This blog is not intended for the General Public, But all blog readers are Welcome.

This is mostly Notes and Links for myself,
and maybe someday, this will provide insight and a bit of history for all the kids that call me Grandpa;
NutMeg, C-Kid, Z-Man, Lulu, and Dabbers,
I-Man and O-Man,
J-Man and S-Man,
Nat, A-Girl, and J-Boy.

For reference in this blog: Chip is my Son, and Carolyn is my Sister.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Time to Catch Up

Time to catch up, Chip and I have been reworking the power and installing insulation in the LowBay shop area. I now have power panels one each for; the Welding Area, the North Wall, The Mill and Lathe Area, and the Electronic Shop. We install lots of plugs around the perimeter and down the center over head. It is nice to NOT have to use extension cords for everything. I have planed for and did initial previsions for a dedicated 3-Phase converter panel (to be installed later).

The Conduits from the Loft almost connects it to the Electronic Shop, the last sections of conduit have not been installed.

We finished the wall between the Machine Shop Area and the Electronics Shop. Without windows, its a little dark, but we install some good bright lighting.

Many shelves for the LowBay have been installed for both the Machine Shop Area and in the Electronics Shop.

The next and last major improvements will include Electric Space Heaters, The Bottom Seals and Foam Insulation Panels to cover the LowBay Big Door. Note: the Heaters will be controlled via the light switch - when the lights are turned off, the heat will go to low temp mode. The walls are well insulated and should hold the heat.

In the Pacific Northwest, Electric Heat is about $.08/kW - therefore it is about the same as propane for the same amount of heat.

The Power Panel for the HighBay has been replaced, and with the addition of better control for the lights via mode switches.

One of my next tasks will be to unpack and load the shelves - it will be nice to access my screw supplies without scrounging around in packing boxes.


Saturday, October 2, 2010

A week of Hanger Work

OK, what was I thinking, two of the conduits that Chip and I installed were too short, by 2 inches, DANG. It was my fault, I measured once and cut three time.

I plan on install other power conduit later in the shop, so no loss, I will just plan on buying replacement and  use the short ones some where else.

Chip and I extended power and light circuits to the crib on the other side of the Hanger - It had not had light before and therefore that space had been somewhat useless, but now it is a great asset.

We finished the access ports to the attic area on each side of the loft. and install a cover to the High Bay rafters. The Loft is no longer drafty. It will not have it's own heat as the heat will naturally rise from the apartment below.

Chip brought up his tractor and brush hog, I spent Friday cleaning up brush and grass around the Hanger, while he took down item from the North wall in the Low Bay, and started installing insulation. Next week we should be able to finish that wall. It will be nice to have insulation for winter.

We scraped up some rocks from the drive to flush in the bump and the edge of the new drive apron - there is still a slight bump, but it's OK.