What a couple of weeks.

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 02-17-2013 07:06 PM 1852 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well things are still moving along in time for the show; but what a couple of weeks. We came home 2 weeks ago to find that the basement had flooded at some point while we were away. There was no water left just very wet carpeting throughout. We think the drain in the backyard backed up again and then came pouring in to the sump pump. It did a noble job getting rid of the water but not before things got wet. So I spent an entire day cutting up and hauling wet carpet upstairs and outside. I was able to rent a dehumidifier and with that and some fans the levels are back to normal. All of my office suite did quite well no signs of damage. Glad I didn’t have press board junk. I did have to get a new computer, which I was not aware of until the past few days when stuff started not working. Seems the inside got wet and drained but corrosion is now eating the ports lower on the mother board. I will get a new one set up here shortly. So far just lost USBs and audio. Gives me a good excuse to change things around some in my office and clean up so it is all good at this point.

Yesterday though thought I was in for another one, while turning some pens the mandrel stopped turning but the motor kept going. After much cursing and even thinking about purchasing a new Lathe, I took some time this morning and took some things apart. Seems I somehow lost a set screw in the pulley on the motor and a keyway on the drive pulley. With a bit of wresting and some help from the big orange I was able to replace both parts and it seems things are spinning well. Just turned a pen to make sure and it went rather well. Still have not given up the thought of a buying a new lathe later this year. This one is really too big for what I do now and will later use it for. I am thinking about scaling down and opening up some more room in the shop by switching to a midi, who knows.

Anyway that has been what I have been up to. I will be posting a review here shortly regarding some awesome drill bits I just received which really helped to brighten my week .

Catch up to you all soon.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-17-2013 07:21 PM

Hope the clean up goes well. That always slows everything else down. Best of luck sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-17-2013 07:31 PM

Thanks Monte, the grunt work is done. I will have someone come in and put new carpeting down. My office is a bit of a shambles though as I had to shuffle things around to get carpeting out and I did have items on the floor besides my computer. Show is just 2 weeks away though so that is the big focus for my wife and I right now.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 02-17-2013 08:00 PM

Sorry about the damage. I had water in my basement about 4-5 times. It’s not fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 02-18-2013 09:49 AM

I know what it’s like—it sucks. Although it’s nice to get stuff replaced, it takes forever to find out what you need and then to get it done.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 02-18-2013 11:36 AM

I’m sorry about all of your water damage. I hope it gets back to normal quickly. I’ve had our furnace room flood twice and ruin the furnace controls. It’s no fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-18-2013 04:43 PM

I have had similar backups in my basement. Now I use plastic space blocks to raise everything up a couple of inches.

After you get everything dried out, spray the bottoms of the walls with anti-mold, antibacterial stuff.

If you have your drain spouts connected to the sewer line, you can try disconnecting them and let the rain water drain onto the lawn. Here in St. Louis this is illegal, but many folks do it.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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