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    This was my lockdown project.
    The canopy was done on the outside before lockdown. I finished the wiring and the inside during lockdown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeldman View Post
    Have also been busy with laptops. Fixed three laptops and one desktop. All rather old machines that really struggled running Windows 10. Three stopped working with the BSOD and the other one (the desktop) was just extremely slow - so slow it would be unfair to say it was working. This one I flashed the bios, formatted the disk, added 4Gb I had lying around and did a clean install of Windows. Running well now although it will still irritate me, but my friend is happy...

    I was also able to recover all the data of the three BSOD laptops by booting with Linux, but in these cases I installed Mint 19.3 after convincing the rather reluctant owners to try it out and promising to install Windows again if they are not happy. It is now a week since the last one was returned to its owner and all I can say is that my wife has three very, very happy Linux Mint using friends. I don't think those laptops will ever see Window ever again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colt3000 View Post
    This was my lockdown project.
    The canopy was done on the outside before lockdown. I finished the wiring and the inside during lockdown.




    We need a video!!!! Those pics does not do it justice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colt3000 View Post
    This was my lockdown project.
    The canopy was done on the outside before lockdown. I finished the wiring and the inside during lockdown.
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    Dis flippen nice!



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    I am not into puzzle building....but a few years ago someone gave me a 1500 piece puzzle!

    So covid-19 drove me to building this puzzle and finishing it with a railway sleeper frame.

    So now I'll hang it above my braai.
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    Default Frog pond under construction.

    Two weeks into this project, building a habitat for the local tree frogs and other amphibians.
    I am warned I might regret this, as the noise at night might become intolerable [our main bedroom overlooks the pond]
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    The pond is fed from the gutters and was originally a rain garden built by the developer, which never worked. Digging out and getting the ground level took some time. Also lowering the blocks down the bank was a challenge. The rocks I found in the local cane fields. Now looking for some large drift wood, so will be scouring the local beaches.
    Lots more to do, but the days pass quickly and keeping out of swambo`s way . so no cabin fever here.
    Will post more on completion, which maybe some months away.
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    My jobless son is investigating aquaponics, so together we built a micro aquaponics system at home. 5 goldfish and couple of plants. Was fun to build and get it operating. Now to get the veggies to grow....

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    So, even though this was a weekend job, as both Swambo and myself are fortunate enough to work from home during the week, I thought I'd share our latest project.

    This is the first time we have done tiling.



    Old ugly dirty carpet. Removing the skirting to remove carpet.



    Carpet out, removing lenolium tiles that was under the carpet.



    Surface cleanup done.



    Prepping for installation. All the above happened on Friday night.



    Saturday morning or afternoon somewhere, about halfway through installing.



    Saturday afternoon. All done. Grouting will be done on Monday night.

    My back still hurts a bit, but all in all I am happy with the result,and ready to tackle next room in a week or two. After grouting is done we will go buy new skirting.

    You might have noticed the cupboard doors are missing. We are also revamping them.
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    Speaking from experience, that is hard but satisfying work!
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    I hate laying tiles, but I hate grouting more.
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    Hi all

    Finally got around to start building my bar today... a bit muti-coulored.
    Used wood that was lying around from other projects I did a while back.


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    Cool Some of the multiple projects I tackled during the lockdown.

    I was actually quite busy the past couple of weeks, having bought some paint and tools some time before the lockdown and not having the time to do the work, this gave me the time I needed to get some work completed. I refurbished my WARN XD9000 winch, stripped, cleaned and re-painted it, as well as replaced two of the solenoids that was defective. I also built an aluminium ring to hold my camp shower water heater on the gas cylinder. 10 minutes and I have LEKKER warm water for that well deserved shower. Then I also stripped my canopy and roofrack that I built, and repainted that. Just need to replace the rubber seals on the canopy still. apart from also repainting the inside of my house, I think this was actually quite a lockdown well used.
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    Hi Guys

    been busy making walking sticks from sticks collected last year. Mostly bushwillow collected off my place in Hoedspruit. over a 100 ready for sale if any wants a walking stick not walking aid! I sell them from R50 to R250 depending on amount of carving
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    Default Re: Some of the multiple projects I tackled during the lockdown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Krappie.botha View Post
    I was actually quite busy the past couple of weeks, having bought some paint and tools some time before the lockdown and not having the time to do the work, this gave me the time I needed to get some work completed. I refurbished my WARN XD9000 winch, stripped, cleaned and re-painted it, as well as replaced two of the solenoids that was defective. I also built an aluminium ring to hold my camp shower water heater on the gas cylinder. 10 minutes and I have LEKKER warm water for that well deserved shower. Then I also stripped my canopy and roofrack that I built, and repainted that. Just need to replace the rubber seals on the canopy still. apart from also repainting the inside of my house, I think this was actually quite a lockdown well used.
    How does your camp shower work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    So, even though this was a weekend job, as both Swambo and myself are fortunate enough to work from home during the week, I thought I'd share our latest project.

    This is the first time we have done tiling.



    Old ugly dirty carpet. Removing the skirting to remove carpet.



    Carpet out, removing lenolium tiles that was under the carpet.



    Surface cleanup done.



    Prepping for installation. All the above happened on Friday night.



    Saturday morning or afternoon somewhere, about halfway through installing.



    Saturday afternoon. All done. Grouting will be done on Monday night.

    My back still hurts a bit, but all in all I am happy with the result,and ready to tackle next room in a week or two. After grouting is done we will go buy new skirting.

    You might have noticed the cupboard doors are missing. We are also revamping them.

    Absolutley nothing wrong with it. Did all my tiling in the house, practice makes perfect. A while back my tiles started lifting in the kitchen, has underfloor heating and dont have spare tiles of these. Had take out carefully and chip out cement carefully. Still damaged the element in 2 places which I fixed and refitted tiles. Back breaking to say the least. My 1 toilet cistern is cracking and leaking, the ceramic is cracking of it own accord so 40 years down the line. Have painted it out with a type of rubber cement, will be doing 3rd coat before iI refit it again. Reason if I replace, I have to replace the toilet bowl as well as the cistern is mounted with 4 bolts as apposed to new toilets which on use 2 bolts. Another days problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subok View Post
    Swambo spent the past three days sorting out the chaos in my garage, bit by bit. I tried in vain explaining that any decent man has a few containers filled with screws, nuts, bolts and washers in which said man can scratch around for hours to find a bolt and nut combination to suit the job at hand. Outcome was that we can now fit two cars in the garage. Try to beat that!
    And now one cant find a thing in your garage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subok View Post
    Swambo spent the past three days sorting out the chaos in my garage, bit by bit. I tried in vain explaining that any decent man has a few containers filled with screws, nuts, bolts and washers in which said man can scratch around for hours to find a bolt and nut combination to suit the job at hand. Outcome was that we can now fit two cars in the garage. Try to beat that!
    Not going to happen, never, ever....
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    Hello all, the missus and I were all set to hit the road at the beginning of April to visit Karoo NAtional Park and spend a few days touring the Prince Albert area, Swartberg pass, Die Hel, De Rust, Meiringspoort, Klaarstroom and all those othe nice passes around there. So Covid-19 put a stop to that so I decided to do a painting of the legendary road into Klaarstroom, in oils nogal. Other projects were starting renovating our loft room, some bathroom upgrades, made a can crusher (but no more SAB cans to crush ), and this last weekend fitted my Frontrunner roof rack to my Ground Zero canopy on the Hilux. Here is the Klaarstroom painting as evidence....
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    I built this bathroom before lockdown, and as time passes by and I have a few extra bucks and the time, I carry on with the little tasks that are on the list to complete.
    One of the tasks was to turn the feature rock wall into a waterfall, complete with plants growing and lighting.

    During lockdown, I completed the water feature, and yesterday I installed the led lighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    I hate laying tiles, but I hate grouting more.

    Read the other day one should use a cake piping bag. Directs the grout where you want it and a lot less mess.
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