|12/5/2017 4:12:25 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
My big purchase and big dilemma... a Vacuum.
Well… For this Black Friday sales season, the big purchase was a fancy new vacuum to replace my older vac that I have had to glue pieces together on a few times and finally can’t find all the pieces to glue back anymore. Was totally my fault for trying to use tools on the hose that didn’t quite fit fully… but in any case, time for a new vac.
After months, and indeed, almost two years of keeping an eye on vacuum prices and features, I decided that this would be a serious investment and I would go for the ...
|1/13/2017 11:57:17 AM - Read Full Post|
Struggling and My Jellyfish Mantra
Greetings to all and I hope your new year is going better than mine.
|11/14/2016 4:47:04 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post|
A Long Shelf and a Hammer Storage box
Today I managed to get out of my crochet-on-the-couch-while-watching-tv mode and got a couple more boxes for the workshop built.
|10/26/2016 4:03:04 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Organizing a workshop... one box at a time.
To make my workshop more adjustable I attached french cleats to the walls and will be building "boxes" on matching french cleat hangers. This way I can move everything around when I change my mind about where everything will go. And let's face it... I will probably change my mind about the organization in there at least four times in the next year.
The first item to go up though was actually the workbench. It may also get changed in size and placement, so it too sits on an extra wide cleat. ...
|10/16/2016 1:19:48 PM - 17 Comments - Read Full Post|
Step By Step - How to Build my Semi-Thein-Clone
To preserve suction and reduce the cleaning of filters and containers of dust removal systems, you can add a pre-vacuum separator. It removes large and (when done right) even small visible particles before they get to the shop vacuum.
|10/16/2016 10:37:47 AM - Read Full Post|
Dust Collection and Suction Comparison with a Shop Vacuum
Jump ahead:The Spice Test (fine powder removal)Spice Test ResultsSuction Test on the WinnersSuction Test ResultsFinal ResultsStep By Step How to build my ...
|10/6/2016 2:03:28 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Walking directly into the workshop.
On days like this with 6 inches of snow on the ground, going outside to get to my workshop is the #1 reason the workshop got smooshed right up against the house. I don't need to battle snow to get in.
|7/11/2016 5:10:25 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
A Whole Lot of Paint and Plans for the Biggest Summer Project Yet
Besides having a nervous breakdown while sitting on a cart in the middle of the Home Depot paint area (because who doesn't have a breakdown when choosing the color of your home for the next 20+ years?), painting the house and shed are actually on the "easy" list for this summer. And in fact, I would be putting them off until next year, but... all projects seem to require a dozen pre-projects before you can even start on the fun stuff. Well, if you can count building a 8ft x 14ft shed along the middle of the front ...
|5/21/2016 5:21:20 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Spring Cleaning Update and a Quick Drawer
Incredibly annoyed… After having hunted for the herd of SD cards for the cameras for almost a year now, vigorously before both the Colombia trip and the Thailand-China trip, I was re-connecting a computer drive (which requires unpacking the computer’s filtered cabinet and everything on top of it)… and viola!
Yea… in a medium sized, plain white box… there were all the cards. Enough cards to completely cover both trips… which I ended up having to purchase almost $100 worth of cards to replace instead. ...
|4/2/2016 11:24:22 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
Preparing for a huge trip and a "Miracle Shopping Pack"
I know, I know... I have been promising to write a big post about my first trip out of the country to visit Hubby where he is working in Colombia. But... I don't have time for that right now. Why? Because I am preparing for a huge trip to tour Thailand with a stop-over in Beijing, China.
Yep. And if the planning alone isn't enough to send me into permanent cardiac-arrest, the hidden costs associated with it definitely are.
The trip itself isn't as expensive ...
|1/8/2016 10:10:54 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
New Tools and Project Plans
I love my family and my in-laws... and not just because they are all amazing people, but also because they know a girl can never have too many tools.
|8/24/2015 12:07:56 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Getting Ready for a Busy Two Weeks
Hubby is back from international traveling for work, but he will only be home for about two weeks before heading back out for the rest of the year. I may be able to go visit him, but that is pretty much all up in the air.
|7/27/2015 1:02:38 PM - Read Full Post|
One Little Thing - A Challenge
Some people say "It's the Little Things", but mostly, it isn't. It is the BIG things that knock you down or lift you up. Like a heavy weight boxer with a mean right hook. But that isn't the whole story. For bad or good, what gets you to the point where one big hit will send you over the top... you guessed it... IS the "Little Things".
Little things that make you happy or sad, or even just grind away at your time a few minutes a day. Nothing really... really ...
|7/9/2015 5:02:27 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post|
It is hard to believe, but one of my nieces is heading off to college in the fall. Seems like just yesterday she was poking a dead lizard with a stick and saying "He was a gooood lizard. I Looooved that lizard." despite the fact that she never met said lizard before. How incredibly fast they grow up... but I will always kindof see here like this:
Incredibly adorable, right?
But she is grown up now and off she will go to a land far away. ...
|4/20/2015 2:20:56 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post|
Three Plumbing Projects
In the past, plumbing projects were usually limited to fixing the guts of a toilet or the leaky drain of a sink. Things involving easily accessed PVC or threaded fittings. As soon as it got to metal pipes, the home-owner either had to learn to "sweat" pipes with solder and a torch, or call a plumber. Now, with push-fittings, home-owners everywhere can take back the repairs to copper pipes, and maybe get a little creative, too.
Of course, one thing to note is that you should make sure your pipes have ...
|1/2/2015 11:24:29 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
Happy New Year 2015 and the Shortest Resolution Ever
Hubby and I have very few traditions. I think without having kids, traditions just don't seem as important. Everything is flexible. Which, in one way, is nice because everything becomes easily movable to a convenient day-off-work. But it also means that holidays and special events are a lot easier to slip under the rug and forget about.
Some of the loose events that we try to make time for, consists mainly of going out to dinner at least some time near our birthdays and anniversary. On the ...
|12/22/2014 12:18:05 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post|
A Little More Car Storage Space
"Tired" of emergency supplies taking up space and rolling around in the trunk of your car? This fix can fit a surprising amount of those little things in a space that is never used.
|12/9/2014 1:18:25 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
More About Our New-Used Car
So our new-used car, a Suzuki SX4 Sport, has been running well so far and already has a name. Okay... so I have to admit I named the thing before I even had a chance to drive it, but with hubby having to take it to work before the crack-of-dawn and not getting home until pitch-black-O-clock, I didn't even get a chance to drive it around until Saturday and it needed a name long before then.
Much like "Roo" our first Subaru... this SX4 got it's name mostly from it's ...
|12/9/2014 10:21:48 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post|
Frugal Fan Fix For Ferociously Freezing Failing Fridge
I actually did this mod/repair a while ago, but I wanted to be sure it would work well before I posted the how-to. We got this fridge when we first moved to the mountains several years ago. Used, nothing fancy, but in good condition. Sadly though, over the last two years it has gotten worse and worse about freezing everything in the back and produce bins and leaving the rest not cold enough.
I started moving things around a lot to try to keep everything at the right temperatures, but with hubby home and ...
|11/14/2014 4:55:37 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post|
Fixing Flow to an Unusual Faucet
When flow to a faucet fouls up, the first thing to check is the aerator... No, this isn't something you fly with. The little screen that is usually screwed onto the faucet where the water comes out.