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OK , Here we go,

Basically I decided against Poly Sheeting the whole thing, it's a load of un necessary work, so I bit the bullet and ordered a low* estimate of 40 sq metres of 19mm x 150 mm Sarking Boards !!
*I'd rather under estimate on a job like this, than have a load left over, saves waste ;)

I decided while the weather was good I'd get them all fired up to make a big dent in the outside cladding, before I finish the Wiring, then I'd know how many more I'd need to finish it off !!

This takes a lot longer to put up but will last many years longer and doesn't need Woodstaining straight away as they are pressure treated.

Also the Main Electric Cable was coming out of the Concrete Floor about 1 metre away from the wall, as originally this base was put down for a Man Cave "Hobby Shed", which was going to have a Toilet in the Corner so the Consumer Unit would have been on the Toilet Wall, which isn't happening now, so I needed to dig up a channel out of the existing Concrete and drop in a Conduit so the Power Cable now runs up inside the South Wall, and re instate Concrete ............

Workshop has now got manic busy both last week and even more so this week, I have 5 Cars arrived here just today lol

No bad thing as Christmas is just around the corner and there will be another large-ish Invoice from the Timber Merchants arriving early December :D

Anyways, I been beavering away in between Jobs ................

The 10mm Leccy Cable now inside the Wall, will put the Armoured Cable Head Joint here just above the Conduit, it will then be hidden inside the Wall later on and soon will be run up to the Consumer Unit from that with 10mm Twin & Earth :-



The South Wall Cladding started, going up nice and level using 15mm Overlaps, Poly Sheeted the top as that will be the last bit to be finished (fiddly getting the angles and Joints) :-



The Rear (Eastern) Wall, stopped there as this is the easiest, no Joints just single 4.8m lengths trimmed a gnats will be easy to rattle the rest up ;) :-



And the "Dark Side" the Northern Wall which is a pain to access due to the Trees and uneven narrow Ground with a banking up to the Main Road, this was a beast yesterday, and I have 8 Boards left this morning, so enough to finish it perhaps with 2 or 3 left to whack on the Rear, hopefully before the weekend ;)

Inside North Wall :-



and Outside North Wall through the Main Road side Jungle :-



So I estimated I need 20 more Boards, ordered this morning, hopefully will arrive by the weekend !!

The offcuts will be wide enough to run down the Door Posts when I widen them apart, which is what the two 50mm x 150 mm timbers are for to bolt together and so make a nice timber Lintel across the front above the Doors, which I have now settled will be one at 1220mm wide and one at 2440mm wide "Barn Style" Doors, giving me a 3.6 m opening to get the Cars in and out much easier :)

I should have enough 48mm x 100mm to build the Frames for them before Cladding them with 19mm Marine Grade Ply 👿

Cheers for now, Dave
 

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On this side of the pond, that's called "clapboard".

If it's properly sawn (quarter sawn), painted, and kept dry on the backside, it will last for centuries, even in your climate.
 

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Thank you all for the kind comments along this journey 😄 ...................

I love this Forum and being able to post up details of my Projects, when I lived South there were many more "Hot Rodder / DIY Types" I could chat to and discuss my projects with, but up here a lot of my Customers and Friends are in a hurry or we don't see them much or can't get out often due to Mel's mum needing constant care ;)

This Forum is my primary outlet for discussing things, learning things and hopefully passing on some of my self taught skills over the years ;)

I do not do car Bodywork for Customers, but there is no one I've come across up here that can do a good job to my "high standards" so a few years back I re taught myself using the new 2k Base and Clear systems and HVLP Spray Guns, rather than Cellulose and Suction Guns that were around when I was a "Yoof" and used to spray my Minis and Escorts in Dad's Garage lol

I'm not the greatest at it, likely never will be, but I figured I'd be better to teach myself, and maybe's muck up and have to do a Panel again rather than pay some other so called "Professional" to 'F' it up :ROFLMAO: ..............

I can now get repeatable results which I'm fairly happy with, the only "bug" is that doing it in my dirty Mechanical Workshop is difficult due to space, dirt and constantly having to move my Cars outside when paying work arrives.
When this new building is all sorted I can prep them in the main workshop, then move to my "Paint Booth" for Base and Clear Coating, they can stay in there for days on end if work gets busy etc ;)

So just you guys wait ................

Whilst this is primarily a Garage to house my Cars it is also going to be fully insulated, heated and I'll be moving all my equipment to use it as a decent clean and bright Paint Booth 😁

So whilst the Garage will be finished soon, the thread will continue (likely before Spring), with the fitting out inside, moving my Extract Fan and creating a Positive Pressure Filtered Intake and Extract system 👿 👿 👿

I will likely order the 3 sheets of 19mm Marine Grade ply today so I should then have everything here Timber wise to finish the Garage to "Exterior = Weather Tight and Secure, and Interior all Wired and Heated by Christmas" hopefully ;)

More coming soon,

Cheers for now, Dave
 

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Hi Again ..............

OK, so mega update incoming ..............

Despite the very busy paying work coming incessantly into the Workshop, I have reached a major milestone ..............

We are now completely watertight, from Above and both Sides and Rear !!

Almost all cladding finished, I just need to place the final (this side of 2019) Timber order tomorrow, which is for 7 Total more Sarking Boards 3 to finish the currently Poly Sheeted Apex on the South Wall, plus 4 Sarking Boards to do the "Barge Boards" (down the Apex edges of Roof where Felt Comes over, it will look real nice once Stained.

I'll save the waffle ;) the pixels can tell the story ...............

South Wall :-



Rear Wall :-



North Wall, with Apex Angle Cut pieces finished :-



Electricity now live at the Consumer Unit :-





So next up will be Wiring an initial Power Socket and 2 Fluorescent's, then get all the other Electrics first fixed, and then wired, after that widen the Front Entrance and build the Doors :D ...................

Chow for now,
 

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Dave, you're lookin' good here, and I envy you for your having the space to do this. It's kinda hard to do on a quarter of an acre here in these parts, given the County permitting rules.
 

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Hi Guys,

Mega Update ...........

OK, so the last week has basically chucked all the high winds and rain at me that it possibly could, and Customers are incessantly chucking broken Vehicles my way with loads of work needed, so I'm not as far along as I'd like to be, Christmas is just around the corner, and so is the annual Tax return which has to be filed by 31st December grrrrrrrrrrrrr :rolleyes:

Buuuuut, although as usual I didn't do it exactly as planned, here's the latest ..............

3 x 19mm x 2440mm x 1220mm Exterior Hardwood Ply and 48mm x 96mm Timbers plus Hinges are all here ready to make and hang the Doors :)
9 x 18mm x 4.8m Sarking Boards are here ready to finalise the Exterior Cladding and Roof Apex Barge Boards.

Sparky Duties :-

First thing I did was go get a 5m Double Socket type Extension Lead, cut the Plug off it and temporarily Wired it to a 32 Amp Breaker in the Consumer Unit, at which point I had temporary Power for tools and also Lighting via my Tripod 500 watt Halogen Lamp.

Rather than messing around with Wiring 1 or 2 Fluorescents up I just fixed and wired the whole lot, (well I've just left 2 doubles off at the West End, in case of damage when widening the Door Aperture but the Wires are there ready to connect.

So right now we have ten 5ft 58w 6500k Double Tube Fluorescent's all finished and working off the Double Light Switch at the Door End, which due to the South Westerly high winds and rain I have creatively covered temporarily with clear blue poly cling filmy stuff to prevent Water ingress .................. Gallons and Gallons of incessant Water, falling outta the skies, our drive is like a lake / loch currently :cry:

There is such good light output you could land a Plane in here, well ya could if it would fit :D

So after finishing the Northern Bank of Strip Lights yesterday, I first fixed the Socket Boxes and Conduits, ready to wire them when time permits.

Next up was to find a Hydraulic Bottle Jack and suitable Pole to support / lift slightly the middle of the first inward joist and then cut out and clean up the Front Aperture completely ;) got that finished at close of play last night, oh also installed the "regulation" Garage Clock, because I was under strict instruction from Mel that I had to be in by 5pm last eve as we were going out :D

Since getting drenched several times yesterday I now have a stinking head cold :(

So today, the plan is get the 2x 50mm x 150mm "Lintel" Timbers structurally bolted together with the "jagged star disc-amabobs" in between them and cut them to length before somehow getting them up into place all by myself, and then hopefully cut and install the Door Posts in their final positions which will be 3675mm apart allowing to leave a 5mm gap up the Door hinged edges and in between the 2 doors !!

If I can get that done today, I can start building doors in the week in between a gazillion broken Vehicles ;)

Here's the pixels ..............













 

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Looking good! Love the clock!
 

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Cheers, I need to add a sound system soon, verrrrrrry soon ;)

Spoke too soon re weather, in addition to tons of water and high winds today I've also had Hail and Thunder, just having late lunch then back at it for a couple of hours before beer and hot tub 😈
 

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That's it for today, target achieved all final fixed, ready to build Doors next, got 2 -3 busy days on paying work this week, haven't booked anything for Thursday and Friday, so back onto Doors then :)

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I'm off in for Beer, Hot Tub and Dinner :D
 

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I'm glad that managed to get the big beam up by yourself - that can be risky business. When I built my woodshop, I built 25' long 4X12 box beams, then built an extension for my engine hoist to lift them to the top of 12' walls. Worked a treat...

Interesting spiked joining washers - I've never seen those before. We would commonly use "Liquid Nails", a building adhesive that looks like peanut butter and sticks like hell on everything that it touches.
 

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Dave,
Looks great!! Slap those doors in and get my wheels inside now :D
Let me ask you this, Is that little stone wall in the way of the entrance?? I can't make it from the pics. Also you going to chop that little tree as well??
 

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Is that little stone wall in the way of the entrance?? I can't make it from the pics. Also you going to chop that little tree as well??
Hi Sonny,

Slightly, but it's no real biggie.

Stone wall and entrance gate is level with where the doors finish, North side of entrance.

Now the Entrance is widened from the original 2600 to just under 3700 it makes no difference, the 1220 wide door, (north side of opening) will open 180 degrees between it and the Building, the Southerly Door is 2440 wide ;)

The shorter SLK will be going North side so room to swing it in forwards, with the W220 reversed in on the other (south) side so both cars drivers doors are in the middle of the Garage for easy exit ;)

Remember, our Steering Wheels are on the "Right" side 🤣

The Stone Wall, Gate and Posts is currently subject to an Insurance Claim with a delivery drivers company, he reversed down the drive (and into the closed gate / wall), so when I get paid out I will likely remove the Tree, rebuild the wall etc but it doesn't get in the way, can't take it much further North, (I will maybe get 2 ft extra), because the drive has a steep slope up to the road ;)

Likely won't get much done earlier this week, except I shall be getting the Ply Sheets sealed and Stained in between Car jobs ;)
 

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Hi again,

Couldn't resist a quick test ride, plus I have that many Cars here right now a bit of space outside will be good for a day or 2 :D

This was much easier now I've widened the Door Aperture, and remembering that there is a load of stuff in front of the SLK, plus there is 2 feet extra at least on the SLK's left front Side, and another 1 foot on the S Class left side and behind it .............

Took me 2 minutes to park 'em in there, and no chance of scraping one on a post now unless blind drunk :ROFLMAO:
By the time all the timber and workmates etc are gone it will be great for parking them both in to keep 'em outta the weather, which is why I built it in the first place :D ..................

Now imagine the S Class in the centre with 3 + foot behind and in front, walls all clad and painted white, this will be some awesome Paint Booth for sure :)





 

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Hi Sonny,

Slightly, but it's no real biggie.

Stone wall and entrance gate is level with where the doors finish, North side of entrance.

Now the Entrance is widened from the original 2600 to just under 3700 it makes no difference, the 1220 wide door, (north side of opening) will open 180 degrees between it and the Building, the Southerly Door is 2440 wide ;)

The shorter SLK will be going North side so room to swing it in forwards, with the W220 reversed in on the other (south) side so both cars drivers doors are in the middle of the Garage for easy exit ;)

Remember, our Steering Wheels are on the "Right" side 🤣

The Stone Wall, Gate and Posts is currently subject to an Insurance Claim with a delivery drivers company, he reversed down the drive (and into the closed gate / wall), so when I get paid out I will likely remove the Tree, rebuild the wall etc but it doesn't get in the way, can't take it much further North, (I will maybe get 2 ft extra), because the drive has a steep slope up to the road ;)

Likely won't get much done earlier this week, except I shall be getting the Ply Sheets sealed and Stained in between Car jobs ;)
Got ya (y) Couldn't tell from the pics how much it was in the way. Just checked the pics of the cars inside and it looks good bud ;)
 

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Thanks Sonny @doni01 ,

Without all the Wood and Benches etc I could have parked them a lot tidier and then get out of the Drivers Door rather than passengers on the SLK this time;)
I didn't want to risk damaging Timber or Tyres hence left clearance ;)
 

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Hi again,

I had a little play earlier, as it's a dry day I took both the Cars out for a wee run before Christmas, and then parked them back in the Garage a bit tidier ................

Even with all the Wood and stuff in there right now, they can easily be driven in and out independently of one another, and still more space to come when the Wood is all gone, I have a feeling it might be easier to simply reverse both cars in like this, will have to wait until it's all clear and then try both ways around, but as they are now even a lardy old git like me can get in and out of both Cars :D ................







 

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OK, after a bit of running around yesterday that's my 2 babies safely tucked up and airing in a nice heated workshop for the duration .................

Onto installing the last 2 Fluorescent Strip Lights at the Door End of Garage in a minute, followed by dropping in the "Ring Main" Cables, hopefully onto Door Building tomorrow ;)

TTFN,
 

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Quick Update ;)
Close of play yesterday ...........

As usual I changed the Play List lol ...................

I did start by fitting the last 2 lights and wiring them in ....................



But then instead of wiring the Ring Main I moved on and started cutting the Timbers for the 2440 wide Door and the 1220 Door, ended up continuing and have now got a squarely built 2440 Door ply screwed down all round the edges to hold the Frame Square, tomorrow I will continue with inserting the Diagonal Braces and the Centre Bar, plus the reinforcing bits for the Hinges, before carrying on and building the smaller 1220 wide Door ;)

I got to visit the Builders Merchants early today as it looks like I will need 1 more full length 4" x 2" and another box of Screws ;) ........................



 

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Looking good, at this rate you could throw a stove in there and move in for Christmas! If you get tired of the spanner spinning I reckon you could make a good go in the building sector.
 

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Today's update ...........

Hi Guys,

@Biped ,
Thanks (y) , I have built a complete Log Cabin Home, which my Ma in law now lives in next door to us ;) There are no decent Tradesmen up here apart from 1 or 2 who are very very expensive, and always busy anyways, and I like to do this stuff myself, I get exactly what I want then ;)

Didn't get started until around 2pm, went to Builders Merchants about 10 am, managed to get everything I needed, but Mel also came with me and so we ended up stopping at a few other shops lol :rolleyes: ;)

Anyways, last night we had a big 2455 wide Square Frame Clad with 2400 wide 19mm thick Hardwood Ply laying on blocks and ready to reinforce and get ready for the Hardware ...........

So I started by lifting it upright :-





And next securing the frame to one of the Joists so it didn't fall over and squish me whilst working on it ;) :-



I've now added the horizontal Cross Brace, Diagonals, and the Hinge Reinforcers :-



Next this will need a good sealing up with Stain before hanging it upon it's Hinges.!!

I'm going to do a quick test fit in the aperture in a minute to double check my measurements for the second Door, before close of play today, as we are going out tonight, then tomorrow I'll stand it on some scaffold (jeez this thing is heavy and cumbersome lol, then I can keep coating it with Stain whilst building the smaller Door which will be (should be 🤣),1205 wide Frame, clad with 1220 mm x 19mm Hardwood Ply.

More tomorrow ;)

Chow for now,
 
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