Homeworks: making something special out of junk

Barbara Newell

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Barbara Newell

I know a person who has a very creative mind. If you think about it, we all can do a little creating with our minds. Well, the items in this picture have a story to tell about being creative.

I am not going to tell you what the final, finished project will be. That will be the fun part of this story; you will have to try to guess at the answer.

It all started with some metal poles that had been discarded. Those poles were old and rusty. So, this person (who I will not name so that you really have to guess at the project), asked if he could have these “useless” poles. The answer was yes.

Now, he had to figure out materials, math and the process to use to get the project under way.

First, he knew he had to get rid of rust, corrosion and clean the poles up well. He decided that a wire brush and pressure cleaner would work and it did.

Next, he used a primer on the metal poles to protect them before painting.

He knew from the beginning that he was missing many parts and pieces for his overall plan. He went online and to the phone to locate what he needed. He had the patience to call around for the best prices. He found more metal poles and connectors that he direly needed at a fence company. He had done the math, found the material and went to purchase his find. First a good look at the poles and final measurements were taken before the fence company cut the poles to his required size. These poles were galvanized metal (you can see these in the picture too, piled up with the rest of the stuff).

Since all the material needs to be the same color, he is off to speak with some paint professionals to get the facts on preparing these new poles for painting.

Also on the way, via UPS, are more materials he purchased for the topping off of this project.

So far, math, logistics, research, cost evaluation and placement have been fruitfully accomplished. Without the specifications for this project, he will have to find one completed somewhere and take a few base measurements.

I would like to list your name and your guess in the column with the completion of this project that should appear in the next few weeks.

Barbara Newell is a freelance writer and owner of Barbara Newell, Inc., Inspections, Consulting, Mold Testing and Home Watch. You can reach her at inspectorbarbara@aol.com, 495-7857 or 234-0038.

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