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Blog entry by Gary posted 01-14-2010 09:51 PM 2565 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is what I woke up to yesterday

Here was the next thing I saw

This was next in my sight

Things have not been going all that well. First I had a water pipe burst next to the house. It took forever to fix it because it was never above 19F that day. Keeping the pipe and glue as a warm temp so the glue would work was real fun. That night, a pipe burst in the shop

Probably a little hard to see but, the vertical pipe blew off the horizontal pipe on the floor and, the horizontal pipe is shattered. The same pipe outside is fine. At least it didn’t spray. But it put a solid blanket of water on the floor. Took two of us quite some time to get it cleaned up. The only thing it got to was the bottom of a pattern file I was working on.

I got it lifted up and on the chunk of roofing insulation. Water had gotten into the sides that I had just built. So, after getting the water out and the floor almost dry, I thought I would finally take some pictures of the mess I call a shop.
The primary lumber storage. Bottom is all pine, cedar, cypress and sycamore. Top is Cherry, Maple, Paduk, Babinga and lots of QSWO.

The primary source of heat. Works well but, temps in the low teens and no insulation makes for not much heat advantage from this thing. By the way, if I had finished the insulation on the roof (cool-seal) I wouldn’t have had the rust problem.

This is the pattern file. I had to replace the sides that were rotted. Then gave it a bath in lye to make the new wood match the old. Next will be the dye then finish. Looking forward to getting this thing out of the shop. It’s just too tempting to my little helper. He loves to put things in the drawers

Somewhere in this area is the miter saw. I know it’s there somewhere….

Thats the bench that still needs to be finished…showing my handy rope drawer pulls. The drawer on the floor is out of the bench so I could remove a packrat nest. Not sure why he thought he could build a nest in my drawer but, he did. I cought him and took him to a much better place for him to live.

The table is a makeup table from a beauty shop from back in the 50’s. The rocker is the chair my mother rocked me in. Someone mentioned projects getting set aside….hmmm

The helper helping

This is where the bathroom will be…also the site of the water pipe explosion

This is the problem with finishing the project. I haven’t been able – since the end of October – to get the septic finished. Soon as I pump the water out, it rains.

Another poacher in the shop is my wife’s “greenhouse”. She keeps all her outside plants in there for the winter. It takes up way too much room but, gotta save those plants…..

Grandsons rides. He tells me which one he wants to ride on to go get the mail….naaa he ain’t spoiled…

That chunck of land just past the fence is what I gave my daughter and son-in-law to build their house on. It starts in the spring. Another reason I’m in hurry for spring. They are all (5) living in my house. Four adults, three kids, three dogs and two cats…..
So,after I got the leaks fixed, by the way, I had another out at the horse pen, I started having electrical problems in the house. I gave up and called an electrition friend. Now, if it would just warm up so I could get back to the shop….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 10:07 PM

i feel your pain, i came home from a great ski vacation with the family to find one of my pipes along the back of the house had burst , not a fun thing to deal with.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#2 posted 01-14-2010 10:09 PM

uuggghhh, frustrating. hoping it’ll get warmer soon, makes a bit difference trying to deal with all these when the temps are more sustainable.

on another note- I would rethink those pipes for the bathroom. if they already busts – they might burst again when the walls are in- and then you’re left with mess inside walls. is the insulation planned for those walls supposed to help this scenario?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 10:15 PM

Man a lot of work doing stuff that sucks, sorry. Its not supposed to get that cold in Texas, I wouldn’t think you would even need that “wood stove”, you should convert that to a still. Anyway, keep your chin up.
Good luck in the spring.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#4 posted 01-14-2010 10:17 PM

Ohhhhh Gary! Sorry to hear/see what happened. Good luck!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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David Craig

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#5 posted 01-14-2010 10:58 PM

Very sorry about your shop Gary. You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you catch a break.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 11:00 PM

I feel for you Gary. Hope you get back into the shop soon and put all your trouble behind you,

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-15-2010 12:28 AM

All the walls will be insulated as they are put up. That one wasn’t up yet so no insulation.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 01:18 AM

My heart goes out to you, that terrible. Good luck getting it back together.

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 03:06 AM

Talk about a bad day. That’s the pits man.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 01-15-2010 05:25 AM

How does the stove do I had seen that in nt cat pm me thanks and its fifty today in ga heat wave


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#11 posted 01-16-2010 08:25 PM

I hope you get things straightened out soon. Dressing up like a woman in high heals and a skirt I hear relieves alot of stress…....................BIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGG STRESSSSSSSS RELIEVER!!!


-- Robin Renee'

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 09:13 AM

Dang Gary. Sorry about your mishap.

I had a few pipes freeze in my attic from the same cold front. Fortunately, my wife is an early bird and she alerted me to the issue way before daybreak. I spent that Saturday morning in my attic, holding a hair dryer with my body contorted in a 35 degree angle so I could lean under the rafters while I heated the pipes.

Luckily, no pipes burst.

Still, nice shop and
nice looking kubotas!

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#13 posted 01-23-2010 09:44 AM


On the bright side though, a little Navel Jelly and some steel wool and your cast iron will be as good as new.

Instead of the steel wool I have used a ROS with 320-500 grit.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Bob Kollman

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#14 posted 01-24-2010 09:05 AM

Sorry to hear about the leak, get the 3-m pads and stone out, you got some rust to remove!!! Hey is the little guy on that wanted poster-I think I’ve seen him around…

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 01-29-2010 07:26 PM

What a mess hope you got it worked out . Cute little Guy!

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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