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All the tile on the three front columns and on the two flying buttress columns at the carport are done!
Armando dug a small ditch about a foot wide, laid down a couple of inches of mortar, then placed rocks in the mortar. One area between container 1 and the garden was particularly low, and the water would wash over the garden taking all our new topsoil down the mountain to the Pacific Ocean. Try as I might, I just can’t get to spend much time working on the windows in the house.
The shop is 20-feet front to back, but I made the beam 35-feet so it would overhang the front of the shop 15-feet. The next day Armando, Sammy, and I lifted the beam into place and I welded it to the rebar protrusions that we had embedded into the concrete beams at the tops of the walls. Repello: As I welded, Armando and Sammy started stuccoing (repello (rey-PAY-oh) in Spanish). While they troweled the wall, some areas were a little dry so they sprinkled them with water, and other areas were a little too wet so they tossed a bit of dry cement at the areas. Roof framing: While the guys applied the repello, I got busy welding the metal carriola roof joists to the building. Before we nailed the wooden blocks in place, I had already welded together and placed in the form work a rebar assembly that would embed in the concrete beam and have a four-inch length of rebar sticking up right next to each of the wooden blocks. This is so that I could weld each end of the joists to the rebar, thereby firmly connecting the roof to the walls and keeping it from blowing off. Dealing with rain running off the roof: When it rains, a lot of water will get dumped at the back side of the shop where it would no doubt seep through the foundation and wall into my shop. At first his ditch was like a line of wet spaghetti, but I asked Armando to straighten him out a bit. We are finding that a lot of our plants are not doing well because the soil is so very soggy so much of the year.
Overview: Some time ago one of the Lynns who comments regularly wanted an overview photo of the job site. Prognosticators who get paid to make scientific wild guesses say that we are in a wet La Nina weather pattern.
Concrete block walls in Panama are topped off with concrete beams to strengthen and level the top of the wall.
Because of all the young man physical labor needed to pour the beam, I asked Armando to bring another guy for a while. And by the way, out from the front of the shop will be a large carport roof, so if I am working on a large project, I can easily work undercover in the driveway. And, that big blank wall to the right of the big shop door looks like an opportunity waiting for some sort of custom art piece. Made from aluminum window screening, plumbers hanger strapping, pop rivets, washers, and other fittings, this is Cynthia's interpretation of what it is like to wear a bra. A steady light rain yesterday kept us wet enough and cold enough and muddy enough that after the beam was poured at noon I sent the guys home with a full day’s pay.
Both Cynthia and I were unsettled by this un-plan, but we thought that time would iron out the bugs, and it has.
I used the metal chop saw (the red tool on the floor in the above photo) to cut all the pieces for the steel frames.
After these large frames are done, I will make a narrower frame for the east wall of the guest bedroom, and then frames for the short windows in the clerestory. In another post I will use my new oxy-acetylene torch to cut holes in the container walls and install the frames. Having been in construction since I was six, I know that there is a natural rhythm to most construction projects. Having worked six weeks in the yard, Armando has finally finished filling holes, leveling humps, and removing lots of trunks and roots.
The floor between container 3 and container 4 is ready for rebar and concrete, but we are holding off on that until we do some more infrastructure in the area.
You can see that the framing for the new wall is placed where the container siding is outward. By placing the wall where the container corrugations go outward, I can now put the Plycem in place and it will make a nice inside corner.
Here's a scrap of Plycem showing how it will make a nice corner against the container.
At the far end of the container is a hallway; I will cut holes in the container for a doorway from the living room, into the hallway, then into the master bedroom. The next space toward where I am taking the photo from is a half bath, accessed from the hallway. The next, larger space will be a walk-in closet off the master bedroom and studio space for Cynthia’s torchwork (making glass beads), her seed bead stringing, and fabric storage for sewing projects.
The final space, the one that I am standing in in the photo above, will be an eight-foot square deposito (storage closet), accessed by the existing container end doors. The above wall happened to be placed above a container floor beam so I couldn’t drill straight down for the hole for the conduit. By the way, speaking of the wooden floor, the floors in our containers are mahogany, just a tad under one and a quarter inches thick. In the meantime, Armando has been working for two days grinding away remnants of the container siding webbing in container 4.
You can see that he is wearing safety glasses (and not-seen earplugs), and the guard amazingly is still on the machine. Next I’m on my way down the mountain to see if I can get the DeWalt angle grinder that Armando has been using repaired.
If you are considering a container house project, I hope that I have given you some good tips from my experience. In this post, I frame the floor between #3 and #4, build some interior walls, and do some minor stuff.
A significant amount of rain has been falling, and I am happy to have a bunch of interior work to do. Good and gooey and very workable, the solvent based urethane caulk is holding out rainwater. Next, while I waited for delivery of the metal for the big floor between #3 and #4, I started some of the interior walls in #3. Then, before I made a big mistake with a bad paint and painted all of the exterior of the containers, I wanted to test out some oil based polyurethane red oxide primer and some white polyurethane wall paint, so I sanded, primed two coats, and painted two coats onto the 12-foot section between #3 and #4. I have to admit to a small error; when I placed the containers on the columns, I placed these two exactly 12-feet apart measured from the outside of the containers.
To measure the lengths of the carriolas, I used two boards and a clamp, adjusting the length for each joist. Throughout all of this, Armando has helped me lift and tote the heavy stuff, but mainly he has been working to smooth out the lot. You can really see his progress in this next photo taken from the northwest corner of the lot. My next small task will be to finish cutting and removing a scrap strip of container siding metal and re-purpose it into a very short wall section that will go at the bottom of the bedroom window wall. With the tilebacker walls in place, it was finally time to haul the welder up onto the roof of container four. Armando and I tried first to lift the welder with pulleys and a rope, but we were getting exhausted and the welder wasn’t budging far off the ground. I also wasn’t looking forward to the job because I have been using number 6011 welding rods. If you don’t know, the idea of welding is to touch the welding rod to the metal you want to weld, create a short circuit if you will, get sparks flying, then pull away slightly and maintain a gap that the fire jumps across, heating and fusing the metals. So for my birthday, friend Les gave me about ten pounds of not 6011 rods, but instead 6013 rods.
A lot of the mess is paint that has burned and flaked, and the weld cleans up fairly well with a wire brush. I got to the half-way point today before I sensed the blisters on my knees from the hot roof.
There has been a lot of rain recently, including a few complete rain-outs, so progress has been slow.
Originally I was going to use some of the 20-foot scrap wall section cut from container three for this new wall, but we have amended the plan and now are cutting only doorways from the container. Speaking of the welder, I got tired of the anemic factory-installed wheels and put on some wheelbarrow wheels. For the sealer, we decided to go with a wet-look acrylic polymer. Two coats sponged on quickly is all it takes to protect the surface. Rain stopped production for the day, but this morning I swept the water off the top of the container roof and installed the tilebacker sheets on the studs.
Anyway, after the cut is made, you spring open the tube a bit and slide it over the tail end of the roofing metal. Ultimately the container roof will be covered with a concrete slab, sloped toward the center of the container and down and off the back end of the container. Next I temporarily clamped the angle iron in place and welded, little by little, the bolt and nuts in place. I slapped on a few coats of paint to keep the rust at bay, then took the brake out for a test drive. I’m slap-a-knee darn happy with the ease of operation of the brake and the nice sharp line of the bend it makes.
I still want to make a press brake in the space below the sheet metal brake, for bending heavy-gauge bar stock.
You can see the ITCZ passing over us in this recent screen shot from The Weather Channel (Panama is the little arch of land between Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the east). This entry was posted in diy sheet metal brake, Shipping Container House and tagged container houses, DIY sheet metal bending brake, homemade sheet metal bending brake, Living in Panama, shipping container house, shipping container house panama by Fred at Shipping Container House in Panama. With all the recent holidays and the crew not working, I had a chance to tackle two projects that have been on the back burner for some time now. First, when we bought our new stove, a six-thousand-plus dollar American Range, we were assured that it was set up for propane, not natural gas.
I called the company in the States and they directed me to the company that handles all international support. With no small amount of frustration, I collected myself and again called the manufacturer in the States. Next, I wrapped a strap around the stove legs and around my hands and slowly pulled the stove out of its space.
Replacing the control valves took some time because the wiring was in the way of all the gas connections — I had to reverse engineer the wiring. Next, I had to replace the jets for the oven and the broiler, and that meant removing a lot of stuff on the back of the stove. The last new part was a replacement gas regulator that I had to install at the bottom of the stove.
Finally, I checked all my gas connections and verified that all the wiring was as engineered.
By the way, there were no installation instructions with the new parts so I was winging it all the way.
Cynthia said that I was her hero, the flames now burning bluer and hotter (the flames on the stove, not her flames for me…), just as they should. We’ve had another project in the works since we lived at the rental house down the road.
Next, I drilled 48 holes in what would be the bottom of the lamp from which to suspend the glass dangles. I fashioned a little block of wood with a hole in it to use as a guide for the diamond-tipped drill. I pushed each loop up through a hole, then placed a piece of galvanized wire through the loop, the loop then resting on the wire to hold the pendant in place. Oh, I forgot to mention that I wired a lamp socket inside the drum so that light will spill out all the holes in the side of the drum. Here is a shot from underneath the chandelier; you can see that I had to make a piece of aluminum to hold the lamp that points toward the dining room table.
The bottom of the glass pendants hang three-feet above the (soon-to-be-completed) dining room table.
By the way, there were no fabrication or assembly instructions with this Shipping Container Washing Machine Drum Chandelier Kit. In other news, my antennae perk up any time there is a full moon and a bunch of holidays in Panama.
So I take frequent walks around the house at night, looking for a hole in the fence or other added attraction.


At the end of last month (September), she and I traveled to Savannah, Georgia, for her to have hip replacement surgery. But all in all, the surgery was a success and her hip now moves like glass on Teflon, and we are back home in Panama after three-weeks away. While we were in Savannah, we took advantage of the opportunity to eat some really good food.
And as a bonus, for the first time in eleven years, Cynthia and one of her nieces got to see each other; her niece and her husband traveled from North Carolina for the reunion. I marked and cut the stack of tiles, preparing them for Hanibal to mortar into place along the wall of the container. There is an easy way to mark a tile for cutting so that it accurately fits against the wall.
One day while I was waiting for Hanibal to return, I installed baseboards in the kitchen and the under-stair half-bath.
And with the bathroom baseboards in place, I no longer had any excuse not to install the toilet in this bathroom. So I spent several hours in the crawlspace and installed PVC pipe from the toilet to the septic tank. By the way, in the States I had a business where I applied physics to solve air, heat, and moisture problems in houses. With all the drain and water supply pipes now in place, I just need to find an hour or two to install the toilet and hook up the sink. This is the umpteenth time this has happened so I decided it was time to raise the ante and install some razor wire on the two jungle-abutting sides of our property. And looking in the other direction, Armando is working his way to the top of the stone wall in the shower.
As in the master bathroom, we planned the tile installation for minimum cutting and a cleaner look at the shower valve and shower head.
So far Hanibal and I have used about two pallets of tile, enough so that Cynthia and I could clean up around the remaining materials. We cleaned the area and I took a truckload of cardboard and plastic bottles to the recycle center in town. And now it is my turn — Cynthia has turned out a slew of slumped glass lampshades for the kitchen lights. I decided instead to use radiant barrier insulation, basically bubble wrap with an aluminized face.
Armando and Poncho were working on the rocks on the west wall and I hated to disturb them to have them help Ramiro and me.
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A slew of converted shipping containers are expected to help ease a growing homelessness epidemic in cities across England. The containers have been stacked in three and five storey apartment complexes linked with balconies and reached by rudimentary external stairs. Meanwhile, Forest YMCA is waiting for permission to install ?20,000 converted shipping container homes on sites in Leytonstone and Walthamstow, according to a separate BBC report. These simple repurposed homes equipped with all basic necessities are expected to disrupt that vicious cycle. Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.
Why isn\'t this being considered for retired people who would like to do something but stay home all the time because of the lack of money. Bauhu modular housing provides similar shaped buildings that are designed and built for purpose offering high levels of insulation, correct levels of ventilation and natural lighting, and attractive interior and external finishes.
Comfortable, cost effective buildings can be configured very quickly by joining Cubes together side by side or end to end, or by stacking them to create two or even three story buildings. It took a lot of time and energy away from working on the habitability of the house, but we love the look and think it was worth the sidetrack. The first one shows the simple scaffolding I assembled so I could walk all around the column to install the tile and apply the grout.
While I was hosing the grout film off the tiles, we noticed how pretty the water looked cascading down the tiles. I still need part of a day to clean up the welds and apply a few coats of paint to prevent rust and corrosion.
So while Armando doesn’t need Sammy to mix and deliver repello or to work a trowel, we have him digging a drainage ditch across the back of the shop and then down hill to the front of the lot. So Armando directed Sammy to dump the excess dirt in the big garden at the front of the house. This time they seem to be right because the rainy season shows little sign of giving way to the nearly constant sunshine of the dry season that usually starts like clockwork on December 15th. I set aside my work on the windows to help Armando get the rebar and forms for the beam in place on the back wall. He brought his cousin Sammy, who being low man on the totem pole, got to mix and haul the concrete.
Then we stripped the forms from the back beam and formed the beam at the top of the front wall. We still have a few interior partitions to build and Plycem to hang, but I wanted to use the wide open work space in container 4 a bit longer before building those partitions. Way back when this was to be a two story house, we had plans for two bedrooms — one downstairs where our master bedroom is going to be now, and one upstairs that was going to be the master. Our newest, new and improved plan is this: we will put two bedrooms, two baths, and the laundry in the space between 3 and 4 and in container 4. Although we are not big fans of the look of jalousies, they make a lot of sense here where the rain and saturated fog can blow sideways. The top rectangle is for the large pane of glass, and the lower part of the frame is for two, 3-foot jalousies.
I think I remember making a set of drink coasters for my mom for Mothers’ Day one year.
There are periods of time when important work is being done but progress is not very visible. It is nice to be able to walk on the floor and be able to more accurately gauge how the spaces will feel.
I have chosen to place the wall so that the framing is in alignment with an outward bend of the corrugated siding of the container. I’ll probably run a small bead of urethane caulk around the Plycem to seal any insect highway gaps. This is all working for me because we will have the three-inch thick concrete floor to cover these conduits throughout the entire house. I brought some PEX tubing with me when we moved to Panama and decided to use it to make the pipe stub-ups.
I insist on it even though most workers here think these safety devices are mere nuisances. I think the switch has given up the ghost; it has had some rough duty during its life on this job. Most of the photos I have posted so far have been from the east side, but this one is from the west. The wall in this photo will divide the hallway (that goes from the living room to the master bedroom) from the half bath. However, the floor joists ended up being about 12-feet two-inches long because I affixed them to the indented part of the container main floor support I-beam. You wouldn’t expect it, but the lengths varied due to various dents and strengthening gussets. Tomorrow Armando and I will pour three small footings to further support the concrete slab and to reduce any floor bounce.
The four-foot high wall that holds up the high end of the roof over the space between three and four was only tacked in place.
When I bought the pulleys I wanted double-block (two wheels per unit) pulleys but could only find less mechanically-advantaged single-block pulleys. These are the standard welding rod here in Panama and can be found in any hardware store and even some grocery stores right next to the duct tape. It is during this initial getting-the-sparks-flying stage that the welding rod can fuse itself (or stick) to the metal to be welded. If the 6011s are a stay-out-all-night rebellious teenager, the 6013s are their stay-at-home studious twin. In this post, I tell about the short wall I just built, hence the new English word I coined; wallito.
But I have managed to work on the two-foot high wall above container three that holds up the low end of the roof between three and four.
Because we decided to use tilebacker (cement board) for the interior walls, it seemed like a natural to use the tilebacker for this little wall overhead.
Because I was working by myself, I made the runway scaffolding so I wouldn’t have to lift the welder. I cut them to shape with a tile blade on my circular saw and Armando sponged on the first coat of sealer.
I used the same sheetmetal roofing screws that I used to screw the roofing to the steel framing. I could paint the coating up over the caulk and a few inches onto the tilebacker, then pour the concrete slab.
But now that the push on the interior walls is over, I have had some time to work on the project.
I’m sure the brake will bend heavier gauge, but probably not in full eight-foot pieces. A box and pan attachment allows for bends in two directions, as in bending an open-topped box or drawer. Have a general idea, then dive right into your project and solve the problems as they arise.
Our goal here is too illustrate the many container projects both big and small that are taking place around the world. Natural gas (pipe in the street to your house) is not available in Panama, so you would think that it would be a no-brainer that all gas stoves would be set for bottled propane. We had a tech guy come out from the company and he verified that yes, it was wrong and was set for natural gas. I worked with them for four-or-five months to get the correct parts, but in the end, it couldn’t be done. First, the stove is hundreds-of-pounds heavy and is a challenge to pull it out without scratching the floor. Sorry, no photo, but it too was a rat’s nest of wiring for the gas-valve safety apparatus and for the two oven convection fans. There has been a rash of robberies down in town and up here on the rim of the volcano — Saturday night two weed whackers were stolen from the local church just down the road. She had a lot of pain, and the need for surgery really became evident on our vacation to Medellin because she was unable to walk nearly as much as she would have liked. The surgeon uses a newer approach to hip replacement, that is to make a relatively-small, four-inch incision at the front of the hip instead of a large incision at the back of the hip.
With this approach, most patients are in the hospital for a night or two, but Cyn was in the hospital for a week. This morning, twenty-five-days post surgery, Cyn made breakfast in our kitchen without the use of a walker or a cane. I cut some of the kitchen floor tiles down the middle, cut the pieces to length, and using urethane caulk, glued them to the walls and cabinets. I spent many, many days, weeks, and months in crawlspaces, so working under this house is no problem.
The razor wire is also known as concertina wire, or here in Panama, Alambre (wire) de Gillette. Cynthia decided that the walk-in closet would look better with white walls, so I applied a couple coats of paint. It has been a long time since we could use the stairs in front of my shop and there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Now I need to get busy, drill a hole in the top of each one, install lamp sockets, and hang the lights. I planned to place the bubble wrap, aluminum face facing up between the rafters and the ceiling panels, (sometimes it comes with both sides aluminized, sometimes it comes with one aluminum and one white face). The number of homeless youth has tripled in the UK in the last few years, prompting groups like Charity Forest YMCA and Brighton Homeless Trust to convert shipping containers into affordable housing. Rent for these will be ?75 per week, which amounts to 15 percent of minimum wage salaries, and 120 people are on the waiting list.


One of my goals in this project has been to not move into our new house when the nonessential exterior details are still an unfinished mess.
A week ago we had five days of full-on rain, then it stopped and it has been sunny and breezy most days with brief showers now and then.
But still, we are making some construction progress, just not as fast or in as pleasant conditions as we would like.
You can see the wooden form work on the back wall in this next photo, and you can see that he has a few more rows to go on the front wall.
For security, I have purposely not put many windows in the shop, so the big door will provide a lot of light and air while I work inside. For a Breast Cancer Awareness Week art exhibit with friends at a local gallery, Cynthia made a bra to represent what she says the contraptions actually feel like. When the price of containers went sky high and we changed to a one story house, we were going to make a guest bedroom in a detached 20-foot container. My shop has been moved to a detached building (yet to be built) at the end of the driveway. I still have to weld the bottom pieces on these frames, but I need to cut another piece of plywood to use as a jig so the jalousies will fit. Additionally, yesterday we moved five coconut palm trees and two other palms (Cousin Christine — yours is being planted this weekend) that we had been holding in a nursery area at our rental house.
I framed the walls with the 2x3s as horizontal purlins (a style seen in old barns; the purlins go sideways so that the exterior board siding can be installed vertically). After the Plycem is up, the concrete floor will lock this wall in place, so the screws are only a temporary placeholder. When I got it home, I fired it up, cut a nice round hole in a carriola for the electrical conduit. Not a drop of rain enters, thanks to Juan who mentioned in a comment that he uses Sika Urethane caulk to seal container seams. I am standing in what will be a dry room -- a closet with a dehumidifier -- a real necessity here in the cool but humid mountains. I also built the framework for the wall that will separate the bedroom (foreground) from the master bathroom. I’m pleased that so many people have subscribed to receive notice of new posts, and it was fun to watch the 10,000 hits mark come and go right at the one-year mark of my blog. I am now faced with the task of welding a forty-foot long bead, welding the wall to the roof of the shipping container. So we rigged an electric winch (thank you for the loan of the winch, Ivan) and effortlessly lifted the heavy welder to the roof.
If it sticks you have to wiggle the rod back and forth until it breaks free then start the process all over again.
Lots of slag flies everywhere, the rods stick easily, and if you are thinking about last night’s fight with your wife and not paying 100% attention to counting the number of seconds that are passing, you can burn a hole in the metal the size of Texas.
A blob of the 6013 seems to stay in place as it cools making closing the hole quite easy, whereas the 6011 blob shrinks as it cools, leaving the hole almost as large as when I started. You can paint the gutter any color you want, but our previous gardener Miguel liked to use tar thinned with lacquer thinner as the paint. Cynthia has asked if I can upgrade the cabinet that I made to hold her 1,500 watchmaker’s tins that store her vast collection of seed beads for making necklaces and other items. This band moves up and down over the equator twice a year, delivering heavy rains as it passes over Panama. The center of the bolt aligns with the upper leading edge of the I-beam that half of the hinge is welded to. I find that engineering is a fluid skill — do something, test it, improve it, fix it. I had my own ideas and knowledge but your ideas have influenced me greatly especially on the truss design. After we worked through the legalities and waivers of liabilities, the parts were shipped to me, $125. I got some two-by stock and levered the front of the stove into the air so that I could slip old pieces of a plastic cutting board under the front legs. To keep from dropping the jets into the darkest reaches of the bowels of the beast, I took a pea-sized glob of plumbers’ putty, put it into the nut driver, then pressed the jet into the putty.
Quite pleasant and peaceful if you don’t count the fact that I am carrying a bunch of defensive hardware. A specially-designed operating table is used, where the legs can be independently lowered and pivoted to expose the, um, bone. Because Cynthia takes a blood thinner to keep her artificial heart valve from clogging, she needed four units of blood after the surgery as the bleeding wouldn’t stop. She still has a plenty of pain from where they worked on the bone, but it is lessening, and she is more- and more-frequently forgetting to use the cane. We filled in the remaining tummy spaces with meals from Saigon Bistro (best Vietnamese in Savannah) and Whole Foods. Most times this wire is strung at the top of a fence, but we decided to hang it mid-way on the fence; at the top of the fence the thief could just cut the cyclone fence and slip through. The big bonuses are that the ceiling will never need to be painted and water will never leak through and stain the ceiling. If I sprayed foam on the underside of the roof panels, I would be blocking off the holes that create the roof’s ability to vent itself. This insulation works by radiating heat back up to the roof panels, then with the hot air rising the roof vents itself through all the holes provided by the undulations in the roof panels. We started in the loft area, installing a row of ten-foot sheets with insulation above the sheets.
The cargotecture homes are designed to serve as stepping stones for youths trying to re-enter the work force. I sure would like to get some unifying color painted on the exterior of the containers and my shop, but that will have to wait. But the 20-footer was the same high price as the 40-footers, so our plan stagnated a bit, and we have been floundering with a new plan to have one bedroom in the house and someday add a second. Most of the older Panamanian houses have jalousies, although the newer houses seem to be going to vinyl sliders. Then there are the periods of time when the job seems to be flying and progress is very visible. We planted three of the coconuts by the electric service entrance wall at the southeast corner of the lot. I searched but could not find that brand, but I did find some other urethane and it is working well.
Once up on the roof, with the new ATW wheelbarrow wheels, the welding rig no longer bumps and bangs, but rolls across the corrugated roof very easily.
When I tacked the wall in place, there was a whole lot of sticking going on and I wasn’t looking forward to forty feet of frustration. They burn hot enough to eat through the numerous layers of paint on the container roof, but the burn is more surgical if you will.
With my new knowledge of the 6013 rods and my experience today, I’m not dreading the second half at all. I made the cabinet out of wood and the termites have been having tailgate parties on each of the 48 plywood drawers.
Around the fifteenth of December the rain will stop as if a switch were thrown, and the Tourist Season will begin. To elaborate, I did my best to center the center-point of the bolt with the vertex (the point where two lines meet to create an angle). But he pulled a couple burner jets out and hammered on the brass where the hole is that lets the gas pass. There is also wiring for the LED lights that indicate when a burner is on, plus wiring for the oven light switch. Then one day, one of us, we can’t remember who, spied the washing machine drum in a heap in a corner. In keeping with the industrial look, I chose a piece of 2″ galvanized pipe as the pole that would support the chandelier. Recovery is much, much quicker (weeks as opposed to months) and is less painful because there is much less damage to muscles and tissue.
And keeping her blood pressure up in the range that supports life was a challenge for the medical team and quite stressful for me. At Whole Foods, it was wonderful to have access to apple- or cherry-wood smoked, real, chemical-free bacon. In Savannah, she had four acupuncture treatments that helped greatly reduce the massive swelling and black-and-blue from all the fluids they had to give her to raise her blood pressure. Here is a photo of the master bathroom — on the left, Armando is working on a rock wall. This area has become the dumping ground of everything that we didn’t know what to do with. He can think logically and creatively and is always ready to jump in and help me carry something.
Ramiro and I measured the ceiling for size and quantity of the panels, and I made a plan of which panels would go where. I made caps for the ends to keep bees and other critters from occupying the inside of the beam. Instant transformation, they are softening that concrete corner. This progress is exciting and a big boost to our moral. Then when I went to cut a second hole, it made a wild clicking sound (relay going bad?) and shut itself down.
I sealed the two 40-foot seams where the walls that hold up the metal roof connect to the containers below. There is less flaming slag flying over the top of my welding helmet, thereby burning fewer holes my scalp.
In this case, the vertex is that common point between the I-beam (where one side of the bolt is welded to the I-beam) and the angle iron that swings up to make the bend.
I was actually staring at some running through the walls of my plant and thought that would work perfect for a brake. We received them here in Panama a few weeks later, but knowing that it would take me a day to install them, the parts had to sit in a bag until I could get to them. The light switch fell apart in my hands when I tried to remove the wiring lug, so I’ll have to buy a new switch and take the front panel apart again.
It kind of looks like a drive shaft and I expect the chandelier to start spinning at any moment. Funny, after eating this nice bacon, one morning in the hospital I took a bite of the bacon on Cynthia’s breakfast tray. Jabo spotted him and gave chase, the man re-vaulting the fence and vanishing into the jungle. He can run about four rows a day before the wall becomes unstable from the weight and the wet mortar. Eventually though, the tile piles will dwindle to nothing: With the second bedroom tiled and mostly painted, it was time to paint the desk (one of the five white tables that Aramis and I built) and bring it into the bedroom. He even goes to the car when Cynthia comes home from shopping and helps her carry groceries into the house.
I don’t know squat about the coefficient of this or that, or the temperature that bronze-molybdenum-strontium 90 alloy melts at. Then to prevent creating a hole, I get the heck out of Dodge, wait for the new metal to cool for a second, then repeat.
It was somewhat better and we could use two of the six burners without sooting up the bottom of the pans. Total — $250, less than the cheapest $1,500 off-the-shelf chandelier at the lighting stores. Cynthia spotted him too, and yelled at him with such vigor that she lost her voice for two days! On the right, Hanibal has just finished a glass block wall between the shower and the toilet. With some care he might be able to get over the wire, but in a hurry and in the dark it would provide an impediment to an elegant and bloodless escape. So to all the professional welders who fall across this blog by mistake, those with multiple certifications in underwater welding and welding in deep space on the Space Station while holding a wet cat, please have pity on me for what I am attempting to do at this stage of my life, and maybe remember those first not-so-pretty welds that you made so many years ago. The pendants were made from the scraps of glass left over from our kitchen lamp shade project (soon to be installed).



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