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Daily DIY: Nuts for Wood

Sep 15th 2009 10:12AM Ach! Why would I want to un-do all of the character and history in that cutting board?

Found Footage: 1942 Philco radio / Mac mini mod

Oct 14th 2008 12:34PM Of course, monster points would have been awarded for integrating the orignial analog knobs, but I digress...

Nice engineering job, though just for looks I think the screen rising out of the back would have been a better go. There are off-the-shelf mechanisms for doing this already, at least for television size screens. For some reason, to my eye, when the front door blocks the bottom part of the screen frame, it looks like it isn't extended all the way. Plus, it blocks the original Philco tuner. Being able to see both (screen and radio) would make for a better anachronistic-yet-modern look.

A+ for the work! Now to look at eBay...

Unusual uses: Plastic soda bottles

Jul 1st 2008 3:16PM Or, just wash 'em out and put more water in it. :-)

Say goodbye to your soda addiction

Jul 1st 2008 3:14PM I use the Crytal Light packets (or, rather, their Kroger equivalent). Sugar substitutes don't bother me. But, what I really like is the Vitamin B boost it gives. If you're sick and out of energy, these do a lot to keep you functioning.

Kidney stones are a great reminder to keep ones self flushed out.

Blizzard announces Diablo III for Mac

Jun 30th 2008 9:23AM Heck with the game, expand that trailer into a full-length movie!

Turn that dead HD into something useful

Jun 30th 2008 9:10AM The magnets are great fun. I like the sander idea... known flat surface plus abrasive sheet makes for tool sharpening station.

Avant Yard: Father's Day gifts for yardiac dads

Jun 13th 2008 2:48PM Heh, being a yard Dad myself, I can relate to some of these. And if you're going telescoping pruning shears, consider a polesaw. A nice one from Sears is cheaper, has good reach, can lop smaller limbs and saw bigger ones (well, with some patience).

But, if most those Dad's are like me (and, from those that I know, they are)... well, once we know we want something, we tend to just go get it and get to work. I admit, that can make gifts challenging. So, here's some thoughts (and the family doesn't read this, so I'm not seeding anything out here):

tools - ideas for unique items can be found in places like Garrett Wade and Lee Valley. Dad has bulb planters? But, does he have a Japanese gardening knife? If he's into learning new ways to do things, that might be appreciated. Lots of items of that sort, practical yet unique, and not all will break the bank. Look around.

plants - not usually thought of for men, but the gift of flowers can be appreciated. I order from ProFlowers for my own Dad every year. His extensive garden includes at least 100 yd^2 of daylillies alone, so a selection of flowers he doesn't normally see is certainly appreciated.

expression - find that sidewalk chalk made in a earlier post and put a giant greeting on the driveway with the kids. If you mess up, well, there's always that $699 pressure washer.

decor -Wind chimes, a fountain (purchased resin, or diy concrete), or that L.L. Bean thermometer are all good choices. Or that stepping stone from another post (or a series of them for a walkway!)

hammock - if Dad doesn't have a hammock, he needs a hammock. A good hammock can be had for decent money. If he has a hammock, how about some hammock time?

back to work

Avant Yard: Kill a tree with herbicide

Jun 2nd 2008 1:59PM Crossbow is basicly impossible to get unless you have a chemical license. But, it is a mixture of other common components that can be found in other products available.

I'd be interested in follow-up to your Roundup use on the stump. If Bill is right (bark no, bare stump ok) then that would be very interesting. That would mean that damaged trunks might also be susceptible.

Avant Yard: Kill a tree with herbicide

May 30th 2008 11:36AM Concentrated herbicides is nasty, nasty stuff. Concentrates used in farming run several $100s for a bucket, but that bucket will cover hundered of *acres* of spray. Point being, be exremely careful, even with those 'Super Concentrates' that you can get at Home Depot.

Also, Roundup typically does little against woody plants, and I have doubts it will work at all against the stump. It works in foliar applications.

For woody plants, I've been using CrossBow ( You won't find that at a home center, but Ortho's Brush-B-Gon contains one of the active ingredients and it can be effective against stump sprouts.

I've used CrossBow/Brush-B-Gon in conjunction (as in, consecutive sprays, not a single mixture) as a double whammy against things like kudzu and poison ivy with good effect in woodland areas. Mix with vegetable oil to prevent spray drift (not a lot.. a few tablespoons will do in the sprayer). I also do not let the kids near the area for quite awhile after.

I've never tried it, but contemplated stump killing by simply drilling a hole or two with a spade bit and adding some salt. I've wondered if the salt would be picked up by capillary action to kill it. Hadn't had any live stumps to be rid of in awhile.

Paint like the pros do

May 30th 2008 11:04AM Ooh, I just finished some rooms not too long ago. I'll throw in some more:
- primer is your friend. If in doubt, prime. And don't skimp on it.
- don't cheap on the brushes. Get the good ones and learn to take care of them. I like Purdy, personally. Otherwise, you're likely to be either picking brush bits out of wet paint, or fuming later when you find it in the dry paint.
- when rolling, actually get in close to the corners, not just to where you cut in. Try to be uniform in texture, as it is quite noticeable between brush and roller. Get narrow rollers for narrow spots.
- mask/tape everything. Don't just start trying to cut in with the brush. Do the right prep, the painting is easy.
- with stains, use Killz. Don't depend on the paint to cover it. Make sure.
- if not sanding trim, then wipe it down with NoSand to take off the gloss. Yes, door frames, too. If you don't, you will regret it later when it starts to peel.


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