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Workshop Development #73: Almost ready for paint.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 01-06-2014 02:41 AM 569 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have the wall to ceiling joint to finish taping / mudding, and then sand it all down, prime, and paint… It is a good feeling to being this close to a “cure” for the disaster of a shop I am suffering through…

The walls in tape and mud. Yes I know you shouldn’t have the joint for upper and lower panels at the same spot, it just worked out that way.

The oil filled electric radiator sitting on low, with the temp control set at about 1/4. It is presently in the upper 30s outside, and the upper 60s in the shop… No chance of the water purifier / softener freezing up on me.

The major mess I have to straighten out once the wall is in paint.

Most of this mess is just stuff that lost its home when I knocked the original wall down. However some of it is stuff that needs to go into the attic, and still some stuff that just needs to go away…

The pile isn’t nearly as bad as it looks. The remaining piece of uninstalled drywall (waiting for the between the doors segment) is hiding the table saw and bench. THe pile of stuff is on top of those…

I will be buying the semigloss white interior paint this week. Probably grab about 4 or 5 gallons so that I have enough matching paint to complete the entire garage / shop. I am planning on tracing the stud locations onto the ceiling so that I can paint the wall, then re-mark where the studs are. I don’t mind the pencil marks. I can then move on to setting my stuff back up, and moving along to the door wall, and then the opposing wall. Insulate, rock where appropriate, and then paint… So close, so very close…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 05:17 AM

OK, I don’t have that kind of problem at either house, they are both pretty roomy. But I have been there before, even worse, when my shop was an 8×6 shed with my RAS in it, and yard and garden tools of all sorts hung on the walls.

Today is transition day, tomorrow we are on a plane. So we cleaned up this place, OCD, both of us, and the place shines. Because that’s what we want to see when we come back….....in April for two weeks. And I got my parts cabinets up on the wall on their French cleats. Sweet. But I got a huge amount to do when I get back, and I love it…...(-:

So, as always, we go to the fancy restaurant for our treat for the cleaning, and had a great dinner.

But come on, you are in the pink, it just needs a coat of paint. You got electric, and insulation and the whole nine yards. A real shop. You are going to have a lot of fun when it is done. The goal is now visible, you can see it, you don’t have to imagine it any more…......just needs reorg.

Well, off in the morning, back to work the following day, so if you don’t hear from me, it’s because I’m busy….........

Later….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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oldnovice

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 05:46 AM

I have shop envy ... I have dry wall but not the amount you have as mine is in the garage.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 02:23 PM

oldnovice, my shop is a garage. Undersized by most standards. My wife decided to let me build a shop in there as her car is a Saturn (plastic) and my truck won’t fit… We live in Houston metro so it’s not like we get cold / snow very often… I kept bringing up the idea of a stand alone shed / shop but she keeps shooting it down. She wants the shop attached to the house, I figure for whatever proximity / security that would provide I am guessing…

Long story short about it, the shop / garage had some drywall water damage due to Hurricane Ike back in late 2008. I used the funds along with our own $$ to upgrade our main panel as it was also damaged in the storm, run a 60 amp sub panel, and 6 circuits for my shop needs. I have a dedicated circuit for HVAC, one for Dust Collector / Air Compressor, and 4 for tool outlets. Putting the drywall back up was completely up to me. I took the occasion to insulate as well…

It was 26 deg F this morning (go figure in Coastal Texas no less!) and I had that little heater on overnight to prevent tank freeze, on the lowest setting I had available on that heater, and I had to fetch a screwdriver out of the shop when I got up (long story, but a bathroom door got locked…) and when I looked, it was 62 Deg F in the shop. Quite a workable temp in my terms, at least without a wind blowing on you that is!

In so many ways, I wish my shop was a stand alone shed, particularly so I wouldn’t have to share space… But lot size, and HOA rules being what they are that isn’t going to happen… So I will just keep working to set it up the way I want, and try to make things mobile enough that I can park at least one car in there if hard pressed… At least that is the goal…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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DonB

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 02:47 PM

I also have 1/2 a garage with a heater trying to combat the wind chill of 28 this am in Pensacola, FL. Put protective covers on the outdoor spickets (supposed to be 21 tonight) and removed the shed door (making a new one) – and froze in that short timeframe. I may have to let the garage warm until maybe March before its adequate again. I feel for all those up north with no electricity. Been there, done that.

-- DonB

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 03:09 PM

I couldn’t find my freeze caps for my outdoor faucets, so I had to wrap them with some old towels. They keep the wind off of them, and should help keep them from freezing, I hope..

We are supposed to be below freezing 16 out of 24 hours tomorrow…

It will warm up again to the mid 70s by Thursday here, but yeah, I feel for the northerners with no electric. Nasty stuff…

Most of the time I am more worried about staying cool than staying warm…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 05:32 PM

In the northern states, all the outdoor faucets are the type where the valve is actually inside the house. So as long as you take hoses and things off of them they won’t freeze. The house came with two, and I added two more that accessed water lines in the garage/shop/storage area. Where is global warming when you need it?.......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#7 posted 01-06-2014 05:38 PM

Yeah, I have seen frost resistant hose bibs when I worked at the hardware store in college… Not common here…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 06:02 PM

Anchorage is 33 right now, and was raining there yesterday. The rain is not good, because it turns the roads to sheets of ice after the inevitable refreeze. But we get rain usually every January and/or February. The effects of a maritime climate. Here in La Conner, it is 30 degrees, but clear, and it should get up into the mid 40’s today.

We are about to jump in the rental car, go to the airport, and be back in Anchorage this evening.

Hans, my shop here is in the garage, but because it is an oversize two car garage, it holds a bunch of power tools I can just roll into position after removing one car. At home, my shop is the old two car garage, because the previous owner put on an addition and built more garage under it, in front of the old garage. They are open to each other. I think he was looking for the shop room as well.

Tally Ho…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 07:32 PM

Wait, so it is colder in Tropical League City, Texas than in Anchorage Alaska?! What’s wrong with this picture?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 01-07-2014 04:50 AM

Well, we are home here in Anchorage, and the outside temp is 28 degrees, so not so warm now. Lots of ice and snow around, as predicted. Yup, expect to have palm trees on the boulevard here in a few years, thanks to global warming….........(-:

OK, so every few years you get freezing temps…........no sobs from me…............(-:

Looking forward to a couple of weeks in April down in La Conner…......the tulips will be in bloom, and we will usually have snow on the ground still here in Anchorage. But, in Anchorage, you never know….....

Later…...

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 01-07-2014 02:06 PM

I’m peaking in every now and then Db on your Developments, I feel for you on your shop situation, I consider myself to be lucky to have that option on a stand alone though as small as it is it’s large enough for my needs and the added metal 10×10 aside my shop serves as my finishing booth makes it much better,

If only I hadn’t planted that red oak tree upon moving in unknowing I’d be building a shop later on and needing that extra yard space.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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dbhost

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#12 posted 01-07-2014 02:38 PM

You know, you could take that red oak down and mill it… Gives you space, and material to work with. Kind of a win / win thing there…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#13 posted 01-07-2014 02:45 PM

Na I carried that thing from HD when it was a wee twig in the back of my truck and now 14 years later it stands a mature 40×40 I could never cut it down, if any tree is to come down in the backyard it will be a seasoned very mature 20” wide straight lined Mesquite only it’s not in the way, it’s just off of the fence.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#14 posted 01-07-2014 03:11 PM

Straight lined mesquite? I’d love to see that. Usually those things are more crooked than a politician…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#15 posted 01-07-2014 03:53 PM

For those following. As you may know, I have been using fiber tape as I have never really been all that impressed with the strength of paper tape, and I have about 1/2 of the ceiling seam done. Tonight I will finish the other half, and then mud, smooth, and let dry… I am on my last sanding screen, and it is starting to fall apart. I need to grab some more from HD tonight on the way home.

So I guess at this point, it is shopping list time for me…

#1. Pack of drywall sanding screens. Prefer Norton. The 3M ones fall apart and clog up a LOT faster… #2. Cheap, bright white semi gloss paint. And I mean cheap. Like Speedwall or Glidden type cost. I am not having to cover up any nasty stains, or dark colors under the paint. I just need something to slap up on the walls… Semi gloss, and bright white, probably 2 gallons…

Due to electrical boxes being mounted flush with studs, I need to trim and install proper spacer rings as well. Already done on one of the outlets, only 5 more to go!

I got absolutely nothing done with it last night, which is fine I guess. I needed a night off of that anyway… Tonight should be an easy one, IF it warms up somewhat… 60 deg F in the shop this morning with my little heater running overnight to keep the softener tank and lines from freezing… My electric bill is going to be nasty this month…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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