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  • SMRUDOLPH commented on carpespasm's instructable Weave a bamboo privacy fence3 months ago
    Weave a bamboo privacy fence

    Ha! I was kidding about the machete. I have a good lopper, though. They ought to make one with the blade attached at a right angle, to save bending over. If you're cutting a lot and your back is killing, it's tempting not to bend all the way down and cut it close. If you cut it at a diagonal standing up and leave that pointed stump, you're creating a terrible hazard for anybody who walks through the area. I thank you sincerely for this idea! I have chain link fencing and don't need the privacy, but this is worth doing just to make the chain link look less ... chain-linky.

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  • SMRUDOLPH commented on carpespasm's instructable Weave a bamboo privacy fence3 months ago
    Weave a bamboo privacy fence

    Aw, this is terrific! Bravo! It really looks great. Making something out of what somebody else would just throw away is satisfying, isn't it?Did you run this by your neighbor first? Just curious.Did you try to make a rough estimate of how many poles you'd need (for instance, 20 feet of fence divided by 1" or 2" width per pole)? Or did you just cut and cut until you fell over? Because personally, I'd probably quit before I had enough, unless I could see whether I was getting toward the end. (I've been doing battle with running bamboo in my yard for years, and have a sort of irrational hatred for bamboo that hasn't been killed and made into furniture or something. Maybe a wicked sharp machete would be the way for me to go. Die, die! Take THAT! [Cue crazed, diabolical laughter].

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  • SMRUDOLPH commented on Luvlilman's instructable Folding Bathroom Towels4 months ago
    Folding Bathroom Towels

    Excellent. That's exactly right. A lot of laundry folding depends on being able to judge thirds. T-shirts folded in thirds vertically, with the sleeves folded in along the seams where they meet the body-- or, rather, along a vertical line imagined to run from the shoulder to the underarm -- then in half horizontally, are folded perfectly.

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