Current updates

by admin on January 30, 2013

It’s been a fun ride this last year. Certainly have had a lot of interesting experiences along the way. As I come up with ways to share them with you, I’ll leave you with this for now.

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Not Building a Steelmaster Shop

by Max on July 11, 2011

Change of plans on this last project.. About $5k down the drain but at least I can recoup maybe $10k from selling the now-complete kit.

You’re probably wondering why the change of heart?

  1. Plan before you build – broke this one. Would have never even started had I known what the city requires in permitting (a lot).
  2. Hire the right help. Licensed contractor helps, they at least have to lookout for their license. I didn’t follow this one either, and while it’s totally my bad, I still feel like I got taken for a ride a little. Nothing against the other fella. Talk about a flashback to the eCommerce business a few years back with the “partnership” deal (shudder).
  3. Preliminary Land Partition pretty much done, onto Final Plat stage then to figure out how I am going to extract the equity out of the 2 lots.
  4. Ran into extra snags. When the city sewer connection was pulled up in 1994, a (from what I was told shady) sewer company abandoned but did no decommission the septic tanks. The city has no record of decommissioning, so the burden of proof falls on me. This is also a requirement for the land partition, so no way avoiding it now. I did some digging.
    • Tried calling, and even going over to the old plumbers place of business (he was “unavailable”). Highly doubt he would have records from 17 years ago anyways.
    • Pulled a chain of title on this property back to 1980’s and tracked the owners down in Santa Cruz, California and spoke to an older lady. She said yes they did own that property. The husband was always “at work” every time I called, now they are dodging my calls. I also got their email, with no response. Maybe they are on vacation at this time of the year? I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt and think it could be a coincidence and I’m just calling at a bad time. But at this point it is what it is.
  5. I realized I was drifting away from my goal. While a temp shop would have been super for what it was intended for, I knew it was time to cut my losses before I sank more time and cash into it. So I’m pulling out.

So at this point, I just need to sell the shop kit. Then take care of the septic tank issue and continue the Land Partition and piling up cash money.

What are my approchaes to the septic tank challenge?

Septic Tank Hunt

  1. Called a Realtor of mine, he mentioned he was going to talk to some Title Companies and do some digging. Apparently Title Companies have record research departments and can be resourceful at times.
  2. Got a tank “locator” out here, but they apparently just use a video camera to “scope” the location. But with the old pipes missing, that was a no-go. That was $95 (discounted since he didn’t really help).
  3. Called my Land Use gal, she may know a few folks that can find it.

It looks like it’s inevitable that I will just have to completely tare up a chunk of my yard. Should be fun!

I am having fun learning this silly stuff though. Should be a piece of cake someday. By the way… some city workers are total dicks. Some actually try to go out of their way to help.

Until next time. Cheers.


Building a Steelmaster shop

May 19, 2011

Been doing site clearing for most of the week for a Steelmaster workshop. Costing a small fortune to rent equipment and labor, but it’s got to get done. Taking vids and pics of progress. Will explain some of the process later..  

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Opps, my server ate my blog posts

November 29, 2010

Long story short, for the meantime until I write a real explanation, my server ate 3 blog posts. Turns out the VMware disk instance crashed and everything was happily hanging out in the RAM (memory), that is until I rebooted it. Yikes! Google cashes saved the day, recreated the posts, and will take a look […]

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Kicking and screaming with the 401k retirement plan

November 24, 2010

Mas­sive Outflows As some of you that know me, I have always been 401k/mutual fund averse. Which pretty much means I’ve com­pletely avoided it, and didn’t even have one. In the past, we’ve gone in and out of the mar­ket. But mostly because of the calamity in the last few years, we have been on […]

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More Craigslist purges

November 23, 2010

It’s been a while since we talked Craigslist. As I’ve men­tioned before, we are on the fore­front of knock­ing down lifestyle infla­tion and con­vert­ing the pro­ceeds to lifestyle cre­ation (or design as it’s most com­monly known). Over the past year, we man­aged to purge a quite a bit of junk. It may seem to some that […]

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Interview #1: The RenMen

November 3, 2010

As of a cou­ple weeks ago — about this time…I had no idea I was gonna do this, or what I would get myself into. Fast for­ward to today, and I got this killer inter­view all ready for your tasty con­sump­tion. Granted, every skill that took to pull this off is so new­bish, but I […]

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ODBII code P0304

August 31, 2010

Yesterday was my first call to do some maintenance on the 1998 Ranger (6 cyl). So far it has been running just fine – but yesterday morning it decided not to. We took it for a spin to the bank and immediately noticed something was wrong – the truck was gutless, sputtered, and shook a […]

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Kitchen on a lean budget

August 27, 2010

Kitchen Crazy We have recently installed a kitchen in the house that we purchased and have moved into. During the process, we had to live without a kitchen for twelve days. That is a eternity, during which time you cannot prep food, wash dishes, or any serious cooking. One thing we did right was purchase […]

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Staying in the Rat Race?

August 19, 2010

From time to time I fire up the electronic version of Robert Kiyosaki’s – Rich Dad Cashflow 202 game. I remember when I first played around, on Cashflow 101 even, it was a challenge to get out of the rat race. At times it took a long time; and at other times you go broke, […]

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