A journey into the workshop. #100: My plan of action for tonight... shop cleanup steps I can do quickly!

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-09-2016 08:44 PM 1334 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my shop cleanup has some large pieces that are in the way. Mostly automotive parts… Here is the plan…

#1. Empty the trunk of the Chevy, and put the wheels for my BIL in the trunk so I don’t forget them. WE are going to be at his shop saturday. (This isn’t the sick BIL, but another one… big family…). #2. Fold up, and put away the drop cloth / poly sheeting that got unfolded and wadded up in the shop. (Not by me). This is the largest space sucker. #3. Take the replacement passenger seat for the Saturn and, well… Install it! Take the old drivers side seat bottom, remove the good recliner mechanism, and toss the rest as it is junk. Strip the recliners out of the old passenger side seat, mark them for position, and box that up, discard the rest as junk. My wife doesn’t want this done until the carpet is done in the Saturn, but you know what? I need the space and there is no good reason to hold off on just getting this done now that we have the Chevy. #4. Take the receiver / drier and o rings for the A/C for the Saturn, and put them in the Saturn back seat, it goes to the shop as well. #5. Take the wing for the Saturn and put it on top of the lumber rack. I need it out of the way but I need to come back to it soon. Will strip it down, fix a seam failure in it, and prime / paint it. #6. With my wife’s help, move the sheets of hardi panel out to the side of the house behind the fence. The lawn guy will hate it, but when I can get 8 more sheets staged, I am bringing some labor in to replace the siding on my gables and seal it all up… Good thing is, the raccoons haven’t returned from their damage making last year!

By the time I am done with that, I am going to need to stop for my back sake, if I even get that far, but at least the large things that don’t belong in the shop will be gone.

With all that done, and after the doc visit, if I am up to it, Friday, I will be moving forward with more serious cleanup of the shop. Starting with getting the anti fatigue mats off the floor so I can tell what is down there, and moving the totes back to where they belong.

Will likely set up a go pro or two our there and catch this all on video. Not sure if it is worth it or not, but might be fun to watch as a time lapse…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 06-10-2016 11:49 PM

There is one advantage in not being able to fix automobiles: You don’t have the spare parts, old parts, and old cars hanging around. You get a new one if it is unreasonable to fix it, or send it to the shop.

There was a day I fixed my own cars at a certain level. New shocks, new carburetor, new generator. But If it took more than the removal of a few bolts, I didn’t do it. Now they are too complex even if I wanted to fix them. A long time ago I had a Gravely lawn and garden tractor…....that thing was a brute and it was well made, and it was expensive. I got a little more aggressive with fixing it, but relative to the cars it was a simple machine. But that was over 30 years ago. But I still have some of the parts for it, I find from time to time, even though I sold it 30 years ago.

I envy your ability to a point, but I am glad I don’t have to do it. I have one old car now, in La Conner, a 13 year old Subaru Outback…................with 37,000 miles. It gets a couple of hundred miles a year now, so it is not likely to need a lot of repairs. The other three cars are relatively new.

Soon we are going to get a big dumpster brought in and shovel out all the old stuff we won’t use anymore, or that has been orphaned for one reason or another. Unfortunately, we have way too much storage area, so stuff can collect very easily.

Good luck on the shop…..........and build a special area for your wife to place things, and a shed for all the lawn stuff. That helped us a lot.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 06-12-2016 01:12 AM

A shed is on the books to be done, but isn’t a super high priority at this point… If I could get it approved for one big enough, I would move the shop into a dedicated shed, insulated, and heated / cooled…. I have the space on my panel for it. That way auto tools go in the garage, woodworking in the shop… No extra heat from a freezer…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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