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Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) #11: Small victories, but I need more paint

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 08-28-2017 04:06 PM 1284 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Insulation, AC, acoustic tiles, walls; oh my Part 11 of Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) series Part 12: Hurricane Harvey, a tablesaw and a planer »

Well, I spent another productive weekend. I was watching the reports about Harvey and worried it would come pay us a visit. That would be bad because I still had the salvaged contents of my workshop and working materials on my carport. So I took a 1/2 day off from work and started working hard on it Friday night. After painting Friday night, which I ran out of paint, twice. I finally decided to just put the walls up, paint what I could and would come back later and do the clean up.

So late Friday night with no more light outside and using a worklight, I managed to get the miter saw and station off my carport for the first time in a year!

I then decided to clean up everything I could over the weekend. I started to put together my workbench.

The next morning I got up and hung the rest of the walls on the opposite side of the shop. There is where it became tough because I started dodging rain drops again. I decided to spend the rest of the morning hanging the acoustic tiles and putting up my shop lights.

Again, not pretty, but I really do not care about pretty on my shop, I want function and those tiles do a great job of reflecting heat and keeping the noise in the shop. So, I stopped on Saturday night to go visit with some family and kinda have a celebration about one year of flood recovery with some family that was flooded as well.

Looking at the forecast for Harvey, I decided it was time to get it finished. I had to hang the remaining walls before the rain hit at noon. I was out at 7 am handing hardboard again and finished it all up by 10 am. I painted and ran to the big orange store to get some shelf brackets while things dried. Then I hit another small victory milestone, I got my crawfish cooking system and ice chests off the carport and back in a proper storage area after 12 months.


Does not seem like much, but I found in flood recovery you need to celebrate all the small victories as milestones. I had a general plan in my mind, and when I hit those little milestones, I know I am getting to the end. My wife and I have done the vast majority of the work on my home, for better or worse.

Once that was done, the fun part started. I was able to get my new bandsaw and drill press all setup.


I even had some time to do some organizing, which is a huge deal to me. I like being able to go into my shop and load my toolbox with the tools I need for a particular job. Everything has its place in my shop and I knew where to get everything I needed in my old shop.



I have a bit more work to do, but I should have the tablesaw in over the next few days. I did make a promise to my wife that once the table saw was installed, I would not do any projects until I finished the shower floor in the master bathroom and fixed the shower in the RV.



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John Stegall

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 05:27 PM

I hope you continue to escape Harvey. A friend of mine has a house in Baytown area and he just found out there is 4’ of Harvey inside. . He got approved for a loan to buy a house for his parents Friday. The loan company just informed him that FEMA had frozen all closings until they know for sure the storm is over. His parents had been living there but they are traveling. All his shop equipment is underwater

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 05:33 PM



I hope you continue to escape Harvey. A friend of mine has a house in Baytown area and he just found out there is 4’ of Harvey inside. . He got approved for a loan to buy a house for his parents Friday. The loan company just informed him that FEMA had frozen all closings until they know for sure the storm is over. His parents had been living there but they are traveling. All his shop equipment is underwater

- John Stegall

I am sorry to hear that, I know, literally, the feeling.

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