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bio website tony.thedayjob.net/theblog
location Austin, TX
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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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accepted What is a good wood to use to build a base for a heavy antique table top?
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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?
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comment What is a good wood to use to build a base for a heavy antique table top?
Wow, thanks. So what is a good wood for a heavy slab that's going to be painted (using whatever paint appropriate for painting wood a solid color, not stained).
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comment What is a good wood to use to build a base for a heavy antique table top?
Are you suggesting we restore it? I'm not sure if my question is clear we want to replace, not rebuild the base table. She seems to think the table is not the original, just an old table the antique dealer set it on. Will check for markers, but any advice on where and what to look for would be great.
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comment Toilet does full-blast, one-second refill every hour or so
I lowered the level, still got it, but seemed less frequent. I replaced the flapper--as mentioned before I was already thinking about it-- still happened. Lowered the level another notch, haven't noticed it since. Thanks!