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Forum topic by AngieO posted 01-22-2015 01:56 AM 1568 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2015 01:56 AM

Well… I haven’t been on here for a while. Looks like I won’t be on here (other than stalking) either.

My daughter was moving my truck in the driveway and had a bit of an accident. She rammed the front right corner of the garage. The corner post is pushed back about 2 1/2 feet. The whole right side is pushed off the foundation about 2 inches. Looks like the top corner where impact was is also starting to sag. Garage door is pushed in and bent. Of course the rails are all twisted.

I finally got a decent offer from the insurance adjuster. Now time to get it repaired.

I talked to a contractor yesterday and today. I have a very large deductible so there will be a lot of out of pocket expense. So now my dilemma is this… Who do I pick to do the job? Or do I attempt to rebuild it myself?

First things first… I have to get everything packed up and shipped to a storage unit.


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#1 posted 01-22-2015 02:11 AM

Is it possible to look into a prefab unit and tear down the old?

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 02:12 AM

Oh no! I’m so sorry to here this bad news Angie. I hope no one got hurt, material things can be replaces. If I lived near you I would volunteer to help get you back on your feet. Sounds like a good size job nevertheless, I guess you’ll need permits for this project. It will take time and I’m sure you’ll be back to doing what you love to do once your back on your feet.

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

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 02:23 AM

Welcome back Angie

-- If you don't Play, you can't win

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 02:42 AM

I think someones premiums are about to EXPLODE

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#5 posted 01-22-2015 03:23 AM

Sorry to hear the news, about your shop…. ;^(

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 01-22-2015 03:27 AM

Sorry to hear. I say the photos on FB but never knew how it happened. Never any fun to get a money sucking surprise to start off the new year.

-- Harold

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#7 posted 01-22-2015 03:33 AM

Not good news to hear. Sounds like the same thing my nephew did years ago. Wishing you quick back to shop recovery.

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

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#8 posted 01-22-2015 03:57 AM

What a bummer of a way to start off the new year.
Hope you get it back together soon, and glad no one was hurt.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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#9 posted 01-22-2015 06:59 AM

Hello Angie,

Structures and basic electrical should be left to the experts, maybe you can leave it rough and do all the finishing over time yourself but I think you would regret trying to fix it all yourself. Some things are best left to the people who do it everyday, they are faster, know the problems already and usually buy the materials at a better price. Just my experience. Good luck!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#10 posted 01-22-2015 01:12 PM

So sorry to hear this news Angie, have you considered instead of packing off looking into one of those driveway pods? Those big metal containers?

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#11 posted 01-22-2015 01:24 PM

I’d like to see photos. I have done thousands of miles of framing and remodeling. I like to think I can build or repair anything.

That said, my thinking would be to do it myself. With photos, I might be able to determine the level of difficulty.

I’m hoping there is temporary support in place to prevent additional sagging or even collapse.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#12 posted 01-22-2015 01:34 PM

Angie as far as your stalker… I have an iron clad alibi

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#13 posted 01-22-2015 01:36 PM

I took this pic outside your shop the other day… IS that your brother?

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#14 posted 01-23-2015 01:37 PM

Sorry to hear this bad news. Hope your daughter is ok. Good luck with the rebuild

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 01-23-2015 06:11 PM


Late to the party. Been working in my real job…the one that pays for cat food. LOL!

I cannot see the building so I’m not sure what to say. Sounds like walls are racked? I’d get several bids and ask them how they would do what they plan to do. I know you are working in a wood-shop, so I know you aren’t a woosie.

Can you get some help and tackle it yourself? If there is no time line you might not have to move your stuff out. I’d just put up a temporary door with a couple sheets of plywood? Shift everything stack it neatly to the side that is not damaged and cover it with plastic tarps.

On the other hand you often end up with great solutions. Might be a great opportunity to get a slick shop? don’t forget to get floor sealing and painting for moisture issues if you can afford it.

Best wishes for the project!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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