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Old 07-04-2017, 09:10 AM
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I can't count how many times I grabbed a sandwich out of one of those machines, working late at university. Very cool to see that one being resurrected. Now all you need is a coffee machine, which drops the cup and then pours a cup of coffee.
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Old 07-04-2017, 11:36 PM
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I promised myself no more vending machines. TV's and old computers are one thing but Vending machines? Unless I started up an arcade with storefront I'm not going to invest in a row of vending machines.

Anyways, the local surplus shop had a bunch of spraypaint that closely matched the original paint. $2.99 per can. I grabbed six cans of black for the door trim and hinges and 12 cans of olive grey for the main cabinet. All I need to find now is a buttload of cheap primer.

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Old 07-06-2017, 03:52 PM
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I promised myself no more vending machines. TV's and old computers are one thing but Vending machines? Unless I started up an arcade with storefront I'm not going to invest in a row of vending machines.
Put 'em to work! Why not find an office building or strip mall, park a couple of machines there, and rake in some $$$?

No need for a row of 'em - one or two strategically placed units could be quite profitable.

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Old 07-08-2017, 12:55 AM
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While the idea has serious merit unfortunately the Pacific Northwest is in the midst of a property crisis. Chinese nationals investing in properties overseas to hide assets in markets propped up by others paying tens of thousands above asking, creating massive bubbles. The result is that even renting a 500 square foot residential suite is about $1500 per month with commercial suites starting at $2500. I'll leave the discussion at that as it can get pretty ugly.
If I owned property then sure but for now I simply cannot think of trying that.
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:19 PM
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While the idea has serious merit unfortunately the Pacific Northwest is in the midst of a property crisis. Chinese nationals investing in properties overseas to hide assets in markets propped up by others paying tens of thousands above asking, creating massive bubbles. The result is that even renting a 500 square foot residential suite is about $1500 per month with commercial suites starting at $2500. I'll leave the discussion at that as it can get pretty ugly.
If I owned property then sure but for now I simply cannot think of trying that.
That seems to be a global issue. Foreign investors buy property in a country, and in the process jack up the prices and force out the people living there. I've seen this with my own eyes in London, where property is bought up by investors, then left vacant and often allowed to decay.

Back to the vending machines - from what I gather, there's usually just an agreement with the building owner to park your machine on their property in exchange for a portion of the proceeds. So you might be able to avoid the whole rent mess completely if you're lucky.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:34 PM
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Surplus Herbís got in several cases of primer suitable for plastics. Itís not perfect and it is a clear spray, but it IS primer, so I bought 12 cans.

This evening before the winds picked up for the weekend I primed and then put one coat down on the first parts of the machine.


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I also did the bottom plate and the inside of the lower portion of the machine.
I might run out of paint before I finish. I decided the interior parts will only see a prime and one coat of paint. The outside Iím hoping to have two cans reserved for each side and the bottom. There are five more cans left at Herbís so Iíll have to buy that just in case. The wind at least will be nice so I can sand the exterior in preparation for priming. It doesnít need to be stripped clean. Just enough to clean any dirt or rough spots.
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:32 PM
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Heavy smoke means no wind. Perfect time to tackle priming again.
Before I pulled out the sander I did a little uh, mechanical adjustment to bend the one side of the cabinet back in shape. That brought it back nice and level.



For cleanup I attacked with my large sander. Really all I am trying to remove is any sun damaged or flaking paint. There are some larger scrapes or gouges in the original paint and primer but with at least two coats of primer and paint it shouldn't bee too noticeable. Once I get a side sanded I do a quick wipe and down goes the primer which goes down a slight shade darker so for the first layer at least I can see where I am covering.



Once the cabinet is totally primed I will give it a few days to set and then paint the top, reconnect it with the base and then while standing upright complete the last of the painting before rolling it back into the garage so I can start on the door.

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