The shop building is nearing completion and the temperature differential this morning encouraged me to make another blog entry. It’s a little cold for my Deep South butt to start on anything outside and there’s always the paper work (or computer work) that needs catching up. This project began with buying a small camping trailer a little over five years ago. I wanted a decent place to keep it and my lovely wife, with three times the wisdom and foresight of an average person, suggested a new workshop in the plans. The design evolved over time from a “Kentucky” barn, to the clerestory roof design that matches our house. FYI a Kentucky barn is a tall middle gable-roofed center aisle with symmetric drop-sheds to both sides. The 3-bay design was retired when I sold a boat that had been part of a salt-marsh fishing passion for a quarter century. Hey, things and people change.
After investigating different buildings, it was my destiny to build a wood-frame shop and use the many doors and windows that I’d purchased at clearance sales, etc. I wanted things suited to a wood building. The latest installment though, is the camper carport which I really wanted built from all metal. Finding a builder was quite a challenge and I found a builder who would cooperate with material and design ideas from me.
I’ll attach a few pics showing some of the recent refinements I’ve made to the carport as I am learning a few things about attaching to a metal structure. I hope some of these ideas help others make decisions with less head-scratching (a time-consumer for me).
One picture shows the rear roll-up door coming from the enclosed shop. I already used this door to work on the outer slab on several occasions and once our small camper is in place, there will still be a generous layout area on a flat slab and all now under cover.
One of the surprises for me is how well the shop building holds a stable temperature. It is 16 degrees outside this morning and about 30 degrees warmer in the shop. I used mostly a “double-bubble” foil and wrapped the building with the intention of fighting off the radiant heat of our summers. The open carport is well-vented and should not trap excessive heat. One secondary benefit I expect is that the carport, placed on the west side of the shop, will shade the workshop from the afternoon sun, a real boon to summer comfort.
I hung four lights beneath 1/2” EMT bent to a 90 and attached these to the overhead purlins using u-bolts. I slit some rubber hose to go around the EMT and put vinyl tubing over the u-bolts at contact points. This was an effort to decrease movement. The tie plates and 1/2” of the u-bolts were placed in the channels provided by the profile of the PBR metal roof panels. I threaded a compression connector into the light fixture base and tightened it onto the end of the vertical EMT, providing a clean industrial look.
One picture shows the 2×4s that I attached to the 12 gauge tubing that frames the back walls. I had a bit of slotted angle iron left from a gift of rivet-lock shelving so I cut 3” pieces for brackets that are affixed with 1/4-14 self-drilling screws. I then attached the 2×4s with short lag screws from both sides. I will use dual-slotted shelf standards and 20” supported brackets. I have raved about this shelving system in other posts.
The last task completed was installing the camper hook-up under the carport. It is on a dedicated 30A circuit going back to the shop load center. This is the same box that I purchased at the start of the project and it was my source of temporary e-service during construction. The old shed that once stood here was supplied with an underground 10-2, so I used that cable for temporary service while building. The 30A RV plug is readily converted to the standard 120V pattern with a pigtail since both are 120 Volts hook ups. I wanted to get this power source outside asap to avoid extension cords coming from inside the shop. The next step will be a concrete apron to allow ingress/egress onto the carport and into the front shop door on rare occasions. The weather must first cooperate for concrete work and in the meantime, I’m considering building the workbench for use under the carport and against the rear wall where the aforementioned shelving will be.
I am looking forward to improving the shop layout and getting dust collection figured out. I’ll soon have the carport attached to our house reclaimed and the temporary walls removed. Down the road a little bit, there’s some furniture being built.
-- Like Guy Clark sez - "Sometimes I use my head, Sometimes I get a bigger hammer"