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9/7/2016 5:54:13 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Just some Before and After pictures...
I am quite impressed with how similar the real thing looks to the tentative idea I mocked up when first thinking about building the little workshop shed.
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9/6/2016 7:22:37 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Basically done with the exterior.
Over the last couple days I have gotten the trim all painted up (and done about half of the trim on the parking area shed done).  So the exterior of my little workshop is basically done.  There is things like installing a couple flood lights, painting the door, and contouring the landscape to replace the brick patio, but that can all be done later.
I have to admit that I think it is looking pretty darn good, and even the extra blocking I had to do at the top of the swing door is looking pretty spiffy. ...

9/2/2016 4:49:33 PM - 6 Comments - Read Full Post

Closer and Closer...
Good news.  Went to the store this morning and at least the guy I met with at the Ace/Moore Lumber is pretty sure I can return the 8 extra trim boards.  I guess I was thinking they were 8ft, but they are 16 foot, so I ordered twice as many as I needed.  He also thinks that the two siding panels I have left should be able to be returned (though there will probably be some kind of re-stocking type fee).  The trim boards and siding are VERY expensive, and can't really be used for anything else, so any money back at ...

8/26/2016 5:01:16 PM - 5 Comments - Read Full Post

A door on both ends.
While the sliding doors still need handles, today has been dedicated to the other end's door.... with mixed results.
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8/22/2016 12:24:50 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Flannel Pajamas and Catching Up.
This morning I slept in... all the way to 8am.  Late compared to the 5 to 6am I have been getting up recently.  However, my distress at sleeping late faded quickly away as the clouds filling the sky registered.  So back into my flannel-fuzzy pajamas.
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8/19/2016 5:06:30 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Making progress, but struggling.
The physical work is do-able... with some creativity.  Like bending backwards as if I was trying to do limbo while carrying a sheet of siding to get the upper edge under the roof edge while half crab-walking backwards so that I don't tear up the tar strip painted on the bottom edge of the siding.  Then setting it down on some soft fabric and reversing the whole situation to get it scooted up onto a board to get it all level.
Do-able.  Exactly.
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8/15/2016 6:30:31 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

On my own again.
With added visitors up this weekend and mom and dad leaving a few days earlier than planned, we have not gotten much more done than at the last update.  However, having the roof completed is sure a relief.  Of course, I don't think it has rained a single drop since it was finished.  Isn't that always the way?
We also got the electrical roughed in and the paper up on the other long wall so it will soon be ready for windows and siding.
It would have been nice to get other ...

8/11/2016 5:17:11 AM - Read Full Post

A wonderful kind of pain.
Well... the pain isn't exactly wonderful.  I am really sore, somewhat bruised, a little blistered, and have asphalt rash on my shins and knees, and a really funny tan at my sock-line.
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8/9/2016 6:53:09 AM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Help Has Arrived!
Saturday evening, mom and dad arrived.  Dad and I are already making great progress.
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7/25/2016 10:29:39 AM - 7 Comments - Read Full Post

It's Here!
I was concerned when the materials load for the shed arrived from Moore Lumber (Ace Hardware).  Despite promises that they would send it in two smaller loads if needed to fit on a small trucků it arrived on one big truck.
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7/24/2016 12:19:18 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

#3 of Building a Shed... the digging.
While scraping up and moving all the sand under the patio bricks could be considered part of #3, it is actually only part of #2 in my list... "Pull up patio bricks and scrape up sand base."  I got that done on Friday, though I had to take some time to tighten up random bolts on my old-but-still-kicking wheelbarrow first.
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7/21/2016 1:40:18 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Like a Ton of Bricks... Literally.
Finished with painting around and above where the new shed will go and have started doing the ground prep-work.  And... just... ouch.
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7/15/2016 1:31:01 PM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Painting Progress
Uggg!  I have been making good progress on painting the house where the new shed will go, but have to admit I am wearing out really fast.  More frustrating than painting single board strips at a time, is having to fix many things that the previous painters either over-sprayed or just didn't tape off like they should.
One those things was the support beams behind the vent screen.  Probably more work than it would be worth to most people, but it kinda drove me a little nutsy seeing all ...

7/11/2016 5:10:25 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

A Whole Lot of Paint and Plans for the Biggest Summer Project Yet
Besides having a nervous breakdown while sitting on a cart in the middle of the Home Depot paint area (because who doesn't have a breakdown when choosing the color of your home for the next 20+ years?), painting the house and shed are actually on the "easy" list for this summer.  And in fact, I would be putting them off until next year, but... all projects seem to require a dozen pre-projects before you can even start on the fun stuff.  Well, if you can count building a 8ft x 14ft shed along the middle of the front ...

7/1/2016 11:42:15 AM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Tool Review - Ryobi One+ Caulk Gun
When you need to caulk something, there has been historically two options.  A small tube that you squeeze with your hand or a classic caulk gun.  And while the small tube may work for very small areas, anything more than a few feet of caulking really requires a gun.
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6/23/2016 1:02:25 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

It hasn't all been fun and sanding in the sun.
While I have been devoting spare time to work on the double-sliding fish tank hood, requiring a whole lot of repeated sanding, I have still been doing a lot of outdoor work, too.
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6/16/2016 6:34:27 PM - 1 Comments - Read Full Post

Reef Aquarium Double-Sliding Light Box
For most aquariums, a small lid or an opening in the front is enough to maintain the tank.  However, reef tanks seem to need constant maintenance and feeding corals from every angle to keep things running well.  A lid that opens at least half way along the front then is what most people would need.  Alas, do I ever do anything the easy way?
Nope.  My reef tank is two sided.  That means there is no real back or front along the length of the tank.  And a reef needs lots of ...

6/12/2016 1:56:37 PM - 3 Comments - Read Full Post

Bad Roofers... the gift that keeps on sucking.
I would like to think that there are some good roofers out there, but all the ones I have experience with (both of them) did terrible jobs that resulted in leaking and damage, threatened to not finish if we didn't pay them the rest of the money, then never showed up again after taking the money.  So there is lesson number one kids:
NEVER pay the second half of contracted money until the work is 100% done and 100% right... even if that person is family of a friend of family.
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6/11/2016 10:03:42 PM - 2 Comments - Read Full Post

Done with the "barn" extension.
While I still have to organize and clean out the rest of the "barn" itself, I am done with the barn extension.
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6/8/2016 9:41:46 AM - 4 Comments - Read Full Post

Progress on the "Barn".
Umů ouch.  Very ouch.
I have been working on putting an extension on the "barn" to put our firewood under so that we can free up space to move a lot of boards out of the shed and hopefully get some of my larger tools (like table saws) out of the house.
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