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Forum topic by SteveKorz posted 01-17-2009 09:13 PM 1548 views 0 times favorited 57 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SteveKorz

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01-17-2009 09:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop cold humor

It was -1 here yesterday without the windchill. I went into the shop to stoke a fire for the cats (similar to the CatSand 2009 v1.2, only much more lazy- I think their motors are burned out).

As I was walking to the stove wondering why the fire went out, I heard a shattering “pop” like I had stepped on some glass. I looked down and I had stepped on an extension cord. I thought, “no way.” I picked the cord up and it was stiff as a board, due to the extreme cold. Where I had stepped on it had broken clean through the otherwise flexible rubber/plastic insulation, exposing the guts of the cord. Sheesh. Another thing to repair… lol.

Mark my word, “someday” my shop will be insulated and temperature controlled.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 01-17-2009 09:18 PM

Steve;

That should be plain old illegal!

That’s just too cold.

I always say I’m lazy, and now I can prove it, but I don’t feel like it. Just kidding.

I built my shop about eight years ago. Two things never got finished. Trim around four windows, which are in the skylight openings of the ceiling, and are around 11’ up, so I don’t see them very often.

And the second thing, which is embarrassing to admit to, and a pain in the butt, finally got done yesterday.

My heating and air conditioning system uses outside air for combustion. Two 2” p.v.c. pipes stick out through the wall, one for intake, one for exhaust. No chimney needed due to the efficiency of the units. The down side is it produces about five gallons of condensate on very cold days.

So for the last eight years I’ve had to go empty a five gallon bucket of water every day during the winter.
There is a condensate drain, but the end freezes, so the bucket came into play as a temporary fix.

Yesterday I took about six minutes to install a condensate pump, forever relieving me of dumping the bucket.

I am now a free man.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Karson

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#2 posted 01-17-2009 09:18 PM

Steve: My shop is insulated and heating and air conditioned. But it costs about $16.00 a day to heat it with propane. So I only turn it on for a while ti get rid of the chill. It’s usually about 42 in the shop when I go out there. Today it was 32 and outside it was 6. But it was 36 in the area where I have the water storage for the house, so nothing was frozen

The ceilings in my shop are 16’ so all the heat goes up. It’s always nice and warm in the veneering room because it’s on the second floor.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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SteveKorz

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#3 posted 01-17-2009 09:25 PM

I’ve got a woodburner in it, but it has to get red hot all night if I’m even going to think about going out there the next day to do anything… sure would be nice to just go out and do something in it without my hands wanting to stick to all the metal surfaces… lol.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 01-17-2009 09:38 PM

Geeze Steve, that’s darned cold! I grew up in St. Elmo IL and only saw it -8 once. But, with this “global warming” thing, who knows?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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mrtrim

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#5 posted 01-17-2009 09:42 PM

you know its cold when …... mr trim got his long britches on ! heck its 67 right in my house and im wishing i had a furnace ! lol suck it up boys lol

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Karson

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 09:47 PM

Lee, I’m glad that you solved that problem. I remember last summer when the whole thing froze up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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SteveKorz

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#7 posted 01-17-2009 09:59 PM

Mr.Trim, you need some heavier skivvies.

Lee- glad you got that fixed…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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GuyK

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#8 posted 01-17-2009 10:28 PM

Got a call this morning from the Farm ( www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org ) I do volunteer work for asking if I could come out and help thaw the water pipes for the cows. It was -14 outside of the barn and only 18 inside with the 65 milking cows we have. The barn sits in a narrow valley and along a stream which makes it a lot colder. Needless to say after 3 hours of heat guns on the pipes we were finally able to get the water flowing again. I am glad my shop is in the basement of my house and heated.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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mrtrim

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#9 posted 01-17-2009 10:50 PM

lol i must have to import those steve i havent seen any around here ! lol

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mmax

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#10 posted 01-17-2009 11:05 PM

Got up yesterday and it was -32. You don’t have any bare skin showing in this weather.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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SteveKorz

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#11 posted 01-17-2009 11:07 PM

All the sudden, -1 feels like a Caribbean Cruise.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#12 posted 01-18-2009 02:09 AM

you know it’s cold when you cut yourself – but don’t bleed!

you know it’s cold when your air compressor just keeps on going, and never realize that it’s tank is already over pressured … .(cold air / pressure/ gauge don’t like one another) and when your tools motors trip the breaker on startup…

brrrrrrrrrr….......

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Woodwrecker

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#13 posted 01-18-2009 03:52 AM

The old girl saw me struggling out in the shop, freezing my rear end off and finally let me bring a few things in to work on in the basement. Finished basement. (made a big mess.)
But it was nice doing a little work.
i knew I should have installed that hanging heater out there this past summer….... shucks

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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FEDSAWDAVE

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#14 posted 01-18-2009 05:33 AM

Man, you guys are “cold” LOL

Something like 58 for a high in Tampa Bay today and Floridians were wearing parkas!

I really need to shut the windows tonite…..SORRY! :) That was just a joke.

-- http://www.federalsaw.com

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SteveKorz

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#15 posted 01-18-2009 05:53 AM

Jarrod-

That’s a pretty good idea about the fridge…

FEDSAWDAVE-

I keep my house between 58-62 in the wintertime… anything much higher and my wife and I are opening the windows.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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