Random shop notes #3: Now I know.

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Blog entry by AnnaEA posted 08-05-2010 02:36 AM 1124 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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That I can afford to get the electrical work I want done. Gonna run me about $350-400 bucks.

And we set the date to move the table saw in – it’ll be arriving on Monday the 9th, and needs a whomp-load of work. It’s an old Delta/Rockwell 10” Homecraft, and is showing it’s age. I’ll have to wait until I get it in the shop to see how much re-furb it needs. I’ve just barely got room for this machine – it’s going to have to go on casters and be able to be kept out of the way.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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#1 posted 08-05-2010 06:35 AM

Learn how to do it your self. When I bought this property, I even put in my own power pole, put a 200 amp panel on it and on the side I added a 100 amp sub panel with a 60 amp breaker on it. I got blessed by the inspector, but had problems with the sub panel as it was always live even when the 200 main was off, that was for my “fire pump” a run going to the pump house. I had to show the inspector the passage in the NEC code book. That outside panel on the pole now also provides 100 amps to the shop.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 07:22 AM

I’ve got no interest in becoming an electrician, and I wouldn’t feel safe playing with power lines without some serious professional training. I’m going to stick with my grandfather’s dictum “If it can easily kill you, hire a professional.” LOL

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 03:34 PM

Better to work within your own saftey zone. If you are comfortable reading a few books, a lot of the simile stuff can save a lot of money. One example would be installing all your outlets, but don’t hook them up to the breaker. Then have an electrician come inspect them and hook them up.

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 04:18 PM

powering up is good ,
just keep that handsaw handy .

i work construction allot ,
and am constantly amazed at the amount of ‘profesionals’ ,
that don’t own or even know about some hand tools .

had one framer that needed to carve out some 2×6’s ,
i told him to use a chisel ,
“what is that” ?
i lent him mine , and had to show him how to use it ,
i bought him a set of three that day ,
he was in heaven !

he had been chiseling with the claw ,
of his straight claw framing hammer for 10 years !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 05:41 PM

Oh, my hand tools aren’t going anywhere. My next tool purchase is going to be chisels. I’ve been mooching my husbands for a few years, and need a good set of my own.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 07:42 PM

I can certainly feel your pain when it comes to electrical work. I’m going through the electrical phase of my new shop. Even with doing some of the work myself its taking me longer than I can seem to bear. I know it will be worth it in the long run, its getting there thats the problem.
Look forward to the refub job on your saw. Have one of those projects I need to work on myself. Ya, casters are a must in a small shop to make your space work.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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