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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flagpole on a rubber raft? on: May 29, 2006 09:01:46 AM
I am not sure this can be done in less than a week, unless you have access to the appropriate tools.  But hopefully someone you know will be willing to help.

If the raft has seats, can you find a clamp assembly (or make one) that works like this style of lamp?


I had one ages ago - the screw clamp attached to a desk or table, and the lamp was a separate assembly with a peg on the bottom that rested in a hole on the clamp.  It might fall over if you get some serious wave action going but if you make it (or find one) that is adjustable you can set it up again.  You may have to make a little shim for the pole if the fit is not perfect, or you could let the pole slide all the way through and then ultimately rest on the floor of the raft, but if you do that i would find a secure way to prevent a puncture, like resting the pole inside of a bucket or padding it very well with foam rubber and duct tape.

If the raft is the kind my parents have and is seatless, i would make a platform that you all would sit on.  I just worry about the safety of that.  Regardless, here is a description of how i would do it.

THIS IS VERY LONG. It is a text file i saved as a jpeg in order to post it here.


This is also predicated on you already owning the raft, and also that you will in fact be floating, and not white water rafting.  And of course safety issues are paramount here.  If anyone objects at all to the safety of having a large pole and platform in your craft, abandon project!

My only issue is that if you have to get rid of the thing in a hurry, you can't because you are all sitting on it.   So use your best judgement about the type of river you are on, the ages of people in your craft, your ablity as swimmers, and compliance with life jacket wearing.  (Might i stress the life jackets? Wink)

Good luck.  Please let us know how it turns out.
32  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Graphic print skirt on: May 21, 2006 04:47:25 AM
That is beautiful, and very crisp and professionally done.

Ye gods i wish i was allowed to wear skirts to work.  You guys make such gorgeous skirts and i haven't worn one since i started there over a year ago.  Grrrrr.

Trade you jobs?

Anyway, one of the best skirts i've seen on here.
33  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: covering a steam radiator on: May 16, 2006 05:04:09 PM
When i first moved in here, i made shelves to fit over all my radiators.  You can still see the radiators underneath, though, but most of them are boring but not ugly.  Some are actually very good looking.

Anyway, if it is the very narrow kind, we bought a piece of threshhold marble and had it cut to the width of the radiator at the store.  We just set it down on the radiator directly and used a line of double sided tape between the marble and the wall to keep it steady.  Its been 3 years and no movement.  A plant sits on it and doesn't get very warm at all.  The conductivity of the marble works in our favour there.

For the larger, more standard radiators which are all between 6 and 12 inches deep, we made shelves using a variety of decorative brackets.  The wood for the shelves themselves we bought stairtreads and had them cut in the store to the correct lengths.  (The radiators are a random mix of widths so we had to buy 4 stairtreads, and we had a 4" piece left over after making two levels of shelf out of a few of the remants.  Very little went to waste.)  The advantage of a stairtread is that it is a tiny bit thicker than the boards Home Despot wants you to buy for shelves, and the front edge is nicely rounded. 

We stained themourselves and installed them between 2 and 6 inches above the radiator, depending on the room they are in and how hot that particular radiator gets. 

Our purpose was looks and storage secondarily, but our main goal was increased heat efficiency, since forcing the heat away from the wall pushes it further into the center of the room.  It still rises to the ceiling, but not in the straight line that it would in the absense of a shelf.

I know you want them completely hidden, but this is quicker and cheaper than those casings you can buy.  Its only a suggestion, and maybe someone else with a similar problem can put this solution to use.
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