Replacing a window motor on Subaru Forester. Lots of posts on this online, about how difficult it is, saying must disassemble entire regulator – I had watched someone do it before, was dreading doing it myself – but turns out, you don’t have to, it’s actually super simple.. Hard to find a good guide how online, so here it is:

Easy job 1 hour tops for a novice/first timer.

  • Take off door panel, pull back plastic/silicone (lots of videos online)
  • Remove speaker
  • Unscrew three screws holding in motor inside of door (#3 phillips)
  • Unscrew two nearest 10mm bolts (red in image), loosen two others (green in image). These bolts hold the assembly to the door, be careful to not fully remove.
  • Wiggle the old motor out, took 5 minutes of maneuvering, may need to pry assembly outwards a bit
  • Place new motor in, screw in the 3 #3 philips on the motor, tighten and put back the 10mm bolts.

It’s that easy. I’m unsure if this applies to all second generation foresters, but I’ll put the years down for searching just incase it is: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Best Bread Machine Bread.

I often get caught up in something, for a week at a time. Maybe fixing my truck, a certain book, consuming news, a new gadget, coding something, and far too often binge watching a TV series (most recent: Vikings). This week’s obsession: our new bread machine, a christmas present.

I’ve been obsessed with trying to make restaurant style bread at home- you know, the kind at those Italian joints that they hand out before your meal, to make you think your meal was super filling. At very least, just trying to make bread comparable to the higher-end bread at the store that rings up at over $5.

I tried each recipe the machine came with, and lots of online recipes – but each tasted cheap, gooy, too hard or too soft. I was severely disappointed, and half my compost is now filled with rejected loafs.

Anyways, after much trial-and-error, I’ve finally made something just right by combining three different recipes. I’ve created the ultimate best bread machine bread recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot water (free!)
  • 2 teaspoons yeast ($0.40)
  • 3 overflowing tablespoons sugar ($0.03)
  • 1/4 cup of butter ($0.62)
  • 1 teaspoon salt ($0.01)
  • 3 cups white flour ($0.30)
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten ($0.05)
  • 3 tablespoons Italian/vegetable seasoning ($0.35)

Total Cost: $1.76

Directions

  1. Activate yeast in the warm water, 10min; until frothy
  2. Add all other ingredients
  3. Set the machine to 1.5 kg, white/light crust, on the basic setting
  4. Once complete, dump onto cooling rack for 10min

Total Time: 10 minutes to prepare, 3 hours in machine

The vital wheat gluten is the main ingredient, you could say it’s vital. If you don’t have it: don’t bother. It’s the taste difference between cheap stale bread at the ghetto grocery store in town, compared to the soft fluffy I-can‘t-belive-this-isn’t-the-meal restaurant bread you’re after.

While renovating the basement, there was an old ce…

While renovating the basement, there was an old cedar shelf that needed to come down. After carefully taking the boards out and buying some 4×4 for legs and 1×1’s for structure, I built a standing garden for Jess.

It’s 5×3′ and holds >70L of soil.

Building a Standing Garden

Building a Standing Garden

Fixing up a ’92 Ranger, named Pearl. The truck was perfect for me. I knew I wanted a Ford, I’d never finance, wanted an older boxy’er looking truck, and wasn’t interest in any bells and whistles. I wanted a reliable beater basically:

1992 Ford Ranger - White

Pearl was perfect – and best of all I got the truck from a retired on the side mechanic, who intended this to be his winter driver (oh, did I mention it’s a 4×4, take that old man winter). He put a lot of love and money into it: replaced the rusty box, coated the frame and underbody with “POR-15”, new 4WD Shift Motor, new summers, alloy rims, etc.. And on a side note: he was an amazing help and source of information while fixing, being a great teacher/council when I ran into walls, having every tool you could possibly need, and the experience to help with the difficult things. Wouldn’t of done all the work and learned as much as I did without him.

Here’s the break down of the work put in thus far:

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Apparently one wasn’t enough. Found a few faucets in a antique store in Enderby & heckled down a deal for them. Installed one into some weathered lumber, and pieced on some shinny knobs I beat the crap out of to look worn. Going for the artsy fartsy look. Jess will be selling it here on Facebook or here on Etsy.

Hanger

Hanger

Problems are fun to solve. I’m a natural problem solver – speaking technically of course, social matters I’m clueless – and the funniest problems are the ones where when you’re troubleshooting, you think you’ve solved it, but after blood, sweat, and endless tears you discover there’s actually more than one issue causing the problem. Solving any of these issues independently doesn’t fix the problem, only solving them together.

This happens far too often while developing – and I had my first mechanical one this week. This is my new truck, Pearl.

WORK DANM YOU WORK

Pearl’s 22, and her rear breaks gave out – problem originally diagnosed as a snapped break line.

After jacking her up, and lining the entire front-to-rear with new break line, repairing the rear break drums and secondary cylinders, replacing the seals, and throwing in a new left rear axil for the heck of it – the breaks still didn’t work.

Taking a step back, looking at the variables and researching online, finding the the ABS controller (which the line flows through), clog and basically shit the bed after so many years.

After working another few hours to find, pickup, and install a new ABS controller. The breaks still didn’t work. New break line, new ABS controller – what’s was left.

Turns out the plastic T in the rear was also clogged and complete garbage. Quick trip to local Lordco and a few stubborn bolts –

WORK DANM YOU WORK

Victory. Sweet victory.

Old piece of crap black dresser on the side of the…

Old piece of crap black dresser on the side of the road. Removed the busted drawer (stick baskets used there), added a bunch of support and fixes to the drawers slide paths. Coat of chalk paint. Looks like $50 I’d say.

Before:

Before

Had a short entry way wall – with non-symmetrical…

Had a short entry way wall – with non-symmetrical placement of studs. I had a cheap 12″ hanger it was crappy, and making it worse it couldn’t even reach both the 16 on centre studs. I could use the plastic studs, but that would leave large damage in the rental we are in – so I made my own. Perfectly centre in the wall, with small fasteners for the off-centre studs.

2x 4×1’s, some moulding and hooks from Bella, Salmon Arm.

Task was to create a 1/8 scale “thing” that a…

Task was to create a 1/8 scale “thing” that a 1/8 scale stick figure could use. Many classmates choose to make benches – I got a little more intricate:

Written about on kulturologia.ru. I was really sho…

Written about on kulturologia.ru. I was really shocked looking at my site analytics to find that a Russian blogger on kulturologia.ru had done a write up about my work and sent a ton of traffic to my site! It’s not in English, and they got my name and country wrong – but it’s still really flattering.

The above image was the featured image. It again was an illustration just for fun. It’s like Where’s Waldo but with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If you look long enough you’ll see.

Here’s a screenshot of the translation. & some interesting quotes from the webpage:

[David] Sword will leave no one indifferent.

All this was going: to the movies – special effects in photos – collages. I liked all the work, it is evident that the artist spent a lot of time to create them. They carry either positive as carefree girls, or a warning in the form of bombs, syplyuschihsya the city. In all of this makes sense.

The works, which show light-hearted girl, really nice! Evoke only positive emotions.

Haha.

This is pretty cool, I’ve been written about on…

This is pretty cool, I’ve been written about on a graphics blog called trend hunter. Screenshot.

The above picture “HillSide” was from 2010, with model Natalie.

If you squint hard enough to see through the dozens of ads, social links, you can see some of my work.

Here’s what they had to say:

Once in a while you may come across an art form that is fresh and unique, invades your senses and evokes emotion. Such are the captivating collages created by artist David Sword, who blends bold images with breathtaking beauty.

David Sword’s work is alluring to say the least. His modern and surreal approach to the traditional form of collage may leave the observer wanting more. Feel free to browse through this gallery which features some of David Sword’s captivating collages.

I find this funny.