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.

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 😃

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.

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.

Project, started a few weeks ago

Over a decade ago, my mother was given a rototiller from a family friend, and it was an old thing that actually required leaded fuel! It worked great the first few years, as long as we bought an addition to be mixed with the unleaded fuel.

Then, it just stopped working and the engine was nothing to save. It has been sitting for many, many years but it’s time to try and get it going again. A couple of years ago I put a lawnmower engine on it, but that was a bust. To get that to work, I would have to swap out the flywheel on the motor… If you have a look at my YouTube channel, you can see a project I did some years back, the Ariens RM lawn tractor. That machine bit the dust after staying in the weather, but the engine should be saveable.

I took the engine off both machines, and was about to swap the pulleys when I discovered the difference in axle diameter. That put the whole project on hold while I try to uncover a new or used pulley. Called around to different sellers, scrapyards, shops and private people to no real avail. The only lead was a chain of shops called TOOLS, that sells (amongst thousands of products) pulleys and bosses. Measuring, calling, re-measuring and what not the other day I finally bought a pulley and boss but man… the price was up there!

I am hoping to get going again this week on this project, but I have hurt my back pretty bad so I have to focus on my day job Mon-Fri. Hope the coming weekend is better, and that I have a possibility of working and filming the next steps.

Please have a look at the video (I’m still learning this type of filming) and comment and share with your friends. I have lot’s of video projects in mind 😉

New series

Hey guys, about time to write something again.
A couple of days ago, I picked up a free lawnmower and got it home to do some work before selling it again. It was given away as non-starting, but it had been run a couple of weeks ago. I did some very basic testing like spark, air filter, etc. Nothing bad, except the fuel smelled funny, almost like diesel. The previous owner said she had run it dry, and then filled it up and couldn’t get it to start again. I’m going to empty the tank, open the carb and clean it out and hope that sorts it. It fired for a second or two, using start spray directly in the carb.

Doing those small tests, brought be an idea; I’m going to start a new series of videos on my YouTube channel. Pickup 2 Profit, sounded like a great name so that’s what I’m going with. Here’s a link to my first video in the series. This first item, I’m doing in multi part videos, however I think I’m going to make 1-video “shows” that are a bit longer in the future.

Hope to see you again and I hope to have you watch, comment, like and subscribe to my videos!

Some changes

Hey guys and gals, long time no read.
I’m still going to the dentist (yes, it’s taking forever!), and I’ve been having other issues leading to me not writing or making anything.

What I have been doing, is a boatload of thinking and planning. A while back I bought the domain http://www.defiance.no, without any real plan for it. I have decided to use that site as where I post articles, images and videos of my projects. I’ll be using this site (geirandersen.com) as my personal site and blog.

LogoThere’s nothing there as of right now, but I hope to get started on some old write-up’s shortly.

 

 

Zippered pouch v2.0

I decided to make a “new version” of the zippered pouch, simply because I felt I could do better. My camera setup isn’t 100% ready so I couldn’t record my latest attempt.

Second version of a zippered pouch
Second version of a zippered pouch

This is the finished pouch this time, and I do feel like this is heaps better than the first one. I went above and beyond on this one (spending far more time and effort than needed for a test). Continue reading “Zippered pouch v2.0”

Recycling / Re-designing

Why throw away old clothes and fabrics? We’ve all got clothes, curtains and the likes we’re no longer using. Why throw all that away? One can of course give it away to charity, but think about it; In stead of giving- / throwing away, why not take the individual pieces “apart” and use for another project? This is of course only applicable if you’re into crafting, sewing, tailoring, etc. If you are, take a look in your closet and assess your wardrobe!

A shirt is no longer just a shirt, it’s cuffs, buttons, fabric, patterns, etc.
A dress is no longer just a dress, there are straps, buttons, zippers, etc…

You get the idea; There are so much more things, if we only start looking through with new eyes! Continue reading “Recycling / Re-designing”