Take the good with the bad--I Guess!

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Blog entry by BassBully posted 03-09-2007 08:39 AM 1314 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my long time dreams has been to acquire enough tools to be able to say, “I have no excuses not to be able to make “that” piece of furniture”. I am 30 years old and I’m proud to say that I’m almost there. I don’t mean to sound boastful, it’s just that getting here hasn’t come without its costs let me tell ya.
Let me preface this by stating that consulting at an additional 10-15 hours per week on top of my normal job has allowed me to splurge a little. That doesn’t leave me much time to be in my shop though, but my Woodpecker aluminum router plate is in the mail, and I received my new Bosch 1619EVS router a couple of weeks ago. I’m about ready to begin crafting a fancy new router table. Kind of exciting right?
Two Friday’s ago my lovely wife calls me to inform me that our heater isn’t working. Just Great! That’s exactly what I look forward to on a weekend is to face freezing temperatures with no heat.
The service guy stops by and $255 later our furnace is now working. $255!? I think he spent more time driving to the parts warehouse to pick up the broken heat exchanger diaphragm than he did actually fixing the furnace—He only spent one hour at my home!. Just think what kind of money he could make driving a taxi cab. I soon realized I’m in the wrong profession.
So, I order my router fence from Woodcraft and my T-tracks from MCLSWoodworking. I’m getting even closer to spending time in the shop. Oh, wait. There’s water in my basement. How convenient. We find that our sump pump isn’t working to combat the masses of melting snow that fell the week after our furnace was fixed. Thus, I was forced to purchase a new sump pump for $169!? I’m beginning to believe that there’s millions to be made in emergency related items.
After practically swimming in the sump-well to reposition the pump, I question the marketing decision of omitting goggles and a snorkel from sump pump’s box. I think it would’ve come in handy as I would’ve spent less time with my short arm in the chilling water.
Besides the fact that the original owners didn’t give me a GFI outlet to plug my new pump into, and my pump’s exit pipe runs right alongside my home’s 200AMP breaker box, the new pump works great.
So now it’s Thursday. Today. Almost Friday. The weekend’s almost here. A week further from sump pump hell. My wife calls me at work again. “You’re not going to like to hear this!”. Probably not. She tells me anyway. She says that water is dripping from the ceiling. Again, the melting snow is out to get me. Just Freaking Great. Now what am I suppose to do?
I hear torches work great for this type of problem; however, that of course would go against my better judgment. I then began to rethink my decision of driving 1.5 hours away to pick up my new boat motor this weekend. But, I decided that I might need the motor so that I can navigate my boat around the living room furniture.
I give up. The roof will stop leaking as soon as all of the snow has melted while a good sturdy bucket will catch the inbound water. I’ve got work in my shop to do!

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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#1 posted 03-09-2007 12:08 PM

LOL, another long-winded writer! Just what we need.

Your complaint about the furnace guys bill reminds me of the story of the man who called in the plumber to fix a problem. The water wasn’t running through the pipe, so there was no water at the tap.

The plumber arrived and the problem was explained to him. So the plumber put his had to his chin and thought a bit. Then he asked the man to turn on the tap whilst he reached into his tool bag and grabbed his hammer. He carefully felt along the pipe with his hand, they with his hammer gave the pipe a hard knock. Suddenly, the water started flowing from the tap.

“Great!” said th man to the plumber, “How much do I owe you?”

“That’ll be $150.” said the plumber.

“What?” said the man, “How can you charge so much for just knocking the pipe with the hammer? Would you please itemize the bill?”

So the plumber wrote out his bill and handed it to the man who read it. $20 for hitting the pipe – $130 for knowing where to hit it.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 03-09-2007 12:57 PM

isn’t life grand!!!! ? !!
you get the time and money all lined up to do something and, well, all of a sudden your time and money have to be put into something else.
But I have to say that I do like your commitment to your goals—woodworking or fixing the leaky roof
The goal was woodworking so be darned with the leaky roof. It can wait til next year!!
(I’d say wait til spring, but that will be the beginning of fishing season, so that won’t work!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 03-09-2007 05:11 PM

your life sounds normal to me! enjoyed your notes.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 03-09-2007 05:30 PM

Could of just stocked some Bass down in the basement and bought a house boat.

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#5 posted 03-10-2007 01:12 AM

Yah! And with the fresh water running into the house Trout might survive.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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