Workshop Development #67: Weekend project list. Prepping for Christmas and a happy new year too!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-20-2013 05:04 PM 1750 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is WAY past time that these walls got buttoned up, the weather is supposed to be warmish, but WET this weekend. So my plans are more or less made for me. Assuming LOML doesn’t change my schedule for me..

#1. Finish smoothing out the rough spots on the concrete slab in the living room. Knock out the tile by the back door, and level / smooth that area too. Double check for low spots, fill as necessary.

#2. Clear out niche corner of shop where mechanics box is, wiggle into the corner, trim and install first lower drywall panel. Once the first is in, notches in 2nd can be measured for, and cut. After 2nd, the only cutouts needed in any of the drywall is for the outlets. I should be able to have at least the drywall UP by the end of the day tomorrow.

#3. Size and install lower piece to far left upper panel below sub panel. I made a measurement mistake and need to correct it… Not a huge deal, but I will need to install a 2” wide x however long (I think 12”) segment of drywall, and some reinforcement ply underneath to screw to in order to close up a stupidity gap…

#4. Start cleaning, putting away mechanics tools that are now a disorganized mess in the front of the shop by the door.

#5. IF time permits, spray foam insulate the between door wall segment in the garage. My goal if the kit allows me to stop / restart the application is to fill the entire cavity with spray foam such that I have 3 to 3.5” of insulation in here.

With that stuff done. and the tools put up, I will clear the crud off of the workbench tot he best of my ability, and lay down newspaper in preparation for wrapping the Christmas gifts…

I have already picked out and gotten all but the gifts for the household. (LOML should be happy, she is getting Prada and Coach for Christmas this year…). For the house / the fix it stuff LOML wants done I figure I will slip in…

#1. 9 light wrought iron chandelier for the dining room. Our home is leaning toward an antiqued patina / rustic style, although the wrought iron isn’t 100% matching of our other lighting, this is the one LOML wants to go with she doesn’t like the Chandelier that matches our lights…

An I-O-U for the flooring plywood. Since our truck is presently sick, and will remain so until after the new year, I need to give her an IOU on this. I can’t haul plywood all that well with the Saturn, and I am NOT driving the truck with that huge transmission leak…

You see about 2 weeks after LOML and I got back from our Hot Springs vacation, the tranny started, well not wanting to go into gear. Now I had an oversize trans cooler installed prior to the trip, so having low fluid wasn’t a shock. I topped it off, and didn’t see a leak at first, then we went to Galveston and back and the slip returned. Looked again, low again… Looked under the truck and it was soaking red. Pulled the inspection plug, and sure enough the flex plate area is soaked. Chances are good it is just a transmission front seal, but I am no tranny guy, so I will let the pro mechanics handle this issue… This is one of those times I wish my truck wasn’t 4 wheel drive. That will pass the next tropical storm or hurricane comes though though…

Unless either my back, or LOML change my priorities for me, it is looking like I will be starting 2014 out with fresh walls, and my shop starting to have the wall mounted “stuff” put back in place. The next phase will be to insulate the non powered wall. This isn’t a huge deal, but it isn’t nothing either… I am figuring on doing the cut the hole in the top of the wall, and blow the insulation in until it is full, then seal up the wall…

Once I have the shop back in truly working shape, I have been given a task that requires some shopping… LOML is getting interested in custom turned pens. A coworker of hers has been selling pens her dad makes, and she wants me to try my hand at it. Something I have been wanting to do for a while. Would love to see it done a few times, maybe take the class at woodcraft to get some supervised practice and then tackle the snot out of it at home… I have a brother in law that I think would love a bolt action / walnut pen for sure for next Christmas!

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#1 posted 12-22-2013 04:17 PM

As usual, you sound way too organized. Yesterday I was going to do a bunch of shop time, but got lugged down diagnosing a computer weird event. I was moving some files from my left side computer (a throw away HP machine I bought a year ago for under $400) to my right side computer, another similar machine from HP, also under $400. Got both of these on sale by buying from Best Buy on line, and picking it up at the store. They have replace old computers that just failed or were too slow. It is amazing how much computer you can get in a mini-tower under $400 if you work the sales. With a Core i3 processor, on board video, 1 TB drive, and 8 gig of ram, they just run circles around my old XP gaming machine that I bought 11 years ago. Intel has really boosted the on board video.

Anyway, to make a long story short, it was either some remote capability from HP, or a couple of other pieces of software that installed at bootup and must have malfunctioned, because the left side computer ground to almost a halt. Using Task Manager and the System Configuration utility, I disabled those three services, and the computer sprang back to life. For awhile, I thought I had a networking hardware failure. Don’t have the foggiest idea what changed over night, probably an unexpected effect of some update. I only have Win 8 machines now, except for my main Win 7 Falcon Northwest gaming hotrod which is where I do most of my computing stuff. It has to remain Win 7 for awhile due to some legacy programming stuff.

So today, hopefully I will make a simple iPad stand for my wife to use in the kitchen, so she can read recipes. She uses the iPad hours each day to check news, and play Words with Friends. She has even been known to purchase a thing or two on it. I recently had to replace her 11 year old XP machine with a Win 8 Asus, purchased to be her computer for a number of years, so it is considerably better than my HP pair. She manages our financial stuff on that machine so it has to be a workhorse. In one year I had to replace 3 desktops, and got a new portable for work.

So, here’s hoping I get the iPad stand done, and here’s hoping you get your list accomplished in some reasonable time frame.


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#2 posted 12-23-2013 01:23 AM

Well, I got the first lower panel in place, and realized I can’t find a single one of my driver bits. Too late to go to Home Depot, so it will wait until tomorrow… Got the tile wrecked out though, and spent SOME, but not much time on the living room floor project. Not motivated right now. No Christmas tree up, good thing we have no kids…

LOML has been having a lot of problems with the gossipy women at her office lately, and has been very upset about the situation, so I have spent most of the weekend being a dutiful husband and letting her vent at me. I wonder if she’d be offended if I arranged for her sister to call for a chat?

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 02:07 AM

OK, got the iPad stand done.

Christmas Tree…........we got the artificial thing with preinstalled lights up, hung our decorations a few days ago. And Sherie did her Santa Claus collection display thing.

Re your LOML, I hate gossip, and all the personal stuff, which at work, needs to be ignored. I am sure you understand it is not about other people, it is about the family first. Yah, get her sister to call.

Sherie and I pretty much stick to that formula. If people are trying to take down others, it means that they need that to feel good about themselves. Which means they are not very happy in their life. Basically, anytime someone is beating on you, forget about it, and try to figure out what they are unhappy about. If they are worth it, try to help them, otherwise, ignore them.

Hope you and your family have a great Christmas…........

.........and forget the naysayers and the downers. We just have one life, and let’s make the most of it…......

Merry Christmas to you and yours, thanks for being a good buddy….........


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#4 posted 12-23-2013 02:20 PM

Among the other things I have told her, the most important I feel is that hurt people, hurt people. Meaning that something in her coworkers life is so terribly wrong that she has to lash out. If anything the woman is to be pitied…

We did spend a few hours visiting with some good friends from Church yesterday, cut into my schedule but it was nice to just idle away some time drinking coffee and putting our minds in the right place…

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