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I wasn't sure I was going to post this, but the 666 posts just seemed wrong so I figured I better do something about it. 

 

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(I have no control over posts that were added after I started typing and inadvertently tied things up with a 209mb video.)

 

Back in 2014, dad & I started building him a new shop. I haven't been able to get a car in my shop since we painted the '56 in 2012 because dad was filling up my shop with woodworking tools. 

 

The new shop is supposed to be a wood shop, but it has already seen a clutch swap, an engine swap, and some misc Buick work. Mostly because the woodworking equipment wasn't leaving my shop as fast as the auto work needed done. 

 

We haven't been able to use it much in the winter because it lacked a ceiling and we couldn't keep the heat in. Well, that problem is just about solved. This Saturday we blew the insulation in and finished the major Sheetrock work.  One of the tricks is that it has a room upstairs so there's a 12" gap between the floor and the ceiling, so we left 1/4 of the ceiling off until we could fill the gap.

 

I'm pretty stoked that I got my shop back, and dad's shop just got a lot more usable, too. Two heated shops is going to do wonders for project management around here.

 

Now, the forum software doesn't like my photos, but I'm not going to retype this so I suppose I'll just build some suspense. 

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Just finished the roof.  Tallest thing in the neighborhood.

 

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The middle daughter took this one of grandpa working on the trim.  She was a little short compared to the neighbor's fence.

 

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Dad thought the wall looked awful plain, so I designed this 'winged sawblade' and he cut it out of aluminum.  If you look close on the far left, you can see my shop (the grey one, not the blue 'She-Shack' that belongs to the neighbor between us).

 

 

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Here's the 3/4 done ceiling. We attached the blower hose to a long pole and blew it in from under the attic floor.

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I've got a video of the blowing process I'll try to link to in a bit. 

 

(how's this?  https://www.facebook.com/mmcmanamey/videos/10211241040721386/)

 

The only thing left at the ceiling is the sheetrocking around the skylight and some doors for the lift going to the attic. 

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Still a few spots on the walls to finish up too.  Obviously some of the equipment has been moved in already, but I've got a couple more things in my shop that have been waiting for the ceiling to get done due to the constant shuffling that's been required up to this point. 

 

Still fighting with photos, so I guess that's all for now. 

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39 minutes ago, alsancle said:

Nice.  28x24?

 

Good eye!  30x24 with 10' ceilings.  The room upstairs is 12x30.  We framed it for two 9' overhead doors, and a 5x5 bathroom.  No windows (for security), but we happened to pick up a skylight on clearance.

 

We would have gone wider, but we didn't want to move the sewer line or build over it - although we did have a new run put in at the same time.  Upgraded from Orangeburg to PVC, and kicked a line over to the shop for a working bathroom.

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Liz and Shop Rag hang out while Tux gets new seats and shoes. 

 

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Shop dogs relaxing on a pile of manifolds and Quadrajets...

 

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Shop Rag inspects an engine bay... (he found a refrigerant leak)

 

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34 minutes ago, alsancle said:

What is wrong with Kansas?

 

Oh, nothing, except I've seen what most of the rest of this country looks like.  Could be worse, but then it would be called Nebraska. :D

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Nice shop! Like the knee wall attic. What will that be used for? What type heat , AC? 

Really nice looking shop! 

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

Nice shop! Like the knee wall attic. What will that be used for? What type heat , AC? 

Really nice looking shop! 

 

We had considered climate control up there and a staircase, but for now it is just storage.

 

Heat is mostly a wood stove, but we use an electric space heater in the bathroom (all 4 walls are insulated) to keep the pipes from freezing when there isn't a fire going.  There's also doggie doors in the side of the shop and into the bathroom so the dogs can get in out of the cold when they so choose. 

 

No A/C yet, but I don't expect that to last long when it starts getting warm again.

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The three  things that make the difference between a workable garage and a storage unit are:

 

1.  Heat

2.  Upstairs (so all the junk can be out of the way)

3.  Bathroom.

 

You seem to have everything covered.  Although as someone who spent a lot of quality time working in a chicken coup heated by a bot belly stove in the dead of NE winters I would look into some auxiliary sort of method.  You have the advantage of the insulation, which in our case was rolled up newspapers and plastic sheets.

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Wood heat works pretty well around here.  I've considered building a solar heat system for my shop to help keep the chill off when I don't have a fire going, but I haven't pulled the trigger on that yet.

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