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A journey into the workshop. #111: New video. Changing shop light bulbs in a messy shop for safety, and trying to figure turquoise out.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 11-15-2016 03:52 AM 2724 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my latest video is out here https://youtu.be/HTBscFGKJ5k

I am going over changing out my 8 year old shop light bulbs for safety sake, and I include a 360 degree view that you might find interesting…

I apologize in advance for the audio as I was in a hurry and forgot to use my audio recorder / lavalier mic. My on camera audio pretty much stinks. Trying to clean it up made it worse…

Not in the video…

Yesterday we went to the Houston Gem and Mineral show and I picked up some rough turqouse that I need to break up into smaller flakes and embed in resin to do some crack filling to feature in a piece of Myrtlewood I got my hands on. Not sure exactly,

My idea with the stone / resin fill is to get a batch of non yellowing epoxy, and to crush the stone I was considering using the anvil on the machinists vise, wrap the stone in a couple layers of shop rags in a box, and beat the crud out of it with my 3lb hammer. It will either work great, or break the vise, not sure which…

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 04:02 PM

Haven’t seen the video yet, but will get to it today. I don’t know diddly-squat about turquoise, so looked it up on Wikipedia. Hardness of 6, so you would think you could hammer it to dust. You would think the anvil would survive. I might break into sharp edges and cut the cloth, so wear safety glasses, I would think. I wonder what happens if you heat the stone up and plunge it into water? Think it might shatter?

My shop lighting here in Anchorage is four 8 foot dual fluorescent light fixtures. They work OK, and because the fixtures are screwed into the ceiling they don’t dangle down. My lighting in La Conner is four dual outdoor type fixtures that you would put two spotlights in. I put 150 watt equivalent CFL’s in each one, so with 300 watts equivalent per fixture I have lighting equivalent to 1200 watts of incandescent. They are installed quite high up, two at 10 feet, and two at about 8 feet, so not much risk of hitting them. The garage ceiling is unusually high due to the house sitting on the crest and top of a granite hill.

Will get to the video later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 05:55 PM

Thanks,

Yeah, my shop lighting is 6 2 bulb 4’ T12 fixtures. 4 of them mounted to the ceiling directly, and 2 of them hung from ceiling chains.

Once my inventory of T12 bulbs dies out, I am planning on converting over / swapping in T12 equivalent LED tubes. Amazon, and Home Depot have a decent selection of T12 and T8 4’ LED Daylight bulb conversiosns. It looks like the ballast gets removed / bypassed and these things wire straight in. Some of them work with / without the ballast… But a dozen of these things run between $150.00 and $200.00, so I will absolutely run my existing ones out first.

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#3 posted 11-17-2016 04:43 PM

Busy being a caregiver for my wife who just had surgery. It should even out in a couple of days…

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 11-20-2016 09:16 PM



Busy being a caregiver for my wife who just had surgery. It should even out in a couple of days…

Later…

- Jim Bertelson

Ooh… hope she’s okay…

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#5 posted 11-20-2016 09:19 PM

Not exactly woodworking related but certainly Workshop related I posted up a video on how to cleanly and safely perform an oil change in your driveway. Probably most folks here know how to do this but maybe you know somebody who needs some visual instruction this should help.

https://youtu.be/54lcEHEdCSY

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#6 posted 11-21-2016 12:33 AM

Scheduled surgery for a rotator cuff. She is doing well. We are off to Minnesota tomorrow, I might PM you about that. Should have time in Minnesota to get to your video if not here.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 11-21-2016 04:52 PM

Looking at your video brought back memories of those lamp pins. I do have a couple closets in the house that still have them. They will get changed to LED’s if they need to be changed out.

When I put in my shop lamps, like 25 years ago, I converted everything to the single center pin type. With 8 foot lamps, that really makes the job easier. I haven’t checked to see if you can get 8 foot LEDs, but if available, I would probably start switching over slowly. I by those 8 foot lamps in boxes of 15, so I won’t need to buy new bulbs for a couple of years at least.

Off to Minnesota today. I check email regularly while on vacation, and carry a portable computer.

Later…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 11-21-2016 07:59 PM

Yeah, 8 foot LEDs are available. My physical space doesn’t lend itself well to 8 footers, I am finding a mess of them on Amazon. They are a bunch more expensive than normal T12 bulbs, but if the screw in replacement types are any indicator, they last a ton longer too… Just need to get the Daylight White type and start swapping around…..

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#9 posted 11-23-2016 03:56 AM

More sanding done in the office today. Found another pretty serious problem with the drywall that was behind a piece of furniture. More patching…

Pretty close to ready to tape, mud sand and texture…

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#10 posted 11-23-2016 03:30 PM

In Minnesota, a winter wonderland. Getting organized for a monster Thanksgiving here at my daughter’s house. My wife is down at Mayo in Rochester helping a sister-in-law while her husband gets surgery. My wife will commute some back and forth as permitted.

Get back to you later, my daughter has a list of chores for me… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 11-28-2016 11:04 PM

Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. It was messy around here. In laws and all… Trying to recover still…

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#12 posted 11-30-2016 12:22 AM

Thanksgiving worked out fine, even with all the people there. The cooking was spread around, so that not too great a burden landed on any one family. It was fun to see all my relatives that showed up, difficult when I am in Alaska.

Hope you recover from the ordeal. Sometimes family events are anything but cordial and relaxed. In recent years it has been better in my family due to various reasons.

Got home late last night. I don’t recover very fast any more from loss of sleep and extended travel. Expect that will take me a number of days.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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