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@JOAT Having a shed for a shop really works for me. Mine is about the size of a single car garage space. My wife hired an electrician to put in a 60 amp sub panel, which was better than the 100 ft. 12 gauge exentsion I had to drag out there for a few years. I really love it in there, AC in summer, heat in winter. Need to find a space for a chair though.
@DerSchuhmacher I was lucky in that my work has allowed me to continue earing in my old age (74), although I don't feel that old. Funny, as my hair turned white, potential clients showed increasing appreciation, and business actually improved. It's not all bad getting old.
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To me, HF products are like cars....one person gets one that is great, another gets one that is junk from the start. I buy a lot of small items from HF and use the coupons for freebies. Went there Wednesday and started picking up small things for Christmas presents- lights, multi-meter, screwdrivers, etc. I had a benchtop bandsaw that vibrated real bad. Finally got rid of it. I have an electric chainsaw that I use in the shop for cutting wood for turning- so far, so good. Belt sander seems OK so far. If HF had poor products across the board, they would have gone out of business a long time ago.
Their return Policy is second to none. I broke a power tool once,abusing it and took it back,they said go put that one in the corner and go get another one,or if you want your money back just give me the receipt.
Be sure to keep all the receipts.
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Herb, thanks for the testimonial. How's that for a big word?
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John! That's only a 25-cent word. hahaha

Tom, that one friend I have mentioned a few times, says getting old has been great for him-even young punk type kids see him and open the door, or pick something up for him. He's eating it up! Even my dad and a few other guys I know have been bragging about the treatment since they have gotten old. You really made me stop to think about this, because I have been hearing them but it has been a bit of a conundrum for me. I never heard this growing up, just now that I am a little older and I guess since I have always been independent and wanting to do things on my own, unless I need help and ask, that I cannot imagine being happy with people treating me special because I am old! Guess when I get there, I will hopefully get to experience and appreciate it, as well.

I was just talking to a buddy of mine who says the return policy is great (even here) so I guess it's worth a gamble on some things, then. I still haven't gotten over there yet, but I have been doing some window shopping on their site and reading all reviews and such.
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And you usually get the senior discount at restaurants.
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@DerSchuhmacher I find that younger people can't appreciate the fact that getting old has its compensations. Once you realize that the end is far closer than the beginning, you can relax a bit, play things by ear more, and enjoy simple things you never had time for when you were busy doing something all the time. For me, I have just about everything I ever wanted, my daughter lives close by and is taking my business on pretty well, have lots of friends (although their die-off goes apace) and a wife who is happy I'm still around. I died once on a plane (revived of course) and realize it's really nothing. Knowing that is a subtle relief.

Probably the only thing that frustrates me is having a deep desire to mentor, to help enable accomplishment in someone younger. If young people realized how powerful this mentoring urge is, they could build the lives they love far faster, including avoiding focusing on the irrelevant and wasting years. By accepting the hand up, they could make enormous advances personally and financially instead.

Yup, there are many older people who have blown their own lives and whose free advice would be worth its price. But there are many others whose ideas and suggestions are gold. You are very smart coming to this bunch to speed up your learning curve.
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DRT, well said. Several years ago, my wife's great-uncle passed away in his 70s The minister said something that I have often pondered. Brother Bill said when a person of that age dies, it is like a library burning down. I have to agree- the knowledge, observations, and life experience are invaluable. I'm trying to pass along as much as I can to my grandchildren.
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I could not tell you how often I told my mom and some others, that I wished I had a good mentor in my life. Sure, my mom was great and dad has his points, even had a friend who was into buying a home and flipping it. I helped him a little bit and learned a lot of DIY things for homes, cars, yards from them. But I never had anyone to teach me fishing, camping, woodworking, metal work, glass work, how to get out there and find the good deals/horse trading...anything I am able to do, I mostly taught myself.

Okay, since 1997 I have been off work and ALL these years trying to figure out how to make some extra income because I don't even have enough for groceries sometimes. And I have gone bonkers without things to do.

I did self teach myself HTML and when I was going to go to college to take a German class, I accidentally got accepted to financial aid and work on my diploma. I was going to go for a Web Master degree and this got my German for free, so to speak, and then EVERY semester, the head of the financial aid department put a stopping block in my way. EVERY semester I plodded through and got to the next semester. At the end, she was stopping me from finishing and the help of faculty didn't even work. I finally wrote a letter asking to just take classes to finish up the diploma and start from scratch. I ended up with an Associates in General Studies-NOT conducive to becoming a Web Master, which I could have done from home on my good days/hours. Mind you, to this day I NEVER met this woman in person. She would not see me face-to-face, would not talk to me on the phone, didn't even respond to E-mails. It was always printed out letters or through someone else trying to relay her messages.

I forgot to explain. I was going to college outside of high school to get my biology degree and was going to get my foot into the door of the local USDA working with mycotoxins. But finances and health interrupted a lot of my life. So when I did get that degree mentioned above, it was my 25 year anniversary for a 2-year degree. If you can say one thing about me, it's that I don't give up.

Moving, put me in a bind-credit card, and NOTHING fits in this flat. EVERY piece of furniture/storage was based on the other flat. I am like, this place finally feels like home and I have to make it that way. Well, things are MUCH more expensive now and usually fake, plastic, thin metal and so on. And there's not much storage here. So I needed to figure out more DIY techniques to figure out a way. And I just read on one of the threads about going to construction sites and looking on Craig's list for free wood. Well, that is 100% up my alley but without transportation...

Anyway, I am starting to think in a different direction with all of this and have started actually drawing out a few things for future plans instead of keeping them in my head.

I have started thinking on cheaper ways to get around certain things and still accomplish something decent.

I am even thinking about this thing on Sundays where if I could make a handful of really nice things (unlike that etsy coat rack hahaha), and actually renting a table/space ($10) and see if I can do anything. If I can, then maybe I can start to take off. This would help me in getting better bench top tools, make better items for my flat and help me get things I am seriously in need of and have something to occupy my time when I am feeling good.

It's amazing how you can get an idea in an instant and other things takes years, but hopefully I have quite a few years left and can make a difference with them.

Tom, I wish we lived near one another, cause I would love to learn the craft and problem solving and the comradery of another person interested in something I like. Speaking of which, noticing a lot of woodworkers offering scrap wood but we are talking 1-3 hours away! If only I had a vehicle-and then I could talk to these guys, too!

But, as it is, I have been reading a lot of posts and then going to google and have bookmarked a list of things, as well. It's getting my wheels turning at the very least!
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@DerSchuhmacher Life deals out challenges, that's for sure. My grand daughter has had mental problems for much of her life, add to that domestic violence and two children. Her mother (my daughter) has been having her do web work for our consulting business, and earning a little money. My granddaughter is very intelligent and has learned a lot from her father, who is a systems admin. for a government agency. My first wife and I have ponied up for a car for her, which is making her life easier. Oddly, we found that underneath all the behavior problems was a vision and perception problem that she's beginning treatment for. This problem triggered behavior that led to all kinds of trouble for her. Her perception of the world is that it is threatening and lined up against her. That isn't so, of course, but it is self fulfilling.

I like that you're taking some steps to break out of your present situation. Interrupting habitual behavior by making different choices is an excellent way to generate a different outcome.

I had a client once who was deep in debt. We changed the way he operated his practice, but he had to pay bills and didn't get to keep his increase. So we had him buy a toy shovel and bucket which he mounted on a wall to remind him that digging out is where most people get frustrated and revert to old ways. I don't have a degree, but have made a living for 35 years helping professionals build their practices.

Find what people with money want help with, which help you can learn to provide. Requires a change in thinking, from you at the center, to them at the center.
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@DerSchuhmacher There is a line from a film that goes, "If you want a degree, go to college, if you want an education, go to the library."
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