|Forum topic by RetiredCoastie||posted 12-30-2009 05:47 AM||1147 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
12-30-2009 05:47 AM
I live in the south west corner of Washington state and we usually don’t get too much freezing weather but a few weeks before Christmas the temps got down into the low 10s, we had a CPVC pipe freeze and break in the ceiling of our Shop/Garage. The water was pouring in for about 2 hours before the fire dept shut off the water after being called by a neighbor (my wife and I were at work). After assessing the damage, calling the insurance company, mopping up the water in the garage (with the help of a good friend LJ Saksman), laundry room and family room I set out drying out my 3 tier roll around tool box, 14” band saw and my lathe.
Needles to say we were very depressed and being this close to Christmas, it put a stop to my woodworking and any hope of completing my gifts. The cleanup company came out the next day and pulled down half of the drywall in the garage, the ceiling and walls in the laundry room and removed the insulation, loaded most of my tools into a pod storage unit parked in my drive way.
My bad luck usually runs in threes so I was waiting for the final shoe to drop (The first bad luck was my wife’s visit to 3 different dentists which I wont bore you with today). So while I’m still trying to come up with a game plan for Christmas, I realize that now that the drywall is down I can add more electrical outlets for all of my tools and provide a 220v outlet for a future shop forced air heater and power for under cabinet lighting.
So tomorrow with the help of a neighbor that’s an electrician were going to run 5 circuits and get it all inspected before the contractors come in next week to put our house back to normal. Before this happened I had been racking my brain on how best to get more outlets besides the 2 that are in the garage now.
So as the saying goes “When Life gives you lemons, Make lemonade”.
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