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A Week In The Workshop 213



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Hi everyone. A genuinely quicker chat this week.


Firstly my apologies for not being around as much as I’d expected this last week; unfortunately Mrs 10M learned that she’d lost an elderly relative just before Christmas, and it fell to Mrs 10M - and me by extension - and her sister to deal with it all.


If you’re reading this and you haven’t made a will, please just get on and get it done as it’ll save the folks you leave behind a whole load of trouble that they won’t be expecting to have, at just about the worst possible time to have it. Just sayin’


So I’ve been a bit all over the place, but have managed to start a general workshop clearout - this was planned for the new year anyway, but spurred on by the whole ‘getting your affairs in order before someone else has to’ idea. There’s a whole load of rubbish that’s been thrown away already, and there’ll be a whole load of stuff to give away as well. I’m genuinely unsure at the moment how to best do that - if I start doing the usual ‘giveaway draw’ then I’ll be doing it forever so I need to give that a little more thought.


Ditto the 2023 review - just haven’t had a clear day to sort that out yet; it’s coming, but probably not this week…


One thing I have managed is to use my little Bosch tiny tracksaw in anger; I bought this during the Black Friday season but haven had the opportunity to try it out before now, and I’m really very impressed. Obviously of limited capacity but as long as you don’t expect this to be equivalent of a mains powered saw - or even an 18v cordless - then the size and weight are the clear benefits of a small, cordless trimming saw for use in occupied homes or areas where space is tight e.g. pretty much everywhere I’ve ever worked.


I’ll do a more detailed video after I’ve used it more, but I like it a lot so far; it’s not cheap and it’s not for everyone, but if it scratches an itch you have then 100% worth it.


Anyway, that’s all for now, thanks so much for being part of 10MW Plus, enjoy the rest of the weekend and I’ll catch up with you in the midweek.


Best, Peter




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My sincerest condolences to you and Mrs. 10 Minutes. What a year you have had.

Hope 2024 is much kinder to you.

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Thanks Sean. Yes, It’ll be good to get January out of the way tbh! 🙌👍

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Hi Peter, I am in the midst of a big workshop clear out and have those three piles, keep, not sure and chuck, but whilst I would like to just drop the whole lot in a skip, instead I methodically sort each bag and box and tin, agonising over the likelihood I might need this or that in the future. My partner cannot fathom my collection of old screws, nails, bolts, old tools, broken tools awaiting repairs, pots of paint and enough tins of finish to start a small retail outlet. I try to bring some semblance of order to it all and just when I think I can chuck it out, I find I need it for a project…

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Thanks Dawn! All going OK so far, and feeling cleansed - until I go into the actual workshop space where all the piles are still in progress! 😂👍

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Hi Peter sorry to hear of your loss and thanks for your response to my Q about sanding the Red cedar although struggled to find the second half of the comments you sent me . If you do need any guidance on the current situation you have, I am a qualified financial planner and can help you because you helped me - definitely not touting for business but I can help if you contact me personally and I can guide you - no charge.

😌 and don't forget the Lasting Powers of attorney everybody !

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Hi Andy, and thanks! Appreciate the offer but we’re all covered in that regard - it’s just a question of tracking down the documents before we can get the house clearance folks in. 👍👍

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You have my sympathy in more ways than one. My wife lost an intestate aunt a few years ago and it dragged on for months. Genealogists had to be employed to try and trace relatives so that the estate could be divided up. With some of them it was a case of "Who??" Nightmare, only eased by a very efficient - and sensibly priced - solicitor.

Wills are a must …

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Thanks Andrew. Yes, not having a will can be problematic as - financial implications aside - all you can do is second-guess what their wishes may have been. Eye-watering to discover the cost of funerals, too!

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Sorry for your loss, Peter. Look after yourself and Mrs 10M.

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Thanks Vivion! 👍

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