@moonhat@UncleVinny@zinimusprime Sorry, I was out and about yesterday. So… once upon a time I worked for an e-commerce company. I was a CS supervisor and helped create the fraud department. At some point we took over the Kmart website, home of all crappy things Martha. Our developers carefully rebuilt the entire website, doing their damnedest to get it done in the expected time frame. A day or two before it was supposed to (re)launch, Martha Fucking Stewart put a hold to it, insisting she had to approve every single page that had any of her branded items on it. Well, Martha Fucking Stewart took her sweet old time, causing somewhere around a 3 month delay and complaining about everything. She was an absolute nightmare.
But, that’s not the worst of her. I have a friend who was an assistant director for a public television network. One of her associates worked on Martha Stewart’s tv show way back when. One day they made a bunch of food on the show. When it was over, instead of tossing the food, Martha Fucking Stewart informed the staff they could eat the food. Hey, seems Martha wasn’t as bad as they thought! Until they got their paychecks and found Martha Fucking Stewart charged them for the food.
I’ve built a couple of wobbly tables, changed over was door to barn door style, done a fair amount of appliance repair by this point, rewired the garage since somebody had used solder and electrical tape instead of wire nuts (honestly the time it took them to do that had to have outweighed the 76 cents it would have cost to buy a few wire nuts), and patched a fair amount of crumbling grout in my stone foundation. I draw the line at additions to the house though.
@spacemart heh, it was actually modern-ish breakers and switches - probably 70s era for most of it. I don’t know if it ever actually worked though as the second I’d flip the breaker for the garage, it would trip immediately. Rewiring was easier and took less time than trying to rescue the horrific job that was left for me.
I have done most of the remodeling/renovations to our almost 70yr old house myself.
My favorite project when completed has been my kitchen
Over the years I have added about 750 sq.ft which includes our master bedroom/master bath/walk-in closet, a den expansion and a dining room, re-done all the wiring, plumbing and gas lines, changed out every window and door in the house, totally gutted and redesigned the kitchen (see above), installed a new roof and siding, added porches to the front, side and back of the house, and built a 1500 sq.ft. shop.
the shop started out as a storage space and horse barn for the horse my daughter had for a short time years ago. I concreted the floor in the stall area, closed the walls up and made it into a woodshop. it’s about 500ft sq. (the rest of the building is storage, exercise space and “machine shop” area) and contains a table saw, planer, drill press, tons of wood storage space, workbench with space under for the miter saw, belt sander, circular saws, etc. The biscuit jointer, oscillating saw, spiral saw etc. are on wall shelving with all the sandpaper etc. It is currently full of crap stuff I will use someday. It also houses some of my yard tools, like the pole saws, wood chipper, electric tiller etc. There are 3 pineapple plants overwintering in it as well. I have plans to get in it later this winter/early spring and do a total clean out and re-org, but will see how that goes when it’s time to start getting the garden ready etc.
@chienfou How much acreage where you are? If I had a pole barn I’d be all set, but currently on a smallish city lot. I had plans for a 112ft sq shed/shop, but neighbor’s son - a lawyer - bitched to the city about zoning restrictions before I even had a pad laid out.
For those of you old enough to remember the original Ginsu knives - yes, they do cut through ANYTHING. MY kid brother was gifted several racing pigeons, and was in desperate need of a pigeon coop ASAP. We managed to find some plywood, chicken wire, nails, etc in Dad’s shed, but that was about it. I, ever resourceful, had my own little tool kit (I was always a landlord’s delight - did my own minor repairs), so I had a hammer, but no saw.
Yes, Ginsu knives can cut plywood, and wooden dowels, and even chicken wire, and after getting thoroughly sanitized - cut a roast beef a few day later.
The pigeons had a lovely two level coop, with a removable hinged roof, a front door, and a nesting box. And they say females shouldn’t do construction work…piffle.
@zachdecker I learned the fundamentals from my grandpa, and honed my skills building sets with the local theater group. You really learn to make everything count when your teacher grew up during the Depression and you’ve got a budget of “nope” to work with.
My primary problem is a lack of motivation… Or a reason to be motivated? Idk. I’ve got lumber in the garage to build a bunch of shelves to clean up the garage. Wood for two top bar bee hives. Bunch of stuff in the house I could do. It’s to cold now to be doing wood work but I had all that last year/this summer… so…
Some require money especially the outside stuff but I have led replacement recessed bulbs I just have to screw in and I just don’t use them enough to be arsed to move the ladder.
I think my new years resolution is to try and start making one VERY small improvement each week and hang on to it … starting in February after working 7 days a week is over I hope