Some guys go to Fredericks of Hollywood to buy their women something sexy to slip into. But Miss Terry doesn’t go for all that frilly stuff. I go to Lowe’s instead, because she’s more the tool belt kind of girl.
Longtime readers will remember that for over eight years we lived in an MCI bus that we stripped down to bare metal and then converted into a very comfortable home on wheels.
I did the plumbing and electrical, but aside from that I was basically just the eye candy. Terry did most of the rest, laying the flooring, installing RV style windows, building all of the cabinets from scratch, as well as paneling the inside, covering the ceiling, and everything else that needed done.
While she ran a commercial glass shop before we got married, she had never done any wood working at all. But she read a couple books and got busy, and even experienced cabinetmakers were amazed by the end result. Here are a couple of pictures to give you an idea.
But after we bought our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage diesel pusher, Terry hung up her tool belt and said she was retired. No more of that nonsense for her. Nope, not gonna happen.
But just like the old gunfighters in those classic Western movies, she was faced with a new challenge and recently came out of retirement to show the world what for.
As I told you before, we recently had our garage spray foamed, and our next project is to panel the inside. So the other day we went back to Lowe’s and bought a bunch of paneling furring strips, and yesterday afternoon we started putting them up.
That turned into quite a battle, because even though we got self-drilling screws, the 2×2″ metal tube framing of the garage is some very hard steel that fought us every step of the way when we were trying to attach the furring strips. We finally gave up on the self-drilling screws and started drilling pilot holes into the metal for them. That was a little faster, but not by much. We only managed to get three sheets of panels up, and by then our butts were dragging. So before we start on it again today, I’m going to the hardware store to get some carbide tipped drill bits. Maybe they will make things a little easier. I will let you know how that goes.
To commemorate her return from retirement, at least for a little while, Terry bought a new tool that she really likes. It’s a Worx Worxsaw 4-1/2″ compact circular saw, and it cuts through the thick paneling we are putting up with ease. She says every handyman, or handywoman, should have one of these things! Keep that in mind if your Mr. or Ms. Fix-it has a birthday or special occasion coming up. It is well worth the money.
I mentioned our Winnebago motorhome, which has been on consignment at PPL Motorhomes in Houston, Texas for several months now. I said in yesterday’s blog that it was under contract and we were supposed to close on it yesterday, but apparently there was some kind of snag in the paperwork on the buyers’ end and that didn’t happen. PPL’s sales manager told me it was just a case of signing the wrong line or not signing something when the paperwork was submitted, but the bank has sent them new copies and everything should be finalized Monday. We are keeping our fingers crossed.
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