Workshop construction from dream to reality. #7: A bit stalled but chipping away

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Blog entry by DalyArcher posted 04-20-2018 11:27 PM 1160 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I certainly put this on the backburner didn’t I?

Well, following the sheathing of the roof of course I very quickly managed to throw the shingles in place. The local Canadian Tire had a coil roofing nailer on sale for around a hundred bucks and I fugured I could loose on that even if I only used it once.

I dug the electrical supply trench with “help” from my little buddy.

I installed doors and a window and had the shop rough wired through the close of summer. I had rather optimistic hopes of having the shop drywalled through the winter of 2016. Alas, this just did not happen.

That Christmas was the year my sond contracted some form of meningitis and nearly died. I wont relive it here again, but suffice to say, I drove him to the hospital far faster than one should at 7 am on Christmas morning with him strapped butt naked in his car seat. Waitign for the ambulance proved too hard a thing to do. A week in the hospital while waiting on test results on top of the fact my wife was 6 months pregnant made for a stressful time.

Fast forward to March 2017 and on the 29th, almost 2 weeks late, my darling princess, Amelie Marion Daly decided to finally bless us with her presence. Kids aren’t terribly exspensive right off the bat, but loosing the income from my wife staying home hit the shop budget pretty hard, hehe.

Anyway, through 2017 I chipped away as I could. put trim up twice – wife didn’t want the rough look, planed the cedar to smooth it, but forgot to account for the rainscreen and ended up 1/8” to thin when installing the hardi-plank. oh well, lesson learned, back to the mill and now I have a supply of 1×4 smooth cedar for my boy and i to build some birdhouses.

I managed to squirel away a grand or so and got the insulation for the shop over the winter. had my vapor barrier inspection last week, learned I really hate acoustical sealant – disgusting mess that stuff creates and just last week drywalled my ceiling.

A friend from church loaned me his homemade lift which made things pretty easy, even hanging the sheets myself. I decided to build some backer boards and land the butt joints between the trusses rather than dead on them. Not sure how I like this method, we’ll see the benefit when I mud and tape this weekend.

Wife is back to work now so hopefully by mid summer the electrician can come back to finish and the shop will be up and running in time to make some Christmas projects.

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53 posts in 1281 days

#1 posted 04-21-2018 07:15 PM

Life sure has a way of getting in the way and stretching out projects doesn’t it? Good luck with your revised plans,

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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#2 posted 04-22-2018 01:38 AM

Progress is progress, you are moving along and Christmas will be just awesome

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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