It has been about 60 days since I have set foot in my garage workshop due to the relentless Summer heat here in Las Vegas. I have a portable swamp cooler and a couple of fans that help a lot, but once we hit triple digits for more than a couple of days in a row, I find my motivation to finish projects or to start any new ones, goes North for the Summer.
This is a photo of my garage thermometer that I took on August 15, 2012:
Here are a couple of videos showing what I have been doing this Summer while waiting for the mercury to fall back to a number more suitable for sustaining human life:
Finally, as of this week, the temperature has dropped below 100F and I thought I would ease back into some projects that I put on the back burner (literally) for the summer.
On Tuesday morning as I was surveying the state of my shop and trying to figure out where to start, my next door neighbor, Elizabeth, came over to ask if I knew how to refurbish a teak chaise lounge that she picked up from a pile of garbage that someone had left out on the curb. The chair was weathered and grey with a lot of spider webs and grime. It was very rough to the touch and not looking too comfortable. It was also pretty loose and wobbly, but I thought it still had some life left in it. Elizabeth offered to pay me to fix it up for her. I thought I was up to the challenge, and could sure use the extra money, so I took it back to my garage and started cleaning off the cobwebs and the grime.
Yesterday, I tightened up all of the screws and gave it a good wash with the garden hose. It looked pretty good when it was wet, so I went to my local Home Depot and picked up a bottle of Bear Deck Cleaner and a stiff scrub brush. The directions on the deck cleaner recommended working with it when the temperature was below 90F. The only time the temperature in Las Vegas drops below 90F this time of year is possibly between the hours of 2:00 and 10:00 AM. The label didn’t say what would happen, but not wanting to risk spontaneous combustion or something even worse, I decided to wait until this morning to apply the chemical treatment.
Here are the before, during, and after photos. I think it looks pretty good for a chair that someone threw away a few days ago.
Before (this is the condition it was in when Elizabeth rescued it from the trash pile):
During (after washing, but before I used the deck cleaner and scrub brush):
After (still a bit wet):
I plan to wipe on a couple of coats of teak oil and present it to Elizabeth tomorrow.
-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."