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New Shop building! #3: Little bit o' progress... Stairway to Heaven (lots of pic's again)

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 05-25-2014 04:42 PM 898 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: It's Here! It's HERE! (heads up. LOTS of pic's to load) Part 3 of New Shop building! series Part 4: Ramping up the efforts. (more pic's again) »

Well, I’ve made a LITTLE bit of progress. Started doing some of the trim work on the outside. I noticed the doors were “framed” with some cheap stuff and I figured out a way I can skirt the building by using some 1” X 6” PT boards. I’m using 10-footers and letting them hang almost to the ground. They’ll blend in with the door frame trim and give me something to screw the skirting to. Gonna put ‘em every 6’ and find some 12’ skirting. I looked at 12’ roofing tin and that “might” work. I also used the same boards to cover where the 2 halves of the building come together. I’ll paint ‘em all gray and they’ll blend right in. I also bought a roll of vapor/moisture barrier (plastic sheeting) and will be pulling it under the whole thing. Should keep any dampness out once it’s all skirted in.
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Got the stairs framed out. The landing is 4’ X 4’ and I put them on some concrete blocks set at ground level. Nice and sturdy. I’ll be adding a ramp coming up the right side (against the building) so I can bring heavy stuff in and out easier with my handtruck.

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The right door had been blown off in a storm and the frame/jamb was trashed. I decided to make it look like the door is still there, rather than have it LOOK like it was boarded up with a piece of plywood. I used about twenty 4” deck screws all around the door to keep it in the frame, and used the PT 1 X 6’s to frame it. I caulked the outside and sealed it up good. Then I went inside and sprayed that Great Stuff expanding foam completely around it. Once that stuff sets up, that door aint NEVER coming out. And once it’s painted, no one will ever realize that’s a non-functioning door unless they notice there’s no door knob.
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Here’s basically what the inside looks like now. That gray carpeting will be coming out. Already has a 100 amp panel with two 240 volt circuits. One is dedicated to the HVAC and the other is empty. That one will become my air compressor which I “THINK” I’m gonna put in a small lean-to right outside where the electrical panel is. I’ll just run the 220 right thru the wall and put in a dedicated weatherproof outlet.

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We really dont have any problems with vandalism or theft around here (small town living…. gotta love it). But I figured I might do SOMETHING with the windows. From the outside anyone can just stand and peek in to check out my “stuff”. Not wanting to give anyone TOO EASY a chance to rip me off, I thought about boarding them up but I like being able to open them for the fresh air flow. There is already mini-blinds on all the windows but it’s pretty easy to see in thru those. So after a bit of Googling I decided to PAINT just the lower glass. I used flat white Rustoleum spray paint, and adjusted the mini-blinds to only cover the top half. It actually works quite well.

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The next MAJOR expense will be getting the electrical hooked up. I gotta get GA Power in here to see if they’ll drop a pole right next to the building. They did that for me when we lived across the state a few years back (at NO charge). We put in a separate dedicated meter and we received 2 power bills each month. One was addressed to “Durning Barn”. If they still do that at no charge, it’ll save me a BUNCH because the nearest power poll now is about 160 feet away from my electrical panel. And at just under 5 bucks a foot, that wire will be EXPENSIVE!

Stay tuned Kids. Next update will hopefully be when I have electricity and the outside skirted and painted.
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#1 posted 05-25-2014 07:19 PM

Looks really good and roomy.

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 04:29 AM

Looks like you have everything under control brother . I like that ’ stairway to heaven ’ line . Hope the
City does you a solid and drops that pole for free .

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