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    So what are you doing to keep the creative juices going during the lockdown.

    Please show off your project, it may just inspire us all.

    I believe this is key to ward off cabin fever. Use what you have on hand. If you are like me you will be astounded by what you actually have. I found a pile of decking off cuts thats been around for ages.

    So SWAMBO insisted she will be my appy on our first project, an indoor planter.She absolutely loved it and canít wait to tackle the next. It sure made the day fly by:



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    Sadly, apart from Reenen, no 4x4 builds?
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    Put a water tank up for the veggie garden (was standing on the koppie).
    Got 5m2 of garden soil delivered on Thursday and moved it, with my children's help, into the veggie garden with 2x 20 litre buckets.
    Shadenet was done afterwards. Infrastructure I've done 5 years ago.

    Anything to keep the family busy. Start at 08:30 in the morning work until lunch time. Take a siesta, and continue at 14:00/15:00 until dark.

    I have many of these small projects.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LdLL View Post
    Put a water tank up for the veggie garden (was standing on the koppie).
    Got 5m2 of garden soil delivered on Thursday and moved it, with my children's help, into the veggie garden with 2x 20 litre buckets.
    Shadenet was done afterwards. Infrastructure I've done 5 years ago.

    Anything to keep the family busy. Start at 08:30 in the morning work until lunch time. Take a siesta, and continue at 14:00/15:00 until dark.

    I have many of these small projects.

    Very impressive. I'll have to dream for now. I've got enough yard space to flick my entjie into the dirt pile.

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    This is what I've been doing the last two weeks....

    I made a grid for the back of my Patrol, between the rear shelf of the drawer system and the passenger area.

    I had some "Clear Vu" material left from a previous project, so I used that on a 22 x 22mm sq tube frame, hinged on a 25 x 25mm x 1.6mm angle outer frame. This enables me to open it from the inside. The barrel bolts (From 4X4 Direct) is set up to self lact when I close the grid.

    I manage to get it powder coated last week Monday and fitted it on Tuesday.

    I am moving most of the electrical stuff from the underside of the shelf onto the grid, to make it more visible and accessible. So far I have only moved the DC to DC charger and the USB multi-plug charger. I still have to see what else I want on the outside of the grid. I will also mount some stuff on the inside of the grid, there is a 50mm space between the shelf and the grid.

    But I have hit a snag, with the buggering around I have popped the two 30a (green) bigger blade type fuses on the WRND charger, I only have 25a (yellow) fuses at home. I tried them, and discovered that the warning on the WRND to only use 30A fuses is there for a reason, the 25a fuses pop about 10 seconds after the charger starts charging, after I start the vehicle.

    With the current shutdown, I would imagine it would be impossible to find an open Spares Shop here in Kensington or Malvern East to get some 30a fuses..... I will try the little PnP shop at the BP Filling station on Broadway when I go and buy fresh bread on Monday, they have a few shelves of emergency spares, like fuses, radiator caps brake fluid and the like. That is if they have not cordoned that shelf off like they did at the Bedford PnP. All their hardware, wine, kitchenware and clothing shelves are cordoned off with red and white bunting/emergency type tape.....
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    Started a few days before the lockdown already, but thankfully got 99.9% of the bits and pieces together before all the shops closed. Diy Solar installation at home:





    Still have to earth everything, connect the solar panels and batteries to the victron system and the victron system to the main DB. Now we are off the grid regarding water and electricity also, the above layout is version 1, Iíll move it around and neaten it up when the shops open again, need some more 35mm2 cable for that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mvcoller View Post
    This is what I've been doing the last two weeks....

    I made a grid for the back of my Patrol, between the rear shelf of the drawer system and the passenger area.

    I had some "Clear Vu" material left from a previous project, so I used that on a 22 x 22mm sq tube frame, hinged on a 25 x 25mm x 1.6mm angle outer frame. This enables me to open it from the inside. The barrel bolts (From 4X4 Direct) is set up to self lact when I close the grid.

    I manage to get it powder coated last week Monday and fitted it on Tuesday.

    I am moving most of the electrical stuff from the underside of the shelf onto the grid, to make it more visible and accessible. So far I have only moved the DC to DC charger and the USB multi-plug charger. I still have to see what else I want on the outside of the grid. I will also mount some stuff on the inside of the grid, there is a 50mm space between the shelf and the grid.

    But I have hit a snag, with the buggering around I have popped the two 30a (green) bigger blade type fuses on the WRND charger, I only have 25a (yellow) fuses at home. I tried them, and discovered that the warning on the WRND to only use 30A fuses is there for a reason, the 25a fuses pop about 10 seconds after the charger starts charging, after I start the vehicle.

    With the current shutdown, I would imagine it would be impossible to find an open Spares Shop here in Kensington or Malvern East to get some 30a fuses..... I will try the little PnP shop at the BP Filling station on Broadway when I go and buy fresh bread on Monday, they have a few shelves of emergency spares, like fuses, radiator caps brake fluid and the like. That is if they have not cordoned that shelf off like they did at the Bedford PnP. All their hardware, wine, kitchenware and clothing shelves are cordoned off with red and white bunting/emergency type tape.....
    Looking good

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    Fitted a nose cone to my Oryx yesterday.




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    Remember to check your towball weight after you loaded that nosecone.
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    Wow I am impressed!

    You guys make me shy to show my project!

    I'm building a defender a new shape defender!

    From scratch.

    Hopefully I will get done by the time the lockdown ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Wow I am impressed!

    You guys make me shy to show my project!

    I'm building a defender a new shape defender!

    From scratch.

    Hopefully I will get done by the time the lockdown ends.
    Geez I'm jealous! I heard that takes a bit of time.

    I have a counter top to build from pine flooring. We are building a desk for the new study. Got cheap pine tresstles from builders for the legs. Wheather has been crap for the whole lockdown. Sun is out today, I might attempt finishing it.
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    I now feel a bit sheepish seeing the awesome projects. My flower boxes looks pale in comparison.

    What I do want to highlight is how families are all engaged together in these projects. How special is that!

    If thatís the one good thing that comes out of this then Iíd say thatís great.

    Keep on posting, itís an inspiration to us all.

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    Made a depriming pin for the 223 today.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTolbos View Post
    Started a few days before the lockdown already, but thankfully got 99.9% of the bits and pieces together before all the shops closed. Diy Solar installation at home:





    Still have to earth everything, connect the solar panels and batteries to the victron system and the victron system to the main DB. Now we are off the grid regarding water and electricity also, the above layout is version 1, I’ll move it around and neaten it up when the shops open again, need some more 35mm2 cable for that.
    Neat.

    On those two red wires to inverters...maybe some black masking tape round negative one to avoid later confusion. Where it leaves and enters
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    I replaced the floor rubber for my garage door yesterday.

    Today I fixed two gas braais, cleaned and some of the holes was rusted closed on the second one so I drilled it open.

    First braai was a salvage, friend of mine wanted to chuck it away due to the pipes being blocked and the knobs was stripped so luckily I bought the parts a few months ago, in for about R500 and I have a new braai. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Hannes View Post
    Wow I am impressed!

    You guys make me shy to show my project!

    I'm building a defender a new shape defender!

    From scratch.

    Hopefully I will get done by the time the lockdown ends.

    I'm green with envy!

    Looks fun -

    Enjoy!

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    Welding strong tent pegs from leftover steel

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    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!

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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!
    Ek is bang vir my garage as ek dit moet uitsorteer gaan ek met 'n gelaaide over and under haelgeweer moet ingaan.
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    Tussen ons, dit was iets wat 'n onderliggende stressfaktor was, en nou is dit nie meer nie! Die recyling manne gaan Dinsdagoggend 'n groot verassing kry met alles wat uitgegooi is.
    Nota: ek het n goeie vriend wat bokse merk met 'n datum waarop dit gepak is. As dit nie in 12 maande oopgemaak is nie, word dit weggegooi sonder om oopgemaak te word.

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