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Not quite in the workshop... #18: More project progress, less room in my shop! WRONG DIRECTION!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 07-06-2010 04:12 PM 779 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: Being slowed down by hurricanes, leaky radiators, and old Television sets... Part 18 of Not quite in the workshop... series Part 19: Lousy weather, a shop full of stuff, and holes in the yard... »

Well, okay some of my work this weekend was in the shop… But for the most part, I continued down the road of progress on my other projects. This weekend saw the following progress…

#1. Air conditioning evaporator coils, pans, and drains cleaned. #2. 25 feet of deteriorated and leaky HVAC flex duct replaced. #3. HVAC plenum box taped / sealed. (This thing was blowing cold air into the attic like crazy).
The above combined should have a substantial impact on my heating / cooling bills. We will just have to see…

#4. Picked up the Sony WEGA 37” from my sister in law. She was upgrading to a flat panel, and the TV in the bedroom was dying. So I swapped around some TVs. That big Sony is a freaking TANK… #5. Sized and cut 3/4” ply shelf for bedroom armoire for the TV, the original shelf was 1/4” plywood! The new arrangement is MUCH stronger. Had to cut the notches by hand using my pull saw. Not sure where my jig saw is… #6. Augered 2 remaining post holes. Need to wait for the ground to dry up before setting the posts though. I don’t want the ground to shrink around the concrete… #7. Removed and replaced the radiator on my 2001 Saturn SL2. Now mind you, this car has been wrecked previously. So the A/C condenser, and original radiator were slightly bent, where the new radiator was perfectly straight. Getting parts to line up was fun… But it’s all together and working well now… #8. Spent hours on end training the puppy… He still tries play biting, but he responds to the “off” command nicely now…

With the path cleared for removing fencing material from the shop, I had to move the lawn mower over by the table saw, I now effectively have less usable floor space which isn’t a good thing, but I also have less “stuff” in the shop, which is a GOOD thing…

The weather outlook for this week is pretty horrid. We have some tropical disturbance sliding east to west along the coast coming through Louisiana, and aiming our way that is supposed to be a real rain producer, and to top that off, we also have a pretty sizeable but disorganized cluster of storms coming up from the Yucatan… So far they are not predicting development into anything to worry about, and it is supposed to be here within 48 hours, too close to react anyway… So I just sit tight and hang on to my shorts as it were…

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 06:22 PM

For you a DIYer weekend warrior weekend.

I at least made some real headway on the shop stuff, with a usable panel sled (only cosmetic stuff left), a unique project tabletop nearly finished, and will soon finish the arms for the Super Sled, one is already done. Entertained family on the 4th, with barbecued chicken and burgers. So busy, but I did get relaxed.

Only 3 working days this week, but I am on call today and Thursday, already have someone in labor this morning.

So have a good week, will probably have minimal shop time during the week, coming weekend should be better…....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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HokieMojo

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 05:39 PM

those sony’s are ridiculously heavy. I helped my father-in-law move his and I think it was close to 300 lbs.

too bad you can’t send the rain our way. more 100+ degree whether and no rain for almost a month now. keep on keeping on.

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dbhost

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#3 posted 07-12-2010 11:22 PM

Been dry since Friday, and the holes that I need to set the posts in were still muddy last night. I haven’t looked today. We have good, hot, dry weather until at least Friday forecast. I have a very busy next 2 nights, but Thursday should be open enough for me to set those posts…

I look back at all of the projects I have done lately, mostly fix it around the house stuff, and keeping the car running stuff… This is keeping me hopping for sure!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 07-13-2010 04:03 AM

Just for grins…....I have one of those monster Sony TV’s, from the year 2000, 52 inch. Wouldn’t consider moving that myself. There were even more grins when the thing, which has to come up a couple flights of stairs had a glitch and they replaced it the first week. Turned out it was some internal loose connector, but took forever to find it. It has been a great TV. Definitely my all time favorite, everything considered. It will be replaced with a monster flat panel sometime in the next 18 months as we remodel that area. But boy that thing is a room dominating beast.

I got lazy, noting I could hardly finish my shop projects, so decided not to build the next computer in a row. The fastest thing I have is my portable, bought 2 years ago. The main computer I am typing on is 5 years old with no upgrades.

So I bought one. Decadence. Don’t ask, I won’t tell. The new toy comes tomorrow…..........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 04:31 AM

........on a more, grisly vein. Post holes filled with water. I am reading…....interspersed with lighter fare…...

‘With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa’ by E.B. Sledge. First hand account of WWII action, by a grunt marine, who later became a teacher and an author. Fox holes filled with water. This account is all too real, for even me.

During the Vietnam War, I admit, I had a ‘good’ billet in Taiwan for my two years as a General Medical Officer. Physicians aren’t normally casualities in war in any case. Although mine wasn’t easy duty, I was essentially on call and working 24 hours a day with but a few weeks respite for that total two years, being a solo doc. They couldn’t even find someone to relieve me for some leave time. They just paid me for it when I left.

I was working in Taiwan 8 days after I entered the service. I bet that is a record. But I can tell you, I didn’t complain. Essentially every military person I took care of had been in Vietnam.

But what they went through on those islands in WWII is unimaginable…....worse than any ghoul movie. The real deal doesn’t hit the big screen or even the famous books. I am not suggesting you read this book. I just had this strange connect. But literally, I have read one whole novel, in the middle of reading this book. It is too much too take in a row. But I feel obligated. A large number of the people I took care of in Taiwan were marines. I kinda feel like I have to finish it.

Strange the obligations, the loyalties, we feel, even decades removed.

But I think we have been there sometime in the past…........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#6 posted 07-13-2010 03:50 PM

Jim,

On the military service issue. I would love to get a bit more information, background on Vietnam, mostly due to family history. My dad served in Vietnam in the Navy, and he is just now barely talking to us about his time in the military, and the few things he has mentioned simply make your skin crawl, and that was the behavior of Americans against Americans… He was a photographer, and unfortunately had to do crime scene work with the MPs, along with other military photography work…

Unfortunately at the time I was of age, it was the late 80’s, the economy was pretty bad where I lived, and EVERYONE and their dog was trying to join up. I got handed a PMR (Permanent Medical Rejection) based on a minor vision issue, which my oldest brother has the same issue, but worse off, and he joined in 1979 no problem… Go figure… While there are things that our Men and Women in uniform go through that I am glad I didn’t I do wish that I had been able to serve…

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

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