Building my shop-- part 1

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Blog entry by Randy posted 03-27-2011 06:15 AM 2102 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally!!! After thinking and dreaming for over 3 years, I am actually doing it. Unfortunately, I did not have the foresight to take pictures of phase 1 of this process. I began by demolitioning an old 2 car garage that rested in the corner of my back yard. The structure was unsafe and an eye sore. I spent four solid days dismantling and hauling it to the dump. I have looked through every picture I have ever taken and can’t find a single one that included the old garage. It is now lost to history and that’s that.

Jumping to the important part….. I have ordered a bolt together steel building which is a 24X35X10 due to be here any day now. The concrete forms are scheduled to be set in 3 days and the concrete should be poured within a day or two after that.

Once I had finished demolition I applied for my building permit and the city inspector came by to make sure every thing was good to go. He did not like me building over my sewer line. He said it would be fine as long as I replaced the line with schedule 80 pvc. (just under where I am building) If your going to replace part of it, might as well replace all of it.

I did a little research, and it looked like it would cost me around $4500 to have someone replace this line. I’m a huge fan of not financing things and I’m on a budget, so I decided to tackle this myself.

Fortunately, I have a very generous friend who loaned me his excavator free of charge. This was my first time to operate anything of the sort…..pretty damn straight and I only hit the sewer line twice.

Future shop site

I totally want one.

slowly back filling, and water packing.

to be continued….... I will get into the specs and some of my plans in my next post that should include pics of the ground work, forms, and possibly the concrete pour.

-- RKWoods

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 06:24 AM

Sounds like a fun project. I hope to one day build my shop from the ground up too. Good luck with construction!

-- Create something everyday.

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 06:36 AM

must have been fun to use the excavator! Congrats at finally getting a new shop.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 06:54 AM


Thanks for sharing you shop start. We all look forward to seeing your progress.


-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 06:00 PM

OK Randy, I was feeling sorry for you doing all that “digging” for the sewer line until I saw the pictures.
Real men use shovels! LOL

Can’t wait to see it all finished. I know you’re excited.


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#5 posted 04-06-2011 01:07 AM

I agree, I want one also! Looking good!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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