Well, a few nights ago I stayed up until well after midnight to finish the rough in wiring and insulating of my shop. I was tired, but I went to bed with a great feeling of accomplishment. I’ve done everything myself so far, and as a female, and one that’s only 5 feet tall, I’m just pretty darned proud of myself. I knew nothing about wiring, but now that I’m done with it, I feel like I might even tackle a few of our simple in home wiring projects.
I want to thank all the Lumberjocks that have either welcomed me to this site, or encouraged me along the way. I’ve only been a Lumberjock for 9 days, but already I feel you all are a part of my life. This site has offered so much in the way of inspiration, advice, and most importantly motivation. The last step in completing my shop is to hang OSB on the walls (I have half of that done), and have the electrician bring the power from the house to my shop. Then its time to relax and do some real woodworking.
I do have one confession and frustration. I saw the best looking wood pallet (frugal rancher side of me) by a dumpster the other day. I stopped and picked it up thinking I would use the wood out of it for something. Have you ever tried to tear down a pallet? Holy crap … can you say ring-shank!
After breaking one board into pieces trying to get it loose, I ran to the house to do a Google search on reusing pallets (all kinds of “green” sites out there on this one). In my search I came across all kinds of advice from drilling with a hole saw to cutting through the nails. But, the one I saw that made the most sense to me, drill through the head of the nail, looked like the way to go. So, with drill in hand and a few sheetmetal drill bits, away I went. It worked perfectly! This is the first and last pallet I will “repurpose” ... way too much work for what I got out of it. Let me know if you all know of a better way to do this.
Seems this blog is just a bunch of rambling tonight, but that’s the kind of night I’m having :)
-- Teri, Kokomo, IN