Daves Workshop #7: 2 new videos, some sad news, and back on the track... Lumber wagon work, and wall work...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-06-2017 02:45 AM 2693 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No woodworking in the shop at this time. Just vehicle and drywall work. I have woodworking tasks in the queue though. One I REALLY don’t want to do, but it’s something I have to do…

You probably noticed that I haven’t put out a video for about 6 weeks. To say the beginning of 2017 sucked is an understatement. A colleague of mine suddenly passed away, a friend’s dad lost his battle with cancer, and the one that hits us at home, our beloved 20 year old cat was diagnosed with bone cancer the day after Christmas. She lost her fight with the disease on January 29th.

My project queue now includes a cat urn for her remains. Not sure I am going to do it though. We ordered a nice hand carved rosewood urn from the vet hospital.

My wife and I are debating this, but the Kitty Condo I made for our cat back in 2009 was from Hurricane Ike blow down scrap. I am considering dismantling it and using the lumber for some shop projects I have been putting off.

In the first video, I cover replacing modern composite headlamps, prepping for the known issues with them, and updating bulbs to LEDs. Our lumberwagon is a 2004 Ford F150, and the stock lights flooded with water and peeled up. We show you how to seal up a set of aftermarket lights, and install them on the truck. We also cover fixing the hyperflashing that comes with LED turn signal bulbs with the lower resistance than incandescent bulbs have…

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The second video is covering how to prep a wall for installatinon of vinyl wall art when your wall is textured.

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 04:38 PM

My condolences on your cat. We lost Girlfriend our 12 year stray last summer and Ernie our 18 year old early December. Made for a sad holiday season. Like you, one of my projects is a little box for Ernie’s ashes. Here’s to honoring our cat’s memories.

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#2 posted 02-06-2017 09:12 PM


It’s odd. I’ve lost friends and family members before. Not sure why but losing a pet sure does seem to actually hurt worse.

I always knew when I didn’t quite have the shop door latched, especially when working with hand tools. (She stayed out of the shop if power tools were anywhere near…). I’d be laying out cut lines or whatnot, and hear the distinctive plop of little paws on my bench as she jumped up from floor to tote, tote to bench…

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 05:20 PM

Pets are universally mourned when they die, just like their owners mourn for a family members death. When I was practicing OB-GYN, a common complaint from patients was depression from the death of a pet. It is also amazing how much people will spend on their pet’s health.

Frequently they would mention the death of a friend or relative and the death of a pet in the same sentence, giving them equal significance. I still get a little teary eyed when I think of putting down our little Shih Tzu at age 15. That little dog broke a hip when she was fairly young, and of course had surgery. For a small dog like her, they just remove the part fractured off and let a pseudo-joint form. After a few months you couldn’t even tell which side had broken. She ran and jumped just like nothing had ever happened. If I took a nap in a recliner she would immediately jump up, squeeze in just beside me, and fall asleep as well. It was a ritual. Of course, she also slept on the bed, but stayed below my wife’s feet because she is shorter.

We didn’t get another dog, because we already had our hands full with our Mitred Conure, Kermit. He is now 26 years old, and going strong. If something happened to him, I might consider another dog, but not another bird, because most would outlive me.

Lots of snow this year in Anchorage, and it getting to be a pain. Made all the more obvious, since we just got back from our northern Washington vacation home in La Conner. They are getting some dustings of snow this year, the first we have seen there in 6 years. Must be the year of snow.

Didn’t view the videos since they are not in my sphere of interest. I get to do a little automotive work today, installing a wire to connect a trickle charger. The one that was installed in my car by the dealer failed, but I am not going to replace it. I prefer the charger to be outside the car so I can see better what is going on.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 10:05 PM

Sorry for your loss. My Mom-in-Law just passed 2 weeks ago also. It takes a bit to get used to someone not being around.

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#5 posted 06-04-2017 10:44 AM

So sorry to hear about your bad year so far. My condolences on the passing of your cat, i hate to say it out loud but you are right sometimes losing a pet is hard to imagine how difficult it is. Best of luck on the rest of your year

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