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Blog entry by dbhost posted 09-03-2014 02:48 AM 1480 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really need to check in more often. I am just flooded with other issues these days. My shop looks like a tornado hit it, and I haven’t spent any woodworking time out there since May…. Been busy with home repair / truck repair projects.

I am prepping to take the RHCE in the freshly released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 here in a couple of weeks, so I am cramming as much into my head as I can… I think I will be ready but not certain….

Been working too many hours on my day job, working 2 side businesses, and learning new technologies, all the while trying to keep up with maintaining our home, and vehicles… And somewhere in there the doctor wants me to loose weight (eat home cooked more often, watch what I am eating, and work out more) which I agree with, but I am not sure where I am going to find the time…

Oh well, I have got systemd down pat, I am getting pretty good with Audacity and PowerDirector12, I have been seeing sales steadily increase on my affiliate programs, and lastly, I am seeing boxes of junk I haven’t looked at in over 10 years go out the door to either buyers, or the donation centers.. Not a bad deal.

One of the projects I am working on is thoroughly cleaning my home office, and prepping the spare bedroom for a full remodel to turn into a proper home office and recording / jam studio.

To that end, I must admit, I have sinned and purchased / assembled particle board furniture for the task…. Specifically a Realspace Magellan desk, hutch, and 4 drawer file cabinet. The filing cabinet back was literally cardboard and even though I nailed it on with the supplied screws, it fell off almost instantly. I will replace it with some 3/16” tempered hardboard here shortly, well once I clean my table saw off from the electrical components that are on it now…

Once the room is ready, and all the cabling is moved over (I will run structured wiring from that room so that telephone, ethernet, and coax (satelite) go to each room, and in the case of ethernet, multiples go to each room… Once that is done, and the new furnishings are in place, I will make sure I set up the new additions in prime locations…. I picked up an articulating microphone boom stand, a new mixer (my old audio input had no mixing capability and it fried out a long time ago…) and a headphone multiplier amp. Yes, I have been plaiying in podcasting nerdvana…

I will be back hopefully soon… So fear not fellow lumberjocks. All is well and God willing will remain so.

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



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 09-03-2014 04:23 PM

I kinda figured you were preoccupied, been there before myself. Will be in La Conner for the next 10 days so should get in some good shop time. Sitting in the Seattle Airport at the moment, waiting for a flight to Bellingham. Glad to hear all is well. We were in Minneapolis the last 5 days visiting relatives, and did have a good time.

Later…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 05:10 PM

Yeah, what little free time I have had has been taken up with the studio design / build. The biggest problem is the studio is also my office, which means computers, multiples. Remember I have a training lab to keep up with Linux technologies, so I have an iSCSI SAN and a Linux cluster, I know greek to you. but in lay mans terms, 3 desktop computers, and a big box with hard disks., plus my actual work station, and laptop. I need to find a way to isolate the noise from these computers while still allowing them to cool off / breathe… I am thinking flannel sheets hung in careful order, and proper mic gain settings should silence the extra junk the mic pics up…

Oh, Not sure if I mentioned in my post, but Ford made a STUPID engineering mistake with the shift selector cable routing on my truck, it passes FAR too close to the catalytic converter, and tends to melt through and destroy the cable and the most unfortunate moments.

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

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#3 posted 09-04-2014 02:35 AM

Yikes, re the cable routing. Understand that.

Computer noise is relatively minor in my home office, but the heat is not. With flightsim I run three computers, and occasionally have a portable running as well. The monitors are the heat producers. Not much into programming anymore, but I do get the complexity.

My wife decided she wants an entertainment center here in La Conner in the living room. Will look at what it would take me to make it. The style here involves cherry, with some curves, sorta Tuscany type of style. At home it is A&C, a lot easier. If it looks too difficult will just buy, but it presents an opportunity for some creativity.

This trip I am just trying to get my work surfaces up to speed, including the main bench that will hold a vise. The torsion box bench is done except for a little trim and some finish. Hope to post that.

Unfortunately, work interferes with fun at times…........hope things even out.

Later…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 09-05-2014 01:11 PM

Actually, heat is one of the reasons I am moving the office / studio into this particular room. This room is the closest to the plenum, and I can easily upsize the ducting without killing the rest of the system.

I spent some time working on cleaning the shop last night. I am a bit ashamed of how messy I let it get… Will be glad when that is all done… Been too hot to want to get out there, the AC works, but honestly, I need more insulation to keep the heat from overwhelming the AC… Still have the one remaining wall left to do…

Been trying to trap those danged racoons that made their home in my attic so I can replace the siding they ripped off. They won’t take the bait. My remaining alternative is a pellet gun, I was hoping however to simply relocate them down to the bayou and be done with it.

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

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#5 posted 09-05-2014 01:58 PM

I have had squirrel problems, but not raccoons. They aren’t in Alaska much, at least not in numbers. I relocated a squirrel just like you are suggesting with the raccoons, many years ago. I still have the trap I made for that project.

Got a little time in the shop yesterday, but we usually have to do some grocery shopping, and clean the deck when we first get here. But that is done.

Trapping raccoons alive has got to be an interesting project…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 09-05-2014 03:21 PM

They aren’t giving me much choice though. Not taking the bait, might just have to sit in the front yard with a pellet gun in the evening and wait for them to come out… Neighbors might think I’ve flipped out but I gotta do something…

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

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#7 posted 09-06-2014 03:05 AM

Raccoons are a totally different item than squirrels, with an exponential leap in the amount of damage they can do.

Good hunting…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 09-06-2014 03:11 AM

Always nice to know that people have real lives. Keep moving forward sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-06-2014 01:51 PM

By the way, I had a friend in California that had a raccoon crawl into an impossible place to reach in the house foundation structure, I suspect it got stuck, and then died there. The house had a stench for months.

Go get ‘em…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 09-19-2014 03:02 PM

I haven’t seen or heard anything from the raccoons now for about a week. I think they have moved on. Sadly we are getting swamped here this weekend so fixing the coon damage to the house is out of the question this weekend. Maybe next…

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

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#11 posted 09-19-2014 08:32 PM

That is probably good news….......but raccoons are devious critters. We are into our rainy season here, so I understand. To put it in perspective, the climate zone for Anchorage, and our vacation home in La Conner, Washington, is “Temperate Rain Forest”.

Rain is to be expected. But then again, drought isn’t in the picture, and we don’t even meter water in Anchorage. Use all you want.

Hopefully a post or two this weekend, but I have performed dismally, no matter what my intents for the last year or two…......

Later…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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