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Project by Calgirl posted 11-16-2007 10:38 PM 3216 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I say, running a computer cable thru conduit is a job for the young! My back is killing me! Working in a 3’ trench, worming pvc around bends and under all the other pipes and cables is hard work. What I want to know is who put all that stuff under my lawn? Not to mention laying on your belly in the damp dirt which was fun too ! I finished backfilling the trench today and that portion of the job is complete. I could not be more thankful for being able to move on to the attic! At least in the attic I had the forethought to have the last workman working up there lay a pull string from one end of the house to the other. Since the computer I intend to hook-up to is at the farthest point in the house from the workshop (who would have it any other way?) the pull-string will be a wonderful convenience. The darn thing better not break !! I’m using the computer set-up that Mot described. It consists of a KVM unit (actually two units) that plug into your computer at one end and terminate with another unit in the workshop. I supply a monitor, keyboard, and mouse in the shop, and I can use the CPU from in the house via this KVM and Cat5 cable thingy. That way, I have a computer in the shop without having to worry about dust and dirt ! It also means that the loads of computer files I have relating to woodworking are available to me in the shop.

The shop limps along. Seems like the end of building takes many times longer than the beginning. All the electrical is roughed in but the inspector has decided that the grounding rod (which is sunk 5 feet into wet soil) is not enough! So the electrician had to make a special trip out to sink another rod 6 feet away from the first one and run a grounding wire back to the first one. I am waiting for the “dry-in” inspection which should have happened today but someone forgot to tell the Gen’l. Contractor that all was ready. So now were looking at Monday or Tuesday. Then the builders can place the trim (which is all painted and on the shop floor) and soffits. The soffit man is going to do his thing Sunday. Then there is the “final” inspection. Only after the “final” inspection on Tuesday or Wednesday, can I begin to “move in”.

The builders built the “sliding 8 foot back door” today and hung it. It works fine and is securely locked from the inside with 4 “eye” bolts into hidden “T” nuts sandwitched between the plywood and the siding on the door, when not in use. I will make some handles for the eye bolts to make them more user friendly. I wanted to have a way to securely lock the back door for security purposes and I think this system works fine. The “front” door finally came in today and it was hung also. So, now it really does look like a shop with doors and everything! The first coat of paint went on yesterday, but the second could not be applied because we had a slight rain, so they finished it today.

I ran conduit in the trench for water and bought a utility sink at the BORG. So, I will be able to have running water out there. Still no commode as I am on a septic system and the hookup to that system would be very expensive. I’ll have to “retire” to the house when necessary.

Before I place the insulation I will take pictures of the “rough in” as Gary suggested. That way I will have pics of exactly where the cables are, etc. That was a great idea. I wanted to use vibration isolation bolts to hang the cyclone, but the only ones I could find were at Granger’s for $32.00 apiece! So, I went to the local hardware store and bought rubber grommets, etc to make my own. We’ll see if the rubber is the right consistency for the weight of the cyclone unit. Time will tell on that one. But my isolation bolts cost $9.50 for all four bolts….a lot better than $128.00 I’d say.

I found that Owens Corning makes a special insulation for noise control. Lowe’s carries it but did not have the quantity in stock that I need, so I have to order it. I hope it works as well as the O.C. internet home page demonstration ( shows it does.

I had an idea to install a “dumbwaiter” contraption next to the attic stairs. That way I can haul large boxes of storage stuff up to the attic safely and much more easily. Have you ever tried to carry a box up attic stairs? With my dumbwaiter system, it will be a breeze. I’ll post pics when I get it built. One of the jocks reminded me not to forget to put a light in the attic, so the electrician gave me two lights with the switch by the stairs. A light up there will work out just fine.

Well, that’s it for now. Hope all had a great Veterans Day and did not forget to give thanks to all of our past and present veterans for the wonderful freedom we enjoy.

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

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#1 posted 11-16-2007 10:56 PM

Every thing is looking goooooood!
You will enjoy many years of fun work there, starting very soon.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#2 posted 11-16-2007 11:42 PM

All that cable pulling almost makes one want to go with 1. a wireless router, and a booster from the house. 2. a bigger pipe to pull it through. :-D

-- David, Charlotte NC

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#3 posted 11-17-2007 03:38 AM

looks great cal .

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#4 posted 11-17-2007 06:09 AM

Calgirl. They make a comode system that grinds up all of the output and sends it through a 3/4” plastic pipe to you septic tank. They use these in basements also to pump uphill etc

Glad you are getting close.

-- 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 11-17-2007 06:21 AM

Calgirl what a great time you must be having. I can only dream about having a shop that size and being able to design it yourself is icing on the cake. Lucky You, I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Alan Robertson

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#6 posted 11-17-2007 05:07 PM

Closer and closer. Check out this site for vac system accessories.—-, also your local heating and air supply houses for transitions, elbows, etc. Also recommend wire reinforced flex instead of all plastic for vac hoses. Tried both, all plastic is too stiff. Enjoyed watching your shop come together. Couldn’t you try to update us every hour or so- with pictures. Ha, ha. Amazed that you’re able to do what you are doing right now. Hope this is useful. Al

-- MrAl

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#7 posted 11-17-2007 05:59 PM

Thanks for the tip on the site. To be honest, I’m getting a little frustrated with all the delays….....I want to start “fixing it up”. The Gen’l. Contractor says not to move anything in or do anything until after the final inspection… I have 4 more days to wait. Also, I found some damage to the cement flooring that will have to be repaired…...that will be another hold-up I suppose. I already have the reinforced flex 6 and 4” hoses, so I lucked out there. Since today is Sat. I thought I would take the dehumidifier out there and plug it in…..first, it will start removing some of the humidity and second, since it is not exhausted outside yet, it will warm the place up so that I can sit out there and dream! First thing I will build is an assembly table that I can use to work off of, next the outfeed for the Unisaw. Then I have almost 20’ of cabinets, two and three cabinets high. Can’t wait to bring home my first load of lumber. I forgot, the first machine to go in will be the cyclone. Well, thanks for your comment and tip…

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

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#8 posted 11-17-2007 06:54 PM

Theres nothing like the excitement of moving into a new shop. You know we we’ll be wanting to see all the projects that come from this shop…

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 08:35 PM

Just wait until you discover things you wish you had done before moving in….

I’m just a wee bit jealous!


-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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