The last weekend in August I finally got around to erecting the woodshop/garage structure. It took 7 guys and a Gradall 13 hours to erect the building and finish the roof substructure. We lifted the small walls off the 50 footers and set the long walls in place first, followed by the smaller walls. I will say my cheeks were clenched pretty tight when the first 50 foot wall was lifted and spun 180degrees before being set. It’s really amazing to see all the work and how fast things come together with dedicated friends and a little bit of hard work. Since that time, the roof was shingled with OC shingles I purchased at Lowes for 20% off contractor price. The windows and exterior doors were installed this last weekend by yours truly. I have never installed windows or exterior doors, but after all the research, I figured installing and few windows and doors couldn’t be that difficult. When finished, and after a few small hiccups, I was pretty impressed with the final results. Things are coming together one step at a time. In the coming weeks, I will start wiring for electrical, plumbing, and the siding will be installed.
I do have a question for everyone: I have the opportunity to install 200 amp new service, but not sure if I should go that route. New 200 amp service will cost about $500 more up front and $17 dollars a month base charge, plus actual usage. Or should I go with 100amp sub panel from the house? Most of my appliances are gas (Furnace, hot water tank, range). Electric appliances include dryer and dishwasher. Any advice is appreciated. I do have some larger equipment in the shop (7.5 hp planer, 3hp jointer, 3 hp tablesaw, and eventual 3 hp dust collection). I will not be running all those at once, but maybe 2-3 if you include the dust collection. The shop and garage will be split with a gas separated combustion heater on each side eventually.