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  3. Many years ago an old electrician demonstrated a neat way to install a ground rod--- in non rocky soil----start by installing the rod about a foot -than withdraw the rod- pour in some water-and by hand start pumping the rod up and down-and the rod will easily go down-many times to the full depth. Really it works and am still of good mental capability.
  4. Humidity down to 91%. Mid 70s and more rain. Weatherman says we are experiencing Seattle weather.
  5. Steph, I think you're doing this backwards. First you keep mixing the terms "carpentry", "cabinets", "small crafts". Those are objectives that don't really fit with each other, and while there are some things in common, each of those has really different tooling. I suggest you pick a project, something simple that you want to make, and more especially something that comes with instructions on how to make it. There are lots of videos on YT about projects and how to do them (step by step, including showing tools and how to use them). I'm specially fond of Steve Ramsey's series. Once you have a "something", buy the minimum tools to do it. Buy used stuff, or really cheap stuff (Harbor Freight, Ryobi, Amazon are all good resources). But make the Something. The worse you do, the faster you will get to this point (really critical point): does doing this make me happy? The faster you get to the "flunk test", the more time and money you'll save. If you liked the process, no matter how crappy the Something looks, you're hooked, which can be a good thing. Pick another Something, same process, but make this rule: every project can buy one tool, but only one tool. I think you'll test yourself best by making a series of the same thing for friends and relatives; Something in 5 or 6 copies so you get halfway good at that one thing. It's another test: how do you like the process thus far? (That's a question you ask yourself continuously for the first couple decades.) After several years of really cheap tools you will find a day that you realize a) you like this woodworking thing, and b) this tool in front of you just will never do what you need it to do. At that point, start upgrading your tools. Subscribe to one or two woodworking magazines, get a feel for the industry. The ads are almost as useful as the articles. Don't buy a "presentation jacket". After the first year, write down a plan for the next year, what you want to do, maybe projects you want to tackle, tools you might buy. Figure out how to pay for it. If you have commercial tendencies (you think you can make money in this thing), be aware that most failures come from too much ambition, too much initial expense (where do you think Craig's List gets all those used tools? Eh?!). And don't take advice from enthusiasts. Look for pessimists. Only halfway listen to them.
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