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KevinF 10-06-2016 05:51 PM

Shop Expansion - at last
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I moved out to my acreage about 5 years ago. The shop lies in a 48x52 pole barn and had a finished heated area of 30x40. I talked to the fellow who built it and he said he always wished he had gone the full width of the building. I quickly had the 30x40 area really filled up with a 4 post hoist, lots of benches and tools, etc. I thought it would be awesome to have the full width of the shop to get the welding bench and metal working tools away from the vehicle bays. I had been gathering things like a washer dryer, etc to eventually build a bathroom out in the shop. Wife ended up asking for a doggy wash out there too.

There was a small room off to the side of the shop where the compressor sat. He ran a water line to the shop, but ran the water line straight up into the exterior wall so it would freeze every winter. I cut a hole in the wall and put in a duct blower to put some heat in there so the water line fittings wouldn't break (which would ultimately result in a mid winter thaw which would cause the water line to go full flow and pump a bunch of water into that room until my pressure system couldn't keep up and cut out).

Start of the pics. Teardown.

KevinF 10-06-2016 06:16 PM

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Little out of order. I am not changing it. First post took me 6 tries to upload the pics. Always says connection timed out when I try using my phone as a hotspot.

First pic is a before shot of the expanded area from a couple years ago.

Pics of moving the water line further into the building. Me on the backhoe I bought in August. Wife on the mini hoe I rented to help with the plumbing.

The project got a delayed start this year because I spent much of the summer working away. And I was getting the 3 ton to a point where it would move under its own power again.

KevinF 10-06-2016 06:22 PM

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I rented a plate tamper and hauled in fill for the pad. Had planned on 4inch pad with a 6 inch thickened edge. I ended up working all weekend I had rented the plate tamper instead of hauling fill and tamping. I wanted to get the pad in. So the rebar went in and I got a 6-7 inch pad. I ordered 5.5m3. Just had enough excess to do the bonus pad in front of the door - very happy about that.

Bought the rebar from a local supplier. They had a 50 piece minimum. They were half the price of Co-op and 1/4 the price of Home Depot though, so even with lots of rebar in the pad and rebar left over, it ended up cheaper.

Hired a guy that had done work for one of Dad's buds to do the finishing.

KevinF 10-06-2016 06:27 PM

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I got the first order of lumber from a supplier here. The beam is an LVL (3100Fb) 9.5" height, 1.75" tripled up. The span is 18ft. The lumber from them was good and they fork loaded it which just allowed me to roll in with the gooseneck after a partial day at the office. Would have been ages picking through lumber at Home Depot.

KevinF 10-06-2016 06:34 PM

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A couple of windows went in upstairs. The front one is a little smaller due to the distance between the 4x6s. Framing around those 4x6s was a bastard. They were twisted badly. In the downstairs part we framed in between them. Upstairs we framed in between them on the front wall. For the side wall (the 30ft wall) we just put together a 30ft stud wall and set it against the twisted 4x6s so it was plumb and parallel to the tin..

Progress on the major stuff has slowed but I think we worked 16 days straight to get it to where it was mostly insulated and closed in. Then I had to go back and do some site work. Have been working on smaller stuff like phone/network wiring, dryer duct, 240v outlets, choosing a water heater, etc. Just today I grabbed a ramset from a friend and shot the walls down.

Cut and pasted this list from another thread on the forum here. It was a pretty busy fall but glad we got it to where we did in time.

July - Ripped 30x16 wall from shop. Did wiring and other stuff to 3 ton.
Aug 15 - Go look at Case 580 SL
Aug 16 - Pay for Case 580 SL and get it shipped home.
Aug 19 - Dig water line further into shop so it doesn't freeze in winter.
Aug 24 - 3 ton able to drive under own power (to get out of shop so excavation and concrete can be done)
Aug 26-27 - Rent mini hoe and dig trench from inside of shop building to outside of building for shop septic. Do rough in plumbing.
Sep 2 - Side slab insulation was dug in after septic hole backfilled. Rent plate tamper and start bringing pad up to grade.
Sep 7 - Rebar.
Sep 8 - Order 5.5m3 of 32MPa concrete for 11x30 pad. Pour pad.
Sep 9 - Bring home gooseneck load of lumber.
Sep 10 - Start framing.
Sep 11 - Shop bathroom framed and 18ft LVL in place.
Sep 12, 13 - 2x10x14 joists up for shop mezzanine.
Sep 15 - Joists blocked. Stairs cut and in place.
... some wiring, insulation, sheeting...
Sep 25 - Windows cut in and installed.
Sep 26 - Wiring, dryer vent, outside frost free tap, caulking windows.
Progress slowed this last week. Did some insulation and vapor barrier, FM antenna, ran additional wiring, vent stack etc.

Tim KS 10-06-2016 09:33 PM

It looks like you're doing a top notch job. Just how many trips to that refrigerator did it take to get that all done. :D

milomilo 10-06-2016 10:33 PM

Looking good. How did you get some of the pics to show the curved wall and lumber?

KevinF 10-06-2016 10:53 PM

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Its panoramic mode on the iphone camera.

Lots of trips to the fridge! We are drinking 0.5% beer so the beer bill was cheap and the days were long without any drinking related mistakes. :cool:

On the longer days working upstairs (hauling insulation for the ceiling, cutting sheeting) the stairs were really starting to get to me. 30 and sore knees. :(

Cavalry 10-07-2016 07:23 AM

I'm curious why you cut the joists at an angle. It looks pretty neat, but doesn't it reduce the load capacity of the cantilever?

Ironman 10-07-2016 08:34 AM


Originally Posted by milomilo (Post 671563)
Looking good. How did you get some of the pics to show the curved wall and lumber?

You should see the sawmill that makes all that bent lumber....and the semi-circular planer.:devil:

Poor lad needs to get a real camera:D

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