Sunday, February 16, 2020

Garage Life

I was motivated by Larry Lambert's post today to document my garage.

It describes me. Sort of. No Christian content reflected here. Except I use this stuff in a charitable manner.

Pictures are clockwise from garage door. Nothing was cleaned for the photo shoot.

Yard tools, truck ramps, emergency backup air compressor, trash can, camping supplies upper shelf, boat batteries,
various lubricants, floor jacks.

Stick welder, Main air compressor, boat tanks I'm refinishing again, ceiling mounted space heater,
main tool box, door to house, various pipe and tubing.

Various paints and chemicals I should cull, nail bins, paint finishing supplies, recycle bins, spare dog food, box fan, fastener bins, maple butcher block workbench I made, shop computer, shop stereo I bought in Germany in 1974, boat trailer fenders to be repainted under a box of boat hardware.
Remote controlled biplane hanging from ceiling.

Machinist toolbox, mig welder on rolling cart, mill, spare lumber and panels on shelving.
a lot of the shelving I recovered from a party store that went out of business.
That silver tarp hanging on the right can be drawn across the garage on a cable, isolating the front from the area the car is in for heating purposes.

Hallicrafter shortwave, Mosler safe that I had to break into (
Craftsmen table saw like the one my dad had when I was a kid, Bose 501s and boxes of computer stuff, including two Commodore 64s (?) and tarps and moving blankets.

O-scope, citizen's band spare boat seat, door to yard I cut out of the brick wall and my trusty MTD garden tractor that's on the trickle charger because of 6 degree weather.

That sum's it up.


  1. That's an SX-62, isn't it? President Kennedy had one installed in Air Force One for some reason.

    1. An SX-62 A to be exact. You are the man!
      I did not know that about Kennedy.

    2. My little "Electric Radio" magazine had an recent article on the SX-62 and variants. They were a cost-reduced version of the Raymond Lowery designed SX-42, BUT they didn't have a calibrated bandspread, making their use on the Amateur bands difficult.

      I rebuilt a couple of SX-42's, and yow...what a pain! If certain interstage coupling capacitors get very leaky or short, which they do, it can burn up a set of contacts on the band select switch, and parts are unobtainium.

      Growing up with Ham Radio in the Chicago area, I had a home-grown appreciation of Hallicrafter's radios. My first real communications receiver was an SX-146 that my Dad bought me when I passed my Novice test.

  2. Nice. Everybody meet at Ed's garage at the stroke of the apocalypse!!

    1. Years ago, I thought I'd have the tools to do fix-it stuff in my neighborhood when I retired.
      When was the last time you had a radio, TV, bike or lawnmower repaired?
      At least friends and the kids use it to change their brakes. :)

  3. I am insanely jealous, Ed. Insanely.

  4. At least yours has SOME organization to it... sigh