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Again, not really fine woodworking, but instead more household carpentry…. The gaps between the 2×4s are now all caulked up, as are the recesses where the framing nails were driven. I am ready to hit this with some quick sanding, and then prime it… Of course my agenda for the night got changed as the Halloween decorations came out of the attic last night…

So instead of the work that I need to get done, I ended up putting strings of pumpkin lights up, as well as a plastic pumpkin patch with Linus and the gang waiting for the Great Pumpkin…. We don’t do scary, we like to do fun Halloween for the kids, neices and nephews sort of stuff…

Well, that’s it, long hours next few days coming, not much will happen until this weekend I am sure. But once I start moving on it again, it will go quick!

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



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#1 posted 911 days ago

Pics. We need PICS! :-)

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#2 posted 911 days ago

We don’t put any halloween stuff outside, although usually Sherie has a little display on the island in the kitchen/dining room. Halloween hasn’t been very significant at our house for many years. The office employess at the clinic usually wear costumes, however.

Once violence entered the Halloween event many years ago, it has been downplayed pretty much around here. Wish it were different.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 910 days ago

No Halloween violence here…

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#4 posted 909 days ago

Perhaps violence is the wrong word. But in the old days kids ran around everywhere by themselves, and there are risks now, especially for the very young. Also there were risks in tainted “treats”, etc. Much of this has disappeared as they are usually accompanied by parents, and they tend to go only to neighbors homes, or homes of friends.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 908 days ago

Ah… I gotcha… Yeah, no problems here. Our neighborhood is pretty tight… Believe it or not, I actually know most of my neighbors. I can’t say that I like all of them, but at least I know them…

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#6 posted 908 days ago

Pics will be forthcoming as soon as the paint finishes drying. I have the old sheet rock cut out, and sadly I found a bit of mold, which is not a shock. I have cleaned the mold off with a mold killer, and before I button it up, I will insure that the mold is dead, and that a dessicant bag gets enclosed the cavity. I do not want any chance of regrowth…

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

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#7 posted 908 days ago

Well, we got the dollies out and scattered round the house. The little village is not out yet. I have to build a stand for the stuff. Will work it out tomorrow, needs to just be an elevated piece of peg board, so the transformers can go underneath, and the wires poke up.

I buy Halloween and Christmas dolls from one of my long term patients. She just brings a couple of the newest ones in each year for each season, knowing I will buy a them as gifts for Sherie.

The maker is outstanding, using cloth and stuffing, with painted decoration, as well as sparkly things. She has a great artistic touch and sense of humor. The detail is phenomenal. And Sherie adores them. Easiest shopping for gifts I do…although not cheap. But not too high a price to pay for a happy spouse…..(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 908 days ago

Love local arts of all sorts… We have a few dolls made out of corn husks and cloth / ribbon that we picked up in Cancun, they are done up like the traditional dancers, a couple are very red and green and fit in with the Christmas theme around our house… Even though I live in the burbs by professional necessity, I am still country at heart, and our Christmas decor reflects that with a LOT of hand made wooden ornaments, and things like Aged Tin stars, among other decor…. We haven’t gone that way with Halloween though…

A bit of a status update. The new stand is in place and tied in to the original framing. It is still open, and I have a lot of sheetrock and trim work to go… But at least the temporary stand is gone, and the nasty sports are nice and clean now…. Time for a shower…

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

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#9 posted 908 days ago

Wash off all those nasty fungus spores before you mildew.

Have a good…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 907 days ago

The mold killer is doing a pretty good job so far. I have one of those test kits, and will make sure that we are clean before buttoning it up. I am close, there are a few spots I can’t quite reach to, but I am pretty sure the spray has gotten to… Hence the dessicant. It takes spores, AND moisture to grow mold…

I am not 100% sure about this, but it seems to me that the mold killer is simply a bleach water mixture…. I am probably paying too much for something I can make out of dollar store bleach and tap water… But it’s effective so far…

Personally I would LOVE to rip this stupid heater all the way out, and replaced with a tankless, but I haven’t heard of any tankless electrics that actually work the way you expect…

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

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#11 posted 907 days ago

I have never used a tankless, so I don’t have any advice. The only variant I am aware of is our no burner system that heats the water with the furnace. It seems to work well, but depends on a hot water baseboard heating system. Probably not so common down there. In La Conner, we have a system probably like yours. Forced air and separate gas fueled hot water heater.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 907 days ago

Nope. I am all electric. Forced air heat and AC sharing a common plenum, and a stand alone electric water heater…

Honestly I miss my last house in Oregon… Forced air gas heat, central AC, and the heat had wood stoves (plural) for backup…. Stand alone gas fired water heater…

I don’t even recall if we ever tried to fire up the furnace… We heated mostly with wood…

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

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#13 posted 907 days ago

Up here in Alaska gas is king, fuel oil is the second best heating fuel. Electric is not really a viable consideration. Natural Gas is the cheapest and requires the least amount of maintanence.

La Conner may be a small town, but it has good utilities. So it is gas there as well.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 907 days ago

Being at the core of the petrochemical corridor on the Gulf Coast, the fact that my block has no gas is odd to say the least… I would love to convert to gas, but a bit more $$ than I am willing to spend….

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#15 posted 906 days ago

I hear you. Do you suppose solar power will ever make it down there, or is the cloud cover and the up front cost too great? Wind power is doing well nation wide, and apparently we will get some wind power here. There have to be some really good wind power sites in this state, but we have so little population and the sites are so far away, most likely, that it will be a rare item. Infrastructure and transmission costs will rule. The current possibility is an island in Cook Inlet quite close to Anchorage, and I assume they would run underwater cables. It looks like it actually will happen. Of course, that will get the petrochemical industry aroused, and then they will do the necessary drilling for gas in the inlet, which apparently is there just to be tapped. Alaska with its large land mass and small population is kinda wierd.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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