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A new shop in the making #4: Marking out the site

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 2254 days ago 771 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: moving the gardens Part 4 of A new shop in the making series Part 5: The search for a framer - the struggle begins »

The trials of marking out a site have nearly all landed on my little job here.
First, I could not locate the surveyors pins and managed to dig out half of my lot as well as part of the neighbours .
I finally used a site measurement taken off the original site plan for each end of the house and ran a line with a laser to get the back property line .
I had to move 5 square foot gardens forward as per the picture aand reload them before planting this weekend ( may 20/08)

Next was a buried gas line that the “Call before you dig” people would not locate for me as it was not a City line.
I hired a guy to locate it for this Thursday but in moving a large rock in the center of the proposed shed area I discovered it myself.

The gas pipe comes up inside the perimeter of the shop meaning that I Will now have to dig it up to the other side of the shed because code says no joins underground. Oh Joy!

Next comes the post holes for Sonotube and 4 foot holes to set the cement footing for the beams.
That first hole is a dud given my mesurements were in need of some trig.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner



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GaryK

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#1 posted 2254 days ago

Well, at least you got started! It’s down hill from here.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Tony

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#2 posted 2254 days ago

They do not bury the utility lines very deeply do they! – all our lines (Gas, Electric, Telephone, Water and sewerage) have to be buried at 1.5m below the surface.

Are you going to hire one of those “cork screw” type machines for digging out the foundation/post holes? I would not fancy digging 4’ holes, it’s a bitch to get the spoil out of, past a foot.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2254 days ago

You are making progress at least. It is slow going initially, with all the inherent detours that you must navigate in order to get the project going but once it does it will go much smoother.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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mrtrim

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#4 posted 2254 days ago

well its moving along bob . i can relate to the “dud ” also . i usually do a few “practice ” holes myself ! whats trig ? lol

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Bob #2

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#5 posted 2254 days ago

They do not bury the utility lines very deeply do they!
!
Tony our system uses 18” (~46 cm)depth for all feeder lines and a deeper restriction on main lines.
They are at least easier to locate with sshallower lines and conductive materials but now they are running plastic so I have no idea how they will locate them in the future.
I tried to get a post hole auger on the weekend . – No luck , I will try agian today. You are making progress at least.
Scott, The prep work always looks like nothing is happening as there are so many hurdles to jump with plans and permits.
i can relate to the “dud ” also . i usually do a few “practice ” holes myself ! whats trig ? lol
MrTrim, The most important thing I can remember from Geometry and Trig was the 3,4,5 rule by Pythagoris.
After that I still get sleepy at the sight of decimal places. <g>
Cheers
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Moron

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#6 posted 2254 days ago

now the real games begin

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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mot

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#7 posted 2254 days ago

I thought stuff like that only happened to me. Let me know when you get everything moved in. I’ll come hook up the DC hose to your tablesaw so I can put my name on the commemorative plaque.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob #2

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#8 posted 2254 days ago

Mot Quothe:
“I thought stuff like that only happened to me. Let me know when you get everything moved in. I’ll come hook up the DC hose to your tablesaw so I can put my name on the commemorative plaque.”

Now Mot, did I tell you the DC line is going under the floor? <g>
If you really want to help show up today or tomorrow with a post hole auger and a case of beer!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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SM

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#9 posted 2253 days ago

Bob,
Know, that if I lived next door (or anywhere within a couple hundred miles rather than thousands) I would be there with shovel, cold beverage, and moral support. Well, I can at least send the mental vibes for support.
Watch that back.
SM

PS. Remember to have the framing guys drill holes in the sills for the wiring under the floor? I forgot and had to do it after the fact; I think I have spent more time under my shop than in it!

-- SM

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Bob #2

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#10 posted 2253 days ago

I appreciate the support SM.
I plan to detail this build to hopefully shed somelight on the obstacles involved in a build that they don’t mention in the books and magazines.
It may save somebody some grief when they do theirs.

I am going to use conduit pipe throughout the shop so that future modifications don’t involve the wall or floor cavites.
Nice catch about the holes in the sills however. I will watch for that for the lighting for sure. It will be wired wire standard wiring.

Cheers

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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