New Shop building! #2: It's Here! It's HERE! (heads up. LOTS of pic's to load)

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 05-11-2014 12:42 PM 3394 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Yee Haw! I'm so excited! Part 2 of New Shop building! series Part 3: Little bit o' progress... Stairway to Heaven (lots of pic's again) »

Well, the original estimate on delivery was “End of next week or maybe the week after”. Then on Thursday (5 days) my wife called me at work and said ”The guy just called and said your new shop is on it’s way here. He’s hooking up to it now and they should be here in a few hours.” YAHOO! I’m as excited as a kid in a candy store!

So I get home from work and several hours later the mover calls and tells me he’s in the next town (12 miles away). I tell him to head my way and I’ll meet him on the outskirt of town where they can pull off the side of the road. (this is a VERY SMALL town so we dont have “outskirtS”, we only have ONE!) I’ll then bring both drivers to the house and show them the lay of the land, and the best way to get into my back yard. I had already cleared it with the neighbors so we can pull both halves thru his back yard. (Told him I’d fix/flatten/reseed any ruts left by the trucks and he’s fine with that)

So here it is…. I’ve been just a few days shy of a year without a shop and I’M READY for this!

. This side will face the house.




Bringing in the back half.

. Lining them up


. Yes, we will have heat AND A/C

The rest of the 100 or so pictures I took are just random shots taken during the 4 hour setup. So here it is all blocked up, axles and tongues taken off and ready for me to clean her up and get started. This was as low as they could (safely) get it to sit and it’s just at 2’ from ground to doorsill. I’ll build a 4’ X 4’ deck at the left door that’ll have 2 steps off the front and a ramp to the right side so I can move things in and out easier.

You can see in the pic above that at some point the right door was blown off in a storm and they just set it back in the frame and boarded it in. I may just set it back in the jamb and seal it up with expanding foam rather then have to try to replace the whole door and frame (it’s pretty much shot). At least from the outside it will look like it has two doors and not like it was patched with plywood where a door used to be. There are no doors in the back (which suits me fine) and later on I MIGHT take out one of the windows on the left end and put in a four foot barn-style door with a ramp so if I build something big in there I’ll have a way to get it out.



That meter box will be gone. Dont know why they put it so far from the breaker panel which is inside is at the far end (just about where Bonnie’s head is)


It dont look like it’s 35 feet long in these pictures, but it is . And it’s pretty darn BIG sitting out there in my back yard!

I’ve got to pressure wash it (the battleship gray paint is actually in very good shape) and then figure out a way to either skirt it or at least landscape around it so it “Looks” like a shop building and not like an old mobile home back there.. But first I gotta get ELECTRIC to it! This should prove interesting. It’s 125’ from my house meter to the breaker panel in the far-right corner of the shop, and if the power company wont let me connect it to my existing meter it’ll add about 40 more feet of wire to the nearest power pole.

Cant wait to actually BUILD SOMETHING in there !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#1 posted 05-11-2014 12:48 PM

Very cool. Always great to see new shops go up.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 12:57 PM

That’s exciting Joe. That ought to make a great shop space. I’d like to see it when you’re set up in there.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 05-11-2014 01:26 PM

I can feel your excitement. When the tools start going in you will be dancing on the roof.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 05-11-2014 01:31 PM

Looks like a great workspace from here. Heat and air. You will surely enjoy that.

Getting it set up, wired, and organized will be a “labor of love”, I’m sure.

Enjoy and congrats.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 05-11-2014 01:39 PM

happy days joe

you done good
and are almost there
skirting and some landscaping sound about right
those critters like to live under there
and can create havoc (don’t ask how i know)

we are both about at the same place
doing my temp closing in here myself today
6mil plastic for the doors and windows still to get
so the rain and wind don’t trash what i got so far

welcome back !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-11-2014 02:48 PM

Good for you, pretty exciting!

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#7 posted 05-11-2014 03:21 PM

Wahoo! Instant workshop!! Congratulations Joe … and thanks for the great pictorial too!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 05-11-2014 04:14 PM

I’m excited for you!

As far as coming off the existing meter goes… anything after the meter is yours to do with as you wish. If yours is like mine, there is a breaker panel just under the meter before it goes into the house and into the main panel. I have a DW mobile home though and that may only be a mobile home thing. though.

Good luck getting is set up! I will be watching!

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 04:27 PM

What a great idea to use an older mobile for a shop … Looks like about 700 sq. ft. of open work space with heat and A/c What a winner.
I anxiously await the working shop photos … (I won’t say completed ‘cause I don’t think we are ever “done” with our shops) :)
Check closely with the City/ County codes for your electrical, they caused me a big heartache before we resolved the issues.
Congrats Joe

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 05-11-2014 04:42 PM

congrats on getting a shop back in your life, you must be very excited, have fun setting it up…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 05-11-2014 08:08 PM

What can I say without being jealous? Lots of room, AC, and not connected to the house.
In my opinion, it’s one of the best ideas I have seen for a shop in many years!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#12 posted 05-11-2014 08:14 PM

Sweet! Congratulations!

-- I cut that thing twice and it's still too short!

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#13 posted 05-11-2014 08:36 PM

Heated AND cooled ready to go. awesome. My shop is heated in the summer and cooled in the winter LOL. look forward to seeing the pictures after you are all set up in the new digs.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#14 posted 05-11-2014 09:50 PM

congrats on the new shop!!!

thanks for all the pics and keep us updated on your progress.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 05-11-2014 09:52 PM


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

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