Saturday – 10/30:
Well, we made it to North Carolina about four weeks ago and have been busy getting settled in since then, with little time left to even think about the workshop. On top of the usual things of a move, like unpacking, furniture arranging, and shelf building, we found out why the former owner had left behind all the appliances – they needed to be replaced. I knew my Dakota won’t survive the trip south, so I sold it locally in New Hampshire, requiring the purchase of a new truck once we got here. I had wanted to purchase an American made small pickup (i.e. Chevy, GMC, or Ford), but all of the reviews said Tacoma, so we purchased that.
This all means we’ve been spending money like drunken sailors on liberty and the workshop had to be put on the back burner. Its main use thus far has been to store shop and garden boxes and tools, so they are not in the way of other things we need to unpack and put away.
I did get a change to at least organize the shop into piles – one group for garden things, another for floor tools and a third for boxes of bench tools. This was needed to find those tools needed right away. In the process, I found the shop attic was stuffed with mainly junk, with the only light being a bulb on an extension cord. Although the ceiling does have some insulation, I have yet to check out the walls. I do know there is no heater or water. I think my plans for making it operational is going to be a slow process, planning what goes and what stays, and what needs to be added where. I do know I need to deal with mildew in the walls. Hopefully this means a good washing and painting, and not replacing the drywall. Any suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated. I need to give some thought to the cabinets. There are more than I’ll need and I’d prefer more wall space and open shelving.
Wednesday – 11/3:
I got all that junk from the attic hauled off to the recycle center yesterday. The truck bed was filled to the top of the cab. It reminded me of the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Or is it the other way around? I always get confused with that one and “A happy wife is a happy life.” Oh well, you get the idea.
I did discover that the walls are not drywall, but painted particle board. My thinking now is I do not have a mildew problem, but simply a musty odor caused by years of having the shop closed up without heat. The last user of the shop passed away 3 years ago, and his widow used it only for storage. I need to research this and hopefully my fellow LJ’ers can offer some suggestions. But my plan now is: (1). Get some heat in there as winter is coming very shortly. I had good luck with the vented propane heater in my last shop, and will probably go with that again. (2). Decide what I’m going to do with the existing cabinets and lights. (3). Paint the ceiling (it’s particle board too) and walls with a good mildew resistant paint.
-- John from Hampstead