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Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

Today I got the painting done - and finished the laundry room as far as it made sense before the epoxy floor will be poured/rolled, hopefully some time next week. To get this done quick, I temporarily removed both water pipes and conduit/electrical lines that are on the walls. So I needed some tools ... To carry some project specific tools, I use the SYS-TB-1, and add two of my VetoProPac. First the CP4 that hold my essential "EDC-type tools" (back) and the TP4 (front) - thats ideal for just grabbing what you need.







After that, using FrogTape/masking tape and painting.







Here are some detailed pictures of the FrogTape/masiking tape after painting and after removal. As you can see that stuff works wonders - you just have to put it on straight. ;)









Then we started to move everything back in and I took a - preliminary final - photo. (Until the epoxy gets delivered.)

And when I checked the picture on my phone after taking it, I noticed something. (Marked orange.) Incredible. Having the faucet with the connection to the washing machine on the left, while the machine is on the right. And having a regular faucet on the right. I have no idea why that never bothered us, until I took this picture.



Impossible to leave it that way... So I got the tools back out, some hemp and Neo Fermit (thread seal).

This allowed me to look into the Wall-Connector-Fitting manufactured by Fraenkische (Alpex). What leaves me with a couple of questions, honestly. But more on that on another day.



Trading places.



And ready to take the preliminary-final photo. ;) Looks way more appealing now.



Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline jobsworth

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Looks Great Oliver,

It great that yer posting again. Look fwd to your posting photos of your projects

Offline six-point socket II

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Thank you jobsworth, highly appreciate your kind words and feedback! :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline Bob D.

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Hi Oliver, nice job on the plumbing fix and other work.

If I may ask what are the red lines I see across the ceiling in the last photo. Looks to be a cable or wire or some type but I can't figure what it's for zig-zagging back and forth across the room.
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Offline six-point socket II

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Hi Bob,

thank you! :) That's just a clothes line.

Kind regards,
Oliver
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Oliver

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Offline Bob D.

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Ok, makes sense being in the laundry room. And takes up no space when not in use, good idea.
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Offline grobkuschelig

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Hi Oliver,

Nice updates, it is really coming along. Can’t wait to see the floor!

I am intrigued by this:


Is this just an older style outlet?
Thank you for a quick insight. :)

Offline six-point socket II

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Ok, makes sense being in the laundry room. And takes up no space when not in use, good idea.

Hey Bob,

I'm inclined to say it's really the norm in Germany. Even if you rent an apartment, the building will most likely have a laundry room, and if it's a big one, even a designated "drying room" - a whole (basement) room with just lines. Some even have it in the attic.

It's great to air out some cloths or dry them - especially in winter. In spring to autumn we use mainly a rotary clothes line in the garden, like this: https://www.leifheit.co.uk/fresh-laundry/drying/category/rotary-dryers.html


Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline six-point socket II

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Hi Oliver,

Nice updates, it is really coming along. Can’t wait to see the floor!

I am intrigued by this:


Is this just an older style outlet?
Thank you for a quick insight. :)

Hi!

Yes, that is an old bakelite outlet and pretty much dates back to when the house was build. It was easier to leave it in place and use as "junction box" to connect the new outlet then to remove it first. Besides that, it's flawless. Spring tension on the cover is the same as on the day it was built, tension on the connectors for the plug's prongs is right. That's why some people go to Manufactum to buy these: https://www.manufactum.de/feuchtraum-aufputzsteckdose-bakelit-a43572/

But given my experience with that store overall, I bet that old one in my basement will live for another 60+ years, whereas theirs won't make the first 60 years. ;)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline grobkuschelig

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Thanks Oliver, in my mothers house there are also a lot of old Bakelit outlets and switches, which are running 60+ years, I think.

I concur with your opinion on Manufactum. I think their stuff is made to be looked at only, no touching. ;)

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

Oh the little things. [big grin] Minor task today, filling a deep dent in the metal door to the boiler room. I want to paint it one of the coming days, so this has to be done first.

Getting necessary tools.


The dent is not that big, but rather deep.


Sanding.




Of course right into the dent, as far as possible - with highly flexible sanding mesh.


Done sanding.


Clean with acetone.


Done cleaning.


Here was a nib that I additionally sanded down.


Time to fill. Since I hadn't used the filler in a while, I put some on a scrap wooden piece to see if it had separated. High quality product, so no separation. :) But better to be safe than sorry.


Filling.


Excess removed.



I'm leaving this to dry for a day or two, then I will paint the door.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Looking good Oliver  [thumbs up]

Offline six-point socket II

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Hi!

Thanks, Jiggy!

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And some more of the small stuff ...

Today's mail included the doorstopper and rosettes I had ordered.



Nobody will ever see this, but I wanted a clean look for the drain feed-through on the pedestal  - so I took a knife and cutting-ruler to the rosette, made it fit and glued it in place.





And a little wood content. The floor board of the laundry basket came apaprt - since it was only pinned with really small nails and not very well glued/ on some there was no glue at all. So I removed all of the old nails with pliers and smoothened the little boards with a file.

Then, using a spacer and a fence to align the little boards,


I was able to pin them. This being some hard, tropical wood - it's great to test if you have a good stapler.  [wink] I love my "little" Rapid Compacta with Step-free force adjuster, really powerful when the adjuster is turned all the way down. ( https://www.rapid.com/en-gb/products/rapid-compacta-staple-gun_11520110/ )


Doing this a couple of times.


See if it fits.


Taking off excess glue.




Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline FestitaMakool

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You have some taste for tools.. Even the stapler [wink] Rapid staplers are nice.
Neat technique with the straw as well, similar techniques can be used for Acryl/Tec7/Sikaflex as well. Yields very nice finish.
And yes, those thin nails on those laundry baskets.. [mad] But, yours bottom is going to outlast the rest [big grin]
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Offline six-point socket II

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You know what they say, good tools = half the work.  [big grin]

This holds true, time and time again. With a cheap stapler and cheap staples, I would not have stapled through this wood. They would have bend and created ugly marks.

Today was another day of cleaning out boxes and stuff from the basement ... It's incredible what one "collects" over the years.

And finally, the epoxy is due for delivery tomorrow.  [unsure]

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline six-point socket II

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"You know I'm all about the light, 'bout the light, no darkness."



And on another note, the epoxy got delivered this morning.



Kind regards,
Oliver

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Oliver

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Offline six-point socket II

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Hope everyone is having a great weekend!






Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline RKA

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No Corona here!   [tongue]  Got a good bit of tree pruning done today.  Perfect day for it!  Enjoy your weekend Oliver!
-Raj

Offline six-point socket II

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We're operating strictly under the "Only a Corona a day, keeps Corona away" mantra. ;)

Tree pruning, that reminds me of what I still have to do. ... ;)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline MikeGE

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Today was a great day in Hessen to enjoy a Corona.

Offline six-point socket II

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Mike, we're neighbors then! :)

Kind regards from NRW,
Oliver
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Oliver

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Offline MikeGE

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Indeed we are, Oliver!  Before I retired, I used to be near your neighborhood several times a year when I had business in Mönchengladbach.

Offline six-point socket II

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That would have been very close, indeed.  [big grin]

You know, when this whole "Covid-19" thing is gone/ we got a vaccine or whatever - we should aim for a FOG get-together here in Germany, maybe a little closer to the border of the Netherlands/Belgium so our friends from over there could make it, too - without too much of a hassle for anyone. Just an idea ...

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Oliver
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Oliver

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Offline MikeGE

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A European FOG get-together sounds like a great idea.  At the rate life is returning to pre-COVID normal here, we might be able to have one this year.

Offline six-point socket II

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With my obesity and diabetes, I'm potentially high risk - so I won't take any chances. But if it is reasonable safe, I'm on board.

I hope that current protests are not going to cause new spikes in a week or two from now. Our city is pretty much down to zero cases, would not like to see that change because people traveled to and from the protests in the bigger cities.

Anyway, let's wait and see - I would love a nice GTG! :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
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Oliver

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Offline Rob Z

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Oliver, was the recent email the impetus behind popping a Corona today ?  [big grin]Hard to stop at just one, especially when they are frosty cold.  [tongue]

Offline hdv

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That's a great idea Oliver! I myself am in the same boat as you. I my case it is due to bad lungs (too much scar tissue in them, which inhibits my ability to properly breathe even when I am healthy). However, I must admit I am one of those who took it all too lightly at first and thought there was too much drama. Now I am taking it quite seriously.

I drive to Germany almost every month. As it happens I was in Germany yesterday to get our new adoption dog von Leben für Streuner. That was in Unna, near Dortmund.

Take good care of yourself and those around you. Your health is among the most important things you have.

When circumstances allow for it a European GTG would be wunderfull!

Offline Gregor

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With my obesity and diabetes, I'm potentially high risk - so I won't take any chances. But if it is reasonable safe, I'm on board.
Given the current numbers: you as being in Germany have a higher chance to be ran over by a train than to contract the 'killer virus' that didn't happen here (as we didn't purposefully infect people to kill them afterwards using ventilators, see youtu.be/UIDsKdeFOmQ).
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I hope that current protests are not going to cause new spikes in a week or two from now. Our city is pretty much down to zero cases, would not like to see that change because people traveled to and from the protests in the bigger cities.
Unlikely, else Stuttgart (being the epicenter of the protests against scrapping the Grundgesetz with over then thousand participants) would have turned into a cemetery by now... but absolutely nothing like that happened.

I think you can relax.

In case you're interested in weight reduction that dosn't rely on being jailed for an extended time period so you're forced to comply with being starved... this worked for me nicely (till my government completely messed up my dopamine levels through denying me access to basically all aspects of my social life):



When I found that my though was that it's that stupid simple that it both won't work and won't be practical, but it does. And the thought of morgen kann ich alles essen was ich will is a powerful idea that lets one close the refrigerator with a smile on the lips... should you find yourself infront of one out of reasons that have no relation to actually needing calories.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2020, 07:41 AM by Gregor »

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I understand the desire to discuss peoples health concerns and potential future gatherings, etc. But lets not have this drift into polysci issues, conspiracies, government, and such. There is more than enough of that elsewhere on the net.

Seth
« Last Edit: June 14, 2020, 10:16 AM by SRSemenza »

Offline Cheese

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That Corona looks wonderful Oliver...especially ice cold. I haven't had one in a while...that's got me thinking.

Dinner this evening could very well be some very ice cold Corona + lime wedges with a Court Bouillon Shrimp Cocktail.  [smile]