Tool thoughts #32: Fall is almost here: time for heat & other concerns

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Blog entry by NedB posted 08-21-2012 02:24 PM 1617 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here it is late August (where DID the summer go?), and when I’ve let the dogs out the past couple of mornings I’ve noticed that it is almost chilly out there. Not cold by any means, & compared with the massive heat we’ve dealt with the past couple of months it is quite pleasant. That doesn’t mean it isn’t cool, and I’ve got one very large project on my punch list for the shop that I’ve decided is going to the Top of the list this week:

I’ve never ‘finished’ the end walls of my shop off. OSB and plywood doors have been ‘good enough’ for me up til now. Since returning from VA however, it has bugged me that it isn’t finished as it were. The North end at least has the handi-panels on it up to the rim joists, but the upper section there is OSB as well.
Last night my ‘daily’ photo for my 366 photo a day project was this:

As you can see I have some junk to clear out, and a bunch of wall space to work on. This face of my shop is the closest thing I have to a true southern face, which means it is about to become the main support for my new passive solar heating system. I’m going to be modifying the doorway from a pair of poorly fitting 3’x 8’ plywood affairs to one 4’x 7’ door. I’ll essentially keep the left side of the doorway, and fill in the other two feet with part of the new solar collector. I’m going to be installing a 6’ x 10’ solar siphon system on the full right hand side of this face. I may go higher, but that will essentially waste heat on the upper section of the shop (my ceilings are 15’ high or so, and I’m going to put in a heating season only ceiling of rigid foam insulation just above the top sill) I’m going to wrap the design around the corner of the shop and build a ‘wing’ which will be 4’X8’, angled out to get maximum south/southeast gain, sticking out from the shop about 1’ or so.

This morning, I’ve been clearing the decks in the center of the shop entry (there was a bunch of household ‘crud’ which had crept into the shop in the year we were in VA, and I didn’t think I had room in the ‘shed’ to store it… come to find out, I’ve got Loads of space to put it… the LOML just won’t like it much when she finds out I’ve rearranged the shed). Tomorrow I’ll go down and pick up two more sheets of OSB and by the weekend I’ll have it all installed. I’m also going to try and get the handi-panels cut and installed on the upper section (in fact, I’m going to start with those once I get a safe work area cleared out in front of the steps). First however I’m going to relax a bit with a cup of coffee and watch the Woodsmith Shop.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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