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#121 Zombie

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 04:29 AM

Time to work on the inside of the greenhouse a little bit. Annuals and perennials will be arriving soon enough and I need to start setting things up for them. It's been chilly (but not freezing) here for the last week but inside the greenhouse it can get quite balmy if the sun is out and the doors closed (it helps I patched up all the tears as well). Posted Image

So where do I start? The tables need a refresh badly. I stained them approximately 7 years ago and then put on a coat of clear marine grade spar polyurethane. Unfortunately that polyurethane didn't hold up and started chipping off taking the stain along with it in spots. It's not terrible, just very unsightly. First pic is from the center of the greenhouse and the second is the south side.

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Why didn't I take a pic of the north side tables? They are very old and unpainted and will be replaced after the planting season is over. As you can see, the tables aren't terrible. The south side tables have a lot of cracking on them though (middle tables not so much because I replaced the tops in 2013-ish). And these pics are after scraping & wire brushing. Any big cracks are just on the first layer of plywood which can be repaired after priming.

The first goal is to cover the bare spots of wood. The second goal is to encapsulate any remaining loose clear polyurethane/stain. The third goal is to fill those small cracks and checks in the wood. That sounds like a job for my favorite latex primer. I have about a half a gallon (so 2 liters) left of the plain white primer, but I'm going to hold on to that for other projects. Instead, I got a brand new gallon tinted to a light grey. That should help with coverage issues. Some of the tables really didn't need much primer as the surface was sound, but I needed to fill in those small cracks which meant piling it on and sweeping the paint into the cracks leaving the rest of the surface a little "hazy" with only a very light coat. When I finished priming all the tables, I went back and brushed on another coat on the first table on the south side and the two closer tables in the middle (the ones on the left) before I ran out of time.Posted Image

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Pretty happy with the results to say the least. If I have time tomorrow, I'll put on another coat of primer on the other tables. Also those large cracks and checks need to be caulked which I may not get to due to the weather being cloudy (which means no excess heat in there except for residual heat from the ground).Posted Image

I purchased two gallons of old (circa 2012) reddish floor polyurethane for nearly 50% off to use as a first coat (same type of paint I used on the back cooler floor and table in the back room except in a reddish). It's a win-win for both of us. The paint store is able to reduce it's inventory on rarely used items, and I get a quantity of paint to use for a steal. There's nothing wrong with it either - I had them shake it up and there were no skins at all. So I'll be using that for a first coat and touch-up. I purchased another newer gallon which I had color matched to the current color of the table tops to use as a final coat. Not sure when the final coat would be applied, but I assume I'll do that after I get the new table tops on the north side cut to size and primed maybe in late June-early July. :)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 19 April 2019 - 11:49 AM

Don't take your eyes off him, ladies and gentlemen, or you'll bat an eyelash only to discover having been restored yourselves! Posted Image

Yep, Zombie, you're at it again, undoing the effects of aging, turning the unsightly to the polished, scraping, brushing, coating all the while keeping costs in check. Posted Image

Looking at the pics, you've made some really nice progress on paint alone, but I concur some cracks here and there are nastier, so I look forward to another adept demonstration of your caulking kung-fu. Posted Image

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 02:40 AM

View PostThorondor, on 19 April 2019 - 11:49 AM, said:

Looking at the pics, you've made some really nice progress on paint alone, but I concur some cracks here and there are nastier, so I look forward to another adept demonstration of your caulking kung-fu. Posted Image

Ask and ye shall receive! :)

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I started off by priming everything again. All those hairline cracks are really annoying because they don't fill in decently. I did cram as much paint as I could into them but they came back after it dried. I'm hoping I got enough into the cracks to coat the inside because then I could just pile on multiple coats of the red polyurethane to fill them up. There were just too many small cracks to try and caulk - it would take too much caulk and take way too much time. You have to know when to say "when". Posted Image

For the center tables I caulked the bigger cracks, any knots and the screw holes. I really should have counter sank the screws when I installed the top, but I was under pressure to get the tables done. Oh well, gotta leave something for the next guy to do. Posted Image

For the south tables I did the same thing, but the tops are secured with carriage bolts so I tried my best to caulk any of them which were below the surface of the wood. You can see the big long crack I caulked in the first table which turned out great. If you look to the left of that big crack you can see where I attempted to fill in some of the smaller cracks with caulk. While that worked, it just wasn't cost effective. Really, I'd need some thicker type of product which I could apply with a squeegee or broad knife. I'll have to think on that a bit.

I was able to do this work because the sun came out which helped to dry stuff quicker. Unfortunately I couldn't do any more painting because I had other jobs which I wanted to finish while the weather was somewhat nice (sunny, cool and windy). I made serious progress on that so now I have a little breathing room which I could dedicate to putting a first coat on. Depends on how busy it is on Saturday, and I can't do anything Sunday because it's Easter. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 11:35 AM

Suffice it to say you've still got the moves, and they be smooth, Zombie. :)

Seeing those cracks reappear after applying paint can get under one's skin sometimes :P so it's good you have the ability to know when to call it enough, devoting the time instead to further other more worthy pursuits.

Besides, I'm pretty confident you'll find the right way to make those slight imperfections you mention become downright negligible down the line.

Master of the Long Tables, thy return shall be awaited! ;)

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 03:30 AM

As it always seems, when it gets busy I can't get much done. You know the deal, put out the fires and handle everything else another day. Anyhow, I did get into the greenhouse between projects and noticed that the caulk in some of the deeper cracks had shrunk a bit overnight. So I went over those again to make everything flush. I had about 1/4 tube of caulk left, and since I couldn't come up with a decent fix for the smaller cracks I figured I'd pile it on those small cracks on the first table just to finish off the tube.Posted Image

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I applied a little bit of caulk at the front edge of the table to keep that area smooth and dumped the rest in the middle where the myriad of small cracks were. Not only were there small cracks in the middle, but unbeknownst to me there were low spots too. So I kinda got lucky there - I was able to apply caulk to the areas that had lots of low spots and cracks, and whatever was left seemed ok (the table isn't even so water will drain off to the back left so that's where I left off). However, I gotta check to see if I have any more open tubes of caulk I could use up. If so, then I might just use it up on the remainder of low spots and cracks.

Not sure what is going to happen on Monday as I have a couple other projects that came up so we'll have to play it by ear to see what (if anything) can be accomplished. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:07 AM

Low spots begone! Posted Image

As usual, Zombie, you have proven strong in the "way of the caulk". Posted Image The table needed a rather generous spread by the looks of it too. Next up: may there be paint.

And, will it be a manic Monday? Stay tuned! Posted Image

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 12:52 AM

I guess it wasn't a manic Monday, more like a tricky Tuesday. I did do a little more caulking in the greenhouse on Monday mostly on the first table again but some spots on the other tables too. Other than that, not too much because I had other projects on the plate again. Posted Image

Today was pretty nice out again - sunny with a chilly breeze from the East so the temps in the greenhouse were quite balmy. It was rather quiet at work (for once!) which made for a perfect day to apply that red polyurethane on the tables. I started with the right side middle tables. All was going fine until I got halfway done on the far left side of the middle table when I went to check up on the freshly painted tops I noticed some cracks peeking through again. Granted, I didn't prime those areas because they looked good enough (from a distance). Up close though, they were visible. This got me really worried, so I temporarily stopped (plus it was time for lunch). Posted Image

So out came the primer again after lunch. I primed all the tables that didn't have red on them again, but instead of painting with/against the grain of the wood, I brushed perpendicular with the grain (and cracks) hoping that extra paint buildup on the cracks would fill them in. See, one side of a crack would be slightly higher than the opposite side, so by brushing across the crack the high side would trap the paint there. After everything was primed again, I touched up some areas that still had visible cracks. Because it was so nice and toasty in the greenhouse, the latex primer dried quick. Out came the red polyurethane again. Posted Image

Now I was really keeping a close (and weary) eye on the paint to make sure the cracks were not peeking through again. Thankfully, they didn't rear their ugly heads again so the extra primer coat(s) did the trick. On the 2 tables that had red on them already, I couldn't prime them anymore so I ended up piling on another coat of polyurethane. That also seemed to work.

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It looks fantastic now. And this is just the first coat which was applied with a brush. There aren't too many apparent brush marks where the primer is peeking through either. That's the mark of an excellent paint. Posted Image

The moral of the story is this: if you are having issues with cracks, you can probably get by without caulking them as long as you sock enough primer on it. Heck, if you really are in a rush, you could skip the priming step too as long as you don't mind applying more polyurethane in later steps. However, my recommendation is to go with the good primer because it's cheaper than both caulk (time to apply) and the polyurethane (more expensive coating). Posted Image

What's next? Well, do you see those smaller red boards underneath the far middle table? Yup, those need the same treatment as they will be used on top of the tables to create a tiered effect. See those sawhorses? Yup, I'll be doing these smaller boards outside on the sawhorses. Maybe tomorrow? Supposed to be nice out again so hopefully! Posted Image The unpainted tables on the other side of the greenhouse are not going to be painted because I'm going to replace the tops after we empty the greenhouse in mid-July. After that, I got the green light to do the rest.

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 06:21 AM

View PostThorondor, on 19 April 2019 - 11:49 AM, said:

Don't take your eyes off him, ladies and gentlemen, or you'll bat an eyelash only to discover having been restored yourselves! Posted Image

Meh, I think Zombie is too smart to try to restore ME! It would be a clean cut, a change for a newer model. :D

Z, damn good job, as usual! I can almost see my own reflection! Only the angle is preventing it. ;)

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 09:48 AM

I don't know about you, SV, but seeing the aged and cracked become gleaming anew has a kind of simultaneous restorative effect on me. Posted Image

Oh, man, Zombie, look at those sexy things - they're the flashy classic sports car of the table world right now! :oh:

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You can still see the wood grain and they yet exhibit some little quirks but that's all down to sheer personality.

So, by all means, do keep on cruising! Posted Image

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 03:31 AM

The weather this past week was rather unsettled - one day clear and sunny, the next day cloudy etc, and the low temps were just above freezing at night too so I ended up working on those smaller boards inside the greenhouse instead of outside like I originally planned. Not a problem, I just had to clear some space on those unfinished tables and set up some sawhorses to arrange things. Basically, it was kinda the same steps I used for the bigger tables: caulk first, prime, reprime & topcoat. However, I did change things up a little due to continuing developments and paint issues. Suppose I should elaborate on that a bit. Posted Image

Obviously the caulking went fine. I used up the rest of the opened tube but didn't have any other tubes open so I ended up opening another tube of grey (a different brand though). This caulk was a little bit thinner and because the temps were pretty low at night it took a while to cure properly. Otherwise nothing I can't work around. Posted Image

I ran into some issues with the priming steps though. First, I used up the remainder of the grey latex primer and still had one board left to go. Luckily I still had a small reserve of the primer in white on hand to finish the job. The next day I went to the paint store to get another gallon. When I opened up the can to stir it up, the paint was really thin - the consistency of a milkshake not like ice cream which I was used to. Dunno what happened there, but I applied it anyway and it seemed to work the same. In the meantime, my boss was going to throw some old (circa 2002-ish) decent indoor paint away at the shop, but I sequestered them. Glad I did, I decided I'd use the pinkish color as a second coat primer for those boards. Even though it's an indoor paint, I'm going over it with polyurethane anyway. The stuff worked great as a primer filling in those cracks in one coat. Posted Image

Instead of plopping a bunch of photos down I just made a collage of each board type - the new which are the cutoffs from the middle tables, and the old which is the cutoffs from the left side. The biggest difference between them is that I stained and put a clear coat on the newer boards a couple years ago while the older boards nothing was done to them at all. I also couldn't fit all four of the old boards on the set of sawhorses so the worst one of the bunch is in with the newer boards - I think you'll be able to see which one it is. Oh, and the final primer pic is with the pinkish paint - I assure you it's pink, even though it looks white in the photos. Posted Image

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Again, they look fantastic with just a single coat. This time I was a little more careful in the application process making sure to use a loaded brush with very long brush stokes with little downward pressure to minimize brush marks. The only lighter spots are those where the grain of the wood is higher and that will disappear with a second coat anyway. Posted Image

Done? Hell no! With everything having one coat of polyurethane now, I figured I should do something with our park bench which was looking a little drab.

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First step was the longest step. I emptied nearly an entire tube of caulk into the thing until I was happy.

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And that's as far as I got with the pictures. What's not shown is that I "primed" the top of the table and benches with that pinkish paint again on Saturday. Today I was at work and slapped a coat of red polyurethane on the underside of the two benches in between projects. These were not primed. Really I should have, but these are the undersides and they don't get any wear and you don't see much of the bottom with it being so close to the ground. Now for the table itself I might have to prime the underside of that. I'll try to take some pics of that tomorrow. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 09:25 AM

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Pink, he says. Assuredly, he says. One could really be fooled... Posted Image

What I can easily believe is you sequestering paint at any opportunity, Zombie. Posted Image

At any rate, the boards are looking good regardless of their specific paint mix. I'm a little surprised you bothered spending that much caulk on that park bench though, as the wood planks appear to be a bit overly uneven in places (before the caulking). Well, I suppose it will at least prevent it from aging as badly from now on, so there's that.

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 06:00 AM

View PostThorondor, on 29 April 2019 - 09:25 AM, said:

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Pink, he says. Assuredly, he says. One could really be fooled... Posted Image

What I can easily believe is you sequestering paint at any opportunity, Zombie. Posted Image

I guess it isn't a Pink Panther pink, this is lighter than that. In fact, the color on the outside of the can is much more pink than the color of the paint inside. When I first opened the can to stir it up the liquid at the top actually had green in it (painters sometimes use green pigment to "tone down" red) so it's possible that this can was a mistint by the paint store which was then remodified with green to make a light pink. Not sure on that, but it's possible.

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I'm a little surprised you bothered spending that much caulk on that park bench though, as the wood planks appear to be a bit overly uneven in places (before the caulking). Well, I suppose it will at least prevent it from aging as badly from now on, so there's that.

There is one board on the park bench top which is a little shorter and not quite as tall as the other boards in the top. Here's the deal with that: about 15 years ago the park bench was starting to show it's age. I repaired the benches with screws (instead of nails) which helped to hold it together. But there was one board on the table top which was rotten and needed to be replaced. The top is constructed of "old" dimensional lumber - in this case 2 inches thick, 6 inches wide by however long it is. Now a days, dimensional lumber is 1 1/2 inches thick. The only board I could find at the shop at that time to replace the bad one was a newer dimensional lumber piece. So it's sitting below the plane of the other boards and it's not quite as wide. On top of this, the piece was a little short. So yeah, it's not perfect and it never will be. At least it's in better shape than the other boards in the top (besides the deep crack I didn't do much caulking on it at all on the board). ;)

As promised, here's a current pic of the park bench:

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I unfortunately couldn't get to any painting today due to being busy with other projects and it was cold and raining out which meant high humidity so the paint wouldn't dry very good anyway. I'll probably be able to get to it tomorrow assuming the rain stays away. Posted Image

Here's a good story about the table tops in the greenhouse. Today I was working on setting up some displays outside between the rain drops so I was walking along the side of the greenhouse a bunch. All of a sudden, I heard the door to the greenhouse open and close, and then I heard a spray paint can being used. I immediately poked my head inside to find one of the female employees spraying a "MOM" piece of foamboard in fuchsia pink. It was on a piece of cardboard on the first table to the left of the door. Posted Image I know spray paint, there's always a ton of unintentional overspray unless you are really careful covering things up. So I had to really scold this lady. Posted Image She later apologized saying she stopped spraying on the table top and instead put the cardboard and mom sign on the ground and sprayed there. But the damage had already been done:

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Son-of-a... I was hoping to get by with a single coat of paint on the tables until July when I replace the 4 tables to the right, but now it looks like I'll need to do a little scrubbing with lacquer thinner to get that pink off. That will dull the glossy finish of the paint so I'll have to touch that table up again. Female employees are the worst. At home they probably would have started out spraying that sign on the ground because they didn't want to mess something up. But get them into a job environment and they act oblivious to messes if they don't have to clean it up. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 09:17 AM

"Pinkish" it is, Zombie. Seems to serve its purpose just fine in this case anyway. :)

As for the park bench, I've now officially grown accustomed to being spoilt rotten by your completionism on the job and this latest picture with the lavish coat of paint on the underside of it just reinforces the notion that elevating your paygrade right about now is most definitely in order. :D

And about that pink saboteur - I'd put that panther on a leash! Posted Image

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 04:34 AM

View PostThorondor, on 30 April 2019 - 09:17 AM, said:

As for the park bench, I've now officially grown accustomed to being spoilt rotten by your completionism on the job and this latest picture with the lavish coat of paint on the underside of it just reinforces the notion that elevating your paygrade right about now is most definitely in order. Posted Image

It's actually "spoiled rotten", but I get it no matter how it's put. ;)

This past week was "rotten" weather-wise: cloudy, rain every other day, cold and humid. Not optimum for painting by any stretch. Every day I was hoping I'd have one partially decent day, but no. Luckily Friday turned out ok. Yes, it was still cold, but at least the sun was out and that makes all the difference when painting inside the greenhouse. I waited a little for the sun to heat things up a bit, and when I put my hand on the table tops they were warm to the touch. Perfect!

So the plan was to roll the second coat of paint on those table tops and boards. I didn't have a lot of paint left in the first can so I opened up another can, poured what I thought would be enough into a roller pan and stirred in a little oil paint conditioner and a splash of paint thinner. The conditioner was mainly to help with the stickiness of the polyurethane and to allow the bubbles from rolling to "pop" and the thinner was to make rolling easier and to facilitate drying. Once I started rolling the job really didn't take long and best of all I used up all the paint in the tray.

After taking a break for lunch, I cleaned out the roller pan, roller and brush with paint thinner, then took those washings and dumped that in to the first can of polyurethane which was only about 1/8 full. After stirring that in I applied the thinned paint to the park benches and table top. That's a good way of getting rid of those paint thinner washings and besides, the paint was a little too thick (because it was old, it probably settled out quicker than normal).

When I checked up on the paint job in the late afternoon everything was dry (except for the park bench) so I decided to set things up. Here's what it looks like sorta complete (for the time being at least).

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I was happy with how it turned out and so was bossman so it's a win-win. :D

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 05 May 2019 - 01:53 PM

I stand corrected, and spoiled all the same. Posted Image

As is evident at this stage, Zombie, you do right by management, letting very little go to spoil. Reusing the paint thinner washings after first having employed it to clean your material - note taken. Posted Image

The end results look quite pleasing. Not a shade of pink in sight either... Posted Image

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 03:26 AM

So I don't know if any of you remember that at the end of October last year I bleached/cleaned off some boards and was going to put some wood preservative on them... but never did obviously. Might as well refer you to post 82 and 83 of this topic for the particulars and pictures. Well, the other day I decided to put some preservative on them because they are going to be used for a display soon. Out they came, back on the sawhorses. I put two coats on the wide sides and one coat on the smaller edges/ends yesterday - this is what they looked like this morning:

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In a perfect world, I'd slap another coat or two on them, but they should be fine for one season. Maybe I'll put on another couple coats next year. With that done, I had to stack those boards on the side and move the sawhorses off to their normal spot because we got in a big load of plants and I needed the room in the greenhouse. Took me almost all day to get everything sorted out and arranged properly so I thought I should take a pic of the greenhouse when it's "loaded":

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Quite a big difference from the pic this morning. Most of those pots on the ground will be coming out of the greenhouse tomorrow when it warms up. I just chucked them in because it's supposed to be a little chilly tonight (4C). Probably the same deal with the hanging baskets. The park bench didn't get any more coats on it, but it should be fine for the time being. It's going to have to sit idle till next week probably due to outdoor plants/flowers and mother's day on Sunday (me = busy guy this week). Posted Image

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A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
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of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 08 May 2019 - 07:28 PM

You should have a seat on the Board of Board Preservation, Zombie. ;)

After all your TLC the plants could only look their best back at the greenhouse. Very photogenic indeed! :happy:

Proud may you be, Mr. Busy Bee. :cool:

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:28 PM

From seemingly worn out to classy in a single coat of paint?! Takes a zombie to pull this one off.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 02:09 AM

I didn't have much opportunity to work on the park bench as it's still being used for plants and such. Plus it's been chilly and raining every other day it seems so some painting projects will have to wait. And of course I'm busy doing other things. In between the raindrops and whenever I had a spare minute or two I started to fix up all the tools I use (annual project).

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From left to right: ice scraper/chopper, coal shovel, spade, pitch fork, camp shovel, narrow trowel and wide trowel. All were sanded with 120 grit sandpaper, any bare metal spots touched up with a quick drying primer and about 3 coats of gloss black spray paint were applied. Obviously the ice scraper isn't going to be used anytime soon, but it's nice that it's ready to go. I really only use the coal shovel during the winter for knocking down snow piles - I think I might still cut off that rounded piece on the left side to make it even again... sometime. I use the rest of the tools for planting at the cemetery. The spade to create a nice clean line between the ground and grass & pitch fork to loosen up the dirt from around the root balls of grass or weeds and for mixing in peat moss+fertilizer. I use the camp shovel a lot as I can easily shovel holes while kneeling down (it's light too because of the fiberglass). The narrow trowel I've been using for 30 years and it's my favorite tool for planting those "cells" from a pack, while the wide trowel is used for planting the larger pots (it's just as old as the narrow trowel and both are still going strong). They don't make them like they used to. Posted Image

And what the hey, might as well put a coat on one of our other rolling carts and washtubs too.

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Same gray polyurethane I've been using for a multitude of painting projects. The cart's metal frame was pretty rusty, so instead of sanding it I emptied almost an entire can of rusty metal primer into it (no flaking rust, just a light coating and it's inside mostly so no sense in going crazy). Posted Image  And I didn't have a chance to paint the frame with polyurethane (again, it's inside so it isn't going to get wet right now). The handle wasn't painted either as I was afraid it wouldn't dry enough in case we use it tomorrow. It's a good start though and makes it look a lot better. Posted Image

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Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 10:32 AM

There's something to be said about always having the right tool for the job, and that certainly seems to be your case there, Zombie. Posted Image

They look pretty sturdy too (say, those are some thick teeth on that pitch fork), which, coupled with your regular care, makes it no wonder they've lasted as long as they have.

The rolling cart can definitely benefit from your further loving attention, though, as it's rather showing its age/handling in some spots.




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