A new shop in the making #10: I am living in interesting times! -the roof appears but...

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 06-16-2008 01:08 AM 1255 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was told that building something from plans or sketches was a lot different once the job hit the ground and they were 120% right.
I have had the usual setbacks with material gone south and at this point the structural beam I had engineered by the truss manufacturer came in too light . My framer intervened for me as I have no clue what the spec should have been and the result is that they are replacing the beam for me but it is a real pain now as the sheeting is on and the best we can do now is screw the new beams on to the side of the original beam or take her down to the walls . That’s not about to happen.
So this week was real slow. The lumber yard ”forgot to ship me framing materials and plywood” That lost me a day then the good news about the 24’ beam.
At his juncture, I managed to get the roof felted and the rest of the Tyvek on although with some wrinkles as I worked by myself and the wind was about 20 knots.
I had the tar paper blow down three times and that meant going down and rolling it up and carrying it up the ladder and laying it out again. Oh joy!

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

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#1 posted 06-16-2008 01:13 AM

Getting close to the funnest part! Moving in and setting up.

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

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#2 posted 06-16-2008 01:36 AM

well at least your getting close. i can totally relate about how all the sketches and measurements in the world isn’t enough preparation for the real world. can’t wait to see the finished shop! thanks for the post

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#3 posted 06-16-2008 01:36 AM

Thanks for the update!

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

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#4 posted 06-16-2008 02:38 AM

gotta love customer service… I get tired of companies screewing things up so often these days.

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 06-16-2008 03:58 AM

Looking good. Thanks for the update.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 06-16-2008 05:14 AM

Hi Bob;

Sounds as though your having your share of fun. If your not going to get the shingles on soon, you may want to tack lathe strips or furring strips to the roof to protect the felt from ripping off again.

Good thing you caught the undersized beam now instead of later. A little late but still better than a year from now.

I hope the rest of the project goes smoothly for you.

If I lived closer, I’d be happy to help out, but the commute would be a killer.



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 06-16-2008 05:27 AM

Yes Lee , now’s the time to fix any errors.
Seems like the dedication and control over projects is not as good as it has been in the past.
Unless they let you on the computer to see the grade beam tolerances it is a crap shoot with these engineered thingies.
I ‘ll be putting my shingles on as soon as the beam is in which is planned for tomorow.

Then it’s insulation, skinning in with 3/8” OSB , paint, then EMT electrical, gas, and then the laminate floor and we are pretty much done inside.
I could use a less on Vinyl siding in the not too distant future. <vbg>


It still seems pretty distant.


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

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 06-16-2008 11:13 AM


This is a looking pretty good. Right now I am sure the job appears to be intimidating but you are making steady progress. That is what is important.

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

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#9 posted 06-16-2008 03:51 PM

Yeah, must feel good to not quite be half done.

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

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#10 posted 06-16-2008 10:20 PM

Bob: Looking good. Glad that the little (big) problems aren’t keeping you down.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 06-17-2008 12:43 AM

Like to lend a hand Bob but a bit too far away.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 06-17-2008 12:46 AM

Many thanks to you folks for being so supportive with this process.
In retrospect, my helpers and do’ers on this job have done a really fine job for me and when there have been problems they kind of put their heads together and got it fixed.
My framer spent the morning installing the new beam in three sections and when he was done you could not even tell where he had been.
I’m drafting up an offer to purchase for him so he can get his first home.
I have dozens under my belt so it feels good to be able to help. (IANAL)


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

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