Garage, Pt 11: Proto-Bench!

So now that the lumber racks are up, it gave space for other shelving, namely what you see below.

The two metal shelving units came in, and were almost immediately filled, so I’ll probly need two more of those bad bwois… At least! Also, happy coincidence, the two matching white cabinets and the moldy old metal one are within 1/16th of an inch of each other height wise. So I slapped the two desk-like planks I had on top, screwed it all together, and I now I’ve got a pretty decent work bench, at least for the time being.

Those two monster timbers leaning on the bench will eventually make a kicker of sorts at the main entry. Right now the ply goes right up to the edge meaning that things going in and out are starting to chip away at the wood. I’m planning on dropping those in front, and then routing then to receive some angle iron so it will never chip again!

Garage Pt 10: Lumber Rack

So after a bit of research I came to the conclusion that 3/4″ pipe ( which measures just over 1″ externally) would be the strongest, cheapest way to get simple but effective racks into the wall, without adding much else. Generally speaking the systems I saw on line were stand alone meaning they got made and then installed, meaning I would lose another 3″ of depth off the wall – and in a small place that seemed unnecessary, especially considering the wall is already 1.5″ reclaimed construction grade lumber. Alternating studs as I went, I either used every other board, or on the case of the south west corner, every board as that area will hold more weight and thus the height limit helps act as a weight limit as well.

Below are photos of most of my big wood pieces, but I’ve yet to load in all the littler pieces still in the basement. Once I’ve up enough pipes to hold it all, I’ll move on to installing the old cabinets that are sort of strewn about the basement as well, as tool storage so the floor can be cleared up and tins can new live in fairly predictable places.

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Life’s a….

Garage, Pt 9: Electric Boogaloo 2

So last time i got all the receptacle holes cut, and now it was just time for the electrician! So he has since come and wired this thing up legit! Seems like there is no end to luxurious 4 plug outlets! (Actually its two per wall, with another outside, three for lights up above, and two explicitly for under-workbench electronics like computer and stereo.)

[EDIT:] Oh, and i fully forgot to mention that, yes, i finished the east wall as well, as evidenced below.

So once he had installed everything, i busted out my tall ladder (thanks H!) and attached 1 lamp per outlet primarily so i could immediately feel the impact of my newly installed switches! And of course, the funny part is that currently i have the exact same amount of light as before, just that now i have the ability to use a legit wall switch, one per lamp with a fourth out front for the floods, instead of a daisy chain of power strips, with one of their reset buttons as a my “power switch”.

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Garage, Pt 8: Electric Boobaloo

Once i had finished the paneling on the back wall, i decided that going forth i would only build each remaining wall up to the point where i could place receptacles. This allowed me to greatly expedite the arrival of the electrician, and once all installed, would make for a much more comfortable working environment (ie, not orange cables running everywhere, because they all are dangling off the same ghetto switch, a power strip). The first two shots below are of the west all up to its only sockets, and the east wall just past the two that will be underneath the work bench.

At this point i had to start framing out the window so when the paneling closes in around, it will not only lose its otherwise noticeable not-centered placement, but also it will clean it up in general. However, this meant i needed to box in the sides a bit, leaving a cute little cubby underneath… but what to stash there!!!

So, after seconds on end of at-length inner turmoil and thought, i decided a time capsule was in order, targeted at whatever tired and hot fellows are hired to dismantle my garage:

The wall as it stands now, having completed up to where the switch receptacle will go (between door and window). I didnt get a shot of it (i was too busy working) but everything was pushed up to that wall to facilitate installing JUST the single strip of paneling at the apex of the roof, which holds the three switched receptacles. I only put in one strip up there (of 2x8x~60) which ran the entire length of the place, but even using my neighbors consumer-grade scaffolding meant i was working at about 4 feet off the ground and at full arm extention, and aiming up. If you are reading this you either can feel your back spasming just thinking about how much of a pain that was, or you have absolutely no idea how freaking difficult that was.

Also this happened trying to remove a nail. And thats a framing hammer. Oh well – it was a freebie i found somewhere; im 98% sure ill upgrade to an axe handle of some sort.

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Wheels designs in the industry go round and round



Top are mine, bottom are a mustang who was parked next to me – striking similarity, no?

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Garage, Pt 7: Wallz!

Mind, theres probly a month in between each of these posts, i just am poor at keeping them uploaded regularly, and i tend to do like 18 posts at once, then forget about it.

ANYways, once the flooring was done and dried, i then went about the itchy process of finishing the insulation.

But only after i had brought in an electrician to run wiring throughout the shop. We decided that, since i would be using reclaimed 2x wood as horizontal paneling allover, they would run all the electrical drops, but only install the actual switches and receptacles once everything was complete. In all, i had the electrical upgraded from two 15 amp breakers to 2×20, with the potential to install two 30 (which the garages breaker in the house was wired for, but that might require thicker wire). One line would be entirely dedicated to switch-less quad receptacles that would ring the garage, 2 per wall, and one outside. The other circuit i would dedicate to switched lights (3 inside, 1 flood out front) and another two un-switched quads mounted low and behind where the workbench will later go to handle low-draw items like the shop computer and stereo equipment.

First area completed was this corner. Using mostly scrap i did both sides up to their natural breaking point which, in the case of the door side, was up to the doors trim.

Its sort of hard to see, but over on the right is the completed corner. And obviously the whole north wall.

Lastly, i thought to shoot my “desk”.

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Garage, Pt 6: Floor Sealing

Once we had the joisting done, dropping the actual ply for the floor was pretty straight forward; measure twice, cut once, install. No photos of this process, but its just guys maneuvering rectangles. Next up, sealing! I had intended on doing what i thought was a GENIUS idea of mixing all the left over bits of exterior grade paint in a spare bucket and sloppin’ that down, but various consulted experts agreed; BO-gus. If it needs to last, you need something significant, so i went with garage floor paint.

Three coats later, and Heid and i were able to do the sprinkle portion, which is essentially just a bag of paint chips that you spend money on.

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Photos of the times



Beers in Philly!


A Mitch in a Box.




Bukowski, wearing a Bukowski shirt, that says “Bukowski.”


Stuck, in my truck, on the freeway. After an hour and a half of just bein parked there, we eventually backed our way out, approximately 2 miles. Illegal? i think so! thankfully, they had closed access by this point, so no more cars were stacking up.

Garage, Pt 5: Windows & Doors

So i didn’t document this one that well, but i rebuilt the doors as needed, and while my dad was in town, we removed the old & installed a new window. Because its pretty low odds you’ll find a window of the right orientation at the exact same size, its much easier to find one as close as possible, but a bit smaller, trim it in and call it one. Interestingly enough, even though the window took up less space than the old one, it let WAY MORE light in because it had WAY MORE glass in it. As for the doors, they let all sorts of wind, rain, snow, sleet, animalia, and what not in, so the primary goals were simple mechanical closure, and weather resistance.

So i pulled this door out completely, stripped it of everything foreign i could, re-glued up the base (which i think was held together by cobwebs), cut it down to fit with the new floor & footer trim, painted that sum’batch, and re-hung it. Once in i them installed a weather strip on the handle-side of the frame to tighten up that gap. Now everything is sealed, painted, trimmed or all three.

This guy took a serious bit of time; i basically removed the entire “window” portion of the door and created a new one with a scrap piece of matte acrylic my neighbor had, resealing, repainting and re-trimming in the process. I also took the liberty of adding on scrap ply trim to help minimize water entry. The other door (to the left) was in much better shape, so it go de-prioritized.

Once the window was installed and trimmed in, i eventually repainted everything to make it look as intentional as possible.

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Blasts From The Past

somehow i was digging through some old files and found some funnies…

Jeeves, my 2006 mkv gti.

Haus Wynbrook in various states of disarray – i looks like i was JUST about to commence “Operation Carpet Bagger” and remove that wonderfully terrible pink stuff.

Fridgeface! AND a terribly stocked fridge; Chicken broth, bagels, eggs, cheese, potatoes, condiments and OJ. Yeah, a guy house.

Garage, Pt 4: Droppin’ Floor

Here began the flooring process, once the trenches were dug and i had trucked in enough large gravel to bring the ground back to level. Pro-sumer Tip: tiny gravel is easy to move and shovel but doesnt provide the best drainage options, while large gravel is a pain the legs, butt, lower back, upper back, arms and neck to move but provides much better drainage.

Raw wood, & soon to be floor. Everything used under the ply was Pressure Treated (PT).

The floor before framing.

You can see how far out the sump pit was pushed by the footers, which meant that the vertical portion of the plumbing is a good 24×24 off of the corner, and floating in the room. Yay.

Framing begins.


Joist Hangers



Joists are in, and test fit for ply truth.



So thankfully, we had Sir Christopher Von Doiron to help us out, and he came through with perhaps the best idea ive heard in a long time. At the time, we had approximately a half-ton of rubble left (after maybe 5 similarly sized loads to the dump), and we had just finished the cross members. He goes, “Hey, lets use these chunks to support the low spots, and when thats done, lets just fill in the gaps until there its all gone! No ones going to see it, right?”

I think both my father and i about dropped our jaws at the shear awesomeness of this genius and his genius ideas. I may in fact still owe him a beer for those very words uttered that very day.

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