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PVC Plumbing Pipe, Firewood Holder

Hello.  Yes, back here at Livejournal, yet again.  I guess I'm just a creature of habit.  I like Livejournal, even if it's fallen out of fashion.

But?  It's great for entries like this one.  TODAY I made a PVC Pipe, Firewood Holder.  I got the idea from this site here -- THE CAVENDER DIARY.  If you stop by, it has quite a few interesting things under "Projects".

Now I made mine a little different.  For several reasons:

1. I'm still new at woodworking, so I just wanted to see how this one would work.  I figured if I made an outside one first, I could skip sanding, and things like the edging, and top of the shelf.  (See pic)  I plan to make the "pretty" version later.

2. Like Mr. Cavender found, they only had glavenized steel,  floor flanges.  Which are also groved for a screw in pipe.  That meant it didn't fit.  It was either too small, or too large for the PVC pipes.  And?  Most PVC pipe fittings run under 30 cents.  The glavanized parts are $5.00 and up, EACH.  

3. He made an extra strong, bottom that I didn't think I needed.  I've stored cords of firewood on just two 2 x 4s, so I only went with two layers.

4. I also cheated, and used 1/2 inch pipe.  Because?  it's so damn cheap.  The long pipes, I don't remember how long there were, but I'm guessing 8 feet long, were $2.50 each.  I bought two.  With the connectors running .25 cents each, the whole contraption ran under $7.  And I already had 2x4s.  I have no idea how that will effect strength in the long run, but I guess we'll see.

Here's my Contraption:

It's holding up pretty good, though I do see a bit of stress on the pipes, though it feels solid.

Since I didn't use the flanges, I changed the layout of the wood a bit.  The ends are two 2x4s -- the top one I cut 1 inch holes for the pipes.  The bottom piece stops them.
Here's a close-up.

The only real problem I ran into?  Was attaching nails to boards.  Since I went with holes and not flanges ... three of my nails poked through the holes cut for the pipe.  I had to bend them down the sides, which wouldn't have worked at all, if I hadn't also cut the holes too big.  For 1/2 inch, PVC pipe, the Boring Bit I should have used was a 7/8s.  The 1 incher was just a bit too big.

Anyway.  That's all for now.  I hope you're all having a great day!


Hi all.  Yup, I'm back on Livejournal.  For posting inline photos with text, this is still easier for me.

So, you have a burned out oven element.  If you're like me, you'll go online, drop in on Youtube, and watch a video like THIS.  I love YouTubes for this kind of thing, but in this case, after finishing the repair, Jatina and I can show you a MUCH EASIER WAY.

Overall, it's pretty easy, except for the @#$ connector wires.  Make sure you unplug the oven first.  Do it NOW.  Double check.  Okay.

Now, like in the video, you remove the racks.  We also put a small ice chest under the door, so if you lean on the door, it's supported and the brackets won't be damaged.  Because you will lean on it.  It's kinda impossible not to do that.  Okay ...

Unscrew the two screws holding the back plate of the old element to the stove back wall.

In the video, you are supposed to pull the old element partway out, so you can access the connector wires that poke through this tiny little, sharp edged hole in the back of the inside of your oven.  Then unplug them, without losing the wires into that tiny little hole.

This is freaking impossible.  The wires are very tight, and the minute they're unplugged, they leave.  We tried to get them back with needle nosed pliers, but had no luck at all.  So we had to remove the back plate.  Which looks like this below.  We then found the wires, pushed them back through.  And like in the video, climbed into the oven to reconnect (cut heck out of my fingers) and then reattached the element.

BUT THERE IS AN EASIER WAY.  Once you unscrew that back plate of the element, just pull the @$# stove out and take off the cover plate on the back of the oven BEFORE TRYING TO UNHOOK THE CONNECTORS.

  Removing the back oven cover is EASY.  Lookie -- if your stove is like ours, it'll look like THIS.

It's held on by two screws.  One on the side, directly across from a clip.  And one on the bottom.

First Screw.  Note little slide connector directly across from it.

  Second screw.  Now just wiggle and remove.

Once it's removed, you can easily see the back of the old element where it pokes through and connects to the connecter wires.  Now it's really easy to work with.

You can unplug.  Go back around, pull out the old element.  Pop in the new one.  Then go back round, and pop the wired connectors back on.  Plus, if you do what I did, and connected one upside down, it's pretty freaking easy after you turn it on and find it isn't working, to go back and fix that.

Then, just put the back cover back on... and you're done.  Presto Chango.

Teresa Challender

I may be leaving Livejournal for Tumblr.

Well, when I say "may", I have already begun the process.

Tumblr has a lot going for it.  And it's a lovely venue for graphic heavy posts.  And here on LJ, I only have a few friends left who post.  Which is very sad, really, because I remember when Livejorunal was the Place To Be for anyone creative.  Man, how things change in just a decade.

I'm not going to close the LJ, since it has such a long history of posts, art, etc, and I don't want to lose that.  But I want to give anyone who might see this the "head's up".

I am now posting HERE.

It's Tuesday -- so SUPERNATURAL FAN ART!

Yep, it's Tuesday.  Time to post my SUPERNATURAL Fanart. 

This is a couple of "Lesser Characters" in the show, who really need their own spin-off: Sheriff's Jody and Donna.

I hope you enjoy it, as I'm already pondering a couple of Fan Cartoons of Crowley, Dean, Sam and Castiel.  Though, my other projects will still be worked on.  Just enjoying doing the fanart.  Plus?  Really great reception on Twitter.  Whee!

SHERIFF'S JODY AND DONNA on Deviant Art.  And also on TUMBLR.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!  Can't wait to see the next ep of SUPERNATURAL.  Even though I have to wait til tomorrow.  ((no cable))  :/
It's done. But I made this one specifically for the SUPERNATURAL fandom on Twitter.  The actresses who are featured in it Tweet the show Tuesday Night, and Briana Buckmaster has a live chat.  So I want to post it then.

I did have a Nancy Girl ready, but I spent days on this, and I'm extremely pleased, so I want it to be my main art this week.

You can see the WIPs in my Scrapbook file on Deviant Art.

Hope you're all having a fantastic week!  Me, I'm WIPED.  This took hours and hours and hours.  Which is a long story, all by itself.  But the main point is, it GOT DONE. Yes!  Now, I'm going to watch TV for a while, then find my bud John Martin and play GUILD WARS 2.  Whoot!

Okay, night all!
They've been pushed to the side for my color pieces.

Along with UNITY and The Adventures of Nancy Girl, they're chewing up my week.  Each piece of colored art is taking me close to 30 hours!  Argh!  Though I suspect I'll get much faster, as the process becomes more intuitive.

I mention all this, because I fully realize that I haven't been quite reliable with my projects the last 10 years, and wanted to make sure ya knew I was still creating, just not writing right now.

And, with that, I should get back to it.

I had myself a real block where color art was concerned.  And I think I'm finally getting past it.  Because I'm really really really really happy with this last piece of fanart I've done.

I hope you all enjoy it.  You can see it on DEVIANT ART or my TUMBLR page.

Hope you're all having a wonderful day!


NEW ART -- Yeah, didn't wait til tomorrow.

I figured, it's all done.  Why wait 8 hours?

So here ya go, UNITY pages three and four, of my six page, short story.
You can also see them on my Tumblr page, and my Deviant Art page.

I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend.  Mine's doing pretty good.  :)

New Art! (With another one tomorrow!)

Yay!  I colored it!  And I likes it!  So here!  You can see it too!
Deviant Art -- Archangel Michael.
Tumblr -- Same!

Hope you're all having a fantastic night.

Tomorrow --  2 more pages of UNITY!!


Kinda New Art.

This is just what's lurking on my SAI Art Tool today.  I've done several color drawings this week, as well as finishing up my two UNITY pages that'll be up on Sunday... but often my coloring goes astray.  And so you'll never get to see them....

But I have High Hopes for this one.  And he's an Angel.  So much fun.  :)  Wish me luck...