Mikes idea about cardboard is a good one. I have done electric installations
in new construction all concrete buildings in 5 degree weather. Stood on
cardboard and feet did ok. But had to stop sometimes due to the hands
getting very numb despite gloves. Warren
Kamik hunter boots, good to minus 40.
$0 bucks at Crappy tire, $60 for the steel toes & sole plate safety
ones. Trust me, that's what I use on my unheated shop floor and I live
in the Yukon
In answer to your question, getting better: I felt like shit since
last Janaury, had a heart attack in June & am slowly recuperating.
Haven't been in the shop for a long time. I've been lurking & finally
figured out how to get on Google Groups. Say Hi to Dave Balderstone
for me (and all the others who block google groups).
On Jan 4, 10:22 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Passed it along.
Shit, dude, that sucks. Glad to hear you're okay.
I hadn't heard anything for awhile and thought that'd you'd write when
you would get some llecktricity up there and maybe even intertubes.
Then I thought maybe somebody pushed you off on an ice-flo.... or
maybe malamutes got a hold of you..or...or..
Anyway, good to hear from you and that you're recovering. Make some
sawdust soon, eh?
You have a lot of nails laying about on your shop floor? Isn't that a
broom and a dust pan over in the corner...? ;)
The boots that Luigi finds workable for the Yukon just _might_ be a
bit of overkill for someone who is looking for more warmth (not
protection) than loafers.
I find that my legs get much more tired standing on concrete, and my
tired legs feel the cold much more. Both good footwear and anti-
fatigue mats will help. The anti-fatigue mats will also help
regardless of the temperature and footwear.
Actually, Glen did mention his duck boots, which are probaby almost as
warm but a PITA to lace up all the time. Note that I also wear those
boots in summer both in the shop and while gardening: I like the steel
toe. They are not excessively hot in the summer. You can get them
without the steel toe & save yourself $40.00 (but not necessarily
other kinds of pain).
I also wear them while sexually harassing and hopefully murdering
gentle innocent forest creatures.
I use "anti-fatigue" mats in front of the bench and lathe, or any other place I
spend a lot of time..
Keeps the cold off your feet and helps your back.. YMWV
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I use wool sox and clogs in an unheated garage. There are two aspects that
I think are important here - first, my clogs have thick, thick soles, so
there is a lot of insulation between my feet and the floor. Second, and
almost more important, my clogs are a loose fit, so there is no compression
of the foot at all. This means that the full insulating thickness of the
sox are available to insulate; the feet can breathe easily, and also kinda
move around in the socks, and circulation in the foot is unimpeded. I also
use Crocs clogs if there is no snow on the driveway between the house and
the garage. The ease of slipping on and off, the comfort, and the warmth
in relatively thin wool sox (Wigwam model 625 wool sport socks) are all
very positive points for me. Finally, I most always wear a hat (good wool
Have a Farm and Ranch store nearby or anyplace that sells horse stall
mats? For around $50 you can get a nice 3/4" thick rubber mat 4' x 6'
or 8' made from recycled tires that gives you a great mat to stand on
while working and will last a lifetime. You can easily cut this into
smaller sizes and place them near the tools or bench where you work.
In addition to the insulation value in the winter, your feet and legs
will thank you all year long. Less stress and fatigue.
Thanks for the ideas. I already have anti fatigue mats around my
workbench. I don't want to put more around because space it tight and
it is hard to move around the mobile equipment on the pads. When I am
working on the pads my feet do stay warmer, however, when I walk
around the shop my feet get cold. Once cold, they never seem to warm
up again. I think I will try the Scholls inserts.
Or go completely to meat powered tools... I'm always warmer in my shop while
using my hand planes and panel saws. ;~) I also wear medium weight wool
hiking socks inside Merrell insulated mocs. Easy on, easy off and the wool
socks insulate and keep my feet dry of perspiration.
Yup, maintaining core temperature works surprisingly well. The old wives'
nonsense of dressing more warmly and overing the head is worth a try. (I
think it was mentioned but instantly blown off without further comment.) I
wear an electric vest on the motorcycle, and the fingers and hands stay
toasty warm in summer weight gloves. Overhead halogens work really well to
warm the shop.
Especially when the natural covering is no longer doing its job. Not that
I'd know anything about that or anything.
/thinking about trying some of that fertilizer stuff for up there. Not for
vanity, but just because I'm tired of being cold when seated under an air
conditioner or when it's cold outside, or conversely having the sun beat
down when it's hot.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
So, get some lace-in zippers and fit 'em to your duck boots.
Quick-on, quick-off, and the duck boots won't track sawdust
beyond the little cubby next to the shop door where you
Zipper inserts for tall boots are available at shoe
stores near military bases...
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