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A journey into the workshop. #41: Precariously perched with drywall square and pencil in hand...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-27-2010 10:39 PM 905 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 40: Organize, organize, organize... Part 41 of A journey into the workshop. series Part 42: Lighting, and a broken drill press table. »

After all the layout work in sketchup, I was able to get up on the ladder last night to measure and mark where the ceiling lights are supposed to go. all of them 4’ in from the sidewalls, front row 2’ from front wall, back row 2’ in from garage door opening / wall (Will end up covered when doors are open). And of course the middle row right at 10’ from front or back wall. (20’ long garage you know…)

Upon looking at this layout, I do not like it… But I have a problem. It is called an attic stair door. If I were to run my llights 4’ in from the end walls as I would like them, I would end up with the front wall light fixtures just barely hanging over the attic stair door opening. I need to get on the ladder again tonight, and measure up the distance from front wall to trim of the attic stairs. I may end up adjusting those two fixtures to I believe be in at 3.5 feet and just live with it. The bench there is getting an extension with an overhead shelf, and a T8 fixture of its own complete with power switch…

I will be running to Home Depot on the way home, and picking up the boxes, outlets, faceplates, romex, and cable staples. I will be simply replacing the single bulb incandescent fixture that will be replaced with a regular outlet to power the middle row, and one additional outlet will be run to between the doors at the back wall on the ceiling to power the back row. An existing outlet box in the attic is being removed (it used to provide power to a long dead garage door opener), so I am in no way worried that 6 T 8 fixtures, and 12 bulbs will draw more amperage than a 2HP opener and a 100 watt incandescent bulb…

Once the electrical is in, and the fixtures are mounted using proper drywall anchors (none of this lines up with the studs…) I will go ahead and patch any previous holes, and start the painting of the ceiling in standard ceiling white (presently my entire garage is painted a bone white, almost beige). I also have a fresh case of daylight white bulbs at the ready to go in…

The next two days are supposed to be horridly wet, but the weekend is supposed to be dry. I REALLY need to burn out the stumps along where my fence goes. The biggest issue for me with that now is… Water. I have the holes drilled in the stumps, I have had them filled repeatedly with Bromide, and followed that up in a make sure it’s dead measure with plenty of Roundup. I am pretty sure this is dead wood in the ground, but the roots are so big I don’t want to dig them out, so burn it is… I have about a half gallon of 2 stroke gas left from last summer, I need to use it up, and am thinking probably very stupidly, that maybe I can fill the holes with the gas, let that soak in, top the stumps off with charcoal restrained with hardware cloth, then doused with the remainder of the gas, again let to soak in thoroughly, and finally lit off. I have a mental image of a Jet Engine’s afterburner though…

I am very antsy about the fence issue though, about 50% of my shop space is currently taken up by fencing material, lumber, and concrete. It is in the way of me being able to finally rip out the old shelving units, insulate my wall, run my sub panel etc… So the sooner this is done, the better, Not to mention there is the privacy issue. There are hiking trails along the bayou, and I really don’t want my neighbors seeing into my living room from the Bayou…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 01:29 AM

Gad I hate to work on lights, overthehead stuff, holding things in place while trying to put in screws. I put in all the fluorescents in my shop and workshop area many years ago, but I will need more, or different lights eventually. I am not looking forward to it. Was going back and forth with Dave Owen, new member, about his great looking shop. He uses 5000 K bulbs and has bunch of 4’ fixtures with electronic ballasts.

I really like the single prong bulbs, and the 8 footers work great. But the ballasts frequently buzz. So I am going to try a couple of electronic ballasts and see if that makes a difference. If that works, I will look for better color bulbs, they must exist. If that works I might only have to put in about two more lamps or so, 8 footers, for good light. My light now isn’t bad, but the place needs white paint bad. We’ll see. My condolences for the overhead work…...hate it. Get a scaffolding or something. Oh, and lucky me, Sherie has offered to paint the place when I am ready…..........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 01:32 AM

Oh, and here is the link to Dave's workshop

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 01:38 AM

I haven’t blogged about it, but I have been doing a LOT of lighting upgrades around the house. I have I think 15 or so light fixtures in the house, and I have recently swapped around, or redone 10 of them, and am planning on work on the other 5. This does not take the shop into account at all…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 02:47 AM

Well hopefully you are in practice then, and it won’t be so bad.

I have done a fair amount of household lighting work myself over the years, but that is not as bad as those darn big flourescent fixtures, or their ballasts. Perhaps it is the 8 foot things that are so bad. But except for replacing ballasts, those 8 footers have been easy to maintain, meaning, installing new bulbs since they are the single prong. In recent years I have let the remodelers do the lighting upgrades in the house, but I still maintain the shop lights, and will install any new ones.

I am finishing up a panel handler, an oddball item, copied something made out of metal, and made it out of my junk plywood. Should finish it tomorrow. This weekend is the sled. If the panel handler works, I will post it, if not I will burn it…...........(-: I am kinda warming up to doing the sled. That will be a precision beast and I want to get it right. So will use my new router some, etc., then be ready for a go at it.

Dynamite for the stumps…........(-: Seriously, don’t you have some spare kerosene or diesel…..that gasoline sounds bad. Take care…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 05:54 AM

Nope, just gasoline, and Coleman fuel…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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