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Monday, November 23, 2009

house modding

really enjoying finding stuff to make my house more comfortable. a little trip to ikea sort of helped but i had already bought some of the things on my ikea list at a thrift store the week before for $93 less.

was out in the shed this morning digging around in the stuff t
he previous homeowner left behind and had one of those 'i'm an idiot' moments.
i had wasted countless time trying to figure out how to make a tension rod hold a lot of weight or how to cut down an ikea grundtal rail... when what i really needed was a broomstick that was lying on the floor of the shed under some wood scraps.

now i just need to cut three inches off it, get a couple of large cup hooks to screw into the window frame over my sink and i can hang my dish brushes and the grundtal drainer rack for my soap, nail brush and sponge holder.


wood burning

reading all kinds of articles and instructions for making lightweight, compact, wood burning or alcohol fueled camping stoves.
sometimes making is good when you want to save weight or money, but seriously, there's a time even i find something better than home made.
one of those things is an old metal chicken feeder i found at a thrift store. didn't even know it was a chicken feeder for a long time. i happened to find out accidentally one day.
just that when i saw it on the shelf my brain said 'ooh! fire!'

i found a source for them new and it's cheap enough to make the work of cutting up food and soda cans be very unreasonable: $3.25. probably available at any feed store for a comparable price.

that's not to say i won't think about making a soda can stove someday for fun but i hardly find it necessary