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Blog series by johnstoneb updated 10-04-2013 11:56 PM 6 parts 10512 reads 39 comments total

Part 1: New Shop #1

05-23-2013 04:26 PM by johnstoneb | 7 comments »

In early Feb when it was too cold and wet to do anything outside I was wandering thru one of the BORG’s and happened to take a look at their storage shed display. I found that they could build out to a 16’ x 24’ building. I went home measured out 16×24 in my garage. While my garage was about 6’ wider and 5’ deeper my tools would fit in a building 16’ by 24’ and I would no longer have to move vehicles in and out and tools around to work. To k...

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Part 2: Build day 2

05-24-2013 03:20 PM by johnstoneb | 6 comments »

Day 2 of the build StorMor finished the roof and installed the overhead door and left me with this. I had an electrician install the service and rough in the wiring. I spent part of a day installing the insulation and my son came over on his day off and helped me install the sheetrock. Sheetrock lifts are worth every penny. I used 1/2’ 12’ sheets. The gypsum they use in sheetrock now is a lot heavier than it used to be. The lift made the ceiling much easier and als...

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Part 3: The loft that almost wasn't

05-26-2013 10:10 PM by johnstoneb | 7 comments »

When I first ordered my building I ordered it with an 8’x16’ loft with the floor raised 6” so I would have an 8’6” ceiling under it. The rest of the building would be clear to the roof. This will give me plenty of headroom for moving full sheets of plywood and long boards. About a week before they start building I get a call from StorMor, because of the span of the building the truss design won’t allow for a full width loft. The widest it can be is 10&#...

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Part 4: We have access (the stairs are in)

06-01-2013 12:31 PM by johnstoneb | 4 comments »

When I first started planning this shop, I was going to access the loft with a ladder. The size of the loft didn’t merit anything more. Once the changes in the building were made I began to think about a pull down ladder style access. I have one of those in my garage and it works better than a ladder. When the building was actually built and I saw the actual size of the loft. It was evident that I needed full-time easy access to fully utilize the space. I will lose some space to t...

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Part 5: Finished (more or less)

06-07-2013 10:05 PM by johnstoneb | 6 comments »

Yesterday I finished painting the loft and started on the stair railing. The heat got me about the middle of the afternoon (first 90+ day) I had a beer and went at it this morning again. Trimmed out the room and windows and finished the stair railing.I am as finished as this is going to be for awhile. I still need to put more light in the loft and finish installing the stove but those can wait until fall. Time to start working some projects and get tools placed where they will work the be...

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Part 6: Working in it

10-04-2013 11:56 PM by johnstoneb | 9 comments »

I believe my new shop is finished (more or less). I have finished the loft, railing on the stairs, and have installed and vented the pellet stove and it is heating the shop in the mornings. We’ve gone from 100 degree days to 60 degrees in a couple of days. Here is a couple pictures of the inside. 16’ x24’ is a little light but it forces me to keep things cleaned up and put up. The loft works pretty well for tool storage until I can get some cabinets on th...

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