Once June 1st rolls around, my family starts a rigorous (aka. fantastic) schedule. The kids start their day camps during the week and Friday nights we pack up the car and head south to Cape Cod. The Cape is paradise, but unfortunately up here in MA, there are really about 12 weekends (or less) of “summer” weekends. So we don’t stay home more than a weekend or two during the summer. This past weekend was one of those stay-home weekends. After 5 weekends away, it was nice to stay home and get some work done. My garage and my basement were both in complete disarray.
I picked up some very simple ceiling-hung shelves from Amazon. They are inexpensive and very sturdy. All I had to add were a couple sheets of plywood and screw them into a couple of studs. I had them up in about 30 minutes. That was enough to get a bunch of items out of the way in the garage. The basement would be a different animal all together. Many nights of hasty work with little-to-no cleanup had rendered the basement a dust strewn tool wasteland. It gets like that about 5 times/year and drastic times called for drastic measures. After an episode of True Blood with the wife, I made my attack from 10pm – 1am.
I recently picked up a new Ridgid ShopVac. So far, it has been outstanding. It is 6hp and 14 gallons and much less expensive than the ShopVac or Craftsman equivalent. I added the Ridgid 4x Pro Hose. That part was a little pricey, but well worth it for the strength, flexibilty, and multiple tool attachments. I have put about 30 hours on it now and it still sucks well (in a good way).
So, I installed one of the plywood shelves in the corner of the basement and was able to double-up a large chunk of space. I then started the organizing of tools, vacuuming, and general cleanup of my entire work area.
Around 1am as Bob Dylan called out “Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re trying to be so quiet?” I wrapped up my evening and mopped the sweat from my brow. I looked proudly around the basement to see my accomplishments. There is still some cleanup to do, but it is in a much better place than it was 3 hours prior. The shop is ready for work and I have been thinking all day about getting back down there to keep moving on my boats!
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