New Shop building! #1: Yee Haw! I'm so excited!

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 05-04-2014 10:01 PM 2464 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How many of you remember that 1962 movie ”The Music Man”? (Yes, I’m sure most of you do!)

Remember the scene when the Wells Fargo Wagon is heading into town to deliver the musical instruments, and everyone is singing and dancing in the streets? Sure you do…
”Oh ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is’a COMING down the street, and it could be something special for me.”

and now you’ll have that dang song stuck in your head for the next few hours!

Well on Friday we had to drive to Ah’Lanna for the wife’s “poking, prodding, and blood-letting” appointment (still trying to get her on a kidney transplant list) and while we were up there we went and found the place I’ve been looking at on Craigslist for almost 6 months. They sell modular office buildings (aka : portable school classrooms).

We looked at about 10 different ones and I finally picked out a 24’ X 35’ double wide. It’s gonna cost as much to have it brought down here as the building costs, but the total price is still WAY LESS than I can have the same size shop built here on my lot. It should be here end of this week or first of next week. Gonna take the tongues and axles off and drop it flat on the ground so it wont look like a “trailer”. It’s already fully wired (including 220) and has 4’ fluorescent light fixtures on the ceiling. I think there was 8 fixtures in each half. It also has a (WORKING) heat/AC unit built in.

FINALLY ! We’ve been here since June 1 of last year and all the “stuff” that was in my 30’ X 40’ shop back in 10aSEE has been jam-packed into an 11’ X 20’ storage closet. I can hardly wait… gonna be like Christmas in May when I get to unpack all my stuff and set up the new place.

No pictures yet but if you squint your eyes and tilt your head to the left, you can picture where it’ll be in the back yard on my side of the fence next to the neighbor’s barn. :-)

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#1 posted 05-04-2014 11:01 PM

sounds real good there guy
and you wont have to ‘un-do’
a bunch of walls to use it

happy for you

prayers for the wife’s medical needs
may that happen soon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-04-2014 11:57 PM

Good luck with the new shop. Have a couple of questions if you don’t mind? I am looking at several options, cause doing a renovation to the house and incorporating a 18×28 foot shop is looking to costly.

1) don’t you have to place something that size on a concrete pad or foundation? Concerns about sinking into the grass.
2) are you going to do anything so it looks similar to the house and not a trailer?
3) obviously you live in an area different than me, but did you need any zoning of town approvals?

-- Bryan, South River, NJ

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#3 posted 05-05-2014 12:08 AM

Congrats Joe. I didn’t have a clue about your wife’s problem. She’s in our thoughts and prayers.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-05-2014 12:28 AM

Thanks David. Prayers are always welcomed here.

Fish22 … I got a bunch of quotes and couldn’t find ANYONE who could/or would build a shop for this price. Looking at Craigslist I just “chance luck” ran across a double-wide mobile home that was pretty cheap, but it was also pretty run down. When we went to look at it, I was afraid it might collapse when trying to move it (yes, it was THAT bad). So I started my CL search anew and kept searching for “modular office” / “school portables”. Even when I looked at other Georgia cities across the state, I kept seeing the same ad.

I found out that I wouldn’t need a permit here, as everyone around has sheds and barns in their yards. This is a VERY SMALL community in a rural farming area and we figured as long as it wasn’t a run-down-eyesore, the neighbors wont have any issues with it.

I looked into pouring a footer, but after checking with several mobile home companies, I found out that so long as I brace it up with plenty of concrete blocks, it’ll sit on the ground just fine. My yard is typical Georgia land, pretty firm Georgia clay soil. When my father-in-law had the septic tank pumped a few years back, the big pump truck didn’t leave hardly any ruts/tracks.

As far as looks, it does have a pitched shingled roof (several of the other choices I looked at had flat roofs) and the siding on the one I chose is corrugated metal instead of vinyl siding. It has 2 walk-thru doors and 2 small windows on the front and only 2 windows and no doors on the back, which suits me fine. I might pull one of the doors out and cut a larger opening and build a 4’ wide barn-style door, and I MAY add bars to the back windows but I doubt I’ll really need them. It had been painted a battleship gray a few years ago so it’s pretty good to go for a few more years. I’ll pressure wash it to clean it up when I get it all set up.

Here’s one of the CL postings I kept seeing…

I’ll get pics when they bring it in and I start to set it up.

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#5 posted 05-05-2014 12:45 AM

Now that’s a great idea! Even to a Damn Yankee!
look forward to pic’s

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#6 posted 05-05-2014 12:50 AM

Good luck.

Might as well run lines for gas and water… while you are running electrical.

Cheaper now then later, water for cleanups.. gas for a heater.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 05-05-2014 12:56 AM

Less grass to mow! All the best.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#8 posted 05-05-2014 01:16 AM

Sounds like a great deal. Instant shop. I like that. You must be anxious to get those tools out of storage.
Hope your wife’s medical needs are met soon.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 05-05-2014 10:48 AM

Congrats Joe.. I can’t imagine going that long without my tools, shop and the ability to make some sawdust.

Don’t forget to add sawdust collection – your lungs will thank you.

Great idea for a shop. Lookin forward to pictures of the progress.

Miss you guys in the neighborhood. Love and hugs to Bonnie.

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#10 posted 06-05-2016 04:21 AM

Joeinga by jinga, you must be warm in all thoose woolie jumpers you must have, as you spin as good a yarn if not better than I do.

and now you ll have that dang song stuck in your head for the next few hours!

- JoeinGa

Fortunately I’m immune… I’m colour blind. Not only that, in reply to the adage of “leading a horse to water” my answer remains “a wells as far as I will go”.

After 2 years and your odd (I mean in number not content) 6,999 posts, you could at lest have put in at least one piddly little post or a concrete stump and zoomed in with the camera. Or did you just forget to press the button?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 06-05-2016 01:11 PM

Sorry Joe, Gotta lerna reada bouncing ball.. Didn’t realise you like to keep your viewers in suspenders and there were more episodes… Gonna read them before I open my beak again.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 06-05-2016 01:56 PM

That’s great Joe can’t wait to see how it comes together.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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