A journey into the workshop. #116: Oh crud. And junk, and debris. Time to clean up again!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-03-2017 09:01 PM 1966 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You might have noticed I don’t post up a lot of stuff on my projects lately. There are some good, and not so good reasons for that. The good reason is that one of my bigger projects lately has been dealing with security improvements that I don’t want advertised online, but suffice to say I have far more protection than redneck neighbors with guns in a pretty decent neighborhood at this point.

The bad reasons are… #1. Many of my projects haven’t been for me. We are hopping like crazy helping family that got hammered by Hurricane Harvey. #2. Health struggles. My weight continues to be a big problem for me. And the side effects are causing real issues. Most notably sciatica which is hindering me more than I would care for… I am starting to consider, but my wife is 100% against it, a bariatric procedure. I have to do something. The big problem because of the whole insurance thing, I have had to switch primary care docs 4 times in the last 3 years. So my doc doesn’t really have a history on what we have tried, and surgery is the first recommendation I get. If I could go back 4 docs ago, they had me on a plan that was working…. Oh well… Do what I can. #3. Many of my projects are in partial states of completion due to shifting priorities. Mostly hers, not mine…

So my plan for the weekend, assuming my plans don’t get changed for me are…

#1. Finish painting the end pieces of the wainscotting so that I can install, and finish painting up. I did find out that my paint absolutely needs a primer, but okay no biggie… #2. Finish cutting the top for the candle stand, and level up the legs.

Next phase will be pre-stain the bottom of the top for the candle stand so I can assemble it.

Then clean up. Including dismantling the following for the component lumber.

1 pallet my wife insisted I pick up.
1 oak dresser, that is made from 4” ish stock, that is glued with insufficient glue. (It is literally falling apart).

I need to take my oil change catch pan to the auto parts house to empty it, and then finish cleaning the shop.

I do have an area unfortunately where the oil pan spilled on the shop floor. I need to get that cleaned up and gone.

My structured wiring project is being changed by my wife as her brother mentioned about the exposed wall mount rack. She doesn’t understand the design, or purpose behind it. If she has me move it where she wants it to go, I will HAVE to mount my router somewhere more central, where it can likely be seen in the living room…

And of course home projects, lots of home projects… We are picking up flooring a box at a time as we can afford it. Again, her idea, not mine. I am going to have to skin the slab with leveler, lay down a vapor barrier, then subfloor, THEN the hardwood she wants, which means all the existing tile needs to go since it is right on the slab and nowhere near thick enough, doors trimmed, all the moldings reworked, etc…

Have I mentioned that I love my wife, but HATE it when she spends time with her sister, or Pinterest?

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#1 posted 11-06-2017 02:21 AM

I’ll send you a PM tomorrow, busy tonight…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 11-06-2017 04:08 PM

Sent you a PM.

About refinishing, and repair… I have had enough of it for awhile. The following was done for my handicapped stepdaughter’s new condo. For all practical purposes I am her father. She calls me Dad, has never known another Dad, and I act like one.

I built an inexpensive full size pine dining room table, and I repaired and refinished 4 chairs we bought on Craig’s List. We were gifted two end tables that I repaired and refinished, and we had a coffee table that I repaired and refinished.

Gad zooks. I never want to see another paint brush or piece of sandpaper!!!... (-:

I am here in La Conner WA. Right now I am alone for 5 days. My wife and a friend have gone to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands (near to here and Seattle). They took our van and caught the ferry at Anacortes. They are at a spinning conference for 5 days. They get teaching and insights into various aspect of spinning yarn. You know, like with spinning wheels. They both have electronic motorized compact spinners, and Sherie also took along a more traditional spinning wheel.

Here in La Conner our electronics, including cameras, security system, hard wired internet, and wireless are all centralized in a closet, and mounted on the wall. In Anchorage, things are not so centralized, although most of it is in my study, with the router, cable modem, and a switch all sitting visible in a bookshelf. More akin to your rack mounted stuff. If you have the room, and you don’t need frequent access, the gear is nice to have in a closet or some such. But frankly, at home, I like it in view so that I can monitor it and access it when I need to.

I just upgraded all the gear at home to gigabyte since my old computer has that capability. I recently upgraded the C:\ drive 256 gig solid state hard drive on that computer to a terabyte. It is 7 years old, but has the Intel Extreme Processor (6 cores, with automatic overclocking on demand), 24 gig of memory, couple of video cards, etc. So it just keeps on humming along. Great computer from Falcon Northwest.

Thankfully, my wife doesn’t care what I do in my study, and the in-laws are not obtrusive. The one we see the most, from Dallas, is a techie, and has been quite helpful when around.

OK, got to run a bunch of errands. Hang in there, and don’t let the in-laws get you down… (-: Maybe it is time to claim some household space as your own, appearance be damned…


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 11-06-2017 04:41 PM

LOL… It’s funny. It’s not like I haven’t been busy. But I am NOT going to publish online any details of my security system etc… Nor any of the info on handling care of elderly relatives.

I have Wainscotting I am installing in the main bathroom even though my SIL (real estate broker) is fussing that it is going to look old. Meh, whatever…. It makes sense in this space… And I am not selling any time soon. There will be videos on that shortly. (one is in the queue ready to go, the other has already been shot just needs to be edited and published).

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