HOT!

I was complaining earlier about it being a bit cold to stand and work/weld outside, but now it’s just the opposite.. Today it’s in the high 20’s maybe over 30 in the sun (degrees C), and I haven’t done much of anything outside. I wanted to locate my big vice and set it up on my table, and did so this morning (before the sun was all out blazing). Got my tools together and placed/drilled the holes, taking care to include the metal plate under the vice to ground it, but wouldn’t you know… I was all out of the right size bolts to fasten it correctly 😢

I am a wheeler dealer, and when ever I can make a few bucks, I take it. I found a listing for 4 boxes of DVDs and was lucky enough to be first in line. Wasn’t more than a few kilometers from me, so easy going. Picked them up and selected between 80-100 movies and series (including a complete set of unopened Red Dwarf) and put the remaining 112 DVDs up for sale. I’m not asking much, as it’s a huge variety of titles, from thrillers, comedy, slapstick, action. Both movies and series.

Tomorrow is work again, and I have a doctors appointment in the early afternoon. Getting better for every week that goes by 😃 😀

I visited a used & antiques store on Saturday, picking up a variety of materials and tool for a very cheap price. It’s not tools I’m going to use, but it’s for art and sculpting. I have a boatload of ideas, but need the welder to do 99% of them. Hopefully it’s not direct sun on my work space in the afternoon, after my day job. Pictures to come 😉

Done it

OK, now I’ve gone and done it…..
For years (ever since I was in school) I have made due with a simple flux core welder. It has been a pain in almost every way I’ve used it, but I just haven’t taken the plunge and bought a real welder. The bottom line has been gas (Argon) because the “bottles” have been crazy expensive.

A couple of weeks back, I found that a local warehouse (Jula) sells gas in a bottle they call Mini Bertha! 300bar 2500 liters of gas, and a bottle you own. All for the semi-nice price of ~$550 and when empty you exchange the whole thing for ~$100. That is a whole lot cheaper than the other places you get gas here. There you most of the time have to rent the bottles and keep up payments.

Now, I’m the proud owner of an ESAB Origo C141 MIG welder and a Mini Bertha with 2500+ liters of gas. That should hold me for a good while 😃

Next thing in that area now, is finding a supply of steel. I have a store that sells to private people, but I bought a sheet (1meter x 1meter) and it was ~$50! Along came some off-cut pieces I plan to use in installations I make (hobby) and some pieces were big enough to be used to fix other stuff. I have a lawnmower that needs a plate welded to it.


Under, you can view the video I made while rebuilding the garden trailer for my mother. I forgot to film the start of the project, which included the pain that was welding the mount.

This is a new (to me) way of filming and I am still learning the ropes. I promise to try my best at getting better, and I would very much like for you to visit my channel and get in on commenting, liking (or disliking) and of course subscribing to my uploads.

Garden equipment, rebuild

Yesterday (Saturday) we saw a nice break in the weather (for a while) and I decided to rebuild a garden carrier that my mother uses as a trailer behind an electric scooter. I should have done a video of the whole thing, but I got so worked up that it just slipped my mind. I’m not finished with the project, so I’m grabbing the camera today because we see good weather today as well and there’s enough work left to make a video.

I snapped some pictures right as I ended yesterday, because I had to go out and buy some new parts. The image on the lower right shows the chaos that was at Biltema (Scandinavian warehouse chain) and I actually had to park the car and walk the rest of the way there! On my way back home, the weather changed and we saw some surprise showers that ended the work outside for the day.

The problem with the “trailer” was that one of the wheel guides had broken clean off and needed to be welded back together. I only have a crappy flux core welder, and haven’t welded in many years, but I actually think I got it sorted well enough. (I’m saving up for a new and eons better welder, with shielding gas!)

I invested in a new welding helmet that has auto dark. All I’ve ever used prior is that type that’s always dark and you have to lift to see anything when not welding. I think it cost something like ~$45 (450NOK) and I a so pleased!! It did the job excellent and is now my go-to helmet.

Todays todo list is: New tires, handle swap and misc straightening. It’s Sunday so I don’t start until after 12:00, just because I have to make some noise doing this.

Bad weather!

I am just enough of a couch potato, that when it’s bad weather I’m inside 😂 I wish I was outside, because I want to flip the bikes I picked up the other day, but it’s cold and damp and I’m instead watching learning videos when I’m not working my day job.

There hasn’t been any good items up for grabs either, so I haven’t been out for a pickup since the bikes. There was two tillers up for sale, but I didn’t catch any of them until someone else had picked them up… There are loads of items listed every day, but nothing that I can make an easy profit on. Chairs, tables, couches, misc. kitchen items, and so much more, but; Not for me.

Just checked the forecast for tomorrow (which is a Holliday) and it just might be enough of a clear up that I could venture outside and have a gander on the bikes. Let’s hope so!

Apr. 28 2020 – Update; More flips

Just shot a quick video, posting some thoughts and such.

https://youtu.be/DefzsHkYulQ

I picked up a couple of bikes today, got them for free. I’m planning on spending a couple of hours on them to make sure gears and brakes work fine and that tires have and hold air. Then flipping them for a few hundred kroners, something like ~$50-60 or thereabouts.

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Selling off, #Pickup2Profit

My search for items in the giveaway section yielded another score the other afternoon. A Mantis 2-cycle tiller was given away and I managed to be first in the running, and went and picked it up. Another one hour pickup, and it was in a non-running state, unknown what the issue was. I got it home and quickly realized that it was the pull start assembly not engaging the flywheel. Pulled the assy off and noticed that it seems to be missing a part between the pull chord and the flywheel.

While unscrewing the pull start, the screws were loose so it was clear somebody had been in there. I imagine they lost the part in question and just put it away. Turned the flywheel and the motor spins nice, and it seems to have excellent compression. I could start it with a drill or something, but I figured I’d just post it for sale and see what I get.
Posted it yesterday and and today a guy contacted me. I posted it for ~$70 or best offer, and I’m prepared to accept lower. Still nice profit for a free item. I could try and locate the part missing, but again it’s hard to get parts to Norway, so I’m letting it go.

Another item that’s up for sale is the rototiller project. If I get a decent offer, I’m giving the profit towards a new or better used tiller for the garden. I pooled the motor, tiller base, pulley and boss together for ~$200 or best offer. Going to be interesting to see if someone bites on that one. The motor alone is a good piece of equipment, just needs a cleaning and lube, and of course an oil change and service. Something I could do myself, but I have a few lawnmowers I’m putting some time into and if I get them running (been outside a couple of seasons) more going out for sale.

First post in almost two years?

So.. I have neglected this site for a very long time, but today I figured I’d post a quick one on the latest video I made. I got this project for free, all I had to do was hook up my trailer and go pick it up.

It wasn’t very far from me and the whole pickup took just over an hour from start to finish. I made this quick video and did a very quick diagnostic, looking at what it would need.
Because of this whole Covid-19 thing, it’s very hard to get shipments into Norway (I’m still waiting on parts ordered months ago) and this made me think of flipping it.

I took some decent pictures and put it on Finn.no (sort of like Norways Craigslist). I got an offer of ~$120 and he wanted to pick up in an hour. I took it and told him to come. Two hours later, a no-show, and I contacted him back. Told me he couldn’t make it that night, but wanted to postpone to the next day. I said OK, but that I would need confirmation early the next day, to get a specific time.

Mid day, next day, I heard nothing from the first guy but had gotten another offer (better) so I called the first guy up. He was almost 10 hours away, on another pickup so he couldn’t make it that day either. I told him I had to let it go if he couldn’t make it but that I would sell it to him for the original offer if he could arrange pick up. He said he couldn’t and that I could sell to the next guy. Just over an hour later, the second guy showed up and we lifted it onto his trailer.

I got just over ~$160 for my trouble and I am putting that into finding a better starting point for a project. I still have active searches going and get notified every time there is something interesting given away for free.

I won’t say I make much money on stuff like this, but I find it refreshing every time I make a dime or two.

Something new :-)

So… For a very long time, I’ve been struggling with car trouble. I own a 2000 Toyota Corolla that hasn’t been on the road for over two years (it’s to be sold now). My daily driver has been a 2002 Toyota Yaris Verso that’s preformed well, but it won’t pass this years bi-annual inspection. Continue reading “Something new :-)”

Content creation

Good afternoon (or morning) and a very Happy New Year!
Here’s what I’ve been up to the last few days. I dug out my Wacom tablet and have been practicing drawing again, which I’ve always wanted to learn and be proficient doing. This quill was just something I threw together while doodling… I only wish I had the mental “stamina” to keep drawing, instead of opting to watch videos, streams and what-not… Laziness I guess…

Pikachu

The first couple of days back drawing, I spent with Pok√©mon. They’re fun to draw and also somewhat simple in their design (at least some of them).

As far as content creation (YouTube) and streaming (twitch), I’ve been dormant for a very long time, but I’m planning on making a return shortly. This week I purchased an Elgato Stream Deck Controller and have been playing with that as well. Man, that thing is a game changer! One thing I need to update before I can make a decent video, is lighting. I’m looking to LED lights, but I won’t purchase video lights. Something else though.

Once the lights are in house, I’ll try to make a video on the deck because it’s just that great. I’ve been creating profiles and scenes in OBS Studio, getting ready to make some content again! HellYeah!!

Satellites

A weekend where I actually played some poker!! Who would have guessed. These days I’m focusing on playing Sit ‘n Go’s on PokerStars as well as quite a few Spin and Go’s. As written, hyper is new to me, but I sure do like them.

I have an account on PartyPoker as well, but I’ve never deposited there, I only got one or two cash-to-play things. Mid week I got an email to opt in to a daily reward, unveil a card with a reward, a Caribbean Poker Party reward “game”. I’ve played every day since, revealing a new card each day at 13:00 CEST. Every day has revealed a $2.2 satellite entry, in which I’ve lost very early on. I think much of the reason for that is that I just haven’t taken them seriously! So today I revealed my, again, $2.2 satellite and got to work. One hour later, 25 of us got our entry to a $22 satellite. I planned on unregistering this to play at a later time, but the $2.2 finished just as the $22 started and my new table in the $22 opened automatically, Dang! Guess I have to play then.

After late registration, 84 players were in (some were already out) and that meant 15 entries to a semi-final worth $109, as well as $45 for 16th.
It took 1h 39m 15 minutes plain hand-for-hand, but I got my entry! This time I had time to unregister the satellite, because the prize in this one is a Day one qualifier seat! The ticket is good until 13-Aug ~09:30, so one day this coming week I’ll play a $109 satellite/tournament, which will be my biggest buyin to date.

Let’s hope I make it all the way to Day 1 of the Caribbean Poker Party ’17!