Getting better and doing some work

I have been thinking of a helping tool for my mother, to use in the garden. A tool to pull behind an electric scooter, that rakes the freshly cut grass.

Felt a little better today, and seeing as how there are no flea markets or sales to source flips, I decided to start this project. I had previously purchased two rakes and a plate that I cut to length. Normally I would have used hearing protection and I sort of did. I recently bought a pair of Levity Exosphere Fitness Premiums and wanted to try them out. Connected to iPod via Bluetooth and straight in the ear, no wires.

Worked so well, this is my new protection and also accompanying me when I’m sourcing, photographing, listing and packing up flips and other sales.

The rake is going to be heavy, and I have bought 8mm rebar to use as a shaft. It might be a little on the small side, seeing as I bought a 10mm thick, 100mm wide plate (about 800mm long) to fasten the two rake heads on. That thing is heavier than I thought it was. Tomorrow is Sunday, but I might try and get it finished (I’m about half done) after 12 some time. But it is hot outside, and I am struggling with some blood pressure issues, because of a change in medication. Wednesday I had a serious drop in blood pressure followed by a racing pulse. The doc came to our house to see me, and told me to take it slow and keep monitoring my BP. I am normally very stable at 120/80 and a pulse of around 70-80. Since Wed. I have measured anywhere from 124/75 down to 100/71 with pulse varying from 84 to almost 150!! That had me worried, but I got it back down later. I’m not going to work very hard in this warm weather, because of the issues, but I am flipping anything and everything I can.

I am trying to be more present on eBay, you can visit my page here. Lately I’m in a retro/vintage/bijoux/jewelry/silver mood and have listed some items in those categories.

I keep reading about other flippers going to garage- /yard sales and having ample venues to source their inventory. I; have the odd thrift shop and the free section on #FinnNO http://finn.no/ Don’t get me wrong, I have gotten great items from Finn, but lately not much has popped up in my area. Had to have driven a while to pick stuff up.

I can’t wait for this Covid-19 thing to be “over” and society gets back in action. I want to visit flea markets and for people to list back to normal again.

Stuck inside

We needed a bit of rain now, the fire hazard was huge and the plants were drying out. However, as I don’t yet have my inside workspace, I am stuck inside and can’t bring the ideas I have to life.

Instead though, I am taking the time after my day job to search for flips and listing flips online. I posted about some DVDs I got for free and haven’t yet gone through all of them. I did find two items I now have listed on my eBay store! Chris Rock, Bigger Blacker and the action movie Wanted! Both are listed as auctions, and both start at just $1. I also listed a Kodak EK160-EF instant camera, starting at just $9.

First time in almost a year that I’ve listed something on eBay. I think I might start using eBay more the coming time, as the international market is way bigger than posting for Norwegians on Finn.no… Facebook Marketplace is another option I’m considering, and I might try a project of matching them against each other.

Now I want the rain to cease and the temperature in the range of 15 deg. C. That way I can get outside and take apart the things I need to in order to create the things I have in mind.

Welding!

The weather is warm, the back is … OK … and it’s time to weld!
I have done some research on my machine and on welding with shielding gas and felt that today is the day 😊 I grabbed a couple of thick pieces of steel and carried all the gear outside. And one thing is obvious to me now; I need a welding cart!!!!! Carrying the welder, gas and gear out and in all the time is a pain in the a%$!

The first thing was to try the welder, and I spent 10-15 minutes playing around with settings and welding. I could get penetration, but the “seam” was tall, and if I turned the welder over 2 (of 4) on the heat, the fuze kept breaking. I need a bigger circuit as well looks like.

I measured and cut a piece of steel for the first weld and tacked it in place. Adjusted the welder and actually think I did pretty well, for a first time in 20 years.

The second piece was actually a lot better and easier, and I think it looks alright 🤔
Both surfaces are now primed with anti-rust rattle can paint and gets a black coating tomorrow or something.

If I weren’t so knackered I’d take a drive and buy the cart tonight, but I think tomorrow is better even though it’s Whit weekend. Oh, and I need to find a good supply of steel. I pay between ~$50 and ~$60 for a sheet of 1m x 1m cold rolled 1mm steel. Pricey!

Things are moving and some trapping

The rototiller project is officially: No more! I just sold the motor for a profit and I will re-list the tiller base a little later. The Gudenaa mower I picked for free also sold today, and is being picked up tomorrow. Now I have to get going welding up the other mowers I have!

Our property is infested with voles, mice and what-not; leaving tunnels and holes all over the place. We have just staked out some frequency oscillators that are supposed to help get rid of everything like this in the ground and surface. I also bought a couple of live traps that I’ve set out, but they have only caught 1 in 3 days. The latching mechanism needs adjusting or modifying, because the last two days the bait has been stolen and the traps were not set off.

https://youtu.be/QqhHhne0n0s

I have set the live catch traps, because I don’t mind relocating them in stead of destroying them. The one I have caught was released close to one of the oscillators, to see the effect. The mouse seemed to be disorientated and I guess that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do.

New videos and a redneck fix

The mower is started and has been used to cut grass 😃 It runs great and cuts perfect. The only issue has been the throttle lever that’s busted off, but here is a quick (and sort of redneck) fix of that.

A drill, a drywall screw and a piece of epoxy putty, and 24 hours of curing. Problem solved.

https://youtu.be/4xgKrhA___0

Here is a video of this process and below is yesterdays upload of the starting and cutting of grass. The collection is working great and now the throttle lever is fixed. I think I might have to look at the drive, as it didn’t do the job all the while cutting, but I’ll have a look.

Ascension Day quickie

Today is a quiet day, normally, and I am not playing with any motorized equipment. Had to do something though, so decided to assemble a work table I bought the other day. It’s one of those simple and small, raise/lower (manually), tables that has room for tools.

15 minutes and the thing was together, didn’t even need the guide 👅
One of our neighbors decided to start the chainsaw and do some yard work, and I figured what the heck.. I’ll pull on the recently added mower! I pulled twice to see that it turned and had compression and then primed the carb like 4 times. Two more pulls and the thing fired right up 🔥 Ran impressively clean and silent and the self propelling worked like a charm. All that’s really wrong is the gas lever is broken, but I have a quick fix for that in mind (video coming real soon).

Once I’ve cleaned out the grass and dirt that was in the mower and collector, and given it a nice power wash; I’ll list it for sale at like ~$110 or so and accept a tad lower if offered 💵

Afternoon project

A preface; I suffer from tough migraines, and today was not a good day. I did work my day job, but had to lie down after, to recoup. A couple of hours rest and I felt like doing a simple afternoon project.

A while back (before the big Covid outbreak) I picked up a kitchen table with extensions, to use as a work bench/surface. A couple of weeks back I also picked up a 1m x 1m sheet of cold rolled steel, to use in projects. Now, because of the new welder, I decided I wanted to have a metal surface/work bench to use as a welding table, and this was right in my mind. Had to cut a bit off the sheet, but an angle grinder and a cut off wheel did that job easy.

All in all I spent under 30 minutes on this, and now I have a great working surface to also weld on. The table can no longer “fold” together, but I don’t mind. Not in my use anyways.

Right now, I sitting here waiting for a confirmation on a new pickup it looks like I scored. It was listed for free, I jumped right on it, but the seller said it was gone in under a minute. Then, while working on the table, I got a message “He reconsidered and didn’t want it. You still interested?”. I answered Yes right away, but for almost an hour now there’s not been a confirmation. Might have to wait and pick up tomorrow, or I might have to pass as well ✋

Update;
Got the go-ahead to pick up the mower, an address about 25 minutes from me. Was told it was set outside the gate, and to just pick it up. Drove to where the GPS told me, but couldn’t find a house number and certainly no mower outside a gate. A BIG drive around to get back into this one way street, and by chance I saw a guy with a mower that matched the pictures… Stopped and sure enough, it was the one.

The guy told me it was one that was left at the house he bought, and that he had put fresh gas in it and pulled, but no luck. That’s fine and dandy and I can’t wait to dig in.
Now, tomorrow is Ascension Day, so no day job and probably no noisy work outside (no starting of mower) but I might just do some welding, because the weather has warmed up nice 😃

More for the hoard (and flip)

So.. As you might have read before, I am always on the lookout for new (and free) stuff. Any time something that catches my eye appears, I jump on it. Yesterday was May 17th (Norways Constitution Day) and not much was posted. Today has been a bit better, but still quiet though. One ad was for two kids bikes and I was first in line 😊 I haven’t really gone over them yet, but the once over of breaks and gears seems fine. A wash and a bit of lube and they’re out for sale. Flipping is a thing for me.

This is what I have out, and I also have my “boneyard” where I have some old lawnmowers and engines, but they’re overgrown and in desperat need of repair. IF ONLY THE WEATHER WOULD WARM UP!!! It is forecast warmer to the end of the week though, so could be better. I want to test my new welder, but it’s still a bit too 🥶

New arrival(s)

Picked up a kids bike the other day, painted pink over black paint. The painting is done without prepping, so it’s flaking off, but I don’t mind as it’s not going to be a bike anyways.

Yesterday I picked up a “new” mower and the whole story is kind of weird…
I jumped on a listing (Tuesday) on Finn, advertising a Partner lawnmower for free, and it’s almost identical to the beater we run at home. 10-15 minutes later, I got a reply from the seller saying I got it and that she was heading out, but would leave the mower outside her garage and I could pick it up there. I told her thank you and that I would start right away. Got in the car and plotted the GPS then set off. 5 minutes later I got a notification from Finn on my iWatch, and it was the seller saying: “Sorry, the mower’s not mine; have to check with my daughter. Wait until tomorrow!” Turned around and told her we’d check back Wednesday. Wednesday came and I asked if she had heard from her daughter. She confirmed and said once more that I could pick it up outside her garage. This time, no correction so a while later the mower is home with me; BUT!

It’s not really visible in these pictures (check the video below) but if you look to the left of the Partner logo on the yellow cover, you see a hole and a “line”. This mower is almost split in half! Needs a fair bit of welding, but that’s quite alright since I have a new welder and all.

Now for the weather. It’s so cold outside, the other day we had snow in the air!!! Almost in the middle of May, and there’s snow..?? It’s not the first time that happens, but I don’t like it. I am currently waiting for a bit of warmth so I can work outside in the evenings. Wish I had a garage or a workshop where I could stay warm and still have plenty of room to work 🍀

Pickin’ free stuff

I watch a lot of YouTube videos, and I see so many videos from yard sales, garage sales and what not. This is not a thing here in Norway, and certainly not anything like town wide yard sales… The only thing here is Finn.no (sort of like Craigslist) and watching the free listings like a hawk! I have alerts on anything that’s posted for free in my area, and that is 98% where I get my “new” stuff.

However; Any time any motorized equipment is listed, you have to be quick. You have to contact the seller within a minute, maybe two, if you want to be lucky. Yesterday I was notified of a free lawnmower, and I had sent a message to the seller in under a minute. I was still not the first one! I also have a listing on Finn, where I tell people I pick up motorized equipment, if they’re getting rid of it. That way they don’t have to go to the trouble of driving it to the dump, which is usually what happens.

This video is from yesterday, showing the items I picked and also a few of my listings that’s being flipped.

The Husqvarna mower I picked up yesterday, is from the listing I have of picking up equipment. I don’t get a whole lot that way, but occasionally. It needs a bit of work, new pull chord, new throttle lever, new governor spring and work on the propulsion. For now, I’m setting it aside, because I just can’t get new parts over here. I ordered a carb kit from the USA, in early March and it got here this Friday!!! Two months, all because of Covid-19.

Another thing I’ve realized is: because of Covid-19, I might struggle to get more gas for my brand new welder when I run out. All Jula’s in Norway are out of the refill option, but one of the stores semi-close to me has one bottle left. Luckily, the tank holds 2500 liters of gas, so I’m set for a good while.

Now, I’m just waiting for it to dry up a bit from last nights shower. I want to get out to work on my stuff. I noticed that there is an issue with the gears on the Diamant bike I picked up. I think the wire is too loose, but I’m not sure. It’s one of those old 3-speed gears that are locked in the back wheel. Never worked on one of those, but I’ll figure something out 😃