SHOP ALONG #4: odyssey - some up some down

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Blog entry by patron posted 08-24-2013 02:51 AM 2362 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious hero who travelled far and wide …... oh wait, that was homers tale

this is mine

applied for food stamps and medicaid and energy help

got $32 in food stamps …...........buddy came home for a month so he got it all in food + -
got a card for medicaid, supposed to pay for medicare but nothing this month yet, same old SS +
got $160 onetime energy help $56 to electric, waiting for propane

my computer had a meltdown -
put in the disks it came with
it gave it a lobotomy wouldn’t even turn on
everything from 5 years gone -
went to apple geek squad ($216)
they did save the pictures +
nothing else works -
talked for two full days with the geek squad and satellite provider
while the geek rummaged thru my computer on the net, nada -
i have to buy a new one they say -
have to bring up my 2 email accounts and LJ’s in little windows
and ‘refresh’ one or the other to see what’s current, no notices anymore -
very slow and frustrating -

went to the dentist, had the last teeth pulled +
“keep those teeth handy, i have to write a post dated check
if they won’t accept it in the office, you can put them back in
till i come back with some money” (they took the check) +

with the help of some good friends
i decided to paint the new shop floor, it is delaminating slowly (OSB – wafferwood)
this is the third paint job, and will be it’s third winter without a roof -

got kind of down so i did what i do in those circumstances, i baked a cake +

got windfall from a loan i had helped a friend with +
decided to build more shop walls (after catching up on bills) +

here is thursdays work, it is just the studs (2×6), as it is 20’ x 12’ +

after i got it up on the sawhorses i added some 2×4’s i had
to rise and straighten with the wall as it would come up
and went to raise it, and promptly had a pain in my back -

so i came back inside and had some cake +
and called the rental guys about the wall jacks i heard they rented
‘we sold them 6 months ago’ try tony’s rentals, nada -
so i went back out and found more 2×4’s
and slowly got it up +

then went back to the store for more 2×6’s for fridays work +
this time i knew what worked and what didn’t +
so this morning i started another 20’x12’ section
the following is the process i learned
4 – 2×4x8’ was what i used
these pics are pretty self explanatory
just need to keep moving them from angled to upright
and taking of the other two and re-nailing them at an angle
and pushing the wall one side first till the angled one comes in and is straight up
and removing the loose one to be used as the next angled one again
(this can be very ‘iffy’ as they only have one 16D nail to the stud
so be careful to stand between studs in case it comes crashing down)
so they can pivot to their straight up position again

break time, drink water, check the mail, and see what’s going on on LJ’s
while i cool of from the heat, it is like working in a hot frying pan
with the white floor reflecting the sun, ok back to work +
more of the same

now to use some PT 2×4x12’ (they will be used to brace under the floor later) +

here i use one of the 8’ 2×4’s to push up with
being careful to stay out side the 12’ line
in case it comes crashing +

time for breakfast (after 2 weeks of drinking food
i can gum it now if i cut it up small) +

so while eating there is a knock at the shop door
and it is a house sitting neighbor stopped to see what i was doing
(or maybe to get in the picture that followed)
i gave him a level while i nailed braces +
then he left

thank you lawrence ! +
he uses my existing shop from time to time
when he has a project to do

as you can see all the trimmers for sills and headers
and the headers themselves had to be added later
from the ladder
(after the last of the cake) +

so thats where it stands now +
ready for paneling outside
(michael didn’t show for that, i wonder why ?)

the wind came up so i quit for the day
will see about the last few jack studs tomorrow
and maybe the end wall if i can afford it

thank you all for looking
and especially my buds here
that send PM’s to check up on me

i am just working thru all this
one day at a time

and be safe !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 08-24-2013 03:11 AM

Glad to see you making progress on the shop….
That and muddling through life’s travails!!!

Keep your spirits high….
As you plod along!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-24-2013 03:17 AM

thanks randy
same to you

had to continue with this
walking on the floor
is like it has carpet on it
when i cover it finally
i will add more floor over this one
and offset the seams
will make it sturdy then

it is a big project
but keeps me from wasting away
and keeps me centered

sorry i don’t comment much
this computer is jerky and no notices anymore
i have to go search for everything
one by one now

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 08-24-2013 03:21 AM

David – good to see the progress…...nobody said it was going to easy…....but you will prevail…...glad you can still post…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 08-24-2013 03:40 AM

imagine carrying (or lifting)
all those 2×6’s at the same time
why i had to do it in stages
when i found out there were no wall jacks to rent

will have to do the paneling from scaffolds
( a good bud does own 4 of them i can borrow)
just need to set them right
on the slopping ground
and move back and forth

it is good to see you making things too
even though i have trouble finding or writing
all the posts here
with so much going on

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 08-24-2013 03:46 AM

well david, you done did it, its amazing what the body can do through the will of the mind, i sure wish i could be there to help, i really do….i prays gods blessing will continue, be careful…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-24-2013 03:52 AM

thanks grizz

prayers are good too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 08-24-2013 05:13 AM

Hi David…

Glad you’re still kicking, etc.

Hope you get your teeth pretty soon so you can eat instead of drink your meals…

Have you tried cooking a pot of beans & eating them? Not too hard to eat w/o teeth… cheap too.
... I have a good recipe that you would like… super simple to do…

That was a COOL way you walked-up that wall!! When there is a ‘will’, there is a ‘way’... You’ve proved that!

Have you been able to get any odd jobs etc. making & selling woodworking projects, boxes, etc.?

I think you better let Buddy stay with his other friends until you can afford to feed him. :(

Wish I could do more… but…

Wish I was a little closer… sure would TRY to help lift those walls, etc.

Too bad your neighbor couldn’t stick around & help you a little… I think I woulda asked him for a hand…

Thanks for dropping in with an Update.

Take care…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 08-24-2013 05:21 AM

If anyone can get through this and end up with a quality shop building David, it is you.
We may be too far away to be much physical help but there are a lot of us here pulling for you and applauding your struggle. You have the talent, the experience and the commitment to get this done ….. and you will.
Lesser men may not.
Good progress today. Tomorrow the sun will rise again.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#9 posted 08-24-2013 06:10 AM

now if you eat those beans as joe has suggested, you will work by yourself i can almost bet om it…eat some boilf eggs with them beans….you will stain the inside wall boards, that will be fumigated from the eggs…now if you advertise time shares once the shop is done, then you will finish it quickly….offer time slots for folks to come out and be taught by a master, in a great shop, if you use the money for supplies and tools and get things going, then you will be able to back off on that and start making a profit….and if they try to hand around to long, beans and egg salad sandwiches will make it so you get a new group….so on and so fourth

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 08-24-2013 08:38 AM

Good to see that you are keeping at your shop build David. It’s good to have a worthwhile project and also to have something to look forward to. The adversity you are experiencing will make the completion even sweeter.

I had four operations on my gums year before last and lost a few teeth. Luckily I still have one back molar that I can chew with, but I had to gum my food for a few months waiting for the different parts to heal. Not much fun. I hope you get some dentures to alleviate that problem.

Be careful on that scaffolding. I was standing on the lean-to type roofs on the ends of my house and garage painting roof and window trim for a whole day this week. I found it tough on my leg muscles and feet, and I’ve had to rest for two days now because I could hardly walk after that. Kind of surprised me. Guess I’m getting old. Try not to overdue it because it can be dangerous if you get too tired.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 08-24-2013 09:05 AM

I wish I could be there to help David
but it’s a long haul from NH to NM
That is an ingenious method you came up with
to “walk” the wall up!
Ingenious too, that you only worked
half at a time, and not the full 40’...
Maybe with the afternoon winds you get
you can just stand up the sheets of paneling
and they’ll get blown into place…
Be Careful out there Brother!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 08-24-2013 09:18 AM

Congratulations on getting the last tooth out! I hope you can get dentures soon. The wall build is amazing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#13 posted 08-24-2013 10:59 AM

well thanks guys

ready here for more today
(easy to say right now
it is 4:30 am and dark out)
it is nice and cool though

went out to see how it looks
this is with the flash from the camera
to hard to work with one hand snapping pictures
so i can see what i’m doing

maybe more coffee first

will finish the jack studs over the last headers
and do a row of blocking for fire code
and to tie the studs together

don’t use the stove to much joe
it eats up my propane which is costly
i do eat canned beans and instant rice
(i made a black bean milkshake the other day) lol

no outside work here yet
maybe some soon
when they get ready for winter
i do have half my firewood laid up on the front porch
and got rain in small drips
so have water till the snow
buddy might be leaving soon again
his GF is due home soon from california
(maybe today as they said a month)
took him a bit to remember
that i am the guy with treats
he spends his days laying out on the deck
ready for them to drive by

the friend that helped is older than me
and pretty frail i only see him about once a month driving by
but did get his phone number just in case

well time to close this and go check my mail
(i had a mail page before but no more
have to start with google and follow all the links to find the mail
then close and find the other too)

take care all
have a good weekend

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 08-24-2013 02:08 PM

glad to hear your making progress on the new shop.looks to be very sturdy with the 2×6 walls.hope your gums heal soon so you can get some wishes for you.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 08-24-2013 02:46 PM

One day at a time brother.
You are doing better then most would in that position.
Keep up the good fight.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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