“Shop Illumination; Part Deux” or “LET THERE BE LIGHT!”

So I might have mentioned that in my father’s near infinite generosity, he is supplying me with some new toys, as a surprise.  He ended up spoiling the surprise when I told him my plans to buy some of what he was going to give me, so I guess I kind of ruined that one; but it’s the thought that counts.

At present, I am aware of him giving me a benchtop/contractors saw (people often call it a tablesaw, though those are slightly different, much larger devices), as well as 4 light fixtures, two units 4′ (~1219mm) long and two units 8′ (~2438mm) long, each with 2 bulbs. This will be a great addition to my existing collection/hodgepodge of lights, which consists of 1 double-fixture at 8′ (~2438mm), 2 quad-fixtures at 4′ (~1219mm) and two double-fixtures at 4′ (~1219mm). Two of these lights are laid-up on a shelf, not installed, and one of them requires a ballast to be replaced, and many of them are in rough shape. This is a workshop, not a museum, so hard-lookin’ hardware is not the end of the world for now. There are still holes in the walls that birds could fly into. I’m not too worried about my lights looking pretty, so long as they work. Continue reading


“50 Posts!” or “1 Month Anniversary!”

50 posts!!! As of today, October 1st, it’s nearly our one month anniversary of operation, we’ve managed to secure the following statistics on the blog:

These are great tidings! I’m sure the next month will only improve our results! Check our facebook page for updates and links/shares not available on the blog!

1,374 Views (includes each page a visitor… visited)
540 Visitors (unique IP addresses, I presume)
27 followers across facebook, twitter, and wordpress

“Mission-in-Progress” or “My First Glue-up!”

UntitledSo this pirates chest toy box… The poor woman made the quote request for an aquarium back in December ’13, made a downpayment for the product in Febrary, knowing I’d be at-sea until the fall. No sweat, right? Wrong. She contacts me some time in May or June and asks me if she can change her order from this really cool ice-cube-tray betafish breeding tank thinger ( I was really excited to build it ) and wanted a pirate themed toy box for her 4 year old buccaneer. No problem, right? Wrong. I offered it to her for the price of her half-down-payment for the complicated aquarium, in the spirit of her being my FIRST customer, and her paying so early, which actually got me through my training for my job, but that’s another story. We figured out this little toybox, and I had it all planned out. Was a pain in my ass for some of the compound angles, but it’s all part of the challenge. So I began work on it, finally this week, and boy have I got a story to tell.

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“Facebook Page” or “Time for Some Cross-Traffic!

Yes, yes, many of you may have actually found us through our regular facebook announcements facebook feeds, but great news! Now we have our own! Due to increasing local demand for questions, answers, product quote requests and more, we’ve decided to make a FB page to corral all of these new client demands. You can reach us here, and keep up with all the latest and greatest. Feel free to check this page out, since all new article posts and updates will appear there by default, and occasional updates will appear on other facebook feeds as well. Don’t be shy!

“Widdershins Rescue Shelter” or “Inter-Organizational Humanitarian Partnership”

Small Shelter 3Not too long ago, I was approached by one of the organizers of the Silver Linings Cat Rescue with a request to design them cat shelters. After some collaboration, it was decided that this plan would suit them best. The box measures 4′ (~1219mm) long by 2′ (~610mm) wide by 2′ (~610mm) high. There are only 4 sheets required for the whole job. This plan involves a 3/4″ (~19mm) of ply for the outside shell, 2″ (~51mm) thick rigid insulation for the middle layer, and 1/4″ (~6mm) for the inside layer. 3/4″ (~19mm) might be a little heavy for you, but shaving (half) that difference off all four sides isn’t complicated mathematics. This shell is easily modified to involve pressure treated wooden feet, ramps, swinging doggy (or kitty!) doors, even a light bulb with mason-jar shade to keep it heated when it’s near people’s homes. There is a lot of potential to do some really good work here. Hell, if your animal LOVES it outside, put one of these in for your dog or cat! I’m sure they’d appreciate it.

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“Current Affairs” or “Just Another Update”

Not much to report in the world of Casa de la Gossa. Though under the weather, we are plugging along and moving on with our lives and our affairs. The final death-throws of my season’s work with Seawatch are almost over, and the winter chill is in the air. I’ve received most of my work-related expenses and we enjoying the windfall. Buying more wood (before we begin a cycle of winter harvest for following-years-burning), I’m upgrading my phone and bought a nice new camera for my shop. I say new, but I bought the Nikon Coolpix L120; a $500.00 camera for $100.00 used; the thing is still shiny and has that “new toy smell”. I also have a new helper for my shop, am upgrading my cellular phone, I’ve begun doing localized I.T. repair work for the area, will soon be completing my first shop commission, and have an idea in my head for a small assortment of indoor herb gardens. Please allow me to share some of the recent updates, in summary, with you in a group article. Continue reading

“Tin Can Phones in a Digital World” or “Rural Broadband Infrastructure”

I love everything about living in a rural community, well, almost everything. The air is clean, the water doesn’t need filtration, the air is nature-smelling and the ocean waves are our lullaby. We have a large house, a significant block of land, and friendly neighbors along a quiet street. What’s not to love? While we do get five bars on our cellular service, there is insufficient population and local demand to justify broadband internet in the area. Period.

We have four choices, really. Do without, 54kbps Dial-up (Why, exactly, am I even listing this as a choice?!), Cellular internet and Xplorenet Satellite 3G (for now). Please allow me to discuss with you why some of these are viable, some are not, and while others are hideous to even consider. Continue reading

“New Paint Job” or “Making A Huge Mess, On Purpose!”

IMG_1521So, having received a letter from the mmunicipalityexplaining that garbage collecting is a very dangerous job and that all garbage collection bins must be no more than 10′ (~3.048m) from the asphalt in order to be collected (the poor dears), we had to move the bin. It’s not complete, but I noticed some minor little things that need attending to, like covering the top (and probably all sides) to avoid snow from building up inside, building some stops so the collectors don’t beat the lid off, and it has to be painted. Since we bought paint (uggh, hate painting) for Sarah’s room recently, I suggested that if we had any left we could paint the garbage box. My darling wife reminded me that we had “tons” downstairs in the furnace room. Tons, you say? I had to investigate. Maybe not tons, but certainly gallons! I intend to put that paint to good use. Ima buy a tote bin with a volume equal to no less than half the volume of these cans (about 30-40 litres, or about half of these 10 gallons), based upon the weight of the cans. That amount of paint ought to be enough to do the entire floor of the garage two or three times, though I am not sure what sort of colour it’ll turn into once I mix these “Acrylid-Latex” paints together. I’ll certainly take pictures!  Continue reading

“Sounds of Home” or “I Loved to Ride my Motorcycle”

I was practically raised on a motorcycle. My first gasoline powered toy was almost identical to this bad boy, a Kawasaki KV75. Far from road-legal, I typically buzzed around my parents 7 acre (~2.8 hectare) property and zipping down the beach road near the house I grew up in. The sleepy little town of St. David’s is in the Bay St. George region of the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador, right below the Port Aux Port Peninsula, located right on Crabbes River Delta, near the long bridge crossing to Jeffrey’s.  My father’s land is in the red boarder, my uncle’s in blue and my grandmother’s in green. The growl of that little 2-stroke was a familiar sound around those old stomping grounds. Continue reading

“I Got The Power!” or “Basic Electrical Planning for Dummies”

I’m just going to take a moment to address a pressing issue on my mind. Since I stripped six of the eight fuses from the garage, each that handled empty circuits, single lights or single duplex outlets, I’ve got the building pretty much gutted. Just one fuse unit connected to a plugin that handles my deepfreeze (15cu.ft chest freezer) and another circuit that handles two duplex receptical boxes and a half-dozen fluorescent lights. That’s it. I have a box that has 6 empty units, with no wiring otherwise to worry about. Now, given that power here is so unreliable, with a couple of momentary outages monthly and sometimes DAYS without power during the winter months when ice interferes with power distribution (don’t even get me STARTED on last winters #DarkNL fiasco). I don’t want any of my tools to be running when a power surge rips through my motors/electronics and destroy one of my precious toys any more than I would wish a poorly managed wiring layout to require renovation AFTER I insulate the walls, resheath the studs, paint EVERYTHING with a few coats of white/grey enamal and install shelves or my lovely modular 8′ by 8′ units on all the walls. The solution? I will allude to the old adage: “An ounce (~28g) of prevention is worth a pound (~454g) of cure.” Continue reading