Month: August 2016

All Machine Meet Their End

My old washing machine stopped working after spinning its last load. The machine has been in service for me for over 30 years, which is quite a long time for a machine that was built in an era where nothing was built to last. Although its days of washing clothes were over, there were still other ways that it could be useful to me. Some of the electronics on the inside were salvageable, and I knew that scrap metal buyers would be willing to take the rest of the machine off my hands. I took out my tool box and started stripping down the machine.

After a series of twists and turns upon many screws, I had disassembled the whole machine. A few spiders had made a home inside of the machine, and apparently they had been able to catch quite a few bugs. I figured the vibrations from washing and spinning clothes would have too much of a disturbance for anything to make a home in the machine, but I guess if there’s a good enough food source, the spiders will deal with the vibrations and noise. I vacuumed out the unwanted guests and started my mechanical treasure hunt.

I used a soldering iron to aid in disassembling all of the electronic components. It was a shame that the motor didn’t work anymore, but the motor was still made up of magnets and copper wire, which are quite useful for many projects that I do. I was already getting some good ideas for the kinds of things I could build using the parts that I had acquired from the machine. I also saved the screws, nuts and bolts, because you can never have too many of those. Once the machine was fully stripped, I drove the remaining metal to the scrap buyer.

How Hard is It to Run a Web Store?

Of course the big problem with my plan is that I would like to make a good bit of money off of an e commerce site, but I would not really want to make a full time commitment to the effort. In fact I want to be able to continue to work my full time job, at least until this becomes something that is successful enough to merit more attention. The first thing to know is what to sell. All sorts of markets are already saturated. For example adult videos and sex toys would have been a great thing to have gotten into twenty years ago. That is something that is perfect for selling on the internet for a multitude of reasons. The first one is that you can turn a good profit on that sort of stuff and people would vastly prefer to acquire this sort of thing without having to walk into a sleazy video store in a bad part of town. In my home town they have all sorts of rules that are supposed to make sure that those sorts of places are not allowed to go any place nice.

In fact there are a million things you could try that would fit my parameters, but obviously someone else has already done most of them. The type of thing I am thinking about would need to be small and light, so that it would not require a full sized warehouse to store the inventory. For example seeds are sold in little envelopes, or at least most of them are. Grass seed is sold in fifty pound bags, but that would make it too heavy. Anything like that would add so much to the shipping cost as to make it impractical. You need something that could be handled by a child.

Our Backyard is Even More Inviting and Cozy Now

Moving where it is cold is something that I had always told my husband I wanted to do. He grew up around snow, and he told me that it may not be as wonderful as I was thinking it was. I didn’t believe him, and I still don’t! I love everything there is about living in a higher elevation where things are much cooler throughout the year. Last month, I talked to him about putting in a fire pit and he agreed that it would be a nice addition to our backyard. It makes our new home more enjoyable than it already is.

Our place is in a wooded area. When we moved in, we noticed that the previous owners had dug out a campfire pit in the backyard. They even left behind the benches that were sitting around it. The benches were made of logs that had been split in half and reminded me of something you would find at an old cabin. They were perfect. Our kids loved going outside to make a campfire, and we would all go out there together on many weekend evenings to talk, roast marshmallows or hot dogs over the hot fire.

It became apparent that my family loved the time we spent around the campfire. But I felt that we needed something more professional looking, and we would need the help of an expert. I called a company that specializes in putting in fire pits. They helped me to figure out what would be best. They wanted to know if I wanted one that is gas or would work with wood only. My husband brings home a lot of firewood and we love the smell of burning wood, so that seemed best. I picked out some beautiful tiles to have laid out for us to walk on around the pit, too. They did a really nice job and we all love it.