Bed Assembly and Finding Treasures in the Basement.

| 3/19/2011 5:49:01 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveHi folks from wonderful balmy Nebraska.  Well, 70 degree days in Nebraska in March?  I'll take all I can get.  Go grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and I'll catch you up on what's been going on around the Urban Ranch.

I took a week off to help a friend rewire his ceiling lights.  The starting point was three fluorescent ceiling lights.  Replacement of these lights with 15 spot ceiling can lights which included separation of six from a hallway circuit to its own switch and adding another new circuit which included replacing a two wall switch box with a three wall switch box.  The whole project took about a week.  It was the first by myself electrical wiring project for someone else.  They read my Grit blog and decided to ask me to come and wire their lights.  I guess indirectly Grit blogging does generate income.  I never expected to get paid but they decided it was only the right thing to do.  So now thanks to Grit blogging I have officially crossed the line into professional handy man.  I'm not sure exactly what to think about that.

Flat Box Furniture 

In the last post our discussion was about flat box furniture.  Oh, yes, my daughter decided that my flat box days were not over just yet.  Her purchase of the Captain's twin bed gave me a two day challenge to get the old bed removed and the new bed assembled.  This bed was especially challenging in that this three box purchase had five steps to the assembly directions.  Was it any wonder that near the end the screws left were a little too short and the wooden dowels were a little too long?  Now I could have disassembled the entire bed and tried to figure out how to assemble it again, but for me if the screw fits use it.  For the screws too short a trip to the friendly neighborhood hardware store saved the day.  For the dowels that were too long a good rasp fixed the issue.  Well, you might ask because the wrong parts were put in the wrong place is there any chance the bed will fall apart?  Nope not a chance.  It's together and it ain't coming apart.  Now getting it out of the room and moving it to a new house very well could be a problem.  One never thinks about that when assembling flat box furniture in a room do they?  Oh, by the way this bed was manufactured in Vietnam.  It's getting harder to find anything manufactured in the States isn't it? 

Assembled Bed 

Finally after two days of assembly the final result is a bed that stands erect and strong for a six year old super hero warrior that happens to sleep in one of my bedrooms.

Nebraska Dave
3/22/2011 1:33:50 PM

Shannon, I just can't sit still and not have a project of some sort going. I have many ideas about outside projects this summer. One will be a total rethinking of the trellis. I think for this year I will have all the containers that were on the poor man's patio wall will be strapped to the trellis and will be planted with shade plants. Begonias, Impatiens, Dusty Miller, and Coleus will be my choices. There will be 22 containers either sitting on a brace or hanging from a brace. To keep it all watered, an automated drip watering system will be used. I guess by now you know I like automated. We will see how this year turns out. Last year the pole beans and morning glories just didn't get enough sun and looks rather pathetic. Have a great spring garden day.

Nebraska Dave
3/22/2011 1:25:44 PM

The day here was glorious. I was outside raking the front yard and the warm moist air smelled so wonderful. I'm going to do my best to enjoy this spring season because I know soon enough that warm moist air with turn into the hot humid air of summer. I've already been drawn to the garden centers of the big box stores but alas there are no plants there just yet. Maybe another week or so the early annuals will arrive. The Crocus are in bloom and the Tulips and Daffodils are headed higher each day. I've already been out on the poor man's patio enjoying the weather and of course sipping on a cup of coffee. Have a great Michigan spring day.

S.M.R. Saia
3/22/2011 7:43:05 AM

Wow, what an amazing old building! You sure have been busy this winter. Everything around here says Spring too. The trees are now full of flowers and the peas are coming up, and we've been seeing a fair number of 70 degree days too. Happy spring!

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