One Weird Trick

A cow-orker taught me this awesome trick:

Instead of putting all cables and stuff into a box and letting them get all tangled, put them into transparent plastic bags.

See?

And it’s not like I have OCD, so it’s not a sign of mental problems or anything.  It saves time in the long run!  It actually does!

And the other tip for today is: You can never have too many cables.  But you only need one (or two) of each kind.  Edit your collection!

Home Renovations

The balcony floor has been flaking ever since I bought this apartment. This week, Oslo has finally seen some slightly summerish weather, so I decided to do something about it.

The normal thing (for me) to do would be to call somebody competent, but I thought that surely this was something to do myself.  And I kinda wanted to take a day off work to futz around in the sun.  Ideal!

So I started scraping.  And scraped and scraped.  There’s like four layers of things to scrape at on the balcony.  This was what I ended up with:

It ended up more, er, pitted than I had anticipated.  I considered calling somebody professional, but instead I just painted it with epoxy paint.  I though it was going to be thick and gloopy, so it would kind of fill in the cracks.

It didn’t.

So I had to get some filler and more paint.  At this point, the paint shop had run out of the epoxy paint in “Sky gray” (yes), so I bought some “Warm gray” paint.  The epoxy paint only comes in five different pre-set colours.

But:

“Warm gray” is a code word for “beige”!  I hate beige!  (Ok, it doesn’t look that beige in that picture, but it is in real life.)

Back to a different paint shop to buy some more “Sky grey”, and put down another “first coat”.  This being the third coat.

Then I noticed that the paint is really slippery.  The old paint was more textured, so I went back to Ye Oldee Paintee Shoppee and got “Anti-Slip Pearls”.  Which looks like plastic sand or something.

On with the second coat of “Sky grey”.  The “pearls” seem to do the trick with the slipperyness, but another coat of paint is required.

So that’s five coats in total, and there has to be more than 12 hours between each coat.  It’s taken me more than five days!  The rose bushes I had to take in from the balcony  have all bloomed in pure confusions!  They’re probably gonna die from shock when I put them back out again, I think.

The balcony looks OK now, though.  But the groundwork is probably not good enough, and it’ll start flaking again.

I’ve learned lot.  Like: Call somebody who knows what they’re doing.

Done!

Dry

Since the beginning of time, man has yearned to dry his clothes.

This yearning made the last owners of this apartment put up a standard Ikea clothes cabinet in the bathroom with a heater in a cage at the bottom.

Which is ok.

But.

Look at these … thingies I’m supposed to hang the clothes to dry on:

They are short and pointy.  They’re too short to hang a t-shirt over.

If I hang a t-shirt that way, the pointy end makes a really noticeable and semi-permanent bulge in the t-shirt.  So I have to fold them, which makes a crease in the drying shirt.

I just canna be done!

(And if you’re about to suggest that I should use a dryer to dry t-shirts that have prints on them, there’s only one possibly answer: Sirrah, I’m not an animal!)

So I’ve been trying to come up with a way to alter this thing into something usable.

Ideally, I would have liked to have wider, non-metal … sticks … sticking out of the cupboard.  But I couldn’t really see a way to do that that would be nice.  Fastening … sticks … to the back of the cupboard would be doable, but making them stick out in a predictable fashion seems quite difficult, if I want to use the entire depth of the cupboard.  And I have to, otherwise they won’t be long enough to hang stuff.

So I came up the the brilliant idea of just buying a bunch of broomsticks and mounting them the other way.

Saw saw saw:

Drill baby drill.  I ran out of the fastener things, though, so I couldn’t get all the broomstick handle thingies up.  There’s a chain store here that sells just the right kind, and I emptied out the stock from three different branches.  I mean.  Don’t they get people making drying cabinets from broomstick handles every day?  Some chains are just so inconsiderate.

Look!  Clothes!  Drying!

It works!

I mean…