Sometimes I need time off the computer stuff and deal with tangibles. Playing around with house-related things serves very well here, and most of the time iff I get started on a project, it ends up between fine and perfect.
This is a quick one about what's been done in the last few months. First item was fixing up the ugly floor board joints at some interior doors: originally I had put in some aluminium profiles, but screwed on and not very nicely done (as I had stupidly not centered the gap within the door frames which lead to all kinds of fun).
I decided to go for wooden strips and silicone to glue them down. Again, impatience made me end up with two different widths (the floor boards at the bedroom door have a narrower gap).
SPARCs are good for ballasting (but not a lot more, especially the SS5-170s). The other doors needed wider strips and some fiddly sawing to make them fit.
The doors with height-difference (tiles beyond) got new triangular wooden strips fitted. A bit darker after lacquering than I had hoped but still a lot better than the ugly metal profiles. The book shelf in the living room got a round corner shelf for plants, and the kitchen got a dish washer - smallish but nice.
The mess of cutting the dishwasher support boards to shape with a jigsaw led me to buy a cheap circular saw ($48), and I used it very successfully for the next project: my stereo gear in the living room was on a somewhat cramped (mis-bought) IKEA Lack table, and rectangular tables suck because I sit at a 45° angle to the remote-controllable components. So I decided last weekend, when the weather was too crap for flying, to build me a Magic Rack. Hexagonal, because I can^W^Wthat fits best.
About $50 in parts (the MDF was most costly), and lots of fun to make.
I'm no audiophile but having been stung by noise problems before, this time there had to be separate holes for power and data cables.
It got late, as usual, botched the lacquering a bit but it works and fits my preferences for Form Follows Function, don't you think?