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    I've always been a "Goodwill radio on a shelf"...

    I've always been a "Goodwill radio on a shelf" guy for shop tunes, but my still-unfinished new shop is pleasantly assailed by enabling friends. I ran "future-proofing" 16-ga. zipcord up into the new...
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    One for Mom...

    This entry is from last summer, mid-pandemic, pre-vaccination, post-prime...

    Mom, referenced in this meditation, is struggling pretty hard right now. I learned a new word yesterday; "cachexia,"...
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    This is my solution, also. Note that you can buy...

    This is my solution, also. Note that you can buy the rubbery, woven-look, beige-colored kitchen drawer liner material by the roll for noticeably less money than "pro quality" mechanic's drawer liners...
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    I received a rollaway from my dad 25 years ago....

    I received a rollaway from my dad 25 years ago. It was a Costco special; I've no idea who built it, but I'm sure it's an import. Has a bottom cabinet and a full-sized top chest.

    Dad passed away...
  5. When it was brand spankin' new, I foolishly...

    When it was brand spankin' new, I foolishly loaned my LN #7 to an earnest young woman who was bent on building furniture with hand tools. It came back with not one but FOUR deep gouges in the sole.
    ...
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    A 20-amp outlet is usually supplied with 12-ga....

    A 20-amp outlet is usually supplied with 12-ga. NM through the wall. If that's the case, a 12-ga. extension cord isn't going to heat up, or induce resistance-based voltage drop, any more than the...
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    It's a stupor-simple mount. I looped the top of a...

    It's a stupor-simple mount. I looped the top of a scrounged Kellems grip around a 2x4 bridging two trusses, not far from the outlet box. Then I screwed a large hook onto another truss and coiled the...
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    Yes, I plan to do that. I think this gas passer...

    Yes, I plan to do that. I think this gas passer will prove a very useful support to my shenanigans.
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    Just finished (knock on wood) wiring my shop. I...

    Just finished (knock on wood) wiring my shop. I set the bottoms of my 120V boxes at 50" AFF, and ringed the shop with those (plus a couple in the ceiling).

    My 240V/30A outlets are hammer height...
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    I've decided to go ahead and pull the trigger....

    I've decided to go ahead and pull the trigger. Worst case scenario is a 60-gal., single-stage, 5 hp, splash-lubricated Ingersoll Rand compressor with a cast iron pump. I think that's safely worth 400...
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    Yeah, I'm gonna go for it. Thanks for the...

    Yeah, I'm gonna go for it. Thanks for the perspective!
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    I'm all in, I've decided, and I'm taking pot...

    I'm all in, I've decided, and I'm taking pot luck.

    I've agreed to his price, and we'll make it happen whenever we can both move well enough to consider it. "Bart" (not his real name) has a...
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    Coincidentally, Ken, I've wired the "just in...

    Coincidentally, Ken, I've wired the "just in case" compressor circuit quite close to where I'm planning to site my lathe. :D
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    Is your shed going to be powered and lit? Could...

    Is your shed going to be powered and lit? Could be good for various power tool operations if so; you could reserve it for hand tool ops if not. You might also want to "store noise" in there -- a...
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    How about a bench? You can stow a half-height...

    How about a bench?

    You can stow a half-height drill press under it. Every once in a while, when the spirit moves you, perform one repetition of dead lifting it onto your bench, and bore a few...
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    Compressor kibitzing invited

    Decision point for me: I have an unexpected opportunity to buy a large compressor for a fair, used price.

    I trust the guy selling it -- Bart's a fellow motorcyclist, a generally good dude, and...
  17. Was an avid motorcyclist for 40+ years, but...

    Was an avid motorcyclist for 40+ years, but "retired" due to substantial injuries incurred on one bad day.

    Sometimes (more rarely than previously), I write things. Both of the above pursuits...
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    I feel ya, Perry. For 30 years or so, Mom's...

    I feel ya, Perry.

    For 30 years or so, Mom's been telling me stories about a bequest for a property in the state where she lives (south of my state). It's a small cabin/house/actually a former real...
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    I hate tearing things out to re-do what I should...

    I hate tearing things out to re-do what I should have done in the first place.

    My shop is still in progress, due to me being slo-ow. I'm not gonna get any faster with age and I don't want to...
  20. Hi, Bryan: Sounds like you're doing the right...

    Hi, Bryan:

    Sounds like you're doing the right kind of thinking.

    My experiences (take it for what you will; I'm not a pro) include buying a Unisaw with a 52" fence some years ago. That was...
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    People park log trucks on 'em (and, well......

    People park log trucks on 'em (and, well... horses), so you're not gonna hurt the mats any.

    I haven't seen them in any color but an ashy black.

    It may be difficult to roll big iron over the...
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    Although it probably marks me as a person of...

    Although it probably marks me as a person of dubious character, I don't guess I would worry too much about that. If someone buys this property and wants the shop ("detached garage") floor to drain...
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    Were you born in a barn? We put down horse...

    Were you born in a barn?

    We put down horse stall mats over the concrete slab. They're fast to lay down, cheap, and wonderfully durable. They also smell like rubber, and look industrial -- possibly...
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    Thanks, Tom. The JET was a shelved orphan for...

    Thanks, Tom. The JET was a shelved orphan for close to 20 years, so it's got pretty low hours on it.

    I like it quite well. It is surprisingly quiet unless you ramp it up to "hurricane" speed. At...
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    You and I agree, Ron! If you squint at the...

    You and I agree, Ron! If you squint at the south-facing shot, there's a light-duty Liftmaster fitted. It's the black blot, high up to the right of the roll-up door.

    The door track runs about a...
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