On the other thread, I mentioned stuffing plastic
bags into a sewer drain line. One time I saw an
unfinished front door frame at a house, the tenant
had been stuffing plastic bags to keep the cold
out. Seemed to work.
I used a van load of cardboard boxes one time, to
help a friend who had pretty much no attic insulation.
That helped a lot.
On Ice Road Truckers, I saw one time a guy used
some copper tubing in place of battery cable.
Ether to inflate tires.
On 03/17/2014 08:47 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I'm from Wisconsin and large portions of the state are still pretty much
wilderness. People here are very good at improvising and doing for
About 25 years ago I completely gutted my kitchen in order to remodel it.
Right at that time a friend of mine from the north woods decided he was
going to pay a visit and stay here for a few days with his wife and four
kids. (Three of the kids had never seen a city before.)
Anyway, my girl friend at that time freaked out and said that there was
no way we could have guests with our house in such disarray. (I was
doing the dishes in the basement washtubs)
I just laughed and told her none of our guests had even seen a completed
house in their lives.
Everyone had a great time.
We took them to the museum and little Missy did nothing but ride up and
down the escalator (after conquering her initial fear).
Little Arlo saw a spiral ramp for a parking structure and marveled at
the large silo. (To this day he's still embarrassed about it)
I don't think it's within protocol to apologize
on Usenet. One needs to flame, instead, you
big apologizer. If you do it again, I might have
to apologize to you, see how you'd like it.
(sticks out tongue)
The installation instructions for the bathroom fan I just installed
suggested 2 methods for mounting the fan in the open space between 2
1 - Use the metal brackets that came with unit and suspend it in the
2 - Build what they called a "header" with two 2 x 4’s perpendicular to the
joists and then two 2 x 4's in between them, forming a frame. Then screw
the fan housing to the bottom of the 2 x 4's that run parallel to the
My alternate (and so much easier) method: scab some short 2 x material to
the side of the joists to make the space between the joists narrower and
positioned exactly where I wanted it. Then screw the housing to the bottom
of the 2 x's. I did have to rip one of the 2 x's down a little bit, but it
was still a whole easier than trying to build and mount a box frame.
Trying to use their metal brackets and mount the unit while up in the attic
wasn't even a consideration. Everything I did was done from inside the
You did not know I was kidding?
I knew about that ever since I was a kid and even then I though filling
a blimp with hydrogen was stupid beyond belief.
Only recently did I learn that the US has (or had) a monopoly on helium
and refused to sell any to Germany. So...they redesigned the blimp to
use hydrogen...which was beyond insane.
The new thing I've seen are service centers advertising nitrogen to fill
Although it is of course safe to do so...any tiny advantage it could
have would be offset by the extra cost. The service centers seem to have
a rather "inflated" cost for that feature.
Air is something like 79% nitrogen anyway.
It would be tempting to go into a tire place,
and ask some kind of question based on if the
clerk knows the make up of air.
"I had my tires filled with nitrogen, and then
got new tires. You think there may be some
nitrogen still in them? So maybe I don't
have to have them nitrogen filled again?"
I own a couple of Q sized nitrogen cylinders and a regulator that I've
used to pressure test refrigeration and AC systems, to blow cleaner
through them then to blow out the air so I can perform a triple vacuum
before filling with refrigerant. Nitrogen is handy for a lot of stuff
and having it on a service truck means never having a flat. I'm now
thinking I should inflate the high pressure spare tire for my Jeep with
nitrogen so it will maintain a constant pressure regardless of
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