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I did some cleaning, filled up the waterers for the cats, went to the grocery store & heated up some food for Mom. I also updated the pipe sizes thread with a chart for PEX (admins added it to the main post for me).
 

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Yesterday I went over to help my friend with his roof. I couldn't go up on the roof because I have problems with my ankles on inclines, but I took him to the store to get the screws & some bits that fit on my drill. Also stopped and picked up a stepstool & stepladder that were on sale cheap. After the roof panel delivery, I dragged the panels up to the house and propped them up so my friend and another mutual friend were able to pull them up and put them on. Roof is not square so one end didn't have enough metal roof covering so we'll have to figure something out-- it was a small gap though, but I think too large for just the rake trim to cover. Guy from the hardware store wasn't in so we couldn't pick out any rake trim. It sucked trying to move the panels around the big puddles in the yard. The delivery guy suggested that my friend should call the city & complain that the ditches are too shallow and the top edges are so high that water just pools in my friend's yard. My friend can't find anyone who sells dirt locally to just dump in his yard to change the slope & doesn't have the funds to buy anything expensive for it.
While I was helping, I had my computer over to download a 53Gb patch for a game. I only get 150Gb of downloads/uploads a month (resets on the 12th) and only get 10Mbps down. My friend's internet is unlimited and can get 44Mbps down. I actually had to go home and bring food to my mother & waited for my friend to call me to tell me when it was done so I could come back for my computer.
My friend though the had a roof boot but realized after getting things in place that he didn't so I ran to the store and grabbed one. There was only 1 in stock & it was $40 but the gas to drive to the next nearest place would not have made it worth it.
We will continue to work on more projects tomorrow (later today actually). He plans to do some work on his bathroom floor & move his toilet over. I'm bringing my toilet jack & some PVC cutting tools. We might need to go to HD or Lowes to get more supplies though.
He just got his tax returns and wants to go to the Hibachi place. Unfortunately, his lying ex got some of his returns garnished with her false claims of him being in arrears on child support, but he said it was a pittance compared to the $4k "usage tax" the state took out. He barely has enough to get a cheap used car and might have enough to get the tub & shower surround for his bathroom. And the stupid biyatch had the gall to call him and demand he give her $700 from his tax returns. She used his child support payments to buy a friggin' above ground swimming pool & she has income from 2 other men. Her boyfriend supports her and she gets child support from her ex-husband as well as from my friend. Sorry, venting.
My friend also updated my video card drivers on my computer but twice now my computer has shut off without warning. Not sure why. Might be overheating though-- some of the fans no longer work. Need to take it apart, clean it out, put in new fans, and maybe upgrade the liquid cooling.
 

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Didn't get to move the toilet at my friend's house but we assembled the toilet jack. Ok, I stood there and handed him stuff while he assembled. LOL. I took him to Singer to look at a car to see if he wanted to buy it. He liked it so he drove it home following me. I kept my eye on him in the mirror to make sure he was keeping up. Last 15 minutes I think my allergies were kicking in because my eyes kept fogging over. I tried to splash water on them and my eyes kept wanting to close. I struggled to keep them open and focused. Last 5 minutes I considered pulling over for a few minutes but didn't want to freak my friend out.
When we got back to his house he said he'd been worried that last 15 minutes because I was weaving a bit & he said my eyes looked puffy. But we made it back and he likes his car. Although, he had to get something fixed on it (that he was aware of when he bought it) so he was driving my brother's truck. Someone tried to run him off the road by pulling either in or out of a local store and driving directly toward him in his lane. That's the 2nd time someone has tried to run him off the road while he was in my brother's truck. An 18-wheeler actually ran him off the road and he ran over a sign to avoid getting smashed into-- busted up the inner liner of the wheel well and nicked the fuel line. He fixed the fuel line but now we need to get the fender liner and bolts. He was really pissed off about it. He'd been driving in the right lane and the truck started tailgating him. So he switched lanes to the left lane and continued on. 18-wheeler pulled up directly next to him and decided to move in to his lane and forced him on to the median.
I'm waiting to see if my friend wants to work on anything today. Right now he's at a prenatal appointment with his fiance.
We still need to get at tub & shower for him to install, need to get some mortar for the mortar bed, and get a valve and trim plus tub spout. Although, I think I might have a spare tub spout somewhere.
 

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Almost everyone at my job has been instructed to work from home until further notice. Since my "home office" is actually a plank of plywood laying across the laundry room sink, I decided a more permanent arrangement was in order. My wife and I agreed on a suitable corner of the living room (I really hate not having a basement or spare room sometimes) and I started looking for standing desks at auction, since tomorrow I'm going there anyway to pick up a few other items I won.

I got into a bidding war over the perfect specimen, until the price was higher than what the thing would cost brand new on Amazon. Still losing the online auction, I ducked out with relief and decided to just build an equivalent desk out of wood.

One trip to the hardware store later, I've spent a third as much money as the desk I was bidding on, and most of my hardware store receipt went to a box of deck screws which I won't even use half of. In an hour I built the two main side pieces of the frame. More to come; I'll post pictures when it's finished.
 

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I'm on a quest to figure out how to make Kombucha, as it's not working. I want to go check out Costco's Vinyl flooring (Mohawk) that is $2.19 sf, but the sale is good until April 5 and I don't want to go to that zoo today. Also on the list is figuring out a good working recipe for thick Maple Whiskey BBQ sauce, and since I have 50 pounds of Oatmeal for this Apocalypse, maybe a good Protein Bar recipe as well.

The media is acting like it's the Spanish Flu or something.

Life Happens. Drama is Optional.
 

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Got the frame built and took the desk in for a test drive. It's perfect. If it was just me I'd call it done but my wife wants it painted, so painted it shall be.

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By the way, the surfaces that my laptop and keyboard are sitting on are MDF with what I assume is a thin vinyl covering. Right now they're just sitting on there but obviously the plan is to permanently attach them. I don't want to nail or screw the MDF boards in from the top, screws won't reach from the bottom, and I don't have a pocket hole jig. Do you think wood glue will hold it? Liquid nails?
 

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Got the frame built and took the desk in for a test drive. It's perfect. If it was just me I'd call it done but my wife wants it painted, so painted it shall be.

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By the way, the surfaces that my laptop and keyboard are sitting on are MDF with what I assume is a thin vinyl covering. Right now they're just sitting on there but obviously the plan is to permanently attach them. I don't want to nail or screw the MDF boards in from the top, screws won't reach from the bottom, and I don't have a pocket hole jig. Do you think wood glue will hold it? Liquid nails?
It looks great! If there is room, you could always add small strips of wood to the larger ones, attach them with screws & nails, and then use screws/nails to attach the top as well as using liquid nails. That way it will have extra reinforcement. I hope that makes sense.
My brother was supposed to have the day off & the casino was shut down at midnight-- supposed to be shut down for 2 weeks. No large gatherings of people are allowed-- so his work sent notice that ALL employees had to report today at 10am for a "meeting". He hasn't returned yet, so my guess is they have them cleaning out the kitchens and disposing of food that will go bad in those two weeks. He's been sick & really needed the day to rest, but they don't care.
I'm still under-the-weather but haven't had any major symptoms. I'm mostly just tired. Feeling nauseous right now though. My computer has been acting up ever since my friend got the video card drivers updated-- but I don't know if it's the drivers or something else. It keeps randomly shutting off. Three of the internal fans no longer work. Could be the power supply failing or could just be bad fans. I opened it up to make sure everything was connected & found a ton of cat fur, some bugs, & dirt inside. Cleaned it out as best as I could-- particularly around the processor which was running hot. I suspect it was overheating. Got the bug carcasses off of the video card & it has been running OK since then. Going to order some fans to replace the ones that aren't running. I should probably get liquid cooling in it but I'm worried it will leak (which would be my luck).
One of my cats is missing. He doesn't usually go outside but he's not inside anywhere & when I went outside to call him there was no response. I hope he's OK & that he'll come back. He usually meows very loudly when I call his name.
 

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I am so bored , I am self isolating, i have watched netflix, read books, can not go out. what to do ?
 

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I am so bored , I am self isolating, i have watched netflix, read books, can not go out. what to do ?
Clean out the garage/ basement. Sharpen the mower blades. Detail the car. Clean out the flower beds. Rotate the car tires, check the brakes, change the oil. Rearrange the work bench. Clean out the gutters. Paint some rooms that might need it. Take a nap. Start a hobby, build some bird houses. Pinterest has some great ideas on diy projects.
 

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Painted, surfaces are attached with liquid nails, popped into the office and grabbed one of my monitors. Now I'm working from home like a big boy.

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It looks great, Flyover!
I went to Lowes in Lake Charles with my friend to get the tub & walls for his bathroom reno. Boxes had handles so they were not too difficult to maneuver. Grabbed a tub spout as well. Friend asked for info about the shower valve I gave him bc he noticed that the copper is closed off on the end of the tub spout supply thingy. I told him it gets cut off. I wonder why it is closed off like that. To keep it clean? Or for leak testing?

I helped him carry the tub to the porch. Before the dummy cameras were put up, he couldn't leave anything out there bc crackheads would be all over his yard stealing stuff. They haven't touched stuff since he put them up though. He said they are afraid to even step in his yard. A mutual friend was going to help him carry stuff, but the friend was leaving just as we arrived. He'd gotten a call that someone was at his house with a U-Haul stealing all his stuff. Turned out it was his aunt & his grandmother had sent her over to take his stuff without asking him (but the aunt- who is a meth user-- claims she didn't know there was no permission). He was pretty pissed off about it. He left work to go over there & almost got fired.

His mother came by all tweaking. She cleans people's houses for income & she had just cleaned for a "rich" lady in town who wanted to get rid of a bunch of clothes. She has the same size as my mother so Mom got some new outfits.
 

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Erring on the side of caution considering the global situation we're in right now, so finding ways to entertain myself at home, not that that's a hard thing to do as I have made a home I would want to live in anyway. I started a book by Umberto Eco, familiarised myself with ozone generators through this read. Also gave my dog Max plenty of attention today with all the playing as well as the grooming, clipping nails isn't a favourite task. Made a point to be updated of any developments or announcements regarding the outbreak, but made sure not to spend more time than necessary -- these days are really anxiety-inducing and I feel like I need to take a step back. Also made a list of the supplies that need to be bought during my next visit to the supermarket.
 

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Trying to write, but too many distractions.
 

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Anyone hear from Zannej? She was sick last I heard and the virus is getting bad in her state.
 

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I'm OK. Internet has been going out on me & I've been tired. My sleep schedule is all messed up again so I've been sleeping during the day & awake at night. Been playing Sims4. I appreciate the concern.
I've been social distancing/isolating since before this virus was spreading because I don't like being around people. LOL.

Has anyone heard anything from Gary?
 

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I'm OK. Internet has been going out on me & I've been tired. My sleep schedule is all messed up again so I've been sleeping during the day & awake at night. Been playing Sims4. I appreciate the concern.
I've been social distancing/isolating since before this virus was spreading because I don't like being around people. LOL.

Has anyone heard anything from Gary?
Sounds like my autistic son. He hates people.
 
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