Category: "Outdoor"

08/11/07

  02:39:23 pm, by The Dreamer   , 403 words  
Categories: Stuff, Appliances, Outdoor, Furnishings

I swam home from the UPS store....

....at least it felt like I was. Last weekend, I didn't make it down to the UPS store to see what loot would be waiting for me....and I decided I couldn't put it off another weekend.

There were 4 boxes waiting for me, I had to open 3 of them in the store and make the contents fit into my duffel bag. The 4th was too large either way, but light enough that I carried it under arm....though it cut of the circulation, so my arm was asleep before I made it home...and it was hard to swing it to the otherside, because of the stuff on my belt on that side :(

There were some simple things like a massager I had picked up to pad an order, a digital thermometer/hydrometer which I had been thinking of getting one for the office to see how humid it gets sometimes, a nosquito to see if it would help manage my indoor flying insect problem, as well as some spider traps. The big item is a seat cushion that I bought with the intent of using it on my deck box outside.

It is dark green, but it has that annoying white label on the side that says 'new content only' or annoying stuff like that. I tugged at it to see if it would come off easily....it did, but it wasn't supposed to.

The seam opened up way to easily to let it loose. Now I had a hole in the side of a stuffed bench cushion >:XX

Probably can't return it as defective and too much hassle anyways....

So, I went looking for my sewing kit and sewed it up. A pretty good job, though perhaps I should have some additional color choices for thread in my box....only had black and white thread. I used black for this sewing job.

I can see myself crawling into work late now and then, more often so I can get stuff delivered to my home. At least my job is flexible enough (or is it because I never stop working.... :lalala: )

Next on my list...the new Core 2 Mac Minis and a pile of books. Strange that even if I did work for the library (and not just in the library)...I'd probably still have to be buying tons of books, because the library doesn't carry these kinds of books. Oh well....

07/30/07

  08:49:34 pm, by The Dreamer   , 563 words  
Categories: Home, Appliances, Outdoor

Dishwasher Update & Weber Q 120

Link: http://www.weber.com/bbq/pub/grill/2007/q/Q120.aspx

Well, I finally got the new dishwasher today, it arrived this morning....it sure was an ordeal getting it. Crammed allmost of my dirty dishes into and it went to work....while I headed off to work.

Originally Sears.com had said I would get it Thursday, sometime. Though it had to be morning for me, since I had a doctor's appointment (made over a month in advance, and it this last day or try my luck on a waiting list) and the interview of one of the job candidates at work. Wednesday afternoon they had left a message on my home number (I had provided my work number as my daytime number, and repeated told them to reach me at this number...and up until this call...they had been.) The message they left said they would delivery between 11am and 3pm on Thursday. That doesn't work... I called back, but I didn't get home that night until after 9pm...(which had been the norm for a couple of weeks)....so I tried my best to leave the appropriate message.

Late Thursday afternoon...I got another call at home...in fact 3 calls, and messages....none at my daytime/work number :## I called to retrieve the numbers and promptly set out to pin down what was going on....except it was after 5pm and the person that called had left, the person that she said to call if I could get a hold of her had also left, and her manager had also left. But, I did talk to a manager and eventually he called back to say things were straight and that I would get a call from the installer later that day or tomorrow with time.

Later that evening, the installer called and said he would be here to install around 9:30am on Monday. Hence the Pizza Hut weekend.

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07/14/07

  03:09:08 pm, by The Dreamer   , 337 words  
Categories: Home, Outdoor

Suncast Deck Box/Bench

Wow, this thing is big....bigger than I expected. Guess, I didn't pay attention to the other dimensions. I wanted large enough that I could set a portable barbecue into....and not wider than the depth of my deck. But, I didn't consider how large that would be over all.

The deck depth is 55", and this deck box/bench is stated as 53" wide. So, it'll fit...and the interior space is rated as deep enough to accommodate the grill (and its cart) I was looking at (Weber Q 220). It doesn't reflect that I've now looking at the Weber Q 120 as the grill I will likely acquire now. I do hope to have some other furniture on my deck, eventually....something for lounging around.

Anyways...I started assembling it in my living room...it was pretty cramped working on it...when I wondered if it would fit through the patio door after I got it together. I didn't quite have enough room to tilt the lid into place (or turn it around so that I would have room to tilt the lid, and then later turn it around so it would go out onto the deck in the right orientation). So I moved it out onto the deck. It just barely slide through, completely open, patio door.

Seems the pieces are such that they could go together into more than one style of Suncast product. Extra tabs and such that don't mate with anything else....but the annoying one, is the hole on the front that suggests that you can lock it...has nothing that corresponds to it on the lid, so it can't be locked. It isn't so much that I want to keep people out of what I'm storing in it, but to keep the lid closed....it can get pretty windy around here....

Guess I'll have to investigate some other way to making sure the lid will stay closed...or just see if it'll be a problem or not.

Now to see about the BBQ.

07/13/07

  09:17:26 pm, by The Dreamer   , 719 words  
Categories: Samsung HLN4365W1, Home, Appliances, Outdoor

Stuff at home

Today I came home from "Every Other Friday" at the So Long Saloon...and found a big box sitting by my door. It was the Suncast Outdoor Extended Deck Box/Seat I had ordered on the weekend. I was kind of hoping the delivery would coincide with the dishwasher service call. But, fortunately FedEx ground was kind enough to leave it on my doorstep. It is pretty big and heavy, so it wasn't going to blow away....and I trust my neighbors.

I ordered it from this site, instead of an iGive merchant....because they offered free shipping. Not the lowest price. Though a lower delivered price. The other place I was looking had it for like $40 less, but then it would be $80 for delivery.

Its late, I'll look at that tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I'm gonna order that new dishwasher that I had been looking at yesterday. It has been 24 hours, and I think its the one to go with. The budget for the replacement was $350 or less. Not including delivery, installation and maybe the in-home warranty.

I'm usually mixed on whether to get the extended warranty....though I usually end up getting it. I got it for my HLN4365W1, but never used it. (the renewal managed to find me, even though I didn't give them my new address....the cost of extending it further would be more than it would cost to buy a new one....which is what I would do if it failed....maybe getting a 50" 1080p with the LED light engine...the bezels are thin enough now that it should just squeeze into the opening.). The last time I bought a dishwasher, I had gotten the extended warranty on it...but never had any trouble with it. But, the dishwasher here is just over a year old...

Anyways....I opted to go with a white front....keeping with the color of the other appliances in my kitchen (do plan to upgrade some of them eventually, but not in the near future...which could potentially mean never...) Plus I'm not sure how stainless would look against the cabinets/flooring/counter tops.....

Plus didn't really feel the $50 difference in price was justified, especially at this low end. My parents paid like $1400 for their new dishwasher...though at that end, I suspect stainless steel is the only non-custom front option (or at least I would expect it). Looking at just white units under $350, opened the range where I could get more choice on what kind of features I wanted in my dishwasher. I narrowed to two choices....a Kenmore and a Maytag.

The broken dishwasher is GE, so it was out immediately. The dishwasher I had purchased for my first home was a Maytag. And, Kenmore has been good to me so far...and its what my parents recommended too &#59;)

There were a couple other brands...but narrowing on features that were desirable for how I use a dishwashwer and the extras that were nice to have. It came down to these two (actually three, but it was 2 Kenmores and a Maytag. I think the other Kenmore was the old model, it had a lower model number...and when I went to order, it didn't appear....). And the leaning was for the Kenmore. And, then I saw that it was on sale until tomorrow for $50 less. Didn't see any other Kenmore models appear that would drop into the range. Though they have a mail-in rebate promotion for 25% off on [any] dishwashers over $399, so that's probably probably why it was an online mark down for models there. But, I don't trust mail-in rebates....wouldn't expect Sears to let me down, but my rule is the now price has to be what I'm willing to pay now...the rebate is something that might come later.

The model number is 16252 (02216252000) in case you want to see what I ordered....their links don't work for sending, including their "send to a friend" option. I tried that, and it said it was no longer valid....implying that I had bookmarked the link. But the "send to a friend" option specifically said was going to send them a link that could be viewed directly.

Wonder when they'll be able to delivery/install it? Guess I might have to resort to doing a few dishes....:**:

Now instead of subjecting some poor random forum to a long rambling thought, I will try to consolidate those things into this blog where they can be more easily ignored profess to be collected thoughts from my mind.

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