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Old 11-04-2008, 08:56 PM   #16
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Hey Jeff, nice looking place. I remember hearing about it about Binder Bee time and finally found this thread. Home ownership is great! Lots of work, but well worth it. Linda and I are just about ready to start another round of painting and other stuff here in our house now that all the kids are out.

Your kids will really enjoy it. We had chickens when our kids were growing up. I remember there were times when linda would take one of them outside and just watch the birds run around. A great way form of cheap entertainment!

Hope to see it next year when we come down for the rallye.

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Old 09-04-2009, 08:47 AM   #17
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Well a lot has been going on lately so I thought I would update this thread. The new shop construction started up last January and has slowly started to come up to speed as of late. Lets start with where we started with the clean up of the area that the new shop will be located.

It doesn't look like much but mixed in with the grass was a huge pile of old rotting wood.





Some initial tree trimming was performed. Notice the red stake which is the location of one of the corners of the future shop.






Brush was hauled out and piled for future burning and marshmallow cooking.



The shops trailer was piled up with rotting wood. Since the local dump in my area wanted way to much to dispose of rotten wood we later burned this whole pile up.





With the area cleared it was time to schedule in some tractor time.

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Old 09-04-2009, 08:59 AM   #18
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Of course we had to have a ceremony for the digging to start so dennis aka "willy" and Chad tossed a shovel of dirt over their shoulders.



With the ceremony over the actual work began.















It wasn't long before it was determined that this beautiful and majestic oak was simply in the way.



A few cuts later and one half of the big tree was felled in two swipes and then bucked up for firewood.

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Old 09-04-2009, 09:14 AM   #19
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The other half of the tree was leaning over this old structure so the Scout was called in to winch the tree over in the right direction.



It doesn't look like much but it was a fairly large tree.



I have to put in a plug for stihl products. Since I was a teenager I have used stihl products and have to say that the quality of their power equipment is second to none.



Here is where the burning of brush and the cutting of firewood was taking place. This area I named the "logging grounds".



Lots of firewood to buck up.



Next willy dug out the big root ball.





After a long hard day it was rolling rock time!



With the root ball out of the way willy cleaned up the area.



Just to give an idea here is what the view from the future shop will look like.

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Old 09-04-2009, 09:38 AM   #20
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Being the end of March winter was not quite over so a little snow fell.



Moving into April we came to the conclusion that a lot more dirt needed to be moved so a 5 yard bobtail dumptruck was rented to move some dirt.





Here's a shot of the future driveway for the shop. A fence that bordered the driveway was removed.







The soil around here is clay. I thought the different colors of the clay looked pretty cool so I took a picture of it.



With a bunch more dirt removed the pad was starting to take shape.



As you can see a lot of firewood has been harvested thus far.

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Old 09-04-2009, 10:04 AM   #21
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After cashing in my last beer bottle I finally had saved up enough money to place an order for a 40' x 60' steel building and have the plans drawn out. It has now been 4 months since we last excavated soil.









This is where we left off in April.


With the plans now in hand it was time to take some more measurements to see where we were and where we needed to be at.



The southwest corner of the building was still to low.



And thus more digging had to be done.

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Old 09-04-2009, 12:48 PM   #22
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Looking like good progress! Glad your new headquarters are starting to take shape!
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Old 09-04-2009, 02:45 PM   #23
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looking like good progress! Glad your new headquarters are starting to take shape!
Man so am I. It's been a long time coming!
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:31 PM   #24
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That "red" dirt looks just like what we have around here if you dig down a foot or so. We call it beavercreek red. Linda and I have lived here since 78. During those years we added all kinds of stuff to the garden area to improve the soil; then 8 or 9 years ago, we needed a new septic system. The new drain field required the entire garden are to be dug up for the leach lines. All the digging brought the red stuff back up to the top and we started over.

Glad to hear the new shop is going to happen soon. Keep putting up the pics.

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Yore halfway there!

Are we still on for an xmastime move-the-shop holiday??? Baklava energy snacks will make short work of the materials transfer!
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Gettin there!
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that "red" dirt looks just like what we have around here if you dig down a foot or so. We call it beavercreek red. Linda and I have lived here since 78. During those years we added all kinds of stuff to the garden area to improve the soil; then 8 or 9 years ago, we needed a new septic system. The new drain field required the entire garden are to be dug up for the leach lines. All the digging brought the red stuff back up to the top and we started over.

Glad to hear the new shop is going to happen soon. Keep putting up the pics.

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The clay soil we have here is known very well in Nevada County. Instead of trying to doctor up the soil here I brought in several yards to use in our garden.

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yore halfway there!

Are we still on for an xmastime move-the-shop holiday??? Baklava energy snacks will make short work of the materials transfer!
With any luck we will be moving in by the end of the year but man I'm beat after this week end. The Ismail labor day weekend labor camp had a lot of activity going on. If today isn't too busy I should have time to download more pics.

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If I make it up to ihon hq for the Christmas party I could even stay a couple extra days and help......... Or screw things up.

looks very nice Jeff. Can't wait to see it in person.

The mear hint of lava production makes me happy. so mm keep it up and I'll come to the land of many trees and eat your stash too.
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Getting back to the build if it wasn't enough I had another side project that I wanted to get done. I had willy dig out the area between my firewood pile and rock pile so that I could build a garden shed as well as make room for my rv trailer as well as install electrical and water. Keystone garden block was used for holding back the soil. This has been a project that I have been working on little by little so you'll see some pics pop up on this every once in awhile. I also needed this area finished to use as a staging area during the rest of the build of the shop.





Next up it was time to dig the footing for the retaining wall. A trip to our local rental yard and we brought back 'mini me' a very small excavator with a attitude.





Let the digging begin. Both myself on 'mini me' and willy began squaring up the soil and then digging out the footing.











Here are we cleaning out the initial footing.

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With the initial footing cleaned out the center 2' trench was dug out. Darren used a walk behind trencher to cut the intial trench and I went back with 'mini me' to open it up to 10" wide while willy kept the extra dirt away from our trench.



Yes I got 'mini me' stuck. Took a strap and a solid tug from Darren and 'mini me' was out.



Some pics of the trench after it was all dug out. Just for perspective it is 44" wide and 3' overall deep in the middle.





The first load of road base was brought in. More on this later.



For the next weekend our plan was to dig out the footings for the shop itself as well as trench for the future electrical and water source located at the rv pad/garden shed area. Knowing how hard the soil is around here we stepped it up to a large diesel powered trencher.





We began Friday evening with the trench for the water/electrical.



We waited for darkness in order to use willy's laser to set the corners of the building footing.

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