General What projects do you have planned for Spring/Summer?

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  1. Welcherknokke69

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  2. Splinty

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    I've been reading about minimalism and working hard in my own life to follow some tenants of it, starting with decluttering the house. It IS so easy to buy into holding stuff "just in case" or because of the memory it triggers. But none of that stuff gets you closer to whatever your goal is in life.
    Give that shit away! Enjoy the joy you bring giving those items in your cluttered garage new life as well as the stress relief of not constantly moving stuff around.
    I used to think I was "cleaning" my house but all I was really doing was organizing clutter. Its just delaying the inevitable entropy of that stuff ending up all over the place again.

    My project? Empty the house out. Have WAY fewer things. Keep only the nicest things.

    I started at the kitchen. Why do I have 12 coffee mugs? Gave away 6 right away. And I only kept that many because I have people over for brunch and breakfast and drinking coffee as a group has been common enough. So keeping that number lets me host and be social...the actual goal of that stuff.

    The coat closet? I wore two of them last year. Gave the rest away.
    Books? If I don't regularly reference them, why do I keep them? Gifts gifts gifts.
    The gift I received that I never used but really felt guilty giving away because it was such a nice gift and I didn't want to shit on the memory of the person that gave it to me? Regifted...gave it new life and thought of it as a way of honoring the person that gifted it to me. Much better way to honor their intent than tossing it in the back of the closet.

    Continuing on this and doing more, but once you have less stuff, you find out how easy it is to just keep the place clean which results in more free time. Fewer things, easier to find the thing you are looking for.

    Organizing a bunch of stuff we don't even use just in case -- how did that become so common for all of us?
     
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  3. Never_Rolled

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    That’s a lot of words when the solution is a bigger house.
     
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  5. Wild

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    This sounds like a great project for us as well. We have waaaaaay too much shit. It’s past time to get rid of some of it. I’ll keep ya’ll posted on this project as the year goes on as well.
     
  6. Outlaw Shit

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    so true
    nobody needs 10 of anything...even underwear

    I have 30+ knives...most are $50+...am I a multi armed hindu god or some shit? no...total stupid hoarding behaviour
     
  7. Wild

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    This is the bar I was talking about building in the basement. Took me about 3 weeks, with work & traveling getting in the way. Bought raw cabinets & painted and mounted them. Mounted the countertop & put all the cabinet hardware on. Then did the wood accent wall.

    It’s not 100%. Still need to add two outlets above the countertop, and add the little countertop end piece, but that’s easy enough.

    Think it turned out pretty nice. Thanks to @BirdWatcher@BirdWatcher and @MMAHAWK@MMAHAWK for the posters that sets it off.

    Food is set up for GOT watch party.

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  8. Grateful Dude

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    Looks killer man! Nice work, and your new house looks awesome. Congrats brother, sounds like you bust your ass at work so you deserve the new place :D



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  9. Outlaw Shit

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    loooks great
    and you can write it off as your office/conference room

    Joeffry would be proud
     
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  10. Grateful Dude

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    I just spent like two fucking hours cleaning my super rusted cast iron grill grate for my egg grill. Took way longer than anticipated to get all the rust off.

    Couple rounds of wire brushing and sand paper to get the worst off.
    Then a couple rounds of soapy water and washing/scrubbing with steel wool
    Baked it dry in the oven and cooled.
    Oiled that fucker up and it is seasoning on the grill right now at 650

    May need a second round of oil and seasoning, but I’ll be ready to grill again this week.
     
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  11. Wild

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    I’d love to see a pic of that thing. Been thinking about a griddle for around here.
     
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    Thanks man. I’m one of those guys that hates paying people to do work, if I’m capable. I don’t always get it right, but no one’s ever accused me of being lazy. Had no experience with mounting cabinets, countertops, that wall...but YouTube is an awesome resource lol.
     
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  13. Wild

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    Here’s my yard transformation. This shit was back breaking.

    Before (when we moved here in May last year)


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    And now. Brought in 8 yards of top soil, a couple yards of compost. Leveled it out over the bare areas and seeded & strawed.

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  14. Jdog93

    Jdog93 Grrrrrrrr..

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    We all know who did the work @Wild@Wild


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    Well, this fucking rusted grill grate turned out to be a lot more work than I thought. But I finally got it. First mistake: I half assed the sanding, didn’t do nearly a good enough job to remove the rust (I may or may not have been drinking bourbon ;)). Second mistake: I fucked up and let my grill get way too hot (700) during the first “season” which burned off all of the oil and actually broke a bunch more rust loose.

    The grate looked like shit after my first attempt. The rust was worse than I thought. So I ended up hitting the whole thing with the power drill with wire brush bits. I also recently learned that vinegar kills rust. I soaked the whole grate in vinegar for an hour and then scrubbed with 3M pads and coarse steel whoop.

    Big part of the grate is still rusty here, which is how shitty it still looked after my first shitty attempt. The small piece is how it looked after the vinegar and steel wool treatment. After seeing how effective it was, I did the whole grate.

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    After the vinegar and steel wool scrub, I rinsed in some water with baking soda to neutralize any leftover acidity. Dried it in the oven at 200 for 30 min to make sure no moisture was in the pores before oiling. The I hit it with the power drill and wire brushes again real quick to clean up a few spots. Wiped it down and oiled it up with canola. I did the first round of seasoning in the oven for 1 hour at 350. Oiled a second time and seasoned on the grill at around 400 for and hour.

    Final product looks good! It is entirely sealed and non-stick. I’m about to light the grill up and break this fucker in! Was a pain in the ass, but I got’er done!


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  16. Wild

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    Nice work man. I think it turned out awesome.
     
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    well done
    looks like a quality piece of Iron
    what type of Grill you working with homie
     
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    Thanks bud! It was a lot of work, but it turned out well. Just grilled some chicken thighs with a garlic/salt/pepper rub and some Carolina style sauce. It’s grillin’ season :D
     
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    Thanks man.

    Honestly, the grill is nothing fancy. I bought an expensive version of a kamado or “egg” style grill. I already had two other grills so I wasn’t looking to spend a grand on an egg until I had tried one. It was only a few hundred bucks, but this one was the only one I saw that had a cast iron grate (including the expensive grills). I love cast iron so that was a big selling point for me. I think the one I have is called Akorn.
     
  20. Hong Kong Phooey

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    whens dinner mofo ?
     
  21. Outlaw Shit

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    Nice, Cast Iron grate sounds cool

    I roll the cheap round weber charcoal grills...I use that hardwood charcoal and start the coals with an electric plug in element

    very good for pepper onion tomato and straight meat cooking...but I do want to move to more advanced grills someday...I like simple and primitive right now for some reason
     
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  22. Grateful Dude

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    Right now!
     
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    Can’t go wrong with a Weber, especially if your using lump charcoal. I’ve used cast iron since I was a kid, it’s been hard for me to sway away from that. Cast iron takes some TLC and maintenance but it’s worth it to me. I like the way it cooks.

    I’ve never bought an expensive grill, but I really want one of those Trager pellet smokers. This may be the year...
     
  24. Outlaw Shit

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    I use cast iron pans and skillets on my grill but the grill metal is cheap weber steel
    Love my Cast Iron...that is how I cook steaks in winter when I don't wanna be outside

    those pellet deals are some high tech shit...seen amazing results
     
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  25. Hong Kong Phooey

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    im still hungry
     
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