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Matt's New Shop

Post by mdmead » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:59 pm

Santa came early!

Yesterday a semi arrived with my 40'x60' shop kit. Yee ha! Looks like it will be mostly standing by Christmas.

My new pole building will have one 10'x12' door for the motorhome and three 10'x10' doors for trucks and toys. And there will be one walk-through as well. The basic building, including the concrete floor, is $41K. The county extorted just under $1700 for a building permit. Excavation was estimated at $1600. Will still need power, as well as driveway work leading to the building. Don't know when or how much that stuff will cost.

Here is what the building site looked like 'before'.

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Here's the truck delivering.

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Unloading the rafters.

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And here are all the presents!

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I helped (mostly by staying out of the way) the driver unload and it took about an hour and a half. The driver knows how to set the parts out so the builders don't have to move the materials very far during assembly. The driver did have to take into account the excavation that hadn't yet occurred; we'll see how well he did!

As he is unloading the roofing and siding, I'm seeing blue and thinking about what color I'd ordered. I was pretty sure it wasn't blue. So I mention it to the driver and he laughs and says the blue are scrap pieces to protect the good stuff underneath. He said everyone asks the same thing. Doh!

So, how does this affect my Safair build? In theory, it should help. One of the stumbling blocks has always been the location of my van. It's less than half a mile away in my dad's shop, but it isn't convenient to pack up my tools to go over there to work on it. Forget about tinkering whenever I have a spare hour or two. Once it is moved to my shop, it has a better chance. Besides, maybe seeing it parked in there every day will get me feeling guilty, and cause me to act. (I do feel guilty every time I see it parked in dad's shop.)

As I type this, the excavation is happening! Woo hoo!

Stay tuned!
Matt
Selah, WA
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Re: Matt's New Shop

Post by astrozam » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:19 pm

Very Cool! and congrats Christmas Boy...lol. Will be following along on the build :cheers:

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Post by 1Gary » Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:29 pm

Congratulations Matt!!!.Now that will take some getting used to having a shop out your back door to do what you want when you want.What is the electrical plans??.Are you going to run a gas line out there for heat??.Maybe water(bathroom)sewer,phone/cable in the same trench??.A two poster lift opens up a whole new area in the work you can do too.Most installers for them want to see a 6" base to bolt to.

Seriously Matt,I'm really happy for you.I looked for three yrs for a rental space that I could afford.Even through it's about 15 miles away,it is sure nice to have the keys to go to a place to work in.

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Post by timelessbeing » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:10 pm

Lucky guy.
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Post by Smiliesafari » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:29 pm

You need to send your Santa my way. :supz: :supz: :supz:
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Post by T.Low » Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:26 pm

Smiliesafari wrote:You need to send your Santa my way. :supz: :supz: :supz:

I believe, I BELIEVE!!!

Wow, Matty, that's awesome. You must have been a very good boy this year. Congrats. Looking forward to the building of the building.
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Post by CaptSquid » Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:09 am

Insert Tab A into Slot B ...
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Post by kamenz » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:09 am

Matt now you have absolutely no excuse not to finish your van.Look's like you will have enough overhead clearance to drop this v8 in. Manfred
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Post by doyoulikeithere » Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:50 am

Matt, I'm comin over in the spring to work on my van, at your place.
Can I get my new engine shipped to your place? LOL, JusKidn.... :guitar:
That will be an awesome shop!! 40 x 60 is bigger than my house :yikes:
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Post by mdmead » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:23 am

1Gary wrote:What is the electrical plans??.Are you going to run a gas line out there for heat??.Maybe water(bathroom)sewer,phone/cable in the same trench??.A two poster lift opens up a whole new area in the work you can do too.Most installers for them want to see a 6" base to bolt to.
The electrical will come later. I'll run something temporarily after the shop is built, but it will be awhile before I can power that welder I'm dreaming of...

We don't have natural gas in our neighborhood, but I may put in a pellet or woodstove at a later date.

Cable WILL come eventually. Phone? I suppose I'll run the line with the cable, but I'm not sure it is really needed.

No water/shower/toilet... officially. That would require another septic system. I haven't completely ruled it out though as I am seriously thinking of building an elevated office in the SE corner.

A lift is a dream... but at this point it isn't in the plan. Right now the plan is to just have covered space to house all my 'stuff'. Too much of it is sitting unprotected now.
Smiliesafari wrote:You need to send your Santa my way. :supz: :supz: :supz:
Sorry Skip, he's MINE this year! :muhaha:
doyoulikeithere wrote:40 x 60 is bigger than my house :yikes:
Mine too! :muhaha: (It's actually amazing my wife signed off on this as she wants a new/bigger house built.)
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-96 GMC Safari AWD Hi-Top Conversion -->Stalled 5.3L swap & 5" lift
-74 Ford Bronco -->Far from perfect but mine!
-99 V-10 Ford Super Duty Super Cab 4x4 -->Stock with 285 Cooper ATs
-00 Ford Focus Wagon -->The Red Turd
-95 Ford 24' Class C Motorhome -->My big block sleeper
-07 Can-Am Outlander XT -->My yellow 4x4 quad for work & play
-04 Ski Doo REV Summit -->Still several chassis behind!


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Post by T.Low » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:31 am

A loft would be sweet. Are you on http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/ (because you can never have too many ideas!)
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Post by doyoulikeithere » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:42 am

just fyi.... the snowmobiler's woodstove.
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Post by peter » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:22 am

Congrats and my sympathies, Matt.

Congrats on an awesome garage. The potential for incredible projects is now a possibility.
My sympathies as well. You'll now have one less justification for why your van is slowly decomposing.
On the other hand, maybe your wife'll get around to finishing the engine swap after all... :poke:
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Post by mdmead » Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:36 pm

The shop is going to be sitting where a large area of grass used to be... In theory, this will cut down on mowing time and give me more time for 'projects'! :muhaha:
Matt
Selah, WA
-96 GMC Safari AWD Hi-Top Conversion -->Stalled 5.3L swap & 5" lift
-74 Ford Bronco -->Far from perfect but mine!
-99 V-10 Ford Super Duty Super Cab 4x4 -->Stock with 285 Cooper ATs
-00 Ford Focus Wagon -->The Red Turd
-95 Ford 24' Class C Motorhome -->My big block sleeper
-07 Can-Am Outlander XT -->My yellow 4x4 quad for work & play
-04 Ski Doo REV Summit -->Still several chassis behind!


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Re: Matt's New Shop

Post by doyoulikeithere » Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:39 pm

A few sheep will help even more.
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