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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!

SLA (Sealed Lead Acid) Battery pack for Vivitar 285HV

Time for Strobist problem solving 101!

If you are anything like me, you hate wasting money and time with AA batteries in your flashes. You probably also hate the long recycle times that you experience while firing your battery powered flashes. Well, I feel your pain. So I have built a battery pack for my Vivitar flashes that allows me to pump some big power into my little flashes. I have seen several DIY battery packs on the net and when attempting one of my own I combined much of what I saw and liked into my own design.

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looking to improve your photography swing? Then it’s time to hit the range.

My favorite camera. let me qualify that for a moment: My favorite camera right now… is the Hasselbald 500 CM. I like it because in my completely automated world i am able to unwind and use something that is completely manual. When i shoot with it i really feel like i am capturing the image as opposed to being the operator, tripod, “button pusher” for my otherwise fully automated DSLR camera. When i take what i would consider an exceptional photograph i know that it was me, my efforts that made it possible. Not that the DSLR is all bad but it is designed to help me not fail as a photographer.

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