When you do a lot of projects, it’s good to have a source of affordable sheet metal. There have been plenty of times where I’ve needed to use sheet metal, and luckily there is a sheet metal punching company that can give me exactly what I need. For my most recent project, I wanted to build a new shed for my backyard. The previous shed in my yard had become rusted over the years due to rain, and the roof was starting to cave in. Rather than trying to salvage it, I just tore it down and made plans for a new one.
I drew up some blueprints on my computer to get an idea of how the shed would look and what dimensions I would need for my parts. Using the dimensions from the blueprint, I put in an order to the company to have some sheet metal punched. Then I went to the local home store to have some wood cut for the base and foundation of the shed. Once the sheet metal came, I was ready to start putting all of the parts together into a new shed.
First I started by making the ground level, and building my wood base on top of it. Then I started making the frame for the walls, with a spot for a door. I put the door into place and secured it with hinges and added a lock and door knob. Then I started working on the frame for the roof. I made the roof slanted so that any rain water would flow off to the side. The main part of the shed was complete and all that was left to do was add the sheet metal. I secured the metal in place with nails and put metal on the roof as well. The shed was finished and I stored my tools in it.
I was recently talking to a friend of mine about how long I had been smoking. When you live out in the country on a farm, it is not uncommon to learn that many young people in rural areas start smoking in their teens. So, being a farm boy myself, I started smoking at the age of nineteen. My friend mentioned that she quit and is now doing something called vaping, and the fruit flavors are popular with people who vape. I had to chuckle at first because I had no idea what she was talking about. I had never heard of it before, and I asked her to tell me more.
I quickly learned that smoking is considered to be “out” in her circle of friends, and using e-cigarettes are very in. I have never been very trendy, but it was pretty interesting to learn that something in the smoking world is far more popular than paper cigs that have been around for a very long time. She pulled a thin, metal tube out of her purse then to show me. It was about the size of a regular smoke, and it didn’t weigh much at all. Inside the tube is a little vial of what she called “e-liquid.” You don’t smoke it, but you do inhale it, and that process is called vaping, which is a quick way to say that you’re inhaling vapor that comes from the liquid when it’s heated up.
I wondered why I should be using an e-cig instead, and she let me try hers out. Immediately, I was struck with a sweet cherry flavor. I was not expecting that at all, and I have to say that it was very pleasurable. She again pointed out that the fruit flavors are the best, and then she quickly rattled off her favorites. When I got home that night, I made sure to order one of my own. It will be here next week.
I was having some success at quitting smoking. That is, I could avoid cigarettes if I smoked cigars, rubbed snuff or chewed tobacco. No doubt in my mind that I was addicted to nicotine. My wife generally despised the smokeless and chewing tobaccos I was using. She did not want me to use tobacco at all, but she tolerated the breaks from smoking since I was already having my voice change and was coughing more. I got online looking for an alternative to getting nicotine and found a click here ad for a vaping device that can give you big heavy draws like smoking a cigarette can. The little electronic cigarettes just did not have the power to produce enough vapor to make vaping satisfying to me.
The rechargeable pen vaping device used waxes for vaping. It produced a lot of vapor making it feel more like the smoke I was used to inhaling. My goal was to mimic smoking as close as possible without actually lighting up tobacco. The jury is still out on overall vaping safety, but the discussions seem to indicate it is a better alternative to smoking if you cannot quit. Well, so far I cannot quit. I liked snuff and chewing tobacco, but I also like kissing my wife. She would ask me to brush my teeth and use mouthwash before anything other than a smooch, and that sure could put a damper on romantic spontaneity. She used to be a smoker so did not mind the cigarettes as much. She did not like the cigar smells, and she pretty much despised the smokeless tobaccos I used.
Vaping was okay with her. It did not stink up the place or my clothes, and some of the waxes and oils taste pretty good. Of course, I like the ones that mimic tobacco the best. So far I cannot quit nicotine, but I actively looked for an alternative that might spare me some of the issues that smoking real cigarettes or using real tobacco can bring.