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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: June 17, 2004, 10:26 AM »
Yeah, that's kinda what I figures.  The cordless Craftsman rocks at putting furniture together, doing small house projects (hanging shelves, etc), but I figured it wasn't gonna cut it under heavy use.

I've got a DeWalt Mitre Saw that I bought last year to help with installation of hardwood floors and the new trim we put in all of our bedrooms.  It's been a great saw so far, so it's nice to hear another testimony that they are good tools.

Might just have to hit Menards and Home Depot this weekend for a little shopping...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Why did you select your avatar?
« on: June 17, 2004, 10:00 AM »
Here at, I currently suffer from avatar-ADD, which manifests itself by causing me to constantly change my avatars.  They usually only last a week or two, then it's time for a change.  That way, I get to show-off my mad avatar photoshop skillz.   :P

Over at Scum, my avatar is a vintage DS Commander.  I figured it was appropriate since all scum posters are pretty much under the control of the Grand Emperor and his henchmen.  [Triumph: I Keeeeeed!]


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: June 17, 2004, 09:51 AM »
how deep does your town's building code require you to get your posts & concrete or cement?  

City Code is at least 42" deep for concrete, posts can be attached to the top of the concrete footing.

Better yet, get a tube and sink it in the hole, pouring in concrete after.  The cement pads are the same concept, just easier.  

Use 2x10s for the frame of the deck, well worth the additional cost for the return in strength you get.  Probably won't add to the longevity, but won't detract from it either.  

Use screws, not nails.  Nails pop and tend to rust more easily.  Replacing rotting boards down the road is much easier with screws as well, just reverse the drill.  

Inspect the wood, don't let some home depot give you a bunch.  If you get a warped piece, take it back.  It's defective and a pain to them, but you are paying a premium for flat wood.  Also use pressure treated wood if you are still able.  Copper chromated arsenic is an evil thing, if you listen to the environmental working group, but your kid would have to ingest 2.5 ounces per day for life to get the chronic dose that might, just might lead to cancer in about 50 years (never mind the confounding factors they'll face in the interim).  I know Minnesota is not exactly the hotbed for termites, but carpenter ants can do their fair share of damage too.

The "dig a hole, add cardboard tube, then add concrete" method is the one the city told us to use.  We also plan on using 2x10's (another recommendation from the City Inspector's Office).  We also plan on using treated wood, but it is somehting different as the CCA stuff has been banned I think...

And mind your patience because if you're like me you'll wind up doing it by yourself if you don't control your temper.   ;D

The wife has also already warned me about this one :)

Have lots of beer on hand.  Trust me, you'll be sore afterwards, especially if you're not used to physical labor.  Beer will ease the pain.

I'd also go with screws.  Nails suck and you will definitely feel it in your shoulder after swinging a hammer all day.  Buy a nice drill / screw gun (I recommend Dewalt).  Trust me, for $129 at Home Depot, you'll get your money's worth.

I'll have to check into the DeWalt drill screw gun, thanks for the tip.  I was pretty sure my wimpy little Craftsman cordless drill wasn't going to be up to the challenge since the battery charge only lasts about 2-3 hours (I definately need a new battery), but maybe I should lookinto a new drill/screw gun.

And we're planning on having plenty of cold beer around along with some brats on the grill... that's how we're bribing most of our helpers!

Thanks for the tips fellas!  Maybe I'll post a few pictures along the way to keep you updated on the progress...


Watto's Junk Yard / Has Anyone Built a Deck Before?
« on: June 16, 2004, 04:45 PM »
Hiya Guys Gals (I know there are 1-2 of you females out there),

Summer is here in full effect and we are ready to get rolling on our big summer project:
We are attempting to add a deck onto our house this summer.  

We started out in May (the five days it didn't rain) by preparing the ground/landscaping around the house:  moving trees/bushes/shrubs, building a new garden, pulling out some old hostas, etc.  Now that the area along the house and yard have been landscaped for the deck, it's time to actually start building the dang thing, and the more I learn about it, the more daunting a task it is appearing to be.

I've got my plans (thanks Home Depot!) and building permit in hand, and the raw materials will be delivered this weekend.  We've also rented up some power equipment this weekend to help us dig the 42" deep holes in my yard this weekend...

Anyone got some helpful tips for digging post holes?
Anyone out there in JD land ever built a deck before?  
Any helpful tips that you can offer up to a Novice Deck Craftsman such as myself?
(sarcastic "don't nail your hand to the deck" comments are not needed, but fully expected from you turkeys)  :P

I realize that we're all SW dorks, therefore the stereotype indicates that we aren't exactly outdoor-builder type craftsman, but I don't believe in stereotypes, so I'd like to think that SOMEONE else has gone through this before...



Watto's Junk Yard / Re: IT is coming
« on: June 16, 2004, 04:05 PM »

Sorry to both, no meat prodcuts involved.  (Does Spam qualify as meat?)

I think were still waiting for the answer on that one.  

According to Hormel, SPAMtm is a "Meat Product" just like Beef Jerky or other "prepared foods".  It cannot be considered "Meat" because it has already been processed and prepared for consumption (although, they often refer to it as a luncheon meat).

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: Jedi Council sets 3 & 4
« on: June 16, 2004, 03:55 PM »
I guess that settles that debate, with Hasbro confirming Agen Kolar and Stass Allie as part of Box #3, even though, technically, Stass and Agen were NOT on the council.

I thought Eeth Koth and Adi Gallia were still on the Council (since the council footage was recycled from Episode 1), and Agen Kolar and Stass Allie were just clever names for the new actors who played them during the Arena scenes... or has that been ret-conned?




I hope to see at SD Comic Con:
  • vOTC wave 2 LOOSE and CARDED
  • vOTC wave 3 loose at least, carded would be nice
  • OTC waves AFTER Imp Scanner Dude... Coruscant wave, etc.  (they did show us the first 2004 wave [hoth] at SDCC last year, right?)
Not asking for too much, am I? As far as Q's for the Big H via JediMAC:
  • What's the deal with the rumored Cantina Screen Scenes that Yakface showed off?  Coming out or junked?
  • What's the deal with the exclusive Emperor figure?  Big Head or Ep1 Holo Sidious re-hash or something new?
  • What's the deal with the Cloud Car?  Is the original mold lost or not?  Are you re-tooling a new one or not?  Why has it been rumored for the last 4 years?
  • Then, give them a pat on the back for getting that Sandcrawler thing finally wrapped up...

JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs!
« on: June 16, 2004, 10:01 AM »
Forgive my ignorance, but how does the re-arrangement affect the schedule?

Do we get less games against Duncan, Yao, and Nash in favor of more games against the Blazers and Sonics?  Ick.

At least we have a good change to own our division for a while... so does Denver.


It's good to have ya back OCB ;)  and Mario too...

Original Trilogy Collection / Re: 2004 NEW NEWS ON SANDCRAWLER
« on: June 15, 2004, 06:23 PM »
Pre Order is up at New Force comics...
$49.99 plus shipping!

For those that still need it...


JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs!
« on: June 15, 2004, 05:34 PM »

Maybe Dr. Phil should flip the switch when he gets there...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: IT is coming
« on: June 15, 2004, 05:03 PM »
I thought THIS was "IT", and IT was already here?



Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JediMAC goes postal!
« on: June 15, 2004, 04:41 PM »
A PINK Baggie Sweater you mean...



Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Punky Brewster Appreciation Society
« on: June 15, 2004, 03:55 PM »

In 1992, Soleil underwent well-publicized breast reduction surgery to help ease back problems. The surgery reduced her measurement from a "D" cup to a 36-C.

 :'( but I am glad her back feels better now...


Remember when they used to put GUM in with the dang cards?
And you had to wipe the "gum dust" off of the first card?

Remember when Upper Deck didn't exist yet?
And Griffey, jr's Rookie Card was their best card?

Remember when you got your Topps Billy Ripken error card?  
The one with #$%^ on his bat handle?

I do... I'm old.


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What Were You Thinking Michael Knight?
« on: June 15, 2004, 01:48 PM »

OK I'm going to start handing out PermaBans unless more people start watching this video.  Deanpaul went to all of this trouble to entertain every last one of us and what thanks does he get?  Zip, nada, zilch.  Throw the man a bone

More than one person in my office hath now "busted a nut" from laughing so hard.

Creepy, yet Joyous.

I am, quite in-deedely-doodely, Hooked on a Feeling.


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