Let­ter of the MONTH

The Shed - - Letters -

Dear Greg,

Re­cently, my grand­fa­ther passed away. He was an avid reader of Pop­u­lar Me­chan­ics in the 1950s and ’60s.

When I was in­tro­duced to your mag­a­zine 15 years ago when I was a teenager, I was passed down well­read copies of The Shed by my pops. I must say they were pretty tatty by the time they got to me. He used to say [that] it’s good learn­ing for you and the knowl­edge you will pick up will take you through life. Pops used to say it [that] will chal­lenge you but also in­spire your think­ing.

Over the years of read­ing The Shed I’ve been amazed by the di­ver­sity of con­tent that shows the cre­ativ­ity that lies in New Zealand. I’ve shown friends from over­seas who can’t be­lieve [that] we have so many skills for such a small pop­u­la­tion.

I re­ally like read­ing your My Shed ar­ti­cles with my daugh­ter, es­pe­cially the un­usual car col­lec­tions, and would en­cour­age any­one who’s got a ve­hi­cle in their shed to have a go restor­ing it. Keep up the good work.

Yours sin­cerely,

Jack Mc­Cormick

(via email)

Thanks for your email, Jack. It is just great for us to hear how long The Shed has been a part of your fam­ily’s life and we con­tinue to de­liver. Much ap­pre­ci­ated, thank you. The Shed team

Dear Sir,

I am a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed in your re­cent ar­ti­cle on Licht­en­berg wood burn­ers [Is­sue No. 80].

Along with the ma­jor­ity of your read­ers, I had no idea of the process and had to read to the end of the ar­ti­cle to get a sketchy out­line of the way it works.

Also, in the ar­ti­cle and in the fol­lowup Dead Man’s Switch [panel], there are ref­er­ences to pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive wires — no, no, it is phase and neu­tral!! Ken Buck­ley

(via email)

Thanks for your email, Ken, sorry to hear of your dis­ap­point­ment with that ar­ti­cle. Many of our team of writ­ers are shed­dies just like our read­ers and of­ten the ar­ti­cles they write are them learn­ing and dis­cov­er­ing shed tasks as they go. We hope read­ers got enough in­spi­ra­tion and good ad­vice to give this process a go for them­selves. Ed.

You’re quite cor­rect … this slipped past the proof­read­ers who have been booked into Spec­savers. The terms ‘ac­tive’ and ‘live’ are also per­mis­si­ble, and when marked on a con­nec­tor are of­ten sim­ply P and N. The ar­ti­cle pre­sented some con­cerns over safety and the fo­cus was more on en­sur­ing that it was safe to build and use. We’re grate­ful that our read­ers are dili­gent and, more im­por­tant, safe. Mark Beck­ett, The Shed elec­tron­ics spe­cial­ist

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