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New Shop Build #1: Getting Started

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The first of this year I started thinking about building a new shop. As the months clicked along and my present back porch shop continued to fill up with tools and wood it became increasingly evident I was going to have to do something. My back porch is 12’ x 20’ and I have an isle about 2’ to 3’ wide down through the middle to get through. I’m bout that wide so it’s getting tight.

I had an old 20’ x 27’ apartment building in back yard which had gotten in bad repair with roof falling in so in July I had it torn down. I left the slab thinking I would use it for new shop. Turns out it was brick overlaid with about 1 1/2” to 2” of concrete and not suitable to reuse. Following pic show the Apt and the demolition.
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A friend of mine brought his little backhoe over to assist me in removing the unusable slab. As I was going to have to buy fill dirt to bring part of the slab up to grade I decided to use the slab pieces as partial fill material. I will have to buy some dirt but a lot less by using the slab this way. It also saved me money in not having to haul slab sections to landfill. Below are a few pic of the slab demo. The jack hammer bout wore me out as I have been retired for three yrs and not in shape for this kind of werk. Also 66 yrs old doesn’t help any. My friend just retired from Ga Power a couple of months ago and is still in shape. As we werked I got tired often. Most time when I had to sit down he would keep on werking. I told him he could take a break every time I did. He laughed and said if I did that we wouldn’t get nothing done. We both laughed. Actually he was right. Haa Haa. .


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The Cement contractor came to see the project and layout his strings and asked us to move some of the slab pieces from the back side as they were a little to close to the footer line. I called one of my sons who likes to use equipment and told him I had a something he would just love to do. He came and was happy to do the werk for me as it was with a machine. He got one of my other sons to move the loader around for him.
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I had to dig part of the old footer up as the new one had to cross it twice. As I was climbing up out of one of the holes I didn’t have enough momentum to make it and fell back into the hole. Luckily I was able to turn around before I hit the ground but I scraped my legs up pretty bad. No real damage just upper layer of skin. Ouch. It looked worse than it was. I’m always skinnin up my legs as I don’t wear anything but shorts 99.9% of the time.
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Cement contractor finished laying off the building and started digging the footer. He had dug the footer 20” x 10” when the general contractor came and told us the city required a stamped engineers drawing of the footer and building because it was a metal building. He said if it was to be a wood building these wouldn’t be required. That’s Bull#### if you ask me. Tell me why there would be a diff between a metal building and a wood building that would require these drawings. Cement contractor asked if the 20” x 10” footer was ok. He said inspector said what ever the engineer drew was what we had to do.
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My brother gave me about 225 block of the 304 that I needed and also all the rebar for the footer. It was 3/4” instead of 1/2” that is usually used but I like overkill and it was free. That was a help. Two of my sons and I went and got them. Pic shows us stacking them close to the building. I will have to buy the rest of them.
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We are now on hold till we can get the drawings.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -



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Tugboater78

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#1 posted 294 days ago

Good start, keep us updated!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 294 days ago

Dwayne. you’re off and running, well maybe not running with those legs. LOL It’s a shame you couldn’t start this 10 years ago. I’m sure it would of been a lot easier on you. Glad to see you started and good luck with the build. Keep us posted.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Bogeyguy

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#3 posted 294 days ago

I had a good laugh when I saw the jackhammer hanging from the hoe bucket. LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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GENET

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#4 posted 294 days ago

DEWAYNE I HOPE I GOT THAT MUCH ENERGY WHEN I GET YOUR AGE. IT WILL BE NICE TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT BIG TO WORK IN. GOD BLESS AND GOD SPEED YOUR EFFORTS.

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 294 days ago

looks like great progress and direction. the legs will heal in no time!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Bogeyguy

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#6 posted 294 days ago

Dewayne, why you wasting all those gauze pads and tape on “scratches”. LOL!

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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SirFatty

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#7 posted 294 days ago

Great work on this project so far, looking forward to future updates!

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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NormG

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#8 posted 294 days ago

Wow, what a start, keep up with the picture updates

-- Norman

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 294 days ago

Looks like a great start.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Bigrock

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#10 posted 293 days ago

Hi Dwayne:
I am surprised and very HAPPY for you. I am real glad that you are now building your shop. The good side of it all you are getting back in shape. The scrapes are part aging, but I don’t pay any attention to a little blood are bruises.
You did not say how big the shop is going to be. Please let us know.
Be carful and stay on the ground. Let the young ones do the climbing.

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ldl

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#11 posted 293 days ago

Some of you guys I don’t know but thanks for the support. I figured yaul would get a kick out of my beautiful legs.

Bigrock the shop will be 24’ x 40’ with a 9’ x 10’ storage room built in to put household items for my Wife’s Mother and some things of my son we have in a storage building down town. For those that don’t know we keep both my Mom and my wife’s Mom both 88 and wheelchair bound. My wife has already laid claim to it when her mother passes for our house stuff. I guess if I can have all that space for me I can give her some of it. I will have a 5’ x 6’ half bathroom and also a 5’ x 5’ hopefully sound proof room for the D/C and A/Comp.

Going to be interesting to see what the engineer says we have to do. I have drawn the building on graph paper and put in the electrical to figure out how much of what I need. I will be finishing the inside myself. The building will be wrapped in a type of bubble wrap type insulation and I will add batts when I put up the walls. A friend of mine has an A/C business and if the insurance co doesn’t want it he will have a used 3ton heat pump for $600 which is for the cost of a new compressor. Hope he gets it. This will get me heated and cooled almost free at first. Later I can replace it with a newer unit.

Dave I don’t run so good anymore. It’s good to be starting things. Can’t wait to finish

Bogeyguy the rope trick is the only way this ole boy could handle the jack hammer. Haaa Haaa If those so called scratches were the only ones I have ever had I’d call myself lucky.

Gene you keep building on to yours it’ll be bigger than mine one day.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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woodshaver

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#12 posted 293 days ago

That’s some heavy duty labor going on at your place! Glad you didn’t do to much damage to your “beautiful” legs! LOL!!! Ouch! Sorry about that!
Look like it’s going to be a great place to do your work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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ldl

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#13 posted 293 days ago

Thanks Tony. Still no word from the engineer.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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ldl

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#14 posted 290 days ago

Just got word from the contractor that he is suppose to pick up the drawings from the engineer Thursday. Hope to get started again then. Cross your fingers.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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ldl

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#15 posted 287 days ago

Contractor came by today and we are going to have to put a 3cuft concrete pad under each column in addition to the footer. That is the biggest change to things. It will add about $600 +- to the cost of the footer plus the cost of the plans that had to be drawn. I am glad things can get started again though. Probably be next week still till we start up.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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