Workshop Development #62: All is well, but keeping very busy...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-18-2012 04:39 PM 2057 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had very little shop time since October, when I had my electrical run. In the time in between I have…

#1. Finished up the remodel of my laundry room. #2. Finished with the paint and electrical upgrades in the living room. #3. Assembled a cheapo computer armoire for the master bedroom. This is a temporary thing as I am presently working on …

#1. Purging the YEARS of junk accumulated in my home office. I literally had stacks of boxes filled with various documentation, taxes and finances going back to 1986. I spent lots of quality time with my scanner, and paper shreadder getting rid of most of the stuff older than 8 years old. (some stuff like mortgage of course i kept…). #2. Rebuilding my home computer network. I am building a private cloud infrastructure at home. I have just last night finished up building the SAN (Storage Area Network). I need to set up mount boards for patch panels and switches as I am not at a point where I can do a structured wiring project complete with enclosure at this point. #3. Haven’t begun putting it together, but I have the hardware to start assembling a 4 node HPC cluster for virtualization.

Back in the shop I have been…

#1. Cleaning out the old toolboxes of years of accumulated junk. Finding proper spaces for everything that can have a proper space, if it doesn’t belong, it goes either to be recycled, donated, or to the dumpster… My mechanics toolbox hasn’t been this organized since I actually WAS a professional mechanic. #3. Building, and having an utter measurement failure on a custom fit behind the front bumper winch mount for my truck. #4. Replacing the alternator in my Saturn. #5. attempting to put up full sheets of fire rated sheetrock, solo… Not happening. I need HELP!

So you see it hasn’t been that I haven’t been busy, I have been too busy is the problem…

Good Lord willing, and some helpful volunteers able, I will have my truck back road worthy in January (I need to replace ball joints, and coilovers in the front end, going with a Rancho 2.5” lift at the same time. The 6” is WAY too expensive, and more than I need.

My biggest concern really is the sheet rock. Once that gets put up, I start putting my shop back together, starting with the clamshell cabinets. I will be spacing them so that the ends are exactly 8’ apart, and will then put the cabs such that there is an 8’ x 18” deep shelf on top of them.

Like I mentioned, I need help. Anyone in the Houston metro area willing to give me a hand?

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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 12-18-2012 05:45 PM

Wish I were closer, ‘cause it sounds like you need a hand, but I’ll be watching from afar!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 12-18-2012 05:51 PM

I have some friends @ my church that I can typically call on, but one of them is dealing with some family issues (pregnant wife / high risk pregnancy, so he is pretty much doing EVERYTHING around the house…), and the other one is working more hours than I am…

The neighbor across the street offered to help. I have helped him hang rock, and rebuild his deck, but he’s a younger single guy, and he has a new girlfriend, so that option is closed. Might try to offer his roomate a few bucks to just help me get this stuff UP…

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#3 posted 12-18-2012 05:56 PM

Hang in there, db, maybe call David Blaine to see if he can levitate over long distance. It doesn’t sound like any of my advice helped, so I’ll just wish you luck.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 12-18-2012 05:59 PM

The BEST help I can offer is…...
To stay out of the way and supervise!!! IF that is not enough, there is just a matter of round trip airfare, from Vermont. That and convincing my boos, that I need the time off!!!

Good luck with everything!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 03:11 PM

The private cloud sounds like an interesting deal, will have to pick your brains on that.

Currently in Dallas with my wife, as she recovers from mega jaw surgery. Hopefully will be flying home on December 23. Having trouble with email here, and when I do get it, the wireless is quite slow. So, will get caught up on everything after I get back to Anchorage. I just finally got this posting today.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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