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And so it begins...

For the past couple months I’ve been working towards getting my decrepit garage torn down and replaced by a new garage with attached forge. I’ve gotten my property line issues resolved, design completed, and needed variances from the local building and zoning committee.

The past two weeks have been spent cleaning out the garage and storing all my yard equipment and smithing tools.   I have stripped the building of all the 100 year old lap board and sent 300lbs of unusable (to me) steel to the scrap yard. Now just have to wait for the contractors to start on Jan 18th. (If I were to build it, it take a couple years till it would done, and I’d rather spend that time in the forge...)

David

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I sure hope so... If nothing else I will at least have a dry, warm shop all year long. I’ve been getting by with just pulling everything out of the garage, then having to pack it all up afterwards, every time I want to do any forging. (Not to mention worrying about the garage collapsing on everything inside of it!)

David

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  • 1 month later...

Finally, progress toward the new shop. From the old garage salvaged: windows (for a neighbor), roof joists and door (for a coworkers), bricks (for our property), and 900ft of 1”x10” lap boards (for walls in the shop). Not to mention that I discovered that the post to the dog pen are 1” solid wrought iron. 11 of them, 6~8ft long! When the pen goes back up, the posts will be 1” heavy wall square tube.

Still just the beginning...

David

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Some really progress! (Unfortunately, the pictures are in reverse order.) After work today, when I was home for lunch, and after work yesterday.

I’m starting to get excited,

David

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Material delays, but now there’s more happening:867E4916-05CA-4E3D-9419-4C252F8BA6A2.jpeg.e7d65db5365f8fdff4cc59dc5466062d.jpeg

Hopefully, the rough in of utilities with start at the end of this week.

David

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Still moving too slowly for my liking...

Roof is done and windows are in:5DC7FC01-FC89-45CC-8234-D0657D066684.jpeg.56d37748cf9f3c7125a5487798dac961.jpeg

Rough in on plumbing and electrical (feeds under the slab) are done and the “gozintas” are started:

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The tubes for the “gozintas” are drove 18” into the packed ground and will be welded to rebar intersections in a 6” slab. Rebar and welding to “gozintas” should be done by Saturday. Slab should be poured on Monday. Then, things should really get moving. (Too many “shoulds” for my liking!)

David

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