Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Back at it, slowly

Well, we're back in TN and doing all the RV clearing, yard working Spring time stuff. The yard alone has kept me really busy. This area had a lot of rain this past Winter and into Spring so the grass grew fast. I was cutting it just about twice a week for awhile. Now that that has slowed a bit, I can do some other things.

Much of my efforts have been slowed by a few medical issues that needed to be taken care of. Nothing serious or life threatening and could easily been put off for a few months. But I have stuff to do and decided to get it out of the way before Summer came. I've been dealing with carpel tunnel issues in my right hand for a few years now. A nerve test indicated it was severe so I scheduled the carpel tunnel release surgery for the 1st part of May. A week or so later was my cataract surgery, left one first and the right one a week later. I am well recovered from all of it now and ready to get to my Summer plans.

That being said, back to the barn. The budget took a bit of a hit with some under the house repairs, so I must put off the concrete for a bit. I will direct my efforts to completing the office/bathroom area with traditional wood joist framing. I have planned for a 12 x 16 area in the Southwest corner. Once framed I will move a bunch of "stuff" out of the garage into this area for later use. Right now the garage is a bit tight and we need the space for the Jeep and motorcycle.

I've been chatting with neighbor across the street from us. He has built a "Barndominium" and is also into restoring cars. He needed gutters on his place so I asked him to send the guy over so we could maybe get a deal going. No problem, within a week I get a knock on the door, got the estimate and a week later new 6" gutters and downspouts are done.

No way was I going to tackle that myself. Too high and I don't have the necessary equipment. The downspouts will eventually be connected to the French drain. (More water for the pond and less erosion around the barn.) I think they matched the color pretty well, don't you?

So now I must get a materials list together and start prepping the office area for some carpentry. This may take a while. Still have yard work and there is a seriously neglected motorcycle that needs some good Tennessee roads under it.

Stay Tuned!

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!

Stay Tuned!

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.

Stay Tuned!