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Blog entry by Ted Ewen posted 07-06-2015 10:20 AM 1103 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Summer arrived this weekend. Temperatures were in the low 30’s (high 80’s F) and that is hot after nothing higher than 70 all year. We moved to the wood into the garage for storage and I inventoried the hardware order. The lumber supplier failed to deliver the metal fabric that we ordered but delivered it the next day. I ended up ordering hardware from ScrewFix Direct in the UK. I could not find a supplier in Denmark that sold at anything but retail prices and quantities. I knew the ScrewFix name from my time living in England and had never seen a consumer report complaint about them. They delivered. The order arrived in two days, was well packaged, complete, and in good order.

I did realize that I forgot to order plywood, siding, and a shed load of driver bits. Is there any such thing as a complete order?

I had intended to at least lay out the cutting lines for my first project, Heavy Duty Sawhorses, this weekend but to be honest it was just too damned hot. Instead we spent the day sitting in the shade in the garden with our week old chicks (playing outside for the first time) at our feet. We just had a delivery of assorted ice cream man style ice creams this week too. Just in time.

True to form, the weather today is much cooler but it’s also going to rain. I guess I will spend today in SketchUp making sure I know where my cuts are and how everything is meant to fit together. I need to spend some time organizing the new tools and hardware also. No rest for the lazy.

Wood

Wire

Weather as seen from my ‘workshop’ (aka the driveway).

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.



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#1 posted 07-06-2015 10:34 AM

I never get the order completed the first go. Always something gets missed, plus corrections and changes are made along the way. I tend to end up with unneeded materials and hardware at the end of a project, which I try to persuade myself adds to the cool stuff I will have for some future project. The goal is to eventually have everything I could possibly need for any project without having to make a trip to the store. The goal is just above finding Shambala on my bucket list. ;)

Summer is about the 80s to 90s for our part of the world. We have hit the 100 degree F mark a few times. Fortunately, this hasn’t been a yearly problem and I don’t believe recently. It’s deadly for us because with the rise in temperature comes an increase in humidity. It’s not uncommon for us to have an 89 degree day with a humidity level almost as high. Stifling. I still work outdoors in this weather. I just have to be careful about overheating.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#2 posted 07-06-2015 11:31 AM

I grew up on the Jersey Shore (no, not that one, the real one) so i am no stranger to hot weather. My blood has thinned I think. This is only the second year in the last 17 I’ve had a tan. I like it, just not hot. If we’d had the normal semi-gale force prevailing winds it would have been glorious but we were in the doldrums – it could have been Georgia in August here yesterday.

Added some photos to the post too. i only just realised i do not have to upload them elsewhere first. That is so nice.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#3 posted 07-06-2015 11:39 AM

I was born on the largest island in the Mediterranean. You would think my blood likes it hot. A perfect summer day is 75 degrees with a warm breeze, low humidity. I could take that year ‘round and never need the other three seasons. :)

The ability to insert pictures inline, hosted by the site, is a big plus.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 05:14 PM

We must be getting old ;)

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 07:52 PM



We must be getting old ;)

- Ted Ewen

That we are. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 09:50 PM

I’ve been looking at Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific. That’s pretty much the weather there, with highs in the 85 region in the summer. There’s a 75 year lease on a 150 acre island there I’m looking into. Its own tropical rainforest, so hardwood will not be a problem. Tropical fruit, fish and wild boar to eat. An ‘eco resort’ on site with desalination and triply redundant power generation already in place. Its own coral reefs to 80m, endangered fruit bats, crab, and turtles. Oh, and high speed internet, pier, pool, and assorted other buildings.

Yup, it’s looking awfully appealing.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 10:58 PM

I’d have to ditch my heavy power tools and go native. Too heavy to transport. If only I was a single man.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#8 posted 07-06-2015 11:12 PM

We’re looking into a cargo ship too. You could always visit.

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#9 posted 07-06-2015 11:16 PM

Well, depending on who wins the next Presidential election, I may be in need of a new nation to call home. If not, a long visit wouldn’t hurt. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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