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Project by Calgirl posted 11-03-2007 06:50 PM 2524 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The builders started bright and early and raised all four walls. They didn’t have the necessary stock to frame the front door so that will get done next week. The “unloading dock” will be an 8’ sliding door at the end of the driveway. In one of the pictures you can see the nice view I will have out the two windows. I noticed that no provisions were made to fasten the walls to the slab, which is really important in light of our hurricanes. I was told that they will install threaded rods, epoxied to the slab and clear thru the top plate. These will be placed every 5’ so I will not have to worry about the wind leveling my shop. The codes here in Florida are pretty tight due to our weather. We don’t get hit by the hurricanes very often because Jacksonville is in a cove along the east coast. Mostly we are hit by hurricanes coming across the northern portion of the state from the Gulf of Mexico.

Anyway, Dave (the Gen’l Contractor) informs me that work will complete next week. The trusses were delivered yesterday and are on the other side of the dumpster. They wouldn’t let me put the dumpster and porta pottie in the neighbors yard, so I have a public restroom at the end of my driveway to welcome one and all ! I am very pleased with the construction crew to this point. I was watching them from the house being meticulous in plumbing the walls: I watched them take time for the smallest correction.

The studs are 24” O.C. so that will make it easy for me to insulate the walls and roof. It just does not get any better than this !

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#1 posted 11-03-2007 07:02 PM

Great! It is looking good so far. Nice that you will have a finish room as well. Did they allow for ventilation for the finishing room?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 11-03-2007 07:06 PM

There is no finish room in the main shop. I intend to use half of the two car garage for starters. There is enough room to build a finishing room on the rear of the new shop which I will do after I get all the shop furniture built.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 11-03-2007 09:20 PM

lookin’ good

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-03-2007 09:23 PM

Yes it is looking good.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 11-04-2007 02:14 AM

Calgirl, think it will be ready first of December for me to move in???? I should have all my tools packed by then and ready for the trip there. lol
Cant wait to start chopping down them trees, you know I got a hungry mill….....

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#6 posted 11-04-2007 03:52 AM

Yep! It’s looking good!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 11-04-2007 04:35 AM

Blue Stingray,
Would love to have some extra company, especially if you bring your mill and those boots! Just one little problem…......don’t know if Mike will approve !! Can’t wait to see how it will look when the trusses are in place and the roof is applied…....I just don’t know if I can wait…..I have to keep reminding myself that there is a lot of work to do inside to the building before I can actually create some sawdust. And, I almost forgot..the electrician has a lot of work to do also.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#8 posted 11-04-2007 02:57 PM

but So exciting.. and it’s happening!
remember all that waiting time when it was so wet?? Yikes.. now—fast, fast, fast

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 11-04-2007 04:18 PM

Soon as your ready to make dust, I’ll gladly send you some exotic S. TX wood. Let me know.
Have fun!

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John Gray

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#10 posted 11-04-2007 10:53 PM

Does code in your area require hurricane straps between the framing members I know it is required in some areas of the US?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#11 posted 11-04-2007 11:02 PM

Wow…theres nothing like the sight of walls going up on a shop…thats looks awesome!


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#12 posted 11-04-2007 11:24 PM

I’m not a pro on the subject of code, but I see that they have metal straps in the pile of things so I assume that they will strap the parts together. In my garage there are straps all the way from the trusses to the top plate to the studs and the sill plate. There are also those threaded rods that run from the top plate all the way into the foundation. Although I have experienced a few hurricanes since I have been here, to be honest I am almost more concerned about floating away! When it rains here, if it were a colder climate, you could ice skate in my lawn! I’ve been having top soil hauled in every now and then to try to fill in the low spots which has helped, but I need another truckload for the back yard. My insurance company tells me I am not in a flood zone, but you could have fooled me! Still it beats the earthquakes of California. They scare me to death. That last 6.5 the other day was centered about 15 miles from where I used to live.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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