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Old 03-25-2020, 03:39 PM   #16
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All i know how to do is bake cornbread to go with the Nail Soup the wife is making.

It was a trade deal. If i baked cornbread she would vacuum the Silver Bullet ( tundra ) I think I got the better of that trade.
Oh great..., now I am hungry. Mmmm, Cracker Barrel has delivery and takeout...

All jokes aside, if people use a little imagination (if some remember how) there are a plethora of distractions in addition to that honey-do list (rebuilding a closet this weekend).

Re-read a good book (I have several), inventory your home for insurance purposes, re-organize your tool chest or teach your significant other some woodworking by doing a small project together.

In addition to my stool which is almost done by-the-way, I have a storage crate filled with hundreds of family photos that need to scanned, some repaired and cataloged. That project alone can keep me busy for weeks.

I also making plans to build a nightstand for out guest bedroom.

Our forefathers did not have the electronic distractions we have today and look at what they accomplished.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:12 PM   #17
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About a year ago my wife and I picked up a dresser from the next town over. We were given a coat hanger storage unit for free at the same time. The husband was a cabinet maker, welder fabricator and created this for his entry. It has been sitting in our entry waiting to be repurposed. I dismantled part of it and rebuilt it to be a cubby setup for baskets, gloves and hats.
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About a year ago my wife and I picked up a dresser from the next town over. We were given a coat hanger storage unit for free at the same time. The husband was a cabinet maker, welder fabricator and created this for his entry. It has been sitting in our entry waiting to be repurposed. I dismantled part of it and rebuilt it to be a cubby setup for baskets, gloves and hats.
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I have a number of projects that I'm itching to do but the weather is still too cold to start any of them, as they all require painting or staining / finishing wood. I don't have a basement so I have to use my detached garage as a workshop during the warmer months. Trying to be patient but it gets old.


(kicks self for buying a house with a crawlspace instead of a basement
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I've been a stay-at-home-mom/housewife for 21 years so being trapped in the house is my normal. Although, husband's work decided they're just gonna close until the 31st rather than mess with possibly not being exempt from our loose quarantine thing.

That said, we do happen to be doing a project; in-laws were coming up to stay with us in May so we were remodeling a room for guests, but that's all up in the air now. (Airlines are talking about ending all passenger flights...)

I feel ya @Dave Sal I have some stuff I need to paint and stain but it's not warm enough yet >.<
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I have a number of projects that I'm itching to do but the weather is still too cold to start any of them, as they all require painting or staining / finishing wood. I don't have a basement so I have to use my detached garage as a workshop during the warmer months. Trying to be patient but it gets old.


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Two words..., space heater.

When I do painting/staining in the garage in the winter, I turn on a space heater for a couple of hours. Once the room temperature is conducive, I turn off the heater and then paint/stain. The room usually stays warm enough long enough to get a good finish.


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That said, we do happen to be doing a project; in-laws were coming up to stay with us in May so we were remodeling a room for guests, but that's all up in the air now. (Airlines are talking about ending all passenger flights...)
Your both home so I say proceed with the project. This crisis will end and your in-laws will eventually visit at some point. Doing the remodel now takes you out of the time constraint for their visit.
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@Drachenfire there is that, we've definitely let our timeline go. We're a week behind already and just added at least two weeks (and two rooms worth) of additional work lol
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@Drachenfire there is that, we've definitely let our timeline go. We're a week behind already and just added at least two weeks (and two rooms worth) of additional work lol
The biggest lesson I learned in home improvement is always do one project at a time.

When we bought out first home we made the mistake of trying to redo multiple rooms simultaneously. It got to the point that we were spending every bit of free time working in those rooms. The stress had us both aggravated and on each others nerves.

Now we only do one project at a time no matter how big or small.
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The biggest lesson I learned in home improvement is always do one project at a time..
Good point, but here's another angle: The lesson I learned was not to try to live in a house while renovating it. Had I just gutted the whole thing while living in a camper in the driveway, I've have gotten it done in one year, rather than 40.
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About a year ago my wife and I picked up a dresser from the next town over. We were given a coat hanger storage unit for free at the same time. The husband was a cabinet maker, welder fabricator and created this for his entry. It has been sitting in our entry waiting to be repurposed. I dismantled part of it and rebuilt it to be a cubby setup for baskets, gloves and hats.

Are there actual coat hanger storage units? I tried to look it up but found only small plastic boxes.
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Are there actual coat hanger storage units? I tried to look it up but found only small plastic boxes.
No originally this was a horizontal unit. The two boards were parallel to the ground and there was two sets of crossbars to keep them apart. Hanging below was a crossbar for coats.

I cut some parts off and reconfigured it turned it vertical to be as is. There was a coat hanger in this area already I had upgraded recently from an Ikea set of coat hangers to a custom hanger setup more appropriate to Wyoming.
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The biggest lesson I learned in home improvement is always do one project at a time.

When we bought out first home we made the mistake of trying to redo multiple rooms simultaneously. It got to the point that we were spending every bit of free time working in those rooms. The stress had us both aggravated and on each others nerves.

Now we only do one project at a time no matter how big or small.
Normally I'd agree for the most part, but we're running internet, cable, audio/video from upstairs to downstairs so it kind of requires multiple rooms to be tore up at the same time. I've just finished up running the cables through the floors so we've just got lights to do tomorrow and it'll be one room-ish at a time from then out
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Normally I'd agree for the most part, but we're running internet, cable, audio/video from upstairs to downstairs so it kind of requires multiple rooms to be tore up at the same time. I've just finished up running the cables through the floors so we've just got lights to do tomorrow and it'll be one room-ish at a time from then out
Sounds like you are making good progress. I hope it comes out the way you want it to.
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