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143561Re: CYOA - Winter Glue

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  • Jim Muri
    Apr 25, 2014
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      Yeah, I converted my entire house to direct replacement fluorescent bulbs because they use less than a third of an equivalent incandescent bulb's energy.  I didn't need legislation to make me make that choice; my wallet made it for me.  So why legislate that in the first place?  Is there a lack of important work for Congress to do?  Surely the marketplace has room for high heat output incandescents, as you point out, and I've even got a 150-watt rough duty incandescent bulb installed on my boat to serve as the divert load for my solar / towed generator array.  It's in a mayonnaise jar bolted to the bulkhead over my nav station.  I'll have to send the group a picture of that lash-up; ought to be worth a laugh.  But it works great.  Puts out heat when the batteries don't need any more charge.  I have a computer fan in line with the divert load circuit to help cool the bulb, so when the fan comes on that's a signal that the batteries are fully charged.

      Your pump house might be kept warm by using one of those small electric space heaters you can buy at Walmart or lots of other places.  Set the thermostat at the temperature you're willing to let the pump get to, and sleep easy.  I use them on my boat over the winter to keep the humidity down.

      Since I posted the topic of winter glues, I've moved my existing glues into the laundry room of the house.  I'm sure the Admiral will have comments about that.  Then I went back out and started reading the labels of wood fillers, stains, spray paints, etc.  Guess what I found out?

      Yeah.  Good guess.  And the worst news?  Even if the chemicals are at the right temperatures, the wood and air also have to be at the right temperatures.  That's not hard to do for small pieces, but building that bookshelf or fine furniture will have to wait until summer.

      Maybe my summer project list will have to include building an enclosed heated shop inside the garage.  I wonder what the Admiral will think of that?  Parking her Subaru out there in the foul and bitter weather, accumulating snow and moss so her Captain can twiddle in comfort . . . I'm picturing her out there scraping her windshield at 06:30 in the dark, our typical snow and rain mix blowing in her face while she mutters under her breath about how her Captain keeps the Buckhorn in the garage instead of her Subaru and the wood and glue and paint in the nice warm shop.   
      James R. Muri

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      From: "Kbjmjrb@..." <Kbjmjrb@...>
      To: columbiasailingyachts@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 10:10 AM
      Subject: Re: CYOA - Winter Glue

      Jim, the only way I have found to glue in the winter is to use some heat. I, too, am confined to unheated shop space so, if the piece is small enough, put it in the furnace room of my house until the glue sets. Otherwise, I cover it with a frame and blankets and use a couple trouble lights. Of course, the feds are taking away our incandescent bulbs, which is going to be a problem soon. I use a 100 watt light bulb to heat my pump house in the winter and when my hoarded supply runs out, I'll have to figure something else. So far, one can still get heat lamps in the 125 watt range. The Beltway Bozos do not realize that some of us use light bulbs for heat. We want them inefficient and wasteful

            Bruce K
            Challenger # 74, "Ouroboros"
            Los Lunas, NM.

      Since we're sharing woodworking tips here, I am wondering if any of you have found a solution to gluing wood in the winter.

      Let me admit that so far I have only tried Elmer's and Titebond, and with qualified success, but both carry the instructions to only use it when the air, materials and glue are above 55 degrees.  Also, the glue is not to be used where the object being made is kept in an area where it will be wet a lot of the time.

      I do much of my woodworking in what I laughably call my shop (garage) and I draw the line at paying to heat that space.  So if I do any woodworking over the winter - and I do - I just cross my fingers and hope that any gluing will be okay if I keep it clamped for a full day.  Naturally this slows down my build rate and still leaves me worried.

      Today's date is 25 April.  It is 09:30 PDT.  The ambient temperature is 49 degrees.  It is 42 degrees in my garage.  It is raining.  There may be six days in July when my garage temperature gets above 55 degrees.

      So - are there inexpensive woodworking glues that can be used successfully in my garage over the winter and withstand moist / damp / wet environments?  Or am I going to have to go to my marine supply house to find something?

      Harry, you live in Alaska.  What do you guys use up there?  And don't tell me you use oil-fired space heaters.  That would be a low blow.

      James R. Muri

      Novelist, Sailor
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