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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:17 PM   #1
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Cant get the VR built til I have a proper shop, so here we go.

I've been planning this for a long time now, and it's finally happening. About 3 years ago I started investigating the idea of a new shop, but at the time it just wasn't a financial possibility for me. Well we all know what the real estate market has done since then and about a year ago I was able to start seriously looking for a place where I could make my idea a reality. I finally ended up buying a 1300sf 3 bedroom (now 2 bedroom) house with a detached 3 car garage, on about 1/3 of an acre. After spending some time fixing up the house I finally got the ball rolling on the new shop.

It's gonna be a 40x40x16 steel building with one 16x14 roll up and another 8x10 in the corner that'll mostly be used for ventilation, but could be used for access from the side yard as well. It's been kind of a slow process up til now with ordering the building, getting permits, and figuring out who's gonna put it up and how I'm gonna pay for it all. Just before I left for Reno my concrete guy started clearing all the tall grass and brush from the back yard.



When I came back there were some big holes in the ground, and a LOT of dirt piled up. I guess there was a lot more grading to be done than I expected.





What am I gonna do with all this

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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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Well I was hoping to have the slab done before the building showed up, but that didn't quite happen. I'm told they should be ready to pour by the end of the week, but I'm almost hoping it wont be ready til next monday. I'm goin up to Laguna Seca for the MotoGP race this weekend, and I'd really like to see the pouring take place. Anyways, the building showed up right on schedule and after some shuffling of trailers, cars and other stuff we got it all stacked in the corner of the yard.





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Old June 28th, 2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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Very exciting! Keep us posted with pics of the progress.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 12:28 AM   #4
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Details please!!!
What brand of metal building
What did it cost?
How much was delivery?
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Do you need a crane or forklift to put it up?
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Why is your wife tolerating you having a bigger shop than her house?
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Old June 29th, 2009, 02:16 AM   #5
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What am I gonna do with all this

Ask your neighbors, if they need any of it.

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Old June 29th, 2009, 04:36 AM   #6
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Thats what my wife says we need. I am going to build a detached garage one day in the future.
Fill dirt is easy to sell. Someone always needs to fill low places in their yard, like me. If you wasnt on the other side of the country,I would take it off your hands or you can just ship it to me .
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Old June 29th, 2009, 04:46 AM   #7
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Old June 29th, 2009, 05:48 AM   #8
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Congrats on the new building!
As previously said, if you weren't on the other side of the country, I could use ALL of that fill!

Easy to get rid of, post it on craigslist for free, if they remove it. It'll be gone quickly... Maybe...
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Old June 29th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #9
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Why is your wife tolerating you having a bigger shop than her house?
boy did that cause all kinds of trouble for me when i built my shop in the back yard

started out she was happy, the house was 64 square feet bigger than my garage, now my garage is 256 square feet larger than the house, she doesnt say much about it, but if the subject is brought up i try to get the hell away from her cause she is not happy about it


looks like your gonna have a nice building there, i will be watching this come together

i made mine with 10 foot walls, now i wish i would have made it with 15 - 18 foot walls for an over head crane i could have gotten for free, but id'a bumped my head on it with the 10 foot ceiling
the name of my shop "The BullSmith Garage" cause when people come to see how im going on my VW all i do is bullshit, talk till i run em off





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Old June 29th, 2009, 09:25 AM   #10
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Do some landscaping with it.
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Old June 29th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #11
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Details please!!!
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Empire Steel. They are local, had the best price, and were actually easy to deal with. Most of the other places I contacted couldn't be bothered to call me back or actually give me a quote. I found Empire on the web, filled out their online form and got a call a few hours later. Gave them all the specs and details and had a quote in a day or so. Them being local was just a bonus.
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I dont remember what the basic building cost was, but the total was about $25k including both roll up doors, full insulation, and interior wall panels.
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Not me :) One of my oldest friends dad is a contractor. His friend is doing the slab, and they are both gonna do the building.
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A forklift/reach fork is needed to erect the framing, and a man lift makes putting the wall sheeting up a lot easier.
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That's simple, it's MY house, and there is no wife. And for the record, once completed I'll have just shy of double the square footage of the house in combined garage space, and that's not including the sections of the new shop that'll have 2 levels. Best part is once finished I'll have roughly triple the work space of my current shop, just over half the monthly payment, and I'll actually own it.

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Old June 29th, 2009, 09:40 AM   #12
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The dirt isn't actually an issue yet. The guy doin my concrete is pretty sure he knows where it's all going. Basically the level of the back yard is gonna go up by a few inches which will get it to match up to the new slab, and the patio as well. If there's any leftovers I'll use it to smooth out the street in front of the house (one end is dirt). It's just an impressively large pile of dirt I wasn't expecting to see.
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Very cool indeed!
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Thanks for the info STNKBG1.. Some good ideas.. Not counting the no wife part LOL!
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Old June 29th, 2009, 11:41 PM   #15
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yeah, back when my brother and I were into BMX bikes we would have raided your dirt pile in a heart beat!
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Old June 30th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #16
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So as I'm leaving for work this morning my concrete guy tells me that he's having some sand delivered and asks where I'd like them to drop it, since there isn't much room left in back. I just told him I'd move my truck outta the way and they could dump it in the driveway. I wasn't quite expecting this when I got home.





I just hope he starts moving it around soon. I've gotta get that trailer outta the tent in a couple days.

Out back all the holes have been dug, most of the forms are in, and the anchor bolts are all located in nice little plywood jigs. I'm a total construction newb, and I was wondering how the heck he was gonna get those in the right spot. Figures that it would be so simple.





I'm told that he'll be grading the sand, putting in all the steel and calling for inspection this week and should be pouring by monday if not sooner.
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Old June 30th, 2009, 11:30 AM   #17
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Woke up this morning to the sound of a bobcat, and expected to see some of that sand moved around. When I finally dragged myself to the window I found that they had already put down the first layer and were working on the second. Right now they have almost all of that pile spread out over the back yard.



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Old June 30th, 2009, 12:01 PM   #18
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lookin good dude
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Old June 30th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #19
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soooooooooooooooo jealous
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Old June 30th, 2009, 03:10 PM   #20
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Sweet! Looks like it's going pretty quick!
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Old July 6th, 2009, 11:26 AM   #21
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It turned out that we had a few yards of sand leftover, so after my contractor had left for the day I spent a couple hours with the bobcat putting that sand to good use. You see I live on a private road that was once all dirt. Well apparently about 10 years ago a bunch of the neighbors got together to have it paved, only problem was that the last 3 people on the street (including the PO of my house) didn't wanna pay, so they only paved up to my driveway. If I turn right it's blacktop, if I go left it's dirt. Since I hate speedbumps, and it's shorter I usually take the dirt, but lately it's been getting pretty rough. It's a fairly steep little hill so when it rains the road gets trenches eroded into it. I decided it was time to smooth it out. Apparently I wasn't the only one that noticed it's condition because one of the neighbors that I hadn't previously met actually came over to thank me, and even gave me some beer money. So now the road is nice and smooth, and my driveway isn't full of holes that turn to mud puddles when it rains.



When I took off for the holiday weekend my contractor was just starting to put the steel in place, and when he said it was a lot of steel he wasn't kidding. All together it came to roughly 2.5 tons of rebar. When I got home last night I found a beautiful sight.









This morning the building inspector came by and woke me up. He passed everything quite quickly though so I forgave him. Concrete will be pouring tomorrow morning.
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Thanks for sharing this build!
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Old July 6th, 2009, 03:26 PM   #24
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If you hear a kinda' high pitched whining sound which seems to be coming from up north, that would be me working up into a frenzy of workshop envy. Very nice, you lucky bastard.
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this is a pretty nifty build thread you have going here.
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