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In Topic: Let's Paint!

11 June 2019 - 06:50 AM

View PostSpace Voyager, on 30 May 2019 - 07:20 AM, said:

Do you expect the tool coating to last for several years? In my experience any colour on any of the tools was... well, sanded away pretty quickly by the... sand! Posted Image

It depends how much you use a tool and what you are digging into. For what I do, I maybe get 2 years worth out of the paint job before reapplying. You gotta realize that planting in cemeteries is really taxing on tools. Big time. And it's for the simple reason that backfill over graves and under gravestones is usually gravel which tears the crap out of any paint job. Also, the "top soil" is usually not so much soil as it is clay, sand and whatever else is leftover from opening the ground up. It sometimes takes years to get the soil to a proper consistency by incorporating peat moss and other amendments to loosen it up. Of course, once it's loosened up you'll get lots of weeds because they'll get an easier foothold. Tradeoff, the saving grace is that it's easier to remove the weeds too. Posted Image

If you use a decent paint, it shouldn't come off much if used in sand occasionally. All the time? Well, then I probably would opt not to paint as the sand will clean the tool as you use it. Posted Image

View PostSpace Voyager, on 30 May 2019 - 07:20 AM, said:

Actually I'm more annoyed by the colour particles making its way into the soil than I am by the degradation of the tools. Especially the wheelbarrow that had a thick layer of green colour and it is dropping off in flakes. I hate to see the chemicals in the compost, ending up in the salad garden.

Again, I'm normally using the tools in the cemetery where it doesn't matter if a chip of paint flakes off. The amount of chemicals coming off those small chips is probably less than the chemicals found in the soil where you are planting your salad greens. Posted Image If you worry about it, then there are other methods.
  • Don't paint the tools, let them be and just sand off any rust at the end of the year.
  • Use plastic tools, though I'd worry more about the chemicals in the plastic than metal. And breakage.
  • Use aluminum tools. Might be more expensive and probably less sturdy than it's steel counterparts and they will wear quicker.
So there will be tradeoffs here as well. The thing with painting is that once you start, you have to continue to reapply. But as long as you remove the loose stuff, prime and then apply a few good top coats it'll last fairly long. The only part that needs to be touched up is the digging edge (for obvious reasons). Posted Image

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In Topic: Zombie's Ultimate X-COM Collection

11 June 2019 - 02:34 AM

View PostThorondor, on 22 May 2019 - 02:37 PM, said:

Then there's the sort of merchandise that never got any visibility or wasn't made public in the first place, which makes it very hard to even properly search if you can't guess the right criteria.

Quoted for truth. If you don't know it exists, it can be very difficult finding it. Most of the time I just rely on a combination of persistence and dumb luck. Then when you find something you also have to determine if it is authentic merchandise and not a remake. Posted Image

Just a quick update: I was on vacation this past week so nothing new arrived. I made a slight mistake on one item I purchased: the auction pics showed XCOM dog tags as gold colored when in reality they were silver (bad picture, be warned silver can look like gold in some light). So now I have a second set. Not a big deal, I can wear one of the tags now so it all worked out. :D

Picked up a bottle of a different variety of UFO beer while on vacation too:

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UFO White: orange peel and coriander. Sounds odd, but it's actually quite pleasant. You can taste the orange peel which is good, but I was hoping for a little more orange kick (maybe brew it with some orange juice). That said, the coriander is the last thing to finish in the mouth so it kinda covers up the orange taste and evens things out. Interesting to say the least. :)

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In Topic: 1,000,000 Posts

11 June 2019 - 02:09 AM

I just got back from vacation on Saturday - went to visit my brother, uncle & second cousin in Tennessee. I didn't get many pictures unfortunately, the camera was always out of reach or too far away (meaning: I forgot to bring it on an outing). I did manage to snap a picture of PERFECT holly bushes outside our hotel in Clarksville TN.

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I just couldn't believe how perfect they looked: green, lush, glossy, and no imperfections whatsoever. And this wasn't the only clump of holly bushes, the entire hotel was encircled by them and there were other businesses nearby with the same perfect holly bushes. Must be the correct growing conditions for them. Posted Image I see holly at work every December for Christmas and it never looks this good. Posted Image

While visiting my brother we stopped at an international store selling food items from around the world. I decided to splurge a little bit and picked up a couple different items to try.

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First one was some sesame snack sticks from Greece. Not bad, they were sweet which was nice but I think they are a little on the stale side (probably a low turnover rate at the store and there isn't a date code on the package to see how old they are either). Still edible though - I was hoping they would taste more like toasted sesame seeds. Posted Image

The second package was walnuts dipped in flour thickened molasses from Georgia (the country, not the state in the US). Posted Image Very good, but I can't eat any more than a couple bites as it's quite filling. It was also fairly expensive ($4.50) so that will not be on my plate anytime soon. Maybe next time we go to that store I'll pick up some other interesting food items to share with you all. :)

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In Topic: Let's Paint!

30 May 2019 - 03:58 AM

View PostThorondor, on 29 May 2019 - 10:32 AM, said:

They look pretty sturdy too (say, those are some thick teeth on that pitch fork), which, coupled with your regular care, makes it no wonder they've lasted as long as they have.

True, it's important to do a little maintenance on tools if you want them to last. I think that helps to prevent bigger problems (like rust) from getting out of hand. The other big thing is to never put a tool away dirty. Dirt holds moisture and prevents you from seeing what is going on beneath.

The pitchfork tines are thick for a reason. Normal pitchfork tines are thin and that's fine and dandy if all you are using it for is to move hay around. My pitchfork is made for digging into stuff where a spade fails... hard clay, gravel, stones, heavy root balls, etc. Once you loosen things up with a pitchfork, using a spade afterwards is easy.

View PostThorondor, on 29 May 2019 - 10:32 AM, said:

The rolling cart can definitely benefit from your further loving attention, though, as it's rather showing its age/handling in some spots.

Yup, it was an old second hand cart - not sure where we got it from so there is some denting and dings and scratches from the previous owner and ourselves. And to be honest, I used to treat it like trash letting it sit outside for long periods in the rain/snow. But for the past few years I've been coddling it by keeping it inside and at the very least priming the top ever so often. The darn thing is so noisy and rattles like heck when you roll it around but I intend to fix that eventually. Posted Image

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In Topic: Let's Paint!

29 May 2019 - 02:09 AM

I didn't have much opportunity to work on the park bench as it's still being used for plants and such. Plus it's been chilly and raining every other day it seems so some painting projects will have to wait. And of course I'm busy doing other things. In between the raindrops and whenever I had a spare minute or two I started to fix up all the tools I use (annual project).

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From left to right: ice scraper/chopper, coal shovel, spade, pitch fork, camp shovel, narrow trowel and wide trowel. All were sanded with 120 grit sandpaper, any bare metal spots touched up with a quick drying primer and about 3 coats of gloss black spray paint were applied. Obviously the ice scraper isn't going to be used anytime soon, but it's nice that it's ready to go. I really only use the coal shovel during the winter for knocking down snow piles - I think I might still cut off that rounded piece on the left side to make it even again... sometime. I use the rest of the tools for planting at the cemetery. The spade to create a nice clean line between the ground and grass & pitch fork to loosen up the dirt from around the root balls of grass or weeds and for mixing in peat moss+fertilizer. I use the camp shovel a lot as I can easily shovel holes while kneeling down (it's light too because of the fiberglass). The narrow trowel I've been using for 30 years and it's my favorite tool for planting those "cells" from a pack, while the wide trowel is used for planting the larger pots (it's just as old as the narrow trowel and both are still going strong). They don't make them like they used to. Posted Image

And what the hey, might as well put a coat on one of our other rolling carts and washtubs too.

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Same gray polyurethane I've been using for a multitude of painting projects. The cart's metal frame was pretty rusty, so instead of sanding it I emptied almost an entire can of rusty metal primer into it (no flaking rust, just a light coating and it's inside mostly so no sense in going crazy). Posted Image  And I didn't have a chance to paint the frame with polyurethane (again, it's inside so it isn't going to get wet right now). The handle wasn't painted either as I was afraid it wouldn't dry enough in case we use it tomorrow. It's a good start though and makes it look a lot better. Posted Image

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