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In an effort to keep from being totally bored I have recently tried to pull myself out of the winter funk that seems to set in every year by keeping busy at something other than the computer. And maybe learn something in the process. And there is soooooo much to learn just by trying to get something simple done, and re-learn as well.

Take a simple job like putting a couple of shelves up to get some things put up and somewhat organized. Not much is ever as simple as it seems at first for me tho. And there are always tangents that can and often do distract me.

This latest “little” quick and easy project turned into an all day job just by being so simple I think. I took the measurements for where the shelves were going, wrote them down, and went to the shop to dig thru my wood supply for the needed material. Found what I thought would work and made the first shelf. No big deal, two pieces of equal length, tied together on the bottom side. Then go to looking for supports for that one and one more. Hmmmmm, not much in here but I know there are some out in the shed. Go check the shed, and yup here's a bunch, but these fit the snap in tracks. No biggie, so to the house that went, then go dig thru three locations to find the tracks. Find a couple of tracks, and out in the shop I find some more. None of them the same length tho. It won't be seen so that don't make any difference.

Oh, did I mention they were going in a very tight space? A heater closet to be more precise. And even for me it was a tight fit. Finally managed to get all the stuff for the shelves, mounting fixtures, and shelving materials. Then gather up my cordless drills and a couple of battery packs. Hmm, dead batteries. Dig out the chargers, and find one of them don't work any more. So, charge one battery pack and go to looking on the net for new battery packs that will fit these drills. But, it seems the style I have is no longer popular, and no battery packs or chargers at the original purchase place (Harbor Freight). I did find that there are tons of batteries for sale of the type and size needed to rebuild the battery packs for all of the cordless tools on the market. No matter who supposedly built it, or what the power rating on them are. And you can upgrade them to some unreal power levels. If you want to spend the money that is. This may seem a bit dis jointed, as some of my thoughts tend to be, but bear with me, and it may all come together.

Anyway finally get a couple of battery packs charged, get the first shelf put in, after I find I have to take a little of to clear the duct work coming out of the central A/C unit. Got the second one set up and everything put in, and then got most of what I had intended to use them for put up and out of sight. But no flammables or noxious fume stuff. I do have a little more sense than to do something like that, most of the time anyway.

Now, what I have been getting at here, I did learn something new about the battery packs, and some of the newer battery technology on the market. Totally off the track of my original intent. So guess what my next project is going to be. I'll make it easy for ya. I just ordered the batteries to redo one of my battery packs. If that works out, and I can get the money for some more supplies, I may redo more of them. But instead of the NiCad, I may go to the NiMH type. I've seen some of those up to 5000mAH ratings, rather than the 1200 most of the tools come with. One charge would last almost all day under heavy use with those things.

Oh the butterfly’s that are running by me now. So many possibilities, but what are the chances of any of them actually doing me much good?

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soft_touch938

Apr 4 @ 2:53PM  
Well Duster...as a woman, that sorta/kinda went over my head but I did get the jist of it all...especially that part about nothing ever goes as it's suppose to. Welcome to my world...LOL

As a champion of projects for many years, I have found projects are what Murphy's first law was founded on..."If something can go wrong, it will."

Have a good 'project summer'....good luck!
MsPat

Apr 4 @ 5:49PM  
Sounds like you have yourself set up for Spring Summer and maybe even Fall projects...and think of what you will save on battery packs.

Oh the butterfly’s that are running by me now. So many possibilities

Kinda reminded me of when I increased the memory in my computer .. I thought WOW looky here what I can do now!! lol
sugarnspice005

Apr 4 @ 9:48PM  
I got some projects around here I'd like to do too...just need to have the time to do them.

The weather was gorgeous today so I was outside with the dogs for a while today, taking stock in how much work I will have in cleaning it up. And yes, it's a lot.

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