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Old October 24, 2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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I'm not looking forward to this...

I have to disassemble my reloading bench.

My water heater is on the way out, and the reloading bench (not a big one, but big enough) is in the way.

Oh well, good reason to sort through everything and give it a thorough cleaning.
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:24 PM   #2
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If you had put it together with quality screws, you could take it out and then put it right back in....
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:25 PM   #3
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:26 PM   #4
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I did use screws.

It's just the thought of cleaning everything off of it, moving everything, and then getting everything back on it that's annoying.

Plus we're talking a pretty tight space. Not a lot of places to move it once I do get it out.
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:26 PM   #5
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When I made mine out of wood, I used lag bolts, now I use Gorilla Racks from Sam's (or Costco) - they go together and break down with a rubber mallet in seconds
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:29 PM   #6
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One of my future plans is to move a couple of walls in my basement. Once I do that, it will open up a lot of space in the back room, and then I can go for something like a gorilla rack.
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:31 PM   #7
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I hate doing stuff like that. Taking it down just to put it all back seems like a total waste of time and effort on both sides. Sometimes, it's just got to be done. A good cleaning and reorganizing might at least make it feel semi-worthwhile.
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:45 PM   #8
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Use this time to clean everything up and maybe analyze your space to better utilize it. Lemonade out of lemons...
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Old October 24, 2011, 03:03 PM   #9
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OK Mr doesn't get out much here so I have to ask, what the hell is a gorilla rack?
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Old October 24, 2011, 03:12 PM   #10
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Take pictures before you disassemble it.

Don't laugh,,,
It's worth your time.

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Old October 24, 2011, 03:46 PM   #11
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Maybe you will find some stuff you forgot you had.
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Old October 24, 2011, 04:01 PM   #12
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Maybe I can make you feel better:

When I mentioned to my wife that our water heater is old enough that we should replace it before it fails, she decided that it provided an opportunity to remodel the adjacent utility room, involving moving a lot of plumbing, the gas line, and various vents. And while we're doing that, we might as well move this door over to here, and ...
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Old October 24, 2011, 04:26 PM   #13
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Sounds like my wife. "You know? Since we bought new dishes, I think it's a good time to remodel the kitchen."

Where does that come from?
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Old October 24, 2011, 05:20 PM   #14
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Maybe you'll find that one pound jar of powder you bought back when it was $12!
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Old October 24, 2011, 05:32 PM   #15
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Get smart! Put it on wheels. I’ve dropped so much crap that rolled under mine I decided to build it so it could be moved. Cast iron wheels and built of 2X6’s. Heavy as hell, it don’t move without some effort. Still better than unloading it or having to crawl around trying to find something you dropped. And, everything is stored n one place, in it. Plus in a pinch you can pull it out and have 3 more sides to load up with junk.
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Old October 24, 2011, 05:33 PM   #16
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Don't forget to drain the water heater before you carry it up the stairs. I knew a guy that lugged a full water heater out of the basement....once.
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Old October 24, 2011, 06:21 PM   #17
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Mike, ask yourself one simple question: Do I really need hot water?

How would Al Gore answer that one?
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Old October 24, 2011, 07:54 PM   #18
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Space in this room is so tight that there's no way to put anything on wheels.

I have the back of the bench anchored to a ledger on the wall studs and the front of it supported on 2x4 legs.
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Old October 24, 2011, 08:17 PM   #19
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post a pic

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Old October 24, 2011, 08:26 PM   #20
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Sounds like a little "man cave" that you talked momma into calling your own
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Old October 24, 2011, 08:53 PM   #21
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Oh I can sympathize with you mike, had to do the same thing last spring. Bench is in the back room with the furnace and water heater. Started dripping one day (sure glad I caught it before it let loose). No fun working around the bench. Even worse was buying another unit to fit the space. Had to spend an extra $100 so my bench wouldn't be affected by it. I spent extra too to get the longest life unit I could (so I wont have to do it again for 20 years!
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Old October 24, 2011, 09:38 PM   #22
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i know that feeling, but i have lived in appartments and rent houses forever and i have a reloading bench that folds up after i dismantle my press and unbolt it and on the other hand i always end up with those cheap boxed-up computer desks so my setup is relatively portable.
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Old October 24, 2011, 09:45 PM   #23
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That is another thing I'll have to consider as I read about reloading. I rent and will have to move the bench. The bench will have to be sturdy, but something I can move without putting myself in the hospital.
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Old October 24, 2011, 10:09 PM   #24
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I now feel spoiled having a small bedroom just for my guns and reloading equipment. It is also nice that I own the house because I screwed the bench to the floor and wall.
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Old October 24, 2011, 10:28 PM   #25
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Consider a redesign of the bench, before you get dirty. It's a great time to modify.



...The situation reminds me of a friend from Maryland, though. He spent nearly 20 years building an N-Scale railroad empire. Then, one fateful day... the water heater stopped heating. Since he had engulfed the water heater in his empire, and had not used construction methods that allowed easy disassembly... he had to destroy the heart of his baby, and start over. But, he made some improvements with the new design.
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