Monday, February 23, 2015

Gadgets are good !

I've always been one for the latest technological
gismos, especially when I can use them as an aid
to my work. This one, the 'Palm Scope, I got from Lowes
for about $100.
It has has been an invaluable tool, when trying to see things in difficult to get at places, or if you want to investigate inside a wall, without making a lot of large holes in it. It has 24" flexible wand, on the end is a small video camera and LED light, which will fit through a  3/8" hole. It comes with an
assortment of attachments, a hook with a magnet, and a mirror that lets you see sideways.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

What ever happened to being a craftsman and 
taking Pride in your Work ?

I enjoy what I do, and I'm good at it ! I have been Blessed with many abilities, each job is different and requires it's own
unique process to completion; it is such a shame that so many people have 'couldn't care less' approach to their work.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Having lived in London, England, I have a great appreciation of history and architecture. I grew up in a medeavel town called Barnet, it was the focal point of
a battle in 1471, 'The Wars of the Roses'. A few miles down the road was an old Roman arena dating back to about 54B.C. when Julius Caesar invaded England.
I love exploring downtown Charleston, with it's rich history and architecture, the
cobbled streets, and coming across unexpected little 'gems' down small side roads.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Bondo comes to the Rescue !

When it comes to repair work on painted woodwork or trim work around the home, the best inexpensive product I've found is 'Bondo'. I originally used this as an automotive car body filler years ago for small dents, or minor repairs on my vehicles back in England.
It carves and sands nicely, accepts paint well, and because it is inurt, it doesn't expand and contract in humid conditions. When I was renovating an old Victorian house in Mansfield, Ohio, I used it extensively for the fireplace mantle surrounds; the proportions of hardner to resin filler, I used, were roughly one 'golf ball' of resin filler, to one large 'garden pea' of hardner.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Barn Remodeling

About ten years ago, when my family and I moved from England, one of my first projects was for a lady who lives on Seabrook. I was engaged to construct 3,600'
horse pasture fencing, plus modificatons to an existing Barn, ie. door and stall
construction, I am pleased to say that the original work is still in good condition
after all this time ! Now I am converting the original wash stall, into another horse stall, with new doors; in addition to further fencing.