Workshop Development #23: Keeping the outside out, and everything protected...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 05-04-2011 05:30 PM 1485 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 22: Ripping the rotted masonite off, adding the Hardie siding... Part 23 of Workshop Development series Part 24: Can you fit 4" dust collection hose to 4" PVC S&D pipe? Yes you can! »

I know this is in all honesty more home repair and improvement, but it had to be done in order to allow for my portable A/C unit. The only other option was to vent it directly to the attic, which would have been simply terrible.

So with the new siding in place, as well as the garage door trim, and seals, the caulking and painting is finished more or less. There are a couple of spots where the trim color bled through or found a way through the painters tape and newspaper and on to the main color, which I am temporarily out of… So at this time, there are about 5 small spots that need to be fixed still, but aside from that, I am extremely pleased with the quality of the job. Next up is to rip out the bad sheet rock from between the doors, and stuff insulation in the gap, before re-rocking it…

The roll of R19 that had been stashed in the attic has been pulled down, and sits in the shop right now waiting for installation. If I had thought about it when I had the wall apart, I guess I could have added the insulation prior to reinstalling the siding, but I absolutely had to replace the sheet rock. 27 years of hot / cold / dry / humid, not to mention bumped by ladders, bicycles, canoes, and building materials and tools of all sorts have simply taken their toll on the sheet rock out here.

As I go through this process, i know I will need to do the side walls eventually as well, especially if I want to insulate, I have so much mounted up my walls, that I really don’t want to tear the stuff down, or move it away from the wall as I am already cramped… It is likely that I will build or buy a rolling clamp cart, as well as a rolling tool stacker, and perhaps a free standing tool shelf in order to free up the left wall, I can temporarily move my lumber rack to the front wall if I have a vertical tool shelf / cabinet that I can move my peg boarded stuff to…

It might just be easier to rent a POD, move my shop stuff in there except for what I need to do the walls, electrical, and floors, get those tasks done, and then move back in…

I am pretty sure that when I get home tonight, since i have the trim color all mixed up, and ready to go, that LOML will have some ideas for what else needs touched up. A fresh coat on the garage doors wouldn’t hurt things for sure!

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#1 posted 05-05-2011 12:39 AM

DB, you could qualify to be a host on This Old House!!!

I feel like that a lot myself. Since I got more tools my wife is more tolerant of me learning some finer wwing skills, so at least I am not stuck in home repair all the time, but I get my share for sure and hey I enjoy having the right tools to do it.

Still she threatens that if I mumble about an idea she has, she will say she will go down into the shop and go through my stuff to do it herself. Of course I howl like a wounded animal and get it done, well most of the time anyway.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 05-05-2011 04:25 PM

With any luck I will get to take pictures of my DIYer shop before the day is out. I too am doing some handyman work here in La Conner, currently painting up a replacement for a missing post cap on one of the balconies. It is amazing how many tools one needs to do a half decent job of anything, meaning hand tools. I have a Rigid circular saw and a jig saw. And three 12V Bosch drivers that I love, and a compressor with pin and brad nailer. I am tempted to replace my old Makita drivers at home with 12V Bosch ones. I have a set of 18V at home, but the 12V are just too convenient…................


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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