Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Whistling through the graveyard

Trying to keep focused on chores to keep myself from totally loosing my cookies regarding a recent very frightening medical diagnosis .
The Volvo needs a place to spend the winter so I  . . . 
 Emptied my wood shed and took about three chords of firewood up to mom's .
Using salvaged weathered materials to save on cost and disguise it all  , I repaired the roof edges where they had rotted , added rim joists and drip edge , replaced a corner post and re-dug them all so they line up properly .
Built a knee wall with store bought pressure treated lumber and sheathed it with Hardy-Board sheets .
 Set three salvaged half inch thick glass panels on the knee wall to keep out the weather .
Looks like a dang store front now
 Added some glass doors salvaged from another project . The tarp in the window is cause there is actually too much solar gain .
 Closed in the far end with salvaged pine boards from another job and some left over felt paper .
 Still had a pile of junk to get rid of when I was done
 Removed the old vinyl siding off the back of the garage which I will use to side over the felt paper on the far end. Leveled the ground and lined it with several layers of heavy plastic to keep the moisture out . Made racks and hung one of my kayaks in there as well , and parked the old Volvo after one last run around the neighborhood .
 Stuffed some carboard against the glass to reduce the solar gain and keep prying eyes out
 Cut and framed in a doorway to have access from the garage into the new space .
Might even get my mower to fit between the front of the Volvo and the glass doors .
Got the far end sided , yes inside corners don't line up . But my sheathing is lower on the wood shed so I needed to go lower with the vinyl to cover it properly .
Quasimodo safe in it's cocoon and out of the weather for the winter .

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  1. Good job. Don't know your medical situation, but said a prayer for you anyway. God' knows what needs done.

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    1. Thank you Gorges, much appreciated, I need all the help I can get on this one.

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  2. Had my share of "frightening medical diagnosis" the last few years. My best wishes and hope to you. Forgive my impertinence but I found the following article to be great at putting medical diagnoses in a more understandable and positive perspective:
    https://people.umass.edu/biep540w/pdf/Stephen%20Jay%20Gould.pdf

    On a more mundane level, can you tell me what is the structure sticking out the second floor and supported on the roof of your new store front garage?

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    1. Hi Richard, thank you for that piece there does appear to be some wisdom there. I just read it and I think I grasped the basics of it , but as I am not the sharpest pencil in the box I will need to read it again to absorb the finer points.
      The upper structure above my "Volvo wood shed" is an extension to allow storage of a twenty seven foot once piece wing for a homebuilt/experimental airplane project that has not made much progress as of late. The design is something called a Jodel DR1050.

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    2. Maybe a little too much math in article I mentioned. I just took it to emphasize that my attitude and actions make a difference and so besides hating all the poking, prodding and pricking, there are things I can do to improve outcome. Anyway my thoughts are with you. Have you thought about what you can use the lean to for in summer? With the windows uncovered you could probably grow orchids or mangoes or dry out logs at an accelerated rate.

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    3. Hi Richard, I do appreciate your thoughts and well wishes. The article was good and is definitely one positive approach to take in attempting to cope with unsettling health diagnosis. After undergoing what could only be described as medieval torture and blood letting this week, at this point we need to wait for the biopsy results which in itself is all a bit nerve wracking. For now I am trying to keep a positive mind about it all, though admittedly I am not always a glass half full sort of guy, so I need to work on that angle a bit harder. I think a lot of my struggle also springs from seeing my dad die in such a gruesome manner only last November of exactly the same brand of ailment. Yes I am a lot younger and the odds favor me in overcoming it, though the compromises to be made are not insignificant. On the shed I would like to get a more permanent floor in it, either poured concrete or pavers. That will come. It would make an amazing green house or passive wood drying kiln. I do have quite a large pile of oak and pine that could benefit from that. The dimensions of the place also make it particularly useful for boat building so that may be in the future as well.

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  3. Nice work. Feel like you've done so much with so little for so long that you can do anything with nothing?

    Take care of your health. One day at a time. There will be good days and there will be bad. May the good outweigh the bad.

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    1. Yea, I don't think I spent 300 $ on it all. I had to buy one sheet of plywood to replace what rotted on the roof, two bundles of shingles, drip edge, 40 feet of 2x6 PT, a couple eight foot 4x4 posts and the hardy board. Everything else was salvaged stuff I had stored from multiple customer projects. Over all I am pleased with the results. Trying to stay positive and focus on the things I can succeed at right now so that I don't totally loose it.

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  4. prayed for you
    had 4th stage 25 years ago and am still here bothering people.
    God is our hope and our healing and our salvation.

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    1. Thanks Deb it is much appreciated. I am trying to stay level headed about it all but not always being successful.

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  5. That's a good looking lean-to although around here having glass like that would be asking for someone to break in. Be great for all the light though!
    Hope your medical condition isn't too bad and doesnt stop you from doing all the things you love.

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    1. Its half inch thick tempered glass. I think it would be quite difficult to break it. Besides it is quite exposed so not all that likely some one would risk being seen doing it. Medically speaking things are frightening and deadly serious. Its the same brand of poison that killed dad last November. Yesterday I had biopsies. Fourteen needles where none are supposed to go. Pain, and tears. Cutting my finger in the chopsaw a couple years ago was not half as painful.

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  6. Good luck with your health problems. Hopefully it will not be too serious. The garage turned out really well. Again good luck!!

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    1. Thanks Matt, Like I said, I am scared and I'm whistling thought the graveyard right now.

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