auburnseeker

The toy box and the big shop, my New shop Build.

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You are welcome to stop by.  Just PM me ahead of time to make sure I will be around,  though I usually am.  At Hershey right now thankfully.   Lots of work to do when I get back to beat old man winter, so I better enjoy this time off.  

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Thank you! I had a prior engagement planned for the week of Hershey but that won't be an issue going forward...I plan to start attending next year, can't wait! Not sure when I will be able to get back to Lake George but I hope it will be soon.

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Halfway through Fall and Hershey behind us,  I have started finishing off the back side which was completely bare still.  

I had to get out the excavator and retrieve some big rocks to build the wall out then do a bunch of filling before I dared run the lift along the back wall.  It's still a bit tight and even though I ran the 10,000 lb excavator right along the edge of hte wall,  then tampoed it with the tamper, as well as waited for the 2 inches of rain to come through,  that 20,000 lb lift still leaves a pretty big dent.  

I think it's good to go though as I'm 2 feet away from the top of the wall in the tightest spot and the ground I'm running on is original fill from when we did the building.  The extra I added was for a cushion. 

I pre built the trusses for the roof return and go those finished as well as the banding board on today.  I also got all but the last section of facia board on,  which we stained this morning as my Friend wasn't able to drop them off until this morning.  I have a big pile of lumber inside but it 's all been rejected for one defect or another,  so I wanted fresh good material for those facia boards.   Doing it all alone is a real pain,  but I use the lift as a dead man and positioning the big heavy lumber isn't too bad with some gentle use of the controls which is a tad tricky as she has quite a bit of play when trying to be real precise.   Things as simple as striking a line become a big task.  I got the string all set, got to the other end,  pulled it tight and it unhooked.  Well a few choice words later and running the lift carefully back down to the other end as I hug the building,  I get it hooked up.  Pull it tight again ,  strike the line and due to a small bow in the wall it only strikes about 10 feet at a time.  Back down through and strike it in short segments,  then it's finally done. 

I should be able to finish that up tomorrow,  get the trim board on ,  hopefully the plywood down which is pre cut and if I'm super lucky,  maybe even the row of ice shield.  It's suppose to rain in the afternoon so it all depends on when that hits. 

The roof return and some other Misc.  materials ended up running another $2000.  Amazing how fast all these little trips to the lumber yard and hardware store add up. 

You can see the piles of shakes we are trying to dry in the one photo as the lumber yards supply must have gotten wet.  Nothing like doping extra work.  8 bundles had to be split apart and set out to dry.  

The wife has been staining away so I think there are only 3 left to go.  

I precut all the soffit material so that will go up quick when I get to that phase. 

I also bought a Porter cable narrow crown cordless stapler to put the shakes up.  Hopefully that will work well as dealing with the air hose getting caught almost every time I picked it up on the other side got old real fast.  

The nailer was brand new on ebay with 2 batteries for 170.00 shipped and that included the ebay warranty.  I wouldn't normally buy a warranty but for $10 it has full replacement for the first month even if i break it or drop it.  Even with the warranty it came in cheaper than the cheapest one I could find anywhere else and few had an extra OEM battery.  

All my green trim boards are stained and many are even pre screwed.  I'm trying to get the lift work done as fast as possible to beat winter which could come any day after the first of November.

There are days I wish I had just closed my eyes held my nose and bought a cheap metal building so it would be done,  but then when I step back and look at it,  think this was the right choice.  I just seems like the work on it will never end or the money needed to invest to get to the next phase.  Pay as you go and doing the work all on your own,  sure slows things down. 

I am sure the wife would have never said a metal building looks good,  but she has said more than once that things look nice on it. 

I'll keep trudging along and hopefully some day it will be done while I can still enjoy it.  (the garage when it's done,  not the work involved to get it there) 

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I so admire your patience, ambition , skill  and care you have with this enormous project. You are an inspiration to all who are reading this.

Walt

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Around here temporary supports and aids are called cripples and using them to build single handed is called crippling a building together. Time consuming for sure but nothing is more rewarding. 

Nice work.........bob

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Thanks for the kind words.  It is rewarding though a tad frustrating to make such slow progress.  I was fortunate enough the rain held off today until quitting time after 5:30 so I was able to get all the prestained facia and shadow boards on as well as start and run the soffit on each end up about 20 boards so it's out of the way of the roof  to continue once i get the roof on.  Plywood , ice and water shield as well as maybe even get a few shingles down.   I already precut all the plywood so it's just a matter of slapping it down.  The cordless Hitachi framing nailer works great for that.  No hoses to mess with.  I'll only have to run hoses out for the roofing nailer.  

When I get a little more progress I'll post some pictures.  

Raining hard right now so I hope it doesn't wash out those trenches that Bertha dug.

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I've made some progress this week with the nice weather we have been having.  Here is a photo earlier in the week and one today before a few more hours of work.  The wife and I got the shakes quite a ways up,  but unfortunately ran low and will have to prefinish a few more to finish up. 

Roof return is all done,  Facia, upper Soffit and trim boards.  

Unfortunately the Weather looks like it might turn to winter next week with highs in the upper 30's.  I was really hoping to get decent weather through atleast part of November.  This will be the 3 rd year in a row that Winter arrives a Month early. 

I could almost wrap the outside up in a week if the weather were to hold.  I have all the siding pre cut and even prescrewed stacked just inside the back door.   So glad I added the doors at each corner as well.  You can't imagine the number of times I have had to go in and out to get tools and material. 

There are about 9 bundles of Cedar Shakes on each end of the building.  I have to thank the wife for prefinishing them for me.  She doesn't help much in the garage,  other than brake pedal on brake jobs,  but she's not afraid to grab a paint brush or in this case on the big areas jump up on the lift with me and feed me shingles.  We did almost all these shingles in 2 days.  Those were partial days as well as I still have to run my business. The Left side is now finished almost all the way to the peak.  As I mentioned the last photo was before i went back up this afternoon as I finished just as dark was setting in.  It took longer as well as we were really running short on shakes and using scraps and rejects up.  I think when I quit,  I have about 15 shakes left and they are all about 4 inches wide. 

Tomorrow is suppose to be heavy rain so I'll have to take that off and work inside,  either adding nailers inside or cleaning out the other garage to get my new toy in.  (more to come on that later when it arrives, suppose to be here Friday) 

  Maybe Soffits on the roof return Friday (they are all pre cut and Finished) as we won't have the shakes done to finish up top.  Hopefully Monday or Sunday afternoon on those.  The time change will hinder things as well as it will be dark at 5PM.  Boy I really wished I lived some place where winter was a month or two long and not 6. 

 

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The open house will be some time in 2024 if I can scrounge up another 100G or better to finish things up.   It all adds up.  $30 for nails here, 50 for screws there.  Another $50 for a bundle of shingles.  $185 for another 5 gallon pail of Behr Stain.  That's this week.  It never ends.  I told the wife maybe this winter I can get a tad ahead as I will have bought all the stuff for the outside and winter will halt me from doing much more.  Of course I was thinking I could always start running wiring  just to get it roughly in place and install the outlet boxes with the wiring just run out of them.  I imagine I could eat up a couple thousand in rolls of wire. That won't include the service wire to bring power in. 

Of course I could jump back to the small garage and finish the ceiling off or atleast all the windows. 

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Randy, you have more ambition and talent than 99 percent of the people I know..........I’m 100 percent sure you shop will end up exactly the way you want it. The only factor is time..........you will get there. I for one enjoy watching the progress. Best of luck, and congratulations on your new toy..............Best, Ed

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Agree with ED.  Each time I sign in I check to see if you have made progress on your building.  Thanks for sharing with us.

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It seems looking back that when ever I post a couple weeks worth of work,  it doesn't look like I have gotten much done when compared to other's builds.  Maybe it's size and or materials. One of the reasons I don't post alot as it just doesn't look worthy of posting the progress until it really shows.   I try to do pretty nice work as well,  so even up high,  the soffit work is probably as good as alot of work people have done in their houses.   No reason to cut corners and do so/so work if you have the choice to do it right. Of course as anyone knows that's done it,  that usually takes longer and often costs more.

 I got a nice compliment from my friend that built his shop (well with his crew of guys)  and does really nice work.  He said it really looked nice and the choice of the garage door and soffits really set it off nice. He knows though after years of building stuff what it takes to make everything come out nice. 

Yes it's still not what I would have loved to build,  but that would have been no where in the budget.  Something like a real Carriage house would have been awesome, with an upstairs and dormers.  Nice stonework and more style.  Compromise had to be made somewhere, between being practical, affordable (we've blown past that) , and what I would really like to have. 

For what it is I do like the way things are turning out. 

Next year with some landscaping it should really start looking nice.  When I get to the electrical phase I'll also have some nice Decorative lights out front. Might even eventually do a couple of small roofs over the door ways or the original plan was to put a small covered porch over the one door way that wraps around the corner closest to the old shop.  Stuff could be added later to enhance things a bit.  Right now goal is to get that CO. 

 

Of course I have a new distraction coming, but I have to stay focused on the garage and the weather is about to turn so I probably won't get to use it this year anyways. 

 

Many thanks to Ed for hooking me up with Andy who helped make the deal on the new toy work out. 

 

Now to get out to the garage and get it cleaned out so I have some space for it when it arrives tomorrow. 

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Randy.....don’t thank me too much till the DV-32 shows up and you take it for the first test drive!  🤫

 

Its fun making new contacts in the hobby that eventually evolve into friendships through this web page. My next ambition it to stop by the new shop and take a photo of it with a car while we are on tour in the area. It may take months or even a year or two, but I think it would be fun to give Randy and his wife a ride in an over the top car............👍

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I'll let you know how that first test drive goes.  Hopefully it's not too temper mental,  but then again I know just the tech to walk me through the problems. ;) 

 

I better get to work on the shop so it's atleast presentable when you show up.  I Probably won't have time to get the Italian marble down but we'll try our best. 

Looking forward to that ride if you ever get up this way.  

 

Back to work.  Like my wife says,  living the dream ;) I just didn't think it would involve quite as much work and $$. 

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Update on the shop build.  

The weather is about to turn completely south with snow and highs in the mid 30's forecast.  I have been working until after dark a few nights and was able to get all the upper Soffit done, trim boards and shakes,  which we used every scrap one we rejected and the fat part of the cuts but managed to just finish it.  I even managed to finish the lower soffit yesterday and got the band boards up along the bottom. 

I still have some nailers to install inside for the siding but I'll then be ready to side,  which is all prefinished and even pre screwed. 

I figure if I start from each end and carry them to the center I can fudge that easier than one end or the other.  About 61 or 62 pieces of siding and that end will be sided.  Hopefully it warms back up next week to put the upper band board up once I get the siding on. 

I don't think I'm doing too bad as I have resisted the temptation to just go in and work on the New toy in the heated garage.,  rather than freeze or get soaked.   I figure there will be plenty of days this winter.  It will be really nice to finally get the siding done though,  so the shell is finished and get my CO. 

I didn't put any windows in this side as I have a couple of ideas for this wall and wanted it solid.  I even thought of doing a faux street scape so I could put some signs up in their original setting. 

Nothing else there will be plenty of room for my 40 foot neon sign. 

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You've got to be proud when you look at your first posts of the project and now.

A first class build. You are correct about projects taking more time and money.......every time.

 

Keep posting updates.

 

Thanks

 

Bill

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Don't let the new toy distract you.  You're so close to being done with that big monster.  Pull up them boot straps and knock that last little section out.  The new toy will wait for you. I have to applaud you on taking on a project that size.

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I'm questioning my own sanity for taking on such a big project as well.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a little more done inside tomorrow as far as nailers,  so I can jump back outside on Friday 35 or Saturday which is suppose to be 42.  One day of upper 40's would be nice with the lift to get the band board on and get it put away for the winter.  We'll keep our fingers crossed. If I had 5 nice days I would be a happy man,  but I'm not seeing that. Lets wish for a little dry and a slight warm up.  Still chilled to the bone from the cool breeze that was blowing in the shade today. 

As always thanks for the kind words. 

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Randy....don’t look at the weather forecast for the next seven days.

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I've seen it and it doesn't look good.  I'm crossing my fingers.  I can deal with some cold,  as much as I don't like it.  It's the snow I hate because with those temperatures it's here to stay and fight with along with the ice.  You did good moving to a warm climate.  Why any of us wants to live in the Northeast,  I'm not sure. 

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Why any of us wants to live in the Northeast,  I'm not sure.

 

 

because half of the folks that retire down in FL move out two years later..............

 

FL isnt for everyone. Personally Ild rather rent for Jan and Feb down there and stay in my beloved NJ.

 

lol

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Well you do have a much shorter winter down in NJ.  As I mentioned,  we are about to get our first snow and it will probably be here until April.  Really cuts the driving and even outside work season down. 4 Years ago we didn't have any snow until after Christmas.  It's not the first year,  but the last 3 have been snow in very late October or early November and that's it.  To make things worse,  spring has been starting later each of those years with snow in the forecast until the end of April and temperatures tracking 10 degrees below normal. for spring and late fall.

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3 hours ago, mercer09 said:

Why any of us wants to live in the Northeast,  I'm not sure.

 

 

because half of the folks that retire down in FL move out two years later..............

 

FL isnt for everyone. Personally Ild rather rent for Jan and Feb down there and stay in my beloved NJ.

 

lol

 

This is not a bad plan.  My parents have basically done that for years,  go down to Southern Florida for 6/7 weeks in January Feburary to just get through the worst of it.

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9 minutes ago, auburnseeker said:

Well you do have a much shorter winter down in NJ.  As I mentioned,  we are about to get our first snow and it will probably be here until April.  Really cuts the driving and even outside work season down. 4 Years ago we didn't have any snow until after Christmas.  It's not the first year,  but the last 3 have been snow in very late October or early November and that's it.  To make things worse,  spring has been starting later each of those years with snow in the forecast until the end of April and temperatures tracking 10 degrees below normal. for spring and late fall.

 

Fall in the North East is awesome.  Spring used to be almost the same thing.  Now we go directly from Winter into Summer.

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