I installed not one, but two curtain rods today! I did it even though it was hot, tricky to do, and I really would have rather just been playing video games instead.
I'm gonna call that a successful day of adulting :D
I have two more to install, but I figured out some good tricks with these two, so the next two should be easy. Maybe even easy enough to move them from a weekend project to an after work project.
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Aircraft: #Learjet 35
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Not much progress today
Lifted about another 2 square meters after walking the dogs and popping out to buy some new work trousers and knee pads 🤣
Had pm off & watched #F1 qualifying
What a season!?
I’m hoping Max has a horrible race too But it’s been so close & exciting behind him all year I don’t actually care.
Then wife called to say she’d forgotten meds So had to run them up to #Harrogate where she’s been helping with a fundraising Drag Night 👍💃
First day for lifting all the block paving. Broke up the edges and lifted about 6 square meters of blocks Stacked them ready to re-use (or be collected of we don’t) … now exhausted and a bit achy.
#Dog kept an eye on progress (in case critters appeared like yesterday)
I’ve started preparing for the log cabin build which should be all finished by the end of October.
I thought I’d save a little money and get some exercise by doing as much of the work as I can myself.
Collapsing the temporary woodshed I spent a week building 2 years ago has taken two days, and I’m exhausted already 😂
(I’ll try use consistent # to block or follow or just mute or unfollow me anyway … I would)
Tear Apart Your House For $200 With This Rotary Subwoofer
Many movies and songs use a lot of of bass to make it feel more real to the viewer or listener. Because of this, subwoofers are common in high-quality audio setups, often costing a substantial part
If you watch #wtyppod about engineering disasters, Alice has an iconoclastic opinion on things like expansion plates and swivel joints and the general flexibility of good engineering:
"No, make it more rigid!"
I have taken that to heart with some recent home improvement projects.
#homeImprovement protip: You probably save manuals of your nerd stuff. But also save the documents that come with your various plumbing, electrical and other house stuff. (Or, better, find the PDFs.) I was able to determine that I could just replace the o-rings (~$10) instead of the entire valve cartridge (~$100).
Whether you're a first-time homeowner or just looking to make simple updates to your space, home improvement can be daunting. #amazon
But don't worry, you don't have to be a pro to start. In this post, I'll share the basics of #homeimprovement, from planning and budgeting to choosing the right tools and materials.
Today I learned about PETG shrinkage.
On average 0,6% for PETG according to one source.
PLA varies more (apparently)
I'm making a drill jig for a cabinet, and when double checking measurements I noticed it seemed a tiny bit short (like 1mm on 229mm) which is 0,4%
This part is another, it's supposed to be 103,70mm
Which means it's 0,2%
I wonder why there is a difference? Maybe because this one is so thin it's 100% infill.
And the caliper seems to be off +0,1mm based on my reference (my iPhone, I assume foxconn makes them to tight spec but 🤷♂️)
Doesn't really seem apropos of anything for this network, but I just paid a guy to help me paint my house (which happened to coincide with four of the hottest days of the year), and he was a total champ and I think the result looks great, considering how blah the creme color was before. So I'm just trying to do a small bit of self-congratulation, whether anyone cares or not. :)
Introducing "A Terrible Beauty - Our Future, Our Present".
NYC Lower Manhattan Skyline shrouded in smoky haze from Summer 2023 Canadian Wildfires, a record-breaking Air Quality Index of nearly 500
OK, folks, I've decided I'm finally going to take the plunge¹ and add a bidet to our toilet. Time to join the civilized world and stop cutting down trees to poop!
Does anybody have a recommendation for one that's (a) reasonably good, (b) reasonably priced, and (c) self-installable by a relatively handy person?
¹Pun absolutely intended.
#HomeImprovement #handyman #BathroomTalk #recommendations
It's good to see photos like this on reputable sites like Fine Homebuilding. As an amateur DIYer, I tend to be overly obsessive about clean work, and that tendency often impedes getting any work done at all.
I need to see more images of glue drips, pencil smudges, and fingerprints. That they publish unedited, un-staged process photos of professional craftspeople is a good reminder that I can let go (a lot) and it will all turn out okay in the end.
Over the weekend I installed a new electrical outlet in the basement! 🔌⚡🎉
The outlet is for the water heater's powered anode, which has been plugged into an extension cord for the last year and a half.
(When we got a new water heater a few years ago, followed by a water softener a couple years ago, we ended up with a sulfur smell in our hot water. The solution was to replace the sacrificial anode with a powered anode. It fixed the problem!
The new problem it introduced was - because we didn't have an outlet near the water heater, there's been an extension cord run to that corner of the basement for the past (mumble) months.)
There was drilling through studs to run the wire, working in the dark with a headlamp because the light was on the circuit I was extending, and wearing a P100 respirator and safety glasses because I was hammering the staples to hold the wire in place next to dusty fiberglass insulation. Fun times!
The best part? I got to check off the task in my To Do tracking app (Todoist), which had a due date of April 2, 2022. 🎉😱
Finally entering the home stretch on my kitchen remodel project. The pile of cabinet doors are moving through paint. And sanding. So much sanding.
LED lights are driving me nuts. I posted earlier this year about needing to replace nearly a dozen A19 10W bulbs within about two years of normal use.
Today I replaced another four bulbs along with four recessed fixtures. These things clearly burn themselves out well before they should.
That's about 20 lamps turned to e-waste in under three years.
Guess which pictured fixture is the new one...
It is patently obvious. Nobody wants to sell you a new water heater while the old one is still functioning.
They want you to be under pressure from spouses, kids, pets, veggies, so that you will sign off on any ludicrously overpriced appliance install. Preferably bought on credit to make the cost look small.
Okay, I now need to go fight off that SWAT team (Special Water Appliances Team) armed with pens and meth pipes.
Wish me luck.
I Picked Up a Rain Cover for my Firman Tri Fuel Generator
For those of you who don't live in the Memphis area, this summer has been absolutely nuts in terms of weather events. Strong storms coming through and knocking out power to huge swaths of the area has been literally a weekly occurrence.
We are working on the next phase of our home improvement, which includes panting, replacing flooring, and redoing the kitchen plus some minor side projects.
I learned how to wire recessed lights and electrical sockets this week, which has been fun and is something I’ve wanted to know how to do for a while.
Today my task is to finish filling in the screw holes near the edges where I couldn't fit the pneumatic nailer. I counter-sunk them. As is my wont, I am being fiddly with it and trying to match the grain and color. Which is tricky, because if you've seen one R/Q sawn beech plank, you've seen one R/Q sawn beech plank.
It’s kind of hard but it's fun when I pull it off and get the plugs to disappear.
These below of course need to be cut flush and sanded.
#HomeImprovement This product looks to be amazing. Polymer that you paint onto glass to protect it. You can then paint the wood trim and later peel the dried film off the glass. So much easier then taping or cutting a protective film.
Great to see #HomeImprovement finally back on UK screens, on Comedy Central Extra - 4 episodes each night! 🪚🤕🔨
Just when I was ready to start painting, "why don't we just pull the wallpaper in the hall while we are at it?"
Then patching cracks. Then painting??
Weren’t there some major tax incentives passed late last year in the U.S. for home energy efficiency improvements, maybe even refundable credits?
I seem to recall this from last winter but haven’t heard anything about it since.
We’re considering some improvements, so I would greatly appreciate any info you have experience with this! TIA
This morning I installed it. It is under-shelf storage for a set of plastic measuring cups. It's an absolutely trivial quality of life improvement, and in no way worth the time I spent on it, but that's my very favorite kind of project.
For now, it is held in place with double sided Scotch™ tape. If it falls out, I'll drill the shelf for screws.
The colored text is paper taped to the back.
Next up in the #diy #homeimprovement saga: the room that used to be the kitchen. Old wall torn down, new sound proof Fermacell wall built on metal frames 90cm further into the adjoining room. Next up: ceiling will be pulled down, vapor barrier installed, isolation added below and finally wood plank ceiling will be installed. Walls need some loving too, but ceiling comes first. Finally a new door instead of the weird full height saloon doors and new flooring.
Life Hack - when painting your home, wear a hat so paint stays out of your hair when the paint can falls off the ladder you’re trying to move.
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It's been too smokey and/or too hot for me to hike lately. So I'm undertaking some over due home projects. This weekend I sweated it out in the garage. I insulated the bare exterior wall and added insulation panels to the metal garage doors. I can feel the difference already. I plan to do drywall this fall.
Looking forward to settling down for a couple of months, not least of all so I can get some projects done around the house.
Getting 4 more solar panels installed on the roof, rewiring the electrical so I can power the entire rig off batteries, and probably going to run some ethernet cable throughout the house to connect together all my devices. I love projects 😀
Is there a name-brand type of storage bin that combines to make a nice-ish looking stack like this?
I love that these almost look like real furniture, but it's a good amount of money to spend on some fake-name amazon seller thing that's probably rebranded 50+ times.
Sterilite and home depot stuff seems standard, but these would look nice. Then again, I just need storage in the basement.
I do not need wheels, the basement floor is not level
Is six months too soon to update my #introduction? Oh well, here it goes:
I'm currently obsessed with #PokemonGo and #geocaching. (It's because I'm trying to improve my #LittleFreeLibrary - trust me, they're related.) Besides those, I'm focused on #AchievementHunting, #TradingCards, and #reading
That's all for now!
How to Change a Quick Fix Into a Large Project 😬 #Woodworking #HomeImprovement https://samgrover.com/2023/05/30/how-to-change.html
One of the fixtures in my upstairs bathroom shower started leaking this morning.
Somehow, almost all of the water made its way into the bathroom wall, across the ceiling below that, into an HVAC duct, then around a corner and down into the basement, where it spilled from a loose joint in the HVAC duct onto the concrete floor, and then went down the foundation drain in the opposite corner.
Miraculously, on this meandering journey, the water also managed to avoid anything electrical, including my network cabinet (containing my modem, router, Raspberry Pi, NAS, and IoT hub) just a few feet away from where it turned the corner and went into the basement.
I found a good enough way to find a stud in my 100+ year old home, a rare earth magnet stud finder. Doesn't always work and is mostly useless in the kitchen where the wire mesh is, but I was able to find the joists in my ceiling to mount my projector correctly. #OldHouses #DIY #HomeImprovement #TimAllenGrunt
@rachelandrew True. It's the little things. A $15 shower head (or cleaning it) is amazing. But a true $15 life hack: see if your landlord lets you upgrade to this bad boy, https://www.korky.com/products/fill-valve-replacements/quietfill-toilet-fill-valve #Toilet #FillValve #Repair #Upgrade #HomeImprovement
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While investigating under the house earlier I discovered a duct to no where.
It literally travels 50ft or so into the side.of the a wall..and it's capped with what feels like newspaper.
It's important to keep your crawl spaces cozy I suppose
I've replaced about 25% of our bulbs with < 2 years service, and now I'm in the process of replacing *all* 26 recessed lights for a supposedly more reputable brand after one failed (also <2 yrs) and some started flickering.
Ordered from a local wholesaler too because it's impossible to sift through cheap garbo on Amazon.
Tired of ghetto-looking grout that’s all mucked up, so my kitchen never looks clean, I’ve gone and spent $25 for two grout pens.
Paining it over is looking pretty effective! If it lasts, I’ll be elated.
This made me wonder about the overall insulation quality in our ~150 year old house. The windows aren't drafty; the WALLS are.
I've just scheduled an energy assessment for late January, which was the soonest available.
I don't have the faintest idea of how to upgrade wall insulation without ripping out the walls, which is not something I'm prepared to do. Here's hoping that the assessment yields some alternatives that will help us shore up this house!
One of the reasons I wanted to move out of the condo and into a house was the increased control & ability to perform repairs and upgrades.
The flip side is a yawning chasm of uncertainty and ignorance, e.g. "What is the source of this problem?", "Is this a minor repair or a symptom of something that will be an expensive repair?"
Hello all. Here's my #introduction. I'm a soil scientist studying hydric soils, #wetlands, & #roots. I'm an associate professor at Kansas State U. in a teaching & research position. I teach/coach intro #SoilScience, #soil & #water #conservation, & #SoilJudging. I am an #OpenTextbooks author & promoter of #OER. I am also a #cyclist & #BikeCommuter advocating for more pedestrian & bicycle friendly spaces. I also enjoy #DadLife, #camping, #fishing, #homebrewing, #hunting, #diy, & #homeimprovement.
Hello, World (again)
I just moved instances, so here I am with a clean slate. I'll be boosting and posting warm, cozy, cottagey stuff like home cooking, garden and nature pics, and WIP of all kinds. I tend to CW everything I post, and to boost voices who need to be heard. I have a blog, which I will link to when I want to share something longer (like a recipe). I'm a sewing pattern maker in my day job. #Cooking #Gardening #Sewing #OldHouse #ArtsAndCrafts #HomeImprovement
#hachyderm #introduction post! I recently left a job in #gamedev and now I'm a Senior Software Engineer working on #civictech so I can hopefully leave the world better than I found it. I live in #Chicago and I have a #newguineasingingdog #dogs.
Hi there! I’m Josh, a #pastor turned #programmer who currently works as a #softwareengineer. I quit a #PhD in #theology for the sake of my #family and #mentalhealth. I’m an ordained #Anglican priest, but am currently on pause from #ministry and trying to discern my future in the #church.
#introduction Hi, I’m three night herons in a trenchcoat who are miraculously good at #datascience . Former environmental engineer by trade, and I still miss #chemistry a bunch. Hobbies include #birding , #NailArt , #baking , and lately #HomeImprovement and #gardening . Pleased to be here; feels a bit like plantblr/paleoblr when that was still a thing.