Workshop Upgrage 2010 #3: Falling behind the curve

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 03-02-2010 07:27 PM 1372 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Work is started, progress is made. Part 3 of Workshop Upgrage 2010 series Part 4: The final countdown begins »
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get out and work on the shop, partly due to a stretch of cold weather and partly due to life being crazy. This is a capital P Problem (right here in River City) as the date my friends are coming over to help put up the drywall and insulation is cast in stone. (They’re as busy as I am, and like me plan their weekends for some months ahead.) Anyhow, here’s how things stand compared to the plan in the first post in this blog series:

Things in work:

  • Almost finished with cleaning and moving things into the storage room. Just a few more hours of work to be done there. It was a bummer this weekend to dismantle my clamp rack and move my toolboxes and clamps into the storage room. Even with the big power tools still being in the shop area, moving the clamps and tools out seemed to me to mark a major transition from a workshop to just-an-empty-space.
  • Working with an electrical contractor to come up with a plan that fits my budget and the building code. Sadly, this seems to mean that the 220v upgrade is off the table. Since upgrading to 220v tools is years away due to budget issue (unless we hit the lottery), this is an inconvenience rather than a problem or disaster.

Things that need to be done this week:

  • Finalize the electrical plan and bid.
  • Make a final decision and get bids on the windows.
  • Make a final decision and get bids on the insulation system. (Walls only, the ceiling will be done separately later.)

Things I’m trying to avoid obsessing about:

  • Shop organization. I really need to spend another year in the shop learning my workflow before starting to spend time and money on permanent fixtures.
  • Upcoming projects. I have two project with hard deadlines the first weekend in June and the first weekend in July. (Though the July one is self imposed and can be deferred to Christmas.) So after the remodel is finished, I’ll have to unpack, set up, and start rolling pretty quickly.

Things aren’t in a crisis stage yet, but much the slack I originally built into my schedule has vanished. Really, all there is to do now is cross my fingers and plow ahead.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 09:29 PM

Even if uou can’t run in 220 volt power now , at least mount some 4” boxes and run some plastic conduit up into the overhead space . With that done, which you can do yourself, they will not have to mess up your walls or insulation later on. Not much cost, big big savings later.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 11:27 PM

I have 14 windows in my shop that I built just over 2 years ago. I went to the Habitat for Humanity store in my area and found all 14 windows, all brand new, for just around $350 total. All are double insulated vinyl windows. All were from Window World and still had the stickers that new windows have on them. Apparently Window World and other companies donate many windows…for whatever the Habitat Store. I saved over $2400 this way…what a fantastic deal !!
If you have a Habitat For Humanity store anywhere near you I would make it a point to go check it out…
I used spray foam insulation in my shop walls. It cost a little more than fiberglass but is far superior. My shop is always comfortable regardless of weather and the moisture content of all wood in my shop is about 6%.

You could run wires for your 220 circuits and have them hooked up at a later time. I have four220 circuits in my shop and wish I had run a few more. It is easy to run the wires yourself now before the walls go up and have a electrician hook them up to your panel when you are ready..

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 12:14 AM

put 4 gang boxs in then drywall over 2 run conduit to the box and later you can wire in what ever just take pics of where everything is


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