Hardware

Of all of the things I worried about prior to moving into this apartment – the window air conditioners, the absence of a washer & dryers – the thing that should have kept me awake at night is PLASTER WALLS.  I had no idea what I was up against.  $40 worth of hollow wall anchors later, I still can’t get the over-the-mantle-mirror to stay on the wall.

This apartment is UNDECORATABLE.

Budget Marti vs. Amazon

Three days after I ordered our TV, Amazon dropped the price by $20.  Normal Marti would have thought “eh” but Budget Marti thought “Maybe they do price adjustments!”  I used their “Call Me” service (which is genius) and the conversation went like this:

M: Do you offer price adjustments?

A: No, I’m sorry, the price you paid was the price Amazon offered at that time.  There is really no way for us to credit or refund the difference because the purchase has already been processed and you have received the item.  Amazon cannot adjust closed orders.

M: Yeah, but maybe?

A: OK.

Twenty bucks for two minutes work.  I’ll take it.

oh man oh man oh man

Oh man oh man oh man: I bought this today!  The low price and the free shipping and the “Only 1 left in stock – order soon” was too much for me to resist!  Plus, it was 4:30 and I was really bored at work.

We used this sander in my woodworking class and I have wanted it ever since.  Two years is a long time to want something!  I don’t know why I didn’t buy it earlier.

I have a Black & Decker Mouse that I will continue to use for detail sanding, but its surface area isn’t great enough for larger jobs, it requires special-made (and expensive) sanding sheets and it vibrates big instead of fast, which leads to visible marks on the sanded surface and totally numb hands after five minutes of use.  Oh, and now I see that it’s been discontinued, which means I better stock up on those special-made (and expensive) sanding sheets.

I will put the Porter-Cable 330 Speed-Bloc to work on my new dresser. It’s not in great shape – I will need to:

#1: Fill in the crack in the top drawer front with wood filler.

#2. Sand everything, especially the top.

#3. Attach a simple guide thing to the bottom drawer so that it stays on the runner.

#4: Paint and stain!

I think the curves and squatness of this dresser will add something new and much-needed to our next apartment.  It’s been getting pretty boxy & leggy.  I can count 24 brown legs in this photo alone!