Closing up shop until it gets cool:

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Blog entry by TheOldTimer posted 06-24-2011 07:40 AM 4642 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hate to do it, but it is time to close up the shop except for very small projects. The temperature hit 113 here in Chandler today so it is just too hot to work in the garage shop. The dew point was 35 today so it looks like we may be starting to enter the mansoon season. Hopefully we will be back in full operation in the middle of October.
We sure could use some rain especially in the eastern part of the state where all the fires are burning up the forest land. It is that time of the year when we will be improving on Sketchup skills and doing some designing.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#1 posted 06-24-2011 02:07 PM

You can have some of our rain, another 2” yesterday making the total so far this year to over 30”.
More rain forecast for today and tomorrow. Grass is growing so fast and green that I have to mow every couple days. Worst thing about all this rain is the “Frinkin” mosquitoes!
But, I feel for you guys down there, that is too hot for me, I’d close up shop too!

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 02:25 PM

It’ already gotten up to 97 here in Georgia several days and boy it is humid. However, 113 is outrageous and I don’t blame you. Maybe you could work some in the evenings.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 02:43 PM

What temps does it get down to at night?

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 02:51 PM

I too found myself in the same situation, too hot, too cold. I ended up converting a couple of spare bedrooms to wood-rooms when my kids moved out. I was lucky, we have all wood floors, and they ain’t that pretty to begin with. A little better, but now too cluttered. Maybe you could find something to do inside, like scrollsaw work or something else.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 03:28 PM

Wish I could swap some rain for your heat, we got 2” yesterday afternoon in a thunderstorm/light hail storm,
our creek has been over the emergency spillway for a week and the lowlands down by the river are flooded.
The thermometer seems to like 60’s but lately it has finally made it to the 70s and it may warm up to where
it should be by July. Shorts and a wicking t-shirt help when it gets hot, but the shop heater gets way more
use than an a/c would, so I guess I will just stay put. You could probably get in a few hours just as the
sun comes up to avoid any drastic wood withdrawal symptoms, LOL.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 03:38 PM

I can sympathize…been using lots and lots of big fans for years now . I only get morning work hours unless it rains and the temperature drops for a while. My nearest neighbor is 1/4 mile down the road but he can still complain of noise if I work in the late evening hours. North Florida this June with 10 days over 100 and 0 days under 95 . with humidity levels in the 80 to 90 % range….It does get down around the mid 70’s at night though…. it sucks but we deal with it and we still have more June to come. July , Aug. & september are more of the same , but with higher night time temps. and I actually CHOSE to live here….go figure ! (forgot to mention going to football games in Nov & Dec. in short sleeve shirts )

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#7 posted 06-24-2011 05:00 PM

Hot as hell here also with no rain to boot. The weatherman says we can look forward to at least the next week with temps in the trips and no rain in site. Now if the darn grass would quit growing I wouldn’t have to mow. LOL

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 05:02 PM

Is a swamp cooler a possibility, or …. not (for whatever reason) ??

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 06-25-2011 12:06 AM

Swamp cooler is on the list for next year, they work very well as long as the dew temperature is under 40. Night time temperatures are in the middle 80s and in another month they will be in the 90s. As we get close to the monsoon season here humidity will rise and we get our thunderstorms in late afternoon or evening. On the positive side, woodwork most of the winter with the garage doors open. Oh well, it is a dry heat, ha,ha,ha heat is heat and sawdust and sweat just do not mix.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#10 posted 06-25-2011 12:12 AM

I’ve pretty much been out of my shop for the last … Idunno … month or so.

It’s not fun.

May the time pass quickly, and—next summer—may you need a dang SWEATER to work out there :-)

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 06-25-2011 12:54 AM

Just came in from trying to do a little sanding on project.
Figured just a pair of shorts, mug of ice and water, fan, shade it would be ok with a breeze.
No way I can see with goggles on, sweat coursing down face… dust covering every square inch of chest, face and legs…
Screw it… shower, beer and stay inside.
101 and it is 1750hrs.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#12 posted 06-25-2011 03:52 AM

I know what you mean. I lived in Tucson for 3 years back in the early ‘70’s. Chandler is worse as I remember. We have been running 107 to 109 with a dew point of 40 here in SW Oklahoma. It has been tough this year. No rain either. I planned to work in the shop a lot this spring. Didn’t get it done. It went from cool to blazing hot over night. Too hot to work here too.

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#13 posted 06-25-2011 03:35 PM

I have never really been around swamp coolers, but how would the swing in the humidity affect the wood.
In Arizona you would be going from very low to high humidity. In Florida it would not be such a drastic
swing sometimes. Just wondering.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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