My Free Find

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Misfit101, May 25, 2010.

  1. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    Several days ago when I could still get around we were coming back from practice I passed a house that had the bottom part to those DIY fountain kits. Ive always wanted one and lowes sells all the parts in varying shapes and sizes but theyre expensive. This was sitting with the trash and so my trash picking self put it in the back of the truck. Now i just need the smaller top piece that the water flows out of to the bottom part and the pump. Oh...and someone to put it all together. Anyone else ever have a "find" they were thrilled to get?
  2. butterflydream

    butterflydream New Member

    You found one of the "Finder Keepers, Losers Weepers " LOL

    Good for you Becky finding Fountain.
    I have these fountains too and oh how i enjoy them.
    My pumps need replaced.. another store has them also..WalMart in the garden section.
    Does the one you found have a Solar Panel??
    I have the old solar panel kind. What i mean by that is, the panel does not store solar although when sun is on it directly is when it Flows with water.
    They now make the stored solar panel. Water continues flowing into the night.

    You may have found a hidden treasure!! Yeah!!!!
    Solar or no Solar panel ?
  3. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    No solar panel. Didnt even know they made them! This is just the bottom tub part. Its kidney shaped and i guess about 3ft deep. Very lightweight tho. Does using a solar panel mean you dont have to have an electrical source? That would be great. And im guessing purchasing a pump large enough to move the water will be the priciest part. Sigh.
  4. butterflydream

    butterflydream New Member

    Need NO electrical source.

    If we are speaking of the same kind of fountain , to replace the pump for water flow is not expensive at all. You will need the pump, plastic tube and the sprout thingy that water will flow top of. Becky a hardware store may have this too. Next chance you get to a store take a look in the garden center. Wander around and you should find possibly the whole kit with the tubing and sprout top. Soothing to listen to Fountains flow. You found a keeper.
    Oh and if the tub has a leak, don't panic, that can be fixed too. There is a glue for that.
    One of mine somehow cracked and easy fix with glue. Can't think of the glue name but you may want to put some water in the tub to see if crack free before your journey to the
    garden center. Add the repair glue to your list if you find water leaking.
  5. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    My dh will be thrilled to not have to run an electrical line. Thanks for the warning about a repair kit! I would have never thought of that. There is a small crack but it looks to be above the water line. You can tell what the water level was. This came from a house where the previous owners got foreclosed on. They trashed the inside on their way out. Holes in walls etc. Sat empty for a long time. The new owners took the fountain out and got rid of the decorative fencing. Just proves that one mans trash is indeed another mans treasure!
  6. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    ......"Anyone else ever have a "find" they were thrilled to get?" husband!! :eek:)) (2 parentheses 'cause I have a double chin!!!)
  7. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    Oh you cwazy woman...he cant be THAT good can he? ; )
  8. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    ......he IS 11 years younger than me! ;) (snicker, snicker!!)
  9. victoria

    victoria New Member

    too funny....

    OK I am not lucky in finding things by the side of the road or in junk shops either, for that matter. So, I'm still waiting to experience a great 'find' - something to look forward to I guess.

    But I have a question since this thread has been talking about fountains... what can you put in the water other than chlorine or ?bromide? if you have dogs running around who might drink out of it, not to mention the birds. Or do you not put anything in it? - but then how often do you change the water and how do you stop 'slime': mold or algae etc?

    Thanks.... always wanted a fountain but don't cuz of the dogs. I looked at a house here, its courtyard had a fountain - saw a photo later, didn't realize that actually almost the whole courtyard was actually part of the fountain. Our dogs surely would've loved it, and one of us surely would've slipped on wet tile from their drips!

  10. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    Ok...mines 10yrs younger...why didnt i catch that!!! *grin*.... Victoria i didnt think of how to keep the water clean! Maybe the constant circulation? Ill sure have to look into it. Dont want to poison my dog, birds or anything else. And no one has fantastic finds? Except jan of course. I dont always trash pick btw...but when opportunity knocks i try to open the door! I may have opened a can of worms instead lol. And id LOVELOVELOVE a courtyard with a fountain!
  11. victoria

    victoria New Member

    this one is more like a wading pool!!
    seriously, even if I didn't have dogs I'm not sure I'd want it like that... plus there's no grass anywhere, very typical here in the cities. A 'garden' is often a 1 foot by 12 foot strip of grass & maybe flowers.

    I don't know if this will be broken up, if it is be sure to wipe out any spaces, but here's a photo of it:
  12. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    You watch me go to our bitty library so i can click on that link! Theyre still on dial up. True statement.
  13. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    Ooo ooo I FIGURED IT OUT! I FIGURED OUT HOW TO CLICK ON A LINK FROM MY PHONE!! I am a GENIUS! Ok...maybe not. H would move into that house tomorrow!! Gorgeous. Loved the sink! All that tile...those vaulted ceilings...and who needs grass anyway? Its overrated. That was a beautiful house. Would cost a small fortune in the US.
  14. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Congrats on figuring out the technology...

    you must be from an expensive area in the US, because the house is overpriced - it's a very nice spacious house, but no view. And there are lots of views here, which is why the house is overpriced. Also overpriced (here), because of wage scale & material prices (especially concrete & tile).

    Which is why I plan on redoing our backsplash in kitchen with it lolol....

    This thread didn't quite stick to it's title, did it?
  15. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    Ok...i went from my fainting couch to rolling around the floor in hysterics. Oklahoma is a very depressed area. Low wages. Low cost of living for the most part. Its sad. I dont think theres a house like that in the whole state! Now if you want a ten thousand acre spread with a nice ranch house...write a check for 250,000 bucks and it could be all yours! Id rather have the casa you put up. I saw a house almost identical to ours in california...and THAT sold for almost 250,000bucks!!! I dont see how ppl afford to live there. And youll have to give us details on your backsplash. I dont care if a thread goes off topic. Folks will jump in where they want. Or not.
  16. victoria

    victoria New Member

    happy to make people laugh!

    I know, I know, the same is true in Georgia in the country where I'm from. Sometimes I wish we'd stayed in Chicago area, comparatively we'd have had more $ at this point but... na, I'm glad we got away from the snow/ice/heat/congestion/smog/etc.

    RE is very overpriced here in general cuz they're trying to sell to US & Canadians and other expatriates, they think we all still have $$. And they think we all come from California or the NE etc, places where RE is quite pricey even now comparatively.

    AND of course there is a certain number of very wealthy Mexicans (in fact, the richest man in the world on the Forbes' list is a Mexican who owns the monopoly on telephones). Lake Patzcuaro is getting to be a 'neat place' to live; well it is pretty and it's not very hot most of the year tho it can get a bit cold in winter.

    (The houses here have no a/c or heat other than fireplaces &/or portable or wall gas heaters. Seriously. Most are concrete/brick (unlike the house we bought from a US carpenter, frame with no insulation; si, it gets cold! I dunno what he was thinking.)

    I did hear some towns in OK were offering a 'homesteading' program a while back, giving free lots to people to build on if they would come live there and raise families? Thought that was creative, but wonder how many people did it....

    g'nite, I'm off to bed (I hope!)

    [This Message was Edited on 05/26/2010]
  17. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    No ac in mexico??? How does that work? Ppl just suffer? The only homesteading i know of is the exemption you file with the courthouse after you purchase a house. You get a break on the taxes.It would be a dream if dh could work in one of those tile manufactures. Can you say employee discount? Now...if youre native american...preferably can get an indian home. The new ones are nice. The casinos do wonderful things for their tribes. Theyre the only ones who can have casinos. Nite well!
  18. victoria

    victoria New Member

    it makes all the difference in the world. We're at 7,200 ft, Patzcuaro is at about 6,800 ft... it's really only HOT during April-May when it's the dryest. When it rains I've seen the temp drop by 15-20 degrees - people wear layers of clothing here, even now, as the nights drop into low 50s/high 40s.

    Nearest bigger city is Morelia which is lower- and hotter during spring/summer, but of course warmer in winter - Just 2-300 feet in elevation can make a difference.

    LOL "Mxn tile" is very cheap here... not in US because of transportation, customs, middlemen, etc. There's a factory not very far away, so automatically if you go there it is even cheaper, plus they'll do custom work. Trust me, it wouldn't pay much!

    re "modern homesteading" - I just remember reading about some small towns in different states that were depopulating, creating the likelihood that the local schools would no longer have funding etc., so some towns were offering free lots if families came there to live. What I didn't understand was how that family was supposed to actually "live" - ie, where were the jobs? I remember that part was not answered. I doubt it worked, likely is no longer happening anyway.

    Yeah, I don't blame the Indians for taking advantage of the casino industry...

  19. Misfit101

    Misfit101 New Member

    Certain tribes actually do very well by their ppl. Lots of benefits. Even now homes advertised for sale offer special incentives if you have a CDIB card (proof you are native american with a certain amount of bloodline). The more NA you are...the more benefits youre entitled to. NA kids at our school go on special outings the other kids dont get to go on. And there are gift bags at the end of the year. Other tribes dont have the money and do nothing. They need their own casino. . . Jobs here are hare to come by. When the plant that the hubs works at 1st opened they had a contract with walmart that they wouldnt start employees out at more than 7.00 an hour. Walmart didnt want to lose its work force. Politics at its worst. Dont get me started. I live in a politically corrupt area. Thank goodness the company got bought out. Put an end to THAT financial fiasco...but brought us almost to financial ruin 1st. Thankfully things got better. Its a blow to a man when his disabled wife makes more than he does and he takes a 2nd job making pizza and doogie howzer is his boss.
  20. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Sounds like grounds for some type of suit on anti-trust laws or similar, there's not supposed to be collusion like that regarding pay. Was that known to start and okay'd by the state, or came out later?

    There is a guy who was dx'd with Fibro in Tennessee and received SSD. Despite that, his wife was working 2 jobs. They still were not making it. They moved to the city of Guanajuato, MX and it was all for the better - cheaper to live for starters of course, they could make it on his SSD alone for starters.

    Since then he's actually gotten better, has gone down from about 7 meds to 3; part of why he says he feels he's gotten better is because it is a more arid area; so it had fewer high/low pressure swings. I think I read he only really suffers from pain about 3 months out of the year, the extent of the rainy season there I guess. He has since written a book or 2 about Guanajuato, has a website, etc....