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[#] Fri Aug 15 2008 15:43:44 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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how do you do i
see you've met my
faithful Home Handyman)

how'd we get so far off topic, anyway?

[#] Fri Aug 15 2008 15:44:55 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I blame Roy Orbison.

[#] Fri Aug 15 2008 16:00:27 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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If we wait long enough roy orbison will turn into oil.

[#] Sun Aug 17 2008 22:33:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Today I cleaned out the gutters over my garage.

There were some earthworms living there.

How the hell does an earthworm get from the ground into a gutter ten feet up in the air?

[#] Sun Aug 17 2008 23:51:22 EDT from Rudolph @ Uncensored

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An African earthworm, or a European earthworm?

[#] Mon Aug 18 2008 08:38:00 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I have trees growing in my gutters.
I would clean them out but I found out this weekend there's also a bees nest living in one of the piles of leaves that has collected.

[#] Mon Aug 18 2008 09:32:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Send up some poison anywhere on your roof then?

[#] Mon Aug 18 2008 11:09:17 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Hunh? I sprayed the area with one of those bug killers. It must be like spray glue. I hit those fuckers a tiny little bit and they just fall out of the sky and go plop.

[#] Mon Aug 18 2008 14:02:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It isn't glue, it's an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor -- a nerve agent. The concentration of it isn't harmful to humans (unless perhaps you inhaled a whole lot of it) but lethal to bees and wasps. It instantly knocks out their ability to fly, and shortly afterwards they're deadz0r.

Now, if you don't like the idea of giving a wasp a nerve agent death (every muscle in the body contracting simultaneously), you *could* use something sticky (epoxy, hairspray, etc.) but you won't get that "instant knockdown" effect.

Or you could just burn the house down and start over. :)

To clarify my "anywhere on the roof" comment -- if you dump a bunch of poison anywhere on the roof, it'll run down into the gutter, which is where the nest is, right?

[#] Mon Aug 18 2008 17:56:41 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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ahhh I see. good idea. raid is great because it shoots so far away, but the nest in the leaves I can't actually see. so its probably buried...

[#] Mon Sep 01 2008 19:30:09 EDT from Magus @ Uncensored

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Feh. If you ever hear somebody stating that they plan to just paint around the cover plates on electrical outlets, or see them do so, please deck them for me.

I'm in the process of repainting my bedroom, because the prior occupant did a terrible job and the ugliness of the visible brush strokes, drips, painted-over mounting tape, and ripped-out nails was really getting to me. This process has been made much more difficult than it needs to be because of the aforementioned shortcuts taken by said prior occupant. Not to even mention the mess she made of all the molding, which I suppose I'm going to have to suck it up and repaint, too.

If you're going to do a job, fucking do it right.

[#] Mon Sep 01 2008 23:16:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Even worse is when they paint *over* the outlets.  If you're lucky, you might be able to get a plug into them afterwards.  If you're not so lucky ... now you've got painting *and* electrical work to do.

I agree, there's just no excuse for that kind of corner cutting.  It takes all of five seconds to unscrew a plate and set it aside before painting, and the result looks a million percent better.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 05:02:31 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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Yeah, I've been replacing the outlets and light-switch plates at my house one-by one over the past 4 years. By now, pretty much all of the hideous ones have been replaced. Now I want to replace all the outlets that are accessible with the safety kind that you have to actually put two pieces of metal into to activate.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 11:20:52 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I agree, there's just no excuse for that kind of corner cutting. It takes

all of five seconds to unscrew a plate and set it aside before painting,
the result looks a million percent better.

Some people don't own screwdrivers. I'm pretty sure the previous owner of my house did not own a screwdriver considering every outlet was painted over and most things were held up by tape.
I wonder how he got the paint can open.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 12:31:50 EDT from Magus @ Uncensored

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I'm actually contemplating painting the plate (off the wall), since the alternatives seem to be buying new plates or putting these back on complete with the ugly bits of paint on the edges. Worst that happens is it looks bad and I need to buy a new one.

Oh, and they also painted across the edges of the thermostat rather than remove it (3 screws...real tricky...)

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 13:03:29 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Not sure what your budget is, but a new plate goes a long way towards improving the appearance. Unless the wiring is old and brittle you might also consider replacing the outlets and switches, if they've been painted over as well.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 16:01:20 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I did that in this house and my previous. And I used quality switch plates (not the plastic junk).... Nice, decorative, solid brass ones.

It really made quite a difference in the look of the room. Very "finished".

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 16:08:18 EDT from Magus @ Uncensored

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They managed to miss the outlets and switches, fortunately. I say fortunately because I'm not convinced it was in any way by design of the person wielding the roller.

I need to think about whether I want to spend more on replacing things. I'm sure they'd look good; I'm just not sure it's worth it.

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 17:23:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You don't own this house, do you?

[#] Tue Sep 02 2008 17:31:31 EDT from Magus @ Uncensored

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Not at all.

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