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Not quite in the workshop... #13: From Disco Inferno, to the Victory Dance!

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For starters, I want to thank GregD (or was it CraigD?), I will have to double check the responses to my prior blog entry, for the guy that suggested hydraulic removal of the fence post…

The weather played well enough cooperation wise that last night I was able to finish burning out the stumps, but I want to go further below grade, and I still have charcoal… so if the weather holds then tonight it goes…

The lone fence post that refused to die is now horizontal. The Method was amazingly simple, and straight forward. Take a shovel, and create a gap where you can around the edge of the concrete, take the garden hose / nozzle and hydro blast away soil, until you can rock the post back and forth, continue until you have the post loose, and jack the post out of the ground. But… No old school jack. So what to do? I have wood, I know how to use a lever. Simple machines time… Last night is one of the first times in a LONG time I have been glad that Weight Watchers is working slowly for me, I needed the extra weight to apply to a 2×4 rested upon a fulcrum to lever that post out of the ground… And yes I tore out roots with the concrete ball…

Now I have the post laying across the hole because, well there is a hole in the ground. Tonight, I get a bed full of fill dirt, and get after filling the holes, then leveling them up… I COULD rent a proper tamper, but instead, it’s going to be a simple piece of scrap plywood, and my fat can applying the downward force. Should be more than enough…

With any luck, I will be able to set the tie in blocks for my first rails on the posts tonight as well, that way I can have an idea where the new posts will need to be cut. Now WHERE is my line level and spool of twine? I guess I could use some cable pulling twine for this…

One bit of bad news to report though. My “Bronco” spade point shovel handle, that is allegedly unbreakable, I managed to break… Go figure…And it appears that Lowes no longer carries this brand… I guess this is fine, I got 2 of these shovels, the Bronco, and an Ames, for housewarming gifts 10 years ago. Not like I need 2 of the same kind of shovel… And I could use the space in my garage, uh, shop…

Ah bliss! Once those holes are filled, and the fence line levelled, the fencing material comes OUT of the shop.

I’m thinking of hiring a band to play as I move the pickets, 2×4s, and 4×4s out to the deck in celebration.

Now if only Home Depot would get on the stick and send my A/C unit to me!

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



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dbhost

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#1 posted 1512 days ago

I spoke too soon. Just checked my BORG account… Last night just before bed it was still pending, this morning it shows as shipped, and arrival is scheduled for TODAY! So by the time I get home, LOML is going to be having fits on how to get a portable A/C, and 3,000 sq/ft of AtticFoil radiant barrier into the house so I can do something with them. It would appear I do NOT have as much time as I suspected to get my shop empty of construction materials before more move in… Ugh…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 1512 days ago

Great about GregD’s hydraulic method. Have to put that one in my brain for future use, although I am not much into the back breaking stuff anymore. So thanks in advance to Greg if I ever use the method.

Last time I ordered something from Lowe’s, my wife and I decided it was the smoothest appliance purchase we had ever made. It was our current upright freezer that has squatter’s rights in my shop, think it has been there about 8 to 10 months.

I did the shopping on line, read some reviews and everything, choosing the freezer, a Fridgidaire auto-defrost model that was in stock and on sale in Lowe’s. We drove over to Lowe’s, checked that we liked it for real, purchased it and walked out after being there about 10 minutes max. The next day they came and took the old freezer away, it was a small Gibson chest model that still worked after continuous use since 1982, but the seals were falling apart after nearly 30 years, and we didn’t want the chest style anymore. They installed the new one, they must have been there no more than 10 minutes and drove off.

Shopping on line, plus a no nonsense slick service oriented merchandiser was a neat combination.

About 50 deg here at 0630 hrs. Supposed to get to about 60, about the same as Dick Cain in Hibbing MN. But I think it will get into the mid 60’s today here, we’ll see. Look’s like 92 as a high there in Houston, and a 40% chance of rain. You are going to need that A/C this week, 92 straight across. I use Weather Underground for weather, lots of info and quick. I have an outdoor sensor with 2 receivers for current temp. I have the sensor underneath the steps leading up to the porch, about 5 feet off the ground, out of the sun and the rain.

Should be around this afternoon, hope to get into the shop some. Have the weekend off, on call again the following weekend. Then I am not on weekend call for awhile. I am getting overused while a few of my call partners are off on vacation, but when they get back, it’s payback time.

Just caught your note about the A/C coming…............you are going to need it.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 1512 days ago

No doubt on the needing A/C, and it is supposed to be cooler this week than the past 2…

Remember I am south of Houston, on Galveston Bay. When it is 92 in Houston, it most likely is 94 or 95 at my house… That radiant barrier and AC will be REALLY helpful…

We rotate the on call alphabetically. I have a while before it comes back to me… I am not looking forward to that… I have been woken up in the middle of the night because a user couldn’t connect to the corp network, only to find out they failed to pay their broadband bill, and had their internet service cut off…

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

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#4 posted 1512 days ago

I wouldn’t dare to tell you what trivia I have been aroused for in OBGYN arena, I think the censors would boot me off the forum…...........(-:

Probably 95 deg and 95% humidity at your place then, like Taiwan in my military days….........

On average, not much happens at night relative to day time in my business, especially in recent years. Nurses at the hospitals will exercise a little judgement with hospitalized patients, but they expect you to sign off on it in the morning. I have never seen them step out of bounds. But there are the inevitable false labors, etc in obstetrics, and then there are ER visits. The ER docs call for advice, or they may admit someone for observation, but they need an OBGYN to see them in the morning. It’s a mix bag from the hospital. The answering service is the origin of the truly stupid stuff. Oh well. At least I am on call only one out of 5 days.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 1512 days ago

FWIW, the order has been placed for the 5” ducted fantech vents. Basically oversized dryer vents. My idea here is to simply run the vents through the front wall of the garage as part of the siding redo project. So this will be the first place I get Hardie siding and trim. (gonna get that this weekend).

My plan is to duct them through the wall, and simply attach the vent hoses to the ducts. In total I am adding 8” to the run.

In order keep the intake air vent louvers open, since these are Supurr Vent style vents, I am going to spend a little bit of time with the Dremel, some plastic stock, and some epoxy so that the shuttering louvers can no longer, well, shut. I figure 1/4” propped open should be more than enough. Then on goes the adhesion promoter, and paint…

So this is actually pretty exciting, I am 90% to the point I will have working A/C in the shop, and a few hours away from pulling out the fencing material, then I tear out the old plastic shelves, and get to work on the walls… Then the fun begins, wiring up the shop for power. More correctly, getting the permits, THEN wiring it, then getting the inspection, THEN getting power on. And finally, I can get the insulation and sheet rock in…

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

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GregD

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#6 posted 1512 days ago

OMG! A suggestion of mine actually worked?

Is the A/C going in the shop? That would make me really jealous. But now that my youngest is heading off to college my wife is complaining that the house is too big. I (half) joked that the family room is about the right size for my workshop – 9’ ceilings even. The scary thing is that she didn’t give me the usual, well that is certainly a stupid idea look.

-- Greg D.

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#7 posted 1512 days ago

Yes the A/C is going in the shop. And believe it or not, it was LOML’s idea… She got freaked out when her Dad’s neighbor had a heart attack in the heat and died a few years ago. She won’t let me stay in the shop more than 10 minutes in the summer if it is hot now…

I honestly don’t mind the heat so much as the humidity. And this thing has a dehumidifier cycle as well…

Honestly, 80 degrees F at 25 – 30% humidity and I am a happy camper. Man I miss Arizona…Heck even Central / West Texas would be great… Anyone in San Antonio hiring UNIX admins?

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

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#8 posted 1512 days ago

Hard for me to keep the sweat off the machinery these days. Otherwise I’m too stubborn to let the heat/humidity tell me what I can and cannot do. Try to go out first thing in the morning, but I suspect my hours in the shop are numbered until the heat breaks a bit (in October). Then I’ll need to get to some painting on/in the house.

-- Greg D.

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#9 posted 1512 days ago

You had to say THAT didn’t you…

I have spent 4 evenings over the last 8 looking at paint colors with LOML… She has the impression somehow that the inside of the house needs paint…

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

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