Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Retreat & Regroup!



At this time I see only one option and that is to use this container for what its intended for (storage) and retreat to Odessa for a week to regroup. The falcon needs work, I need supplies and I'll take the trailer and charger along so I can finish the charger there, do the needed work on the falcon and load the trailer with building supplies for the trip back here. I WILL have  the supplies I need to have a warm place to sleep when I come back. I can also get a 10% discount on building supplies there so that will  help some. I'll also raid Wally world there to bring back some much cheaper food and other supplies.Hopefully by the time I return the nasty weather coming this way will be gone and MAYBE??? a little better weather to work in when I return. I'll be posting to this blog from there and my plans are to head that way tomorrow after it warms up to keep from freezing my buns off on the trip up there. No heat in the falcon until I get the thermostat changed and the last trip to Alpine was pure torture.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very smart move to regroup and sort things out, and also to get things fixed on the Falcon. Just a side note, I live in Allen just north of your old stomping grounds. Enjoy reading your Blog, good luck, we are all pulling for you.

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  2. Yeah... No doubt the best thing to do. I'll be in touch from there in the mean time. Doubt that I'll ever be back in the Plano/Allen area again, but you never know.

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  3. David, thats a great idea! camping in the dungeon can't be fun and you can get more done in Odessa like you said. Safe trip!

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  4. Nothing like a small respite to help you recharge your batteries. Seems like you have yourself a good plan to take advantage of your trip to Odessa.

    Best of luck and looking forward to your posts.

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  5. I'll stay warm there, have internet access and hope the weather improves long enough for me to get back and insulate the heck out of this place. I'll also pickup a spare propane tank so if I run out some cold night I'll have a backup.

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  6. there ya go, and here we are. jack b :-)

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  7. Be sure to check with your supplier, because here you can't transport any cylinder bigger than a 5 in the truck of a car. Has to be open like a pickup.

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  8. Got the trailer, but a 5 is probably what I'll get.

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  9. Good decision on your part, and it sounds like a good plan you've got, too. Now that you know what you're up against, environment and building wise, you can plan your triumphant return better! Best of luck to you, and have a safe trip.

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  10. The trick I'm trying to pull off is to build modular where each section can be easily removed and then added as a section to what ever I start building. The center part will be a little different and will have to be disassembled, but when done I should have the start to a separate building when I move the front and back walls and then add the sides and roof. Hopefully the blue board instead of the tarps will help a bunch and I think it will. (At least make it much easier to heat.) Of course it won't be too long before I'll be worrying about how to stay cool, but I hope to be building outside the Iron Dungeon by then and be able to remove the parts from it to make a quick build on the outside.

    For now we are catching hell here in Odessa with heavy rain and a lot of flooding. One park is under water and a lot of people have had to be rescued from their cars after driving off in to high water. Tonight it supposed to turn to snow. I'm wondering what its doing down there???

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  11. David,
    Hard for me to see your vision for a modular Bldg from where I sit here in Allen. Don't know if this will work for you or not. We used to make something very similar, what we did was to frame the walls up and then we attached them together using regular door hinges. Then we were able to remove the pin to be able to relocate the Bldg with ease. You can make the whole Bldg using the door hinges as a way to secure the unit together. when you use the hinges, things go right back together the same way each and every time. We found this to be the better solution to using screws and way faster.

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  12. I thought about using hinges at one time when I thought about prefabbing something here. Being that I've got the container to deal with I have the front where after removing a few screws it can be laid in to the container and then slid out the front. It will roughly be an 8'x8' panel with the door and window in it. The back will be the same so I could conceivable use the lumber for the sides with those two panels to make the same sized unit on the outside. Or even make it longer.

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