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Workshop Development #75: Outlets are shimmed, had to do some patching due to too big of a gap for the outlet boxes.

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« Part 74: Where I am trying to go with this whole thing... Part 75 of Workshop Development series Part 76: Getting ready for the weekend... »

So I spent some quality time making things work in the shop last night. First things first. I got the outlet box rings adjusted for proper thickness with my Ridgid oscillating belt sander, and installed. It was in this process that I noticed that the gap under one of my 110, and one of my 220V outlets was greater than an outlet cover would accomodate. Time to cut some plywood backing strips, make the holes bigger, and cut some patches and install…

In the process of sizing the plastic rings, my belt started to peel on me. My lovely bride got me a couple of packs of belts at Harbor Freight for Christmas. (I gave her the size, she did HF on her own. Sort of. I asked for the HF 4×24 handheld belt sander and some spare belts for a project I am working on. She just got the belts at the same place the sander came from I guess… I ended up finishing the job with the HF belt. So far so good, But I must admit I am more of a fan of Norton abrasives so time will tell me if I am going to like these belts or not…

I got the patches nice and tight in the sheet rock, taped up, and mudded in. I suspect when I am done there will be a slight hump where this patch is. No big deal. Again this is a garage after all…

The fiber tape is installed all the way on the wall to ceiling joint, and sadly I ran out of time so it isn’t in mud….

I did not have a chance to get to Home Depot and grab sanding screens or paint.

I did take some of the time I had to pick up and put away various cans and bottles of stuff that have been taken out of their places as the shop has been undergoing its transformation. I have so much more to do it’s nasty…

In the process of my cleanup, I realized that I have been through 2 Christmasses, and nearly 2 birthdays since I had the shop torn apart for this project. I managed to find the table saw blades LOML gave me for Christmas last year. Diablo 24T, and Diablo 80T 10” blades, and a Diablo 24T circ saw blade. I am now at a point where I need to figure out what to do with my table saw blades! A good problem to have I guess…

Tonight’s agenda is to swing by Home Depot on the way home to grab screens, outlet weather gaskets, and 2 gallons of their cheap semi gloss white paint, then get home, carry over my wall stud location onto the ceiling (so that I can easily transfer it over after painting) mud and smooth that upper seam. I can let it all dry until Saturday morning, at which point I can sand it the rest of the way smooth, let the air cleaner suck the sanding dust out of the air, and wipe down the wall, and honestly, by that point, I will likely be done for the night.

Tomorrow night is a study night, so no big thing there, Friday is my Birthday and depending on the weather, I will be heading to Galveston with my wife after work… Sure wish the truck was fixed. I would go to Bolivar at Crystal Beach and take her for a nice long walk on a gulf beach… Galveston is kind of crowded for that.

That brings us into Saturday, which is when the paint becomes important… Haven’t decided if I am going to spray, or roll. Chances are roll since I don’t want over spray all over my tools. I am going to need to figure out a way to seal off the access hole for the incoming water line valve. I have that hunk of wall uninsulated, and am not exactly thrilled about it. I figure I could just jam a piece of batting behind the pipes / valve and have to leave it at that. It will lose the insulating properties of the drywall, but that is the sacrifice I kind of need to make…

I am realizing something kind of sad as I am aging though. I am not sure if it is just my friends and myself that have gone this way or if this is common, but back when I was in college, and although most of my friends were married, nobody had kids, and we all sort of pitched in on each others home / auto / etc… projects to get them done faster. Now that, well LOML and I are the only ones childless (not intentionally, and we are looking at the adoption route now…) getting old friends to come by and help out, or even call up for help on one of their projects is a major undertaking… I could fault it to being we don’t quite fit at this point not having kids, but I notice the guys with kids aren’t hanging with the guys with kids sort of thing… We do still try to get together for a poker night, or just hang out, drink beer and play pool night, but that is every few months…

This is the part of being an adult our parents didn’t tell us about…

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 234 days ago

My garage in Anchorage is a visual calamity. I may fix that one of these years. The garage in La Conner I am more careful with. I figure I might have to sell that place at some point, so I try to keep it more standard. But if I want to have access to an area, I make a separate piece of material…....wood or drywall plus wood or whatever, make the edges neat, and screw it over the access hole with screw guards for appearance and to prevent messing up the area. You can attach insulation to the back of the access panel if necessary. I have an access above my electrical panel in the storage area here, and the main panel in the garage in La Conner.

There is no question that we tend to spend more time with family members over the years, and less with other friends. Work schedules kinda determine that. I saw that happen steadily more and more over my 40’s and 50’s. Other people do it differently, but it is definitely a common phenomenon.

Well, off and running. I assume the belt sander is like my Rigid spindle/belt sander combo. That is a great tool, and I have one in La Conner and one here.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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GrandpaLen

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#2 posted 234 days ago

...maybe you should have invited them to a ‘Sheet-Rockin’ beer-bong contest, college remembrence bash. ;-)

Life is what happens between the milestones we encounter on the way to goals we have set on the road to gracefully aging.

Best Regards. – ...and I’m now Grandpa Len :-)

Work Safely and have Fun (along the way).

-- 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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dbhost

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#3 posted 234 days ago

Yeah, the Ridgid belt sander is the Belt / Spindle sander model EB4424 that is here there and everywhere in hobby and even some pro wood shops…

Yeah the problem with the Beer Bong is that makes for stories kids shouldn’t hear… I remember when our dad got so drunk on this old sailboat that he stepped off the bow to the dock, but we were still 50 yards out!

If I even THOUGHT of drinking like that, let alone did that, I would end up with a week long hangover…

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

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dbhost

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#4 posted 234 days ago

Well, fresh box of mud, got the upper seam mudded and smoothed. And the wall half sanded (obviously I can’t sand the wet parts…

I am NOT going to fuss with knocking this down all the way smooth. Just knocking the big lumps down and getting it close. The stud location lines are carried over and I am READY to be DONE with this part. At this point I am wanting some shop elves to show up and finish this up so I can get on to the fun projects.

I have a quick description of what I am trying to do, with the exports of various angles of my sketchup plan for the shop on BT3Central I hope and pray I am not violating a forum rule here crossposting. Mods / Admins, please feel free to remove this if I am violating a forum rule. I honestly don’t remember. Most allow you to cross link, some don’t….

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 233 days ago

I think crossposts are OK, especially if you are referring to a file you can’t place on LJ’s. For pics, I think that either placing them here, or on a pic posting place like Photobucket probably gives more predictable longevity of the links. I frequently see dead links to pictures for other forums or sites. Placing them here or on one of the big stable posting sites seems to make for stability.

There are times when I would like a magic wand or a pile of money, but frankly, I don’t do real remodeling anymore, that I do hire out to save my joints and time.

Busier day today, at least on paper, csection and an induction….......

Later…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#6 posted 233 days ago

Well, full disclosure, I have a stake in the site I linked to. I am of the system admin team that handles the site, and a moderator there… I try not to mention it on other forums because I do not feel it is appropriate to be advertising what I am involved in in places like this. However I also am lazy and don’t want to have to retype, and re-link my pictures..

Not a huge fan of most online photo hosting services. Too many of them have gone bad over the last few years. I used to use Webshots, and I loved it while it was up and actually useful. They got sold out to a company that totally changed it up and killed our accounts, deleted our data the whole nine yards.

I have taken to saving and sharing photos from Google recently mostly due to the fact I am pretty sure Google is going to be around for quite some time, at least at this point…

Yeah, the problem is the pile of money we do have is called for far too fast. I have several jobs I have to contract out though. Foundation leveling (I am on expansive clay soil and have been through 2+ years of drought followed by a rather wet year, my house is moving on me…), as well as installation of the double pane hurricane rated windows (Required to be installed and certified for Texas Wind Storm insurance). I figure when they do the windows, I will have them do the Hardie Siding.

I have a large, but rapidly shrinking string of jobs to take care of on this remodel. While I am not moving any walls, I am doing a complete remodel of my 1984 house… If I hired it out, I would probably be cheaper / better off taking a bull dozer to the building and having a new one built!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 232 days ago

In general, reliance on “cloud technologies” comes with issues of longevity and integrity. I guess we are stuck with some of it…...........

I am guilty of maintaining an older home, putting more money into it than justified from an economic or resale standpoint. But I have lived here for nearly 30 years, so at least I have been able to get benefit from the investment. We never did anything in this house for resale. And when I was younger, as I said before, my wife and I did a substantial amount of the work. But I am not able to do it any more.

The amount of maintenance a house needs is usually greatly underestimated. But then again, the value of having your own home is very difficult to evaluate, and may justify considerable expense. It’s a different set of issues for every home owner.

Yesterday was busy, and I lost some sleep last night, but at least I have the weekend to myself….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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