Dave Talks #1: A trip to Harbor Freight, vacuum pump, legalities, and shop cleanup.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-08-2016 07:22 PM 1605 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Dave Talks series Part 2: What, no woodworking? A tour of a disasterously messy shop. »

Just posted a video about a trip to Harbor Freight, some HF shopping tips, legalities, AC Repair, and shop cleanup among other things…

Just as an FYI, I mention my “GoPro”, I should have said SJ4000, I am too cheap to buy a real GoPro!

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#1 posted 07-10-2016 03:19 AM

What about woodworking??? Anything about woodworking?

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#2 posted 07-10-2016 03:06 PM

As you noted, this was the air conditioning blog, but I noted a tiny bit of WW in there with reference to cleaning the shop. Actually, I spent a fair amount of time cleaning the adjoining garage a couple of weeks ago. Some long overdue organization of some metal siding….....yup, storing siding at our house as well, and organizing the wood storage area, that is in the garage, were the main focus.

Then I swept out the garage floor and washed it down. It collects a large amount of dirt in the winter from the gravel they put on the icy roads. Cars bring it in. Some how or other, some volcanic ash like stuff seems to show up too. We periodically get dusted, probably totally unnoticed by everybody. Then on rare occasions, we get a true emergency…....truly rare, and a lot of dust comes down. Then there is glacial silt mixed in their as well, you can bet. That all sounds like exotic stuff, but there are major rivers near Anchorage that drain big ice fields.

There are over a 100 active volcanoes in Alaska, by the way, but most don’t truly erupt, they just sit there and burp out a little steam now and then.

Here is a fun fact about Anchorage and its water supply. Our water comes from Eklutna Lake, a reservoir made by damming up a glacial run off river many years ago. They also generate some power from it. Anchorage has 300,000 people, and Alaska has 740,000, so a high percentage of Alaska residents live in Anchorage.

Lake Eklutna is 8 miles long, and averages 100 feet deep. At the present rate of consumption, if no water ever flowed into it, and consumption remained the same, the reservoir would last 100 years. The cost of our actual water per residency is 65 cents per month. But the infrastructure to get it to us creates a much larger bill. But none the less, we do not meter water in Anchorage. You can use all you want, and your bill stays the same.

......and we have the best or near best quality water of any city in the USA. And it tastes the best too!!!

So there are some advantages to living in Seward’s Ice Box!

Today I plan to finish making lamp to light a shelf area being groomed for my WorkSharp. Right now it is taking up some very valuable space on a reclaimed counter. I use it regularly, so it is always up and ready to run. No wood in the lamp, so it won’t merit a project report….....


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 07-10-2016 03:12 PM


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#4 posted 07-11-2016 12:29 AM

Working a video with my GoPro and Gimbal showing the shop in the current state. You will see why no woodworking… It’s not safe in there!

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