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Workshop Development #68: Have I mentioned I HATE drywall?

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« Part 67: Weekend project list. Prepping for Christmas and a happy new year too! Part 68 of Workshop Development series Part 69: More shop cleanup. Making progress. I forgot I had some of this stuff! »

So I went to the big blue box today at lunch, I used the drywall screw setter bits as an excuse. I managed to get in and get the chandelier that LOML has been wanting for a few years. I went into the shop and wrapped it, and then proceeded to install the first of the lower segments to the wall. The remainders should be easy peasy…

I wonder if LOML will be offended if I work on the shop on Wednesday?

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



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lightweightladylefty

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#1 posted 218 days ago

You should invite her to join you in the shop and encourage her to enjoy what you two accomplish together . . . right after you hang the chandelier together. Keep it fun! Best wishes.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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lightweightladylefty

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#2 posted 218 days ago

P.S. Don’t make her mud or sand the drywall though . . . that is, if you want to keep her happy!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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stefang

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#3 posted 218 days ago

Personally, I’m staying out of the shop until after New Year, except I might go out there and stand around for awhile off and on just to keep my sanity. Have a Merry Christmas!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bogeyguy

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#4 posted 218 days ago

I know where your coming from with that Stefang. Just a few minutes now and then.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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dbhost

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#5 posted 218 days ago

What can I say, shop time helps me keep my head in one piece…

Actually she has offered to hold the panels in place while I screw them in. She helped me get the upper panels in place already…

I am more than a little anxious to get this all in mud and tape. I most likely will not bother with any sort of texture, Simply skim coat it, tape it, even it up as best I can (the studs aren’t exactly plumb / square…) slap some paint on it and then we have the fun of arranging…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 218 days ago

There are times to just get it done, I know about those. My least favorite stuff is old plumbing. Fortunately, you see less and less of the metal drain pipe that was the real nemesis. Now the plastic stuff just lasts forever, and doesn’t start rotting from the rust. Dry wall has not been on my agenda for probably 20 years.

Christmas is at our house tomorrow, meaning about 10 to 12 of us. I am on call starting today for the next three days. I do not socialize well when I am on call. I am usually a little irritable, and Sherie plots to do things out of the house. I am sure, I will find a reason to be down in the shop some over the next few days.

I your case, I suspect you should take a cue from Mike, and avoid remodeling for the next couple of days. I think you will get a few life time points with your wife, and that will make life easier for the next week or two. I reminded Sherie that I will not be in good humor, and she understands and will work around that. 30 years of marriage do have their strong points…....

Merry Christmas to you and yours…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#7 posted 218 days ago

Well, for tonight, we are pretty much bailing out of work fastest possible, and heading over for the Christmas Eve candle light services, then home to let the dog out and throw on some warmer clothes, then down to Galveston to see the Moody Gardens festival of lights, we come home, wrap presents, spend some quality time with the pets and of course each other, and then fall down…

Christmas dinner will be quiet for once for us this year. Her Dad is spending the day with another one of the siblings, her kids, and grandkids. My youngest brother in law, the one that was staying with us (transplant patient) is off on his own, and has a girlfriend now, so he will be spending Christmas with her and her family this year… So it is just Debi, the cat, the dog and myself.

I am planning on being lazy tomororow. We are going to do a glazed ham which will take some time, but after that, just going with baked sweet potatoes, stuffed with butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows, then green bean casserole. Stove top stuffing because I am cooking and want to be lazy, and just warming up some yeast rolls…

With everything that is going on with her, the reason I was wanting to get into the shop was to also help take her mind off of the junk she is putting up with at work. If the truck wasn’t sick, I would have had us take some time off, hook up a another BILs travel trailer they let us use when they aren’t using it as long as we do maintenance on it, fair trade… and head out somewhere pretty… I bet Lake Texana is beautiful right about now… I have yet to convince her to go deer hunting with me, although she does like the rifle range.

Oh well, I am rambling on aimlessly now. I hope each and every one of y’all have a very Merry Christmas!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 216 days ago

Glazed ham here as well, I do that. Sherie is making garlic mashed potatoes, fresh home made dinner rolls, and pumpkin and pecan pies. Only 7 of us this Christmas, so a little quieter than normal….....

Have a great holiday….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#9 posted 216 days ago

Been a casual Christmas at our home. I have a busy weekend scheduled though.

#1. I am now required to install a chandelier in the dining room, and apply the second coat of paint to the big wall where the original color is bleeding through.

#2. Install the cold air intake tube on the truck.

#3. Finish hanging the drywall in the shop. Get it in the first layer of mud.

That’s it. I figure I will stop at an achievable goal…

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

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oldnovice

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#10 posted 216 days ago

I don’t mind dry wall, electrical work, but I hate plumbing! Why would anyone think it is wrong to be in the workshop today. We have people around here blowing leaves and setting off fire crackers so working in the shop is within that spectrum!

We had one of the Iowa smoked hams (Bell Mills) ... IMO, the best ham in the world and I live in San Jose. I am tired of the Honey glazed hams that all taste the same and are way too sweet. This is our second year with that ham and we have not been dissapointed. Out local grocer sells the Bell Mills ham and also Iowa pork chops …. yummy! These aren’t your average chop, about 3/4” thick and smoked to perfection!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 216 days ago

Well, my schedule I am sure is more doable. Although I am on call for the net 32 hours, I then hop on a plane and will end up in La Conner on Friday afternoon, for a 9 day stay. We will eat out, and the next morning I will casually answer some email, and then then revive the shop to complete a couple of shop projects while I am there. Sherie has a great quilting and sewing setup there, and I have my shop. Our recreation there is quite varied, but frankly, I really like the shop work in a total non-stress environment.

The first shop project is my torsion box bench, that is nearly done, except for the last pedestal. Saw horses were not stable enough, so I am making nesting pedestals, one bigger than the other, horizontally but the same height. That makes it possible to take down the bench quickly and stow it away efficiently. The next thing to do is improve the stationary bench, which actually sits on saw horses. It is a cheap solid core door with 1/2” plywood sheathing on top. I will beef it up along the sides with some pine, most likely, and reinforce it with some rails to take a wood vise, already purchased. Then I will substitute some pedestal framework for the sawhorses to make the whole arrangement more solid. Then the following trip I will be able to add shelves or drawers to the pedestals.

I now have a good assortment of power tools there, including table saw, band saw, miter saw, plunge saw, router, and orbital sander. And the usual assortment of drills and drivers. Still in the box are a scroll saw, drill press, and Rigid belt-spindle sander. I really don’t need anything other major tools other than perhaps a jointer and planer, but I am not going to rush to get those.

The in the box stuff is tools selected for a small shop. I was able to fit a band saw and table saw much to my surprise, although they have to be rolled out from the wall to be used. It is a two car garage, but has a generous length, and kind of an alcove on one side that fits much of my shop. It takes me ten minutes at most to set up shop, and 15 minutes or less to take it down depending on how much sweeping I do. I have to remove one car to do significant shop work, so I put away the shop every night. It is really much easier than I expected, with the table saw, band saw, and the torsion box bench the only things that are moved out and then put away.

So hope you have a creative and restful holidays. I am looking forward to the time off.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#12 posted 215 days ago

Going well. Spent an hour out there tonight. Found a full set of Husky polished S.A.E. wrenches I forgot I owned…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 215 days ago

My biggest embarrassment is when I buy something, bring it home and find out later I already have one. The happens more often in La Conner, since work in the shop there is episodic, according to our vacations. Oh well, getting ready to get on the plane. It will take me a few days to unwind…..............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#14 posted 215 days ago

Well long story short, before I started back in an actual college, out of high school I went to a tech school to be an auto mechanic (this was prior to me moving to Texas and finding out what HOT is…). I had the school issued tool set which included S.A.E. and metric combination wrenches, sockets, ratchets etc… All Stanley Proto U.S.A. forged stuff. Unfortunately through the years most of it has been either lost, or broken, and unlike Craftsman, or Snap On, the Proto warranty is exceedingly difficult to get honored anywhere. So I have slowly replaced the proto stuff with Snap On when I was a working mechanic, and in the years since, Husky and Craftsman.

I rarely use SAE as most, but not all fasteners on my vehicles for the last 20 years have been metric. So I sort of forgot about buying this set. About the only time I use SAE these days is when working on something with the house, or working on a pre 1980 automobile… I sold my last one of those about 8 years ago. Oh well…

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 214 days ago

My first set of double ended socket wrenches was metric, because I was in Taiwan at the time, and a lot of the stuff was metric. That was about 1969. I still have that set on my pegboard. I have accumulated a generic set of both metric and SAE stuff over the years, and need both. I am here in La Conner, now, where I have a Husky 252 piece basic metric and SAE set. It is adequate for most of my general needs here, and a tremendous bargain. Nice stowable plastic case. Husky is hard to beat for some items. Kobalt, the Lowes house brand, is less consistent, but seems to be getting better.

I don’t do any auto work anymore, but I used to do some basic stuff, and did a lot of stuff for my motorhome when I had it.

Funny, on the way here to La Conner, I said to myself, “I have to buy a label maker to label the plastic drawer sets”. Then this morning, I noted I already have one, still in the box….....(-:

Had a great day yesterday, even though I was tired from being up on Thursday night helping with a csection. I watched a silly science fiction movie on the plane, Pacific Rim. But it had great graphics and a fun story line. The “DigiPlayers” that Alaska Air Lines has on its longer flights are really great. They come free in first class, and that’s where I always fly, one of my indulgences for being old and still working.

I am really looking forward to working in the shop this trip, just went down and turned on the electric heater to take the chill off. The heater is a 220V high airflow cheapo thing from HD that works like a dream. I have had my complaints about the big boxes over the years, but they seem to be developing house brands that hit the sweet spot for quality and value. HD is a couple steps ahead of Lowes with HD’s Rigid, Husky, and Empire brands being really good. And both HD and Lowes take returns with zero comment. Occasionally Sears outdoes both HD and Lowes with their Craftsman brand. That brand has been a wild ride over the decades.

Later….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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