Ready for the Shingles

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Project by Calgirl posted 11-08-2007 07:45 AM 2763 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I just awoke from a “nap” and feel much invigorated. Watching this building go up is really exhausting! I went to the BORG today and got an attic ladder which the builders said that they would install for me. With that ladder, I can add storage space for all kinds of goodies that are little used but just can’t be thrown out!

When they were ready for the roofing felt, they found that the suppliers had sent 15# instead of 30#, so another correction delivery had to be made and now the shop is covered with the 30# and ready for the shingles. All the threaded rods were thightened down and I am assured that this building is going nowhere come the next hurricane. Tomorrow morning the siding starts going up. The Gen’l. Contractor and I have struck a deal where his men will install the shingles Saturday and I will pressure wash the garage which they will paint along with the new shop on Monday. The electrician and I are to decide whether Friday or Monday is good for the both of us to get the electrical work completed. So, I won’t be moving in until mid next week.

If I could make myself wait just another two weeks for the cement slab to dry, I could epoxy paint the floor. Maybe I can fill the time with the insulation and getting the cyclone hooked up. I know it would be best to paint the floor before I move any machinery in, but the temptation is there to “get on with it.” I will be so nice to get the lathe and drill press out of my house and into the shop where it belongs. not to mention retrieving the garage space which is presently taken up with assorted woodworking machines. I want to install a thru wall A.C. and also place the humidifier in some out of the way place. Also, I have to decide what to cover the interior walls with. And then there is the compressed air piping…..come to think of it, I’ll just bet I can find all kinds of “work” to do to fill the time while the cement slab is drying out.

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

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#1 posted 11-08-2007 08:17 AM

Very nice I look forward to the day I move out of my garage and into a real shop. Everything is so close I have to move something every time I need to cut plane or joint. I even thought of renting a space in an industrail park. Good luck and don’t rush you will enjoy having it right the first time.

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#2 posted 11-08-2007 08:23 AM

Yes i think there are allot of things you could occupy your time with and two weeks will go by fast. I would want to epoxy paint the floor before moving in…you wont regret it. Looks awesome!


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#3 posted 11-08-2007 08:27 AM

I thought about epoxy paint, but decided against it. No matter how good it is it will still get chipped up. I
never regreted not doing it.

If you do decide to do it and you don’t get the kind with the little flakes that you sprinkle on, throw a couple of handfuls of sand into the paint. It will give you some traction.

That attic stair will get a lot of use. I had my trusses built with a “square” box in the middle. It’s about 9 feet wide x 40 feet long and 6 feet high. That’s an extra 360 sq ft of storage for me.

You might want to read my post about the A.C. and dust collector.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 11-08-2007 12:06 PM

I put epoxy down when I moved into my house. Never regretted it.

I got the flaky kind from Lowe’s and, in addition to a little grip, the flakes hide the dust until you clean up.
And it keeps the dust from settling in the little pores that are always in concrete, unless you fill and polish the floor. It helps immeasurably in keeping the shop clean and dust-free.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 11-08-2007 01:01 PM

crossing another day off the calendar! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 11-08-2007 01:17 PM

I’m all for the epoxy floor. I did my garage floor 3 years ago and it still looks as good as the day I put it on. I used the same as Sawdust2. I’m sure you’re going to have plenty to do until the time comes to epoxy. When I did mine I couldn’t put anyting heavy on it for 3 days. Looking good!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#7 posted 11-08-2007 01:57 PM

I epoxied the floor last year flakes and all. I didn’t go with a color, I used the base white I wanted more light and I have not regretted it at all. It was a lot of work but well worth it.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 11-08-2007 02:13 PM

Just curious (and more than mildly jealous), what are the perimeter dimensions? Looks like a nice place to make lots of noise and sawdust.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#9 posted 11-08-2007 03:10 PM

I can’t get used to the 24”OC studs. Just dosn’t look right to me…I’m too used to everything being 16”OC!


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#10 posted 11-08-2007 03:17 PM

Now is also a great time to add some speaker wire to the ceiling for those days when some music would help pass the time. I find it extra relaxing while sanding and finishing. I would also suggest placing some outdoor outlets as well.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#11 posted 11-08-2007 03:36 PM

Two great ideas that I had not thought of. And, two more things to do while the concrete slab dries. Thanks ! We did not have outdoor outlets in California and I think they are a wonderful convience. Now that I have them on my home here, I use them often.

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

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#12 posted 11-08-2007 03:40 PM

The dimensions are 24’ x 36.5’. There is plenty of room on the end and back of the building for an addition which will be a finishing room.

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

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#13 posted 11-08-2007 04:03 PM

Thanks for the tips ! I plan to enclose the cyclone with a filter just like yours. However, the filter on the A.C. intake is a great idea, I also can put a filter on the humidifier intake. It’s ideas such as yours and the others on this site that will allow my shop to be wonderful to work in with as little maintenance of the peripheral machinery as possible. Thanks again.

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

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#14 posted 11-08-2007 05:20 PM

I know you are anxious, Calgirl, but remember this… If the average person could really fast-forward through time whenever they felt like it, life would be over in about 5 years. :-)

Great shop!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 11-08-2007 05:40 PM

Food for thought Charlie ! Maybe I should just enjoy each aspect and focus less on building my projects. There is enjoyment in installing the compressed air system, or running speaker wire…right? I’m not being facetious Charlie, as each step can supply its own enjoyment. And the side benefit is a lower blood pressure !
This is the first time in many years that I have been this anxious to “get going”.

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

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