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#177557 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 04 December 2019 - 01:19 AM in Off Topic

View PostSpace Voyager, on 03 December 2019 - 06:57 AM, said:

What happens if you apply it to wood? It won't dry properly? Two coatings wouldn't help? Good solution with latex paint, though that kinda makes the base less solid, right? Probably not a problem as the outer coating prevents any damage to the base...

You can apply polyurethane to wood no problem. Trouble is, it is usually an oil base which will cause the stuff to soak into the wood and then you will not have a nice uniform glossy finish (the grains of the wood will be dull). That's why I put down a base coat of latex paint first then go over the top of that with the polyurethane - the latex will fill in those pores and prevent the top coat from soaking away. Sure, you can keep piling coat after coat of poly on raw wood and eventually it'll fill in, but the latex saves you all those intermediate steps.Posted Image

The latex doesn't really make the base less solid. If you use a decent latex for the base coat it should stick just fine and would probably wear fairly good the way it is unless it has heavy stuff dragging over it. And in this case, the polyurethane will be the thing taking the brunt of the activity, which it can handle easily.Posted Image

View PostSpace Voyager, on 03 December 2019 - 06:57 AM, said:

Also, I need an advice. If you were to lay the hallway floor in a house, which material would you use? Tiles, vinyl, laminate? I'm looking at vinyl as it is pretty durable as I'm told.

Hmmm, that really depends on a number of factors. What is the flooring in the other rooms which connect to the hallway? How ornate is the hallway? You don't want to ruin the look of the hallway by using vinyl flooring, especially if it is an entrance hallway. How much use will the hallway get? Are you planning on selling your house in the near future? Do you mind a cold floor? What material are you most comfortable installing? ;)

If it would be up to me, I'd use tile for a very ornate entrance hallway especially if you were planning on selling your house in the next few years. You'll probably get a good return on investment there. For just a normal hallway between rooms, I'd probably go for laminate wood flooring. It wears decent, and installs dirt easy. Here in the US laminate flooring is a big selling feature too. For a back hallway or one that doesn't get seen much or takes heavy wear then vinyl would probably be a good choice. :)

- Zombie



#177532 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 02 December 2019 - 03:09 PM in Off Topic

Polyurethane really can be used for anything, and it's preferred most times too. I guess some points to make about it would be helpful:
  • Wears like iron, aka, it's durable. Whereas latex paint would chip or shred off if you dragged something hard or heavy over it, polyurethane would resist that action.
  • It's glossy and nonporous surface can be washed time and time again with little wear and resists staining. I wash that long table in the backroom about three times a week and it still looks great, plus it doesn't absorb stain causing materials.
  • Has a thick film which allows you to fill in cracks and create a totally smooth surface in 1-2 coats. Latex paint has some of these properties, but takes a long time to dry with a very thick film, and oil paint has a thin film which requires multiple coats which puts something out of commission for a while.
  • It's waterproof. Need I say more? Plus it kinda beads up water making cleanup easy.
The only thing it really isn't good for is walls (more like drywall or porous materials like wood). I use polyurethane for wood but have to prime it with latex paint first because it'll soak into the grain otherwise (it's oil based).

So yeah, the stuff is useful and can be used basically anywhere. :)

- Zombie



#177526 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 01 December 2019 - 09:53 PM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 01 December 2019 - 06:16 PM, said:

Evenly coated boards you've got there. They do still come across as sort of orangey to me but that's to be covered with red

I'm not convinced that the latex color is markedly different from the polyurethane. Remember, I didn't use a flash for the pic so it's gonna appear different anyway. Tell you what, I'll try to grab a pic of two boards - one with the latex and the other with polyurethane next to each other for a side-by-side comparison.Posted Image

View PostThorondor, on 01 December 2019 - 06:16 PM, said:

so the only downside is probably an upside as well: whenever the red eventually starts peeling/chipping away it will be promptly noticeable because the orange will shine through.

Again, because it's a redish basecoat it will be less noticeable than nothing at all. Not only that, but it'll be a heck of a lot better than the grey/white basecoat like I used on the top sides in the spring. ;)

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#177520 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 01 December 2019 - 04:49 AM in Off Topic

Checked on the boards this morning and thankfully they were all dry. Took this pic in the afternoon without a flash to accurately show the color and sheen:

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Not bad. All the cracks are filled now and should be ready for the final red polyurethane coat. Sorry about the state of the garage, I know it's kinda messy and fully intend to clean it. Maybe I'll get time for that this week. I did spend quite a bit of time cleaning up outside the shop this past week and also did a good job in the back garage (and heck, even a little work in the greenhouse and backroom). It's difficult trying to get everything ready for Christmas (and snow) in a few days when I have other jobs to do also. Sometimes I have to pick my fights and focus on the areas that need my attention more. Posted Image

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#177518 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 30 November 2019 - 05:58 AM in Off Topic

A few days ago it rained here (lightning + thunder too!) and when I checked the door there was a small white puddle under it. Apparently the rain hit the door, ran down and dissolved some of the caulk. Bugger. Wasn't a big puddle though so it wasn't cause for a redo. Might revisit the thing next year with a different type of silicone caulk (no acrylic latex modifiers).

Had off of work for Thanksgiving on Thurs so nothing happened that day. Today it was a little mild again (when I say mild I mean the temps are where they should be for this time of the year) so I had some work to complete outside first. After that though, I swapped out the boards and painted another coat on the 2nd set of 4. Looked good, hopefully it dries overnight (or tomorrow at least). I'll try to get a pic of that if I have time. :)

In any event, at least I'm making some progress. Still too cold and rainy to attempt painting outdoors but who knows, maybe I'll get a warm day yet. ;)

- Zombie



#177451 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 26 November 2019 - 04:16 AM in Off Topic

So on to the kick plates! :)

Started by sweeping off the thresholds and landings and lightly washing the bottom of the doors with a damp cloth then drying it. Decided to run the 1500 grit sandpaper over the outside of the plate again just to have a uniform finish - didn't bother with the back though. The next step was to fashion a type of seal around the perimeter of the plate to prevent water from making it's way between the plate and door again. I had a full tube of clear acrylic latex caulk plus silicone and decided to use that for the seal.

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Not the best caulk job I've ever done as it was very difficult to get the stuff to stick to the metal. Maybe I could have caulked the door instead but with that shiny red paint on it the result would have probably been similar. At least with caulking the plate I could do that on a table. Put a blob of caulk at the bottom/top of each hole so that when the plate was attached to the door and compressed the caulk would ooze around the hole and screw. Seemed to be fine and there wasn't too much that squeezed out so I knew I applied the correct bead size. Got down to the last screw and found it was all chowdered up and bent somehow. Must've been like that when it was removed because the screws were in a safe spot since then. It was probably bent by a snowblower or shovel or cart in the past. Anyhow, quickly went to the hardware store and picked up a replacement stainless steel screw and 5 extras just in case this happens again. Here's a pic of the old screw and a new one:

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Yeah, it was messed up. After the plate was attached, I lightly wiped the crack between the plate and door with a wet cloth just remove any caulk which squeezed out. And that pretty much completes the job.

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I'm probably going to sand the plate one more time after the caulk cures to remove any residue, but other than that it looks fine as it does right now. I guess it's on to the other set of 4 boards next. :)

- Zombie



#177434 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 24 November 2019 - 09:03 PM in Off Topic

We had a sudden break in the weather last week and it was rather nice out so I got the itch to continue painting. I recently hauled those boards into the small garage to finish drying properly (which they did). Apparently some wet evergreens were placed on top of the boards and wouldn't you know it the water had lifted up some of the paint in spots. It was just one board luckily, and was in localized areas so there wasn't much that needed to be done besides a little scraping and brushing the loose flakes off. Once that was done I got out the paint and applied a coat to 4 of the boards (the 4 in the middle section of the greenhouse which sustained the most damage). Boss caught me in the act Posted Image and seemed impressed with the quality of the job and the fact that I was still painting in late November. HA! Posted Image

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It unfortunately got a little chilly at night (below freezing) but I think the garage was just warm enough to stay above that. The next morning I checked the boards and they were a little bit wet in some spots but otherwise dry. When I checked them at the end of the day (after temps had increased) everything had dried. The other day they looked perfect. It looked like that final coat of latex was enough to fill in any remaining cracks in the boards so that means that set will be ready for the red polyurethane... sometime. The other set of 4 boards still need a second coat of latex paint but it's supposed to be mild for the next few days so I'm hoping that can be accomplished this week yet. :)

Also had a little time to sand the back part of the kickplate of the other red door to get off any stuck paint or rust. Hoping to install those this week as well. Posted Image

- Zombie



#177394 Zombie's Ultimate X-COM Collection

Posted by Zombie on 22 November 2019 - 03:03 AM in Support

So I had a closer look at that ad. I first grabbed a magnifying glass to see if I could make out any features of the patch (like that red thread), but alas, the "pixels" which make up the ad are a little too big to get to the resolution I need. Scanned the thing next and ran it through some filters to see if any of those would clear things up, but no. Oh well, it was worth a shot at least. ;)

And here's something interesting - I found a Red Ant copy of UFO: EU for sale on eBay today. I got my copy from NKF ages and ages ago (if my PM's are correct then it's more than 13 years now). That's before I even started this thread in fact. I'm trying to remember if I ever saw a Red Ant copy for sale on eBay... maybe(?), but I'm leaning to "probably not". Must be pretty rare. So thanks again NKF! :)

- Zombie



#177141 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 08 November 2019 - 02:43 AM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 07 November 2019 - 10:10 AM, said:

Furthermore, I recognise another of your good practices as something a grandfather of mine frequently advised: save whatever may seem useless today and it will prove its usefulness tomorrow!

In terms of saving "useless" items, I don't quite go that far. If it's something I know I will not ever use then it'll go into the garbage. The hardware I save go through a sort of vetting process to exclude bulking up on truly useless items. The things I save have to fall into a category
  • Common frequently used hardware. If it's in good shape, it'll go into a box.
  • Brass hardware of any type. It's difficult to find in hardware stores and even if you do it'll probably be pretty expensive.
  • Stainless steel hardware. Kinda the same reason as the brass except I use this a lot more often.
  • Other hardware of a different metal like Aluminum. Handy to have these for a quickie repair.
  • Unique items where I have multiples of them. One different drawer handle is not worth saving, but if you have two or more you can make everything match.
  • Washers/lock washers. Can never have too many of these.
Things I do not save anymore is
  • Common screws that require a flat bladed screwdriver. I'd much rather repair or create something with phillips head screws because that way you only need one screwdriver to take them apart later. Exception to this is if they are of brass or stainless steel.
  • Common hardware that is rusting. If it's something I can get at the hardware store for cheaply then I'm not going to bother keeping it.
  • Square nuts/bolts. See the first point above. Exception is if I have a bolt/nut to go along with it.
  • Bent or broken hardware. If it's broken, it's going in the trash. Bent items might be kept only if I can easily bend them back into shape.
I guess that's the short list. There are other items I'll save from time to time, it just depends if I know I'll be able to use them.Posted Image

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#177121 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 07 November 2019 - 04:41 AM in Off Topic

Hmmm, snow every other day and cold temps isn't exactly a recipe for painting anymore it seems (at least outdoors). Those boards did end up drying properly though so there's always the option of painting them again either in the garage or somewhere else (the greenhouse is still an option too as long as the temps stay above freezing at night when the condensation might occur). ;)

I managed to clean the two remaining windows and put the newly painted screens in on Monday. I had a bit of an issue though. Each screen is held in place by a small machine screw on either side. The last time I painted the screens I lost one of those screws somewhere and substituted a coarse thread machine screw instead. For the life of me though I couldn't figure out which of the holes the coarse threaded screw belonged to. I ended up taking off all the screens again trying to match them up with still no luck.Posted Image

Finally I decided to search through my drawers of hardware for a replacement. (Just to note, whenever I need to throw something away, I always try to take any hardware off of it first, then sort it out and put it in an appropriate drawer for possible use later). By golly, I found a machine screw which fit! It was a brass screw though, so it isn't going to match perfectly but you are only going to see that from the inside anyway. So a win for team Zombie!Posted Image

I unfortunately didn't make it to that pro event at the paint store. Had a lot going on that day with it being an election day and a load of supplies arriving from a wholesaler. No worries though, I'll probably be invited again next year. Posted Image

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#177046 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 02 November 2019 - 03:19 AM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 30 October 2019 - 10:18 AM, said:

Snowing already? I'm unfamiliar with the weather patterns over there, of course, but it strikes me as a little early for that given Autumn has barely begun.

Well, we've had snow in September before but not recently.  It usually holds off till the middle of November or so due to Lake Michigan normalizing the temperatures. I knew since the beginning of October that we would be getting an early start to winter as the temps were uncharacteristically chilly and rainy. (Remember last year around this time I was still painting outside and wearing shorts?) In fact it snowed yesterday again, this time a hefty 5 inches (or 12+cm), but it's melting steadily.

View PostThorondor, on 30 October 2019 - 10:18 AM, said:

As for the boards for the greenhouse they're the fortunate ones to get your attentions instead as a result. I do agree with your assessment that the new paint lends them a sort of orangey tint, which, nonetheless, leaves them no worse off in my opinion.

I don't care about the latex color as I'll be going over the boards with that red polyurethane enamel anyway, it's just nice to have a red color underneath as that means I don't have to worry about other colors poking through. Posted Image

Speaking of worse, I had a minor disaster with those boards. Because of the cold temps, the paint didn't completely dry on the boards on the middle tables. And then because of the humidity in the greenhouse (due to the paint trying to dry) the water vapor condensed on the cold plastic greenhouse cover overnight and dripped down on the boards. The next morning I was greeted to a mess. I tried gently dabbing off the standing water with a paper towel but that took paint off. Posted Image I ended up leaving the drips and paint intact, and carefully moved the boards inside the small garage and stuck a fan on it during the day. Today it seemed dry so I hauled them back to the greenhouse but the damage had been done.

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The boards that got messed up were just the 4 boards on the middle tables in the greenhouse - the 4 boards along the edge were fine. It's not the end of the world as everything still needs another coat of latex to fill in the cracks. Here's a rather crappy pic of the cracks on a board along the side:

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Not sure what I'm going to do from this point on. There are a few options to consider.
  • Leave the boards in the greenhouse and paint them when I get a nice sunny day so it's warm until sunset.
  • Paint the boards in the greenhouse but bring them into the small garage to dry (so far it hasn't got below 4C in there).
  • Paint the boards in the back garage (about 10C in there, but I'd probably have to move a van out).
  • Bring the boards in the basement and paint them there (nice and toasty down there but they would probably be in the way for a day).
I'm going to play it by ear for now and see what option is the least amount of work. The ideal choice would be to just leave them be in the greenhouse and paint them when I get a nice day. But if/when I want to put on the final polyurethane coat I'll need to bring them indoors anyway. No rush on anything though.Posted Image

View PostThorondor, on 30 October 2019 - 10:18 AM, said:

What you probably need to keep an eye on once again at this stage are the sassy ladies on site - should they wander about with a can of pink spray paint in the vicinity as before... Posted Image

I did worry about that the other day as one of the ladies was out there spray painting some containers. Luckily I gave her plenty of cardboard to cover up the tables to prevent overspray (not pink this time but silver, gold and glossy brown).

Monday it might be nice (or nicer) out so there's a possibility I could paint the walls outside to finally get that done. Tuesday I got invited over to the paint store for a pro day (free lunch, representatives from different paint supply manufacturers on hand to answer questions, sale prices on paint/supplies, raffles, etc). Was invited last year too but didn't go as I was busy. Why I'm invited to a pro event is beyond me but I guess I'm sorta a pro at this point and know the staff at the store what with coming in there every month it seems. Posted Image

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#176988 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 30 October 2019 - 01:08 AM in Off Topic

When I was at the paint store last week getting the two gallons of the wall color I decided to go through their stacks of mistint paint to see if there was anything I could use. Hey, what's this? A gallon of red mistinted exterior satin latex paint? Heck yes, I'll take that! For $3 you can't go wrong! Now you're probably wondering what I could use that for... well, remember those boards I use in the greenhouse and the pink paint base coat fiasco? Bingo.

The weather here has been quite chilly and humid/raining almost everyday for the last month it seems. The last week or so was really cold, windy and raining and the usual tough-as-nails Zombie had to switch to long pants. So I couldn't get anything done outside. Hoping I can get a semi-decent day where I can cut in along the remainder of the wall and get that to dry because then all I need is another decent day where I can roll out the wall and complete that project. Oh well, fingers crossed.

Because of the chilly weather I decided to start working on putting some paint on the back side of those boards for the greenhouse. It wasn't too bad in the greenhouse so I did a little caulking yesterday. They didn't quite dry overnight because it actually snowed a little bit but that shouldn't matter as I'll be going over the latex caulk with a latex paint. I never painted the edges of those boards so I needed to somehow do that too. Ended up elevating the boards with some bricks so I could paint the edges and the back side at the same time.

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The color of this mistint paint wasn't an exact match to the red of the tabletop/park bench - it's more of an orange-red instead of brown-red. Suppose I could have did a little mixology and poured some of my brown trim paint in to darken it up, but hey, who cares, it's close enough (heck of a better match than that pinkish paint). I still saw cracks peeking through after painting the boards so they will require another coat, hopefully I can do that tomorrow assuming it dries overnight. ;)

- Zombie



#176904 Phoenix Point

Posted by Zombie on 25 October 2019 - 12:16 AM in General Game Discussion

I should probably mention that if you backed Phoenix Point in the past that they just sent out an email the other day asking you to fill out a form to make sure you get what you are supposed to.

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It's time to get your rewards ready.

Thank you for being a Phoenix Point backer. We can't tell you how much your support means to us, and how excited we are to bring you the game later this year.

You've got some backer rewards coming to you, and we need some information to complete your order. We will hold any information you send us in strict confidence and will not share it with anyone for anything not related to completing your order and getting you your stuff.

Please fill out your informational form by using the below link:

Two Important Points:
  • It is critical that we have your completed form no later than November 4, 2019 so that we can process your order on time.
  • Do not share the above URL with anyone. It is personalized to you. Both for security reasons and to ensure you receive the proper rewards, you are the only one who should use it.
Thanks again for your support. We'll see you on the Geoscape!

The Phoenix Point Team

When the game comes out look for my name (Zombie) in the credits. Should be fairly easy to spot. :)

-Zombie



#176801 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 22 October 2019 - 01:55 AM in Off Topic

So here's the door which already had one coat of paint on it:

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And this is the other door:

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I assure you, both doors are the same glossy red, it was just very difficult to get a good pic of them today because of the cloudiness and rain. Still have to take the tape off the locks and handles. then it'll be on to installing those kick plates. :)

I worked on installing the screens for the two windows farther down the driveway today. Wasn't difficult but the screens can only be installed from the inside so I had to move some stuff around to gain access. The inside of the windows was filthy, so I cleaned them. The window on the right had some rust stains on it (you can make this out a couple posts back where the windows are in the sun). I used some of that old polishing compound with a brush but that didn't do much so I switched to a 3M scouring pad which did the trick. It was finished off with another cleaning on the inside and then I scraped any paint off the outside of the windows.

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Any discoloration on the lower half of the windows is from the screen, and any thing on the top is from the outside being dirty (gonna leave those dirty for now till after I get done painting the wall). Looking good! Posted Image

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#176788 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 21 October 2019 - 02:37 AM in Off Topic

Today I came in special to work on putting a second coat/first and only coat on our two red doors. The second coat was on the door next to the small garage door and the "first and only" coat was to the other door with the painted threshold and paint+primer quickie coverup coat underneath the kick plate. It was really foggy out and the humidity was nearing 90% so it was going to be a challenge to get anything to dry. Thinned the paint out a tad with a splash of paint thinner and also added a little oil paint conditioner to lessen the chances of brush/roller marks. Stirred that all in and started on the door by the small garage door. First I rolled on a light coat up and down, then added a second light coat side to side and finally went over the whole door again up and down with an ever-so-slightly wet roller. Did the same thing to the other door except I need to brush the very bottom of the door as it was too close to the ground. I did go down as far as I could with the roller... but in the end it probably will not make too much difference as the lower section will have the kick plate over it.Posted Image

Speaking of kick plates, I went over the second door's kick plate with the 4 grades of sand paper again as I wasn't really happy with how scratchy the "final" result was. This time I might have over done it a little as it's pretty reflective. Now I'm wondering if I should resand the other kick plate to match. Hmmm. Maybe if I have time. Still have to sand the back side of the second kick plate as it has some old paint caked on it.

All in all, the doors looked fantastic. Unfortunately they were taking forever and a day to dry so I set up a fan next to each one blowing on high for a couple hours while I was doing other things. That helped, but the paint was still a little tacky when I was getting ready to leave. Ended up closing the doors as softly as I could and locked them without putting any pressure to hopefully prevent the paint from sticking overnight. Fingers crossed everything is dry tomorrow! Posted Image

- Zombie



#176757 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 19 October 2019 - 02:57 AM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 17 October 2019 - 06:51 PM, said:

I think people actually put a lot more thought into these matters back when construction materials weren't all that foolproof. "Just in case" sort of precautions.

True! Actually, if we are looking at the back garage I can give another example of this. The rafters in the ceiling are not the normal width apart as you would think, they are actually much closer together than spec. Also the rafters are not the typical 10 inch wide beams, we have a hair over 9 inches. So we probably have twice as many beams as is necessary. Maybe the builders were building for future expansion above? Would make sense as it's just a flat roof in the back so it would be dirt easy to add a second story right on top. :)

View PostThorondor, on 17 October 2019 - 06:51 PM, said:

Most of the stuff now is pre-stressed from the get-go from what I hear, what with concrete being thrown about everywhere - everything sort of has got to hold its own.

Yup. A lot of homes and businesses which have a basement these days are all poured concrete walls, not block and mortar. And for good reason, it takes less time to pour a wall than to construct it with blocks due to all the labor. Plus poured concrete is more sturdy because it's one piece through and through whereas blocks have spaces in them. In fact, I've been seeing basement walls being constructed in panels off site, then trucked in and installed in one go. Kinda interesting to see how things change over the years. ;)

Ok - a little update in my painting project. I had about 3/4 of a gallon of paint left. Not enough to do all the walls but I figured I could save a little time by painting the top and bottom courses of block first so all I'd need to do was roll the final coat on later. So that's what I did today, cut in underneath the gutter and painted that last course of blocks plus cut in along the ground and painted that first course on the big garage. Had some time so I painted around the two windows and around the angle iron which secures the fence to the wall. And I figured I might as well do the same for the small garage where I tuck pointed and painted earlier this year. All that's left is to do the other half of the long wall and a little bit of cutting in along the paneling on the small garage.

I made sure to do a really nice job of painting the course of blocks under the gutter. Because the only way to reach that is off a ladder, I don't want to be going up there too often. Piled on a heavy coat to make sure all the voids and pores are filled up as you don't want water to snake it's way underneath the paint and cause bubbles again. I was also a little careful along the ground. There is a crack between the wall and the asphalt which has a tendency to collect dirt, flecks of dried paint, leaves, pine needles etc in it. So I scraped as much of that junk out as I could so I didn't pull that into the paint and cause bumps in it.

Unfortunately, no pics. The shadows were pretty bad so you couldn't really see what I did anyway. I save the pics for the grand reveal at the end. Posted Image

- Zombie



#176700 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 17 October 2019 - 02:51 PM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 17 October 2019 - 11:02 AM, said:

I notice there is some difference in the makeup of the upper left corner of the wall (not in paint color, mind), which I guess is merely some sort reinforcement, or creative masonry. Posted Image

Not exactly sure for the use of bricks in place of concrete blocks in spots like that, but they are used quite frequently above windows as you can see in the pic (also doors). I think the reason bricks are used above doors and windows is because you need to put a lintel (typically a metal plate) to bridge the gap above them. The lintel isn't a thin sheet of metal, it's thick because it needs to be structural to hold the weight of the wall above it, and the thickness is what will throw off the height of that course of blocks. So you need something that's not quite as tall as a block. Bricks are not as tall as blocks and you can make up the difference in rows by adjusting the mortar joint between them.

As for the reason why the masons used bricks instead of blocks for the corner top? I think it's because the big back garage door is around the corner, The garage door has a lintel and thus has bricks above it, and I think the masons wanted to tie those bricks into each wall end. They just interwove bricks at the corners to make it more sturdy. That's my guess ;)

- Zombie



#176693 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 17 October 2019 - 02:47 AM in Off Topic

They can peek in all they want. Not much to see back there except for one of our delivery vans and storage for vases, baskets and supplies along the walls. The back garage is in a perpetual state of disarray as we have supplies coming in through there waiting to get priced, plus it's overflow for things if we need the room somewhere else. I do try to sweep up in there a couple times a month and I clean it if I can't do anything outside. In case anyone is wondering, the windows have a diamond pattern in the glass due to wire being embedded in it to act as a deterrent for thieves. Posted Image

This week was more rain so far and chilly too. In between the raindrops and if the sun started to peek out I got out there and continued to work on the last spot on the wall. The day I tried to prime the upper section I found that I didn't see some spots of loose paint so ended up scraping again. I did get it all primed on that side though, and today I took a pic of it (hey, a before pic for once)!

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Opened up the next can of used paint in the stack and there wasn't much in there. Took a long time to stir that paint up properly as it settled out. I was worried that the paint might not dry properly as there was quite a bit of air space in the can so I poured in some latex paint conditioner and mixed that in. I'd rather err on the side of caution at this time of the year as humidity and rain can come at a moment's notice. Used up that can and still had more spots to touch up so opened up the last can in the stack. This one was nearly full (I believe I picked this gallon up last year when I was painting the side of the small garage - the side where I planted perennials this year). It also settled out quite a bit so I poured a dollop of conditioner in there too. Went on nice and creamy, just the way I like it. :)

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Sorry about the pic quality, I just snapped it before I left and didn't realize the shadows were getting pretty long. But I think you can see the wall looks a lot better now. (There are two rows of block equal to the lower part of the window which look spotty because the paint was still a little wet). I'm pretty sure the remainder of paint in the can will not be enough to do the wall of the smaller garage plus this big wall so I probably will go to the paint store and pick up another two gallons. That should be enough to roll on a nice heavy coat and still leave a part of a gallon for use next year (I like to keep a bit on hand as I never know if/when I need to touch up an area). Posted Image

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#176592 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 11 October 2019 - 04:26 AM in Off Topic

Last week it rained almost every day unfortunately so not too much was worked on outside. I was able to slap another coat of red on the screen frames for the windows (just the side that's visible from outside). On Saturday there was a break from the rain in the morning-mid afternoon. Due to the cloudy weather I was able to see some bubbles in the old paint on the wall I was working on (the filtered light made those bubbles visible but in straight sunlight you would never see them). To make sure I knew where to scrape I got out a can of spray paint and performed a little graffiti on the spots.

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With those spots marked I was ready to scrape as soon as the weather improved. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's weather was excellent, but Monday I was busy around the shop. Tuesday though I got out there and did quite a bit of scraping. Much like the other wall I tuck pointed earlier something was fishy because the paint was coming off in big sheets and didn't get any better the higher up I went. I checked the gutter and nails for leaks but everything looked fine. This issue might have been "fixed" a couple years ago when we took down a few trees which overhung the roof and dropped its leaves in the fall causing the downspout to clog and the rainwater to overflow the gutter. At least that's my guess. More scraping was done on Wednesday. The windows got their second coat of red paint on too.

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I didn't have a lot of time to spare but was able to slap on some of that remixed mistinted paint to the areas I could reach without a ladder.

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I added quite a bit of white to the mistint so it's now significantly lighter (still looks a little dark in the picture in the shadow but in the sunlight it's lighter). I figure it's a good 2 shades lighter in the color chip book right now. There's still about 200-300ml or so more white paint in the can yet so I can probably brighten up this mistint another shade if I stir that remaining white in. I'll do that once I paint the remaining bare spots on the wall (need to make some room in the can). Unfortunately a front is supposed to go through midday on Friday bringing rain and cold (not freezing but <10C). Hopefully I can finish the wall before it starts to snow! ;)

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#176501 I think I've played this too much in my youth

Posted by Zombie on 07 October 2019 - 05:28 AM in Enemy Unknown

View PostPete, on 06 October 2019 - 07:36 AM, said:

Can someone remind me - if I survive - is there a way for me to stop the USA going over to the aliens once this activity has begun? I vaguely recall you can if you shoot down all the UFOs, though I may have imagined that. Is it possible by sweeping the XL UFO clean or is all lost? I guess they could be building a base, but the landing sites are really spread out so I'm thinking infiltration instead.

Dunno if there is a way to stop a country from "defecting" once the wheels start turning, I seem to recall you can delay it at the recon stage. Cleaning out a UFO doesn't really do anything to the mission the aliens are performing except to give you points and loot.

View PostPete, on 06 October 2019 - 07:36 AM, said:

Also can someone remind me if I can redirect the Skyranger to the two large UFOs on the way back and clear those out too?

Nope, can't be done - the transport needs to go back to base to refuel before it can go to another site. Can be done in Xenonauts though which is really nice.

View PostPete, on 06 October 2019 - 07:36 AM, said:

One thing I don't like in the game is that the goodies you get from clearing a mission seem to arrive straight back in the stores before the Skyranger - is that right or am I imagining it?

Not sure offhand anymore, but it sounds correct. Pretty sure stunned aliens are placed in AC immediately after a mission so the same should be true for loot. ;)

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#176430 Bargain!

Posted by Zombie on 03 October 2019 - 01:47 AM in General Game Discussion

View PostThorondor, on 02 October 2019 - 06:36 PM, said:

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... and Cultist Simulator are now being featured in Steam Daily Deal.

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Looks interesting though. ;)

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#176321 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 27 September 2019 - 04:04 AM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 25 September 2019 - 07:26 PM, said:

The eyes are the _windows_ of the soul, are they not, Zombie? And a mouth that gives you no lip but can still make you slip. Then again I may well just be seeing things. Posted Image

Ah, got it. Honestly, when I look at that wall all I see is primer spots. Posted Image

View PostThorondor, on 25 September 2019 - 07:26 PM, said:

What is beyond questioning at this stage is your comfort level dealing with paint mixes - primer with top coat, older paint with new and other very forward intermixes of variable origin - without noticeable concern about possibly ending up with some manner of unqualifiable goop.

There are only a few "do not try this" tips. First, don't ever try to mix latex and oil based paints together. If you did, chuck it out immediately because that'll be a goopy mess for sure. Don't try mixing, say, a flat paint with a gloss (paints on the opposite ends of the sheen spectrum). You would think you would get a satin finish, but that's not always the case. Plus the consistency of said paint is much different than that of a true satin. And maybe a third would be to not mix strange colors together with different mixing bases (for example a deep base with a pastel base). The result may be an unexpected color. Oh and don't mix interior paints with exterior and then use that outside. Bad news. Vice versa is ok to a point (exterior paint has a higher tolerable level of VOCs so you need good ventilation if applying that indoors).

Paints I consider sorta "safe" to mix are those by the same company within the same "line" of paint type. (Say, an interior flat with an interior semi gloss with the same brand name). Usually those will mix pretty well. Another mix which is sorta safe is two paints from two different companies with the same sheen. That should be fine unless one (or both) of the companies have crap paint. Although, what do you have to lose if both paints are crappy anyway? If you know that both companies have decent paint, then you can probably experiment without too much consequence. You can mix a primer with a top coat, but just don't expect the result to be a true primer anymore (unless you only put in a little top coat). I normally use these mixes to get rid of old paint as you don't want to have only a little bit of paint at the bottom of a can drying out. So those are my tips for "mixologists". Posted Image

I think I figured out why that paint in the primer can was so light. I believe I had the paint company mix up a half-formula primer (half the normal pigment of the paint color you are using for the top coat) and then someone put on a cover from a top coat on it by accident. See why I'm a little anal retentive about labeling both the can and the lid so you know what paint is in the can? Heck, I'd probably even label the bottom of the can just in case the label comes off or gets covered in paint. Posted Image

I had a little bit of time to work on the wall today. Opened up the next can in the stack of top coat paint and used that up going over the dark spots, cutting in along the pavement and partially underneath the gutter. Ran out before I could do all the cutting in and touching up the light areas (can see that underneath the left window).

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Any other light spots or areas is the old paint which has been bleached by the sun and elements. Cutting in the rest and touching up the light areas shouldn't take too much time (assuming it doesn't rain). Once that's done I can get out the big roller and go over everything so it's nice and uniform (have to still put another coat of red on the windows and screen frames first). So that's where I'm at right now. Posted Image

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#176286 1000h+ on XCOM

Posted by Zombie on 26 September 2019 - 01:10 AM in Off Topic

Chronic overachiever! Grats! Posted Image

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#176264 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 25 September 2019 - 04:51 AM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 24 September 2019 - 08:55 AM, said:

By the way, looking at the middle picture thumbnail, it's impossible not to anthropomorphise - just look at that face! Posted Image

You must be good at the ink blot test then, cause all I see is spots! Posted Image

I was able to get some painting done today as the weather was beautiful. I still had 95% of that can of mis-tinted exterior paint left. It was kinda dark, and I had some dregs left at the bottom of a can of flat white that needed to be used up STAT, so I ended up mixing some of the white into the mis-tint. Still pretty dark, but after I got done spot painting the wall I was able to mix in the rest of the white so that'll lighting things up for next time.

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The paint dried almost instantly on the wall so I decided I could brush on a first coat already. When I was going through my paint supply I found 5 cans off the stuff, all opened. I just picked the top can and started using that. It was in a primer can for some reason and when I applied it to the wall I was surprised to see it wasn't the correct color - just a bit light. Perhaps I mixed some primer with some top coat in the past just to get rid of it, but the dumb thing is I didn't write anything to that effect on the can (I normally label everything in permanent marker so I can grab it quickly). No worries, I'll use the stuff up. Gotta make sure I pick the correct color for the final coat though. Could probably intermix the remaining 4 cans to get enough to roll on the final coat on the wall. :)

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#176233 Let's Paint!

Posted by Zombie on 24 September 2019 - 04:10 AM in Off Topic

View PostThorondor, on 23 September 2019 - 09:21 AM, said:

You did a good job with that body filler and the sanding alright. Beyond this point, though, actually matching paint color on a car is a whole other ballgame.

Matching the paint color is not for me - many automotive part stores around here carry touchup paint in a myriad of colors. Can even buy it special order online if you can tolerate the cost and wait. Even if I can't get the exact match, I can probably get something pretty darn close. ;)

The wall with the red windows on it had some peeling paint so the other day I decided to see how bad it really was. One thing led to another and next thing you know I have half the wall scraped.

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Sorry for the bad quality of the pic, it was cloudy out which kinda hid most of the scraping. I unfortunately swept up the mess before taking the pic, but there's another half to go yet. I took the next pic after priming all the spots.

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Took a close up of the canvas to show how much came off. Quite a bit. You can probably tell the last part I primed because it's slightly lighter in color as it wasn't dry (yet - it was drying pretty fast though).

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I tried investigating why the paint keeps peeling on the wall, but could find any root cause. The drip edge of the roof is problem free and the gutter doesn't leak. Granted I haven't looked at the wall much for the last few years and in that time we took down 3 trees which overhung the roof causing leaves to clog the downspout and the water to overflow the gutter. So now that the trees are down it's possible the cause has been fixed.

Today I had other responsibilities to oversee. so I wasn't able to get much done except a little more priming and to caulk the cracks. Didn't get a pic of this because it was too hard to see what I caulked as it's similar in color to the primer. Posted Image

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