Let The Sun Shine In
I am so grateful spring is arriving. I am ready for the long hours of sunshine and warmer temps. Here in Billings, MT I have been able to work with the doors open on the sunny side of the shop several days over the last 2 weeks.
I am fortunate that the double doors facing the driveway also happen to face south and I can open them wide to let the sun in. On a sunny day at 50° with little wind, the furnace will never kick on if I open the doors and allow the solar gain to heat the shop.
The increased daylight and temperatures are leaving only remnants of snow hanging out in the shade. The yards are showing some green and there was a noticeable increase in the robin population the last few days.
It is a good thing that the days are getting warmer, we won't have the need to burn wood. Last night we had a chimney fire at it gave us a good scare. We clean the chimney every year and avoid burning pine, but as we discovered last night, that makes no guarantees. The fire stayed contained in the chimney pipe so there was no damage except to our nerves.
On To The Shop
I was picking up some ML Campbell Microton dye this morning and was given a couple of handy little pour spouts along with my purchase. ML Campbell started providing little pour spouts that screw onto the 1 gallon cans.
I used it as soon as I got back to the shop and I love these things! Products like this make me wonder how we could put a man on the moon in 1969 but we couldn't come up with this sooner? I am sure that they have been out there for a while, but where have they been hiding them?
Well it is true, it's the little things that make a big difference. This spout makes pouring from a standard 1 gallon can a dream. I am sure that you are familiar with the difficulty in pouring from them and the amount of product lost every time you try to pour. This little spout puts an end to that.
The spout also has been sized for good control of the volume that you are dispensing. This is not a gas can pouring fuel into a mower. This is mixing dyes and pouring solvents in a controlled manner. It's perfect.
That's all for now, time to head back to the shop.
Your friend in the shop, Todd A. Clippinger
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