Free bike, flip

A couple of weeks back, I jumped on a listing on Finn. It was for two bikes (for youths) and it was only a 10 minute drive from me. The seller got a number of people requesting them, as they were for free, but I managed to be the first one. All of 25 minutes I was out, picked them up and was back home. One of the bikes was in pretty good shape and one needs some brake work.

The brand is Velosa I think, or if that’s the model, I don’t know. Put it up in my stand and gave it the once-over. Lubed up the chain, adjusted the gears and checked the brakes. I spent less than 15 minutes working on it, and I’ve listed it back on Finn.
Listed for ~$60, but I’ll accepts ~$40.

Next project today, not including the other bike, is welding the lawnmower that needs it with my brand new welder 👨‍🏭 It’s been a busy day at work (although I do work from home) so I’m not sure I’ll get to the mower until tomorrow. It’s also a bit windy outside, so filming might be problematic.

Oh, and I also listed my old flux core welder for sale, hoping to recoup a little from the expense of the new welder. Just listed though so have to wait a few days probably.

This is the welder I’ve been using, and it’s still the original spool of wire in the machine. I listed it for ~$100 but I will accept a tad lower. Also included is a new and full spool of wire.

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.

I’d love for you to check out my YouTube channel (link opens in new window). Make sure to subscribe and ring the bell, to get notified of new uploads. I love reading comments, so comment and let’s have some fun!

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 😉

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 :-)”

Talking points Feb. 3

Malwarebytes, another disappointing event

Saturday Jan. 27th, turned out to be quite the ordeal for a large number of PC users.

Malwarebytes pushed out a protection update that caused connection issues. Amongst problems with the web protection aspect, Malwarebytes caused a huge spike in memory usage, so much so the computers crashed.

I am personally a premium user of MBAM, and felt this thing hard. My computer started randomly spiking and crashing and kept on doing so for a couple of hours. I managed to finally get MBAM uninstalled and re-installed and I guess that happened around the time MBAM pushed out another protection update, which resolved the issue.
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