P R O G R E S S .
It's amazing what machine vs human can do. We finally got a Skid steer on site last week and it has speed up progress ten-fold. These photos depict only two days worth of cleaning up with the awesome Bobcat.
We're about 90% complete from clearing the floor. All that is left is the "Main room" which we've been working out of. Next on the list will be tossing the scrap metal in the dumpster, however the company we used sent us a 40 cubic yard container which is a few feet higher which makes it very difficult to throw stuff in. On top of that, it's out of the Skid steer's reach. Then onto moving the joyous cinder-blocks. We're not sure what to do with these yet but hopefully we can crush them and used them for underlayment for the path leading to the "shop garage door."
This is where we left off. We had to call it quits since we filled up the first container. We should have all the debris cleaned up in the next visit and all the metal removed in the next 2-3 visits!
A hope of positivity.
I've gotta admit, this all still feels surreal. It's one of those things you see in movies but you don't really think they happen until it hits home or someone close. It's been a morally tough road. There are days when its a struggle to push on, and days with overwhelming positivity. Just the other week I was talking with Bruce, the owner of the well established company Trick Tools that sells high-end fabrication tools. Bruce was generous enough replace my previous order which had been lost in the fire. This really hit home as a well known company in the industry cared and was willing to help a small company like mine. But what was really inspiring was he shared that he started the company when he was in High School! Great companies do still exist, support the companies that support your passion.
Quick testimony- When I first placed my order, they were waiting for their shipment of JMR Raceline Tube Notcher to arrive. Instead of waiting to receive their shipment and then send it to me, they called their manufacture to ship one directly to me to save a few days in transit. EXCELLENT Customer service!
I want to also Thank David Hayes, Matt Gold, and Rich (GoodfellaFD3S) for starting/approving the "Bubble Tech Auction Thread" (which members are auctioning off parts they no longer need to donate the proceeds) along with anyone else who participates. I wasn't aware this actually went through until today and left me choked up after reading it. Honestly I could not imagine pushing through this without all the great support from the community and companies of the industry. Thank you everyone for the most meaningful support<3