Constructing My New 30 X 30 Shop #8: Siding, Heat Pump, Insulation, Steps and Deck

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 11-19-2013 06:00 PM 2475 reads 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Roof Framing and Sheeting Part 8 of Constructing My New 30 X 30 Shop series Part 9: Finished Shop, Equipment in Shop But Not Setup »

In this part I document the installation of the siding, heat pump, insulation, steps and deck. Everything went fine and since a picture is worth a 1000 words no commentary should be necessary.

In the picture above you can see the electrical service. It is a 200 amp, 230 V, 1PH service.

I chose to put a heat pump in the shop. I will have both heat and air. However, I am planning on setting the thermostat to come on at the high and low point of 80 and 60. In other words if the temperature is above 80 then the air will come on and when it gets below 60 the heat will come on. If this proves too costly then I will expand the range to 82 and 58. I know that air and heat is a luxury sometimes in a shop. I’ve worked over 40 years in manufacturing plants without the benefit of heat or air and I could go without if necessary. However, I’m 63 years old and going on 80 so I’m hoping that I can afford the luxury of heat and air. Besides it should make me a little more productive.

We had to put a number of steps on this door and we had to have at least a 4’ x 4’ landing. We made it 4’ x 8’ and it will be a nice place to take a break.

I appreciate you reading my blog about the construction of my shop. Thanks.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 06:07 PM

Great job. Wish I could stop by for a visit.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 06:36 PM

me too charles

it is really looking good
stay safe and healthy
and enjoy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 06:55 PM

Wow, looking good. I managed to miss this blog entirely, but it’s interesting and good to see you’ll have a nice shop.

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 07:13 PM

An amazing shop Charles. I know you won’t regret installing the heat pump, it will make your woodworking a lot more pleasurable. Everything looks like top quality and with a great loft too. Now you can really enjoy the free time your retirement gives you. I’m very happy for you and I can’t wait to see it all finished with your tools in place.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 07:26 PM

Alright, I’m officially jealous!

You must be like a kid in a candy store!!

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

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#6 posted 11-19-2013 07:30 PM

...I can feel your motivation level rising. Going to be an awesome space to work in.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 11-19-2013 08:04 PM

Awesome Shop. The heat and air is well deserved, Im sure.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#8 posted 11-19-2013 10:00 PM

Been watching your shop come out of the ground with interest. I’m hoping I can get mine up by spring…

Looking good!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 11-19-2013 11:04 PM

Yep as everyone has said awesome, but… I think you shorted yourself some natural lighting, could of used more windows, save on that Electricity.

Another improvement would be an optional outdoor closet for the DC and Air compressor.

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#10 posted 11-19-2013 11:29 PM

coming alone very nicely!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 11-19-2013 11:31 PM

fantastic charles, after so many hard years of work you deserve some heat and cooling, and for one going on 80…lol…you certainly do deserve looks great…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 11-19-2013 11:58 PM

80???? I am really impressed. Great progress. Wait eventually it will be too small! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 11-20-2013 12:06 AM

Helluvawreck … that’s one helluvashop!! Hope you plan to show us your inside setup as well! Thanks for keeping us all in the loop :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#14 posted 11-20-2013 12:10 AM

Congrats, place post it notes all over to remind yourself time to leave the shop

-- Norman

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#15 posted 11-20-2013 12:19 AM

Oh yea!! Won’t be long, you’ll be movin in your machines.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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