Not quite in the workshop... #1: Making room and clearing junk out of the way...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 10-12-2009 03:37 AM 1420 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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You know the problem with Texas homes is the lack of basements all you Yankees brag about… Actually lack of storage in this suburban ranch style layout is pretty typical of the size and age of home around here…

The most common fix for this problem is a shed, or garage storage, but what do you do when you don’t have a shed (or enough funds to build the shed you want) and your garage is also your workshop?

Simple, look up. No I mean beyond the ceiling, to the attic…Most of these homes were NOT built with decked attics, so it is up to the homeowner to figure out how to deck theirs.

Now my attic has suffered from some (expletive deleted by author) poor contractors, and low quality insulation. So as I head up to the attic, the original deteriorated cellulose insulation got shoved in contractor trash bags, brand new Owens Corning Kraft backed R30 rolls got rolled in place, and 3/4” OSB decking got tacked down on top of the joists…

I am about 15% done with the project. I am picking up insulation and OSB as I go. As I move forward with this, totes of stuff that are taking up space in the shop, and spare bedroom are getting stowed in their respective spaces in the attc. Poorly run coaxial cables and network cables in the attic are also getting re-run so as to not interfere with anything else in the attic.

I sold off my Central Machinery tool stands this afternoon as well. This clears that bit of floor space. Per my Sketchup layout my Wet / Dry vac and 20 gallon Thien cyclone are heading to homes under the table saw extension wing.

I am very pleased with the progress I am making this weekend. While a FAR cry from done, I am seeing some real positive steps forward with both the house, and the workshop. I am just hoping the light at the end of this tunnel isn’t a freight train.

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 10-12-2009 04:30 AM

Many years ago in Fairbanks, built an addition that included some attic space. Reminds me of that. We have an attic here, but it is not substantial for storage, nor do we need it. Of course insulation is a big deal here in Alaska. This is an older home, so has 4” walls mostly, not including the last addition, (there are two), which I believe has 6” walls. The stuff that was totally absurd in the structure of the house is appalling, beams going no where, without support, etc. All fixed now. We took all of the old structure down to studs, and fixed everthing. Read between the lines – money.

If I can ever get organized have to try Sketchup, which I have installed on the computer. I have done a lot of 3-d modelling, for flightsim of all things, so I am pretty familiar with the genre, and graphics programs in general. I am one of the original geeks, nerds, whatever you want to call us. Usually have 2 to 4 computers running at a time, 3 at this moment, not counting Sherie’s. That’s some of the hobby stuff I have curtailed to a great extent to do woodworking. I am currently programming and into other computer stuff, just fewer activities than before. I was into computers heavy in the 70’s and from then on till now. I tend to be a niche guy with computers, just do what is important to me.

Have a new silly blog entry, if you are into light entertainment…......

Hope all is well. Isn’t organization the pits? Only feels good when you are done. I just finished tuning up the table saw (see the blog), and that feels good. Good thing I am not on a strict schedule….....

Sawdust up the nose, fiberglass between the toes…....isn’t it all wonderfull….....


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 10-12-2009 04:48 AM

db i am one of the yankees with a basement and sometime i wish my shop was in a garage (more head room and you don’t have to bring everything up and down the stairs. i can relate to you quest to remove non ww stuff from the shop the first thing I did was to give the wife a 1st floor laundry worked well for both of us. she didn’t have to deal with sawdust in the clean cloths and I aquired some prime realestate for my shop.

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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