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  •  Got to finish putting up some bookshelves (5+ / 0-)

    I am putting one up in the workshop. All my woodworking, machinist, technical drawing and other engineering books will go out there. Unlike most texts and technical books, they don't go out of date. Bending and melting temperatures of metal, and tensile strength calculations, are the same now as they were fifty years ago.

    Nice day today, no wind, sun is shining, and cool temperatures. That means fewer bugs flying around my head when trying to get work done.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Sun May 18, 2014 at 07:18:18 AM PDT

    •  Yeah but the technology changes (5+ / 0-)

      I used to keep all my teechnical textbooks--welding, engineering, NDT, code inspection, etc and I dutifully lugged them round for decades before I realized I never looked at them. It ws like a security blanket in case I ever needed them. But the technology in these fields changes rapidly so its ljke keeping the manual for Windows 3.0. How often do you look that up?
      I can look all that stuff up in this little laptop sitting right on my lap and don't have to lug around and store a ton of books.
      (I have a ton of books anyway but on different topics)

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Sun May 18, 2014 at 07:39:08 AM PDT

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    •  Is your work shop climate controlled? (5+ / 0-)

      At work, I routinely consult engineering books that were published 50 years ago, and some even older. Of course, with the internet, so much of this is also available if one knows where to look.

      Have a great Sunday.

      •  I agree about the internet. (4+ / 0-)

        However, I just like books. The shop is not climate controlled yet. I hope to install a small heat pump sometime soon. Last year, I had it insulated top to bottom with fiberglass rolls between the studs and rafters, then covered almost all of it with white pegboard. I could keep it warm in the winter with kerosine space heaters, but hot weather would drive the inside temperature up past 110ºF, which is as high as my indoor thermometer went.  

        If I leave the doors open to let in breeze, the place fills up with bugs attracted to the lights. Yesterday, went shopping for window A/C units, but didn't buy one. For this summer, I am going to build a lightweight folding frame screen door that will fit the full width of the double doors on the front.  

        When I grow up, I want Norm Abrams' shop. I once found the plans published online. IIRC, the shop is 42" wide, and not quite that deep. Plenty of room for all kinds of tools and equipment, plus the camera crews.

        Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

        by Otteray Scribe on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:12:40 AM PDT

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