Saturday, July 25, 2015

Spiffy n Thrifty

I'm a thrifty person as you have guessed by now I have no foolish pride to get between me and a bargain! I always look for second hand first! EVEN if I had money I'd do it that way. To me it takes ingenuity to live on less and still have all you need....I take it as a challenge and I'm up for it!

I hopped into the Goodwill something I haven't done in a while...AND I found a Hipster sleeping bag!! I didn't want to say XXL so Im calling it a there's room for my hips! 

slp 003I find in my van its much easier to just use a sleeping bag than real linens...on the little wider than a twin sized bed...So this one will give me room to turn over inside the bag My old bag I've had since I was 23 yrs old and its now a snug fit!! I can zip it but when I want to turn over I get a little bit tangled up...AND when its cold you need it to be zipped. MY old bag is a better quality tho it has flaps over the zip to stop cold air getting by the zipper teeth, this one does not have that but it has a little headrest! $6.00 I took it to a laundry and put it in a big machine and gave it a good wash. It's in perfect condition looks like its hardly been used I checked and similar ones sell for $28-35 range new. 

Found another item I wanted.  I have a day pack but its larger than needed for a day I found this High Sierra Loop day pack with nice straps, 2 bottle holders, and lots of tie straps for $2.87 Tossed it in the big washer too it came out looking good!!
This pack sells for $39.99 when purchased new. I got a great bargain and I like the color its def a color that says DON'T shoot I'm not a deer!

One more outdoor type item and this one I did buy with the thought of reselling on Ebay an
Igloo beverage canteen with an insulated carry bag! It's 48 oz with a sipping or pouring top and adjustable to shoulder length carry strap! It is also in cool colors, love it 

$1.85 I couldn't find one exactly like it on Ebay but one similar is listed for $25.00  
I found this cool "color combo" throw rug... its like a 5 x 3 I know it will come in handy over in the project house maybe this will be the bathroom rug? $4, laundered it too its drying on the porch chair.  I put all these items in one huge machine $4. to wash all 3. Brown is one of new favorite colors

I'm getting interested in drinking more and more...LOL so I found this excellent vintage GEORGES BRIARD insulated ice bucket. I paid $ has a couple small condition issues but no matter to me, I cleaned it up and it will go in the "bar" of the project house! It has a vinyl padded cover in a simulated wood grain pattern with a tacky gold plate for engraving your name if you wish...I mean it screams 70's to me!  Similar ones sell on ebay for $35.99 plus shipping! Score another bargain!

And let me see what else did I get...? Oh Yeah this absolutely cute pony!!  She is having a HORRIBLE hair day.  I've come across this problem before with dolls the hair a matted mess...So its off to my salon to get it right she is before---
 look how pitiful...

This is from Paradise Horses its about 18" tall ($3.87) she has on leg protectors and front boots so she may be getting ready for a horse show...When I had real horses I learned how to properly groom one by the time I was 12 yrs old...When you're combing out a tail always start at the bottom and work up use a big tooth comb on tangles...SO I did that for "CoCoa" I think that name goes well with her dark brown coat and flax mane n real life some Liver chestnuts have similar coloring. SO I got my detangler, big tooth comb, scissors and got busy...once you get the tangles out you can smooth it down with a fine tooth comb and some hair spray!

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Now look at her how gorgeous she came out I used a lint brush on her coat I could have braided the hair while wet and given her waves but I love this look for her...maybe she will get a perm wave next time?

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I enjoy going 'thrifting', when I have time, and I resell a lot on Ebay. I'm not however one who is listing like crazy, I have about 215 items listed and I have a store on Bonanza, and one on Etsy, I also sell my own art and photography on Red Bubble and a couple more spots! Lately its been slow the last item I sold was skull n cross bones doo-rag, and a poster of the '53 Chevy pick up I photographed in Utah a few yrs back!  I am keeping this pony---we'll have to see where she ends up!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Or AM I just nAiVe?

Okay I gotta have y'all's opinion on this one!

This tale begins last Friday one week ago.  My van has started to jerk when I slow down like take my foot off the gas, and then I have to speed up to get it to stop jerking...its like it don't want to go slow..
I have had a speed sensor out for like a year no speedometer, and no cruise I researched online and it says have the rear abs speed sensor checked...
Well I thought it could be the transmission needs a fluid and filter change so I call this garage to see if they do this Yes but we are closed till was 2:30 pm last Friday..
Okay Ill come by Monday and make an appointment. I go by Monday he says you should go to the transmission place and see what they say ...SO I did.

They were so nice there they immediately drove my van and even had a second guy drive it they both said its not the transmission it needs a tune up and speed sensors So I go back to the garage...
Made an appointment for Friday 8 am That was for today.

I set the alarm so I could get up and be there by 8 am...I was on time.  I told the receptionist Im going to walk to the library and spend the time there waiting for your call to tell me the tune up and sensor check has been done...she said Okay...

By 2 pm no phone call! So I called them.  "oh we haven't checked it yet" 
WHAT??????????? I had an 8 am appointment time and you have not even looked at it...are you going to get it done by closing time? We'll see.  I walk closer and sit in a fast food joint and wait for the call..they call me at 4:10, they close at 5:00, come and get it..
SO I get there she said you want to reschedule for Monday we didn't get around to it..

YOU had it for 8 hrs to do a one hr tune up and you did NADA? 
The owner tells me they run a wrecker service, a roadside service, and garage and they have to prioritize...
SO In other words THEY decided my tune up was not important so they just didnt do it..

Then he says 'if you can rent a car and leave it,,,,'
But they don't work on the weekends
SO Im gonna pay for a rental while my van sits in his lot all weekend just so he can decide when he is Really Gonna do The work.

I don't think so...

                  NO there wont be a rescheduled appointment...
                                      Good Bye!

They burned 9 hrs of MY daylight and nothing got done...I was so angry, what would you do? If he had told me he was just too busy to get to it I could have made my appointment at another garage, who DID have time to do it and who probably would have given me a ride home to wait, I did ask them to take me  home (no they can't take the time to do that)  IF they had done that or told me they might not get to it... I could have made arrangements for a ride...BUT NOPE didn't do any of he just greedy or what... he was over extended well he could of told me that in the beginning.  I don't get it.  Needless to say I wont be going back and lets just say his Google review is already been done!
      Sometimes I feel like this is me...

And this is the world

Makes me wanna get on my pony and ride...

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

If @ First you don't succeed...take down your flag!

No try again....
The cement board is now in place on the water pipe wall...
I kinda used the scraps on the top....;o/

the wall is ready for tile when ever I get ready!  I did swear no tile, but its looking like tile will happen....Im thinking the BIG A's ones like 12"x12" should be quicker, like 65 tiles all together. 

And the newly painted tub in place I poured 5 gallons of water down and no leaks! But the first time I connected the drain line it did leak! SO I had to tweek it and that was no fun,,,,but I was able to do a better job the second attempt so Happy Happy!

I have attached it in place since with screws so its snug up against the wall. 

There was one AC duct that was in the way of the plumbing, some plumber in the past crushed the pipe and it was destroyed...SO I took it apart and put in a new piece to replace the squashed piece and Im moving it so it doesn't block the access to the plumbing, at least not as much I thought of DC'ing it altogether but heat on a chilly morning is good!

Speaking of heat...I didnt do ANYTHING Friday or Saturday due to the heat! The top set of digits is the inside temps and the middle ones are the outside, temp and humidity...our AC only changes the the temp by about 20-23 it was even hot inside!

105.3 holy heatwave!

Way too hot for humans!  So I been plotting a trip I do use google maps but I also still use my old road atlas, and this handy magnifier thing I couldn't even read the map without it!  

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

No Sweat...

I have been working, but I have not been blogging...just reading your blogs lately.  I finally met the lady who decided to de-flower my entire back yard potted plants and all...

She had no comment....she keeps her spotted fawn in the wooded area of my pasture we accidentally flushed him a few days ago HE ran like a .....DEER!

One easy (but took forever) project I did finish is this dresser... got its final stripping 
Here is the before when it was painted white, 


Its not a great quality dresser but it is mid century or older..
The mice chewed the fringe off that wool rug when it was out on the porch rolled up! I think I will turn the edge under and stitch it down cause I love this rug have had it for years.

The Bathroom

Wish I had more glamorous photos to share...but IM working on plumbing STILL And namely the tub/shower area.  I put up Backer board on the walls where the tub will go you have to use thin set and fiberglass tape to finish the joints this makes it more water tight. The top will be finished with wall board of some kind~ 

The other end is where the pipes are and I had to get a new water valve to go in the wall..removing the old one was quite a feat!! But finally did get it out.

This wall scares me, cause look how much the support was cut out to accommodate the pipes! it was actually hacked out with an axe by the looks of it so done longgg ago. I wanted to go one handle but it was going to be too complicated and I couldn't get the old cast iron pipe to move... it was solid!! SO back with a 3 handle is the easy solution and IM all about easy at this point. 


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    the old galvanized steel water lines is where I'll be attaching the new valve,
     I got a Moen handle set.  SO I Cut some copper pipe

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Make sure its cleaned really well I use this little thing to clean the pipe  it has some steel burshes inside and you stick the pipe in and twist...and you have to sand it to a bright finish

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You have to sand the inside of the fitting you will attach to the pipe this fitting is a male adapter 1/2" and you put this goo called FLUX on both the pipe and inside the adapter.

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flux it up good and then push the fitting into place where it will go 

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Next you have to fire up a Butane torch...and then you get your solder ready by stretching a good length off the roll..

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No photos of me using the torch since I was Using the torch! But you place the flame that you have adjusted to a bright blue, at the joint of the pipes when you see the flux start to melt try touching the solder to the joint under the flame and see if its hot enough if not heat up the joint some more and try again...once its hot enough the solder will melt and flow into the fluxed area and this seals your joint! It looks like liquid mercury when its melted...

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Put some thread tape on all the attached  threaded ends when its all cooled the male end and the female end...I'm not happy with using sex terms when describing pipe Geeze... but that's the proper NAMES of these fittings!
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This is the tub spout complete... and here it is all assembled and attached in place hard to see it..but its there.

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... here is where the handles and the spout goes and this is where the shower head will go the wood placed in front is where the tub will attach to this wall...I put that up after installing the pipes. 

Next the backer board will go up over this wall...I don't have water on to test this I just got my fingers crossed that my joints are good! After that board is in place the tub needs to be attached in the drain area...I still have the floor open in order to make that connection. 

So I have one burn on my hand and one broken pinky finger for my trouble, a lot cheaper than a plumber the parts to do this cost $130.00 I already had all the tools and the torch and flux I bought a length of copper pipe, a Moen shower/tub kit, and the fittings you saw me put on.  It took me 3 hrs to do this, so I figure I saved at least $300 on labor. 
Actually there was.... 

quiet a lot of SWEATING going on!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.