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SHOP ALONG #6: just sheeting around the shop

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Blog entry by patron posted 292 days ago 1278 reads 0 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well the other day i went out and did some sheeting on the end of the shop
but came in and passed out on the bed when the wind almost blew me off the ladder

got up to go clean up and put the tools away
and got back to it after all as the wind had shifted
managed to put up 3 panels
by then it was dark and i fought the panels to get them right
as the light disappeared
clamps levers and brute force
i couldn’t really see how it came out
but trusted things were OK from the flash picture

the next morning i was surprised it was right on !

went to work on my job in santa fe
and got off early one afternoon
and finished that course first

and did the other end wall one course

working off my 40’ extension ladder across the main floor beams
with some planking laid on them

well the wind again so time to invent a helping hand
to hold the sheets as i got them in place to nail them
(ever try to hold up a 4×8 sheet with both hands
and bend over to get the nail gun)

slip sliding away

so my helpers a bottom tapered scrap screwed to a scrap piece of OSB

and screwed to the middle stud loose and higher than needed
so i could have it held from tipping off the ledge while i got things right to nail it
there was very little romm here on the floor so another stop to hold the bottom too
both moved to the next panel ready to take the sheet there

then today saturday
i got to the main long wall
the bottom panels are ripped short to catch the main beam and the bottoms of all the framing studs
so all the next ones are full width

(when i get to the top i will have a full sheet there to catch the trusses
without bird blocks)
and a precut seat for the truss tails to drop into
making it easier than trying to get them right on centers
wobbling around that high up in the void

that sheet will also nail to the tops of the studs and catch the trusses too
the whole thing acting like hurricane metal clips (which i do use to just in case)
to hold things to the main beams all the way up to the truss
so it stays solid as the wind here tries to take everything away

so for now here is where it is at
(thats an 8’ ladder leaning against the wall)
as the bracing came off for the walls
(they are PT treated
i temp nailed them to the floor posts until i get there to place them and bolt
them in a crisscross pattern to stabilize the floor

and it is still saturday
tune in for the exiting sequel coming soon
getting the full sheets all the way up to over the top plates

have a great weekend
and thank you all for looking
i do hope some of this might help someone
in their own building challenges

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 292 days ago

Lookin’ good David! Every time I see some one handling sheets by themselves, I think about a sheet rocker i met 35 years ago. We were remodeling a dining room and bar on graveyard and they ere open during the day. The state would never allow that today. A dining room without a ceiling; basically a construction site! Anyway, the sheet rocker was nailing 12’ 5/8 rock on the ceiling about 14 or 16 feet high on a scaffolding by himself!!! You guys are tough!

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

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Gary

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#2 posted 292 days ago

That’s lot of work for an old coot, up on a ladder. Sure is coming along nicely.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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patron

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#3 posted 292 days ago

when i was younger
i could balance a sheet on my head
and walk up a short ladder
place it and jamb my head up to hold it
while i drove nails spinning around to to hold it up then nail it complete

now i use my head to make screw on holders to slide the sheets into
then move them to the next place

i don’t do 12’ sheets
we got mexicans here that do that all day long
(usually 6 of them on a job)

-- 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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patron

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#4 posted 292 days ago

who you callin old

i’ll be 69 next month
maybe when i’m 80
i’ll think about it

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 292 days ago

When I was younger I used to hang 125-150 pound transformers on the wall alone. Now I use my head and call for lots of help or better yet, let some one else do it ;-))

One job at a water district I was hanging outdoor water tight control panels that were too heavy to lift alone. The guys from the district kept driving by to see how I was doing it. I figured out what the were doing cruising past. I’d get everything ready and wait until they drove and get it up before they came by again. They never did see me hang one ;-))

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

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woodsmithshop

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#6 posted 292 days ago

you are still a young man David.

-- Smitty!!!

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patron

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#7 posted 292 days ago

thats the key bob
do it
or think about it
now that we are older
we can do both
there is always a way
we just need to find it

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 292 days ago

I am finding I have to think a little more now that I heal slower ;-)

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

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patron

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#9 posted 292 days ago

thank you smitty

got to do more than watch TV
or i’ll get senile

when i have my system down
i can work pretty constant
while doing that i’ll be thinking about something 5 steps away

hate to waste materials or time struggling
the work suffers if i just keep pushing without any plan

-- 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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jack1

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#10 posted 292 days ago

I must say at first glance I’d have said your experience was the sheets… but then again… yeah the sheets…

;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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littlecope

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#11 posted 292 days ago

Great Progress David, you’ve been busy!
I’m wishing you a Sailor’s Nightmare… NO WIND!!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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JL7

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#12 posted 292 days ago

Nice progress David…..good thinking on the little helpers, that goes a long ways…The shop is shaping up….keep it going.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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patron

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#13 posted 292 days ago

hi jack
couldn’t have said it better myself
think i’ll bake a cake

and you may have thought nailing those panels
was hard on the floor michael

wind here denotes a weather change
last night it got down to freezing
sunday morning expected to hit 24*

all you guys get ready
winter is coming soon
snow up north already

be safe please

-- 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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BarbS

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#14 posted 292 days ago

Wow what a project to tackle alone. If anybody could do it, I’d bet it would be you, David. And how exciting to finally have a For-Real shop to work in! After this is done and fully set up, the next step is Commissioned Woodworking, hurrah! Excited for you. This is great news.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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widdle

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#15 posted 292 days ago

Looking good..Keep on truckin…

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