||[May. 6th, 2008|07:51 pm]
The garden wall is falling to pieces. Someone I spoke to about it- someone who claimed to be in the know- said, "Well you can't blame the builders; they got issued with a bad batch of bricks." |
He went on to say that there's no way of telling in advance whether a brick is good or bad- you just have to build it into a wall and see how it lasts. I find this hard to believe: surely any decent craftsman has a feel for the raw materials of his trade?
Anyway, I don't mind the way the wall looks- crumbly brick is picturesque- but having the wrought iron gate fall out of the gatepost was inconvenient. So I had a long think (lasting about half a year), mixed up some mortar ("same consistency as cake mix." said Ailz) and glued everything back together. I didn't have a lot of confidence in the outcome- because I'd never laid a brick before- but I tested the work this morning and it was solid.
Ailz was right. It's like grainy cake mix. So you cemented the gate back into place? Excellent!
Yes, we've once again got a gate that opens and shuts.
Since you're a mason now, ought I send you an apron (and maybe a funny hat)? :)
And instructions about how to do the secret handshake, please.
*High five* for adding to your skills.
Good for you! I applaud anyone who can do for themselves what would cost a fortune for a craftsperson to do.
My own resume? I fixed a broken dishwasher, also a clothes washer, repaired a wooden slanted cellar door (we call it a bulkhead), resewed my moccasins, made bedroom draperies to match the bedding (I used king-sized sheets of the same pattern as the bedsheets).
Just a few months ago when the computer was acting up I went down the street to the Geek Squad and asked about prices. $50 to look at it, and $30 per hour for labor, plus parts if needed, so I said, "Thanks I cant afford you," and went home, got into the guts of the machine and found out how to fix it myself. There are lots of instructions on line.
Anyway, I congratulate you. Looks like "Crafty Ailz" has a mate named "Handy Tony".
Thanks. I like to think I can handle most simple household repairs.
Electrics are a different matter. I can insert a battery or change a fuse, but I wouldn't dare plunge into the inner workings of a computer. Well done, you!
Oh, I gave you the wrong impression. I did not take the machine apart at all! Oh, no! But I found out how to make it work again when I just refused to respond to commands of any kind. I dont think I could do it again, except for the fact that I saved the instructions, printed them out for a notebook, and also saved them on a disc, so that if I lose the notebook, I can print them again on someone else's printer.
Nope, I dont do electric, either. However, simple plumbing? Yep, mainly because I'm not wealthy enogh to afford those people. So once again I congratulate you for your skill, your "smarts", and your economy.
There were a couple of typos:
Corrections: "It" just refused to respond...
I'm not wealthy "enough".