New Shop Build #3: A solid foundation

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Blog entry by Bikerdan posted 04-26-2018 09:26 PM 1094 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally! After days of planning, waiting, questions, weather issues, more planning, and more waiting, it’s finally done! I have a foundation to build on! As you can probably tell, I’m really excited.

There were a couple of changes I was able to squeeze in to the plan before the pour. I added a Ufer ground and ran conduit to an electrical cement floor box so I’ll have power ran to the middle of the room. I mostly plan on using that for my table saw and for running power to a set of outlets mounted on my out-feed table / assembly table.

Then, the weather finally got to a point where it was consistent enough for the pour to happen. We had to bring in a couple of trucks worth of cement and a pump truck to get the cement to the pad without tearing down fence or driving super heavy trucks on my driveway.

The first problem with the pour was that the trucks were both late so we didn’t get started until about an hour after scheduled. The second truck was even later than the first one. That was a pain because the cement was setting up quickly and we still had to get j-bolts in and things smoothed out. That gets tougher when the cement is getting thicker and thicker.

After the cement was finally all dumped and smoothed, the j-bolts were put in, and much of the smoothing had taken place, the upper inside forms were able to be removed. This allowed us to smooth the inside and make it all nice and pretty. Many hours later and into the early night we were finally done and cleaning up.

And here it is almost cured enough to start building on!

Idn’t she purdy! Woohoo!

One issue I have though is that the outer form for the back wall curb bowed a little. No one noticed until after the j-bolts were put in. Doh! That means I need to set the base plate for the wall back far enough that the corners hang over a little while the center of the cement wall protrudes a little. That sucks… :/ I think I can make it work though. My biggest worry there is that the bolts are following the outer edge (1 3/4 inches away mostly) which means they won’t all be in the middle of the base plate. I may end up having to saw some of them off and epoxy some replacements into the wall in the correct spots. Oh well… Not much I can do about that now.

Here is a graphic to help describe the problem I just outlined. It’s a bit exaggerated, but you get the idea:

So now I’m about to place my first order for materials. I am going through one of the big box hardware stores. They were quick with a quote for materials that they put together for me based on my plans. It’s pretty good but they assumed a lot. They picked incorrect colors for windows, soffit, facia, and drip edge. They chose the wrong shingles. They forgot the wood for the garage door header also. There are a few more little things they didn’t include.

Someone in a comment to a post on this forum mentioned a hardware retailer that has a tool online that was really helpful. It walked through a wizard like set of forms asking questions about size, openings, materials and so forth. In the end it pops out a plan with material list. That list was much more detailed than the first one I got. Using them both together I think I have a pretty good list of materials for my first order.

Here is the thread with the reference to the online tool:
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Thanks for keeping up on this blog! I hope you find the information helpful. If you have any suggestions for the project along the way, feel free to speak up. I love hearing your thoughts. Also, if you’d like to hear more detail about anything specific, let me know.

Happy building!

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#1 posted 04-27-2018 12:34 AM

That is very cool…..I would be so excited that I couldn’t sleep. congratulations on getting this far…

Yes, she sure is “purdy”

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 04-27-2018 03:28 AM

Thank you! It seems like this is about the only thing on my mind these days. :D.

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#3 posted 04-27-2018 08:11 PM

Materials ordered. They’re supposed to be here on Tuesday. More waiting…

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