Shop Time!!!

Last night I finally had a few hours to myself in the shop. Since early November I've been working on deadlined projects and unable to take a moment for the shop itself.

While it's still far from done, I checked three small and annoying things off of my shop To Do list:

1) I Fixed The Ceiling
The night of the Pinewood Derby my garage door stuck closed. You'll have to watch the February shop tour (once I'm done editing it) to see the entire sorted tale. Suffice to say, I had to cut a hole in the ceiling to get in.

The view of the polyisocyanurate from inside the shop.

For the last two (2) weeks this hole has been pouring all of my sweet, heated shop air into the insulated attic above the shop. Tonight I cut a piece of polyisocyanurate to fit between the rafters over the hole and sealed it with Great Stuff. While I was in the attic, I also Great Stuffed any cracks or voids I could see light through. The shop should be better air sealed than ever.

2) I Fixed the Green Circuit
My shop has three (3) 20 amp 120V circuits. I've color coded the outlets (blue, green & white) so that I can tell which are connected to which circuits. Since I started on Doug's Shoe Bench the green outlets haven't worked.

Tonight I took apart the temporary junction box below the fuse panel and re-installed the wall panel and permanent outlet box there. Once it was all put back together, the current was flowing.

Success!

3) I Assembled my Dust Deputy (& Live Streamed It)
I've had a Dust Deputy sitting in a box for a few years. With my ClearVue Ridgid Blower Vac Cyclone Adapter, I never felt compelled to connect it. Since I gave the ClearVue to my Did in December in order to clear up space in the shop, I've been trying to assemble the Dust Deputy.

The old ClearVue Ridgit Blower Vac Cyclone in the old looking shop.

While I was out today I picked up the final bucket I needed to put the whole thing together. It only took about 25 minutes and thanks to my HTC Re camera, I live streamed the entire thing to YouTube. I don't claim it makes for an entertaining watch, but it was still neat to document in that way. Maybe next month I'll live stream the shop tour (if I ever get February edited).


In the span of a few hours I knocked three (3) small, lingering tasks off my to do list. Tomorrow I get back to the honey do list and the Webelos Craftsman badge. Until next time, try to get some time in your shop too.

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