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I work at a help desk. I have a BA in English and a BS in Radio-TV-Film, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

I started dabbling in web design (HTML) in 1998, semantic web design (XHTML, CSS) since 2006, and server-side web design/applications(PHP, MySQL) since 2008.

I have managed the LAN and wireless network for my student co-op for a little over a year now, and still find the whole thing nerve-wracking.

I have no accredited training in any of the above, but I am very good at asking annoying questions to people who know way more than me.


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comment How can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?
I doubt it. For one, they have a bit of a conic taper, so that keeps them right side up. Plus flipping them over would mean the l-bend was pointless and not meant to secure the mattress. They could be on the wrong side and turned 180°, but we tried both and they clearly fit better how we have them. We ended up having a welder replace the angle irons and repainted, which i suspect had been done before ( though long enough ago that rust proof paint was an option.) I did find a blog of a guy who collects and restores the end pieces, if you're interested
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comment How can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?
Apparently "fabrication" is another good keyword, though not one I would have thought of when looking to hire someone.
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comment How can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?
This was also my mom-in-common-law's idea. I like the boards-to-floor touch, that might help. But the curves are curvy, like a mattress corner. If it had modern mattress lengths in mind, what would be the value of the mattress sitting on top of a curve? Nice pic for sure.
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comment How can I update this very stubborn antique bed frame so the mattress fits properly?
Just to be clear, you're suggesting I get a totally new (and longer, of course) set of rails? That is one idea that I hadn't considered (probably because of the forking you mentioned). But one reason I'm resistent is that retrofitting the boards would allow for doing a full-to-queen kit, while some awesome new-but-no-one-needs-to-know-that iron rails will condem the boards and my legs to full for the indefinite future. Will look for some blacksmiths for sure.
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comment What projects should never be DIY?
The roof example to me is an example of a diy job you should do more homework/planning on. It wasn't an inevitable part of the job that every pro expects, it was an unfortunate obstacle that any good pro would have anticipated--ie maybe don't start replacing a roof just before monsoon season, or, even a more common diy error that i make every damn time, don't assume an "easy" project will get done without a hitch and thus base your time-to-complete on how long it "should" take.
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comment What is a good wood to use to build a base for a heavy antique table top?
@ri swamp yankee - Based on feedback thus far, is there someone in the phonebook qualified to both appraise the table and quote an estimate for restoration? ... That makes housecalls?