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Congratulations, Mike! You are now the very first person to have attained Straw Badge level. Very well done!
 
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My ducks kept getting eaten by bobcats, and I didn't want to keep them in their house all day when I was away. So, I made a "duck tractor" for the times we're away from the house!

Local homesteader was getting rid of the trampoline frame, so we picked it up. I assembled it, wrapped chickenwire around it and on top (securing with wire from the roll of chickenwire). It works well! I drag it to a new spot each day. It takes all of maybe 2 minutes to drag it. It takes longer to refill their waters and bring their food out, than it does to move it. This allows them safety, fresh grass and bugs, and clean place to be. The 17 ducks and 2 geese make a lot of poo in one day!

I have crazy amounts of video of me assembling the thing, as my son had possession of the cellphone. No pictures of putting the wire on, as he didn't have the cellphone at the time. That was, by far, the most time consuming part, though!

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trampoline pieces to be assembled
trampoline pieces to be assembled
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Assembled but not fastened.
Assembled but not fastened.
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My son's fantastic picture of me getting ready to screw it together (he took video footage too, lol!)
My son's fantastic picture of me getting ready to screw it together (he took video footage too, lol!)
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Screws installed. My son wanted to take pictures of that, LOL! (and look, my PEP bench!)
Screws installed. My son wanted to take pictures of that, LOL! (and look, my PEP bench!)
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ducks, geese, fenced trampoline run tractor
Ducks in their new safe forage area. The area between me and ducks has already been rotated through
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trampoline duck mobile run water troughs
Enough headroom for even the geese. Water to bathe in, too (changed daily.)
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Duck food bowl and water bucket. chickenwire trampoline
hatch on the backside to put second bowl of food and water, so they are encouraged to go all the way in
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Ducks, geese leaving mobile run
Happy waterfowl leaving to go to their safe house for the night.
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I hereby certify this task for 3 oddball points!

 
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My son wanted a red hackysack, so I knit and felt him a hackysack.

I felt it so that the little gaps between the stitches are filled and beans don't fall out everywhere. Here's the pattern I used  (from Diagnosis Knitter):

• CO 4 sts
• joining to work in the round, kfb all four sts: 8 sts
• k 1 round
• kfb all sts: 16 sts
• k 2 rounds
• kfb all sts: 32 sts
• k 12 rounds  I I I I I I I I I
• k2tog all sts: 16 sts
• k 2 rounds
• Time out.  Turn the bag inside out and weave in the inside end a little, or if the original end is on the outside, weave it to the inside and use it to close up any gapping that may have occurred due to the kfb’s.
• Turn the bag right side out again
• Fill the bag with beans.  Fill it right to the top and make sure to pack it a little, they never seem to be packed in as tight as you think they’re going to be.
• k2tog all sts: 8 sts
• k 1 round
• Cut yarn, pull tail through remaining stitches, weave in remaining end and cut tail
• Go play!!


Instead of the cotton worsted yarn and size 5 needles it called for, I used size 9 needles and worsted weight wool yarn.
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Stitches casted on (and some hackysacks I'd made a few years ago)
Stitches casted on (and some hackysacks I'd made a few years ago)
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About half-way knitted
About half-way knitted
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Almost all the way knitted--time to fill with random old beans/lentils I found!
Almost all the way knitted--time to fill with random old beans/lentils I found!
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Closing the hackysack
Closing the hackysack
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Time to felt so the beans don't fall out. Hot water is the best as it loosens the fibres so they can felt better
Time to felt so the beans don't fall out. Hot water is the best as it loosens the fibres so they can felt better
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Brushing with a wire brush to get a little more fibre exposed to fill the gaps between stitches
Brushing with a wire brush to get a little more fibre exposed to fill the gaps between stitches
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Also rubbed with hot soapy water--couldn't photograph that !
Also rubbed with hot soapy water--couldn't photograph that !
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Threw it in the drier with my laundery for 5 minutes to remove moisture from the beans so they don't sprout, and to finish the felting
Threw it in the drier with my laundery for 5 minutes to remove moisture from the beans so they don't sprout, and to finish the felting
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I certify this BB for 1 oddball point!

 
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I got the root cellar cleaned out for the storage season.  This isn't just a little scrubbing and washing, I gutted it since the woodwork in there was decades old and moldy.

So first I had to install a small fan to keep the disturbed mold from getting into the house.  Then I put on protective gear and gingerly removed the wooden shelving and supports along with any other wood I could remove.  The pieces went into bags and were gingerly taken out of the house to the fire pit.

Next I had to scrub down the whole thing with a borax solution and then a mold killing essential oil spray that the missus got on line.  I also had to wipe down 40 bottles of wine with the borax solution to remove mold spores that could have been sitting on them.

Then I got to make lime wash for the first time ever but thanks to the great info I got in this thread.  I mixed it up in the yard and then applied it with a brush to the walls and floor.  It soaked in and was rather thin so two more coats were needed.  The missus is adverse to mold so after the first coat, she could do the second two.  So I don't get credit for the second and third coat.  We figured out to make the lime wash thicker on the last coat and now it looks like white paint in the cellar.
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Root cellar door
Root cellar door
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left side shelves
left side shelves
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right side shelves and wine rack
right side shelves and wine rack
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can you see the excitement in my eyes?
can you see the excitement in my eyes?
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don't disturb the spores sitting on everything!
don't disturb the spores sitting on everything!
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wood has been removed
wood has been removed
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icky cinder block in lower left
icky cinder block in lower left
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first batch of limewash
first batch of limewash
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first coat is on (walls and floor)
first coat is on (walls and floor)
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first coat in that left icky corner
first coat in that left icky corner
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after the third (thicker) coat
after the third (thicker) coat
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I dub thee two oddball points!

 
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My watchband broke. I don't know how to weave yet, but I do know how to make friendship bracelets, so I knotted up a watchband with yarn! Thankfully, I just happened to have yarn that matched the watch perfectly. Score!

I've made a lot of friendship bracelets, especially in my younger years, so I'm pretty quick. I wish I'd started with the chevron pattern. Instead, I'd started with the diagonal pattern, which made it go a bit sideways. I didn't want to unknot everything, so I just switched midway to the chevron. The chevron pattern also was great for making tiny holes in the middle for the buckle to go through (I just didn't tie the middle two strands together every 2 or 3 rows.)
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Watch with broken watchband
Watch with broken watchband
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Starting to knot with diagonal pattern friendship bracelet watchband
Measuring out the yarn
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Starting to knot with diagonal pattern
Starting to knot with diagonal pattern
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action shot taken by my son
action shot taken by my son
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chevron pattern watchband friendship bracelet repair
switched to the chevron pattern--it's not easy knotting with a child on either side! That's my son's foot and daughter's arm
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finished knotting!
finished knotting!
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It needed a little strap. So I made one from the extra yarn
It needed a little strap. So I made one from the extra yarn
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friendship bracelet watchband
Finished and sewed on!
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2.5 hours later, I have a nice comfortable watchband!
2.5 hours later, I have a nice comfortable watchband!
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I certify this BB for 2 oddball points!

 
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I needed a niddy noddy for my yarn. I was going to do the PVC pipe version that everyone mentions, but then I realized it looked like something I could easily do with roundwood. So I did! And, it was totally free other than the 2 hours or so I spent on it.

I used green wood for the long middle piece so it would be easier to carve and could spin more easily in the dry wood ends. I chose dry wood ends to reduce the chance of the wood cracking as it dried. Niddy noddies are often made to spin and take a part, so I wanted the connection to stay loose. I also carved down slight depressions toward the edges of the end pieces so the yarn wouldn't slip off too easily.

This is 160 feet of yarn. I need to make a pouch to go on my purse and I wanted it to match. I didn't have matching yarn, so I made my own yarn! The yarn isn't part of this badge bit, as it'll probably count toward a textile badge bit.
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Yarn that needed to be skeined. Two dry maple sticks, and a fresh maple stick I just cut
Yarn that needed to be skeined. Two dry maple sticks, and a fresh maple stick I just cut
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Carving off the bark
Carving off the bark
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Carved the tips of the green wood into pegs and debarked the dry maple
Carved the tips of the green wood into pegs and debarked the dry maple
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I'd predrilled the hole with a small bit on my son's fisker's hand drill, then used a bigger bit in this drill
I'd predrilled the hole with a small bit on my son's fisker's hand drill, then used a bigger bit in this drill
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Sanded everything, and stuck it together and it works great as a niddy noddy!
Sanded everything, and stuck it together and it works great as a niddy noddy!
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I certify this for 0.5 point

 
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I submit shorting and putting a new end on a coaxial cable.

The problem: long ugly trip hazard sticking out of the wall.



Because the installation guy jammed the wire between some studs, I don't have enough room in the wall to coil up the extra wire and put a blank plate on it as I had planned.  So I headed to the DIY shop and found some supplies.



The part where it said "no special tool required" made me happy.  And it's purple.

I cut the hole a bit bigger so there would be room to manever the cable inside the wall and cut the cable to the right length.



Next, I practised (MANY TIMES!) on the spare length of cable to learn how to cut it just so.



First try on the real cable = SUCCESS!!!



Once the room is painted, the wire will plug into the back and the plate will fit on.



But that's something for a future badge.  Today I'm just applying for the oddball point of "shortening and putting a new end on a Co-X cable"

And for fun, here's a thread about renovating the Loom Room.
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I hereby certify this for 0.5 Oddball points!

 
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I submit plastering the wall (in preparation for painting).
more photos and details about the project here.  One thing that makes this room especially difficult is the 12 windows and high ceilings.  The fourth wall is a half-wall shared with the kitchen, so we are doing five walls instead of the normal four.  

Preparing the room for demolition.  



Once the old trim was removed, the wall was sanded.



Plaster...



...applied to divots in the wall...



...as well as nail holes, cracks, and anywhere the wall was uneven (which was practically everywhere).



24 hours at 75F and I could sand.  I used a combination of the mesh on a stick and the battery sander depending on the severity of the sanding needs.



Fingertip search to find rough spots



When I was finally satisfied, we cleaned up.



And washed the walls with a slightly damp cloth



So ends the plastering. It took a lot longer than I expected because of the complexity of the room.
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I hereby certify this for 3.5 oddball points

 
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I submit making a scoop from a bird house gourd.  I grew these a year ago and this one had a bent neck.  I needed a scoop and saw the gourd on the shelf and figured I'd make one.  I cut the side off, cleaned out and saved the seeds and it works!
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Bent gourd
Bent gourd
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Neat looking innards
Neat looking innards
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Seeds and cleaned out scoop
Seeds and cleaned out scoop
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I hereby certify this for 0.5 Oddball points!

 
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Would someone doublecheck my math and see if I have the five points required for the sand badge?

0.5 points - https://permies.com/wiki/pep-badge-oddball#945623
0.5 points - https://permies.com/wiki/pep-badge-oddball#945644
1.0 point - https://permies.com/wiki/10/97787/PEP-Badge-Oddball#946067
0.5 points - https://permies.com/wiki/30/97787/PEP-Badge-Oddball#1037873
3.5 points - https://permies.com/wiki/30/97787/PEP-Badge-Oddball#1038706
= more than five

I'm really looking forward to having an oddball badge!  
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Congratulations! I hereby certify you for the Oddball Sand badge!

 
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