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Old 03-18-2012, 08:33 AM   #391
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Went down to the city recently to run some errands. Been looking for an upright freezer for some time now, and I figured I may as well check the local CraigsList ads for listings that are now a lot cheaper to drive to.

Spent two and a half hours getting jerked around by random people not knowing a thing about how to sell stuff. First guy was afraid to let me buy his because it was drizzling, then ignored my texts for 20 minutes before telling me "how about tomorrow?". Several others never responded. One lady gave me her address to come look at hers, so I showed up. Nobody home, wait 15 minutes, then I leave. She emails an hour later to ask me if I want to come look at it.

Finally found somebody who was home, moving, and needed theirs gone. Drove over there 10 minutes later, heard it run, felt the air temperature, offered $80, hauled it off before we'd been there 5 minutes. That is how CraigsList is supposed to work, and has always worked for me until now. Unloaded in 5 minutes, installed in 5 minutes. Went and bought some stuff to put in it.



It's a little older, with the wood panel handle, but runs extremely cold and quiet. Haven't tried the Kill-a-Watt yet, but I don't think it takes too much electricity.



Wish the door opened the other way, or was reversible. Still, not too bad for $80. It's a 15 cu ft Kenmore (rebranded Whirlpool).

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Old 03-18-2012, 08:39 AM   #392
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Picked up 13 sticks of casing, 10 rosettes, and 4 sticks of baseboard. Also restocked my bin on rollers (2" 3/8" nap, 3" 3/8" nap, 9" 1/2" nap, 9" mohair and 9" primer). The moulding sat for a few days to acclimate to the humidity inside and then was backprimed. When it will get installed depends on the weather.

The doors got two coats of Duration (one regular, one very light to cover the last bit of unevenness in color). They're ready for new hardware and install, except for the screws for the pulls, which are too short. Going to replace as much old hardware as possible so I don't have to take them back down any time soon.
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:38 PM   #393
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Finished the baseboard and casing in the master bedroom yesterday. If you haven't seen the base yet, it's the same as in the rest of the house... step back a few posts. Started casing in the guest bed. 1 window down, 1 window and 2 doors to go.



Also squeezed the bed back in with the night stands turned the way we wanted them. Two nightstands + headboard = 1/16" narrower than the wall they're installed on. :O Certainly a tight squeeze. Please excuse the curtains (moved them out of the way for the nail gun) and the messy bed.

Went to Target with the wife last night to pick her up a new wallet and maybe some slippers for me. Ended up leaving a few hundred dollars lighter. Home decor items were Buy 1, Get 1 50% off and stacked with clearance, so we picked out the 5 rugs, then realized we should buy in even quantities. We didn't like any other rugs, so we got the fountain to help her relax after work (at half off).

Two 22x84 runners (for each side of the bed):


One 22x84 runner:


One 60x84 area rug:


One 60x84 area rug (image is inaccurately dark... actually rusty red and chocolate):


Her relaxation fountain:


This shopping trip pushed back my Cat6 install time frame back a little, but I suppose it's worth it to be comfortable in your own home.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:08 PM   #394
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Spent my morning installing all the hardware on the newly painted closet doors (upcycled, if you will). All nickel now hinges, slides, pulls, etc.



Had to make a run to the local Ace for some #8 32x 1-1/2" screws because the ones that came in the bag were intended for thinner doors (maybe drawers?).
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You might find those bifolds a lot easier to open if you put the pulls in the center (horizontally speaking) of the panel instead of all the way at the edge. That is how they are supposed to be mounted. That way you just give the knob a tug out and the door opens. Another option is to put them on the other side, which serves the same purpose, but looks a little weird.
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Ahhh. Yes that's a good idea. I'll get to that as soon as I can remember to.

Don't want to make more holes until I can fill the existing holes. Just used the holes the previous owner made and didn't think about it.
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Ahhh. Yes that's a good idea. I'll get to that as soon as I can remember to.

Don't want to make more holes until I can fill the existing holes. Just used the holes the previous owner made and didn't think about it.
I have the same issue in my house. Every-time I have to open a bi-fold closet door, I want to drive down to Nebraska, find the original owner of my house, and kick him in the shins. Haven't got to the point of moving the knobs, filling the holes and repainting the doors yet.
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I have the same issue in my house. Every-time I have to open a bi-fold closet door, I want to drive down to Nebraska, find the original owner of my house, and kick him in the shins. Haven't got to the point of moving the knobs, filling the holes and repainting the doors yet.
The wife hates the bi-folds because they're so hard for her to open. It hadn't occurred to me that the problem was the force was being applied to the wrong area (though, honestly, I didn't really research because they felt fine to me). I have plenty of hand strength to open them, but since it's a chore for her, she usually leaves them open -- driving me nuts in the process.
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Finished casing the guest room window and both doors. Ignore the sheet of MDF.





The crown is all done now too. What should have been a "last two boards" became a "last four pieces" when my two pieces left both fell 1" short and I had to splice in a piece of scrap.



It's done, for now, but will require plenty of ladder work, spackle, sandpaper, paint and... time...

Note the extra holes... forgot to reload the Paslode and ran out of nails. Shot about 5 blanks before I noticed, and they still make a hole.
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Finished another 12 pairs of banana plugs for heat shrink tubing. 24 pairs down, 12 pairs to go.



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Are you positive that the grips on those banana plugs aren't insulated from the plugs themselves? The plugs I have came with rubber boots that slipped over them, but they are not as fancy as yours. Given that the back of every AV receiver is tightly packed, I find it hard to believe that they are not designed to be in contact with each other. If not, that's a huge design flaw.

I just looked at these on Monoprice as I need to get some more. Out of hundreds of reviews of these I did not see a single mention of shorting from plug contact as a problem.
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Pretty sure there's no insulating layer in there. Just solid copper with gold plate.

Ill whip out the multimeter and see.
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The multimeter is out in the shed, it's cold out, and I'm still waking up. No dice there. Was going to measure impedance across the speaker using a cable, both at the banana and by touching the side. Expected about 5 ohms at both places.

Did Google a fair amount. Everybody says they're just hunks of uninsulated metal. For banana plugs, it shouldn't matter terribly because they're held in place from touch each other in the socket, but the pin type ones do have a tendency to touch (which I have 12 pairs of).

I probably could have gotten away without shielding the banana side at the wall, but who knows, maybe it'll save a receiver some day from a child.

Edit: Sums it up. Not an A/V site, but it seems to be the general consensus. http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r25772776-Banana-Plugs
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Was reading along happily until page 17, when you changed to postimage.org. Now no pictures show up.
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At my work, my PostImage images don't load. But that's because they're blocked by the firewall intentionally.

I see some images aren't loading in Internet Explorer. Seems to be random - about 75% of them load. Loads fine in Firefox and Chrome. Seems like a security setting. Will keep poking around.

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