It took a while, but I finally did it

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Blog entry by BillyJ posted 11-07-2011 04:49 AM 1854 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Please, please, hold the applause. I just couldn’t take another winter without heat, and I have a kitchen remodel coming up that will require me working in the cold, so I finally installed my shop heater. Yep, it took a long time, but it finally happened.

After running the wrong size gas line to the shop, and didn’t even measure 1/2 pound pressure at the heater, I decided to calculate what would be needed. I guess it would have helped by reading directions first. But, who does that?

Let’s see what the damage was to the pocket book; I had to purchase 125’ of PE-Pex so I could run 32’ underground. Oh, and I had to pick up TWO flex risers to connect to the black pipe at both ends. Between those three items – $325. Would anyone like to buy some 1” PE-Pex?

Now all I have to do is finish dry walling the ceiling and insulating. Looks like the money pit is endless.

In the mean time, it works quite well. At least I won’t have to wear thermal clothing while woodworking.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 04:59 AM

Nice, looks like winter woodworking just got a lot better in your shop. Congrats

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 05:13 AM

Looks like a money pit, but it will be a warm money pit…lol I install my heater last winter and what a joy working in a warm shop. I just kept it on the lowest setting and left it run all winter. The car’s heater could put out heat before we left the block that was a big plus with the Mrs…, this winter I may install a coffee pot and a new pair of slipper …lol enjoy Bill and thanks for posting your upgrade…BC

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 05:13 AM

expensive lesson cool heater

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 05:30 AM

I know you will enjoy the warmth this winter, the time spent in your shop will be much more comfortable!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 11-07-2011 05:55 AM

A great move.

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#6 posted 11-07-2011 05:57 AM

Hi It may have been a little costly, but it will cost a lot less if you get Pneumonia and end up in the Hospital. You will enjoy it and your hands will when you pick up a warm tool or touch a cast iron table saw top. I enjoy having my heat very much. Just spent $ 500. for fuel oil for this winter and some of next.
Work Fast to get your ceiling in and you will have a Great Christmas present

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#7 posted 11-07-2011 06:53 AM

I have portable propane heaters that I still need to blow the dust out of and get ready for the winter. In the mean time I have been going by the philosophy that the heat is in the tools, and the more work done, the more heat that is generated LOL

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#8 posted 11-07-2011 07:46 AM

it could be worse. No reason for the heat because you have no job to do. Just part of the cost of doing business just like parking tickets in downtown Seattle ;-)) Add it to the cost of the job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 11-07-2011 07:56 AM

Hmm now you get the pleasure of working with wood 365 days a year. Good decision.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 11-07-2011 01:52 PM

Once you go heated you can never go back… It’s nice to be able to work comfortably without rubbing your hands together every five minutes to get them warm.
Check with some local HVAC companies to see if they’ll take the extra piping.
Nice job on the heater, now get that ceiling closed up. If I had time I’d come down and give ya a hand.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#11 posted 11-07-2011 02:45 PM

This January you will say it’s worth it. Working without all those heavy clothes will be great.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#12 posted 11-07-2011 03:40 PM

I lucked out that my latest house had the heated attached garage when I bought it. Life is so good when you can work in reasonable comfort. Heck, I have had it on a couple mornings for an hour already this year to take the chill off.


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#13 posted 11-07-2011 08:29 PM

Topamax – LOL. You’re absolutely right – it’s all part of doing business.

Gary – Thanks for the tip – I’ll give a couple of them a call. Oh, btw, there is all sorts of time available, you just have to make it. I figure we can start this weekend and knock it off in a day or so :)

I was thinking about having a drywall raising one weekend. It’s 11 1/2’ ceilings, but I have a lift.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#14 posted 11-07-2011 09:28 PM

Looks Great Neighbor!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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