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The first wall goes up!

Build a Makerspace – Part 2 – Walls going up!

So the day has come. Today is that day, and that day has arrived! Ok, enough stalling, grab a damn hammer.

After much planning and plotting and estimating and… Crap, I’m doing it again. Lets get to work.

If you have not read my first post as to why I am doing all this I recommend you do so, as this task will not be an easy one and will consume your weekends for several months (That is if you have gainful employment with requirements that force you off the job from 9-5 or so.)

We started our day with a serious trip to our local big box hardware emporium depot.

The List:

  • about 50 – 2″x4″x10′ lumber
  • 350′ of 12-2 electrical wire
  • 20 outlet boxes
  • 20 electrical outlets rated for 20 Amps
  • 2 shiny new 20 Amp breakers
  • 18 rolls of faced, – insulation with tabs
  •   5000 1/4″ staples
  • 1 DeWalt Heavy-Duty Staple Gun
  • a huge box of nail gun nails
  • rented a framing nail gun. (This is what puts the POWER in power tools. For once i did not feel like a weenie wearing safety glasses and ear protection.)
  • Bought 4 – 6″ recessed lighting cans and bulbs and cones
  • 1 Tyvek Coverall Suit (Insulation installation)
  • 3M Respirator with Valve (Insulation Installation)
  • Protective eye wear
  • One huge bottle of water, this is gonna be a big day.

In all this shopping trip took about an hour and a half. cutting deeply into my budgeted time for the day. However my father in law Don showed me how to pick lumber out that will make everything easier. Check each 2×4 for straightness and bow. dotty buy crappy lumber unless you want crappy walls. when it comes time to nail a wall together you will appreciate the time you spend here VERY MUCH!

We loaded it all into my SUV and his truck and off we went home. Load out sucked as i don not have a drive under basement we had to drag all the hardware to the basement from the first floor. This killed time and caused a sore back for certain. In the end we only got one wall completed…

Much more to come in Part 3!

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Build a Makerspace – Part 1

Hi! if you are reading this then like me you are likely into the maker movement that is turning hobbies in to companies and merging  the silos of engineering, science, chemistry, design and art into a single phrase, making! This series of posts is going to detail the process that I am undertaking ignored to Make, my own Maker space in a part of my unfinished basement. This process started as a plan and has quickly become an obsession. So to see if this is relevant to you I will describe my plan, my skill set, and my goals with you to help you on your journey to create a space all your own just like I am.

The Plan

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SD Cards for the MakerBot Replicator, Replicator 2, and Replicator 2X

MakerBot SD Cards are made of magic and must be shipped in a golden Shrine!

Did your SD Card die like mine did? or do you find yourself needing a new SD Card for your MakerBot Replicator, Replicator 2, or Replicator 2X? If so you may be like me and confused as to why your standard SD Cards don’t work in your unit. Well apparently the issue lies with the firmware in your device not supporting cards over 2GB and not supporting cards formatted as FAT, FAT32, or practically anything else that is widely used today… The only supported format is FAT16, and no, it is not easy to format a card this way in todays modern computing world of 64-bit architecture.

Enter the solution!

The Transcend 2 GB SD Flash Memory Card This is the card that I found to work right out of the package, no formatting, no fiddling with it in the system terminal, it just works. I found this solution after buying several other cards that did not work with my apparently very picky MakerBot. Don’t buy a 1GB card from MakerBot for $10.00, PLUS the unheard of +$14.00 freight that they charge on this 4 gram item!
For under $8.00 and free shipping if you have prime or if you order it along with a few other small items I can tell you from experience that this card will work like a charm!