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Blog series by Derek Lyons updated 11-08-2010 03:55 AM 7 parts 7554 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: And so it begins...

02-05-2010 09:03 AM by Derek Lyons | 7 comments »

The big problem with my workshop for some time has been that is it untenable in winter and at the height of summer – it’s a garage with no insulation and no ceiling. That’s going to get fixed the weekend of April 10/11 – a bunch of my buddies are coming over and we’re insulating and drywalling the place. (Actually, drywall on the ceiling, 3/4” OSB on the walls.) I’ve got quite a few challenges to hurdle and things to accomplish over the next two ...

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Part 2: Work is started, progress is made.

02-08-2010 09:49 PM by Derek Lyons | 4 comments »

Spent the weekend working in the shop starting the clean up and rearranging that needs to be done before remodeling/upgrading can start in earnest. Cleaned out the storage room, moving a bunch of stuff meant to be in the house into the house. Mostly they are currently clogging the foyer, but theoretically this will make us actually make a final decision as to where they are supposed to end up. Encouraged She Who Buys Me Tools to make a decision as to what stays, and what goes, an...

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Part 3: Falling behind the curve

03-02-2010 07:27 PM by Derek Lyons | 3 comments »

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 s...

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Part 4: The final countdown begins

04-03-2010 06:31 PM by Derek Lyons | 0 comments »

Well, here we are just a week before the Big Day (when all my buddies show up to hang drywall and OSB), and here’s where the project stands: Cleanup/storage – Practically everything is in the storage room, leaving only my table saw and workbench in the workshop proper. I’ve put some stuff on Craigslist and local mailing lists and got rid of some of it… The rest goes to 1-800-GOT-JUNK on Mon or Tuesday as I’ve been unable to arrange for a truck. Electr...

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Part 5: Today is the big day.

04-10-2010 03:58 PM by Derek Lyons | 1 comment »

It’s just shy of 7AM, and I’ve been up since 5… Partly because kid-at-Christmas syndrome, partly because I needed to handle a few final details and run to the grocery store for doughnuts. My buddies should start arriving shortly, and we’ll be hitting it hard all day – and it’s going to be a long one. I am so looking forward to it!

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Part 6: Major construction - pictures, progress, and lots of sawdust.

04-13-2010 07:10 AM by Derek Lyons | 13 comments »

Whew, it’s Monday evening and I’m still one tired puppy… But we got ‘er done. About 90% of the major construction (hanging the ceiling and walls) is done and I can move ahead on taping/mudding and painting.Here’s my buddy Joel ‘supervising’ as we get started. (Actually Joel was really helpful. He, along with Ralph came over earlier in the week and helped with final preps. He also operated the drywall jack all day Saturday.)Matt, trimming one of t...

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Part 7: All over but the shouting - now the work begins. (plus pictures/tour)

11-08-2010 03:55 AM by Derek Lyons | 3 comments »

It’s been a long time since I posted an update on the remodel… What with summer and all I was busy with many other thing, though I did get some done here and there. Today, I pretty much finished the cleanup and getting all the tools into the shop and all the things that aren’t workshop out of the shop. So without further delay, here’s the before-and-after pictures with some updates on how the shop arrangement is currently planned: North wall before remodeling: ...

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