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It is said that duct tape, which is not actually functional on duct work, can be used to fix nearly anything, from holding up a hem to keeping your car hood on when the latch breaks.  There are things in the "toolbox" that have alternative uses as well. Some of these approaches to fixing a problem are pretty creative!

Thursday!  August 22, 2013

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These are some interesting new uses for those extra wrenches...........the first is actually pretty, but dining with a crescent wrench would seem to take a long time!
The next two are seen as "redneck" ingenuity!................I see a potential explosion and grandmother disinheriting that grandson for disrespecting her dining set.
The third set of photos are showing new ways to use familiar tools;  Partner says the floor jack pulling out the fence post is actually a good idea in the right situation, but cringed at the "damage" to the hand saw used to cut pizza!
.............Finally there are some pics that are just plain wrong, FAIL, and "The Stoopid, it burns!"
I have seen some "substitute" approaches that worked and others that were a disaster.  Using a screwdriver with a plastic handle to see if there was electricity, etc.

I think one of my biggest fails was when I had my first house and there was a small flood in the basement, about two feet of water. I felt compelled to unplug the washer, dryer and freezer, but needed to be insulated from the potential shock.

AHa! I thought, I will wear my rubber bottomed "moon boots", electricity can't pass through rubber!  As I stepped into the water, heading for the first plug, my feet felt wet.  This is because the boots were not waterproof and they were shorter than the water was deep.  I persisted however, because the freezer was actually bobbing in the water!

Somehow, it never occurred to me that electricity can travel through the water in my boots, and I unplugged the freezer.  As I headed for the washer, my brain unfroze, and I didn't touch the next plug.  As I sheepishly went back up the stairs, with water gushing from the fabric boots with the rubber bottoms, I reflected upon the angel which must have been watching over me as I waded into stupidity, but I still didn't get electrocuted that morning.  

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 09:55:13 PM PDT

  •  g'day all; busy day today (busy for me anyway) (9+ / 0-)

    yesterday I was all day babysitting while today I have to pick up Rx, get refills from doctor (and argue that I was in last month so I don't need to spend another half day sitting in a waiting room to be charged $115 for 5 minutes of medical treatment), pick up auction items and sign final paperwork on Mother's estate (after 2 years because of lawyer's procrastination and just plain dropping the ball) and pick up a few more groceries (out of catsup)

    •  That is quite a list! Hope the doctor's people (6+ / 0-)

      will get you the scripts you need without any fuss, and the lawyer has everything ready.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 05:07:08 AM PDT

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      •  dunno he leaves everything up to his "legal (6+ / 0-)

        assistant" who really has never worked in a lawyer's office (before this it was receptionist in a trucking firm) and only has a secretarial degree from a local tech extension.  Paperwork has been lost a dozen times (for example the payoff paperwork for my mother's car), other paperwork supposedly never arrived via fax, and deadlines were ignored repeatedly.  Probate court is finally threatening him with sanctions because the estate was less than $25K and debts exceeded assets though it has dragged on over 2 years

        •  Hope this was your mom's lawyer and not one (5+ / 0-)

          you chose.  It should have long ago been resolved.

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

          by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 05:40:16 AM PDT

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          •  it was my mom's lawyer and since there were (6+ / 0-)

            other executors, I did not want to try to move the process to one of my customary attorneys and I certainly did not wish to attempt to try to administer the estate without some sort of buffer or referee.

            My wife died 18 months after my mother and I am sole executor.  The two estates should close within 3 months of each other

            •  There were issues with the attorney (0+ / 0-)

              who was handling my husband's mother's estate, and helped with his estate kind of by default, since he died intestate. Turned out the attorney took some funds he wasn't entitled to, and got disciplined by the bar, and actually left the legal profession and went back to real estate, which he'd done before. Kinda sad and ugly situation all the way around. Andy's two sisters are chasing after the money that was supposed to be in their mom's estate. I'm pretty much out of all that. Since my husband had lost his house to foreclosure, that being his share of the estate, whatever I'm going to get, I've gotten, which basically was a small life insurance policy his parents took out on him when he was a kid, which essentially paid for his death expenses, and the couple of 401k accounts, which I had to chase down, but at least I knew they were out there and could do that. He had planned to move those into an IRA but died before he got that done. One of those retirement accounts is paying me a miniscule annuity and the other I rolled into an IRA, which will hopefully help me eke out my meager existence down the road a ways.

              I really hope, entlord, that your situation is just involving a level of incompetence and not any malfeasance, as ended up being the case with my husband's mother's estate.

              What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

              by Kit RMP on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:06:38 AM PDT

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              •  since there was no cash in the estate and debts (1+ / 0-)
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                exceeded assets (Which were personal property), there was no money to embezzle.  however I am handling my wife's estate myself since there is no requirement an attorney be involved and her estate is straight forward.  Much easier that way but then I am the sole executor

  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    It's going up to 80 with a chance for thunderstorms today.

    Before we got a battery operated sump pump as a backup, we flooded twice.   Luckily for us our old neighbor was an electrical contractor, and he came and turned everything off.    Now with the backup we don't flood.   Electricity scares me.

    I'm going out with a friend today.  

    Hope everyone feels good.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 04:46:19 AM PDT

  •  At work, we've finished everything we could (7+ / 0-)

    for getting out of the storage room by the end of the month.  Now it's on the department to get a letter authorizing payment to the people who will actually do the rest of what's needed.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 06:24:01 AM PDT

    •  The paperwork is such a pain, and getting somebody (4+ / 0-)
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      else to help that will move stuff without damage....I never had that luxury at work.  Stuff would get lost, broken or stolen when I was forced to switch classrooms.  I did as much as I could by myself, like you have.  Then I would go for the summer, and come back to a nightmare in the fall. One year I didn't even unpack, since they told me they were going to move me again, soon.

      I hope your new storage digs are effective for your department.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 06:36:13 AM PDT

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      •  My office, the lab, (5+ / 0-)
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        the 55 sq ft of the old storage room that we were given back ....

        It will all work out - especially since we finally finished emptying a file cabinet that it was beginning to look like we wouldn't get done before the end of the year.

        Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

        by loggersbrat on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 06:40:37 AM PDT

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  •  Morning! (6+ / 0-)

    Puppy had me up at 7am, but at least she went out to pee! I have the sweeping and a general mop done. I didn't move furniture, I'll do that Saturday, but with housebreaking I'm trying to mop more often besides the spot mops when she goes. I wanted to get it done while I had the spoons.

    I'm still a little stiff and sore, and my hands hurt a bit from the fibro flare last night. I hate when it settles in my hands and my feet. Walking across the floor feels like walking on legos, and my hands turn into claws for a few hours and doing anything hurts. Sleeping helped, but I can still feel it lurking. I'll probably nap later on today and try to encourage it to go away.

    Chocolate chip waffles this morning, frozen ones but still, good. Dad wants his made into an ice cream sandwich.

    It's currently 80, feels like 85, with thunder rumbling in the distance. All the storms are north of us however. The high today is 88 with a 40% chance of storms.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 06:37:49 AM PDT

    •  Northern Florida has really been hammered! (6+ / 0-)

      We have been a little dry, but expecting a little rain this pm.

      Last night, on local news, I saw a story of a Rochester area guy who has developed an "EASY" button for dogs.  They can step on it and it says, "I've gotta goooo!" .   It is a good idea, but I think my dog would chew it up.  I thought of you and three dogs, it might work if Morgaine didn't want to chew it up!  Sophie should love it!

      He is competing in a walmart contest to get it on the shelves.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 06:55:23 AM PDT

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      •  I've been looking at a 'bell' for dogs (6+ / 0-)

        Like the "Tell Bell" for a while now. And yes, I think Sophie would love it. An "easy' button with a recorded message would work as well. Right now, Sophie scratches at the door. But the door has a metal kick plate so that works well for her. I'm a bit worried about what will happen when Morgaine gets bigger, because she'll be scratching above the kick plate being taller. So yes, I see a bell of some sort in our future, just to save the wood work.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:08:42 AM PDT

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        •  That was what that guy was thinking, too... (5+ / 0-)

          save the woodwork.  His dog was a basset and he tried the EASY button first, when it worked, he made one just for dogs.

          I had a big jingle bell hung from a ribbon for the cats, but not all of them figured it out. In the summer I just leave a widow open that goes to the porch where the cat door is, they have all figured out the window, but two of them are uneasy with the flap on the cat door.  Gonna take some practice pushing the little one through, he just doesn't get it yet.

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

          by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:27:48 AM PDT

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          •  I've seen the jingle bells (6+ / 0-)

            but those have sometimes damaged the door as well, and we rent, so I'd rather have something like the easy button or the "Tell Bell".

            Oh! And I just checked the medicaid site, and I finally have my temporary medicaid card! 12 days after the hospital visit, but it's here before the end of the month, yipee! So my inhaler is now paid for, I'm trying to see if I can get refills on the other two while I have the medicaid cleared. And I'm about to call and see if the pulmo can fit me in, or at least the clinic.

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:37:41 AM PDT

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            •  I just found out that my widow's benefits from (6+ / 0-)

              social security will be about 50 more than I originally budgeted for when I retired.  That will help with the health insurance fund,  a plan for having healthcare that lasts until medicare.

              I won't see anything until late next month,  but I still have enough in the account to last until next June.  I hope to find something on the exchange that will be about the same as the SSA benefit.  Five more years of juggling!

              If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

              by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:51:47 AM PDT

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            •  Great news!!! Glad to hear that =) nt (6+ / 0-)

              "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

              by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:00:30 AM PDT

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              •  That's a yes on the prescriptions (5+ / 0-)
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                They could either do a refund for what I paid for the meds earlier in the month, or do a refill. But I'll need the refill by the 10th of September anyway, so I'm going to go ahead and get that.  Then I won't have to worry about paying for meds until October.

                The pulmo's number was disconnected! So when we get home I'm going to look him up in the yellow pages and see if they just changed it or something. The clinic phone just rang forever. Maybe they're closed Thursdays? Again I'll try again once we get home from the pharmacy. It will be nice having an emergency inhaler again and not having to worry so much when we go out.

                "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

                by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:07:06 AM PDT

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  •  Something different today... (7+ / 0-)

    The grand opening of the senior apartments across the street is at 11a.m.  I sent an email to the company a while back to thank them for investing in our neighborhood and they sent me an invitation to the opening.  The Jackson Renaissance is a welcome sight because the old school had been abandoned for several years.  It looks beautiful from the outside and I can't wait to see the inside!

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:43:08 AM PDT

  •  Is that a TABLE with a motor on it?? (5+ / 0-)

    Doesn't that idiot know water ruins wood???

    Incroyable. Imbecile.

    Well. I am trying to decide if I want guacamole or stewed tomatoes for breakfast. I think I may be forced to weigh myself :( I think I'm probably over 140. And I'm not pregnant. I went skating last night before dinner, when it had cooled down to 85. Might go skating now, since it hasn't hit 80 yet.

    Supposedly, exercising on an empty stomach burns fat faster than exercising after a meal.

    Last night for dinner I made a frittata with Southwest Egg Beaters, turkey polka kielbasa, turkey breakfast sausage, red bell pepper, diced onion, skinny asparagus, and half fat-free cheese (weird stuff) and half 2% sharp cheddar. It was delicious :) also cucumber and garden tomato salad.

    I'm quite annoyed by all these spam diaries about weight loss, grey hair, and Zumba. You think they might be interesting...and they're spam.

    I have to wrap, pack, and mail my mother's birthday presents.

    Have a great day!! CG...we miss you!! Aren't all those bugs in Kostopia dead YET? Try DDT =)

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 07:58:50 AM PDT

    •  Maybe he varnished the table first. (3+ / 0-)
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      But I doubt it. He'd have to use spar (marine) varnish.

      "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

      by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:06:46 AM PDT

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    •  All my tables that big have opened up to add (5+ / 0-)

      a leaf in the middle.  How far out in the lake will that gentleman be when he finds that his table-boat has a big opening in the middle!?!

      My grandpa put marine varnish on the tops of a few tables in his time!  Kept the plants from damaging the wood.  Looks like crap.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:08:43 AM PDT

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      •  I put spar varnish on top of (4+ / 0-)
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        The temporary bar counter on the basement, which I had painted silver. Actually doesn't look too bad. The WHOLE thing looks like crap, but the varnish is nice and shiny.

        Eventually we will replace the cabinets and put in a granite or stainless steel countertop. It's just a little wet bar area. We don't use it anymore since we had the kitchen remodeled and put a dry bar in upstairs. Funny, because the basement is much bigger. There's a little fridge and a dishwasher down there, too. I bought the dishwasher for $35 on Craigslist =)

        "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

        by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:31:43 AM PDT

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    •  I looked up the Dash diet. (5+ / 0-)

      That doesn't look like a diet to lose weight, but one for high blood pressure.   The calorie counts are 1800 to 2000 a day.   I would gain on that.

      I am a work in progress. Still.

      by broths on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:33:57 AM PDT

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      •  I am following a completely modified (3+ / 0-)
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        version from First for Women magazine. They recognized that problem and adapted the diet. My BP is 100/60. Basically: lots of veggies, nuts, seeds, avocado, lean protein. Lots of water but not a LOT. No starches for 2 weeks except for beans. Then for second two weeks you gradually add whole grains. Very, very little dairy. Nonfat yogurt, nonfat milk (ugh), low fat cheese.

        It's designed to shrink the belly, mostly. And for energy.

        It's in the July 1st issue, with (ugh, yuck) Paula Deen (ugh) on the cover.

        I don't think there's calorie counting. But it isn't like Atkins: high fat, high protein, low carbs. You can only have "good fats" from nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, etc. for breakfast today, I had guacamole and cashews. Lmao =) Still better than coffee and cigarettes!

        Maybe I'll write a diary on the fat-busting tips from a fitness magazine. I will probably get banned as a spammer =(

        "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

        by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:18:11 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, NO sweets. Sugar-free gelatin. Meh. (3+ / 0-)
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          For the first two weeks, anyway.

          "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

          by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:19:43 PM PDT

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        •  Write something for our new weight loss group. (4+ / 0-)
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          I am a work in progress. Still.

          by broths on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:29:21 PM PDT

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          •  Do I have to weigh myself? (2+ / 0-)
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            Noooooo. I'm just trying to get back to my normal weight. I have to fit in my jeans by Fall!

            H'mm. I could write a diary. I stayed the same weight for 30+ years. 130 lbs, and I'm 5'9", minus minor shrinkage. Once I LOSE the weight, maintenance is easy. Getting it off is the hard part. Especially since I'm older and not smoking.

            I have a lot of weight-loss tricks, but what I really need to do is fix my metabolism. Bleah.

            I can't have any alcohol for this phase. I'm part French, both parents. Also half Irish and part Italian. No wine at dinner, and I get pissy. Ugh. Whine. I better lose some damn weight.

            Aw crap. NEXT weekend we go to Phoenix with the kids. Not this one. Saturday night, we usually go out with friends or have them over. We drink tequila, usually. But not when we travel with the kids. I'll have to have...water. I am quite fond of very good tequila.

            Sorry for bitching, broths! =(

            If the diet doesn't work, back to the pills. I will have to go and bully my doctor into giving them to me again. =)

            "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

            by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:13:15 PM PDT

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            •  I'm not naturally thin. I have to work at (2+ / 0-)
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              it. I weighed 199 when DS was born, 189 when DD was born. But my endocrine system went out of whack and most of that weight was water. Still, very tough to lose. Took 10 months to get back to 130 after DS, longer after DD. smoking helped, once I stopped trying to nurse.

              "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

              by BadKitties on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:17:28 PM PDT

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  •  Hi, everyone! (4+ / 0-)
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    The only remotely ingenious thing I ever did (and I'm sure it had already been done millions of times) was to figure out that I could use the kitchen tongs (the kind that lock so they'll fit in a drawer) to reach bottles and cans that are on the top shelves of cabinets (I'm short). Saves me dragging a step stool or more likely a chair over.

    Woke up to sun, then it got dark with some rumbly thunder and sprinkles, the sun came back and now it's gone again.

    Where is CG, anyway? Last I heard, she'd lost power? Wow, that's a long time. Maybe I missed something in between.

    Thanks for the diary, weck.

    Hope everyone has a good day.

    •  I like those tongs, too! (4+ / 0-)
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      I use the long ones to fish things out of the back of my dishwasher (paper labels or lids).

      I remember I used to use my hairdryer to dry the distributor cap of some mid-1980's chrysler cars we used in the cab company (Aries/Reliant models)

      Now I can use it to get the charcoal or wood fire moving.  I don't dry my hair anymore!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

      by weck on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 09:41:55 AM PDT

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      •  Oh, I forgot the hair dryer! (3+ / 0-)
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        I used mine to thaw a pipe once. Worked beautifully. The pipe was indoors, but up against an outside wall.

        I don't dry my hair anymore either. I let it air dry. I used to try to blow-dry it straight once in awhile (it's wavy and curly and not always attractively so), but it takes too much time. Besides, I'm just not coordinated enough!

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