Ever since I opened the basement shop, I’ve been really cold down there! I tried putting a heater down there to keep me warm, but I had to be standing directly in front of it to feel the heat.
After discussing it with family and friends (real life and blog friends) the same question kept coming up. Can’t you put a couple of heaters down there? I only have two plugs (outlets) in the “shop” area. Each of those has a work shop light plugged into them. One has a tv and the other has a silly cable tv “booster” plugged in to it. So, heaters were out.
Suddenly it hit me, the duct work is directly over my head! duh! I decided to install a vent I had in the garage left over from the bedroom makeover. I looked in the garage—not there! I remember getting rid of them when I last cleaned out the garage. I put them to the street for the scrap vultures.
Off I went to The Home Depot to get a vent. I had my $10 gift card that I got for signing up for the DIY Panel. I decided to choose a large vent for maximum heat/ac.
I found the perfect duct. It even appeared to be a “dead end” duct that didn’t seem to service any part of the house. I used the cardboard that came with the vent to draw the shape on the duct.
Not shown—I cut the vent by drilling holes in each of the four corners, then used tin snips to cut out the rectangle. After I cut the hole, I did notice that this is indeed a “live” duct. It services one half of my bedroom. In fact, as I was cutting the duct, something fell on me and I almost freaked out and fell of the little stool! It was soft and furry! YIKES! whew! it was just a cat toy! hahahah
If you follow me on FaceBook, you already know that there is a glitch in my plan. The air flows from the left to the right (dead end). Since it flows in that direction, air only flows out of the right side of the vent (as it rushes past on it’s way to the dead end).
That is okay, because it blows right on me while I’m working near the workbench. That’s where I paint my signs, and it gets really cold down there. Next summer if I get hot while building, a fan will supplement the lack of air on the other side of the room.
Now that I had some heat down there I was able to finish a few signs that I had started, but decided it was too cold to finish them.
This is the positive stencil I had left when I made the sign from the negative portion last week. The letters were placed over yellow paint, painted the sign black, then each letter picked off revealing the yellow underneath. So, this sign is all paint, no vinyl.
This is glitter paint on a black sign.
I had painted this sign last week, but didn’t like the outcome. It was a white/cream board with red paint (stenciled). I took my foam brush that was already loaded with black paint, dipped it in water, painted over the board, then wiped off the excess. I really like it a lot better now.
This is the beginning design of a window cabinet. (now that I have heat in the basement) While working on this project I ran out of Kreg Jig Pocket hole screws, which meant a run to Lowes. Our The Home Depot does not carry Kreg Jig products. What gives HD?
While at Lowes, I did a little window shopping and found this puppy:
It’s sort of a dead giveaway that I bought it, seeing how it is IN my car! hahahah I am very fortunate to have been given not one but TWO compound miter saws as Christmas presents over the last few years. The first one was a small Ryobi, which I love and still use. After a couple of years I asked Santa for a Sliding Compound Miter saw, but I suppose he got mixed up, or didn’t have the extra funds for the big guns! I received a larger compound miter saw. However when I cut the lumber for my signs and projects, I have to cut the 1×10 most of the way, then flip it over to cut the rest of it.
I will no longer have to do that! 14-16 inches! I had noticed this saw last week while I was at Lowe’s window shopping for appliances that I need. The regular price on this saw was $549, with a price reduction to $379. I asked if they had any in the box and was told that this was the last one. DECISIONS! I don’t like impulse buying, and this was way over my budget. After speaking to the head of the dept, (Rob) he said he would come down to $300 since it was the display. I hemmed and hawed, and thought and thought. The other fella (that works there) was standing there drooling over this saw. He showed me the one he had, and he kept talking about what a great deal this was. I looked it over really good, and noticed that it didn’t have a blade. That fella went to talk to Rob, and came back to say that he would knock off another $25 because of it not having a blade. Seriously, how could I say no?
Last month I won a $500 Lowes gift card, that I had decided I would put toward a new fridge. The DIY gail won out over the practical gail. I had to drive home and get the gift card. Even now, I’m not sure I should have gotten it.
What do you think? Would you have passed on this deal?
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