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Blog series by BMichs75 updated 12-30-2015 11:41 PM 9 parts 16574 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: Phase 1 - clearing lot

04-13-2015 12:44 AM by BMichs75 | 1 comment »

LJ’s,So I have been planning this shop/garage build since my wife and I purchased our first house last summer. I have been out of woodworking since then and, as my wife would attest, I have been really cranky not being able to make sawdust. The long winter here in Ohio has really taken its toll on me but has given me time to research a lot for the upcoming build. I have a background in residential construction when I was in high school (10 yrs ago) and have kept in touch with my old bos...

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Part 2: Phase 2: Excavating lot and footer prep

04-29-2015 09:31 PM by BMichs75 | 3 comments »

So the last week has been full of work. Tree trunks and roots have been dug out and the site was leveled. The footers for the wood shop/garage were excavated over the weekend. Pea gravel was added to the bottom of the footers and grade was measured. Rebar grade stakes were places and two rows of 1/2’’ rebar was secured to the perimeter. Tomorrow footers will be poured. All work thus far has been completed by myself. Block wall and concrete pad to completed over next two weeks.

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Part 3: Phase 3: block wall

05-10-2015 02:09 AM by BMichs75 | 4 comments »

So I have been busy the last week. Concrete blocks and supplies delivered and blocks laid. Anchor bolts were installed by myself as I wanted them poured down to the footers for excellent strength. Foundation waterproofing rolled on a few days back. Started tile gravel backfill today in 87 degree weather with a shovel and wheel barrow (11 of the 20 tons). Need another 70 tons of backfill in the center and around the exterior. Concrete pad to be poured in 6 days and I still have all the backfil...

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Part 4: Phase 4: Concrete Pad

05-16-2015 02:56 AM by BMichs75 | 5 comments »

After many long nights this week and a 16 hour work day yesterday, I still was not fully ready for concrete today. I needed a little more backfill than previously thought (about 140 tons total) and struggled to get it all in and packed down. Plumbed in two floor drains and two water lines with a slop sink drain, vapor barrier down, mesh rebar and 1/2 rebar every 6foot making a grid (all last night at 10:30 pm). This morning at 6am I tied all the rebar together and started to form the driveway...

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Part 5: It is time.....FINALLY!

08-20-2015 12:44 PM by BMichs75 | 2 comments »

This unusual summer has taken a toll on me both mentally and physically… I guess you could even throw in emotionally as well. My garage project has taken a back seat to some unfortunate timings and delays both with weather and scheduling conflicts. I have been able to knock a few small items off the checklist, but have not started any of the fun stuff. I dug a dry well for my downspouts and drains, plumbed drainage system, shoveled and wheeled 12 tons of stone to the dry well and founda...

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Part 6: It feels so good to make sawdust again. Building going up

08-25-2015 01:54 AM by BMichs75 | 1 comment »

After a long weekend of good labor in the sun, things are starting to come together. The walls are being built and sheeted (window and door openings are under the ply). I underestimated the time involved to build the walls, but I was doing everything myself. Walls consist of 2×6 studs set on 16in centers. Two windows are 3’wx5’h single hung and four picture windows 6’wx2’h and two 36” exterior entry doors. I strayed from the original plans a little by swappi...

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Part 7: Walls and Windows and a roof... Oh my!

09-16-2015 01:17 AM by BMichs75 | 2 comments »

The last weekend in August I finally got around to erecting the woodshop/garage structure. It took 7 guys and a Gradall 13 hours to erect the building and finish the roof substructure. We lifted the small walls off the 50 footers and set the long walls in place first, followed by the smaller walls. I will say my cheeks were clenched pretty tight when the first 50 foot wall was lifted and spun 180degrees before being set. It’s really amazing to see all the work and how fast things come t...

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Part 8: Siding, electric rough-in, and more

11-01-2015 11:13 PM by BMichs75 | 3 comments »

There has been a lot going on here in northeast Ohio the last couple months. Aside from the weather getting colder and now daylight less abundant, I am hustling to get inside before it really gets too cold. In a rush to get things done, I took on two big projects, electric and siding. I spent many hours researching how to install soffit and siding as I have never tried hanging it before, but it didn’t look to difficult. I sent a sketch of my building to a local siding supply company and...

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Part 9: My last update

12-30-2015 11:41 PM by BMichs75 | 2 comments »

With a heavy heart and very depressed attitude, this will be my last update on my garage/shop project. The garage is technically finished, but far from what I envisioned it looking like. This is because my wife and I will be soon moving away and selling our house and new garage. I have accepted another job with a brighter future that is closer to where we both grew up. I will be joining a new veterinary practice with ownership potential in the next 2-3 years in a large practice. I knew my fut...

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