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by DanM
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Aaron wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:18 am
Shannon's method of communication is the best, it works in a power outage and it's long distance. :mrgreen:


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Don't knock it, he's in the prairies you can probably see that for a few thousand miles. It's basically free long distance calling.
by DanM
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Pipes and how to hide them-Framing
Replies: 9
Views: 81

Re: Pipes and how to hide them-Framing

Thanks for the info, I was wondering why these pipes were NOT run through the joist to begin with. Just makes it harder to hide them. I'll take a shot at boxing them in. I might just have enough room above the windows. Thanks again, much appreciated. Is there a section on your site for the process ...
by DanM
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A. Spruce wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:33 pm
can't make long distance calls though. What happens when you short out a service panel and you need to phone a friend?!?!?! :lol:
Ha, jokes on you. Nutzy doesn't have any friends!

Just kidding
by DanM
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Fur out 2x3 stud walls
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Fur out 2x3 stud walls

It won't cause any problems at all. Insulation is basically just bubbles of trapped air anyway.
by DanM
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I've been reading now that both Apple and John Deere are installing "trip wires" into their equipment where, if you attempt to repair something yourself, the attempt will fail and evidence of your attempt will be detectible should you later decide to get the repair done by the company which may ref...
by DanM
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

We generally just say mileage, if not it's 'how many clicks on your car'.
by DanM
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Architects and home designers are the same way. We've dealt with a lot of dummies doing custom houses but one I'll never figure wins the dumbass of a lifetime award. So the client was buying a house in an old neighborhood, demolishing it, and building a new one. He wanted it to match the feel of the...
by DanM
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Yes, it reflects my view that so called 'modern' design is stupid but that's what people pay me to build and I like paydays. I go through a similar phase every time I have to build a custom house that looks like a sculpture of a half played game of Jenga being molested by a giraffe. I swear there's ...
by DanM
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I thought it was one of those 'modern' designs that's supposed to be really stupid looking on purpose.
by DanM
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

TWO... FREAKING... KNOBS... The simplest of things, somehow they ended up being my biggest source of frustration and my greatest triumph during this project. OK maybe triumph is pushing it a little, but as complete noob to soldering and hacking apart electronic stuff I was pretty pumped afterwards. ...
by DanM
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I miss toys made with actual metal. They were already on their way out when I was a kid (I'm 40) and most stuff was plastic but the really good stuff was still metal at that point. They just don't make 'em like they used to that's for sure. Speaking of plastic junk, anyone remember big wheels growin...
by DanM
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Holes in drywall mud
Replies: 13
Views: 155

Re: Holes in drywall mud

Yup just force it into the holes , no need to cover the entire surface with a coat again. I find mudding over painted surfaces you get these bubbles more often. Ya mudding over painted walls is almost always the cause of this problem. I've heard it's because the 'backside' of the mud (against the p...
by DanM
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Safety
Replies: 18
Views: 168

Re: Safety

I have to admit in all honesty when you are framing (residentially especially) IMO there is no real safe place to tie off in that case and if you did , it would be a tripping hazard as well.And the addition of that air hose is even worse in combination to a lanyard line. This x1,000,000. We get in ...
by DanM
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I still don't know why Nutzy keeps coming over to help you. Poor guy has the worst luck every time he shows up at your place. I don't know why either ! He feeds us the 'cheap' beer ... lots of it ... then puts us to work and films the ensuing mayhem :mrgreen: Ok, well it's the free beer that keeps ...
by DanM
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

That is really cool. Nice job. Of all the random junk that passes through my head daily, I can honestly say building an arcade style machine with a Pi never made it through. :) Thanks. When you finish your bathroom you should build an arcade machine. Us guys need a 'just for me, not her' project to...
by DanM
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I still don't know why Nutzy keeps coming over to help you. Poor guy has the worst luck every time he shows up at your place.
by DanM
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Oh I'm definitely still doing the logo. Just figuring out what else I need to get printed professionally and then doing it all in one shot. Maybe you'll see some Pacman. I just keep using Double Dragon since the screen is mostly black. A bright screen messes with my phone camera and makes it either ...
by DanM
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Shannon wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:37 am
emtnut wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:09 pm
In my head, I'm still 18 ... just high mileage :lol:

I think we all feel the same, young at heart?

Depends on the day, sometimes at the end of the workday I feel old and sore lol.
by DanM
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Well I got a little more out of the way. I added some LED striplights to give it a blue glow behind and above the cabinet, and below the control panel. I used a second set of LEDs to make the marquee lights. Best part of that was finding a reason to buy a good soldering iron and learn how to solder ...
by DanM
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Damn, two halloween birthdays? What is this sorcery. Happy Birthday to you too Aaron!
by DanM
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

So Nutzy's birthday is basically halloween. That kind of explains a lot lol.

Happy Birthday!
by DanM
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Ok, sounds good. I toned down things so they're a little subdued to blend into the background and make the text stand out more. Thanks!

And Nutzy of course I have pong on there, not that I'm gonna play it but it's less than 10kb. Might as well in case someone gets the urge.
by DanM
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Well I mostly designed the marquee for the top of the cabinet. Do you think it's too 'busy' visually with all the circuit looking stuff? I'm kinda stuck on whether or not I should get rid of all the red sub-circuits and just keep the main blue ones. Going for kind of a Tron-ish vibe with it https://...
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Thanks! Ya the finishing up always sucks, but it's worth it in the end.
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Drywall basement ceiling directly to floor joists or ...
Replies: 9
Views: 257

Re: Drywall basement ceiling directly to floor joists or ...

I always strap joists/trusses for drywall for a few reasons. It allows you to straighten things out better since joists/trusses are never perfectly flat. You can use shims between the joists and strapping to fix up any wavy spots, then just nail through the shims once it looks good. It makes life ea...
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

For this part yes, but it'll be weeks before all the artwork and random detail stuff gets done.
by DanM
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Well I just used regular latex paint and it seems to have gone fine, no swelling or excess moisture anywhere. A few pics of where she's at now, still lots of detail work to get done but she's fully operational. The buttons and joysticks are wired up to their own USB encoder board (computers will aut...
by DanM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1888
Views: 37543

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Is it really a prank if you aren't being a jerk though? I think you have to cross that line even the tiniest little bit for it to count as a prank.
by DanM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

For most of the cabinet I'm just priming and painting with semi-gloss. For the Marquee I'm going to get something printed out (not sure what material yet but probably vinyl) and sandwich it between two pieces of acrylic and have a 5V led strip backlight. The side panels are going to have graphics th...
by DanM
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Arcade Cabinet Build
Replies: 36
Views: 636

Re: Arcade Cabinet Build

Pretty much that. I used a piece of 2" ABS to trace each radius and then cut them as close to exact as possible with the jig saw. I used a palm sander (the square type, not orbital) + 220 grit paper to smooth out the surface. They aren't 100% perfect but it's close enough that the eye can't tell. Th...