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Driving a Sunfire like we stole it. Cause it’s a lot of fun! February 14, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — housedouche @ 10:38 pm


Here’s the deal with this car:  It’s not actually stolen.  I got it for free from my uncle who got it for free from one of his neighbors.  We were gonna fix it up and sell it and make a quick buck til we decided it wouldn’t be quick or easy, or even profitable.  The car’s got a bad head gasket and a bunch of other issues so after a cost-benifit analysis we decided we could get just as much out of it by NOT fixing it up and just turning it in for scrap.  But do you think we could just turn in a car that runs and drives (until it overheats) without beating the pee pee out of it first?  Of course NOT!  So I called up my buddy Stratton, convinced him not to go to the dunes with his buddies and come help me beat this thing instead and I think he’s glad he came.  I am too cause where’s the fun in beating a car to death all by yourself?

Let me tell you how much WORK it is to go do something fun like this.  No wonder this kind of crap has never really made it as a mainstream recreational activity.  First I had to round up a tow dolly to get the car out of my driveway and down to stratton’s house so he wouldn’t have to drive up.  And that involved waiting for my buddy to move 3-4 cars so we could get the dolly out, then I helped him use it to move his jeep from one location to another, then wait for his friend to open the garage door and blablabla …

Anyways, I got the tools loaded up, the car, the air compressor cause I had a feeling we’d bump a tire off its bead and sure enough we did so it’s a good thing we brang that compressor.  Then, anticipating that we’d have a car that wouldn’t be transportable even on a tow dolly, we loaded it on stratton’s flat bed trailer which was a job in its self.  The ramps to his trailer were a little too steep so when we drove it up em, the bottom snagged the fuel lines and tore em out of their couplers so we had to fuss with that for a half hour, and got it to work of course. 

But even before that, the thing threatened to not start so we did this, tried that, hem-hawed around for a while scratched our heads, etc. and who knows what we finally ended up doing to get it to work but it started up – then we snagged the fuel lines on the trailer.  Those fuel lines were in a stupid vulnerable spot tell you what – that kinda horse poop would never happen on a neon. 

Anyways it took from 8:30 til about 12:30 – nearly a half day’s work to get this ball rolling and everything, moving it from trailer to trailer, unhooking this trailer, hooking up that trailer, etc. etc. etc.  Then we drove it out to dell, unloaded it and had just a grand ol time beating that thing, getting it stuck, re-filling it with dirty water from puddles in the area, oh man it was just a lot of fun.  Oh and I got pulled over on the way down for towing in the left lane.  I’d forgotten about that little rule.  She let me off though, bless her heart and bless the hearts of all other law enforcement agencies and personnel for not giving us crap for having fun destroying a vehicle the way we were.  I’m sure we broke a number of laws cause usually when you’re having that much fun, the cops will often try to find a law that you’re breaking and shut you down.  I’ve seen it all too often, especially in this blessed state of utah.  Pshh.  Don’t get me started. 

We ended up getting stuck, tried to dig out the STICKIEST, GOOIEST mud you can imagine for an hour or two, started running out of daylight and couldn’t find anyone to pull us out.  We dang near had to leave it there and come back for it the next day but just as we were leaving we found a nice guy with his boys who all came and pulled us out with their 4-wheeler and side-by-side.  The good news is the car still runs and drives so there will likely be another session of sunfire bashing at some point in the future.   Stay tuned!


What to do with a remote controlled boat that can’t be controlled remotely January 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — housedouche @ 12:22 am

I saw this remote controlled boat at the DI today – new looking and still in the box.  I saw the price – $1.00 – only a buck!  I don’t need another item around my house, but only a buck!  Then I was wondering if the thing even worked so I took it out of the box and that’s when I saw another price tag for $10.00.  Well, crap, I couldn’t pass it up for a buck but I could for 10 so I figured I’d take my chances at the cash register.  They didn’t think twice about it and I wondered if I’d be going to hell as I walked through the parking lot to my car.

Then I got it home and began diagnosing it.  I replaced all the batteries but nothing worked no matter what I did.  So I wired the batteries in the boat directly to the motor and the switch so when you flip the switch, instead of turning on the radio controller thing, it just turns on the motor now.  So, yea, it’s worth a buck for that but definitely not 10 so I don’t think I’ll be going to hell.  Not for that anyway.


So now the world has another 30 second clip from me and my nieces and nephews have a boat to play with in the hot tub next time they come to visit.


A Pre-blob project December 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — housedouche @ 7:40 am

Back in 2008, before I had a blog, I posted pics of this project on facebook and received a lot of positive feedback.  But it’s just not quite the same thing as blobbing about it 3 years later and milking it for even more positive feedback.

Anyways, it all started when I decided to start building a new dune buggy from scratch.  I bought an old VW bug for 200 bucks and took the body off it so I could use just the chassy and all the other under-parts.  Meanwhile I had this 3-400+? lb VW bug body laying around and not really doing anything productive.  – Note the floor pan/chassy in the background.  That was my dunebuggy in embryo form and remains in the same state today.

My buddy Stratton mentioned that it might be fun to put atop the hot tub and it sounded like a crazy enough idea it might actually work and be cool.  At least for a time.  I mean, how cool would it be to open a car door expecting to see your typical car seats and floor but noooo…. There’s a hot inviting tub of water where the floor should be!

It took 3 and a half guys to get it on there.  I say half because one of them was my 90 lb roommate at the time who spent a good 90% of his time in the basement watching Japanese animation shows.  No wonder he was so frail and pale.  But he helped nevertheless.

See how fun and steamy it is?  Are we having a good time or what?!?!?  Yea, it was pretty sweet for the first week or two then it got kinda old.  You see, the bottom of the car was substantially smaller than the size of the hot tub so we were losing a good 3rd of the hot tub which sucked for parties of 2 or more.  But you can’t always have style AND comfort I realize this.  And anyways, shortly thereafter something fried in the main circuit board and the heater wouldn’t shut off so it was always over heating so I just abandoned it for a year or two.  Or three?


A-door-able December 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — housedouche @ 7:41 pm


To steal one of my sister’s blog, check out this door project.

Problem:  The only way to get in and out of my garage is by pushing the button and waiting for the big door to slowly raise up, then pushing it again and waiting for it to slowly go back down.  Meanwhile any heat you managed to accumulate inside the garage has been blown out that huge opening.

Solution:  A walk-in door.  But where?  

Of course I need some trim around it to cutesy it up and make it look less white-trashy but man this door has been one of the best improvements to my shop, especially when I had to use it to spray a buttload of cabinet doors in there and keep some of the heat in.

I also made that door myself, as you may have already guessed.  I used old lumber and a window I took out of my house when I replaced them with new ones.


How to “winnow” away unwanted protein in your pasta December 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — housedouche @ 7:34 am

Yea, weevils are kinda gross, but you know you really shouldn’t waste food, even if it is only a dollar’s worth.  Just because you shared a small portion of your pasta with weevils doesn’t make it inedible.  You could actually leave em in and if they’re boiled, you should be good to go.  But it’s still kinda gross and I don’t really like seeing the weevils in my pasta so here’s what you can do about it.

In case you didn’t have enough patience to watch the whole video, you’ll see that I’m attempting for the first time, an ancient technique called “winnowing” in order to remove dried up weevil carcasses from my shell pasta.  Anciently, and still today in Africa and places like that, I’ve seen on national geographic how they separate the wheat from the tears by throwing it all up into the air and letting the wind carry away the lighter, crappier plant matter and leaving behind the more desirable food product.  Maybe a gentler stream of air would have been better, like from a fan or something?

Also, you might miss a weevil carcass or two but don’t worry, when you boil the pasta and it does that kinda foamy, bubbly action above the water level in the pan, weevils will be in that part and you can easily remove them with a small strainer.  I did this tonight to a lone weevil that had somehow escaped the winnowing, probably protected inside one of the shells.  You COULD skip the whole winnowing process altogether but in my opinion, the winnowing technique does a much better job of removing the smaller bits of broken up weevil carcasses than using the strainer method or rinsing the dry pasta with water.

Anyway, here’s what I made tonight, just kind of a “goo-losh”   – a mixture of crap I had laying around the house and in the nether regions of the fridge – an onion about to go bad, carrots about to go bad, lentils that usually don’t go bad, frozen cut up hot dogs,  rescued shell pasta, and I made the soup/sauce part with beef bullion granules and corn starch to thicken it up.  On the corn starch, be sure you mix it in with cold water first.  If you want it thicker but the pot is already boiling, mix it with a little bit of cold water and whisk it in the boiling mixture.  Otherwise, if you try to put the corn starch directly into the boiling soup, you’ll get these nasty white chunks of corn starch that taste gross and look weird.  Weird and gross.

Tastes better than it looks I think.

No, I’m not the only one who enjoyed this delicious, hearty concoction of world hunger awareness.  Katie had some too and since I usually tell her about the weevils half way through dinner, it’s no big deal, just yummy!


School’s out and now not only do I have time to live my life, but document it too!

Filed under: Uncategorized — housedouche @ 7:32 am

Here’s a little project we’ve been working on a little here and a little there, but I think we got enough now to post a little tidbit.

This project is called the hot tub project.  It involves moving a tired and broken down hot tub from my last house (now a rental) up to this house (also a rental, but the rental in which I now live)  See, the problem with this tub was that it was over heating.  So, we attempted to use it anyway but it took so long to heat, you could never time it just right.  I hadn’t given up on it yet when my friend Ingrid asked if she could sit in it, back when I had the VW bug body on top of it (did I post about that?  Or just facebook?  I can’t remember)  Anyways, I had to work late or something so I come home, and here’s poor Ingrid shivering all by herself in this hot tub with a VW car body on top of it and the temperature is 76 degrees.  That’s really cold for a hot tub.  Too cold to just sit there that’s for sure.

That’s when I gave up on trying to use it with the thermostat issue.  The problem was actually a bad circuit board.  I had to do a fair amount of research to figure that out.  I saved 80-100 bucks buying a new circuit board online at – that site is the bomb and they have all these sweet articles on how to wire your spa and fix this problem and that problem and they sell their stuff cheap!

Anyways, enough about the boring spa repairs now.  When I poured some concrete in the front yard for a little more parking I had to dig up a bunch of sod and clumps of crap.  I figured I’d dump it here.  And it was a pain in the butt to spread out.  

This is what we started with!

Next was unhooking and transporting the thing which took me and my 300 lb tenant to load on that trailer.

Then, I had to remove a section of the fence I’d built and borrow the neighbor’s driveway to push the trailer down there so I could put the thing down on the dirt behind the garage.  I thought behind the garage and kinda between those two trees would be a nice private place for it.  And, I probably should have put the tub on gravel at the very least again, but I’m cheap, ghetto, and have limited resources as a college student and very limited time.  It would have been a huge pain in the butt to have to haul in a bunch of gravel or pour a pad of cement.  I put it directly on the dirt cause I figured by the time that wood under the hot tub rots, it’ll be time for a new hot tub anyway.

As you can see, the outside of it is pretty grody looking.  And the ground covering around it took some serious thought.  I figured I’d use some old carpet as a weed barrier if nothing else.  But not only is it a weed barrier, but a dirt barrier as well for the astrotruf.  

Then we had the leaks to deal with…

I fixed this one but I was still losing water.  If my calculations were correct, and I’m pretty sure they were, I was losing about 6.5 gallons a day.  That’s too much.  So I looked and looked and caulked around every stinking jet,and had to remove a bunch of that stupid polyurethane foam insulation to find these little leaks.  Then, after I’d spent hours doing that, it was still leaking.  Anyways, I’m starting to bore myself discussing all these repairs.  Turns out you can buy a little bottle of stop leak for these hot tubs, take the filters out and let it run for several days until the leak stops.  And that’s what I did and it worked.

For the step I used a trex decking display from Homo Depot I bought for 4 bucks.  I had to modify it of course. Note the shiny new corrugated sides as well!

We also put up some christmas and flamingo lights and hooked em up to a dimmer for atmosphere.

Now for some fun in the tub!

He just loves those hot tub minerals!

Of course, the project isn’t finished, there are still many details yet.  Another section or two of privacy fence for one, a bench back there, a mini fridge full of ruby red squirt and almond joys, maybe a flat screen tv nestled in that armoire thing to watch the game, I dunno, use your imagination…  My pocket book’s the limit!


Tubular Dude! October 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — housedouche @ 1:41 am

Just an old picture I stumbled upon from a couple years ago.  Pretty sure this is when we went tubing at liberty park and Jenn was here with her new-to-be husband Chris as well as Manda and Ingrid and possibly Mark.  No, I did not attempt to go on the freeway with this load, although the neon would have been more than happy to do it if I asked it to.