Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Heavy Metal is done!

No not the hard rock kind. Although it's not my kind of music, the heavy metal I'm talking about is the steel siding for the garage. I got the last big pieces cut, punched and installed this past Sunday. My buddy Earl came out on Monday and together we finished the trim.

Next came the overhead doors. Plateau Garage Doors & Roofing ordered my doors a few weeks ago. Kyle, one of the owners, called me last week and we setup this Tuesday for installation. I had to clear the area and make some minor adjustments to the bracing to facilitate Kyle's work. He and his helper showed up on time at 8:00 AM, unloaded the materials and immediately went to work. By 2:00, after a 15 minute lunch break, they were done and headed to their next job. Very efficient and done at reasonable cost. I am very pleased. No motors yet, need to wait for electric to be done next spring. However the doors raise and lower with little effort and will do just fine for now.

Here is the smaller door at the back of the building...

One of the two 16' front doors...

Time lapse video of the two front doors...

So far all the subs I have used are locals and most live quite close by us. That being said, I asked Kyle for a recommendation for an electrician. Sure enough, he had a friend that can do the work and will work with me so I can do some of the wiring myself. Hmmm, I see more Youtube videos in my future. I've done some electrical before and always get accused of over-doing. Hey, anything worth doing is worth over-doing!

So my goal for this year has been accomplished. I set out to get the building up and closed in. I am a little over budget but nothing catastrophic. So yes, I am pleased. Now both the Backend of Nowhere Garage and I will rest over the winter. We'll hit hard again come Spring!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Hurry Up and Wait...

And so the story goes. After some good progress with the help of Darren, Robert and Earl, I made even more progress. Earl came out and helped "hang metal" for a few more days. we were making great progress. The barn was getting closed in and looking something like a finished product. The pile of siding was getting smaller by the minute, so much so I was sure we were running out. Sure enough we were way short.

I texted and then went to see our supplier, Tim Troyer of Troyer Post Buildings. We discovered we were short 23 panels. When all the stuff was delivered back in the beginning, there were numerous stacks of "stuff". Tim and I went through the invoice and we found the missing sheets had never been delivered. Tim went through his supplies and found enough to cover the missing materials. He said he could cut it to length for and deliver it the next day. Great!

He showed up the next morning and stacked the panels on saw horses for me. All was right with the world. Earl came by the next day and we soon discovered we had the wrong color... Well POOP! I may have used some different words, can't remember. Earl and I took a quick trip to Troyer's. He had to order it. He said it won't be in til Monday the 12th. Oh well, Poopie happens. (Ooops, Monday the 12th is Veteran's Day! Waiting for Tuesday the 13th now.)

Meanwhile, I was able to get other parts completed. All of the clear panels and associated trim is up and looking good. Once again my good friend Earl was a great help. Pretty sure he's going to get a brake job and some other repairs out of me when this project is completed.

I think two solid days will get the place closed in with the overhead doors getting installed within a week or so. Well, fingers crossed. The weather has to cooperate, too.

My goal this year was to get the place closed in and secure. Looks like I just might make it.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Hanging Metal with a little (okay, a LOT) of help

With the majority of framing done, it was time to install the siding. First would be the wainscoting and then some of the full panels. Never having done this before, I proceeded slowly and watched a lot of YouTube. Shout out to RR buildings for some very informative videos. If you are planning a pole barn or are just interested in how they can be built, I suggest you check out his site. This guy is a craftsman.

I was fortunate to have a level line on each pole. Robert, from Troyer Post Buildings struck this line with a laser while erecting the poles and roof. That became the baseline for each horizontal piece being installed. It didn't eliminate the need for my 4' level but it does keep things level from one side of the building to the other.

The first items that needed to be installed were the "rat" guard and "J" trim, then the trim around the overhead (OH) door openings. Rat guard is just what it says. The siding is corrugated and without it, critters could easily climb inside the building. It went on first, next came the J and OH door trim and  from there, the Hunter Green wainscoting could be installed.

A tip I learned from RR buildings was to pre-punch the siding thus allowing the screws to penetrate easily and quickly. By staking 4-5 panels atop each other I could mark the top panel and punch through all of the panels at once. I use an AWL for this. All the holes line up and are consistent down the line. Makes the installation look professional. My friend Earl and I were able to get the front and both sides done, then I ran out of materials. So, the rear wainscoting won't get finished until next week.

Last Friday, Donna's son, Darren, and his friend, Bob, came down from Cincinnati for the weekend to help with some of the longer panels. They also were able to solve some of the finer details with the trim that I was struggling with. Earl arrived on Saturday to help, too. It was a great weekend of working together and accomplishing a number of tasks. We made great progress.

I asked them to sign the building. It's something I am getting anyone that helps me with this project to do. I take pictures of the signing and will make a collage of all of the when complete. All of the signings will be covered by spray foam with just pics and memories left. Anybody else want to come sign my building?

Thank you to everyone for all the help so far. Progress may be slow, but it is moving forward. Now to get past this new batch of rainy weather so I can get this thing closed up. The overhead doors will be here soon!

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