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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Ratty » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:28 am

On Craig's List... items are posted in the 'area' first and show up in the particular 'neighborhoods' a few minutes later. This explains why you are too late to get that free tent or lawn furniture even though it just popped up on your city's listing 30 seconds ago.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby tattoogoddess » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:42 am

these three are actually helpful, man i love pintrest-

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Toothpaste Dots for camping. Lay out foil sheet or parchment and make rows of dollops of toothPASTE. Allow to dry for 2-4 days. Sprinkle baking soda on top to keep from sticking. Repackage in small bags. To use simple pop one dot in your mouth, chew, then add a small amount of water in your mouth and start brushing. This tip reduces weight in your pack. could also work for travel in general.

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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby gyre » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:48 am

Ratty wrote:On Craig's List... items are posted in the 'area' first and show up in the particular 'neighborhoods' a few minutes later. This explains why you are too late to get that free tent or lawn furniture even though it just popped up on your city's listing 30 seconds ago.

Can you clarify this?
I have no idea what you mean.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby gyre » Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:51 am

A strong garage door can be key to wind protection for a house.
Once wind can enter a garage, it often lifts the roof and then destroys the entire house.

Source - us weather.

I wonder if separating the garage is a good idea, make it sacrificial?
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Ratty » Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:13 pm

Gyre, Gladly. I search Craig's List 'free' stuff all the time. It's mainly hilarious but once a year I score something really great. I'm searching in my town only. If I widen my search to the entire area, (east bay), I get to see the listings sooner.

In the East Bay listings I will see, 'Free. 3 room tent'. Behind the title it says Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord. BUT I am searching the entire East Bay listings. This way of searching includes 15 or 20 other towns. All the new listings show here 1st before they show up in their individual categories.

If I narrow the search to the Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord area only, that 3 room tent won't show up for several minutes.

So...if you want to get the free stuff first, widen your search area and you'll see it before other people that are only searching by their own town.

Also, send a short quick email to be the 1st one to reply and include your phone number. If you really want that free stuff offer money, cookies or beer. It works wonders at moving you to the top of the list.

I hope I've made it clear. Happy searching....
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:09 pm

The pointy end goes into the other fellow.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:39 pm

Crochet hooks can be used to pick up dropped stitches in knitting.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby gyre » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:59 pm

Thanks, Ratty.
It isn't laid out that way here.
I'll remember that though.

I recently got an entire truckload of stuff on cl.
The important part is often being able to actually take it all.
It's cost me a lot to do it so far, but I hope to make it back.
I basically got an entire hallmark store.

Not in the free list, but was intrigued by a Pervey amp listed.
When I called, she said "I broke up with my boyfriend and I want this stuff out of here".
I couldn't get over there fast enough.
I have a pickup bed full of dj equipment, including the CS400 Pervey amp.
She put it in electronics instead of music eqt.
It wasn't even far from here.
Not overpriced.

A rule I follow is the further out, usually the better the deal, at least availability.

One night I saw a listing of some old car goodies, incl what may be the best car speakers ever made, Kef Kar, no longer sold.
The price seemed nuts.
I figured a joke or trashed.
I stayed up until morning and called.
A complete car system, some out of date, but nice.
He is the web instructor for the local art college and his wife is going through tenure stuff, so he just wanted it to go to someone that knew what he had.
He was as happy as I was.
Another rare time I couldn't even negotiate price, even though it was a lot for me.
The Kefs alone were worth it.

Re CL security, I went to look at a Pana and it was at a 1.3M house, so not everyone meets in parking lots.
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If suturing your own arm, use the morphine in your leg, use novacaine or equiv local in the nerve area at the shoulder.
Tie your arm to a tree and do your best.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Ratty » Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:49 am

Gyre. WOW! That is a tip I hope not to need.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby MacGlenver » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:51 pm

Make a free xmas tree by asking for a bunch of the branches that they cut off at Home Depot or wherever else is selling trees. Stick them in a tall stock pot/tomato cage/whatever, tie em together in your desired design. This year my gf forced me to shell out $30 and get a real tree tho :)
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby gyre » Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:47 pm

Ratty wrote:Gyre. WOW! That is a tip I hope not to need.

Me too.
The cheery part is that it worked.
Bayonet wound fifty miles from a hospital, don't know how long in time.
Survived, and I think the arm did too.

I've mentioned my friend that sewed his own fingers back on as a teenager, and not because he had to.
Never went to a doctor.
Can't say I understand it, but when someone parrots "radical self reliance" I think of him doing that.
Or the czech woman here that lived like she was in the mountains and pulled her own teeth, etc.


I wish we had a better CL layout here.
I'm looking at rural real estate and it's sort of all or nothing.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby BBadger » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:47 am

MacGlenver wrote:Make a free xmas tree by asking for a bunch of the branches that they cut off at Home Depot or wherever else is selling trees. Stick them in a tall stock pot/tomato cage/whatever, tie em together in your desired design. This year my gf forced me to shell out $30 and get a real tree tho :)


If I ever need a shit-ass-looking, Charlie Brown Christmas tree I'll have to remember this tip!
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Patsh » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:49 am

BBadger wrote:
MacGlenver wrote:Make a free xmas tree by asking for a bunch of the branches that they cut off at Home Depot or wherever else is selling trees. Stick them in a tall stock pot/tomato cage/whatever, tie em together in your desired design. This year my gf forced me to shell out $30 and get a real tree tho :)


If I ever need a shit-ass-looking, Charlie Brown Christmas tree I'll have to remember this tip!


Many years in a row, (when my son was a little kid) in the mountains around Jerome, we would collect just one branch from many different trees... there were a few different types of needle-bearing pines and fir and juniper. We'd bundle them all together, put them in a big bucket with rocks (for weight) and water, and decorate them with home-made decorations, and wrap the bucket with nice red fabric. It didn't hurt the trees, and smelled wonderful. And, it was a fun adventure each year to collect the branches.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby gyre » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:27 am

I like the random branch idea.
Isn't that how the tree thing began?

I trimmed some sort of evergreen, and the branches smelled so good I took them home.
Still not sure exactly what type tree.
Sort of clumpy leaves.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby BBadger » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:11 am

I prefer the Noble Fir for scent, and it has a nice appearance too.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:12 am

I prefer the nobel sent of fur! 8)
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:12 am

I have it on good authority that Douglas Fir is the best of all.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby TT120 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:56 pm

Ugly Douglas fur?
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby TomServo » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:58 am

For those of you who enjoy Dirty Martinis:
Once you've depleted all the brine in your olive jar, refill the jar (Olives still in) with water, about 1 1/2tbs of. Sea Salt and a splash of vinegar. Shake and refrigerate. Longer it sets the more olive flavor it accumulates. Shake again before use.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby aserendipity » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:58 am

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Gyre, on an island off the upper No.west we made E.R. medical memories ..where are yours from?

the Xmas branches are the way I always do tree-like and with home made bird paper ornaments LED lighted
the birds have to be fac-simile of favs
but the star on top of the branches is a pschedelic color changer.
my daughter says next year I must become more traditional for the sake of her child..not sure if I can

how is N.Years Eve planning out?
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby ygmir » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:30 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:I have it on good authority that Douglas Fir is the best of all.

certainly, of the Noble Firs, it has the hardest wood, stays rigid the longest and has the largest cones.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Ugly Dougly » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:36 pm

Beware! Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga spp.) is not a real fir (Abies spp.).

And this is a larch:
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Ugly Dougly » Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:55 pm

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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby ygmir » Sun Dec 30, 2012 8:14 pm

Ugly Dougly wrote:Beware! Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga spp.) is not a real fir (Abies spp.).

And this is a larch:
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Elorrum » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:15 pm

MacGlenver wrote:Make a free xmas tree by asking for a bunch of the branches that they cut off at Home Depot or wherever else is selling trees. Stick them in a tall stock pot/tomato cage/whatever, tie em together in your desired design. This year my gf forced me to shell out $30 and get a real tree tho :)

If you lose your motivation to complete the project,(in my case, a wreath) driving around with the free fresh cut branches in your car for a week or two really makes your car smell nice.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby latchseeker » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:34 pm

Wait a few minutes before turning on you car heater after starting you engine, otherwise you're just blowing cold air, and I fucking hate you.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby Rice » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:25 pm

latchseeker wrote:Wait a few minutes before turning on you car heater after starting you engine, otherwise you're just blowing cold air, and I fucking hate you.

When it is -30 it might not start blowing heat until you have been moving for a while. On average, it takes 15 minutes to start getting heat when its below -25.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby niquitatornada » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:29 pm

junglesmacks wrote:..and you know, at least we get to throw toilet paper in there. When I lived in Central America, you weren't allowed to throw TP down the toilet, ever. I could never get used to the idea though even after 6 years there though..



haha so true. I had the same issue in Chile. I theorized that it was because they used a ridiculous amount of toilet paper to make up for the fact that they always bought really poor quality toilet paper. I thought the solution was to buy good toilet paper and just use a small amount. I gave up on that theory when our toilet started to act funny... Really is just something to do with the plumbing I guess.

When I came back to the states I had to constantly remind myself to flush the toilet paper and not to toss it in the waste basket.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby latchseeker » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:42 pm

stretch80 wrote:When it is -30 it might not start blowing heat until you have been moving for a while. On average, it takes 15 minutes to start getting heat when its below -25.


Fuck that, how long does it take to get out of bed. A week in the desert must be nice. Not even gonna tell you where I live.
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Re: Pointless tips that might or might not help you out at a

Postby mdmf007 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:09 pm

gyre wrote:Of course, anyone security conscious doesn't color code at all.


Always fun to troubleshoot.



When i wire up projects I usually simply use wire off the same roll - ALL my wires will be blue, red, or black or white.... Or ig to short will be multi colored as I splice in legs.

so cut away. Simply pull the blasting caps out - if you cant figure out the wiring, the caps will simply pop like an M80 and not detonate the main.

Your mileage may vary...
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