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Old 01-04-2006, 05:20 PM   #21
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I like making beaded jewelery, and have donated it to charitable auctions, and thought about trying to sell some in local gift shops, but never got a round tuit. Beads can get expensive, but buying yard sale junk and taking it apart is cheap and fun.

Lots of other hobbies, but none of them income-producing.

We grow lots of veggies in the summer but just give away the surplus.
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Old 01-04-2006, 06:19 PM   #22
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In retirement my wife would like to breed her choice of dog. I was really into breeding(not breading oops ) pet snakes when younger and its a very involved hobby. I would like to start back up once retired.
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I'm not gonna touch that one with a ten foot pole
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Old 01-04-2006, 07:08 PM   #24
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I was really into breading pet snakes when younger and its a very involved hobby. I would like to start back up once retired.
So what kind of breading did you use? Sounds yummy!

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I think the next question is: red or a white wine?
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Home improvement. We've saved thousands by doing the work ourselves, and now the solar array is paying a dividend.

Handyman. Neighbors are happy to pay me $25/hour to make their repairs. Why, last year alone I pulled in over $50, and our kid learned a lot about spackling & cleaning out plumbing drains. She can't believe that she's getting paid $10/hour to learn it...

Investing. It's certainly been educational, and it's been breathtakingly volatile, but in the last four years it's made money. Of course I could have made about the same amount of money investing in the right index, but I wouldn't have answered all these pesky testosterone-poisoned "what if?" questions.

Yardwork. We've been growing our own fruits & vegetables and generating our own compost.

One of these days I will eBay the pile of crap valuable collectibles on my desk, and this time I really mean it!
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What about simply running your own website with quality content and selling advertising? If you can generate enough hits, the ad prices go up.
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Nords,

I am also doing some renovations on my lower level this winter. I need to do some spackling. Got any tips?
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I am also doing some renovations on my lower level this winter.
Find a good urologist.

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I am also doing some renovations on my lower level this winter. I need to do some spackling. Got any tips?
OK, now that the comic relief has cleared the stage...

If you're filling little holes (1" diameter or less) then I like the Red Devil or the DAP spackle.* Sometimes it can just be pushed in with your fingers and smoothed over.

We don't usually use the wall-repair kits.* Bigger holes benefit from a backer board and maybe a small piece of drywall.* It's easier to use joint compound to fill in the leftovers.* It's also easier to spring for a 6" or 10" taping knife to smooth the whole area. Here's one example.

Taping drywall joints is a whole 'nother topic...
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I am also doing some renovations on my lower level this winter. I need to do some spackling. Got any tips?
It's really hard to screw up spackling. No matter what you use, let it dry/set before you paint it. If you don't like the results, sand it down and do it again. If it's a deep/large patch, the patch material might shrink when it drys -- so add a second application.

Joint tape can take some practice to get it right. Don't get in a hurry to get the job done and if you don't like the results, take it down and do it over. Spackle material is cheap. Labor is costly.
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Apply the first layer so it protrudes slightly from the wall - it'll shrink or you can sand it - don't worry about getting it perfect.

Apply second layer - get it perfect, let it dry at least 24 hrs, and it and if it looks good, paint it.
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I just buy the spackle in large boxes...about a foot square, add your own water. To hell with joint tape and backer boards. I just jam a huge handful into the hole, come back the next day and do it again. Repeat until it just needs a little touch up, texturing and paint. I probably have a few walls that are 75% solid spackle.

My wifes favorite line when i'm doing this: "So THATS how the pro's do it..."
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I just buy the spackle in large boxes...about a foot square, add your own water.* To hell with joint tape and backer boards.* I just jam a huge handful into the hole, come back the next day and do it again.* Repeat until it just needs a little touch up, texturing and paint.* I probably have a few walls that are 75% solid spackle.

My wifes favorite line when i'm doing this: "So THATS how the pro's do it..."
Back when I used to rent out my house the renters would "fix" small holes in the walls with either stick deoderant or toothpaste. It covers the hole but paint won't stick to it very well. Vinyl spackle is my favorite on nail holes. The bigger stuff (door knob holes in walls---boys with anger management problems ) requires screen or backer board to keep the stuff from just falling into the wall cavity. I would hate to even thing about the hundreds of holes I have patched up to this point in my life. (Used to paint houses in school).
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The bigger stuff (door knob holes in walls---boys with anger management problems ) requires screen or backer board to keep the stuff from just falling into the wall cavity.
Clearly you werent using a big enough handful, or you didnt jam it in there fast enough. You use a glob the size of a couple of softballs and slam it in there, it sticks between the two pieces of drywall.

Dont try this at home, even with adult supervision...
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ooooy ooooy you're all giving me a headache, my dh was/is a sheetrocker/taper, I can't even mention the word Spackle around him because of all the spackle jobs he's had to go in an fix.
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I like making beaded jewelery, and have donated it to charitable auctions, and thought about trying to sell some in local gift shops, but never got a round tuit.
Exactly what DW loves doing. I think it will be her "second" career.

For me diving instructor in my college days, windsurfing instruction in my 30's and kitesurfing instruction now. Guess I got sort of theme going here
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Dave,
That reminded me of one of my FIRE dreams - I'd like to get my scuba dive master certificatation.

I guess I could make some money with that hobby, but probably not enough to pay for the equipment. I don't really like the responsibilityand liability issues of being a guide, either. But living in a tropical climate for a few months might convince me.
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For me diving instructor in my college days, windsurfing instruction in my 30's and kitesurfing instruction now.
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I was wondering how hard is the learn kitesurfing, let's say for an average Merkin?

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