preach
preach New Reader
10/13/19 3:44 p.m.

My shop of 20+ years got some well needed upgrades this year. Kind of polishing a turd but we have to work with what we have and my shop beats a gravel driveway.

Fondly called The Toilet because there is always a piece of E36 M3 in it.

It's a barn about 24x24 and 3 stories. The vehicles go into the middle level. An obnoxious amount of car parts has filtered into the other two floors.

First up this year was a new roof. The old roof was corrugated metal and leaked since 2000 when I purchased the property. I do not have any digital pics of the rusty, somewhat functional roof.

Here's a pic of the metal and the cedar shingles torn off and with the new shingles on. No more leaks!

preach
preach New Reader
10/13/19 3:47 p.m.

Next up was new lighting. I had about 6 double t12 4' florescents and upgraded to 17 4' LEDs. HUGE upgrade and I still have 5 more LEDs to put up if I want.

Once again I do not have a great pic of the old lights but you'll get the idea:

Azryael
Azryael New Reader
10/13/19 3:56 p.m.

A three-story workshop?! Man, I'm jealous. Honestly makes me hate living where 6" down you're pretty much hitting bedrock meaning no basement unless you wanna shell out some serious $$$.

Definitely following along for the progress.

preach
preach New Reader
10/13/19 4:03 p.m.

That brings me to today. As you can see from the last pic the floor is nasty oil-soaked barn boards. Many, many vehicles have gone through here and all left their mark. The floor is miserable to lay on, terribly uneven so hard to roll stuff around, and miserable to try to keep clean.

Well, my Dad retired from his Real Estate business and asked if I wanted some of his old signs. I said sure and took home 10 or so 4'x8'x1/2" plywood signs. These have been coated in either vinyl or a weather-proof paint and have lasted many New England winters with no damage.

First step was to get the 914 rolling so I had to buy 2 of the cheapest tires I could to replace some very leaky dry-rotted ones. Rolling again so I rolled right out the door and opened up a bunch of space to move my collection of crap about.

You may notice I have a wheel or two in the shop. I currently have 1 Porsche phone dial, 8 Audi TT, 4 with tires, 5 914 steel rims, 4 on the car now, and 4 Pedrini alloys for a 914, then outside I have 4 Vanagon rims with snow tires. Such a pain in the ass. I need to figure out a storage solution or sell a bunch.

So I put in about 6 hours today and ended up having put about 5 or 6 sheets down. berkeleying tired of moving all of the E36 M3 around. Tool box was a mother berkeleyer, especially getting it up the 1/2" to the new floor. I used cedar shims on the low spots and liquid nails on the seams. Everything moves better on the new floor and while it may not be perfect it is so much better than before.

Plan is to paint the floor after I get the lettering removed with a heat gun. It will be really novel to be able to clean up messes rather than watch them soak in. I think I need to purchase another 5 or so sheets of 1/2" plywood to finish but this was a great free start.

preach
preach New Reader
10/13/19 4:07 p.m.
Azryael said:

A three-story workshop?! Man, I'm jealous. Honestly makes me hate living where 6" down you're pretty much hitting bedrock meaning no basement unless you wanna shell out some serious $$$.

Definitely following along for the progress.

It's a blessing and a curse. I have held onto so much crap since I have the space. I am dreading having to deal with it all when I move. Next shop will probably be a 40x60 with a 20x20 loft.

3 stories is easy when you live on a cliff...

BoostedBrandon
BoostedBrandon SuperDork
10/13/19 6:48 p.m.

My building is also basically a barn, but I've been lucky enough to have a concrete floor, and lectricity! 

Love the name. That's perfect.

preach
preach New Reader
10/13/19 7:23 p.m.

Best part about those signs is that me and a buddy put most of them up with a post digger for the 4x4s.

Azryael
Azryael New Reader
10/13/19 7:27 p.m.
preach said:

It's a blessing and a curse. I have held onto so much crap since I have the space. I am dreading having to deal with it all when I move. Next shop will probably be a 40x60 with a 20x20 loft.

3 stories is easy when you live on a cliff...

I can imagine. Right now I have to keep a lot of E36 M3 in the attic, and with a collapsible ladder with which to move things up and down, it really hampers my ability to store or pull things from storage. The irony is that my attic is large enough to build out to an entire second story, nearly doubling the livable square footage.

I cram 5 cars into a 3-car garage, so space for any of my shop machines (drill press, bench grinders, welder, etc.) is fairly limited, and the posh neighbors frown upon many vehicles parked outside...

While I don't necessarily miss the snow and the cancerous road salt, I am envious of the geography up north in both the PNW and NE, as well as the Rockies, and often contemplate a move back to say, Colorado.

preach
preach New Reader
10/14/19 5:01 p.m.

2nd day in on the Toilet floor. I have completed 16' in 4 rows and now I am out of free wood. If you look at the last picture I am complete up to the cabinet behind the torpedo heater. I had to use a 4x6 piece of the crappy particle board from the roof but I doused it with porch paint and it will be partially under a work bench.

The shop is berkeleying trashed. Damn I have a lot of tools and other crap. Work benches will go back into place tomorrow and I will be able to load them back up with the cased tools. I'd love to get rid of 90% of the cases but need more time to organize.

The floor will be slippery when wet or oily but I will finally be able to properly clean it when spills happen. Over all I am very very happy. I am really sore from all the lugging heavy E36 M3 and all of the bending with the screw gun but happy. Hard to remember I am 49 not 19.

Tomorrow I will start putting it all back together and hopefully post up an after pic.

Time for a beer.

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