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The New Temporary Workshop Episode 8

Work continues at a slower pace, as I am working on the client Master Bath Project. However I managed to get some stuff done around here.

This is the East wall, which I covered with 1/2″ 5-ply plywood. I used 5 ply which is more expensive, but much more stable for mounting cabinets and holders of various sorts I have been collecting over time.
This is the wall between the shop and the alcove for the reefer and the utility room. It is insulated as well.

The majority of the taping and sanding is done. The north wall and it’s soffit remains open as I have not switched the electric circuit around.

The kitchen window is wrapped as well as the temporary pocket door is installed.

Priming took place the other day with KILZ2 primer. Walnut the wonder dog could care less.

I built a ‘airlock’ door for the dogs out of 2 petdoor flap sides. I saw one in the store, but I balked at the 75 buck price tag, and the idea that I would need to remember 2 sizes and types of flaps. Lazy I am, for sure. Dogs like it.


I am also experimenting with trimless openings. I used “L” bead around the door. “L” bead and Corner Bead on the windows. I am still muttering about the floor.
On the left is the famous electric outlet featured here

I installed the outlets at 48” off the floor because this is a workshop, and having the outlet above your benches is a good thing.

I have a break Wednesday, as the client has stuff to do, and the Master Bath Project will be at a resting point with the rest of the solid surface going in. Hopefully, my son and I will get the electricity moved, and get the soffits buttoned up. Plus we need to get materials for a gutter job on the other side of town.
Maybe get some of the cabinets moved, and installed on the walls. Thursday may be a down day as the Caravan needs to go to the shop to have the brakes repaired.

The New Temporary Workshop Episode 7

I managed to get some primer on the NTW the other day. The temp was in the high 60’s.

I am using KILZ brand primer. Great stuff. It works best in the 70’s, as in the 60’s it has the consistency of sour creme. But then so do all paints.

Inside I have hung the pocket door, which I am going to cut open and install a dog door on the bottom and a piece of tempered glass salvaged from a shower removal. Putting up the NTW, turned the kitchen into a bit of a cave, so I need to get as much light into the house as I can. I am also making the trim on one side of the pocket door frame removable, so when I find or build the door I really want, I can install it.

For Christmas I received this. Oh yeah! This tops the list of christmas presents for sure. I love stained glass.

Now I just have to find the best place to put it. The windows in the casa are dual pane energy efficient units with one big drawback. The damn faux pane dividers inside. These are the standard here in arizona. I’d like to bitch slap the person who thought this was cool. I hated multi pane windows when I had to repair, refinish and paint them. Having them in the center of the window, makes it doubling maddening as replacing dual pane units are more expensive than the window in the first place.

Right now it is in my bathroom in the window.

The forecast calls for high 60’s during the first part of the week. I hope so. Then I can get the outside painted, and finish the inside, and move my tools into the workshop. Start building cabinets for my DVD’s and books. Then I can move down the hallway and work on getting my office setup, and the media room/movie theater finished.

The New Temporary Workshop Episode 6

I have been otherwise engaged which puts this on the back burner. But I do have an Update.
Now that I have water and ice on tap with the refrigerator, and yes I rescued the silverware out of the drawer, I have been working on the workshop.
My son stopped by and gave me a hand hanging the ceilings in the workshop and the utility room.
I have been taping up a storm.
Installed and taped the cornerbeads and the L beads that I placed on the insides of the window sills and around the doors. This back wall is plywood so that I can hang anything anywhere. On the right side of the photo is the window that goes into the kitchen. The outlet box contains Cable, Phone and Network Cabling.

View looking East

I placed the majority of my outlets 48″ off the floor, as this is a workshop, and I am tired of bending over.

My soffit is still open as I still have a bit of wiring to do for the various switches.

The Utility Room which was originally going to be a 4×8′ pad for the reefer and water heater is drywalled. I have a fresh air vent for the heater which is gas.

The reefer alcove was not a deep as the water heater opening, so I built an alcove on the back side for shelving for the rest of the crap that will end up in here.

The New Temporary Workshop Episode 5

Having gotten the tar paper up, my son came by and gave me a hand roofing the new workshop.
Just in time, as the rain arrived and pointed out two things.
1. A 1/4” per foot drop is fine for driveways for water runoff, but is a disaster for shingle roofing.
2. Coffee Cans are real handy.
So I ended up re roofing.
Water runs off much better now.

The New Temporary Workshop Episode 4

Yesterday, after working on the Master Bath Project, I thought I could get some work done on the patio. I only got one wall up as it gets dark at 6.

Today, the painters are painting the master bedroom so I had the day off. This means I had some serious time to devote to the new temporary workshop 2. I have been staging materials for weeks, so that I could get some progress going.

So this morning I started framing. This is a view of the bottom of my walls. the bottom plate is pressure treated lumber (the green stuff) with sill sealer attached. This works remarkably well in preventing moisture disintegrating the frame over time.

Attaching the walls to the slab are my favorite fasteners, sleeve anchors. Like I said, if this lifts up in a storm I will already be in Kansas. The posts are pressure treated as well, only because when I was buying lumber they were the only 4×4” that were straight. Unless you have worked with pressure treated lumber, you have no idea how weird this is. Most pressure lumber looks like it belongs in a boatyard.

So by 1, I had the framing up, and went off in search of some new movies.Patioframe9

By 6, i have gotten this far. I sheathed, I cut out and set the door, and sheathed across the front and down the west side. I will cut out and install the windows tomorrow evening.
There is only so much you can do with a 150 watt light bulb.

The New Temporary Workshop Episode 3

Having gotten the post and beam frame up and the roof done and sheathed, It was time to tackle the reefer opening. If you have been following along, the original plan was a 4×8′ pad to cover the water heater and to bump out the wall to tuck the refrigerator into the opening where the old door was. I discussed Scope Creep previously.

My friend Carl lent me his little electric jackhammer, which made short work of the stucco and lath. Behind that was a piece of chipboard. Behind that was the frame and the damn door! No insulation either.
Good thing I have that jackhammer as I have to trim the block to get a large enough opening to finish for the refrigerator. Beats using a skil saw with a masonry blade. A lot less dusty. So I will be working on that in the evenings, and framing up the walls, and applying siding.

The dogs are used to this….

The New Temporary Workshop Episode 2 – Post and Beam

Working on the new Temporary Workshop, I placed the anchors the other day. My son Patrick and my friend Carl came over to help me get the frame up.

I have the posts up and Patrick is marking the lines where we will cut them. Used one of those laser levels to establish the lines. What a difference a little technology makes. This used to be done using a long piece of plastic tubing and water.

I built the beam out of 2×6’s and a 1/2” plywood center. Nice having a 75′ driveway for laying this out. I started with a 8′-2×6 and a 4′ plywood spacer. I butted a 12′ 2×6 and more plywood, until I had a 29′ beam. I built this so as to stagger the joints. Triple nailing on both sides and it is done.

Anything to do with roofs and beams, you need to crown your material. Solid wood has a natural tendency to bow, so that when you look down the edge you will see that one side has a bow in it. When this faces up, the material is crowned. This helps you when you apply material to roofs and beams. The additional weight is pushing on your structure, but it is flattening it out, rather than forming a bowl.

While waiting for Carl, we measured, and installed the joist hangers, and crowned the joists.

When Carl arrived, we hoisted the beam and screwed it in place. I used #7 Deckmate Screws which are the greatest screws for this type of work. (Yes I could have used joist nails, but I don’t like stuff falling apart)
Work went quickly, as we had pre staged everything possible. I attached the roof joist to the beam using hurricane straps and screwed them in place.

I used 12′ 2×6’s as I had a 10′ pad and my house joist was attached to the rim joist of the old roof. It has a 1′ overhang, giving me a three foot eave off the end of my project. This is Arizona. I had to cut a maximum of a 1/2” off the ends of the rafters, to square them up for the eave joist.

Here is a shot my son took as Carl and I were decking the roof. I used OSB for the roof, but I used 5/8” material as my rafters are 24” on center.

4:00 pm and the frame is done and the roof is decked. That ate up Saturday.

The New Temporary Workshop Episode 1

Two of the most dreaded words in remodeling are ”what about”. In other circles this is known as Scope Creep.
Scope Creep is when you have a project nailed down, and then bright ideas begin to appear.Tthe ‘what about’ moment

Let me demonstrate.
The original idea was to pour a small slab behind the house, to be able to open up the original rear doorway, and tuck my refrigerator into it. The slab also was going to contain a spot to enclose the water heater. At this point a 4×8 slab with a small roof and a door for access to the water heater would have done the job. Couple hundred bucks, maybe 10 hours and I am done.

Well, having won a few bucks at the lottery, allowed me to get the block fence, and the driveway. The siren song of expansion began eating into my brain.

I had already contracted for the little slab, but I noticed that I have an impressive collection of garden tools. Lawn Mower, wheelbarrow, rakes, weed eater, leaf blower, shovels, axes, and so on. Quite a collection of stuff for a guy with no grass. So I talked with the concrete guys and for a few dollars more, could make my slab 8×10′. This would allow me to build the fridge alcove, get my water heater under cover, and have enough room for my garden tools.

Now the back of my house would have this slab jutting into the backyard, and I would have my garden tools put up, but I just got a new 10” Table saw, and for a few dollars more could get another slab poured at the same time. It was inexpensive as they are already on site, and concrete gets cheaper the more you order.
The old temporary workshop is where I enclosed the carport two years ago, to build an office.

Now I have a 10×21′ slab that will become the new temporary workshop.(the endgame is a freestanding 18×24 shop with a 18×12 patio)
Having said that, on the left is the back wall of the laundry room. So I will pull plumbing out of it, and be able to install a sink in the new temporary workshop. I will also be able to reroute the dryer vent to scavenge waste heat in the winter.

It will be a modified Post and Beam construction, the posts being 4×4” with a built up 4×6 beam. The beam members will be 2×6 boards with a 1/2” plywood gusset in the center with staggered joints, allowing me to span the entire distance with one beam. Built up beams used to be standard building practice before the advent of glulams, and TGI Joists. They are more time consuming to construct, but are cheaper in materials.
Nowadays the only time you see them is over small windows. The other reason is that there are too few folks calling themselves framers that can read lumber and crown joists correctly.

I have the post anchors installed using Simpson ABU44Z anchors and 1/2”x 4” Red Head Sleeve Anchors. Trust Me, if these ever lift in a storm the rest of the house will be in Kansas, it is that good an anchor system.

So I have gone from a small shed for my fridge and water heater to a 300 square foot enclosure, that will hold my garden tools, my remodeling tools, and will double as a workshop for building cabinets and other things.