davidd's A DOLL A DAY 2023
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(02-05-2023, 04:32 PM)Alliecat Wrote: Do you take shells to the beach for the pictures or do you always find them on the scene?

The seashells are all found on-scene, usually within arm's reach of wherever I set up for the photo. Of course, I usually set up for the photo where there are shells, but so far there have always been shells on the beach, sometimes more and sometimes fewer. The shells are usually heavily worn and damaged, but they are colorful and the shapes are often interesting.



5 February - A Doll A Day 2023


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"Unlike many of our projects where, in authentic DIY TV fashion, we 'hype up' the level of difficulty or danger, this project offers a very real possibility of serious injury or death. On the bright side, it's a relatively simple project, and offers very little chance of minor injury. But major injury... or death? Yeah, that could happen.

Because, y'see, before you remove this cover to pull out the old circuit breaker switches -- that's what we're doing today, replacing a couple of faulty circuit breaker switches -- particularly if they are old and damaged, it's a good idea to turn off the MAIN POWER BREAKER servicing the breaker box. In fact, there's even a label on the box, there, that says TURN OFF POWER SUPPLYING THIS EQUIPMENT BEFORE WORKING INSIDE. They have to say that -- liability concerns and stuff."


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"Problem is, some old houses, like this one, DO NOT HAVE a main power breaker switch to turn off. Turning off the power to the breaker box requires either asking the power company for a temporary disconnect, or calling an electrician to physically disconnect the power feed. Either approach is time-consuming and ex-pensive.

Like... ex-pensive.

So rather than shell out hundreds of bucks by calling 'a professional' for a ten minute job replacing a twenty dollar part, we're gonna go with the Potential Major Injury or Death option.

If you're seeing this post, things probably worked out all right.

If you're not seeing this post, you probably won't be seeing any further posts from us."


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"Do you see that strip of metal, there, that looks all rusty and burned and stuff? Yeah, well, it's not supposed to look all rusty and burned and stuff. That's called the 'bus,' and it's what you call 'hot,' which means it has a lot, and I mean a LOT, of electricity poised to LEAP OUT in what's called an 'arc' and cause a whole lotta havoc... unless you're careful.

It's hard to be careful when the breaker box main bus is falling to pieces. This box needs to be replaced. That's a job that's probably better left to a professional. A real, electrical-specialist type professional. You know, the ones called electricians?

For now we're gonna snap in a new breaker switch -- the back of the old breaker switch looks as bad as this bus -- and hope it works for now. This circuit doesn't actually get used much, so we'll probably turn it off and hope it'll stop making that hissing sizzling sound."
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#77
Wow. No main?? Didn’t know they made them that way. I see you are on here so unless the dolls are into your account, I take it you survived!  LOL  I’ve changed a breaker but I have a main switch. Good thing because an electrical fault could burn your house down here before you got an electrician to respond to a message.
I do hope things are not still sizzling. You don’t want to mess around with electricity.
Good episode of Smarts And Crafts  smile

P.S. For some reason the crooked letters “HE” and the squiggle in the first picture make me think that is a switch labelled “help”. LOL
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(02-06-2023, 02:20 PM)Alliecat Wrote: Wow. No main?? Didn’t know they made them that way.

P.S. For some reason the crooked letters “HE” and the squiggle in the first picture make me think that is a switch labelled “help”.  

Oh My  You know, maybe that is a cry for help! I assumed it said "Heat," but the last two letters are garbled.

I felt like an idjit when I couldn't find a main shut-off. Online research eventually revealed that mains shut-off switches are for sissies are often not installed in older homes.

One more component to potentially fail, maybe? Or back in the day, they... well, they figured if you were going to mess with it, you knew what you were doing, and if you didn't know what you were doing you wouldn't mess with it.



6 February - A Doll A Day 2023:



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Surfing In to Ankylosaur Week 2023


Ankylosaur Surfing never really caught on. Veteran surfers likened the ex-perience to trying to ride a waterlogged longboard with a misaligned skeg.
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LOL  That's really cute.  Love the perspective. 
...yeah, you might want a rather lighter dinosaur... 

(02-07-2023, 06:34 AM)davidd Wrote: Or back in the day, they... well, they figured if you were going to mess with it, you knew what you were doing, and if you didn't know what you were doing you wouldn't mess with it.
Well, everything was built simpler "back then"... and maybe people were a little more capable...?
There's an interesting comment I've seen more than once about how "back in the day" your car's owner's manual showed you how to change your own oil or replace small parts, whereas now it just warns you not to drink the battery fluid  xp

I wish we all had a "HELP" switch on the Breaker Panel Of Life.
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(02-07-2023, 08:56 AM)Alliecat Wrote: There's an interesting comment I've seen more than once about how "back in the day" your car's owner's manual showed you how to change your own oil or replace small parts, whereas now it just warns you not to drink the battery fluid  

That's an accurate summary of the owner's manual for my 2015 car:

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For everything else, the suggestions are to "take your vehicle to the dealer."

YouTube has taken the place of the operator's manual for most basic tasks, like changing light bulbs or diagnosing small problems




7 February - A Doll A Day 2023:



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In the eras before steam power, the mighty Ankylosaur often provided valuable motive power for major construction endeavors.

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Ankylosaur Week 2023

7 February - A Doll A Day 2023
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Haha.
So is there a “stegosaurus week”, or a “triceratops week”, or a “pteranodon week”?
Justice for these underrepresented groups!!  LOL

I am a big fan of the School Of YouTube.
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