Shop Renovation #3: And the Wall Comes Tumbling Down

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Blog entry by Lenny posted 09-28-2010 04:06 AM 2530 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Roof and Skylights Part 3 of Shop Renovation series Part 4: Lots of Warmth in the Shop »

Today was another big day for the shop renovation, perhaps even bigger than the skylights installation. I spent much of Friday night and all day Saturday, moving tools, disassembling my dust collection system and otherwise clearing the wall space. Then it was on to removing the T111 that I use on my shop walls. Since I had installed the siding with 8d nails, it was not a completely easy task to remove it. I was fortunate that John, my contractor, had cut through many of the upper nails when he installed the LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beam that now carries the load of the old roofing system. Still, there were plenty of stubborn 8d nails to get at. I used a pry bar and hammer to pry the siding away from the studs and in some instances I drilled around nail heads so they would pop through, I managed to remove all the T111. Next I removed the insulation and the electricity that was in the wall (I had already disconnected the wiring from any live circuit.).

This is what the shop looked like before the renovation began. It’s the wall to the left that was to come down.

This morning John arrived and was pleased with my weekend accomplishments. I left for a dental appointment and upon return, this is what I saw:

Yee ha! Open space! John took down the old door and the wall. All that remains is to remove the concrete lip between the old and new space and fill in the gap. John is subcontracting the demo to someone with a jackhammer. Here is another view of the non-existing wall:

It sure is nice to see for the first time, how much additional space I have. Again, the shop is going from eight feet wide to 23 feet wide. I also saw for the first time, how the daytime lighting will look and I am satisfied that the one wall window, the skylights and the window in the door will be sufficient for the space. More than likely, I will have overhead lighting on anyway. There is a door between the shop and the garage. I was standing in that doorway when I took the “before” photo. When I want cross ventilation, I will leave the garage door and the door between the two spaces open. They are in line with the window.

The vinyl siding has been placed on the exterior walls and the door installed. Although the air conditioner is not in place, the sleeve that holds it is. John sealed this opening well to prevent air/water infiltration.

I think once the concrete demolition is done, John will be just about finished and I will take over. I have decisions to make about where to run electricity for tools, whether to leave the roof rafters showing or put in a ceiling, etc. I have a plumber coming on Wednesday to discuss heating. If the heater I was using is not large enough for the new space, I have to decide on what to have installed. I am leaning towards a Modine Hot Dawg heater or something similar. A number of LJs have them and like them. For a woodworking shop you need to purchase the sealed combustion type.

I guess an update on the shed project is now expected. I completed the shingling and ridge vent installation last week so, the roof is sealed. I have started on the siding. Once that’s done, there’s rake boards and corner boards to put up and I will make a door and be finished. Thanks again for checking in on me.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 04:27 AM

Hey Lenny, can I rent the shed so I can play in your sandbox? This is going to be one nice shop very shortly. What a way to break in the retirement. Go for it, man. Rand

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John Gray

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 04:41 AM

And the beat goes on…......lookin’ good Lenny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lenny go for the Hot Dawg I’ve had mine for 3 years now and if I had to do it over it would be Hot Dawg again.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 04:47 AM

I will come back and read all the news when I can…but had to see the picts!!! That is a huge addition…I remember when you got your new table saw===and something about it not fitting….not an issues now!!!\\

super cool…enjoy it…enjoy it enjoy it!!\

will come back when I can breath and read all your good words!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 04:49 AM

Greetings Lenny,

That’s really great that you’ve gotten so much done….It is going to be much bigger.. What are you going to do with all that extra room????? I know I know….silly question….. lol. No need to ask…you’ re going to fill it up with more tools….. Also, stellar job on the shed, too….
Everything’s finally coming together…it takes time….after all, you can’t rush perfection…..Keep on keeping on, Lenny…...I’ll be watching you !!!!!!!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 05:21 AM

well done lenny
nice bigger space

now you will be able to make
furniture like steve martin

made for the mansion he built for the family

-- 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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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 05:41 AM

Well Mister, lots of envy here….After working 10 hours and commuting for two I see a e-mail
from leisure Lenny!!!! I’ll be working a double tomorrow, at least 12 hours with a two hour
commute, thinking about my buddy puttering around the shop doing the things I’d like to be doing!!!
The extra space looks great, and your a man after my own heart, you don’t allow yard tools in the
workshop!!! I am looking forward to see how you fix your shop up.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 06:07 AM

great shop upgrade

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 10:58 AM

Lotsa Room in that Shop!! It’s coming right along, Lenny, good for you!!
I guess it’s “wait ‘til next year!” for our hapless Red Sox, huh… :-(

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 11:19 AM

Wow, Lenny… that is coming along sooooo well.
Looking forward to the visit in October.
You should be just about ready for the christening party by then!
I’ll bring the champagne!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 09-28-2010 01:18 PM

Thank you for the compliments and words of support everyone. Rand, I want to assure you that my rental fees are quite reasonable! John, you are one of the people I was thinking of when I commented about LJs who like the Hot Dawg. Once again, great memory Matt. Yes indeed, I will be able to put the 52” rails back on the table saw! Rick, you know the drill on the “extra room” thing. Is there really such a thing? David, perhaps I will be commissioned to build a replica of one of the Newport, RI mansions. Then Steve Martin and I will have SO much in common. Bob, I feel for you my friend. I rarely did extra hours but with a total of three hours of commuting each day, I haven’t forgotten my 12-13 hour days! I must say, I certainly don’t miss them either. Thank you Jim. Mike, thank you too and yes, this was NOT a good year for the Sox so we do have to turn to the “wait ‘til next year” cliche. Ellen, it is just about a month away. I have no idea how much I will have accomplished inside by that time but whatever stage it is at, I will be turning to you folks for opinons, ideas, suggestions and advice on layout, placement, thoughts on the ceiling, etc. And please understand Ellen, you will NOT be whacking the side of my table saw with a bottle of champagne!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 09-28-2010 01:29 PM

It going to be a great working space Lenny, make sure you leave one outlet for the coffee maker you’ll never know when a LJ might stop by…lol ,take care and stay safe BC

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 02:21 PM

Congratulations on your grand wall tear down.

That’s going to be a fantastic shop. That was some real planning, buy a saw first, & then go for the larger shop.

Your retirement is going to be all the more pleasurable now.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 09-28-2010 03:21 PM

Lenny, thats going to be a nice shop with lots of room to expand.

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#14 posted 09-28-2010 03:22 PM

Looking great. It also sounds like you’ve got some great professionals that you work with. Often you only hear about the bad, but you sound quite happy with yours. I’m glad this has been such a success so far!

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#15 posted 09-28-2010 03:32 PM

What a great increase in shop space… I am so jealous! I look forward to seeing this fine job on our October visit. Keep up the good work!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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