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Old 01-09-2011, 11:31 AM   #1471
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Shu - Thanks for the weather update. In the winter, it is easy to stay where it is comfortable, especially when you have a satellite set-up like yours.

What is that green stuff under and around the snow? I haven't seen that for a month now since we got a record December snowfall bringing the total up more than any year for 18 years, but still below the annual average. We keep getting the "puny" fluffy snow of 1"-2" every couple of days and never have to plow or shovel, but it keep the surfaces very white and reflecting all the sunlight (which we have a lot of when it gets cold). Some day, we will get the icy surface and the sun and longer days will eat the snow quickly.

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I was checking out our sister site Extreme How To, the tab is at the top of the screen. I've been wondering what to do about my stairs so they don't look out of place with all the old beams and posts. Here is the answer http://www.extremehowto.com/xh/artic...ticle_id=61138
I'm going to beat the crap out of them, brand new wood! Their choice of a quick Cherry stain wipe should do the trick. Then some sort of a Poly to give them wear resistance. dorf dude...
we are doing that dark red color and may i say its really nice look... we are doing the wipe stain and the poly as well... and may i say its a lot of patience lol but its worth it
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I was checking out our sister site Extreme How To, the tab is at the top of the screen. I've been wondering what to do about my stairs so they don't look out of place with all the old beams and posts. Here is the answer http://www.extremehowto.com/xh/artic...ticle_id=61138
I'm going to beat the crap out of them, brand new wood! Their choice of a quick Cherry stain wipe should do the trick. Then some sort of a Poly to give them wear resistance. dorf dude...
That is a neat site DD, another thing I use to do when distressing wood was to use a pistol with rat shot. If the wood is hard you will need to get closer but be ready for the pellets to come back and hit you and that can smart a little. Be sure to cover your eyes, the pellets bounce even with soft wood. It does look good with the fake worm holes though.

DD the picture are great, that is some pretty country, thanks for taking the time to show us.
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"That is a neat site DD, another thing I use to do when distressing wood was to use a pistol with rat shot. If the wood is hard you will need to get closer but be ready for the pellets to come back and hit you and that can smart a little. Be sure to cover your eyes, the pellets bounce even with soft wood. It does look good with the fake worm holes though."

No chance of using a gun here let alone getting rat shot. Germany has extreme control on firearms and amunition. You can't even get .22 rounds without a license that links the ammo to the caliber of your registered weapon. I sure miss the States at times. Neat idea though. Want to try and mail me some rat shot . dorf dude...
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"That is a neat site DD, another thing I use to do when distressing wood was to use a pistol with rat shot. If the wood is hard you will need to get closer but be ready for the pellets to come back and hit you and that can smart a little. Be sure to cover your eyes, the pellets bounce even with soft wood. It does look good with the fake worm holes though."

No chance of using a gun here let alone getting rat shot. Germany has extreme control on firearms and amunition. You can't even get .22 rounds without a license that links the ammo to the caliber of your registered weapon. I sure miss the States at times. Neat idea though. Want to try and mail me some rat shot . dorf dude...
Man that reeks, they are starting to crack down on ammo here since they can't do anything about the guns. Is it against the law to mail ammo? I will see if I can find you some rat shot if you want me to, if it isn't against the law, I sure wouldn't want to get you in trouble.
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Can you still get those tiny lead pellets with a split in them? We used to use those for fishing when I was a kid.

OK, OK, no jokes now, I know it was a looooooooooooong time ago!
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Mailing rat shot (well packed and hidden) may be easier than sending American beer (a couple of bottles) to Germany. I checked on the beer at two sources and the requirements were very ridiculous, especially who can ship (only dealers/retailers) and they have to be shipped to a specific German site and picked up by the recipient. You can just pack and ship and hope the U.S. shipper does not catch it and it gets past German officials.

If you just ship as a ordinary gift, hide it and it gets caught, you are just out the materials shipped and the receiver should have no problems.

I had a Russian friend (basketball player) that needed size 16 Nikes and the only way to make sure they arrived was to ship them via U.S. mail to a NYC box and they would be delivered privately, so the Russian officials could not have a chance to help get them "lost". If they were shipped through U.S. mail, they would say they partially arrived in a package damaged by the U.S. Postal system.

The German systems can be very thorough and accurate. While going through the Frankfurt airport about 10 years ago, I made the mistake of having my laptop and my portable printer in the same bag. I endered up in a small locked room with a dog and an agent that vacuumed me and all my luggage. Put the dust in the scanner and released meleas than 5 minutes later.

You take take chances on shipping and not get into big trouble if you plead ignorance about local import laws.

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Wow...talk about big brother!
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Mailing rat shot (well packed and hidden) may be easier than sending American beer (a couple of bottles) to Germany. I checked on the beer at two sources and the requirements were very ridiculous, especially who can ship (only dealers/retailers) and they have to be shipped to a specific German site and picked up by the recipient. You can just pack and ship and hope the U.S. shipper does not catch it and it gets past German officials.

If you just ship as a ordinary gift, hide it and it gets caught, you are just out the materials shipped and the receiver should have no problems.

I had a Russian friend (basketball player) that needed size 16 Nikes and the only way to make sure they arrived was to ship them via U.S. mail to a NYC box and they would be delivered privately, so the Russian officials could not have a chance to help get them "lost". If they were shipped through U.S. mail, they would say they partially arrived in a package damaged by the U.S. Postal system.

The German systems can be very thorough and accurate. While going through the Frankfurt airport about 10 years ago, I made the mistake of having my laptop and my portable printer in the same bag. I endered up in a small locked room with a dog and an agent that vacuumed me and all my luggage. Put the dust in the scanner and released meleas than 5 minutes later.

You take take chances on shipping and not get into big trouble if you plead ignorance about local import laws.

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The agent vacuumed you? What was he looking for?

It's amazing how other countries are so thorough and the U.S. govt. as-good-as invites illegals to cross over the border with drugs and anything else they want to bring. Not literally, but they don't put enough effort into stopping it.
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gma -

I traveled out of northern MI to way too many places. The best security was at the gate where I checked my luggage. The agent asked we "where are you going today?" After going through the bag (one for 2 weeks) she said, "I see you have a new sport coat". Then, I had to tell here where I got it and how much it cost. - Cannot beat the locals.

In Germany, they had the time and I made a basic mistake (computer and printer in the same computer bag), so I was routinely brought in and vacuumed (probably for explosive dust). They were very polite, efficient and there was no real delay. It did not bother me at all. - Just a usual entertaining inconvenience.

It was good that they were doing their job since the Frankfurt airport is apparently adjacent to a U.S. base and a real international crossroads.

Amsterdam also has good security, but in a very quiet way. Before boarding an international flight, you normally had to step up to a podium to get a boarding pass. Since I traveled through there frequently, I noticed that the agent going over tickets, passports and visas also bore a very strong resemblance to the people in that line. - Might be criticized in the U.S. as profiling, but the agents were able to make the traveler comfortable and get a better feel for risk (no contract security people working by the hour when they are not scheduled at McDonald's).

I don't mind security if it is fair, organized and not a barrier.

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"That is a neat site DD, another thing I use to do when distressing wood was to use a pistol with rat shot. If the wood is hard you will need to get closer but be ready for the pellets to come back and hit you and that can smart a little. Be sure to cover your eyes, the pellets bounce even with soft wood. It does look good with the fake worm holes though."

No chance of using a gun here let alone getting rat shot. Germany has extreme control on firearms and amunition. You can't even get .22 rounds without a license that links the ammo to the caliber of your registered weapon. I sure miss the States at times. Neat idea though. Want to try and mail me some rat shot . dorf dude...
from what i hear even if you want to play airsoft... you have to have a license to have a toy gun that shoots little bbs
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DD, if it is 'disstressed' wood, that you require for your stairs...perhaps..because I live here amongst big trees, just cut the stairs to size...then 'threaten' them, with dissassociation from their 'parent' forest, and also, threaten them with 'pundits' from businesses that make 'pellets' for stoves...and surely..."they' will show major examples of "distress" perhaps more so than you require..but yet I diverge from the topic!!
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No chance of using a gun here let alone getting rat shot. Germany has extreme control on firearms and amunition. You can't even get .22 rounds without a license that links the ammo to the caliber of your registered weapon. I sure miss the States at times. Neat idea though. Want to try and mail me some rat shot . dorf dude...[/quote]Not to worry, the States are working hard to catch up to Germany in the gun control arena.

On a side note, no word since 1/10. Hope all is well.
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No chance of using a gun here let alone getting rat shot. Germany has extreme control on firearms and amunition. You can't even get .22 rounds without a license that links the ammo to the caliber of your registered weapon. I sure miss the States at times. Neat idea though. Want to try and mail me some rat shot . dorf dude...
Not to worry, the States are working hard to catch up to Germany in the gun control arena.

On a side note, no word since 1/10. Hope all is well.[/quote]

That is unreal, will they let you have a knife?

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