Not quite in the workshop... #5: Almost done with the electrical upgrades for the lights...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-06-2010 04:33 AM 1322 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got home from work today and put the finishing touches on, and double checked my connections for the newly added outlets, and fixture in the shop light circuit. I have moved one of the overhead lights into position, and will be real happy to get the rest done.

I discovered while up on the ladder today that I have a mismatched shop light fixture. This is also the light that doesn’t want to start up real well, and buzzes when it is really hot, or really cold. Between this, and the one additional fixture I need to have all 6 in place, it looks like I need to make a trip to Home Depot to get some fixtures. Cash is a little tight right now as I had spent too much picking up bargains last pay period. I got a Wolverine system with Varigrind, and Skew Jig for a few $$ less after shipping as the PSI jig setup.(I got a smokin’ deal used on the Vari-grind and Skew jig, Had I known this guy was selling his Wolverine setup I would have gotten an even better deal and bought his whole setup including the base Wolverine setup), I also snagged a Ryobi BGH827 grinder. Not sure if I got a deal on it or not. I snagged it for $59.99, and I picked up some Norton 8” aluminum oxide wheels for less than $20.00 a piece…

Tomorrow brings connection of the extension to the live circuit and testing. Soon thereafter I get to move the remaining lights that I do have to their designed positions. I picked the locations for more even light distribution, and putting the maximum light where I will need it most.

I have a busy weekend planned, but if all goes well, it will be time and effort VERY well spent.

Not sure if I have mentioned this yet, but since the insulation has gone in the attic, and the gasket has gone around the garage doors, it is downright pleasant to work in there, even without heat. I have been in there for the last week and a half through below freezing temps outside, and have been in short sleeves and completely comfortable, without any sort of heater running… Sweet stuff folks. If you have an uninsulated shop, I would suggest insulating it, this was a cheap projec (About $100.00 in insulation, and $60.00 in gasket material). t, and WELL worth it. I am actually getting antsy to move on to getting the sub panel in, and insulating / re-rocking the walls…

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#1 posted 02-06-2010 04:41 AM

Go man go

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 06:14 AM

Just came back in from the shop again, got 3 of the 4 fixtures I do have mounted in their right places. Will wait to get the power run to the right place to get #4 mounted. I should have swapped bulbs to the daylight whites but was an airhead. My bulbs are getting a bit old anyway, will wait until I get a bulb or two failed, then will swap all of them over.

Here’s hoping that tomorrow will be as productive as today. Maybe the 4 will be done and powered, so Sunday I can burn the stumps out… Following week should be spent on fence work, get the fencing material out of the shop finally, then get the last 2 fixtures in place… THEN the fun starts… Cleaning, rearranging, painting, etc…

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 11:50 AM

It all takes time but it will all come together before you know it. I have been working on my shop for over a year and a half now and it still is not done. It takes time and money but is will worth it when you get the next step done. Good luck and would love to see your progress.

God Bless

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 06:50 PM

My shop has actually been in progress for 2 years, I got serious about building a woodworking shop in January 2008, but I had always been hopeful that I would be able to build a dedicated outbuilding for it. Financial realities due to the current economic downturn scrapped that idea and I had to keep going in the garage. The benefits of this project are showing up in the rest of the house though, so it is a good thing all around… You are right about the money part, it’s not cheap, and I have done my shop on a bit of a shoestring budget, but… This is not a cheap endeavor in the slightest….

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#5 posted 02-07-2010 04:15 AM

FWIW, The power is on now, I have the 3 lights that have been hung as of last night powered up, the one fixture that needs to be replaced is powered as well. I need to get things back where they belong as the table saw, and workbench are now skewed and all the stuff that was stored under both spread all over the floor. Time to clean is coming soon! The two lights closest to the common wall have had their power cables tidied up as well.

I managed to pop a couple of the cheapie peg board hooks out in the process, and can’t seem to find them. I guess my next shopping excursion to Amazon should include the good ball end 2”, and 4” hooks…

Tomorrow comes the stump burning, I hope. Following that, I will need to rent a portable cement mixer to mix up the concrete for my fence posts…

Yeah, if you can’t tell, I am really enjoying making good progress here…

I did have ONE issue I found out that concerns me though. Looking at my Shoplight Fixtures, I did not notice when I bought them, I thought that I bought T-8 Fixtures, but they are actually T12. Now I haven’t had any issues with them YET… But I am concerned they could become an issue down the road. I need to start looking into T-8 fixtures. Any suggestions?

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