Actually, I’ve been scheduled off for spring break for a long time. But since we were not going anywhere, I decided to tackle 2 home projects that I knew were 4-5 days projects. Due to the nature of these, they pretty much ran in parallel.
First was a front door redo. Freaking Florida sun. And this door only receives about an hour of direct sunlight a day.
Complete sand, wood conditioner, 2 coats of stain, 2 coats of semigloss top coat, all the little cracks against the trim got re-caulked, and the white trim painted. Fuk.
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This is Peanut. We adopted Peanut because she was an older dog and they aren't always so lucky finding homes. She was aloof and had a lot of heavy calluses on the sides of her feet as though she spent a lot of time on concrete. The calluses are mostly gone now. She and Bear are really close and she has adapted well to her new life. They both hate Mike the Mailman.
Had a backed up toilet.
Snaked it but kept hitting something solid.
Removed the toilet.
Found a knob from the exercise bike. Damn two-year old.
Reinstalled toilet. Hid knob so it wouldn't happen again. I'm smart like that.
Two weeks later toilet is stopped up again.
Snake it again.
Something solid again.
Remove toilet again.
Damn it. It's the knob again.
Go look in hiding place, the knob is still hiding.
Go look at bike. There was a second knob.
Damn kid is nothing if not persistent.
Moral of story - don't have kids.
- Thread: Family pet thread
This is Zuma (Left) and Pismo (Right) Pismo was my our first dog when my wife and I started dating. We were living in NYC and came to visit her Mom in California on vacation. I had to have him when we saw him as a puppy. He was the goofiest looking puppy I’d ever seen. He was a Boxer/Lab mix. He’s probably about 7-8 in this pic. He was our first child. He road cross country with us in our U-Haul when we moved west. A real trooper. He was our ring bearer in our wedding. We had to put him down when he was about 13 We still have his run of ashes.
Zuma, in this pic, was just about 1 1/2. She LOVED her some Pismo. We also adopted her and she’s a Mcnab. She wouldn’t leave Pismo’s side for nothing. She wore him out. Zuma still lives with us today. She’s almost 14 and has never been the same since losing Pismo. That was 7 years ago. I still get emotional thinking about him, even typing this.
Well I found something I have no business ever trying to do again. Frick and Frack came last Sunday and when got home I went into the upstairs hall bath and as usual they have the miniblind jacked up tight to the head of the blinds. I can only imagine the sound it makes when they jerk the frigging thing. Not sure if they're blind or if that's their No Time for Sargeants inspection move to show they cleaned the glass in the window but they always pull the fukin thing so tight you almost can't get it to release.
Well this time they stripped the lifting cord that runs through the blades of the blinds. It's a cheap vinyl blind so I stopped by HD yesterday and picked up another, this time a cordless lifting model that has a selfwinding feature which won't allow them to snatch this one like they seem to enjoy doing. Well of course you have to buy the next size up and then cut both ends of the blinds to fit and put up new hanging brackets that mount in a different position so the old holes have to be patched and painted, and the frigging blind is way long so like a dumb schit I pop the buttons out of the bottom rail and set the blind at the proper length and cut the cable. ZING, the automatic wind sucks the braided line up both sides and I can hear it snap.
I spent the next 2 hours trying to get the line to release from both spools and feed them down through each hole in both ends of the blinds. When I finally finished threading this line and hold it up I realize I have missed the first 2 louvers in the stack. Repeat everthing above for one side. When finished I held it up to make sure it was correct this time. Suddenly one of the binder clips I have on one side to keep the line from releasing pops off and the lines snaps back into the spool.
I grab the blinds, walk to the patio door and fling the whole freaking piece of schit out on the patio and of course it flies out in about 50 pieces that I have to pick up. I wound up making another trip this afternoon to get another blind which I hung after trimming the width but the length will remain as is.
Decided to build a dog house yesterday. Got a few sheets of plywood and some 2x3s and went to town. I decided I don't care about making it perfectly watertight since we don't get much rain out here, so I just used some rough cut cedar fence slats for the roof. I thought about hinging the roof but decided instead just to make a couple of trusses that "nest" over the main box, keeping the entire roof removable. Now gotta hit it with some primer/sealer and some paint. I'll probably put some trim pieces around the bottom edge and the corners. Also not pictured is I saved the door cutouts and I'm gonna make some faux "shutters" with them. About a hundred bucks worth of material including the screws and liquid nails, etc.
Understand that literally everything about a car dealership is set up to extract as much money from you as possible. Everything. Every little thing they can add to a bump sticker - dealer prep, PDI fees, door edge guards, wheel mouldings, window etching... and finance. They will do nothing that doesn't make them money.
What others have said about your trade is true. You'll likely get more for your 4Runner if you sell it yourself. The flipside is, you have to run an ad, keep her detailed, meet all sorts of potentially weird people, do test drives, etc. It is a hassle and like you said, might not be worth the headache for a few extra dollars. Your decision....
Preparation is key! Before you go shopping, determine how you plan to acquire the car - lease or purchase. Given the vintage of your 4Runner, I will assume you will purchase. Next step - and this is critical: Go to your bank/credit union and get your finance arranged. Have that in your back pocket. Given year-end deals, it is possible you might be able to get better rates/terms from the dealer. But NEVER rely on them. That F&I "manager" is likely to be the best and trickiest closer you meet.
If you buy new, you won't benefit from depreciation, but you will be able to take the VIN of the vehicle and surf the web to find out what the best deals are to ensure you're leaving as little on the table as possible. Give or take volume discounts and factors between the dealer and manufacturer you likely can never know, data on new cars should be pretty uniform. At this time of year there will likely be incentives both from the dealer and the manufacturer on new units.
If you buy a used car, yes, someone else will have taken the hit on depreciation, but you can never really know what the seller has into the vehicle (meaning how much did they pay to get the car on their lot either in trade or at an auction). Plus, there is some small risk with regard to how the original owner drove and cared for the car you avoid when buying new. Research will be more geographic. The good news is, there are a lot of web tools out there to tell you how much a given model sells for in your area to make sure you're not getting ripped off.
Most car dealerships employ the "third party selling" model. That means that the sales guy is little more than a go-between between you and his manager. So, you have to sort of fire up the sales guy to make things happen on your behalf. Bring your checkbook and:
- Do your research BEFORE you ever talk to a sales rep. Know what you want, what a good deal is and how much you're willing to pay/spend before you venture out.
- A good rep will engage you in conversation, but all the while he should be asking questions to qualify you and set you up to close. A good rep will go with you on the test drive and continue to profile you.
- Be firm, make eye contact, sit up straight but don't be overly d!ckish. Be in charge, but don't be an a-hole.
- Avoid wanting the damned car too much
- Be perfectly willing to walk away
- When you make an offer, include a check with $500 or $1000 so Skippy has something to take back to his manager ("See, he's serious! He gave me a check!")
- Be open to listening to their finance offers. If you can do better with them than your bank, AND they get to make a little F&I money on you, then everyone wins (well, except your bank, I suppose) and the dealer might be a little more flexible on the selling price because he's making F&I money on you
- If you do walk out, the odds are good that they'll "put you out on a rocket". That means the last figure they leave you with, sometimes literally walking alongside you as you walk to your car, is something neither they nor the competition can do. They'll put it as a condition, like, "If I could sell you the car at $30K, could I earn your business now?" - or something like that (see the weasel words in that statement?). At this point, regardless of what they offer, most people are still going to walk - but they will walk with that undoable "rocket figure" etched in mind. So you'll go to other dealers with that figure no one else can do..... then you'll come back to them and the game begins all over again. So.... if you walk and they put a rocket figure out there - GET IT IN WRITING. And if they don't put it in writing, you'll know it is BS.
Second was our bar area. It’s a little alcove that we stuck some undersized wine console in. We actually had that when we moved in here... and it sorta fit the spot.
Wanted 3 floating shelves with no supports, wanted the mirror to be surrounded by a rock wall (not on top of it), wood beam across threshold, lapboard behind the shelves. Almost bit off more than I could chew, but I got there. A few small details to touch up and install some undershelf lighting.
- Thread: Family pet thread
Have enjoyed seeing the photos and reading some of the stories about the dogs, even if they conjure up many emotions. That alone should be testament to just how important a part of our lives that dogs (and other pets) can be. I read one time that if a man had one good dog in his lifetime, he was ahead of the curve. I've been lucky enough to have three or four. My first lab, "Deuce," was the runt of her litter and the owner gave her to me because he couldn't sell her (and as a poor college student, I didn't have $200 to pay at the time). She turned out to be more than I ever could have imagined. I shot doves about every Saturday during the seasons back then (1980's) and she was my hunting partner. Not a field trial dog, but she was a cracker jack retriever, easy to train, and was an even better companion. Started taking her duck hunting and she was a natural in the water. We lived behind our family dentist's office back then. He was a hunter and I'd let him take Deuce with him from time to time. He eventually offered me a good sum of money for her, but I wouldn't have taken a million dollars for her. She had one litter of pups and raised all ten of them. Best mama dog I ever saw. She had more care and concern for those pups (and for me and my family) than a lot of the humans I know could muster. She went everywhere I did and got along with everybody. As good a friend as I ever had.
I had her six years when she got sick. Stopped eating and whined in pain if she had to move about too much. First noticed something being wrong when she labored on a duck retrieve. One of my quail hunting buddies was the vet in town and when I took her to see him, he came out in the waiting room after examining her with a long face. She had a cancer, advanced, and although he could keep her comfortable temporarily, the ordeal she would have to go through would be just terrible. The selfish part of me wanted to try and keep her going, but I soon realized that it would be an injustice to subject her to the pains of the treatments that would really only prolong her suffering. I remember looking into her eyes as I petted her and talked to her for the last time. She seemed to say with her look that "It'll be alright, we've had a pretty good run and I'll soon be in a better place. Just don't forget me!" And I haven't.
We've had several dogs since, but she was head and shoulders above. Our Brittany that we have now, "Gunner," isn't much of hunter, but is a great companion and has a very human personality. The neatest thing about dogs is that they will usually give back to you as much or more than you give to them and will love you unconditionally. We can learn a lot about ourselves through our relationships with them and as painful as it is when they leave us, I can't imagine not having one or two as part of our family.
Sorry to run on, but this thread hit a soft spot for me! I appreciate all who have shared.
This has nothing to do with sports, but since I own the place, I can brazenly flout the rules and promote whatever the hell I want.
I've been interested in restoring old items for years. I can watch a TV show or go on YouTube and watch videos for hours of people taking something beat to hell and making it look brand new. Some of you got some taste of this in my thread of my Corvette restoration, in which I spend literally thousands of hours in a hot garage cleaning, buffing, and painting damn near every part on that car. As a result I have a car that is worth about half of what I have into it, but the education was priceless.
To me, chronicling a restoration with video is valuable, because long after you've moved on to other projects you can revisit the tape and enjoy it all over again. You can get that satisfaction of seeing the hideous become the beautiful. So I figured that since I was going to be taping these project anyway, why not have a YouTube channel? You never know where it could lead.
So, as usual I'm asking for the support of the membership. I've picked up a few old rusty items at a flea market lately and have several projects going on at once. I just completed my first video to my brand new channel, and have embedded it below. If you have some time, take a look. And if you like it, like it. And if you want to make a comment, make a comment. And if you want to subscribe, that would also really help me out.
Thanks everyone! Discuss.
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