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Display Name: NavySeabee
Member Since: 2/20/09

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Hell, I keep a 3 month rotating stock of food since Y2K.
It's not 10 year old cans. I buy new, used the old. FIFO on anything with a shelf life.

It's not exactly a bunker but I'd be comfortable (though scared shiatless) through a tornado. Yes, I'm adding radiation shielding later this year. You just never know.

Tornadoes happen. Spouse said 'Yer crazy, we never get tornadoes.' Last year, it happened. Just F1 and it passed more than a mile from here but that was enough to convince her that prepping was indeed a good idea.

For the basic to the extreme, the best prepper site I've seen is

When Darkness Hits, Are You Ready for the Storm? | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
1/21/10 08:12 AM


I make 'em big.
Vacuum big.

The Vacuum Lamp
(opens in new window)

Apartment Therapy New York | Creative Reuse: Blender Turned Lamp
8/5/09 10:16 PM

A very good friend of mine is an electrician in the lighting department for this show. He's Navy too.

Behold the power of the Seabees.

Apartment Therapy ohdeedoh | Gossip Girl SetIn Style
7/29/09 07:32 AM

Last time I traveled I used the 'ghetto' version.
Bought the ultra-jumbo size zip lock bags.
Placed my clothes in the bag and zipped it most of the way closed.
Insert the little flat nozzle of the vacuum in the bag, turned it on and suuuuuucked it flat.
As I slid the nozzle out of the bag I zipped it the rest of the way.
This was convenient for me as I had individually suck-wrapped underwear, t-shirt and socks for each day.
As I had no laundry available for the entire trip the bags came in handy for packing the dirty clothes in for my return.
Unfortunately, the dirties took up much more space.
Fortunately, I had an extra piece of luggage only half full of things to bring home. That gave me the extra room I needed.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Space For Packing. Space for Storing.
7/24/09 07:23 AM

Isn't this just one of the crew's quarters on Moonbase Alpha? (ala Space:1999)

I agree with k02, the electronics pin it to mid- late-70s.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Guess The Decade: Small Space Hotel Style
7/8/09 06:44 AM

I was doing a renovation on a hotel near the Louisville, KY airport. Very near, the only thing between the runway and the hotel was a very busy expressway. I was told the windows were triple pane. You never heard the traffic and the jets were just a slight hum.

Let me illustrate.

We (the crew) usually worked in the rooms with the door closed and the tv on. There were thunderstorm warnings but nothing serious expected.

I'm vacuuming up some drywall dust when I noticed the vacuum sounded 'funny', an ever-so-slight whine had developed. After a minute or so I turned off the vacuum to investigate. The whine was still there and now I could hear the television. It was the local weatherman going on about 'take cover immediately', 'line of storms', 'tornado sighted' and worst of all 'AIRPORT'. All along I still hear the whine.

I decided to round up the crew to take cover. As soon as I opened the door I was nearly knocked down by the noise. That whine was in fact an enormous tornado siren mounted on a pole across the street. I've never heard anything that loud and I've worked around military jets.

So, like any good construction crew, we knocked off work, grabbed a beer (it was noon) and stood at the railing of the 2nd floor and watched a funnel cloud wiggling around beneath the cloud deck as it wandered down the road and out of range.

In summary: yes, sound proof windows work.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: Do "Interior Sound Proof Windows" Work?
7/7/09 08:46 AM

I'm glad I don't own rental property here in NY. Seems that the tenant has more rights than the owner. Friends say it's six months or more to get rid of a nuisance renter.

(Gee, guess I'll have to check out runescape. Reference to an earlier nonsensical spam posting that may or may not have been deleted.)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: How to Fight a 3 Day Eviction Notice?
7/7/09 07:37 AM

We've done this for years on a little 6 inch globe we keep on a knickknack shelf. Just the trips taken together. Never the solo trips.
Getting kind of crowded with pins in the eastern US & Canada. Maybe time to get a larger globe.

Apartment Therapy New York | How To: Plot Your Escape
7/2/09 07:12 AM

I was waiting to see what they did with the cat.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Before After: 5 Painted Furniture Projects
7/1/09 07:56 AM

This sounds like an episode of Seinfeld.

John Wayne Gacy lived in Chicago so that pretty much rules out IBDB*.

You'll have to describe the smells.
Where is it strongest?
Where does it come from? Wall, vent, floor, overhead, cabinet?
Directional? North, east, south west?
Does it shift?

I have an incredible olfactory. Fly me out and I'll sniff it out.
Oddly enough, my wife is anosmic, can't smell.
(I like to say 'my wife doesn't smell'.)

*IBDB = Insulation By Dead Body

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: Where's That Smell Coming From? Los Angeles
5/6/09 07:09 AM

I once had a large chest freezer that died. Pushed it out the back door, punched a few drain holes in it, filled it with soil.
(Once I tossed a bunch of ruined food and sanitized it.)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Inspiration: Using Alternative Plant Containers
4/29/09 11:01 AM

Thanks to all.
Comments and even criticisms appreciated.
No offense taken. I got a thick hide.

So, to boil it down:

Read a boatload of magazines,
start working on college courses,
get a 'flunky' job,
finish degree,
elevate career,

Works for me.
Thanks again everyone.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Design Career Advice?
4/28/09 05:52 PM

Home Depot or Lowes sounds like a great idea.
The economy is the main hold up there.

I was working as a solid surface and stone counter installer for more than six months. The company I worked for was the major Lowes and HD contractor in upstate NY for counters.

Then came the layoffs.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Design Career Advice?
4/28/09 11:39 AM

Thanks for the comments.
Unfortunately no Ikeas (in the US) within 6 hours Rochester.
Maybe I'll start with just one class.
No sense going broke by jumping in full time right off.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Design Career Advice?
4/28/09 10:55 AM

Lamp, sorry, no.
Looks like a ample-bottomed mummy.
Sock monkeys are always cool though.

Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: New Floor Lamp for this Space?
4/27/09 04:27 PM

I'm guessing the guys in the bookshelf are tucked.

Apartment Therapy DC | Human Furniture Photographs by David Blazquez
4/27/09 10:44 AM

This is why we don't have slaves today.

Just too hard to keep dusted and polished.

Apartment Therapy DC | Human Furniture Photographs by David Blazquez
4/27/09 10:44 AM

Yay! Did this a couple of weeks ago. Apple, ash, birch, elm. Only the apple has real flowers but it makes a pretty bunch.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Frugal Flowers: Apple, Cherry, and Pear Tree Prunings
4/24/09 06:40 PM

Recycle the bottles as they were originally purposed:
MAKE MORE WINE! That's the only thing I can think of.

Else, put them in the recycle bin and hope they will be melted down and reused.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Creative Reuse for Wine Bottles?
4/24/09 09:41 AM

My stepson just did a bunch of work in our basement.
We had a deep-textured (spikey) ceiling or stalactites as my wife called them. He scraped it down and retextured it with a little more conservative surface. It's not flat/smooth but at least you won't get cut it you hit it with you hands. (It's a really low ceiling.)

Whether it's plaster texture or popcorn, you can do it yourself but I'd recommend a pro. There's ladders, scaffolding or stilts, the tools, plaster/mud, tarps. All kinds of things to acquire, then you never know how much material to buy. (A gallon? Five gallons?)

Also, this is a very messy project. I'm just lucky it was over my tiled floor that I plan on replacing anyways.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Questions: Getting Rid of Textured Ceilings?
4/23/09 10:48 AM