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Blog entry by Eric posted 06-05-2020 02:45 AM 416 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally broke ground on a long awaited time for a new shop. The design has been reworked a few times during the past year.

Overall the build is 16’ x 32’ with a gambrel roof to have a loft at each end, and a small porch at one end. One loft is going to be set up to hold a future dust collector and the air compressor, so I can run a hard air line to a few spots, and sound prof the equipment.

I have the schedule written out, which will put the finished shell being done in 3 months, to include the electrical system, and exterior finishes.

Week 1 – layout for building and footers completed. In the process of digging footers, only a few more to go.

Week 2 – build pier forms and install re-bar, obtain footer inspection and pour.

As I continue the project, I will try to keep this blog updated, and try to post some photos.

All of this is while I work full time during the week, so I have my evenings and weekends.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina



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#1 posted 06-05-2020 04:19 AM

Ah A new shop. Hope you have all your plans well thought out Several things I should have done different when I built my shop. Looking forward to your progress through posts

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#2 posted 06-05-2020 06:22 AM

Eric,

This is exciting! Looking forward to pictures of your progress.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 06-05-2020 10:15 AM

The original design phase was during the winter of 2018, and was modified a few times since. During the design I tried to think of everything and the use of the building down to the tool layout and benches, I even have the plans for tool station benches.
Electrical – 200 amp, 30 slot panel, broke down the circuits to dedicate a couple of the power tools, and multiple circuits for the outlets. I will have a floor outlet for the table saw (with an option of converting it to 220) and one for the main work bench.
Down the road – dust collection, air compressor, main runs and drops figured out. Both of which will be up in the loft wired to a switched outlet. This will also help with reducing the sound level. Switched outlets in the ceiling to handel the air filters. Plenty of lighting using LED’s along with natural lighting from the windows. I even planned the HVAC, a 1 ton split mini should do the trick.
My main concern this year is the shell and exterior finishes, vinyl siding to match the house, and also have the electrical system in place, with a separate meter. Thanks for showing the interest.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#4 posted 06-05-2020 12:05 PM

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#5 posted 06-08-2020 12:32 AM

9 days into the shop build, mainly weekends along with a few hours each evening during the week. Footers kick my butt, but today set all of the forms for footers and piers (15), plan on a single pour. Evenings this week will consist of tieing the rebar, to have my inspection towards the end of the week. Then pour on Saturday if all goes well.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#6 posted 06-08-2020 12:45 AM

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#7 posted 06-08-2020 02:50 AM

Eric,

It looks like you’re making good progress. Your site has some slope to it. Are you bringing in fill to level under the floor once the footings are in or will it be open?

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 06-08-2020 09:56 AM

The lot is all slope, I moved the footprint around a bit to get the best spot, with access to the road. I have a 32” drop across the dianagol. Reason for the large footers, the plan is to grade out what has been dug out, cover with landscape fabric, then spread gravel. So leaving it all open, with lattice for air flow (and keep larger critters out). It will make a nice place to store the ladders too. Down the road I may insulate.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#9 posted 06-14-2020 09:17 PM

Finished tieing all the rebar, set blocks for anchor bolts, bragged up the forms to prevent any blow outs. All set for the footer inspection tomorrow. After that I can pour if the weather holds out. Even took some time to organize some of the lumber piles, stacked as it will be needed. Still on schedule for the build.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#10 posted 06-16-2020 01:02 AM

Yeah, footer inspection passed. Finishing touches on the forms this evening, drilled and set anchor bolts, checked level and plumb. All set to start pouring.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#11 posted 06-16-2020 01:57 AM

Eric,

You’re making good progress. Keep up the good work.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 06-17-2020 01:01 AM

Thanks. It may not be fast at the moment, but steady. Besides get this right and the rest will go smoothly. The next challenging task will be setting the sill beams, level and square. The forms were all within 1/8” on the level and 1/4” off on the square according to the dianagol. Not bad for an old school guy, if I may say myself.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#13 posted 06-21-2020 01:48 AM

Getting those footers and columns poured and anchor bolts set, 3 more to go. Ran out of cement, so a trip to the Lowe’s in the morning. But coming along nicely, then I get to do the dirt work and spread the pea gravel.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#14 posted 06-21-2020 10:54 PM

Footer and columns finished up today, good weekend. Next step is to level out the clay dirt piles, vapor barrier and pea gravel. Then I can actually get to building.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#15 posted 06-22-2020 03:37 AM

It’s looking good Eric!

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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