A journey into the workshop. #43: The stuff in the attic is done, so now back into the shop...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 02-08-2010 10:12 AM 1329 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished up running the outlets for the lighting, and have mounted the 4 fixtures I do have in their final configuration, and the light is spread WAY better throughout the shop. I have 2 more fixtures to pick up still (next pay period), but I am not sure how soon I will have an opportunity to mount them. The side of the shop they are on, is currently housing the fencing material, still.

Ah yes, the fencing materials, the bane of my shops existence for now. As you may recall from earlier installations of this blog, I need to do some stump removal, so I followed the A&M recommendation and ran a ring of hardware cloth around the stump in question, filled the ring with charcoal, and lit it off. No joy. After 6 hours of struggling to stay lit, the charcoal finally burned down to ash, leaving charred, but still quite there stumps. This has been a LONG, COLD, WET fall and winter, and getting rid of these stumps has proven to be a pain in the tail… It’s just too wet to burn them out. At the rate this is going, I am going to be waiting until the summer before I can burn them out, at that time, we will be under a burn ban and water rationing again… :-(...

I wish they had a stump grinder about the size of a walk behind mower. I cannot get a full size stump grinder behind the house without, well without towing it down a muddy bayou… Gotta love living in Coastal Texas…

Well, while I regroup, and SERIOUSLY consider hiring the stump removal job, at least I can enjoy the lights as configured in the shop. This upgrade really has done a LOT for visibility in my shop, and I would urge others to make sure they have enough light in their shops, I had no idea how badly the lighting arrangement was impacting my visibility until I moved it around. A LOT of time and effort, but certainly worth it!

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 05:17 PM

I did the lighting thing about 20 some years ago. And I thought it was great. But I see I want more light since I spend more time here, and of course a paint job would help. I may change the lights, but nothing in the works for a while down the pike. It gives the shop a whole different atmosphere to have good light. I’ll bet your shop really looks different.

Never tried to take out a stump myself. I hire someone with a machine. But I don’t remember that it was cheap.

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 05:49 PM

And the beat goes on.

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