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Follow up and a big THANK YOU

by Monte Pittman
posted 01-22-2014 01:40 AM

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 01:46 AM

Unbelievably unfortunate Monte. It definitely is difficult to see all that damage and know that you couldn’t do anything as it was happening….but I know you will come out just fine because you are a survivor.
Your new shop will be better than ever…

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 01:48 AM

Glad the tractor and mill were spared. The rest look completely unsalvageable. The new box truck I saw looks ‘well done’ as well.

I have every confidence the new shop/tools will be better than the old. You have learned a lot since you built the first one!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 01:48 AM

I hope your new shop comes together quickly Monte,such a tragedy .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 01:51 AM

Again, I’m sorry to hear about this, but glad you are ok and your family is too.

Having been an insurance adjuster when I was working, Let me tell you to think of all the small things in the shop and list them too, not just the big equipment. It’s all covered and can really make a difference in the settlement check.

Again, I’m sorry for this happening to you.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 02:02 AM

Sorry for your mishap, as a retired firefighter (32) years I totally agree with your final statement. Never assume safety. Thank God you were not hurt or burned. Good luck and hope the shop gets build very soon.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 02:08 AM

That had to be one intense fire to melt an bend some of that metal that way Good luck with the rebuild buddy.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 02:08 AM

Those tools are painful to look at. Again, their material things and can/will be replaced. Glad no one was hurt.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 02:10 AM

I would take those tools back where you bought them and tell them they broke and you want a replacement.

It might be too late for the Miter Saw though you would have to prove it was one.

Glad to hear things are getting taken care of,

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 02:14 AM

Monte, you sure have strength sir ! I have a single extinguisher presently, think I’ll be getting a couple more.

Your Rebuild, I look forward to seeing it completed.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 01-22-2014 02:36 AM

Best of luck on your rebuild, a fresh start is always something to look forward to.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 01-22-2014 02:37 AM

im glad you were not hurt and hope things will come together for you …am looking forward to seeing the new place, and some new tools in place…

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

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#12 posted 01-22-2014 02:50 AM

You’re tougher than I am! Good luck on your rebuild. And be safe while you are doing it.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 01-22-2014 02:51 AM


You have a great attitude and outlook. I wish you well with the clean up and salvage.


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#14 posted 01-22-2014 03:47 AM

Behind you 100% on your rebuild. Hope it all turns out great. Keep us posted.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 01-22-2014 03:48 AM

Glad your able to start the clean up process. You seem to have a great attitude, considering the loss of property. No one was hurt, which is the most important thing.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#16 posted 01-22-2014 03:59 AM

Nice to hear you do not have to move. Hopefully you end up with some upgraded tools!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#17 posted 01-22-2014 04:16 AM

Wow it looks like a bomb was dropped on those tools.

Glad you are keeping your property.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#18 posted 01-22-2014 04:21 AM

The destructive power of intense heat from this fire has left me at awe.
You are truly one of the fine craftsman of this site, who’s contribution to it has come back twofold by it’s members in support.
It’s apparent that I am not the only one who wishes you the best of luck rebuilding your shop and your business

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#19 posted 01-22-2014 04:31 AM

Wow Monte,

I’m just catching up with your workshop loss. I’m with everyone who is glad you yours are with us and well. We wish you the best and a speedy resolution and return to your passion. Please keep us in the loop.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#20 posted 01-22-2014 11:13 AM

Mont, I haven´t seen your previous post. I am sorry for your loss, but since it happened, it is time for renew.
I really hope you can make good out of it. I like your positive thinking, it is inspiring.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#21 posted 01-22-2014 12:51 PM

Wow. Very hard to look at those pics. I’m sorry for that devastation, but, very happy, you or anyone else wasn’t injured. Sheesh!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#22 posted 01-22-2014 01:12 PM

Hard pictures to look at. I’m glad no one was hurt. As others have pointed out, it must have been one hell of a fire to twist the steel like that.

It must have been tough to post the pics, but I’m guessing you’ve prevented at least 1 fire by having posted them. I for one went down cellar and took a look at my own shop to think about fire safety.

Like A1 Jim said, the most money you will ever make per hour is going to be sitting down and making a list of all the small things you’ll need to replace, router bits, sandpaper, sharpening stones etc. You’ll have to buy them eventually, so you might as well make the full list, with the actual repurchase prices. The little stuff that we acquire over time can quickly add up to several thousand dollars. It seems crass to mention money at a time like this, but you only get one shot at working with the insurance adjuster, and you’ll kick yourself later on if you don’t do it now.

I’m really sorry this happened to you. Best of luck.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#23 posted 01-22-2014 01:17 PM

Sorry for the total destruction but Happy New Shop!

-- Bert

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#24 posted 01-22-2014 02:20 PM

And dont forget to include in your inventory list all the millions of screws, nuts, bolts, nails, clocks, spare parts for any machinery, electric motors…. it ALL adds up and you’ll find yourself having to replace it all.

One side note…. You could probably get a few bucks for that tablesaw. I saw one on Craigslist in pretty much that SAME CONDITION several years ago. It too had been in a fire. The note said “still works, new blade included”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#25 posted 01-22-2014 02:24 PM

Seeing your melted tools reminds me of what our garage looked like after our house fire back in 2000. It literally melted the cars to the concrete floor. They had to rip them up with a front end loader. It is incredible how hot those fires get.

Seems like you are in good spirits and looking towards the future. I am sure you will do it right and keep us updated. Looking forward to seeing the new shop and collection of tools!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#26 posted 01-22-2014 03:32 PM

A little duct tape and that table saw will be good as new. No, not really, very sad to see. I wish you the best of luck getting set up again. You have my sympathy, I would hate to go through that.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#27 posted 01-22-2014 03:44 PM

Is that a welding tank? Lucky the thing didn’t become a bomb! Good luck! And I was serious about the steel building.

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#28 posted 01-22-2014 03:51 PM

That sounds great, Monte. It sounds like the insurance is going to come through. I hope so. As I’ve told you, Monte, if we can help just let us know. God Bless.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#29 posted 01-22-2014 04:05 PM

Well at least it appear you are of the right attitude to get through this. No one was hurt and you have the means to have it replaced. Very sorry it happened. I guess another good point of it is it is definitely a reminder to the rest of us. Could happen to any of us. Makes me real nervous, my shop is in my basement. It goes the whole house goes.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#30 posted 01-22-2014 04:20 PM

good to hear things are back on track monte
and you can start moving on to a re-build

will you do a frame building
or a pre-fab metal one

and now you know what up-grade on some tools to think about too

prayers for a clean and swift resolution with this

keep us posted please

-- 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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#31 posted 01-22-2014 05:58 PM

well this is for sure a time to think of what you want to do as you go ahead, if it were me, i would build a beautiful timber frame shop, with a red cedar wood wall, t and g….instead of just banging up a stud wall structure, think this through , you could build a beautiful shop, check out the cost it your interested…a timber frame shop would be beautiful…do a wooden floor, much easier on your feet and legs…and of course lots of outlets, its a bad thing that this happened, but to take it forward , this is now the chance to make it good…what is past is past….i can see you standing in front of a beautiful timber frame shop, with a really big shed roof on the side where your saw is for cutting up your logs… and you will save big bucks by doing it yourself as much as you can…

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

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#32 posted 01-22-2014 07:38 PM

Been too busy to be posting lately… glad you and yours are ok. Quite sobering pictures… Make sure it is out is for sure (after reading original thread) You seem to have good humor about this so far, so I will point out the net is “smart” enough that the browser ad for me on this thread is smoke detectors!! Good luck with the planning

-- Who is John Galt?

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#33 posted 01-22-2014 08:45 PM

Monte, again, Im so sorry for you loosing your shop. On the bright side, your tractor made it thru and this time, you can build the shop of your dreams with all the experiences that you didnt have when you built your last one. I look forward to following your progress buddy.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#34 posted 01-22-2014 09:38 PM

My shop is attached to the home. You’re lucky that there was no more damage. Yeah! Right! That’s easy for me to say.
Press on brother, and best wishes.


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#35 posted 01-22-2014 09:44 PM

OMG Monte! I saw this post and had to go back and read what happened. So sorry to hear. That is unbelievable. So glad no one was hurt. Good luck in the rebuilding.

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#36 posted 01-22-2014 10:42 PM

Sorry about the shop and the truck. When you decide to start to replace your tools do you think you’ll buy new or shop around on craiglist. I would look through you pictures and see if you have any of you shop. That way when you sit down with your insurance agent that person can see what you had. It stinks that you lost your shop but the good thing is that you get to start over and make the way you want it.

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#37 posted 01-23-2014 12:17 AM

Gees Monte, such intense heat, and now there is no temper left in the steel … scrap iron.
But on the other side of the coin you have the tractor and the mill … Heck you could rebuild Rome.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#38 posted 01-23-2014 12:40 AM


You deserve a new shop; Lumberjocks deserves more members like you.

Still, don’t you think this is a rather DRAMATIC way to get a new shop? Really… Me, I would just plead and beg, cry and whimper, do dishes and wash windows for several years – to get a new shop…

You Take Care.

-- Lead By Example; Make a Difference

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#39 posted 01-23-2014 12:45 AM

We’ll at least at some level, outfitting a new shop from scratch may be a fun adventure for you.

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#40 posted 01-23-2014 12:52 AM

I agree with others, especially your attitude. I hope it won’t be too long & you’ll be in “The Shop” – someone will stop by and express how great the place is & comment on your wonderful work. Then ask how you got that great shop.
You’ll smile & lean back and say “Well let me tell you about the great fire of ‘14…”
Only good wishes for you.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#41 posted 01-23-2014 12:55 AM

Oh Monte so sorry to hear about your shop! I must have missed the first update on this because this is the first I saw of it. I’ll be thinking of you and best of luck with your shop rebuild. If I were closer I’d come lend a hand for sure.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#42 posted 01-23-2014 01:13 AM

wishing all the best with the clean-up and starting to build the new shop.i can’t imagine how heart breaking it would be to lose my shop in a fire.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#43 posted 01-23-2014 03:30 PM

Well looks like a new project is on it’s way can’t wait to see the new shop as it’s coming up, you have all of us here to help in your adventure, well me not so much I’m just a box builder but you do have my support :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#44 posted 01-23-2014 03:56 PM

Glad to hear things are working out. This site has priced itself to be a real “community”. Keep us all updated in your progress. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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#45 posted 01-23-2014 04:15 PM

Sorry to hear about your loss and glad that everyone is safe.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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