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Old 12-12-2018, 09:22 PM
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Default One step closer to having a new shop in Florida

I have a plan, I have a place, I have no idea how long it's going to take or how much it's going to cost.

The plan is a 40x60x14 red steel structure. 40x40 will be enclosed and the extra 20x40 an open area under roof.

The place is a 10 acre plantation of loblolly and long needle pine trees in NE Florida that will also be my homestead. We call it Honu Grove.

The first step was to locate the shop and house build sites on the property. It tool Laura and I several weeks to decide on locations for the buildings but we did it and marked all the corners. Most timber buyers that I called did not want to take on a job this small but I finally found someone that would clear the timber off our build sites and thin the rest of the plantation.

Before the logger can get in to do his work I needed to put in a culvert and driveway. I needed a permit from the state DOT and they dictated the specifications on my driveway. I found a contractor to put in my culvert and driveway. They started on Tuesday and pretty much finished today. I'll give the concrete a week before I drive on it and wait till after the first of the year before the logger uses it.

My daughter Islay has named this driveway into the backside of our property
"Redneck Road"
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Old 12-13-2018, 07:30 AM
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Looking good. I can't wait to see the rest of the place.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:43 AM
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Wow, that's a great big first step, well done.

All I can add is when I laid out my block on slab shop, I thought 40 X 60 X 13 was all the room I'd ever need or want. I was wrong. By the time I had carved out a 13' X 14' insulated, under air, machinery room. (your climate up there is a bit dryer than mine here, but rust/moisture is still a daily problem) Added a mezzanine on a side and one end, emptied out 4 rented storage units, I was outta room.

With stuff and junk coming and going daily, it's a constant battle to keep a build / fix bay open and available. If I had the room available, I would add a 20 X 60 shed roof over a slab, with a 50 foot work bench, just to have a work bay and out of the sun parking for my RV and TV.

If wishes were horses....

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Old 12-13-2018, 11:07 AM
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No matter how big you build it, it will be too small.
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Old 12-13-2018, 01:48 PM
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You sure do not mess around. Sounds like a great plan. Congrats!!!
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:06 PM
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So the shop I'm vacating in THAT northern state is 40x40x12 and all of MY stuff fits in that size shop. I have been storing Trevor's stuff and projects in my size shop for a whole butt load of years.

I think that if I have the same size shop all to myself, without having to share the space with anyone else, I will be better off than I was before I vacated that northern place.
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Old 12-29-2018, 06:26 PM
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Yay how exciting. Congratulations!! It’s gonna be great!
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What sort of a root system on these stumps? I’ve taken out stumps twice that size easily with the two ton mini ex I had, and had stumps that size fight every inch of the way with the 15 ton excavator. Tough, fibrous roots that go deep are worse, than soft, fanned out roots for example.

Soil also makes a difference. Softer sandy soil makes for easy digging, but roots pull out more instead of breaking. Harder soils are harder to dig, but often allow stumps to come out with less work because the roots will break off.




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