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Blog series by RonInOhio updated 423 days ago 18 parts 28640 reads 43 comments total

Part 1: Introduction 1

1290 days ago by RonInOhio | 2 comments »

Update: Started expansion finally on what is essentially now, just a 10X8 tool shed. If all goes as planned, I will almost triple my sq. footage and the tool shed will become my shop.ManI like the sound of those words. Having seen many great shop builds and shop tours, mine by comparison is not much of an undertaking.I will be building an approxmately 50 sq. ft. extension and then tying this all in to an existing 7×8 plasticshed that I will reinforce and insulate. So the tool shed ...

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Part 2: Started Expansion of the Shed

614 days ago by RonInOhio | 1 comment »

Finally started the expansion. Its a modest expansion but will end up giving me around 160 sq. feet of shop space. Right now my space is not much more than a place to store my tools. Currently laying down the floor frame and joists. Will post my progress . Before actual construction began I had to move a small plastic shed that was butted up against the front of my little shop. I ran two tow straps under it, hooked it up to the truck and pulled it forward. I had previously built a n...

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Part 3: Update November 28

609 days ago by RonInOhio | 0 comments »

Well I worked about 12 hours Saturday and got some of the hangers and floor joists in. I took a break Sunday (football day) and Monday, I was sore :), needed to step back. So today I finished nailing the joists to the hangers and started planning out how I was going to install the ridgid foam in the the joist bays. Originally I was just going to fill the cavity with rigid foam all the way up. I decided this was probably not necessary and a little costly. So I bought some 1 by lumber and bu...

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Part 4: Putting XPS Ridgid Insulation Between Floor Joists

608 days ago by RonInOhio | 0 comments »

Went out today to pick up more 1×2x8 PT lumber to finish putting billets in-between the joists. Got 3 done last night and finished them up today. For anyone wondering what a billet is . Its just a ledge made by screwing 1×2s into the the inside of the joist bays. The ridgid insulation boards rest on these . Glued in place with construction adhesive. Kind of hard to see. If you hit the control key and the (+) to zoom its easier to see the billets. Kind of the first time I...

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Part 5: Floor Insulation Installed ,Almost Ready to Start Framing

607 days ago by RonInOhio | 1 comment »

Been a little frustrating at the time and money its taken me to get to the point where I’m ready to start framing. Little things like chaulk and hardware really start adding up in a hurry. But enough of that. Today I finished putting in the ridgid insulation between the joists and then caulked all of the gaps. I also demoed the two walls on the front of the shed. Decided I will need to expose or have easy access to the old floor joists of the shed I’m expanding . I ...

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Part 6: Laying Out the Wall Frames

602 days ago by RonInOhio | 3 comments »

Had to take a step back from my shed expansion project to go over how I’m going to layout the wall framing. I plan on having the front wall practically open, to tie-into the little shed. That part of it is pretty much dictated by how much of the back walls I will trim off the little shed, and not much debate over whats got to be done there. Since I am not working from a set of “formal” plans I needed to go over in my mind the side door placement and how I can best fra...

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Part 7: Getting The Walls and Sheathing Up.

597 days ago by RonInOhio | 0 comments »

Just an update on what was accomplished over the last week. Got the walls framed and standing. Cut the sheathing and nailed on. Tonight I lifted the ridge beam and secured it. Tomorrow will measure,cut and start installing the rafters.

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Part 8: A Few Setbacks and a Race Against Cold and Snow

589 days ago by RonInOhio | 0 comments »

My progress has been delayed due to a few setbacks. I had all the rafters cut. All the rafter hardware attached on the ridge, cut out the notches for the lookouts, everything was going fine. Had all the rafters sitting pretty on their bird mouths and dry fitted nicely into their respective brackets on the ridge beam. So I’m going over everything this morning, double checking everything before nailing the rafters down and then I saw it. Don’t know why I didn’t notice it...

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Part 9: Progress Update December 22

585 days ago by RonInOhio | 0 comments »

The cold weather has arrived and the winds were kind of strong all day yesterday and last night. Substained 30+ mph with snow,rain,and sleet. But the tarp held up and everything is staying dry underneath. Not nearly as windy today. And that is a good thing. Didn’t really feel like wind surfing with a sheet of plywood in my hands ! Put up the lookouts and the rake rafters yesterday. The rake rafters were a bit of a challenge to figure out how to get them in place up there by myself. T...

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Part 10: Roofing Paper and Drip Edges Done

583 days ago by RonInOhio | 3 comments »

Christmas Eve made a run to HD and picked up a bundle of shingles,drip-edging, and some roofing nails.Got the roofing paper on and edge drips. Need to redo the gable drip-edge.Got in a big hurry and it looks all dented and crappy. Think I have a spare sectionI can redo that . No big deal really.This morning I went out and put on shingles. Thought I had enough as I bought a bundle and had a partial bundleleft over from the original shed build from a few years back.No dice though. Ran out with...

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Part 11: Getting Back To It.

568 days ago by RonInOhio | 1 comment »

Well its been almost two weeks since I have made any updates on my shop expansion so here is a a quick update and a look at whats next. I had most of the roof shingled by Christmas and only needed another bundle to finish it up. Had some snow and cold stormy weather from Christmas day and for about a week after. But as soon as things cleared up I finished the roof about a week ago. Then I started to put in the collar ties . Only got a few up and then I took a break and have stayed insid...

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Part 12: Soffit and Siding Underlayment

564 days ago by RonInOhio | 1 comment »

Weather was good today. Took advantage of that to start the soffits. Also put up some xps GreenGuard siding underlayment. Still have one side and thefront gable to do. Weather is going to turn again and its suppose to rain tomorrow. If its not too bad I will try to finish up the underlayment. And also try to get the soffits completed on one side at least. The only other time I did soffits I just used ply. This time I decided to give the shed a cleaner and more professional look by buyin...

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Part 13: Finally Weather Is Breaking

489 days ago by RonInOhio | 0 comments »

Been awhile since I last posted to this shop expansion blog, but there has been little to noprogress over the last few months. Most of March has stayed at a steady 32 degrees and justdidn’t motivate myself to go out there. I may be getting a new table saw if all goes as planned. Going out tomorrow to look at a Ridgid3560. The shop was a mess and I mean a mess. I’m dealing with a lot of construction grade lumber left over from the expansion and its really a pain trying to kee...

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Part 14: Every Day Brings Me Closer To The Goal.

479 days ago by RonInOhio | 3 comments »

Got to keep saying that to myself because it would be easy to become frustrated. I realize construction projectscreate a lot of disruption and some chaos. I try to work smart and somewhat organized, but things can get out ofhand fast. One thing creating some grief is the lumber and stuff that is taking up all the room in my shop. I kept my construction lumber surplus on racks outside , on one side of the shop. I kept it tarped to keep it relatively dry. Before I could do the soffits and si...

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Part 15: Light At The End of the Tunnel ?

477 days ago by RonInOhio | 1 comment »

Or is that a train ? Currently am in the process of taking down the old siding and applying a fanfold moisture barrier on the sheathing . The old siding is being replaced with new siding sheets that will run down the entire wall to within a few inches of the ground. The old siding will be reused on a lumber storage lean-to, which is to be build in the future. ASAP. Why am I replacing the siding ? The old siding stopped short about 10 inches from the bottom. A 2×10 framed out the bo...

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Part 16: Progress Update For May 2013

445 days ago by RonInOhio | 10 comments »

In my last entry, I talked about the issues that this expansion has caused with all the constructionlumber crowding up the inside of my small shop and in the yard. Also I had some water damage along the back that I addressed. Dug it out, replaced rotted sheathing, and layed in some drainage gravel. Since then I installed the rear gable vent , measured ,cut ,and primed some trim, put up fanfold water barrier and some siding on the back. Also decided to put up a lean-to on the back to get...

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Part 17: Ready to Sheath the Lean-to. A Few Scores. And a Surprise Inspection !!

428 days ago by RonInOhio | 11 comments »

I was going to wait till I had the lean-to sheathed before making another post, but decided to go aheadand bring things up-to-date. Its been raining the last several days on and off. Now its coming down steadily so its holding up things a bit. As mentioned in my last post, I detoured the expansion to build a lumber storage lean-toon the back of the shed. Since the last blog entry, I have finished framing the lean-to . I started cutting the roof sheathing. It will be done in three pieces...

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Part 18: Roofing and Siding Going Up On the Lean-To.

423 days ago by RonInOhio | 6 comments »

Despite all the rain I managed to make some progress on the lean-to. A neighbor was kind enough to give me a whole bundle of unopened ridge shingles. They aren’t the color I would have chosen but I decided to use them anyway. They really don’tlook to bad. And can’t beat free. Couldn’t see not using them and saving 30 dollars. The one bundlecovered the entire lean-to with 3 or 4 left over. I got the tar paper up last evening and sealed the top where the roof of th...

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