auburnseeker

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

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12 hours ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

I turned the milking room into my brewery

My milking room is now the welding room with a 2,500 lb. table in the centre. Being an all metal room makes it spark friendly. I did put in a smog hog to clean the air when the doors are closed in the winter for the heat. Stalls are gone with one half storage and the other half for restoration and machine shop. I do work for myself only now as my cars used to sit. If someone is stuck though I do help them out.  

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15 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

 At least it reduces the wind chill some.  Though the draft on the bottom might need addressing at some point.   I can already see that R18 paying for itself.  It was 19 outside.  

 

I might suggest taking a few spare 6x6's and lay them on the inside against the door to block the wind (and drifting snow). You can always move them away when requiring access inside for equipment.

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I figured on that eventually.  I think my 6x's are buried under crap in the shed at the moment though.  I'll dig something up though. 

 

Wouldn't it be nice to have a Cement floor?

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I actually checked that gap today and it looks like a 4x4 will do it,  so I'll get a couple of 8 footers PT when I'm at the lumber yard next time.   Actually I might have some 4x stickers from the lumber I had dropped.  I'll have to check that out first.  Getting sick of buying lumber.  LOL

No work on the shop again other than a little cleaning and a magnet sweep of the area.  Boy good thing as they dropped about 6 or 8 bolts and atleast 4 of them were big self tapping metal screws as well as a nice pile of nails they use to hold the panels up when they stack them.  They also left behind their stapler.  I'll make sure they get it back when they come to fix the cracked window.  

I wonder if the building inspector will say anything when he comes for the final and sees a $1000 garage door opener in a building with no power?

I'll have to tell him well you never know,  but I'll let you know if I ever put power in. ;) 

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cement and carpet.  We are always doing remodels on hospitals and outside normal excess building materials like lumber and roofing I get interior items too.  Like carpet.  Rubber backed. Great to keep the moisture out.  Makes easier to heat in winter. Contact any demo company and you can get the same.

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On 1/27/2019 at 8:30 PM, auburnseeker said:

No work on the shop again other than a little cleaning and a magnet sweep of the area.  Boy good thing as they dropped about 6 or 8 bolts and atleast 4 of them were big self tapping metal screws as well as a nice pile of nails they use to hold the panels up when they stack them. 

 

When I had my barn built at our last place my son was around 8 and I hired him to pick up nails. If I remember right I paid him 2 cents for small and a nickel for large. He collected almost a coffee can full. Kept him busy for days. He turned 44 a couple of weeks ago. Didn't know about magnetic sweepers back then.

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1 hour ago, Jim Bollman said:

Didn't know about magnetic sweepers back then.

I had heard of them and when we bought our property from a roofer that had shall we say less than tidy employees (using this property to stage his business) I could see one was in order just by looking around on the ground a little.  I ended up picking up the better part of half a 5 gallon pail of nails and still have them surface occasionally after the rain washes away the dirt around them.  I have reworked alot of the driveways though and added a bunch of gravel,  so most that Might have gotten missed are now very buried.  Of course not before I got two in my tractor tires. 

They are pretty cheap as well. I think mine was around $50 shipped to the door.  Ground clearance is pretty low though so you can't nail sweep very well over cob rock or really rutted ground. 

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I haven't posted much progress because I've made very little.  Just when I get going something comes up and requires immediate attention.  We had two large snow storms within 2 weeks,  6 inches of rain which started as freezing rain being the day before was -15.  That iced everything over.   Got that cleaned up and got the second storm.  Temps were cold for about a week then it warmed up again just in time for another round of freezing rain and no place for any of the water to go.  Normally the warm up would be great to get work done,  except the freshly rebuilt monitor heater I bought to replace mine that died, crapped out.  so I spent two of those days messing with that,  but finally found a small fuel line that though fuel passed through it,  was partially blocked and would cause the very sensitive heater to not see enough fuel so it would shut down.  I reamed it out with a guitar string as it's so small and got a pile of crap out of it.  Now it works fine,  so lets cross our fingers that it is finally fixed.   I might have figured out what's wrong with the original as it was behaving very similar when it crapped out.   Must be the rebuilder isn't snaking that line out when he rebuilds them as both units were from him.  I got over 2 years out of the first but just 2 weeks out of the 2nd.  You wouldn't think it would plug as it has several filters ahead of that but I think it's carbon building up from the burner end in it. 

Anyways,  between that and having to replace the new block heater in my tractor with another new one,  (different brand)  because the first one was defective and improperly sealed so antifreeze would run out of the plug,  shorting it out, I think I am finally back to the slow building project. 

Lots of nailers to still install,  but I did buy this garage door hardware kit to finish off the carriage house style doors.  

Unfortunately as usual you get what you pay for.  Theses were the more expensive handles and hinges but they look much better than the cheap ones.  I bought them off ebay.  It's actually 3 kits. I just have a spare set of handles as I felt the door needed more hinges.

They look like real heavy iron but are actually moulded plastic with magnets so no drilling and you can reposition them if you don't like where they are.   

These 3 kits cost about 106.00 for all 3 with shipping.   They seem to stick well.

 

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Yup they are plastic.  They are really thick plastic though atleast.  For what they are they don't feel too cheesey.   I really didn't want to drill my door to add any others.  I think even the screw on ones are plastic now. 

 

I also bought 10 4 foot LED lights to start with to get some light inside for working.  That's a far cry from what I need,  but it's a start.   I hope the LED lights don't interfere with my AM radio like the conventional Flourescents do. 

At this rate I'm going to need to run another extension cord from the other garage.  ;) 

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With the terrible winter weather in the Northeast progress has been mighty slow.  Seems we are either plowing/ shoveling, chiseling ice/ sanding it,  or fixing heaters, which seems to leave little time to get anything done.   Then you have that pesky problem of fingers freezing if the day time high is not above 20 degrees.  Oh and not to mention still run my business which requires way to much time communicating with buyers and sellers. 

Anyways I did get my banding board and flashing on both of the eve sides.  Today I put all the top casings on the lower windows, which i hopefully will be able to put the drip caps I bent up on tomorrow.  It's snowing now so we will have to see how much we get.  

Of course now i have to deal with the eve dripping as well.  So on days where the south side is dripping but it's still below freezing I work on the North side.  Hopefully the south side will be thawed off soon so I can get back to siding that.  Now the yard starts to mud up as we have so much frost in the ground that I will have trouble getting the lift out to do the soffits.  This juggling act is getting tiring.  I still have some nailers to install inside,  but have to move one of the big lumber piles to do that so I have been working on sorting boards. 

3 of the boards , though not having any apparent cup, have to be replaced that I put up on the south side as they curled right off the building in the sun. Even splitting on the bottom.  

I went to the lumber yard with the wife's truck Yesterday to get 20 2x4's for nailers, drove straight in the yard and back out,  all on bare pavement and somehow ran over a staple complete with the tag on it, so I got home and of course had a leak when I pulled it out.  Took that off and put her spare on as of course she had to go to work in a few hours.  Geeze it just doesn't end. 

You can see we have plenty of snow.  Of course extra plowing so I can keep the sides of the building open to work on the siding. 

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Unfortunately with the cost of this thing,  I'll be lucky enough to have money to buy a single lift to use for fixing my cars.  

Hopefully some day I'll be able to look back and laugh at it all as I'm enjoying my garage full of toys.   It doesn't seem like it will happen at this rate.  Maybe time to buy a lotto ticket?

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On ‎2‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 5:45 PM, auburnseeker said:

Yup they are plastic.  They are really thick plastic though atleast.  For what they are they don't feel too cheesey.   I really didn't want to drill my door to add any others.  I think even the screw on ones are plastic now. 

 

I also bought 10 4 foot LED lights to start with to get some light inside for working.  That's a far cry from what I need,  but it's a start.   I hope the LED lights don't interfere with my AM radio like the conventional Flourescents do. 

At this rate I'm going to need to run another extension cord from the other garage.  ;) 

 

When you finally get a chance to really use them, you are going to love those LED lights. Have plenty of cold where I am and I usually keep my garage just above freezing only turning the heat up to comfortable when I work in the garage. Fluorescent lights don't like cold and I always had to wait a good 20 minutes after turning up the heat before I could flip the switch and get any kind of decent light from the fluorescents over my work bench. Last summer the ballast on the cheap chain hanging 4 footer over my grinder bench fried and I replaced it with an LED conversion which cost was less than replacing the ballast or cheap fixture and when  I got instant bright light this fall without any warm up time, I decided to replace all the incandescent lights in the garage with LED's.  

 

Being retired and having more time than money, I went to craigslist looking for free used fluorescent fixtures that I could convert and found these people not five miles from where I live. https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/grq/d/minneapolis-led-lights-pole-barn-shop/6830841118.html I got brand new LED's for less than the cost of converting free used fluorescent fixtures. The cost of shipping might put these up over the cost of local purchase, but the price is good enough that you might want to check while they still have light to sell.

 

 

 

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We've finally had some spring like weather , well for atleast a day or two.  

I have made some progress on the North facing siding, until today when the eves started running.  Fortunately the southern side is now bare so I jumped over there, tore off the cupped boards pretty much right back toe the corner and put up all new boards.  I screwed all of them in place incase I have to change any out and the screws hold better than even the good nails I have been using. 

I even managed to trim out a few of the lower windows.  

I still have to figure out a metal wrapped sill for the bottom of them. 

I'm over 1/2 way down the North side and almost a 1/3 of the way down the Southern side.  A good week and i could probably be just about to both corners. 

I have to wait until I can get the lift out to finish the soffits to put up the top banding board then the batten strips which I sorted and precut to a close rough length already.   The problem I have now is mud season so it's a matter of a cool night where the ground freezes and stays frozen the next day.  Looks like we might have that coming up with highs next week in the low to mid 30's. 

Due to inconsistency in widths and trying to make the batten strips end up landing right by windows,   I have been running each piece through the table saw to size them. 

I would have been half way around that windows today but a friend stopped then I cut the the board that edges  the window wrong.  I'm still trying to figure out how I managed that one.  

I can almost see a tiny bit of light at the end of the tunnel but still  a long ways to go,  when you are doing it all alone. 

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They won't be exact but they will be close.  I have to resaw every board to make them work,  but it gives me a chance to clean up the least straightest side.  They were all cut on a band saw mill so they are less than exact.  

I really didn't want to have one fall right on the edge of the trim.  That looks terrible.  

Hopefully I'll have some more good progress to report the end of the week.  Working on getting my taxes  together the next couple of days (yuck).  

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