A journey into the workshop. #86: Cleaning up, and getting back to putting the shop in order.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-15-2013 04:32 PM 1389 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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During the whole rip the walls down, add insulation and power thing, my shop became a total mess, then came a few nasty bouts of sickness that kept me out of the shop for far too long.

While I am not pushing too hard, I am getting back to getting things in order. That means putting things where they belong, assuming a where they belong still exists…

So LOML willing, is going to be the Texas Two Step as it were in my shop…

Step #1. Take garbage out. I have a couple of bags of drywall, busted plastics, and other misc trash that need to hit the curb, along with coil spring assemblies and other misc junk parts that do not need to take up space in my shop.

Step #2. Clean and put up all the mechanic tools. This is important because the mechanic tool mess is right by the stack of sheetrock that will be going on my walls..

I figure at the rate I am on the mend, and the amount of just how much I have to clean up, if I get through those two steps I won’t have pushed too hard, and will actually feel like a human being afterwards…

I still have a big pile of lead acid batteries (UPS batteries) that I want to recycle, that I have no clue what to do with… I know I can take them to Best Buy, but those guys have been busted taking the recycle batteries and just dumping them in their dumpster… I am no peace love and granola type, but I do want to to the responsible thing with dangerous materials… So they sit and wait in my shop. Until Houston does another electronics recycling day where they take these things… For all I know they are dumping them and burying them in the bottom of the Jacinto River though…

Well, hopefully when I get this all done, I will be a little less pessimistic about things. I know if feels good to be able to get things accomplished again…

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#1 posted 08-15-2013 04:43 PM

those lead acid batteries will be worth $, find a place that sells and scraps used batteries – car batteries – and they will buy them from you.

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 05:15 PM

Call a metal scrap yard, they should pay for batteries along with other scrap

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#3 posted 08-15-2013 07:16 PM

Never thought of that. No clue, thanks! I just want them gone, don’t care about a few bucks. Probably cost me more than they are worth in gas to get them there. Space in my shop is the important factor…

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#4 posted 08-16-2013 06:44 AM

I have had my issues with lead -acid batteries as well. Fortunately, we have a well organized disposal system in Anchorage, and you can take in those things declared as hazardous waste, and they dispose of them. However, it does cost something. We usually take a bunch of things all at once including oil based paint cans that still have some unusable product in them.

I am still doing some shop organization, mostly revolving around electrical issues with my wife’s quilting equipment. But it is about to be done.

Moving on to the ship tomorrow, and so today is a day of travel. Hopefully will get my email act in order when aboard the ship.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 08-16-2013 01:34 PM

There are a group of guys that roam the neighborhoods in old trucks, looking for cast off metals for recycling, we call them “scrappers”. I talked to one yesterday that was picking up the steel remains of my neighbors old rusted out BBQ grill. He said they would take the batteries. Saves me the time and gas of going down to the scrap yard. I still want to separate the coil springs from the strut assemblies safely. I don’t want anyone getting hurt by trying to recycle my old metals… Actually the coils are still in really good shape too. But the Rancho springs ride a lot better than the stockers!

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#6 posted 08-16-2013 05:19 PM

Kudos to your proper recycling commitment.

We all must make a concerted effort to leave this planet in better health than it is in today, for our children’s sake.

Children ‘Learn what they Live’.

Best wises for your Shop make over. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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