Out Of Retirement

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
May 052017

Anybody who’s been reading the Gypsy Journal or this blog for very long knows that for over eight years we fulltimed in a 1976 MCI bus that we converted ourselves. And many of you know that Miss Terry is the handylady in our family. While I installed the plumbing and electrical systems in the bus, with her help, Terry did most of the rest of it and all I did was hand her things and try to stay out of the way while she worked.

She had never built cabinets before, but she did these from scratch after buying a couple of books at Home Depot on cabinetmaking. People who were true cabinetmakers who saw the bus were amazed at what she was able to do, and even more so when we told them that most of the work was done while we were dry camping. As I always say, my beautiful wife can do anything she sets her mind to.

And while that was all fun at the time, when we bought our Winnebago diesel pusher a few years ago, Terry hung up her tool belt and said she was done with all of that. Oh sure, she’ll still replace the occasional kitchen faucet or repair the motorhome’s toilet when necessary, but for all intents and purposes, my handylady has retired from that kind of work.

Well, not exactly. Yesterday she came out of retirement so we could insulate our garage door. As I wrote about in yesterday’s blog post, Beating The Heat, a tremendous amount of heat radiates through our metal garage door in the afternoon. The garage itself is white, but the door is a dark gray on the outside and it soaks up the sun’s rays. Here is the door before we started the project.

And here it is after we cut and fitted rolled foil bubble insulation into the door panels. There was a noticeable decrease in temperature just from that.

Then Terry cut panels of 5/8 styrofoam insulation boards that have foil on one side to fit into those same panels. With that done the door looked like this and we had pretty much taken care of the heating issue. But just to be sure, we’re going to put another layer of the rolled foil bubble insulation on top of what we have now.

It actually took much less time and material than we thought, and we have enough insulation left over that we will be able to do the rest of the front of the garage.

A couple of blog readers wrote that with the extra weight of the insulation we might have a problem with the door opening and closing, but the stuff is very lightweight and we tested it several times and don’t see any issues.

I was thinking that as long as we’re at it, Terry might want to go ahead and raise the garage roof another couple feet so I can get a pontoon boat inside. But that’s not going to happen. Like I said, she can do anything. But she informed me that just because she can, doesn’t mean she will. I think this relapse into her old talents is going to be short-lived.

I said in yesterday’s blog that I knew this week’s Free Drawing was going to get a lot of entries, and I was right. So far over 260 people have entered our drawing for Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader, along with a $25 Amazon gift card so you can really fill that thing with books. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – People can be divided into three groups: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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  8 Responses to “Out Of Retirement”

  1. Nick,over 100 of your contest entries have been sent to me.It started after I entered my name yesterday. They still appear on your list of entries, but it fiils up my mailbox.

  2. I’ve had the same thing happen, only mine come from Betty Graffis. I don’t know how that happens. Everything associated with my blog has her name on it and I can’t figure out how to fix it.

  3. Wow! Love the new cabinets. I’m working on some now for my freedom van. Not easy at all. Great work!!!

  4. A roof vent will make a big difference in how hot the garage is too.

  5. Carol,
    Apparently when you entered the contest you checked the box that says Notify me of follow-up comments by e-mail, which is why you are receiving them.

  6. So proud of you, Terry. You set the standard for us women. My dad wasn’t handy so didn’t teach me. Maybe that’s my excuse.

  7. Terry’s cabinetry work is so impressive! Is the bus conversion still on the road?

  8. Nancy,
    As far as I know it is. We sold it when we bought the Winnebago.

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