Just for Fun... #41: Another Fine Year...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 12-30-2010 02:25 PM 1303 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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...Ends in the toilet!! LOL!!
As I’ve said and shown in numerous postings, the apartment building I live in is rather old and it has not a few idiosyncrasies. One of them is a settled bathroom floor… meaning that it slopes at a fair angle of about 3/4” to a foot!!
Anyway, whenever it was that they installed the toilet, they used the floor as a reference… with the result that the whole assembly (including the tank) leans to the left… It works fine… indeed, it’s one of the older kind that flushes resoundingly, but it’s a little difficult to place anything on top of the tank…Small shelf unit shimmed on poorly hung toilet
I had nailed together this small shelf thing back in “94 or “95 in my “Utilitarian” days. There’s not much to recommend it, but it has seen use in my kitchen as a spice rack, in my bedroom as a nightstand adjunct, and in the kitchen again, as an addition to the telephone table… Now it’s in the bathroom and I had to use some cut-outs as shims to level it on the back of the toilet tank…
Now this was fine in my Bachelor Days living alone, well aware of how precarious the shelves were, but now that Debbie is here, I have to say Goodbye to that certain “Tree House” mentality… I resolved yesterday to fix this once and for all…
I simply cut a scrap of Oak to the desired length and width, and attached the same two shims as cleats in the proper locations…An Oak Scrap cut to size, with cleats attached
I then just hang the right cleat over the edge of the tank lid, to keep it from sliding, and the other cleat acts as the “leveler”...In place as a "leveler"
It’s over-sized enough where it will give a little additional shelf space and to protect it, and make it a little more becoming, I’ve been putting on a few coats of Wipe-on Poly…After a coat of Wipe-on poly...
That should do the trick… I just hope it doesn’t make the shelves look too bad in comparison!!
And speaking of bad, looking around, I noticed another old project that could be up-graded… a grocery list thing I made “on the fly” one day…In need of an Up-grade??
Oh well, maybe next year… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 02:35 PM

well mcguiver
you sure got that figured quick
and you get a new ‘finishing’ room
in the process
where you can sit and work

nice ‘list’ holder
progress can be tough sometimes
hard to upgrade constantly

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 02:36 PM

Nice solution! Thr grocery list tear off project is definitely something I need. When you going to upgrade so I can plagarize your work again.

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 02:42 PM

The real problem with the way I had the thing, was that late at night, in the dark, I would try to flush using the shims… with predictable results… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 03:11 PM

Mike I think this is the perfect way to end the year – on the toilet!
I like the detail with the toilet going sideways, in that way if you fall asleep out there you will roll of.
Remember to write champagne on the list for new year.
Best thoughts from my heart,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 03:44 PM

Ah! The Library.

Great place to think. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 07:28 PM

Can’t you just lean when sitting???
Happy New Year Mike & Debbie!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 07:54 PM

Mike, nothing wrong with utilitarian! These are often the things that, years later, are called “antiques” ;^)

Happy New year to you and Debbie!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 08:03 PM


he may need to
‘rock back and forth”
to ‘think’

wouldn’t want him to fall off

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 12-30-2010 09:12 PM

Some of the greatest ideas have been thought of while sitting on the pot. Glad to see you keep a pencil and paper handy so you can write it down. You could put arm rests on the pot. One would have to be 3/4” higher. Thanks for posting and the smile.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 10:03 PM

My favourite room in the house.. the porcelain reading room… lol
Full of catalogues and mags.. woodworking of course… lol again.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 12-31-2010 02:51 AM

Everytime I see a Porcelain Library post I can’t help but thinnk of Grandpa when they got indoor plumbing. He said, “S&^% in the house? I’m not gonna S&^% in house!” ;-)) Happy New Year Mike! Hope you get a night light in the bath :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 12-31-2010 03:53 AM

Now that it has found it’s way into the bathroom, I hope it doesn’t make its’ way back into the kitchen!!!
Just a thought….. Could you not just screw it to the wall?

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#13 posted 01-01-2011 02:08 PM

Kristoffer: Because I rent, I’m reluctant to start drilling holes in the wall… There’s also this- the walls are of the plaster-on-laths variety, and it’s difficult to find anything solid for screwing into. I can’t use a nail finder because there are nails everywhere, holding up all the laths!! Happy New Year Everybody!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 01-01-2011 03:04 PM

Good thinking and I’m sure that it was and improvement and it will give you more organization. 3/4” per foot is an awful lot of slope for a floor.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 01-16-2011 09:38 PM

sorry I´m late on this Mike …but you know how theese holyday´s influence alot on the job I have pweeuuuh
what a ratrace it was

are you never having visitors that get seasick out there …lol

Happy New-year to you and Debbie :-)

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