Constructing My New 30 X 30 Shop

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Blog series by helluvawreck updated 12-17-2013 07:29 PM 9 parts 42468 reads 360 comments total

Part 1: Site Selection and Shop Orientation

08-28-2013 02:33 PM by helluvawreck | 48 comments »

This whole year has not been very productive for me. A little over a year ago we lost our plant to a fire and since I’ve always worked hard long hours for over 40 years it certainly knocked me for a loop. I was planning on working another five years or more. However, after much soul searching my brother, his wife, and I decided that since we were in our sixties and had all worked so hard for many years that we really didn’t think we had it in us to start over from scratch. We deci...

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Part 2: Clearing Site and Preparing Foundation for Pouring

09-02-2013 05:44 PM by helluvawreck | 31 comments »

Unfortunately I lost some pictures of clearing the underbrush and the trees that needed to come down. This was the most convenient site that I could find for the shop. Unfortunately it required a substantial foundation because of the slope which added to the cost somewhat, but in the long run I think that it will pay off because it is easily accessible to the basement and main floor of the house. It is also near the barn where I will be able to store some, lumber, jigs, and hardware. T...

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Part 3: Pouring Foundation Walls, Backfilling Walls, Red Barn

09-06-2013 05:43 PM by helluvawreck | 35 comments »

The pouring of the walls went well. There was ample steel rebar in the footings and the walls were poured with rebar in them . These will be bent over into the floor so the concrete in the floor will be tied into the concrete in the walls. It is difficult to see the rebar sticking out of the walls but it can be seen if you look carefully. The concrete in the footings was given ample time to cure before the pouring of the walls. The concrete in the walls was given ample time to cure before the...

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Part 4: Pouring Floor

09-11-2013 04:31 PM by helluvawreck | 35 comments »

The pouring of the floor went well. The moisture barrier was placed down and the forms for the floor were set and fastened in place using the top edge of the wall and measurement as a guide. The floor forms were amply fastened and braced so they would not move during the pouring. The rebar was bent down to tie the floor and walls together and more rebar was laid in and tied to the rebar in the walls. We originally thought that we might need to build a temporary dirt bridge to allow the concr...

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Part 5: Framing the Walls

09-17-2013 06:36 PM by helluvawreck | 36 comments »

I made a decision early on that the shop would have 10 ft walls and 2 X 6 studs. I think that the shop will be better built and will hold more insulation. I wish that I could have taken more pictures and that I had a wider selection. The framing went well and the pictures should be self explanatory. Thanks so much for reading this blog. helluvawreck aka Charles

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Part 6: Putting the Exterior Sheeting on Walls

09-25-2013 05:02 PM by helluvawreck | 34 comments »

The next step in the construction of my shop was to install the exterior sheeting. This will stiffen everything up prior to putting up roof trusses and the rest of the sheeting. Since these pictures should be self explanatory, I won’t bother to comment on each picture. The next step will be the roof trusses and the rest of the exterior sheeting. Thanks for reading this blog about the construction of my shop.

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Part 7: Roof Framing and Sheeting

10-24-2013 06:02 PM by helluvawreck | 37 comments »

I apologize for the delay in getting this part of my blog up. I’ve been a little busy and I’ll try not to let it happen again. I’m sorry that I don’t have a more logical group of pictures for this part but the pictures should speak for themselves with little or no commentary from me. You should be able to see that there will be an attic storage space. I appreciate you reading my blog about my shop a...

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Part 8: Siding, Heat Pump, Insulation, Steps and Deck

11-19-2013 06:00 PM by helluvawreck | 32 comments »

In this part I document the installation of the siding, heat pump, insulation, steps and deck. Everything went fine and since a picture is worth a 1000 words no commentary should be necessary. In the picture above you can see the electrical service. It is a 200 amp, 230 V, 1PH service. I chose to put a heat pump in the shop. I will have both heat and air. However, I am planning on setting the thermostat to come on at the high and low point of 80 and 60. In ot...

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Part 9: Finished Shop, Equipment in Shop But Not Setup

12-17-2013 07:29 PM by helluvawreck | 72 comments »

This is the last part in this blog about my shop construction. The following pictures show a few last stages on the completion of the building. Some of the pictures show some of the machines as they were being uncrated or shortly after the crates were hauled out. The last two pictures show the building after it had been completed. The last four pictures of the equipment shows the machines as they were shot looking toward the machinery from each corner. Of course now the important work begi...

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