I managed to keep off it for a few weeks but things happened and I'm back onto insulation. So one issue i was having was rain. . . Inside the shed even when its sunny outside.
Where the roof lights are it would gather alot of condensation which consequently would find it way down the back of my neck when I'm least expecting it usually resulting in a rather undignified squeal.
The solution. Double glazing.
First though I'm going to need something to fasten it too.
Some more 6x2 is fixed around the window opening.
The lower sheet is 16mm triple wall polycarbonate
The sheet is a bit too wide so had to trim it down.
And fixed in place. It blocks out a little bit of the light but i it should stop the drips. The hope is that the airgap and the lower sheet will act as enough insulation to reduce any condensation
Since i didnt have enough 6x2 i wasnt able to get the other one done.
Time to finish a few little jobs on the bench instead.
Job 1 is a shelf. I never have enough storage space so try and fit it in wherever possible.
Sizes are done so that i can fit 5l oil tubs under the shelf, or on the shelf either will work.
A quick lip to stop me knocking everything off the end
And fastened a lip to the edge of the bench again to stop stuff rolling off and dinging whatever car is stored there.
Its a day of multiple jobs.
I found i had some ofcuts of the 9mm MDF left over that looked about right so i started boarding in the front wall.
Since sunday was the only day i got to play thats all i got to do.
Well then. Aside from the 700 mile road trip last sunday to Aberdeen what else have i been up to? Mostly been rather under the weather, that's what you get working in an office filled with other ill people. Last saturday i managed to get the second sheet of polycarb fitted under the other roof light. Good sweep and tidy up first.
To begin with this means fitting some 6x2's in the gaps so it's thoroughly boxed in.
Shortly followed by finally getting the wiring fastened up properly.
Holes drilled in the polycarb sheet for the wires to drop through.
Because the lights come half across the sheet i need to bring the rear clip down so it lines up, yup a nice piece of oak will do it.
Refit the junction boxes, the holes in the sheet for the wires will get a dollop of silicone.
That was about as much time as I got in there on saturday. Sunday storms have taken their toll and i'm learning just how not waterproof my workshop is. Part of the issue is I haven't got all the lead flashing fitted along the top of the roof. The rest is where the clear roof sheets are there is an overlapping steel sheet at the top which isn’t particularly tight so the wind just blows all the water straight through the gap. I have some sealing to do.
Come forward a few days i was still recovering from a bug but after spending 2 days by myself doing not a lot i was starting to go a bit peculiar and since i was well enough to be back at work i was well enough to get down to the workshop on an evening. Told ye you hadn’t seen the last of the insulation. All the areas around the roof lights had been left as i couldn’t insulate up to them till the 6x2's were fitted around the lights. That's done now so I got some more insulation in there.
Aside from the doors that's all the insulation done.
Since this weekend we are due to get harrassed by Dennis and judging by the state of the forecast Gnasher is with him too, i think wiring will be on the agenda.
And because the impending storm was forecast to be a wet one the logical thing was to try and prevent it raining on my head while working at the bench. This clearly means i have to get up there tonight after work with the sealant, some screws and a headtorch. Obviously I couldn't just get on like that as the headtorch needed fixing first.
This is the gap that needs filling.
Windscreen adhesive should do it as i have an open tube and after hearing about the dangers of using silicone with steel mentioned in other threads it was probably the best call.
Filled and screwed down. The reason this wasn’t done earlier is mainly because i had nothing to fasten the sheet too until i had the roof lights boxed in. It looks like the panels don't have a full bead in the photos but thats just the image trickery.
Also filled a couple of other erroneous holes made while fitting the sheets while I was up there.
Looking really good, I've enjoyed reading this build - I wish my floor looked like that I'm constantly tripping over things that generally have no place in a garage and looking for tools that have a home but are rarely there.
I have a similar dripping problem on a recently erected car port and am going to get up there this year to apply some sort of sealent and the flashing - I was going to use silicone are you able to digress on the above information about steel and silicone? Haven't seen the other thread that has touched the subject
You really need to learn not to trust what I say. I said I'd get on with some wiring quite some time ago then stuff got in the way priorities changed and here we are. Before I can do any wiring I realised I need to finish some more boarding. No use having wires hanging around and nothing to attach them too.
Some additional uprights added
Boards nailed on.
now onto something i should have done before filling the space with cars tools and other assorted paraphernalia. Paint
More specifically. White paint. The MDF is getting a liberal coating of satin white emulsion.
Since i haven't got the roof boarded out yet it will have to wait.
And some not so white paint The wood work on the outside of the garage has been untreated since it was put up and I don't want it rotting since it's only cheap softwood. I acquired a can of halfway decent paint from my dad's collection and got busy.
A rather striking shade of grey but after getting a couple of coats on the windows and soffit boards its growing on me.
The walls are getting a white masonry paint. I was running out of paint so decided I'd rather get a couple of coats on the top of the wall so that the sockets and trunking can be fitted.
Next day the paint was mostly dry and I was able to make a start on the socket and wiring situation, so in total there will be 8 double sockets. 5 on one wall and 3 on the other, it’s easier to put as many as possible in now than need to add more later.
I decided to do things properly for once and broke out the conduit.
This will become an extension of the existing ring main next door so needs to go the full way around the room. More soon since I'm now working from home.
After a few hours and plenty of profanaties as lubrication we are making progress
Once the wires are in the socket faces can be fitted
junction box where i have connected to the existing ring main next door
and they all work. hurrah.
I slapped some more paint on the lower half of the wall
and tidied up again.
Next job is to sort out a heat source.
I bought a cheap 8kw diesel heater so time to mount it up
Need a bracket for that.
Something like that will do nicely
After fighting a bit with the ancilleries we managed to get everything connected.
Running it on red diesel and on full whack it kicks out a fair bit of heat. Will have to look at some sort of ducting for it though I'm not sure if the fan in it will pump through much didstance so could have to give it some assistance.
Next item on my list is more tidying but to do that i needed to cut up some steel.
Which goes together something like this.
Cutting a really shallow angle on the brace was a bit tricky but i found a solution. Mind your fingers
And welded up
Next i need some hooks for the bottom on 3 of them
Can you guess what they are yet?
It should be fairly obvious at this point
Mounting holes drilled which took some doing.
10x70 screws to hold it up as there could be some weight on them
At this point i realised the holes in the support wernt big enough to pass the bolt head through so i broke out the die grinder.
Which did 4 of the 5 then committed Seppuku so i have that to fix tomorrow.
The middle bracket is going into the steel I beam in the middle of the wall wheras the others are going into the 2x4s that were placed in the wall when i started building.
So beam gets drilled and tapped to m10
And they are up
All bar 1 which still needs its hole enlarging. Oo, er missus.
Thats as far as i got. The top will be 3/4" MDF or ply depending what i have in stock and will be supported along the front by a length of 20mm angle iron welded to the brackets.
The 3 hooks are to become my steel stock rack should get a decent amount on there. There is just under 3m between the first and last one since i buy or cut all my steel into 3m lengths.
Delayed update as the castors took a bit longer to arrive.
So i last left you all waiting to see the top screwed together.
There you go, not sure what your all so excited about.
Onto the next piece of this large and getting increasingly heavier puzzle.
While i was steel shopping for this and some other projects i picked up some 5mm 30x30mm angle to use for the base.
In hindsight this was probably overkill.
And fastened onto the table
After doing that i also flipped the whole thing and got the top fastened to the frame.
used plenty of screws.
The support in the middle as noted by Varelse would make a good shelf so that got a bit of 1/2" ply
My joblist was getting longer by this point and one pressing task was to move one of my projects out of the shared garage.
That of course meant dropping the white mk1 back onto her feet and clearing up.
Big doors open so i could move things around and get the mk2 in.
It needs quite a bit of work and is next on the list after i have finished the white mk1
So it is now under the big shelf in the workshop out of the way and a bit safer than where it was.
After that sidetrack my castors arrived so i got them welded on.
they are rated to carry 240kg so should be ok.
And then a bit of chipbouard thats been laying around for a while makes a good bottom shelf.
Thats the rolling bench finished, I'm rather impressed how easily it moves untill you put the brakes on and then it stays still well too.
An important piece of kit also arrived.
This was ordered last week after a series of unfortunate events involving petrol, welding and poor judgment led to a rather impressive bin fire up my leg since my foot was stuck in the bottom of the bin.
So onto the wall.
Since I'm in a fabricating mood i decided i really should get on and make a trolly for the tig welder so i don't have to keep carrying it around.
I'm very much making it up as i go along so there is a good chance it will turn out wrong
this is the platform where the welder will sit
it will be getting some perforated sheet
and top rails
Its a good project to get some time under the torch and practice.
still got to sort out wheels, bottle mount, rod storage, hooks ect.
Powder is not great stuff to use though, it is caustic and often does as much damage as the fire. It also compacts in the bottom of the extinguisher if not serviced regularly.
I'd strongly recommend buying a couple of CO2 extinguishers as well, they can be used in short squirts if required without emptying the whole extinguisher. Got 13 in my workshop as i was lucky enough to pick a load up free from a company that was closing down.