Not quite in the workshop... #7: Painfully busy weekend, very little (read NO) shop time...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 03-29-2010 05:11 AM 1315 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Hi ho, Hi ho, it's up to the attic I go! Part 7 of Not quite in the workshop... series Part 8: More quality time with fiberglass insulation... »

It hurts to type right now. Why, oh why didn’t I just hire a contractor? Oh yeah, I wanted the job done right. Gotcha…

So anyway, I don’t even recall, did I regale you with tales of insulation following me home from Home Depot? Well that is as good of a place as any to start. So here goes…

After yet another punishing electric bill, we decided that we were going to go to HD and pick up some Owens Corning R30 unfaced rolls. I figured at the price I had seen before, it would run me about $20.00 / roll after tax, and had planned on a dozen, even though I really needed at least 2 dozen to finish the job I started. Well lo and behold! Home Depot was having a sale! I have proved that without a doubt, You can carry 4 cases of R30 rolls home, in the bed of an F150 6.5’ box fitted with an in bed toolbox, and no additional straps are needed. Actually they all more or less wedge in there pretty nicely.

So anyway, I get up to the attic with this stuff, and the problem is the framing in the rafters has a LOT of kickers crossing over everywhere, which means I need to manipulate my fat backside, and 24 rolls of fiberglass, over and through, and blah blah blah…

I have 6 done so far, and I feel like it is a major accomplishment. Thank heaven that I don’t do this for a living… At least the rolls are up there, just not all installed…

In the mean time, yet another family health crisis has reared its ugly head, and this one is critical. Without going into much detail, I will say that for those that pray, please pray for my Sister in Law… She needs it…

We took the dog to the vet Thursday, which really put the pinch even further on what budget we do have, and found our 14 year old dog with yet more arthritis complications, not to mention low Thyroid and a weight problem. Maybe I need to have ME checked for low thyroid. I have a weight problem

Nice bright sunny weekend, what did I get volunteered to do? Paint a 4×8 trellis panel the same color as the house trim. No big thing, but it sure would have been nicer if we could have just spray stained it…

Well, long story short, this weekend I have…

Hauled 2 dozen rolls of insulation to the attic.
Installed 6 rolls of insulation.
Painted the trellis, started on the trellis frame.
Stained the planter box
Transplanted 4 bushes
Washed out the garden fountain in the front yard garden and refilled it.
Cut down the 2 Hibiscus that died this winter
Installed the 2 wonder winders for my shop.
Ran my lovely bride around to go do the shopping.
Woke up too late for Sunday services, so we caught our services on a webcast… He sure does look funny that small!
Helped clean up the kitchen and living room.
Bathed the dog, and cat (real water bath for the dog, bathing wipes for the cat).
Cooked Dinner (I cook on the weekends usually). Low Cal, low fat Spaghetti with meat sauce tonight!
Checked the progress of the stump out rotting stump. I can kick it and it has a hollow sounding thump now. Hopefully this means that it will soon be ready to burn out…

All in all, I would say I have had a VERY busy weekend. I can’t WAIT to get a vacation instead of a “staycation”!...

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#1 posted 03-29-2010 05:41 AM

I feel your pain. My bill melted my debit card.

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#2 posted 03-29-2010 05:42 AM

Wow! that is an impressive list. Congrats on an incredibly productive couple of days.

I would like to have seen some pictures of the cat bath. I can’t imagine the feilne enjoyed it much.

-- Brian Meeks,

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 03-29-2010 06:40 AM

I am way to old to do that much, but it was ‘honey do’ weekend for me as well:
Yesterday Sherie comes home with a construct it yourself bookshelf type thing as a temporary…......until I can build her a better one… system for her hobby area. About an hour later or more, yup, got it together. Then today about a 6 hour deal, I cannot complain, it is a large orchid environment thing called an Orchidarium that I gave to her over a year ago. Finally everything was right to put it up.

Well that went pretty well. Then started working on my miter arms for my sled. The first arm I rout the groove for the T-track, see that there were a few bobbles, and run it through again. Somehow the bit jumped up a 1/4 inch and ruined the piece of oak. Have to go out and buy some more. Think it was the product of not enough torque on the collet, and the fact it was a 1/4 inch bit. Gonna get some 1/2 inchers soon. The next arm went fine. But not enough wood to redo the first one. Rats. Oh well.

Lotta honey do’s, and that is not all bad. All and all, not a bad weekend.

On the balance sheet, yours looked pretty good too…............



-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 03-29-2010 06:42 AM

Oh, and on the weekends I don’t cook, frequently cook during the week…......does that mean I am cross-cooking…....

......(-: ..............Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 03-29-2010 03:59 PM

We got into the deal of me cooking on the weekends during warmer weather. That gives me a chance to throw a brisket, ribs, or a roast or something on the smoker… I need to get after more BBQ actually, spring is here and the BBQ season will be in full swing soon..

The cat bath was really no big deal as far as annoyed cat wise. The wipes are pretty dry, and she is used to it (15 year old cat). Just time consuming chasing a cat all around the house, then having to chase her out from under the bed so that LOML can catch her, and then we bathe her…

By the way Jim, You aren’t the only one too old to be doing that much on the weekend. I am really feeling it today… Gonna soak in a hot bath with some Epsom salts tonight… No attic crawling for me until most likely this weekend. And even then, I will try to do that early saturday morning, so I can get up there when it’s still cool out, then clean up, and take a nap…

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#6 posted 03-29-2010 04:40 PM

Pets getting washed….........only pet I have at this time is my bird Kermit, and he will get into the shower with Sherie a few times a week. He is easy. Even has his own fold up perch in the shower.

But I remember about 30 years ago washing a 160 pound Irish Wolf Hound in the tub. You have to be nuts to try this, I think it has to be done by professionals. I think we (meaning me, my wife, and my son) stripped down to our skivvies. Before we were done that dog somehow managed to jump out of the tub and up on the vanity top next to the sink. It barely fit there and of course the whole bathroom looked like it had been washed. She was a very sweet dog, thank goodness, but didn’t like getting a bath…..............there is a picture of that dog on the counter somewhere. I laugh every time I think of it…......imagine a 160 pound long haired dog shaking itself dry on top of your vanity…......nowadays there would be a video of that on UTube. We all smelled like wet dog…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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