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Workshop siding – halfway there

November 24, 2008

We’ve managed to find four or five hours during each of the last several weekends to continue the slow march around the perimeter of the workshop, insulating and hanging the sheetmetal walls to enclose the 200 linear foot perimeter. As each sheet is 3 feet wide, this works out to 68 sheets with some triming or overlap.

Jim and Tim have continued to lend a hand in the effort, along with a few other unsuspecting volunteers we have managed to press into service.

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Here Jim drives one of literally thousands of self threading screws as we finish up the first 60′ long wall run.

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With the onset of winter and the loss of daylight savings time, the day, and our light come to an end as we turn our first corner.   Secretly, I think Tim was ready for the day to end a bit sooner…

This past weekend, I picked up where we left off, turning the corner and working on the first end wall.

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The end walls have 3 girts, requiring even more screws.   Despite pre-marking with a template, it helps to have a spotter on the other side of the wall to advise on how the screws are coming through the support members and whether you should adjust up or down on the next one to ensure you don’t miss.  A miss requires plugging the resulting hole with a bit of mastic sealant, or using one of the shorter, larger diameter trim screws to fill the hole. 

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Some panel cutting around the doors was required.  The resulting edges were quite sharp and required extra care when handling. 

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These short pieces over the doorways provided a larger challenge that I would have expected – trying to hang them plumb while balanced off sides on a ladder.   I expect by the time we get to the opposite end, which will be our last wall, this will be much easier.  This wall was the most complex, having both the large door opening and a personnel walk door to cut around.

By the end of the day, this wall was complete – 100 feet down, 100 left to go.  

Then the roof…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2008 2:57 am

    problem: something needs cut.

    solution: concrete saw.

    gotta love it! 😀

    it’s gettin’ there!

  2. November 26, 2008 1:28 pm

    Erik,

    I think you are getting a sense of my style outside of the professional work environment! Yeah, that saw is becoming a favorite of mine.

  3. November 26, 2008 5:05 pm

    mark, it’s a stress-reliever, i’m sure.   even the most violent of tools require some semblance of precision to use properly. 😉

    the irony is that you need a table saw with a metal blade to cut the siding and complete the workshop, however, you need a completed workshop to house a table saw.   chicken, meet egg.   egg, chicken.   have you met?   good. 😛

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