Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Shiny new floors, and moving a little farther forward

So, to the left is a picture of Chris and Don sanding the grime from the floor. It's a pretty good shot to show how grimy everything was. If you click on the picture, you'll see a few details. First, there's a clear demarcation between the unsanded, darker surface in the foreground, and the clean surface that's left behind. Chris is working the belt sander. Don is behind chris, pulling a dolly that has a shop vac to collect all the dust raised by the belt sander, and a drum that's hooked into the vacuum hose to separate out the bulk of the waste, to help keep the vac from filling up.

To the right is the new, finished floor. Night and Day, I'm telling ya.

Speaking of night and day...

This is a picture taken, at night, from the very far end of the machine room. Well, technically, it's a ways back from the machine room, into space that is currently unoccupied. You can see darkness around the edges of the picture. You can see the lighting provided by fluorescent lights in the machine room. And you can see the bright yellow square that is the door. We had high pressure sodium lighting installed in the bench room, and wow... those things are incredibly bright. Wonderful, white light. So, given the gross disparity, we're now thinking about getting some installed in the machine room, too. The amount of light these things give off is amazing. It's like daylight.

As I was leaving that night, I took a quick shot of the river, off to the left of the building. It's a fuzzy picture, but you get the idea. There's a bridge to the left, crossing the Merrimack, and another mill building across the river. Casting a shadow to the right is the building across the parking lot from us, where Harvey the peregrine falcon lives... with his mate, I found out today. It's not one falcon, it's a mating pair.

How cool is that?

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