A journey into the workshop. #19: Getting nothing done at all... Frustrating night...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-08-2009 04:36 PM 1422 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Quality time with the trash can... Part 19 of A journey into the workshop. series Part 20: Still working on purging the shop of unneeded junk... »

Between LOML calling and keeping me on the phone. (She was at the hospital with her brother, long story, nothing to panic about though…) and my work phone paging me all night long over stuff that didn’t have to do with me… I never got the chance to get out into the shop last night for more than 5 minutes.

I did manage to dig out 4 boxes of tiles that don’t match anything in my house that were sitting on one of the shelves. And about 4 gallons of Ace Bone White paint that is what I used when I painted the house interior 6 years ago… Pre LOML… We are going with a completely different theme for the house, and that bone white is NOT on the color chart we are using. I have a friend of mine that is, uh, financially far worse off than I, that rents, and has a fix nothing landlord. I may donate the paint to her so she can redo her living room / bedroom. The tiles are going to go to Habitat for Humanity as a donation. They probably won’t use them in a project house, but at least get them to a Re-store and get some revenue for the program that way…

Now there are spray cans of stuff that was in the garage when I bought the house. Particularly a bunch of various colors of spray paint, primer, and all sorts of cleaners. Mixed in there with the ones I have gotten. (You can tell the paint I got vs. the paint the old owner had… He buys house brand paints, I tend toward brands I know, Krylon, Rustoleum, and most notably Duplicolor as I use it to color match accessories to my truck, and LOMLs car… The stuff the former owner had I have never even considered using. So the question is, how do I get rid of this? Is it hazardous waste that I need to take to the hazardous waste collection site, or can I just pitch it in the trash can?

Along with all that stuff, is 2 quart size bottles of charcoal lighter fluid that a friend of mine misguidedly gave me over the summer for a July 4th cookout we did. I do NOT use lighter fluid. (I have a charcoal chimney starter which works great and leaves no funny lighter fluid taste… ). I need to ask around to see if anyone locally needs it…

The parts from Grizzly for my band saw came in yesterday, but were not complete. There are two spacers, and two set screws that were missing that were allegedly part of the adjusting screw assembly. I had to order them again. I will give the full listing of parts and part #s when this is all over so that the next guy that wants to do this won’t end up having to do multiple orders to get this done, save you some bucks on shipping charges…

Maybe I can put some of the junk on Freecycle and see if someone else needs it.

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#1 posted 10-08-2009 07:21 PM

Good post… gives everyone a reminder that we all should do some sorting, throwing and general cleanup around the shop.
One thought on your comment about house brand paints….....a few years back, I took a part time job at Walmart. I was stocking shelves and happened to notice that the store brand paint was shipped in boxes marked Sherwin-Williams. So a house/store brand may be a name brand in disguise.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#2 posted 10-08-2009 08:20 PM

Actually you are quite true. The old Ace Rust Stop paint was simply Rustoleum with a different label. I actually like using that stuff. I am talking about the no name stuff that has the nozzle that always clogs, and comes out thinner than 3.2 beer… I don’t recall the name on the label, but it’s just this stuff that I have used in years past, and always had problems with it…

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#3 posted 10-09-2009 06:17 AM

You can also get those glass bottles that have a sprayer, mix the paint with thinner and it sprayers great. That is if you can’t find the color, you can always go this route.

-- Mike, VT

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 10-09-2009 04:28 PM

Your shop sounds like mine, if you consider the adjacent storage area part of the shop. We have been through two sessions of remodeling in the last 3 years, and of course, the workmen leave every partial can of paint, every tile, extra wall plates and switches, pieces of wire, etc. because of course, I paid for it. (cost plus, no bid). We still have one more session of remodeling and the house is done forever….at least relative to my life span.

So we have a door or two, piles of Jatoba (which I dare not touch, and I not sure I want to work that wood
until I am a lot more experienced) waiting for the final two rooms. The architect is working on the final remodel now. When they are done with the final, I think I will have the contractor take care of the old paint…..I’ll keep the Jatoba. Electrical can stay. A year ago we finally got rid of the old paint from our 1985 remodel. Talk about being pack rats, and disorganized…that’s us.

I have never worked Jatoba, but I heard the contractor talk about a local milling shop who said they would never touch the stuff again, too much oil and apparently too hard.

Anyway, I understand the shelves full of old mystery paint and stain, uncountable cans of partially use spray pain, and miscellaneous noxious fluids and paste….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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