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Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016)

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Blog series by FreddieMac updated 09-06-2017 05:53 PM 13 parts 18461 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: First weekend of work

06-19-2017 05:58 PM by FreddieMac | 5 comments »

In August of 2016 I received 4 feet of water in my home and woodshop. I have have been a woodworking hobbyist for a number of years. My shop started as just a 10 X 16 storage area and turned into my small woodshop. I built a number of things including my bed and new coffee table over the years. Then on the weekend of August 12, the deluge happened. My old shop had its sides swell and shifted on its footings. Because I had to rebuild my house, the poor woodshop went neglected and was turned ov...

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Part 2: Getting ready for the tropical depression

06-20-2017 02:19 PM by FreddieMac | 5 comments »

Looks like we got a bit of nasty wind and weather that will hit my area in the next couple of days. I wanted to get at least some on the roof to add some final stability to the new construction. I left the roof cap uncovered so that the wind would flow through hopefully not cause any damage. The sheeting should be up in short order with only three more needed to cover the entire roof, but that will probably be a weekend job given the rain over the next few days. Wanted to make sure the wi...

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Part 3: TS Cindy is passing through and creating a lake in my back yard

06-21-2017 02:33 PM by FreddieMac | 0 comments »

Well, unfortunately, I was unable to get the roof on before the rain hit us. TS Cindy is playing a bit of havoc on my build schedule with two rain delays already. So very little progress on the building itself. But, I did take the time to start planning out the inside of the building; which I have not focused on much. I took the time last night to work on some renderings of the new shop, moved some things around. I kinda layed out where everything will do. Here are some renderings. ...

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Part 4: Finally, thank you for the rain

06-26-2017 02:31 PM by FreddieMac | 0 comments »

So, this weekend was very productive thanks to, ironically, some rain. Friday night my wife and I finished putting up all the sheathing on the roof. It did not take very long because the math worked out where I was able to use 6 uncut sheets with a little some rafters to cut on the backend. Got a nice slope to from front to back which should allow all the water to drain off. I was in Lowes and saw these PVC boards and decided to use that on my fascia boards. I was surprised how nice it...

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Part 5: Roof, windows and house wrap

07-05-2017 01:43 PM by FreddieMac | 5 comments »

Decided to take a bit of time off from work this past week for some continued work on the house and woodshop. Over the past 10 months one of the things we wanted to do was replace the vinyl siding on the house after the flood. The chemicals in the water had some really nasty stains and discoloration on the siding. So I paused to finish that project before moving on to the woodshop. Once I got all the siding up, it was back to the woodshop. Over the holiday I was able to finish putting ...

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Part 6: Finished the exterior

07-17-2017 01:35 PM by FreddieMac | 3 comments »

I have finally finished the exterior with the help of the wife and dodging rainstorms for the past two weeks. We decided to put vinyl siding on the exterior to match the house. A look at the front once it was finised. My last shop had one small window and I did not get much natural light. I decided to put a big window over the area where my work bench and table saw would be. Essential equipment in Louisiana, the air conditioner window. I sealed my last shop pretty tight and did n...

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Part 7: Gonna dig myself a hole

08-02-2017 04:08 PM by FreddieMac | 0 comments »

This is the part of the job that was the worse because it would not stop raining. I was able to dig a trench and put down my conduit to connect a 30 amp circuit to my new workshop. The rain was forecast to hold off so I could complete this in a couple of days. It did not and my trench filled up. I tried pumping out the trench a couple of times, but everytime I did, it would rain again. I decided I would just deal with the water. Once I got the conduit in place, I sunk it with some bric...

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Part 8: Electrical wiring run and insulation

08-07-2017 02:03 PM by FreddieMac | 1 comment »

Another entry in the saga that is my woodshop recovery from the flood of 2016. I managed to get up all the insulation and electrical wiring this weekend. I have an electrician coming out Saturday to connect up the panel to the house. I cannot wait to get electricity back in my shed. I can go from working in the heat to working in the A/C. I mounted all my electrical boxes at 44”, a bit higher than normal, because I wanted all countertop outlets for my bench top tools. I am confident my ...

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Part 9: Electricity is done

08-14-2017 02:14 PM by FreddieMac | 5 comments »

Well a year later and the recovery continues. I get discouraged sometimes because things are taking a while, then I ride up the street and see how others are really far behind us. Sidenote, I should be able to start camping again in September because our projects will be finished. Literally all that is left is a shower floor, fix a sink, put up walls in the woodshop and touch up paint all around the house. This weekend was very productive, the panel was completed and powered up. I finally...

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Part 10: Insulation, AC, acoustic tiles, walls; oh my

08-21-2017 02:44 PM by FreddieMac | 2 comments »

Had another productive weekend in the woodshop. I managed to get the AC mounted into the window and provide some good cooling to start working on the interior. The 10K BTU AC does a pretty good job of fighting off the heat. My next task was to finish putting up all the insulation. I found the AC had enough power to keep the room at a comfortable 75 degrees. But, the heat coming through the roof was still palpable. You put your hand in the air and still feel that heat. So, I finished up...

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Part 11: Small victories, but I need more paint

08-28-2017 04:06 PM by FreddieMac | 2 comments »

Well, I spent another productive weekend. I was watching the reports about Harvey and worried it would come pay us a visit. That would be bad because I still had the salvaged contents of my workshop and working materials on my carport. So I took a 1/2 day off from work and started working hard on it Friday night. After painting Friday night, which I ran out of paint, twice. I finally decided to just put the walls up, paint what I could and would come back later and do the clean up. So late...

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Part 12: Hurricane Harvey, a tablesaw and a planer

08-31-2017 02:42 PM by FreddieMac | 3 comments »

Well, looks like we were going to be hit by Hurricane Harvey, so late Tuesday night school was canceled and I figured I would have a raining day in the workshop all to myself. When I started the reconstruction on my workshop, my wife got a number of sales on a list of equipment I needed to replace stuff from my old shop. That equipment has been sitting in my living room for a couple of months. The big ticket item was my new table saw. In my old shop, I did not have a table saw. All my project...

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Part 13: Workshop complete

09-06-2017 05:53 PM by FreddieMac | 3 comments »

Well it has been a long two months, but I can say that final tool, the jointer, has been unboxed and placed in its proper location within the shop. Along with my new jointer, I decided to build my primary workbench out of some scraps I had laying around the house. It is a simple design made out of 2X4s, MDF and Hardboard. I put it together in about 2.5 hours. It is the proper height to be an outfeed table for my tablesaw, but I decided that I wanted to build a work corner for my...

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