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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: October 12, 2004, 11:26 AM »
Where's the pool?

Indoors, duh.

 ::)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: October 11, 2004, 04:49 PM »
This is what we used to "weather-proof" the new wood...

Seasonite New Wood Treatment

Brand New Deck

"It's important that all wood, whether it's pressure-treated pine, cedar, or redwood, weathers properly before you apply a penetrating oil finish like CWF-UV for long-term protection. During this weathering period, excess water evaporates from the wood, and the mill glaze wears off of smooth wood, allowing the wood fibers to open up. Only after this happens is the wood porous enough to accept a penetrating finishing coat.

An immediate application of Seasonite to your deck (or siding and fences) provides a slow, steady, weathering period. The movement of moisture into and out of the wood is controlled. In addition, Seasonite helps maintain the wood's natural color and keeps it looking new longer."

Got the tip from Bob Vila himself on one of those wood-working shows on Cable!  You put this stuff on to let the wood weather slowly.  Then when you stain it in 6 months, it looks even better because the stain penetrates deeper and you won't hav eto re-stain quite as often to keep it looking great.

As for the color, it will probably take my wife all winter to decide which shade of red cedar goes best with our blue siding...  ;)

Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: October 11, 2004, 04:19 PM »
Thanks for the kind words guys!  :)

We were very happy to get done over these last 6 beautiful weekends before the cold and rain and eventual snow arrive :(

So you're all done with the staining/waterproofing too, I assume? Go get some deck furniture now! 8)

Waterproofing yes, but they recommend letting the wood "age" for 6months before staining.  So, next spring will be another round of washing, staining and water-sealing.

As for the Deck furniture, it is fully assembled and waiting in the garage.  Can't actually put anything on it until after we get the City Inspector's final blessing/sign-off (should be here this afternoon to do the inspection).

Jeff

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Hasbro Update: 2005 Figures
« on: October 11, 2004, 03:45 PM »
Well, looking back at what was rumored lst year (for 2004), I'd wager some of these are sitting someplace just waiting to get made at Hasbro.  They could probably hash out a few of these for another wave for 2005...

Keeping the rumor list up date

TPM
Rabe - DONE
Queen Amidala (Celebration) - DONE
Wookiee Senator Yarua - DONE

AOTC
Sly Moore-  DONE
Pablo Jill - DONE
Stass Allie - DONE (crappy, but done none the less)
Jocasta Nu
Cliegg Lars
Owen Lars
Beru Whitesun

ANH
Stormtrooper (Super Articulation) - DONE
General Tagge
Luke in Stormtrooper disguise
Han in Stormtrooper disguise
Death Star Trooper
Hem Dazon
Banniss Keeg
Bom Vimdin
Feltipern Trevagg (Gotal) - DONE
Elis Herlot (Givin)
R5-D4
CZ-3
Rebel Flight Tech
Grand Moff Tarkin

ESB
Meditation Chamber Vader
Bespin Dinner Vader
Cloud Car Pilot - DONE
Bespin Leia Organa - DONE
Lobot (resculpt) - DONE
E-3PO
R2-D2 Dagobah - DONE
Yoda Dagobah - DONE
Luke Skywalker Dagobah - DONE
Luke Skywalker Medical Frigate
Black Bespin Guard

ROTJ
Han Solo Endor - DONE (AT-ST Han was probably what they meant)
Luke Skywalker Endor
Ewok 2-pack with catapult
Chief Chirpa
Wicket - DONE (probably meant OTC version)
C-3PO Knee Articulation
General Madine - DONE
Bib Fortuna - DONE (probably meant OTC version)
Hermi Odle
Weequay
Imperial Dignitary #3

Some pretty good waves could be constructed from the left overs...

A DS wave with Stormie Han, Stormie Luke, and Tagge perhaps?


Jeff

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: October 11, 2004, 02:06 PM »
Part 4/4

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: October 11, 2004, 02:04 PM »
Part 3/4

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: October 11, 2004, 02:03 PM »
Part 2/4

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: October 11, 2004, 02:01 PM »
I give you the finished product.

Things I learned:

1) - Get more friends.  More help and this bad boy would have been done much sooner.  Almost ALL of the work was done by my wife and me.  I personally put in EVERY screw and EVERY nail myself, as well as cutting EVERY piece of wood myself.  Sure, we had father-in-law help with the concrete footings, and a bit of my dad help installing the decking boards, but it was pretty much all me and my wife.

2) - Better Quality Tools = Better work.  I pretty much upgraded every tool I had on this project (circular saw, drill, cordless drill/driver) as well as buying some new ones.  Better quality tools may cost more, but like they say "you get what you pay for".

3) - Treated wood scraps are a bitch to get rid of.  No one wants to take them away, can't burn them.  What do I do with them?  >:(

4) - Planning everything from the start was a HUGE help, but evn then, things can and will go wrong.  Plan, plan, plan and then over-plan.  As mentioned earlier: measure once, measure twice, then cut.  It will save time in the long run to double-check each step along the way.

5) - Finally, listen to your wife when she starts talking.  If you hear her say, "it can't be too much work to build a deck ourselves, can it?" - Run.


Thoughts?

Jeff

Part 1/4

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Your TV
« on: October 11, 2004, 11:08 AM »
Well, talk about timing.

Over the last weekend, our "upstairs" TV (25" Sony, circa 1992) started "bleeding" red.  I could tell that the picture tube was getting worse, but now it is finally getting ugly.  Everything is pretty fuzzy and now the color reds "bleed/streak across the screen.   :'(

The current plan is to take the old "new" TV (27" Magnavox) and move that one upstairs.  That way, the new "new" TV will go in the lower family room (where we do most of our TV/DVD watching).

After looking through the Sunday Ads, we were thinking of going HDTV or maybe widescreen, but haven't really ruled anything out yet.  I guess I'll take some of the recommendations as we head to Best Buy this week to start shopping/selection process for a new TV.   :)

Jeff

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Revenge of the Sith / Re: Episode III line....April 2nd, 2005
« on: October 11, 2004, 11:03 AM »
Hmmm...

That's a good point.

Will Hasbro call her "Padme Skywalker" or "Padme Amidala Skywalker" or "Padme Amidala"?

I supposed since they were married in secret, she wouldn't change her name... or would she?   :-\

Or, maybe we'll get a Senator Padme Amidala figure AND a Padme Skywalker (Mustafar) figures?

Jeff

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC Holo Emperor
« on: October 11, 2004, 10:33 AM »
So...anyone want to trade a mint one for a non-mint one ::)

PM sent  ;)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: OTC Holo Emperor
« on: October 11, 2004, 10:20 AM »
A little late, but I finally got my figures on Friday night.  They weren't at the door when I got home from work, but they were there when we got home from dinner (sometime between 6pm and 8pm they were delivered.

I am pretty impressed with how well the figure turned out and I am very glad it isn't just the Holo-Sidious repack I figured it would be.  There is one thing that boggles me though...

1) - Why no stand?  The rest of the OTC came with the little black stand, why not the Emperor?

Oh well...

Jeff

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My cases should be here tomorrow...  I am very excited to have those RotJ figures!

I should have some extras too once they arrive, so keep your eyes peeled on the Classified/trade section, I'll probably post a new list tomorrow night if you are still looking for Vader/Lando/Fett/Yoda...

Jeff

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2005 Cantina Wave
« on: October 11, 2004, 10:16 AM »
I also pre-ordered this wave...

It will be interesting to see how that Sandtrooper is carded, as well as which Carded Han that is.  Is it the OTC, or is it a different Han?  Hmmm...

Jeff

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Once again, the Yankee fans are like, "We're so great."   ::)

You lost game 1.
You BARELY squeaked out game 2 (in extra innings).
You won game 3.
You rallied to win game 4 (again, in extra innings).

You got lucky to get by us, and you'll be EXTREMELY lucky to get by Boston the way they are playing right now.

I won't get into he payroll stuff as it's been hashed out over and over, but some teams only get 3mil a year for TV deals while others get 10x that much.  That's just the way it is.   :(

Go Red Sox!   :P

Jeff

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