The Chronicles of Woodworking in a Can #12: It's been a while

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Blog entry by cmckerliesr posted 10-11-2010 05:36 PM 1299 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey All!
Yes, it has been a while since my last blog about working in the can. This one, I hope will be short as there is not a lot that has changed in the can. I have told you all about the tools I have bought and my plans to insulate the can in the hopes of maintaining a bearable work environment.

I can tell you that there has been some really HOT days this summer, which literally drove me out of the can. No wind, high humidity on some days, and temps hovering around 100 degree’s pretty much did me in this year.

I still have my plan for insulating the can, it has just been one of those years where everything else got in the way. Cars needed repair, I bought the truck, had to help my son’s out of some trouble, etc. With it getting closer to Christmas I am not sure where or how this will affect my plans.

In any case, if I have not made it clear before this is what I plan to do:

Purchase several rolls of fiberglass insulation and glue it to the walls and ceiling, in between the ribs (not sure if I am going to cover the raised ribs or not inside).

Purchase several sheets of OSB and attach that to the walls using the same screws that I originally used to attach the upper cabinets to the walls. OH yeah, take down the upper cabinets and lights first.

Then reattach the lights and cabinets to the walls and ceiling.

After all that, I can finally get to work on installing an electrical service for the can. No, there is not one currently installed. I have an outdoor outlet off the service for the house, I keep an extension cord plugged into it and use this to power the lights and any tools I use. Yes, it is a pain in the ASS.

To be honest though, I am not sure if I will run conduit and put in the basic wiring for outlets first, or install the service first. If I can get everyone to start paying their own bills again, then it will not be an issue, I can do both.

Well, I think that is enough from the man in the can for now.

I promise to write more soon, and to actually have some progress to report on getting the can insulated and its own power.

You all be careful and keep making saw dust!

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#1 posted 10-12-2010 07:29 AM

Sound like it’s coming along. How have the screws been holding up under the weight of the cabinets and plywood?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 08:14 AM

Cool. Sorry your money has been otherwise spoken for, leaving the can upgrades on the back burner.

I think most of us understand that.

Once you get it insulated, what’s your thought on actual “climate control.” Swamp cooler is out, because of humidity.

Once you get the amps flowing out there, can you shoehorn in a highly-efficient, if low-ish BTU window a/c unit, for example ?

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 12:08 PM

Hey lew and NBeener thanks for stopping by.
Lew, so far the screws have been holding up quite well. I have done what I can best term as small scale experiments before totally committing to a particular method but so far there have been no differences in the results. What I have to do, is drill pilot holes through the outside of the can. Then run the screws from the outside into the wood. My two experiments have been on whether or not to first put up furring strips to mount the plywood to, or just mount the plywood directly to the can wall. I had considered the furring strips to give a little extra space for insulation but I am not convinced this is actually going to make a difference. I hope that all makes sense…..

NBeener, I have been giving a lot of thought to climate control. As you stated ia swamp cooler is not going to be an option. As far as the hot months, yes I have already marked off a location on the back to wall to cut out, and install a window a/c unit. At least that is the plan. For winter, at least for now, I am only considering a large space heater. Of course this is all dependent on what I am able to accomplish with my insulation and plywood. I know by reading a lot on the use of these cans as recycled housing that it is possible to insulate them and live comfortably in one. However, my budget says that I have to kind of stick to the low road. Either way, I am completely confident that my current plan will result in a comfortable work shop.

Thanks again to the both of you, and I hope to making progress and more blog entries soon.

Warmest Regards!

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 08:31 PM

I was starting to wonder what happened to you. Glad to see you making progress… I know the feeling. I am not sure how I am getting as much done as I am myself… It feels like I never have time enough when I am feeling well enough to get things done… But somehow, the myriad of projects is getting closer to completed. Not to brag, but more to encourage you… Just keep plugging away and you will get there!

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