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A look at recent events and member projects
This past Sunday (8th April) we celebrated the space by giving it a little love, with a Spring clean and BBQ!
Tim wrangled the grill between cleaning sessions and renovations. There were sausages, veggies, burgers, veggie burgers, buns, chips, dips, sauces, and a lot of good fun to be had.
A lot was tackled in the days agenda: The Electronics Room received a deep sorting, the Admin Office was cleared out and organized, the carpets shampooed and scrubbed to an airy freshness, the Woodshop deep cleaned and reorganized to a more optimal layout. The Main Room received a sprucing up with special attention given to our large old table, which was sanded clean, stained, followed by a beautiful rendition of the SSD logo, then finished.
My house was built at a time when things were made to last. However, some things are hard to maintain. Hidden appliances, like the kitchen fan, is an appliance that nobody thinks about until it starts making sounds or, in my case, little pieces of dirt rained down when it was turned on. I’m pretty sure it hasn’t been cleaned since it was installed 65 years ago. The entire motor housing and duct was covered with a thick layer of grease and dirt. It was time for some appliance maintenance.
The fan manufacturer, NuTone - best known for making doorbells - made fans primarily for residential homes. My grandmother had one above her kitchen sink that vented out the wall. There was a pull chain to turn it on. I remember her climbing up a stool and straddling the sink to clean the fan. My mom stood behind her the whole time waiting to catch her if she fell. These fans were stout, quiet and worth a bit of money if maintained.
If you've been by the space lately, it might feel a little warmer and brighter than it typically feels in winter. That is thanks to around 30 4x8 foot insulation panels that SSD members and guests installed on the ceiling during the first week of December.
Over 80 person-hours went into the project. Four meetups were scheduled in late November for Nov 29, Dec 1, Dec 2, and Dec 3, where groups of 3-6 people dedicated a few hours of their afternoon/evening to paint, cut-to-size, and/or harness the tiles between the ceiling trusses with wire.