ShopTalk Sunday: Patch School, New Tool, Antenna on the Rocks

Ton to go over this morning. First, though, a useful think, or two, about the fall’s economic calamity to come. Even if you’re not subscribing to our Peoplenomics newsletter, do be aware that even though a “hard down” is likely in the US economy this fall and into early spring, there’s a case (in the charts) for a massive (>10%) increase in the rate of inflation in 2022. Couple of reasons for this, but the falling …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Lathe Work & Shop Prepping

As I advised Peoplenomics readers Saturday, the direction of writing around here has gone wandering off on its own.  Tied to the keyboard, I’m forced to follow but the destination is becoming clear. Let me back up a ways and tell you the story from the top. Remember the Lathe Project? A week or two back I mentioned my hare-brained plan to build a shaft extension for my favorite electronics work light.  Too short, it needs …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Summer Shop Tips, Renovations

(This is the post that “blew up” UrbanSurvival last weekend.  We can’t be sure, but this was the last thing I posted; rewritten from memory…) Summer Shop Tips The weather here has been into the 90s now for a couple of weeks.  With it, the amount of time spent in the shop, not to mention the projects, have changed up a bit to meet this annual “climate change” issue. For newbies to these STS columns, when …

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ShopTalk Sunday: DIY Pest Control Saves $$$

We used to spend $600+ per year on pest control.  Now?  Less than $150 and a little bit of time. Pest Control and Time This is a dandy example of the UrbanSurvival philosophy in action:  Select the lowest cost Vendor.  And remember, you can be the Vendor! Begin by remembering that your time is worth something. You have two things you can do with “personal time.”  You can turn it into savings or you can turn it …

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ShopTalk Sunday: Time Logs – Order of Battle

Project pictures toward the end.  Let’s talk theory first. Being a management sciences-trained geek-at-heart, I thought it would be useful to do a “ride-along” on a typical Sunday in the shop (and ranch) project.  Give you the feel for the “Maker Mindset.”  This is the “as it happened” time log. 07:00: Days Start with Planning There are always competing priorities.  So each day starts with “picking off a few” and resolving to make them happen.  While …

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