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Blog entry by Cathie Zimmerman posted 07-18-2016 09:08 PM 493 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been insanely hot here in Phoenix, AZ. My garage is insulated very well but I’ve found that my little portable air unit is just not enough to keep up with the temperatures. I can’t wait until fall so I can finish my projects!

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 10:18 PM

You’re preachin’ to the choir, Sister ! It’s been close to 100 most everyday for the past few weeks here, with a couple days exceeding 100. I haven’t been able to spend more then 15 minutes at a time in my shop for the last month or so !

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 11:00 PM

I am out there regardless. Things have to get done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 11:02 PM

Hey Zimmerman,

Where are you from? I’m out here in Gilbert and feeling your pain! Evenings, morning and/or humid days are out in the shop, but only then!

October can’t come soon enough!

-- 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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#4 posted 07-19-2016 03:59 AM

You know In January and February I feel sort of similar. Longing for a weather change so I can get into the shop.
When it gets to 20 below it’s awful hard to warm up my shop. Once that concrete floor gets that cold it just doesn’t want to warm up. That’s when I’m itching for warmer weather. Ya’ll be well.

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#5 posted 07-19-2016 05:19 PM

Cathie and Dwain, it’s 84 here in snowflake. But I spent 20 years in Coolidge. I feel your pain.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 07-19-2016 09:39 PM

I remember the days in my previous shop when I had no heat or air. Now I have both and I fill blessed because of it. Four months a year my heat runs. I keep it on 60 degrees in the winter. For four months the air runs. I keep it 80 degrees in the summer. For the other four months (fall and spring) I have an exhaust fan if I need it. It’s a tight shop with good insulation and it’s not that costly to keep it within comfortable limits.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Cathie Zimmerman

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#7 posted 07-20-2016 01:49 AM

I live around I17 and Glendale for those that know phoenix. I really want to check into climate control for the shop. I miss the shop so much!! haha. Monte, you are awesome. When my truck says its 121 degrees, jumping in the pool outweighs my desire to finish my work. Its between that and 104 for the past few weeks. Just like Dwain said… October can’t come fast enough!

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#8 posted 07-23-2016 12:38 AM

102⁰ F here in SoCal today. I took a bike ride in the morning and then started sanding some parts for a project. I was dripping sweat. And that ferschlugginer Jet 10-20 sander had to have the belt replaced. Should have built my own, with hook and loop sandpaper. I’m going to take the rest of the replacement belts out of the box and hang them somewhere with weights so that they are “straight” when I go to replace a belt. Finally got all the carcass pieces sanded to thickness, with a burn stripe that will end up on the bottom of the tool chest base. That won’t be the only flaw. I’m going to have to get up earlier and do the woodworking, then read the paper.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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