70th Division wrote: ↑
Fri Jun 17, 2022 8:25 pm
Have you finished the kitchen and new craft room yet ?
Just checking to see how things are going, and how the Command Car is coming, and new barn and how the vehicles look inside ?
I hope all is well !
So weird, I retire and now crazy busy. Mostly I'm an unpaid handyman. lol Once people find out I'm retired...and handy, they have all kinds of work to be done. My wife gets on me all the time for helping so many people, but it's nice to give back a little to those that can't get it done themselves.
Anyway, I haven't jumped on the kitchen yet. I do finally have the flooring material and paint for it, so hoping to get on it in about two weeks.
We have a big birthday party for one of the grandkids, so my wife wanted me to incorporate the new shop into the backyard, so she could use it. It's kinda close to our pool, so she's liking it. I had to rip out about 70 feet of chain link fencing, and they rebuild the chain link to keep the dogs in the backyard, but include the shop.
I came up with a design and made a big gate for the overhang that when opened would just become part of the fence. I went with black chain link as the front fencing is all black chain link. It's like the invisible fence. The front encloses about an acre and a half and looks great.
I just finished the fencing. Not hard, but holding everything up by myself with no help takes a bit of engineering. A days work for two ends up being about four days by myself.
I also built some shelves in the new shop. I bought six ten foot 2x4's, and three 7/16" OSB and a few screws. $256! My mind is thinking maybe $60 based on my years of buying lumber. Geez, not with the current admin in charge.
Anyhoo, built the shelves and been moving junk into the new shop from the house garage and the other shop.
Doesn't look like much:
After a year and a half, I finally received my Starlink! After three weeks of trying to get it to work, I sent it back and they sent me another one. Second one works! Set it up in 5 minutes and hit 150 mbps on my first speed test. Used to getting about 1 mbps. We pay $239 month for that. Now with Starlink it's only $110 a month. Liking that. Plus now I can watch Youtube videos if I want. Anyway, I went on top of my front shop to try to get the Starlink to work. 6 and 12 pitch and it's freaking high up there. Getting up wasn't bad, but getting down I was sweating it. Would be nice to have someone to hold the ladder, but I was on my own. I shot a photo towards the new shop. Can barely see it past the pool:
Here's where I need to close in the carport area:
This is the far side of the shop I needed to enclose:
The large gate I had made for the carport area:
Some of the junk I need to move...rusty gold, that is. Have to get this out of here this week:
Because I wanted the gate to become part of the fence when opened, I only had one chance to get it right drilling the holes in the post. Ideally, the gate mount bolts would go to the left and then be easily adjusted once installed. Where I put them on the post facing outward, there is no adjustment possible. Took me quite a while to get that gate mounted by myself. Not super heavy, but big:
Gate mounted and the other side I needed to add chain link fencing:
Couple of photos of the installed fencing:
Gate open and like I wanted part of the fencing so that it's not in the way:
I also installed a gate on the other side to make it a little more handy than walking all the way round. I have a driveway on the other side too as well as on the inside to the main shop door:
Anyway, doesn't look like much fencing, but it was $1,500. Amazing, when the economy bit the dust in 2008, I did 2,000 feet of black chain link with a wrought iron gate and an electronic opener for the drive way for $8,000. Now it would be about $25,000. Just crazy.
Hoping to get back to the VC soon. Picked up my fenders, running boards, hood and other parts I took to be sandblasted in January a few weeks back. I really need to paint those. I wish I knew more. Everyone wants to Epoxy primer everything, but I don't get it. Can people do body work over the Epoxy? I just don't get it. I always do my body work first and then primer everything after things are sandblasted. Would be cool to primer them and do body work later. I just can't figure that out yet.