my new shop #1: my new shop

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Blog entry by wooleywoodsmith posted 03-29-2009 02:30 PM 1052 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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as some of you might know we are moving. Its a good move but never the less it is a move. We are very fortunate to work for the mgmt co that oversees our new place. Fortunate in the fact that we can get into the place before we move in. Our actual move in date is May first and it is vacant now. Our new house is a side by side duplex, 2bedroom 1 3/4 bath with a mostly finished basement. The previous tenents really trashed the place big thyme so there are alot of new repairs being done. For one we are getting all new flooring in the up stairs. We are pushing for hard wood floors. The basement (which is where I have been for two weeks) has a large family room, laundry room (that I have to finish rocking) and a “bedroom” Ok it can’t be a bedroom because there is now easment window. The “bedroom” which we haven’t even thought about yet will become me wifeys and my crafts room.
The basement….. I have now spent two weeks foux painting the basement floor to look like stone. I did it in light earth tone tan colors. yes colors, I have put into it 4 different colors! Along the walls on the floor I had taped off a 5in boarder that I painted and scratched to look like +/- walnut. It actually looks pretty good. Today I am putting on another coat of clear gloss to give it that glass wet look. I have already rolled out two coats of the gloss and figure I have two more left in the gallon. Today I will try and take pics and post them. My new shop
so last night I got to spend alittle thyme in the “shop” to be. Why is it that when people put up shelves the use the biggest darn nails that money can buy. And too many of them to boot. Some of the sorta shelves that were in there were screwed to the wall with flat head screws, didn’t they know about phillips or star or box type screws, you know the kind that don’t strip out when you try and remove them. Well yesterday everything came off the walls and celing so that I can begain with a clean slate. The new shop used to have a garage door opener. I say used to because I ripped it out because it didn’t work. Yep I am going old school, I have to manually open the door. At least for now. I am hoping that today I can get into there and work on it some more, I need to cob web it and paint the entire thing. Now heres the thing about that. I am really cheap…. thrifty you might say. In the basement I found about a dozen cans of old paint. I took what I could and dumped them into a five gallon bucket and mixed them up. I’m not sure but some might have been water based some might have been oil…. who cares as long as it spreads out across the walls. I have less than a month to get it all ready for me to move my shop in. Its alot of work but… Anyone know how hard it is to run a jumper off an outlet so I can have more power. I currently have one out let in the celing and 1 on the wall. Man is it alot of work but I am hoping that when the move comes I can load my shop onto the trailer and off load and put it together where it belongs. I will try and take pics. Well that it for now.

-- wooley

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 03:50 PM

Generally, oil and water don’t mix very well. I would suggest investing in some semi-gloss white, and paint the walls and ceiling. If you don’t do it now, chances are it won’t get done once all the tools are in there. This is also the time to put in good lighting. Attention to these two details will improve your shop’s environment a whole bunch.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 04:38 PM

I wish you’ll be able to accomplish the tasks just nice under the time’s constraint.
Looking foward to seeing it done.
Good luck!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-30-2009 01:01 AM


8iowa is correct. You cannot mix oil-based paint and latex (or acrylic) based paint. They will not adhere to each other in your 5 gallon bucket. Furthermore, if you attempted to paint the wall with such a “mixture” it will just smear on the wall. It definitely will not look good.

My simple method for determining whether an unmarked can has oil-base paint or water-base paint in it, is to stick my finger, or a paint stirrer, into the paint and then see if it washes off with water. If it does, it is latex. If it does not, then it is oil-base paint.

Hope this helps.

Also, if you need more paint, ask some of your friends or neighbors if they have any leftover paint in their garages they would like to get rid of. Most people have leftover paint stored in the garage or a detached shed.

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