moving along nicely – lockdown 2 day 62 & 63

This was my outdoor work area this morning. Its been a rather busy weekend. You can see the cat house in the background, on its side. Its all undercoated now, including the back, in enamel paint as its going to be an outdoor piece.

In front is a pine cabinet for the unit which I had to sand back a bit, also with one enamel undercoat.

I finally worked out how to fix the hollow door ‘gap’ in the cat door. My cousin helped. He suggested I use the insulating styrofoam which was leftover from a reno. There were smaller pieces in the rubbish heap so I got a bit this morning and used a stanley knife to cut and shape it, put it in place and gap filled to smooth it. Perfect. Just like a bought one!

This work is all a matter of steps. Remove hardware and doors where you can,) I couldn’t remove them on the cabinet*) sand, gap fill where necessary, sand again, undercoat where necessary, then 1-3 layers of topcoat depending on the piece. All with drying periods and sometimes a light sand between coats, depending on the type of paint and piece.

*It seems every single screw in Greece is a pozi drive screw. I can’t find plain phillips screws anywhere. All I can find is these pozi screws, and I hate them. In my opinion they camout way easier than phillips. Then again, I’m probably using the wrong drivers.

Camout (or cam-out) is a process by which a screwdriver slips out of the head of a screw being driven once the torque required to turn the screw exceeds a certain amount.

Phillips on the left, pozi on the right.

They’re meant to be better than plain phillips screws. less camout apparently and that may be so… but all my screwdrivers and drill bits are phillips… I need a whole new set of screwdrivers and drill bits. Anyway, the screws on the pine caninet hinges are all pozi screws which totally lost their thread and are impossible to remove. So I painted it as it is, with the doors on. Not ideal but I work with what I have.

You can read more about the scintillating topic of screws here.

Here are some cute photos of Eric who continues to amuse. They are fuzzy cause he was moving fast. Constantly. Hard to catch the little bugger.

More tomorrow.

z

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