My Last Rodeo

Oct 3, 2018
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I've built a few garages over the years. I bought my present house 2007. I have a couple of buildings a few miles from my house. Not wanting to be traveling everyday I planned on putting a building up. I ended doing two. My workshop originally was an unfinished Alpaca building. Pole building, 24'×32', 8ft high, dirt floor. Solid framed 4by6" treated uprights, heavy stringers for animals, 2' on center trusses. Decently built but unfinished outside. First thing I did was put in a good limestone base then 8" of 6 sack with fiberglass and remesh concrete, yes, I planned for a lift. This is what I started with.
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Now that I had a solid floor, using 2 steel beams and cribbing and four 50 ton screw jacks, cutting the roof loose from the headers, lots of reciprocating saw blades.
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I better post before I loose the post
 
Oct 3, 2018
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Braceville Ohio
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Jacking the roof up and installing 4' stud walls.
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I planned for one high door but I left the original headers which later limited the height of the second door. I mistake on my part.
After cutting down some trees and grinding out the stumps, I decided to put 16×32 shed type wings on the building.
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I framed it for 8 foot wide doors, I didn't think I'd have the height to go 9 ft wide. I did have the height but oh well.
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Oct 3, 2018
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Braceville Ohio
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56'×32' Three bays, middle bay where I have a 11,000 lbs two post lift. Middle bay is insulated, stays cool in the summer, easy to heat in the winter. All doors are insulated. This building sits 330 feet behind my house.
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Oct 3, 2018
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I probably should tell you how it was when I was young. Luckily I had an older Brother that got me interested in cars, he's now deceased and my car hobby interest hasn't been the same since. I literally "push" on. Early 1960s we had an old shed 8X10 with a little pot belly stove that had every wrench, screwdriver, and tool we had, witch wasn't much. A flimsy 3 pipe tripod and a chain fall that had a stretched chain that always jammed up. We used old canvas tarps, under and over the car we'd be working on. In the winter we'd take turns till our greases hands were frozen while the other warmed near the glowing red pot stove. I can't believe we never caught the shed on fire. We lived for and worked on cars everyday. Now thankfully I have equipment so I can still work on my cars but not very often. There used to be a group of us but Father Time has taken most of them away but I still enjoy my cars. So my advice is to keep pluging away and enjoy the challenges because these are the best times of your lives.