It feels good

I’m proud of our boys. Mike and Matt have grown into really nice adults and it feels really good to know that they are moving through their lives with great attitudes, good work ethics and a willingness to help out when it’s needed. A while back I posted about the linear actuator control system for…

Growing up a space

As I may have mentioned in a previous post It’s been really rainy here on the “wet coast”. I think January broke all kinds of rainfall records and there were floods and washouts all over the island. Seemed like a good idea to stay with indoor projects so I started rejuvenating our garage “office”.  The…

Design on the fly

This past Saturday it was time to help out my pal Darren. He and his wife are living in their 5th wheel trailer on their property on Gabriola Island while they get ready to build their cabin. This winter has been pretty cold so far and really wet so Darren was hoping we could put…

The solar workshop lives!

My shop is now finished and ready for use. Well, not totally finished. I have to insulate the ceiling and do some interior trim work around the windows and doors to button it up. Oh yeah and finish painting the exterior trim. But it is useable (and I have used it) and the solar power…

Best shop floor ever

It all started with a post on the local buy/sell/trade Facebook site that Heather follows. During the shop build she showed me a post advertising 3/4 oak hardwood that was being pulled up at a local house and thought it would work for flooring the shop.  Sounded good to me. They just wanted it gone…

Making room – The shop goes up

Time to slip back into project mode for a bit. With our trip to France done and the great retaining wall completed it was time to get some building done! First came the fence. That was a one day project that went together just great. Ray and I started laying things out and getting the…

The Big Pour and the Big Reveal.

Continuing on with the retaining wall project, with the forms all completed and ready the concrete pour was scheduled for last Tuesday at 11 AM. We had the pumper truck all lined up and the operator had scoped out the situation and said he’d have no problem getting it all the way to the back…

The Big Dig – Part 2… And more

Initially I was going to break this saga into 4 parts but life being what it is you have to roll with it. Parts 2 and 3  are now stuck together. Yolan arrived as scheduled Monday afternoon to start digging out the old retaining wall and made quick work of it. With the finger attachment…

This is what it’s all about.

I really enjoy my projects and building stuff but what I REALLY like is to see them being enjoyed by others. Nate and Sally received their lamp yesterday and Nate sent me a picture of the lamp in its new work space. Wow!! I think it looks great there and I think they’re liking it….

It’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things that you do that give you the most satisfaction. That’s the way it was this week. I shipped the lamp down to Nate and Sally via UPS this week. Because I don’t send much stuff well, anywhere really, the process of getting all the paperwork in order, scheduling the pickup…

Unscheduled projects – part 2

Or actually today it’s a project that should have been scheduled a while ago but just didn’t make the cut. Today was another laundry room day. We’ve had a leaking front door seal on the washing machine for let’s just say longer than a month. I think a drawstring on some shorts got caught when…

Unscheduled projects

It’s a good thing I didn’t have anything scheduled today. Last night when I heard those fateful words coming from the laundry  room – “Umm, Bob could you come and take a look at this?” I knew something was up. When Heather uses that particular phrase in a certain way I know my toolbox is…