First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw #27: Water for the slab

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Blog entry by psient posted 03-13-2013 01:29 PM 1331 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have now run the water line for the slab. I will hook up to my in-slab line after installing a few hose bibs on the periphery. I dug the trench from the property main with my L4400 Kubota’s 72 inch FEL. although this was a bit of over-kill it worked out fine with one minor distraction. Home Depot has dumped almost all of its PVC fittings with the exception of those a non-mechanical hobbyist might use for their sprinkler system. Let me elaborate.

IN the past when I needed a PVC fitting I could find it at HD. This meant if I needed a Compression Tee fitting, or a ball valve etc. I could find it there. Nowadays this has become problematic as the HD management has severely truncated the selection. When I needed to tap the main I was intending on using a Compression Tee. The size was 2” due to my main-line diameter. No fittings at HD. I went to my local Irrigation Supply and they were out of stock awaiting a new shipment. Bummer!

I ended up using a Slip Tee and a Compression COUPLER. After installing a Ball Valve on the 2” line, I reduced it to 1” with a bushing, coupled an anti-siphon valve and did my feeder run. In the end the tap into my main was a bit more expensive than the Compression Tee but still a solution. After that everything went pretty smoothly except it was over 80 degrees yesterday!

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 02:59 PM

I’m puzzled by your blog heading. What about your first TS project??

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 02:02 PM

Hello Boogeyguy:

Don’t golf myself but appreciate those that do! What’s your handicap?

Here’s the skinny on me:

I can’t start building with wood until I have the space!

So . . . . this narrative started with my table saw purchase and the Powermatic Mobile Base. I thought I could just wheel it out of my garage, then when finished wheel it back. Upon beginning woodworking this plan didn’t work out so well. I had to have more room in my garage. With my Bridgeport mill and metal lathe being too heavy to move and in the best place already there was really no space to put outfeed and infeed tables on the Powermatic AND have the bandsaw, jointer/planer, shelving, tables etc. inside. Something had to go!

In the end I had to put off any woowork I wanted to do. Meanwhile I had been installing an air compressor and line. I was constantly moving all the stuff in the garage around to get to the line installation and realized a slab area adjacent to the garage was one option. As I had the inclination and the knowledge to do this the slab became anterograde to my first woodworking project.

In the middle of building the slab/finishing the air line I had some health problems and stalling me out for a long time. I’ve pretty much recuperated and now (thank heavens) I’m almost done with the slab; need to finish the sub-panel (I received my 125 amp breaker yesterday) and french drain. After I have moved stuff out of my garage and onto the slab I’ll finally have the room I need. Once there, I wish to begin working on building my version of Allan Little’s (‘Ask the Woodman’) ULTIMATE WORKTABLE. Ironically in the work table’s first stages I’ll be incorporating the 2X12 form lumber into the sawhorses!

I can see how you’d anticipate this blog having an immediate content of working with the table saw due to the blog’s Title. From my perspective what I am doing isn’t all that askew. I think I kept going without explanation because this blog was kinda obscure anyway. Furthermore, most of those that are viewing have been with me from the beginning.

The route I’m taking appears to be circuitous but this is what’s going on. I believe a blog is supposed to be . . . I don’t know . . . a sort of chronicle. I am sure many woodworkers will take a similar path only their woodworking is primary and ongoing as they expand the shop; for them it’s woodwork and then expand the shop. For myself, it’s first outfit my shop with equipment and expand to begin the project.

I love to woodwork. However, it’s not the only thing. I bring the following to the table in everything done. I hold a union journeyman carpenter’s card, am a general contractor/builder, professional horse trainer/ranch owner, and Doctor of Psychology with a focus on neuroscience and quantitative methodology.

I don’t think sharing what I am doing is uninteresting but I’m biased yes? Lumberjocks is great!! I have received good feedback on various aspects along the way from our community. I’ve kept the narrative running in spite of the seemingly irrelevant title. I’ll get there . . . sooner or later.

I apologize for any confusion the title caused however, I am getting close to actually starting . . . although one would have to accede calling the preliminaries almost being finished close!! Onward and upward!

I hope this answers your question. I apologize if my title is oblique at this point.


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