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Old 09-29-2020, 05:31 AM
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You know, a lot of this is very useful husband-management advice! We've only been married less than a decade, so I'm still learning these skills...

Good luck with the project Tropit - sounds like the most difficult bit will be keeping hold of the tools for long enough to finish the shelving!!!

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Old 09-29-2020, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by tropit View Post
Thanks for the encouragement. Congrats on your finished project, Suz.

I do know my way around a construction site and mainly how to use most tools. We've built 4 houses of our own, so I've absorbed a lot.

Yes, my DH does have lots and lots of tools, but I am not allowed to use any of them. Plus, they're always on some job site. It's also a male ego thing. He doesn't want his wife outdoing him when it comes to construction. (Like I'm really going to go and build an entire house...crazy! Why would I do that when I have him to build it for me?) He also steals any tools that I go out and buy. I don't know how many orbital sanders I've bought over the years. Now, I buy them in multiples and hide them t/o the property. I'm down to only 2 now...he's found a few of them.

None of this should be taken too seriously. It's a silly game that we have played since we first met in 1973. However, he has suddenly discovered gardening, (one of my dearest passions,) and is now stealing my tools, sprinklers and re-routed all of the water to his new veggie patch. This might lead to, "war!" All I can say, is that he'd better leave my sewing machine alone, or there might be blood! (Just kidding, of course.)

I'll keep y'all posted on those shelves.
I love this!! A strong fun marriage!
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:20 AM
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I will cheer you on with your project!

I don't fish and my DH doesn't sew...perfect marriage!
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:15 AM
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If you want to tackle shelves then do so. I prefer to buy cupboards with doors myself so the fabric edges don’t fade from sunlight.
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
If you want to tackle shelves then do so. I prefer to buy cupboards with doors myself so the fabric edges donít fade from sunlight.
That's a great idea. I would do that, but I am working with an odd, triangular space that was created by a dormer window. I think this idea would work great for an entertainment center though. (Next project?)
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Old 09-29-2020, 10:42 AM
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I found a site that has lots of corner shelf designs & how to make them. I really like this idea as it requires minimal effort when it comes to actually "building" them. You could probably get some place like Home Depot or Lowes to actually cut the wood for you in the lengths you need & then all you need is the hardware (brackets) and some screws & stain or paint to finish them.


Here's the site that has other ideas. Just scroll down until you see the words "view plan" and it will take you to the instructions. The one above is #4 (Stacked Corner Shelves). Hope this helps you.

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Old 09-29-2020, 11:15 AM
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For 18 miserable years I put up with %%%%%. I didn't want to jump in and do it, but in retrospect I should have. I wanted him to fix it as I knew he did not feel adequate etc etc.
One fine morning he announced that he was leaving me and going to find a 55 year old woman who "COULD TAKE BETTER CARE OF HIM THAN I COULD"!!!!!!!! And he took his work uniforms and left. That was October 22, 1986.....the day I quit crying.
Our refrigerator had leaked water on the floor for years, the oven did not work at all and lightning had struck the dryer. None of that was fixed and he refused to hire anyone to fix it. He wanted me to constantly mop it up.
So on that fateful day, I danced into the kitchen and got on my hands and knees and looked under the frig and determined that the drip tray was out of place. I pushed it back in place and it was fixed.
%%%%% came back after eleven days. What did he have?
I already had an STD because he had been with her for some time I guess.
This time he had dirty laundry. He wanted me to wash and dry it.
I refused and sent him out the door. I refused, but in reality I could not wash and dry it, the dryer was still broken and the washer had been struck by lightning since he had left. The neighbors house burned from their lightning strike, but I just lost the washer.
Long story short. I took the bull by the tonsils and made my own way. I left him in my dust. I became quite successful and am retired now.
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Old 09-29-2020, 12:23 PM
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Tropit, you guys are hilarious...I'm seeing it as an opportunity for you to do some solid skills-building, and what's wrong with that? I feel sure there must be some videos to watch if a technique is not something you are familiar with...YouTube has something for *everyone*. Wishing you the best of luck, and hoping you don't get busted for having sawdust on your clothes!
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Old 09-29-2020, 06:34 PM
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My husband is a great mechanic and a not so great carpenter. I wanted a lot of shelves in my sewing room so we got those strips you put on the wall the put brackets in them. You buy premade shelving. All you have to do is screw the strips to the wall well. Mine are loaded and have been up for 20 years now with no problems.
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Old 09-30-2020, 05:04 AM
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I know how to use most of my hubby's tools and feel comfortable doing so. However, I have learned over the years, that if I want something done in a timely fashion, I just go get his tools and "start" my project. He's very quick to get out of his recliner then!
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