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  • HappySquidHappySquid Member Posts: 454 Member
    Ron, you do know that forklift is great at bending racks yes ? ( thats how they tend to get bend for starters)
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    Ron, you do know that forklift is great at bending racks yes ? ( thats how they tend to get bend for starters)

    So true Squid !
    I bought these used at an auction .
    They have some miles on them .
    Used ones run $650 at yards & I paid $55  so I expect some work for the savings .
    I am drilling & bolting the tabs on the rails just for a little more safety .
    Once the shop is in shape I will pull them out & paint them .
    Right now I just need to get things out of the way for construction .
    :)
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    Moving a lot of stuff out of shop 2 to the racks in shop 4 . If I get a wall cleared to the floor I can start to organize that shop .
    I have 2 big full racks down the center that needs to go so I have more floor space to work .
    A couple loads went to the burn pile already .
    Then it will be more of a working shop than storage .
    :)
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    I will start putting up steel on my west end wall today . It's getting cold up here so time is running out on construction for the year .
    I am holding off closing the west shops as long as I can this year .
    Already started on lumber up on the south wall .
    South wall is where shop 3 will get framed up .
    Problem is that there is a ton of stuff stored there in the way that needs to get relocated .
    That will take some doing to store that stuff . A lot is big furniture for in shop 3 . It will fill the shop as soon as I get it done .
    It's a big project .
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    Spent 4 days moving furniture & treasures around shop 4 .
    Yesterday was all rain & dark .
    60 & wet is not great working .
    So far I have moved around 1/3 of the treasures out of the shop 3 area .
    Stored some in my box truck just to get them out of the way for now .

  • rberglofrberglof Senior Member Posts: 2,967 Senior Member
    nice ice box, my brother has one just like that.
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    It's funny the things we drag home over the years .
    I seem to have dragged a tad more than most .
    Four shops full is a lot to sort out & go through .
    Winter is on the way here so I will be in my rescue room working on things .
    Maybe this winter finding parts for guns will be a bit easier . Last winter it was really tough . Not to mention the prices of things you could find .
    Putting a $50 part in a $100 gun seems silly .

  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    Still working on cleaning out the shop 3 area .
    It has been cold here so the work stopped .
    Saying a few nice days so will run there & see what can get done .
    It's a long slow process but will be worth it in the end .
    :)
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    Nice.  Might as well enjoy the nice weather while you have it.  Look forward to seeing how it turns out for you. 

    It's supposed to be nice today and tomorrow here (upper 70s-low 80s), but turn windy and cooler (60s with 40mph wind) on Sunday.  Can't wait to have the power on in my shop so I can work with the doors closed and lights on when the weather doesn't cooperate.
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    I worked until dark yesterday & will hit it again today .
    The shop 3 area has one heck of a lot of stuff stacked in it !
    I have about 2/3 of it cleaned out so far .
    I'll snap a couple pics of my panel & the shop space so far .
    I need to build another rack to put things up on .
    That usually takes a couple days work .
    Once it is opened up I can start wiring & getting it framed up .
    Still haven't decided on 12' or 16' wide yet .
    Will mark out both & see what I like best .
    I still have a lot of rafters & insulation to do ahead of wiring .
    At least with the power in it is a lot quieter in the shop working .
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    Sounds like you got quite a bit done and are moving along.  B)
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    It is getting better every day Jay .
    I did manage to get things moved out of the way for the shop 3 area . That only took a week to do .
    Today I can start framing the walls in the bump out area . It is 16' x 24' with a 10' ceiling . Will see how far I get ahead of the snow .

  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    Looking good.  B)
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    Thanks Jay .
    Have started framing out shop 3 so I can get some wiring in & maybe a few lights up . The days are getting short so need the lights to keep working .
    I found a deal on some 3/4 x 8' sheets & some 2" x 8" boards too . Maybe a few trusses for the breeze way too . It pays to keep an eye open for things .
    :)
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    My bump out is shaping up .
    Managed to get 6 outlets in & working .
    Almost ready to frame the inside rooms .
    The temps up here have been great for this time of the year so I keep pounding boards up .

  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    That looks really good.  Adding a good bit of space there.  Already giving me ideas for what I can do with mine later..  :D
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    I'm still waiting for my electrical inspection...  The inspector went out to my place last Saturday to do it when I wasn't there, because I didn't know he was going.  The note on the inspection request asked for them to call my electrician to schedule the inspection.  Nobody called.  He just showed up.  So I called him on Monday to ask about it and he said he would be out on Friday (tomorrow).  Over 2 weeks waiting for the inspection, then I'll have to wait however long it'll take for the elec co to come out and hook it up...

    I'll be glad to finally get that done.  The electric part has taken far longer than the building itself... 
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    That is a pain Jay .
    I think they took around 6 months to get me hooked up & done . Just in time for winter when I won't be out there .
    I have been digging out things for the bump out .
    Found 6 can lights for out there .
    Also dug out boxes & tubs of outlets & switches for around the shop .
    My back went crazy so I spent the day sorting things so as I need them I can just grab them & go .
    I also have been finding wire I can use .
    At today s prices I am happy I bought this stuff at auctions for the past few years .

  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    It seems like you have your own personal hardware store.. 🤣 That’s good. I’m sure it saves you a good bit of money and you don’t even have to go anywhere to get stuff. 👍
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    It is nice to be using things up that I have had for a long time .
    You wouldn't be leave the nuts.... bolts .....screws dept . I have a small mall on my hands ...... thanks to auctions & estate buying .
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    Winter is hitting here so the west shops will come to a stop .
    They are calling for snow chances all next week .
    Still have a few things to do out there to close for the winter .
    Will be starting on projects around shop 1 today .
    Starting out with small things then working my way to the rescue room stuff .
    Lots to choose from in there .
    My first winter project is a stool for in the shops . A small wood seat has been a pain since I bought it ( many many years ago )  New wheels .... paint job ..... padded seat . Not a tall order .

  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    Sounds like a plan. Winter is starting to creep in down here, for where I live. Been pretty regularly getting to or below freezing in the mornings with frost on everything. 27 this morning. Little chilly in my shop, although my insulation seems to be doing a good job keeping it warmer than outside. I will need to see if I can add thin insulation to the roll up door. That will probably help, if I can do it without it having issues rolling up with the added thickness. I’ve seen it done. Might just lightly attach it to the top, roll it up and make sure it’ll work before I permanently attach it with contact adhesive. 

    It has been a bummer not having elec yet. It’s already dark by the time I get home from work. 
  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 4,446 Senior Member
    Winter here is coming a bit early here too Jay .
    It's 9 here with light snow on the ground .
    I managed to finish up my fat butt stool for shop 3 work .
    If it hits 40 I will run to the west shops this week & get things closed up for the winter .
    Then it will be all shop 1 time for rescue projects & stay inside things .
    I will get back to the construction in the spring of 2023 .
    At least here I don't have to be on ladders to work ....... my legs & back like that idea .
    :)

  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    That stool came out looking really good.

    Seems like it'll be nice to give your body a break and do some fun projects for a while.
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