Busy week & Time for a dedicated shop?

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Blog entry by ShipWreck posted 07-07-2012 09:10 AM 1625 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Between my realty work and doing side jobs, the end of a very hectic week is finally here. 5 straight days of getting home to change clothes and then flying off to various homes for new and emergency work. I clocked 44 hrs at the day job and then put in another another 46 hours doing side work. My work days normally start around 6 am, but I work independently and set my own schedule. I’ve done most of my browsing on here using my Android this week.

Monday: Hung 12 boards in a kitchen ceiling with a tape & bed coat. (In Chesapeake)

Tuesday: Ripped out 140 linear feet of molded drywall & baseboard and set dryers in place in a new construction home. (Virginia Beach) (plumbing failure)

Weds: Sprayed knockdown texture in 6 rooms for a lady (Norfolk)

Thurs: Back to Chesapeake to put a skim coat on the 12 board kitchen ceiling, then back to the mold job in Virginia Beach to install a new sheetrock at the mold job.

Friday: Sanded and primed the new kitchen ceiling in Chesapeake, then hauled ass back over to the mold job to remove more newly discovered molded walls.

I envy you guys/girls that have a dedicated shop. My shop is shared with alot of my construction tools so it really takes a beating when things get fast and furious. Oh well…. made some good money this week.

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#1 posted 07-07-2012 04:36 PM

Mixing work with pleasure is an awkward compromise, at best.

I did that dance for the better part of 40 years, as a Telecommunications Contractor, with aerial, buried and underground equipment, sharing my woodworking space.

Now that I have been retired for 4 years I share only 30 sq. ft. of my 625 sq. ft. Woodworking space with my Lawn Care equipment and most days my big Cub Cadet enjoys going outside and sittiing in the shade of the tree by the shop, so he doesn’t get dusty.

Looks as though you have created a workable arrangement in your current available space and although a dedicated Woodshop still looms in the distant future, maybe a nice little prefab shed for your day job equipment would offer some extra ‘elbow’ room.

Work Safely and have Fun, every chance you get. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 01:23 AM

Looks like you have fun!

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