fold up and tuck away. I've got one set of the ones you build yourself with 2x4's after you buy the brackets, but they are difficult to store anywhere without being in the way and are a pain in the ass to bring in and out through 30" doors without banging things.


It's been a long time since I painted anything, and I rarely ever paint anything with a brush this extensively. Whenever I get to the remaining 6 doors in my house, I'm going to do those differently too. I will put the primer on with a short nap roller first, which will be about 20 times faster at least, since I sand the doors down after the primers up anyhow. While I was primering the doors in the garage, the primer behaved differently than I've ever dealt with before.

I was going in a left to right pattern a few feet long, while taking time to give the tops, sides and bottoms a little cover as well. But when I'd start my next left to right sequence below the 1st one, it would not cover the original paint very well and in fact seemed to pull it up a bit if I wasn't careful. A few variables could have caused that... There was still veneer on the doors since they weren't sanded completely bare.

If you're painting water-based over oil-based you could have a problem with adhesion
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It was anywhere between 35 and 42 degrees in my garage while I was doing it.
ALSO a problem. There are temperature limits on painting; it's not just evaporation of water that's happening but the little beads of acrylic (assuming water-based) have to meld together into a solid film, and that reaction might be delayed in the cold.
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The primer is 6 months old from back when I painted windows and the columns in the front of my house, but seems to still be good.
Should be OK provided it hasn't frozen in between.
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I made sure when I put the 2nd coat on to overlap these areas where the brush strokes were apparent, and although it was doing it again the 2nd time, it was hardly noticeable at this point since a lot more paint was up and I made sure to cover the first occurrence with the second layer.

I think the trickiest part of a job like this is time management. Not necessarily worrying about how long something intricate is taking (because that would only make me screw up cuts and throw money in the trash bin), or worrying about how much quicker I'm naturally getting by doing it more often, but minimizing downtime by planning things out smartly and having other things that can be done while paint is drying.

I always thoguht that if I could get into doing something like this and have a somewhat regular stream of work, I'd be able to undercut the competition fairly easily because of my own financial situation. I've got quite a bit of wiggle room there to at least get myself started and not worry that I'm not making a ton of money per job while I'm honing my skills and building a portfolio of work.


But am I ambitious enough to do that and not just settle for a weekly paycheck doing work I hate?

The biggest problem is breaking into the field and finding customers. They won't just come to your door, you have to advertize and put yourself out there. Our sometime gardener does a fantastic job, and anyone would be lucky to have him work there, but just getting those first few jobs and building a rep is tough! I keep telling him he needs a T-shirt with a company name nd phone number when he's working here ... "XXX's Precision Gardening 213-XXX-XXXX" .... or some such. I've recommended him on NextDoor but so far no nibbles. That decision about which job to take? It might not be yours to make, you might be left with the weekly paycheck as the only choice!


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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 10:46 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK

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If you're painting water-based over oil-based you could have a problem with adhesion



I'm not saying that isn't the case here, but it shouldn't be. Although I did not sand the doors down to complete bare wood for lack of proper tools and the temperature outside, I completely de-glossed them and was as thorough as I could be. I did a lot of research on what primer to buy and it just so happened that I already had half a gallon of it in my basement already. Zinsser does make gallons of primer that are even better for $40 and $50 as well, but once we get up to those prices it might have been a trigger for me to just look into brand new doors on sale instead.

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ALSO a problem. There are temperature limits on painting; it's not just evaporation of water that's happening but the little beads of acrylic (assuming water-based) have to meld together into a solid film, and that reaction might be delayed in the cold.


Yeah. This is the more likely culprit. The primer is rated to work as cold as 35 degrees, but it does say that drying/curing times will take longer if it's too cold. I had to find a whole bunch of other things to do in between the first and second coat because it took about 4 hours to be ready for a 2nd coat instead of the 1 hour that it was supposed to. If time between coats is 4 times as much, it's probably around that much longer to fully cure as well.

They were definitely dry to the touch when I brought them inside, but I should have just put something in between them when I stacked them up like an old rag. I did have the foresight not to put them flush together, but I wonder if that was my mistake as well. With all that surface area it would have hardly been any weight per square inch resting on the one below it. When I put just the top onto the bottom door, I distributed the entire weight of a leaning door to a very small surface area, which also happened to be an angle which likely had quite a bit more primer on it than the sides of the door as well.

Not a huge deal... Just a little part came up, about 1/4 the diameter of a pencil eraser. It just makes me know to be a lot more careful with the final coats is all.

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Should be OK provided it hasn't frozen in between.


Yeah. No freezing here. I'm never storing paint in the garage again. What a waste of paint.


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The biggest problem is breaking into the field and finding customers. They won't just come to your door, you have to advertize and put yourself out there. Our sometime gardener does a fantastic job, and anyone would be lucky to have him work there, but just getting those first few jobs and building a rep is tough! I keep telling him he needs a T-shirt with a company name nd phone number when he's working here ... "XXX's Precision Gardening 213-XXX-XXXX" .... or some such. I've recommended him on NextDoor but so far no nibbles. That decision about which job to take? It might not be yours to make, you might be left with the weekly paycheck as the only choice!



Yeah. I'm just going to get a temp job to pay the bills for the mean time. I managed to put away quite a bit of money making next to nothing at the old job. That's not going to happen right now since I'm putting that into the house and my teeth, but if I can keep the work up on the house and somehow manage to break even by January of next year while also getting my teeth fixed I'll be happy enough.

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Friday, January 10, 2020 9:59 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


But yanno, keep the whole "finish carpentry" in mind. You might also do well being a one-person geek squad: there are a lot of people who need help just loading updates or cleaning heat sinks and replacing fans. Yanno stuff that seems so simple to you that you couldn't imagine paying anyone to do it.

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Pity would be no more,
If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

Happy New Year, WISHY. I edited out your psychopathic screed!

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Friday, January 10, 2020 10:36 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them.


So, over at this end ... the glyphosate concentrate finally started working ... sort of. We had a ouple of sunny days in the mid-70's, and some of the sprayed weeds started to die back. (I think that's about a week or so since I sprayed). But the weeds in the shade, and the grasses and sedges still look pretty happy, so ... not good enuf.

Mechanical weeding didn't work last year (I was hoping that if we weeded like maniacs last year, before seed-set we could get a jump ahead, but after digging/pulling up a dozen or so 65-gallon bins last year I'd say it didn't work.) I tried two different weedkillers: Natrizine (which has a more immediate effect) and glyphosate, and I tried them each twice and I'd say the results are underwhelming. Furthermore, I've had to keep the dog out of the yard so she doesn't chew on the wrong bunch of grass because it's obvious that the glyphosate is still there, and still active. So, on to plan C: Fire. I need the weeds gone by end of January because I have a bunch of flower seeds that need to be planted by then. I'll let you know how that all works out and whether the house burns down or not.

There is also insolation (tarping). I'll tarp in the back, but reluctant to tarp in the front because someone might walk away with it.

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Are still making progress indoors. Dear daughter has a bookcase that she wants to put back in, but it was stored outside and got a little damp in spots. Its kind of a piece of shit, (mostly made of furniture-grade plywood) so not putting a lot of effort into reviving it, but we sanded off the exterior in prep for refinishing and lightly sanded parts of the interior to clean it off and smooth out where the grain was raised, so the next thing to do is clean/ oil the unit and then do some more room-organizing to make space for the bookcase.

I also see some additional metal to recycle so after I add that to the bin we can haul one more load to the metal recycler. Still a LOT more work to do. After the big house-wide push in December... and then the holidays ... hubby and I have decided to focus on one room at a time. But when I think about everything that needs to be done I sure wish I was younger and in less pain!

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Did manage to add a couple new recipes to the roster. There are family favorites, but I can't keep making the same five meals over and over! There is a small chain of restaurants here called Norm's. They serve largish portions of American food. A pretty big step up from Denny's (but that's not saying much) but don't expect fine dining. But, they DO serve a chicken and sausage gumbo, which is pretty good as far as I can tell. So I looked carefully at the soup ... broth, a smidgen of chicken and sausage, celery, onion, green pepper, a polite amount of okra (but not enough to account for the thickness of the soup; clearly they thicken with cornstarch) and a little tomato. So I tried reproducing that at home, adjusting for the fact that I'm serving a meal and need to put in a lot more protein, and I think it turned out pretty well. At least the family liked it, and that's what counts!





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Happy New Year, WISHY. I edited out your psychopathic screed!

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Friday, January 10, 2020 1:12 PM

BRENDA


Snowed here last night and still snowing this morning. Boots and gloves along with umbrella when I go out.

Weather people were right. Surprise, surprise, surprise!

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Friday, January 10, 2020 9:50 PM

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Originally posted by SIGNYM:
But yanno, keep the whole "finish carpentry" in mind. You might also do well being a one-person geek squad: there are a lot of people who need help just loading updates or cleaning heat sinks and replacing fans. Yanno stuff that seems so simple to you that you couldn't imagine paying anyone to do it.



Yeah. We'll see how it goes. I might have a gig helping a few old dogs do a gigantic big money bathroom remodel gig in the pipeline. Might lead to more work down the road.


About the computer stuff, I'm probably never going to bother with that. Everybody needs help with that stuff, but nobody wants to pay for it. At least in my circles, which are mostly people living on minimum wage or thereabouts. I've actually done a lot of freebies for people with computer and laptop related things at both of my overnight jobs. For me that kind of stuff is better for just building alliances and good will rather than a few bucks on the side, but that's just me. I just feel bad charging people making what I make per hour to do some stuff that I can do in my sleep.



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