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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #50 on: November 07, 2016, 03:42:45 PM »
It would be nice to see Steve back posting ,I know he has allot to do with his community , on a few committee's  that used to take up allot of his free time . 

I wonder how his lathe project is going .


Rob

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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #51 on: November 08, 2016, 10:13:26 AM »
It would be nice to see Steve back posting ,I know he has allot to do with his community , on a few committee's  that used to take up allot of his free time . 

I wonder how his lathe project is going .


Rob


I agree completely. 
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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #52 on: November 09, 2016, 02:07:57 PM »
Sorry to have been away so long -- we are still without water, and I worked all summer long on building the cistern. I never did get help with it and completing the armature, and plastering took tremendous amounts of time. The lack of water also made mixing and cleaning up hard, and unusually hot and dry conditions made applying the cement plaster and keeping it from slumping, or drying and cracking difficult. In all I mixed and applied over 100 small wheel barrow loads of render. About 6000 pounds applied.

Final capacity is about 3000 gallons, but of course we have nothing to fill it with (yet). It so happens it's raining today, but the prediction is for about 1/10th inch -- pretty typical this whole summer and fall. Our worries are that the water won't come back in our spring-well until the pipes (about 300 feet from the house and uphill) freeze -- which would be an additional problem.

Anyway, it is raining, which I'm grateful for, even if a small amount. The cistern is substantially finished, with the exception of forming the lip more aesthetically, and plantings, small stone wall and pool, and permanently plumbing to the spring. All that will be postponed until after the winter.

Missed you guys. I'll try to keep up better!

(sorry rob, the lathe project just sits)


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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #53 on: November 09, 2016, 02:34:33 PM »
Hi there, Steve,

It's good to hear from you.

I commiserate with you about your drought (no such problems here in the UK at present!).

But looking past your cistern, you seem to have some good-looking Autumn colours. 
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Pete W.

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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #54 on: November 09, 2016, 02:36:20 PM »
Steve, very good to hear that you are back with us.  :thumbup:

Sorry to hear of your drought, and I'm sure that it doesn't help to hear that its been tipping it down here
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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #55 on: November 09, 2016, 03:37:34 PM »



(sorry rob, the lathe project just sits)






Good to see you have dropped in mate    :) ,thought you may have got lost in the woods ,anyway get your finger out that lathe is not going to finish its self  :poke:

Rob   :wave:



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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #56 on: November 09, 2016, 03:45:51 PM »
It's nice to see you're still around, Steve. And, things are ok......  :thumbup:

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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #57 on: November 13, 2016, 03:51:31 PM »
Steve

great to see you back. Did you model it on a Harry Potter cauldron, or is that just my mind??? :med:

 
Seriously though that's a hell of a lot of concrete and even more back breaking plastering no doubt. Sorry to hear you're suffering a drought. We could lend you a lot currently but at least it kept bonfire night celebrations from running out of control. :dremel:

"small stone wall and pool" sounds aesthetically very nice but practically a lot more work. Couldn't "strategic tree planting" suffice? Possibly walnut trees so you can enjoy the "fruits of your labours" or Hazel nuts grow quick and taste good?


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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #58 on: April 30, 2017, 09:39:33 AM »
Ahhh, water!

At about 1500 gallons a day flowing thorugh. I filled the "waterball," as we call it for the first time a week a go. Still need to do more -- the wheelbarrow isn't an ideal fountain catch basin, and the pvc pipe outlet isn't the most aesthetic fountainhead, but at least there's the security of knowing we have a 3000 gallon reserve now.

Naturally, it's turned in to a very wet spring! Can't even turn over the garden yet, because it looks like a swamp. When it rains it pours as they say!
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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #59 on: April 30, 2017, 09:42:43 AM »
Steve,

Excellent to have you back on the forum  :thumbup:

And of course excellent that your draught is now over - hopefully forever with your 'water ball'  :beer:
Andrew Mawson
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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #60 on: April 30, 2017, 05:05:58 PM »
Steve

good to have contact back. Possibly a small statue plumbed to look like a modder relieving him / her self might put the neighbours off from borrowing water??? :bugeye:

read Andrews thread for the perils of too much water at once :ddb:

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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #61 on: April 30, 2017, 05:33:50 PM »
Ian it would put us off as well! Might just be an arch.

Hi Andrew!
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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #62 on: April 30, 2017, 05:46:07 PM »
Just re-reading the title to this thread, very apt!

Not only did it take up almost the entire summer, but my workshop is practically destroyed from emergency mode waterball construction, and then winter lockup. Masonry tools, and supplies covering the floor and workbench of the tiny shop -- I can barely get in the door. Moisture seepage from the wet early spring weather and snow melt. I know there is my old lathe project buried under there somewhere, rusted from cement dust.  Not to mention mouse crap -- they got into my tool cabinet, too. I'm afraid to look. :palm: :palm: :palm:

But we'll attack all in the coming weeks and try to get back to where normal life left off. I should probably consider the lathe a restoration project, instead of new construction at this point!  :lol:
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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #63 on: May 01, 2017, 01:52:32 AM »
Happy to have you back. How is everybody?


.... I know there is my old lathe project buried under there somewhere, rusted from cement dust.  Not to mention mouse crap -- they got into my tool cabinet, too. I'm afraid to look. :palm: :palm: :palm:

But we'll attack all in the coming weeks and try to get back to where normal life left off. I should probably consider the lathe a restoration project, instead of new construction at this point!  :lol:

Restoration? Sounds more like rescue operation. But first ting firs, this is (mostly) hobby and there are priorities.

My figh against moderate flood (the water is 5 m away rom our house and it has 5" upphill before it could cause real trouble) and alternating snow fall and ants that try to inavade inside sounds pretty tame in comparison.

Keep the spirit up and enjoy any improvemet you do.

Pekka

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Re: Another Workshop Time Waster
« Reply #64 on: May 01, 2017, 07:44:33 PM »
Thanks Pekka! It will probably be a week before I start clearing up the workshops. Right now I'm helping my in-laws move into a house about 15 miles away -- they moved here from Boston to be closer to us. That will probably use up a lot of this week. They had been in their old house for 49 years.
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