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Blog series by SemperSailor updated 12-01-2018 01:40 AM 9 parts 6789 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: Plans

03-03-2018 01:30 AM by SemperSailor | 8 comments »

Hey Jocks, I’m taking a break from the dinghy-building to make a shop! I probably should have done this in the first place, but… Anyway, the plan here is to build a 15’ x 30’ wooden frame building to migrate the boat-building from the basement. Here’s the plan: Got the building permit today!

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Part 2: Clearing & Digging

03-31-2018 11:59 AM by SemperSailor | 2 comments »

Hi Jocks, Well, I think the snow is finally behind us. We took a maple tree down yesterday that was crowding the job site. Most of it will be chipped and split, and I’m tempted to have the lower 7 foot section rough sawn into planks. I need to figure that one out, as the effort to get it to a saw mill might be too much. I also started digging the hole for my cornerstone pier and started hitting water at 40”. The frost line here is 45” so I’m a little conc...

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Part 3: New Foundation Plan

06-23-2018 12:30 PM by SemperSailor | 1 comment »

Hey Jocks, It’s been a while since my last post. Had to do some research on alternate foundation techniques. I switched from concrete piers to a leveled plot with rock. Once leveled, I laid 4×4 posts down and basically build a deck floor on top. I used pressure treated 2×6 for the frame and the cross joists. As you can see, I did not off-set my floor panels in the correct direction. My local inspector told me I could correct that when I put the next layer of ply...

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Part 4: Building Roof Trusses and Walls

08-04-2018 05:41 PM by SemperSailor | 0 comments »

On to the roof trusses… All 22 of them… Walls were fun to build, although I lost the 16” OC after a couple of 8’ sections…

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Part 5: Mounting and Stabilizing the Trusses

08-04-2018 05:51 PM by SemperSailor | 4 comments »

This step was more difficult than I anticipated. The trusses are very top-heavy when they are installed. Once we got past the halfway point, they became a little more stable. We added plywood as we went along to stiffen the build.

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Part 6: Roof and Wall Sheathing

09-09-2018 02:54 PM by SemperSailor | 0 comments »

Got the roof, and most of the wall, sheathing up. It was not easy. Don’t think I am going back up to install the metal roof. I’ll be out-sourcing that job… This end wall will actually be two wide-swinging doors, and need to think through how to create the weather-proofing above them…thoughts? Starting the home wrapping and window installation Building the barn doors was pretty fun…not too hard either. Getting he siding panels up...

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Part 7: Building the Loft

11-30-2018 02:30 AM by SemperSailor | 6 comments »

I’ve been busy building, but not posting…sorry. My next phase was NOT going to be the loft, but my little “helpers” harassed me enough to change my priority of work. So, I told them I would design and supervise them. We decided to run 16’ 2×6’s across on joist hangers. Next we laid plywood across the 2×6’s for a loft platform The “helpers” are planning to use the loft as their play space while I learn to buil...

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Part 8: Running Electricity

11-30-2018 03:01 AM by SemperSailor | 3 comments »

This was / is a potentially tricky task, although all phases have been a great learning experience for me. I rented a trencher, which was the easy part, although I cut my lawn sprinkler system in 4 separate places…not so good. Digging the remaining connecting distance to the house and barn by hand was a chore…and I vowed to never do that again! I had an electrician run a 60amp service from my house system to the barn. He installed a breaker box inside and also put ...

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Part 9: Awesome Floor Find

12-01-2018 01:40 AM by SemperSailor | 5 comments »

Found some awesome floor planks on Facebook Market. Southern yellow pine, tongue and groove…1.5 inches thick. They were stacked in a woman’s old barn. Just have to cut all the ends. They don’t all fit perfectly together, but certainly nice enough for my barn.

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