ShopTalk: Disaster Redesign and Estimating

There is an old saying – beneficially learned growing up in a racially homogenous community – among Chinese:  Crisis is often accompanied by opportunity. In fact, though I don’t remember the characters for it,  they are similar.  Now, in the wake of the BlizTex21, is a good time to remember this linkage. There are steps and process in disaster recovery.  Taken the right way, major improvements in lifestyle may be achieved.  Ignore, you will end …

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Sunday ShopTalk: Anti-Aging Autos, Side of Woo-Woo

Since I’m updating my book “How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less…” over on the Peoplenomics side of the house (free there, update will be $4-bucks here when done), this whole matter of America’s Assinine Auto Addiction (quadruple A) was my focus Saturday. Cars as Investments Pappy always taught that cars were “…not investments…never think of ’em that way!” But, when I raised the issue of original invoiced  early split-window Corvette’s going …

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ShopTalk: Where Industrial Arts Went

With 72 ahead for me in a few short weeks, and with Elaine tuning up for hip surgeries, we continue to enjoy all the adventures we can in life. But life is indeed changing and all around us.  Especially in the Shop. I’ve told you before about my concerns with America becoming a third-rate place – having lost our “industrial edge.”  It’s there in books bemoaning the passing of “old school” industrial arts.  The good …

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ShopTalk: Redundant Solar, Specialty Crew Mindset

A number of Peoplenomics subscribers (and a few others) have made a personal investment in auxiliary solar systems  for their home.  Although, it makes the power industry a bit crazy:  Home solar’s contribution to the grid is an algorithmic demand management nightmare. Take our place, for example:  With an existing 3.5 kw of power from the existing arrays we can either be a) selling 3 kw into the grid, consuming 10-12 kw (and more, depending on …

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Mask Notes, ShopTalk on Workflow, and a Meissner

I’m trying to write shorter – more useful – columns.  Because as Elaine’s mobility has “wound-down” prior to hip surgery, I’m been spending less time “in the chair” than usual.  And more time playing lead in the local production of the “Odd Couple”.  (Planned for release as “The Bunny and the Geek.”) Masks Work Better than Thought You should have figured by now that my son, George II, is heading up an Incident Management team …

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ShopTalk 2021: Tools Extend Life!

Almost 72, Planning Still Works Happy Aging Zone?  There is a delightful balancing place most of us can find, with a little effort.  It comes down to three concepts we’ve covered on Peoplenomics and here this year.  For those who missed, these concepts revolve to form a “balanced life.” It’s marvelous to have/be-in  a relationship with someone who returns the favor. Time set aside for learning and study pays huge dividends via improved thinking and …

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Shop-Talk: Maker’s Materials & Scrounging

Is there a “Surplus Season?” We did a column on surplus stores in early January this year.  Must be something about short days that gets the “project juices” boiling. Some of the best hours of father-son time with Pappy and me involved a surplus store just north of 4th South and Michigan Street in Seattle’s Industrial area.  Timeframe?  Late 1950’s.  And the place was affectionally called “Black & Tan” –  having (according to local legend, …

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Shop Talk Sunday: Adventuring and UV Glue

Learning From Our Kids When you creep up into your 70s, one of the things you wonder is “Gee, if I were younger, how would I live in today’s world?” I’m fortunate.  I consider the offspring:  One daughter is  a mental health counselor, working on a masters.  The other daughter is going up the food chain in medical insurance troubleshooting.  And then there’s son George, II. As I mentioned recently, (firefighter/emt) he’s been on a …

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