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Title: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on May 12, 2013, 03:36:22 PM
No, no, I don't really mean that! I just wanted a shocker headline for this post. :o (You'd think I was trying out for a job at The New York Daily News.)

In a rather short span of time the Museum has acquired a trailer, a tractor and a backhoe……all of course wonderful additions bound to multiply the efforts of the volunteers and help greatly in pursuit of the long-range plan.

But a recent post by Richard Symmes did bring to my mind a problem associated with a growing roster of non-rail equipment manufactured a good many decades after the 1920s, namely, that it complicates the effort by the Museum to portray the 1920s era.

So I wonder whether the Board has given thought to how the non-rail equipment might be kept in a place where it is not so obvious to visitors, or perhaps is hidden from them entirely.

Might it be kept in one section of the parking lot west of Percival once that lot is finished? Maybe behind a tall board fence & gate?

Just a thought by a rarely active volunteer, as usual sitting on his rear at the computer

 
 :o
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: James Patten on May 12, 2013, 04:49:53 PM
We're planning to build a garage somewhere (at this point as an extension of the restrooms) in which to store the Model A, the tractor, and the riding lawn mower.  Once the parking lot is done, we'll probably put the trailer off near the tree line.  I think we may end up putting up another garage for the backhoe and any other motorized road equipment that we get.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on May 12, 2013, 05:56:29 PM
These additions are almost a necessity now a days. These are the most economical way for the museum to easily do the little projects that could add up quickly if hired out. Fred and Ken have ensured that the museum has what it needs to continue growing.

I think that the excavator will fit into the 3 bay garage with the lawn mower just fine. Neither of them is very big.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on May 12, 2013, 06:44:53 PM
The latest discussions of a garage call for a 3 stall structure that will be n/w of the restroom building.  It will sit at the edge of the parking lot and have doors large enough for the John Deere tractor to fit in with it's canopy on.  The Model AA truck will move over there and the 3rd stall would easily hold the lawn tractor and the Kubota machine.  The garage will be an attractive building that will look good at the end of the parking area.  The location will give easy access to wheeled vehicles of many types and keep the garage away from the railroad buildings.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on May 12, 2013, 06:56:14 PM
 James and Mike,   The idea of a garage to store the non rail equipement is a must, just keeping it out of the weather what a plus. Plan for the future in building the size of storage area needs , height and width of doors,  possible add moveal coal bin, and other type equipement.  Todays cost of construction will never be lower. Yes the cost for a somewhat larger building, but added possible uses.   Fred L. Kuhns

 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on May 12, 2013, 10:31:45 PM
Thanks for all these posts. They sure me give a good feeling about the Museum's course of future action, and I'll bet Im not alone in that.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dylan Lambert on May 13, 2013, 07:15:57 AM
Let me check, but I believe we might an old temporary garage that might be of use. I just can't remember what we did with it when we took it down a few years ago. Even if it isn't lying around anymore, something like a temporary garage might be a workable solution in the short term...
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 17, 2013, 03:34:02 PM
As most of you know, prep work started a while back with clearing and grading of the site.  The forum thread starts today because the concrete pad was poured today.  The contractor set the forms prior to todays work so they started early this morning pouring the 6" wall risers then pouring the main floor.  The floor was in by lunch time so Fred made lunch for about 8 volunteers and contractors.  This afternoon, some of the forms were removed.  The rest of the forms will be removed on Weds and then the relief cuts in the floor will be made.

The garage is an important project that was moved up on the priority list for a number of reasons.  First of all, much lumber and plywood has been donated for the project.  If anyone has been to the lumber yard lately you know how much 2X6's and plywood cost.  The garage will house the excavator, tractor and Model AA truck.  When the truck moves to the garage, we will get an additional 20' of track space in the south end of bay 3.  (The truck has been in there since the extension was built).  Now there will be room for a locomotive or Big Joe.

Fred surveyed the lumber and there are enough PT 2X6's for the sills.  These could go on as soon as this weekend so framing the building can start soon.    
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 17, 2013, 03:38:13 PM
So what are the dimensions of this latest facility?
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 17, 2013, 03:45:11 PM
The garage is a 3 and 1/2 car building, measuring 24X40'  There will be 3 bay doors with a 36" door on the front near the restroom building.  A work bench will go in the 1/2 stall, allowing for chainsaws and string trimmers to be worked on.  This will free up the space in the machine shop where the chainsaws have been maintained for years.  Fred is looking forward to having everything in one place for the string band cutting crew.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 17, 2013, 08:55:30 PM
We could also hang all the trimmers in there, possibly getting rid of the garden shed or maybe relocate it to AC for a storage building.

Yes, Fred has graciously donated all the lumber he could gather, and he said there is more accumulating at his place almost every day. He has even been able to recycle some plywood. This building will be is being built at minimal cost to the museum, but will provide much needed space for the rubber tire brigade.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ken Fleming on September 18, 2013, 07:46:27 AM
Will the garage be period (i.e. 1909) or modern in appearance?
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on September 18, 2013, 01:07:07 PM
Board and Batten, same as bathrooms. On the way home yesterday I picked up some sill seal 100 ft.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 18, 2013, 01:09:22 PM
The garage is on the "modern side" of the campus which includes the Percival house and the areas north/west of the house.  The building will be attractive with board-and-batten walls (like the restroom building) and feature 6 over 6 windows.

Today, the contractor removed the rest of the forms and cut the relief lines.  The foundation is now ready for framing.  Fred is picking up a roll of sill seal strip so we can start putting the pt 2X6s down.  Work may begin on Saturday, depending on weather and the number of volunteers available.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 21, 2013, 07:22:15 PM
The garage foundation with the sill boards down Saturday afternoon 9/21/13.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsa0d75645.jpg)

Some of the equipment waiting for their new home.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps931a366b.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on September 21, 2013, 08:23:36 PM
I noticed that the "Kubota Dragon" doesn't have its ROPS yet.
Is it in the works soon ?
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 21, 2013, 09:42:53 PM
Everything is in the works Ira. Before B can get on it, it needs a cushy seat and a cup holder too, as well as the ROPS, though the machine seems pretty stable to me. Maybe someone can find a junk tractor someplace with a set on it we can mount, hopefully one with a hinge, so we can make it in the building when it's done.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on September 21, 2013, 10:22:49 PM
Was the chair for Fred to supervise?
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 21, 2013, 10:45:37 PM
Well I did see Fred sitting in the white chair.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on September 22, 2013, 06:16:26 PM
Yes Dave. One of the first things to arrive on the slab was Fred, with his chair from the basement.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on September 27, 2013, 07:24:10 PM
  Stewart,  What is the going to be the side wall height?  The foundation work really looks very nice along with the drive-way .  Look forward to the next set of pictures on construction progress.    Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 27, 2013, 08:46:30 PM
Hi Fred,

Lets see ...  The walls will be framed with 10' long 2X6's.  Add the 6" concrete riser with 3" worth of sill and then a 3" (double plate) header on top.  If I figured it right, the rafters will be 11' above the floor.  Good space for working on top of something or jacking up a piece of equipment to work underneath.

Stewart
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on September 27, 2013, 09:08:14 PM
If I figured it right, the rafters will be 11' above the floor. 
Stewart
Let's you and I get busy installing an electromechanical telephone system. I think Step-by-Step and Crossbar used 11 foot ceilings. ;D
-John
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on September 27, 2013, 10:21:02 PM
John the equipment bays are eleven feet tall then you need at least a couple more feet for the overhead steel and cable racks.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on September 28, 2013, 09:26:20 PM
John the equipment bays are eleven feet tall then you need at least a couple more feet for the overhead steel and cable racks.
What? You mean the parts have to be wired together? ;D
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on September 28, 2013, 09:33:55 PM
Don't forget the 150 watt Executone tube amplifier for the page system.   :o
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 06, 2013, 08:18:27 AM
As noted in James' report, the front wall of the garage was framed in yesterday.  The work required some header engineering by Steve Z.  Most of the 2X6's came from Fred's slightly used lumber emporium.  The new windows and metal gap sticks for the roof trusses were delivered yesterday and the roof trusses should be delivered on Tuesday.  Fred and Leon will bring a trailer load of 2X6's and plywood this week and the materials will be staged in front of the garage for ease of handling. 

Start   
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 07, 2013, 08:44:14 PM
Monday evening 10/7/13. Note Fred's chair carefully tilted to shed rainwater.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps22fa7e4f.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 08, 2013, 01:01:05 PM
The roof trusses were delivered today and Fred cut 40 ten foot long 2X6's.   
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 08, 2013, 07:03:04 PM
Fred is shortening up the lumber so we can use more from the emporium....
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 08, 2013, 08:52:37 PM
Some more pictures from this evening.(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps3406aa5b.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps1cced69e.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Eric Schade on October 10, 2013, 05:51:16 PM
(http://www.mylargescale.com/1stclass/PhippsburgEric/PA050190.JPG)
here is a photo from last saturday I though would be fun to see
--eric
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John Kokas on October 10, 2013, 06:32:14 PM
Oh-Oh   Someone forgot to put Fred's chair up on the scaffold so he could properly direct the work  :D
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 10, 2013, 06:53:31 PM
Nice shot, although the photo is already out dated as staging has now been built in front of the wall.  Framing work will begin tomorrow on the north wall and both ends.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: James Patten on October 10, 2013, 08:40:46 PM
By Monday afternoon I fully expect to see an enclosed structure with all 3 vehicles parked inside.  ;D
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 10, 2013, 09:57:23 PM
That's a good action shot of HWNMNBM
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 12, 2013, 07:06:20 PM
The roof trusses with cross bracing and rat run were installed today.  Hurricane clips were placed at the ends of the trusses and wind bracing was added to both end walls.   Some of the short battens were nailed in the east end wall.  The crew averaged about 10 people.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 14, 2013, 04:03:57 PM
Today, (Monday) started a bit slower but Fred got the crew going and we finished the east wall nailers.   Work then started down the back wall and progressed to the last window where we stopped in order to move the metal staging out of the way.  By that time, the rest of the plywood arrived and the track trestle crew had come back to Sheepscot.  Some of the fellows, especially crew chief Dana wigwam got right into the garage job helping finish the roof sheathing.  Everyone who worked on the roof noted the nice view, one can see most of the yard from the shop to the water tank.  

The next part of construction will be putting wind braces into the back (north) wall and working on the roof.  The roof work we hope to finish soon includes:  trim the sheathing back, install the rake boards and overhang bracing, set the drip edge and nail down the felt paper and shingles.  

Much thanks goes to Fred who was our crew leader over the 4 days of the WW.  He got us going each morning by setting up the electric cords, saws, ladders and the nail gun.  He also explained the project to the newbies and helped people find things such as nails and carpentry tools.  Around 20 volunteers worked on the project over the span of the weekend.  Thanks to everyone from near and far, there was great progress on this important structure.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 19, 2013, 05:37:12 PM
Good progress and a good crew today ... and we thought nobody would show up a week after the Fall Work Weekend. 

Today started with a crew installing more nailers on the back (north) wall.  Fred went to get a new air hose for the museum's new compressor and borrowed nail gun which made the work faster.   Working on the nailers allowed time for the roof to dry.

When the roof was safe we cut the end sheathing back to the correct length and installed the 2X4 gable end boards.  The next step was installing the rake and shadow boards.  We finished the east end and did most of the front and back sides.  We quit a little early to help with the special steam train and railcar trips that were run and videoed from a small drone style helicopter.

Start 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 19, 2013, 09:32:29 PM
Pictures taken Saturday evening 10/19

The front.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps9da3d59c.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps56feb882.jpg)

From the back.

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(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps70c60af8.jpg)

Inside

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps7f5658c2.jpg)

The garage in relation to the restrooms. Taken from the side door of the house.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps009e3cc5.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on October 20, 2013, 09:04:08 AM
Nice shots!

-John
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 20, 2013, 12:35:57 PM
Yep, Brendan is a good photo journalist!

Concerning work next weekend, the main push is to get the roof ready to be shingled.  To do this we need to install rake and shadow boards on the west gable and finish the rake and shadow boards on the front and back.  Then we can put down the drip edge (on the front and back edges) and get the tar paper on.  We'll need many hands when we start the shingles as they will have to be handed up to the staging and then up to the roof.

Start 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on October 20, 2013, 07:22:11 PM
Stewart, I've finally waked up to your new way of signing posts.

Reminds me of the people from New Jersey's largest city who say they're from Nerk. (Which city was once connected by the Pennsylvania RR to Ball-i-mer>)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Keith Taylor on October 20, 2013, 07:45:47 PM
Stewart, I've finally waked up to your new way of signing posts.

Reminds me of the people from New Jersey's largest city who say they're from Nerk. (Which city was once connected by the Pennsylvania RR to Ball-i-mer>)
Yes....and if you are traveling through Delaware....the trainmen announce "New-Ark, New-Ark Delaware is next!"

Keith
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on October 20, 2013, 08:00:55 PM
As an aside.
For those curious ( and those who really don't care) I made it back home to Colorado last night.
Total stops for no license plates= 0
Total stops for other reasons(non police) many
Average fuel milage= 44 mpg. The diesel just purred.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 20, 2013, 09:04:17 PM
As an aside.
For those curious ( and those who really don't care) I made it back home to Colorado last night.
Total stops for no license plates= 0
Total stops for other reasons(non police) many
Average fuel milage= 44 mpg. The diesel just purred.

Good to know Ira. We should have made bets about your travels. There were many doubters, but I figured you could talk your way out of anything.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on October 20, 2013, 09:59:40 PM
I would have lost any bets long before Ira got anywhere near Colorado. If it were me driving I wouldn't have made it to Route 1 before I was pulled over. Way to go Ira!
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on October 20, 2013, 10:07:41 PM
 Stewart and Brendan,  Thanks for the information and pictures on the garage.  Look forward to seeing the shingles on the roof.  Fred, can be very pride of his hard working crews, thanks for his great leadership. Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Duncan Mackiewicz on October 21, 2013, 04:07:50 PM
Dave, that would be me also. I figured Ira was going to get one heckuva ticket at least once between Maine and home.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 21, 2013, 05:20:57 PM
Hi Ira,

Glad to hear that the "stealth" railfan made it back home ok and that no towns made $$ from your auto.  You should get one of the new WW&F plate frames when you get a license plate - he he.

Garage news:

Today, the east end gable nailers were installed and extra brace plates were added to both end trusses.  This was done because there are no hurricane clips on the end trusses.  A few more nailers were added to the north wall as well. 

There probably won't be much else done this week as there is rain in the forecast.

Start

p.s. to Little Steve.   Yes, Start is my nickname ... I'll tell you the story next time you get to Sheepscot.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on October 21, 2013, 07:50:15 PM
Thanks guys for the kind words. I had a story all ready to relate to the law but I never got a chance to use it. I am, of course, not complaining.

I look forward to seeing the garage completed and all vehicles snug and safe inside for the winter.

Ira
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 21, 2013, 07:59:12 PM
Monday evening 10/20 roof shingles appeared.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsfa52fa68.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 21, 2013, 08:18:13 PM
Ahhh, The shingle phantom (Steve Z.) has struck!
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on October 24, 2013, 11:50:14 PM
The shingle phantom must have returned.

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsee4433a9.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Tom Casper on October 25, 2013, 10:08:36 AM
He does do good work!  Does he charge a lot or eat much?

Tom C.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 25, 2013, 12:54:21 PM
The shingle phantom (who only works around Halloween) and the shingle shadow (who knows what roofing lurks in the heart of Sheepscot) were both seen on the roof Thursday.   They may be back on Saturday.

Today, the east end gable nailers were finished and nailers were installed over the entrance door.  The ground on the east side was cleaned up and the west side ditch was cleaned out.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 26, 2013, 06:10:19 PM
Today the rest of the brace, rake and shadow boards were installed along the edge of the roof.  With those complete the crew started shingling the rest of the south half.  The south half was finished after lunch and the crew removed the staging along the front of the building.  With the front cleaned up, the tractor and excavator were brought inside to see how much space would remain around them.  With rain in the area the John Deere and Kubota were left inside at the end of the day. 

The next thing(s) to do are start work roofing the north half, add nailers to the west gable and permanent wind braces on the back wall. Nailers need to be set in the west wall as well.  Zack has a contact to get the 10" sheathing boards so we may get the lumber in the next couple of weeks.

Start 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on October 26, 2013, 07:12:09 PM
Terrific progress! Thanks and congratulations to all involved.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on October 26, 2013, 08:11:18 PM
Photos!  WE NEED PHOTOS!!!  Oh wait. I am the one with those today.

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/Garage10-26-13_zpsd5f9a6a7.jpg)

(http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m573/miketrainnut/WWandF%20Ry/Garageinside10-26-13_zps10f86b51.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on October 27, 2013, 03:09:27 PM
 Stewart,  The board and batton construction, are the battons cut from the boards or are they purchased ?  Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 27, 2013, 06:50:24 PM
Hi Fred,

The siding boards are ship lapped so we wouldn't cut battens from them.  I'll have to ask Zack if there will be some straight cut lumber in the order to cut battens from.  If not, we will have to purchase battens.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on October 31, 2013, 04:59:57 PM
This week -

Drip edge was installed on the back half of the roof and nailers were added to the west gable.  All the nailers have been set in the front wall and about half way down the west wall.  Zack inspected the work and was pleased.  He advised that he will get the sheathing boards when a trailer is available and that we will get extra lumber to cut battens from.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 02, 2013, 04:54:48 PM
Today the rear (north) half of the roof was shingled so both sides are done.  The top of the final row of shingles was lapped over the front shingles giving a temporary seal at the ridge.  The work was made easier because the weather was sunny and about 65.  Zack cut a pile of cap shingles that will be applied down the ridge to seal it. 

The last wind and rain storm bowled over the lawn tractor's tent so the tractor was dried off, started and brought into the garage.  Yes, the building doesn't even have walls but it's already filling up with equipment.  Serving as intended. 

The next steps include:

* finish the ridge cap shingles
* remove the back staging
* install wind braces in the north wall   
* finish setting nailers in the north and west walls
* pick up the sheathing lumber

A few things may happen this week since most (all??) of the construction crew will be at Albion next Saturday.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on November 02, 2013, 05:35:10 PM
I had forgotten about the lawn tractor. Is it going to be stored in the garage along with the Model AA truck, the Kuboda, and the John Deere tractor?

-John
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on November 02, 2013, 07:12:40 PM
We are going to have to paint lines on the floor to make sure we get everything where it belongs so it fits...
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 03, 2013, 10:04:45 PM
Pictures Sunday 11/3/13.

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(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zpsa251c03a.jpg)

(http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/bbarry74/image_zps58d1cc26.jpg)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on November 03, 2013, 10:51:34 PM
Great photos, Brendan.
Thanks.
Ira
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on November 04, 2013, 01:51:12 AM
 Brendan,  Thanks for all the pictures of the garage and parking lot.  Hope the weather will allow the parking lot to be ready for Christmas.  Thanks Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 07, 2013, 06:44:20 PM
This week -

The roof was finished when the cap shingles were applied.  The north side staging has been removed.  The new roof was tested with today's rain and it doesn't leak!  The finished roof allowed some work to go on during the rain - all the nailers have been installed and the n/w wind brace is in.  The next jobs will be cutting in the n/e wind brace and starting to put the interior plywood bracing between the bay doors.   

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on November 10, 2013, 01:55:58 PM
I know someone here in CT who raises traditional, New England style post-and-beam barns for a living. his company is: CT Barnraisers http://www.traditionalbarnraisers.com/a/home.html
All the talk about buildings make me think the RR should contact him.
He has done work for the Valley RR (including raising a small station/shelter) as both a volunteer and a paid employee and comes highly recommended.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 12, 2013, 12:55:45 PM
Yesterday Zack and I installed most of the interior plywood sheathing on the front wall.  Today Brendan, Zack and I went to Searsmont and picked up the external pine sheathing.  The lumber is on Brendan's trailer in front of the garage where it will be easy to pull off and sort.

Sheathing work should start on Saturday.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Crow on November 12, 2013, 01:54:18 PM
Will the entire interior be sheathed with plywood?  Is the building roughed-in for lights and outlets?
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on November 12, 2013, 02:18:12 PM
Will the entire interior be sheathed with plywood?  Is the building roughed-in for lights and outlets?
As I understand it from talking with Zack, only the front wall is being sheathed in plywood. Because of the large number of substantial open spaces (doorways), the plywood reinforcement is needed to provide stability. The other walls have diagonal braces, nailing blocks between the studs, and exterior paneling, all of which provide stability. In the same fashion as the shop building, the interior will not have sheathing, so lights and switches can be placed anywhere.

-John
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 12, 2013, 02:46:22 PM
Some pictures from this morning 11/12/13.

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 15, 2013, 04:52:44 PM
Thursday and Friday -

Lumber was removed from the trailer and sorted/stacked in the east bay according to size.  Fred, Zack and I started sheathing the west end and worked half way down the wall.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 16, 2013, 05:30:15 PM
Work today -

The west wall sheathing was finished and the door and window installed.  We set the soffit while the staging was on that side.  Then the back wall was sided over and all three windows installed.  About half of the east wall got boards before we ran out of light (and energy).

Three members have come forward to donate funds to purchase the three roll up doors for the bays.  Zack plans to order them this week.  Installation of the doors will make the building weather tight for the winter. 

Many thanks to the donors, youz guyz are a-door-able!

Start 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Dave Buczkowski on November 16, 2013, 06:05:31 PM
Start;
You're staring to mix your accents. We won't know where you're from soon!
KD
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on November 16, 2013, 07:05:30 PM
It's really just an open and closed issue.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on November 16, 2013, 07:28:15 PM
This thread is starting to have it's ups and downs
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 16, 2013, 07:56:56 PM
It's really just an open and closed issue.

This thread is starting to have it's ups and downs

Many thanks to the donors, youz guyz are a-door-able!

Ouch, ouch and OUCH!  Don't make Ed close the door on this topic!

Many thanks to the three donors for the doors.  A big help in completing this important project for the museum.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 16, 2013, 09:36:11 PM
Pictures 11/16/13

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on November 17, 2013, 12:30:37 AM
 Brendan and Stewart,  Thanks for the great pictures over the last several days showing all the progress made on the garage and parking lot.  Stewart, I wonder if the roll up doors will follow the wall up to the ceiling then over ( allow more height ) ?  On to the lights, alarm system and phone. Thanks again to our hard working volunteers.  Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stephen Hussar on November 17, 2013, 09:02:21 AM
What a very nice job! And thanks for the great pictures, Brendan!

SH
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 18, 2013, 05:46:12 PM
Today started with hurricane-like weather but the sun was out by 11:30 so the garage rats decided to take advantage of the 60 degree temps.  The east side sheathing was finished and the 2X4 soffit nailers were installed under the east gable.  Fred brought material to build a work bench which can be set up when the lumber pile is gone.  Zack said he ordered the overhead bay doors and they may be in sometime next week. 

BTW - between the garage, #9, mail orders and food prep there were seven members working on museum projects today.

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Paul Crabb on November 20, 2013, 09:39:22 AM
Are there any plans/thoughts about insulating the garage and installing heat especially in the worshop area which might warrent an internal wall to seperate it from the main vehicle storage area?
Paul C.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 20, 2013, 10:01:44 AM
Hi Paul,

There are no interior walls planned, the garage will be one open area.  There are no plans (or funds) to insulate or heat the structure.  At some point, probably next year electric service will be brought it.  The museum has a salamander heater that has been used in the shop extension.  It would work in the garage since the building will be air tight and it's a smaller area to heat.  It wouldn't get toasty in there but the portable would take some of the chill off for working on equipment, etc.

Start 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on November 20, 2013, 09:46:53 PM
Just enough light left to grab some progress pictures tonight 11/20/13.

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on November 20, 2013, 10:48:19 PM
Brendan, thanks so much for all your on-the-scene photojournalism on this and other projects.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 20, 2013, 11:06:11 PM
You know, it wouldn't be all that difficult to install a ceiling over the workshop area, and a roll-up sheet plastic wall could allow that area to be heated for winter work.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 21, 2013, 07:58:53 PM
Hi Wayne,

I like your idea.  We could put a plywood ceiling over the work bench and continue it over the bay next to it.  A drop curtain could partition off the rest of the garage so you could heat that area to work at the bench or on a piece of equipment in the bay.  I'll ask Zack what he thinks about installing a partial ceiling and talk to Fred about plywood.

Some news:

Most of the front sheathing went on today.  Saturday looks good for finishing the front, installing the remaining window and putting up soffit panels.  After that, we can start on frieze boards and window trim.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Wayne Laepple on November 21, 2013, 08:52:34 PM
I first saw this sort of thing in the old Ironton RR enginehouse near Allentown, Pa. It was a big field stone building that could hold four steam engines. At the end, they had only one diesel, so they partitioned off a space a little bigger than the diesel and heated only that area. The rest of the building contained an unused caboose and some m/w equipment. In this part of the world, such plastic walls are commonly used in construction project so they can pour cement and hang drywall. Sometimes they will use two sheets of plastic, one on each side of a 2 x 4 frame so there is an air space between them.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 22, 2013, 03:28:26 PM
There was a school charter this morning and the garage rats decided to get some work done afterward.

Exterior -
* Front sheathing was finished.
* East window was installed.

Interior -
* Plywood wall covering was put up around the work bench area.  The plywood makes it better for setting shelves and hanging tools.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: James Patten on November 23, 2013, 06:34:51 PM
We installed Fred's old workbench in the garage, put Fred's chair up on it and installed Fred in the chair.  All hail King Fred.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 23, 2013, 06:42:43 PM
See ... the garage rats aren't all work!

Today -

* Soffit panels were finished.

* Frieze boards were nailed under the front and back soffits.

* Corner boards were set.

* The work bench was built and tested (see photo)
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on November 23, 2013, 08:32:41 PM
Looking good. I have a small tool set looking for a home as soon as the building is secure enough. Ratchet, sockets and wrenches. The case broke, and instead of just getting a new case, I bought a whole new set. Perfect for Fred to use while tinkering on the trimmers
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Bill Reidy on November 23, 2013, 09:30:23 PM
We installed Fred's old workbench in the garage, put Fred's chair up on it and installed Fred in the chair.  All hail King Fred.

I'm not going to ask how you convinced Fred to get up in the chair.  I'll just say I'm very appreciative of the donations Fred had made for materials for the garage.  Thank you Fred, and everyone else who has donated for the garage including the roll-down doors.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Bill Sample on November 25, 2013, 03:27:31 PM
As heat rises, did Fred climb up there to stay warm?
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on November 25, 2013, 04:08:19 PM
The tractor that he donated has a large scoop....
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on November 25, 2013, 09:38:06 PM
News -

* Zack stopped by today and cut the frieze boards so they can be put on the ends this weekend.  Staging will need to be set up for the work.   

* Jeff (our parking lot contractor) brought 3 loads of screened gravel and spread them in front of the garage and over towards the house.   It needs a bit more packing down so please drive on it this weekend. 

* The 4' steel shelves were installed along the back wall next to the workbench.  The next shelf work will be to install a double set of 3' shelves along the east wall between the window and front door.  We probably need more 1 X 1/4" nuts and bolts for the work.

There may not be much else happening this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday and the possibility of bad weather on Weds.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on December 05, 2013, 11:21:18 PM
Doors appeared some time during the week.

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on December 06, 2013, 12:15:12 AM
Very classy :)  I do have a story about doors with windows, however. A neighbor of mine over in Naples came into his garage via a side door, got into his truck, looked in the rear view mirror, saw light, and backed into his garage door!

-John
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 06, 2013, 09:01:22 AM
This week the garage rats have:

* Roughed in two bay doors (the ceiling rails and springs have not been set)

* Installed more interior plywood wall covering.

* Built the first set of steel shelves along the east wall. 

Saturday we hope to put up the ceiling plywood over the workbench and east bay, make the west bay door operational and rough-in the east door.  The small door may be installed as well.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on December 09, 2013, 09:56:34 PM
12/9/13

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 09, 2013, 10:52:47 PM
Good pics Brendan, I see GR#1 was there today.  The photos show that the building is now secured with all doors in place.  We hope to get one or two more roll up doors done this weekend so the AA Truck can move to its new home in the garage.  The truck moving will allow for room in bay 3 of the shop for a special live steam exhibit during Victorian Christmas. 

The interior photos show the new shelves and partial ceiling that was installed last Saturday. A drop curtain will be installed to segment the first bay from the rest, keeping heat in the workbench area.   BTW - Many thanks to Dave B. for donating the shelf parts.  Not only do we have enough for 3 sets in the garage but Dave's shelves are in the machine shop as well.  The donation (12 years ago) has really come in handy!

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Glenn Christensen on December 09, 2013, 10:58:02 PM
The new garage looks beautiful and as usual your timing is impeccable.

My sincerest Kudos to all involved!


Best Regards,
Glenn
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on December 13, 2013, 08:33:41 AM
I've been thinking! As the garage workers are called Garage Rats,  When we start working on it, will people working on the pole barn car storage area, be called pole cats?
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 13, 2013, 09:34:33 AM
This week -

The garage rats (led by Big Cheeze Fred) installed the rest of the overhead door tracks.  The east door was finished and the tractor was moved over to C bay.  The AA truck was brought over from the shop and parked in it's new home, A bay.  Note: the garage crew has designated the west bay as A, center B and east bay as C.

In true WW&F spirit (save/reuse everything) the crew saved the wood scraps from construction.  Yesterday, three bundles of wood were taken to Alna Center   the North Pole for kindling for the station stove and bon fire.  The crew even fired up the station stove to warm the windows and cleaned the glass for Victorian Christmas.

Start   
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Keith Taylor on December 13, 2013, 11:51:06 AM
Stewart, I hope that none of the scrap wood is pressure treated. If it is, please do NOT burn it as the fumes generated are highly toxic.
Keith
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on December 13, 2013, 09:19:00 PM
A different perspective.

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 13, 2013, 10:16:34 PM
Nice shot Brendan, looks like you got a raise.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 14, 2013, 07:05:10 PM
Today -

* Zack installed the outside casing and weather stripping around the doors for bays A and C.

* Mike organized the tools at the work bench.

* Fred cleaned up spare wood, etc. along the back wall.  Some of the lumber is stored in the rafters above the bays.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 17, 2013, 12:51:31 PM
Yesterday -

* Zack installed the door springs on the center "B" bay so we can get the excavator out.  He also shoveled around the A door in case we get the AA truck out on Saturday.

* Steve Z. plowed the parking lot and garage apron. 

More plowing may be needed after the storm tonight.  There will be a crew at Sheepscot on Friday to get things ready for VC.  Work will include cleaning station platforms, switches and possibly running a plow extra.  #52 is in the machine shop with the plow on.  The plow will have to come off after the engine clears the yard tracks and mainline.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 19, 2013, 04:49:09 PM
This week -

* Zack installed the last set of springs so the B bay door can be raised. 

* Steve Z. plowed the parking lot again and snow was removed from in front of the garage entrance door.

* More tools were hung by the work bench with care ... in hopes that "plywood" Fred soon would be there.

Some of the garage rats became snow cats this week, clearing snow for the house, shop and station entrances. 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred Morse on December 19, 2013, 06:09:21 PM
If the plywood is hung on the back wall with care, it might keep out some of the cold winter air.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on December 19, 2013, 08:11:09 PM
If it is not hung totally plumb,
there could be a very cold thumb.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 22, 2013, 09:37:57 AM
I guess it's a good time to note that the Garage Rats really came through for the museum.  Due to their putting in many hours of hard work, sometimes during the week, the structure is nearly complete this month.  The work paid off as the tractor, excavator, mower and Model AA truck are nice and dry inside a new building.  The biggest dividend for the railroad is the truck moving to it's new home, freeing up space in the shop building.  The relocation allows coach 8 and engine 52 to be inside for the Winter.

Not sure how many hours are in the garage project but the books indicate some of the top Rats:

Fred "Big Cheeze" Morse aka Fred "Plywood" Morse
Steve "Nailgun" Zuppa
Zack "Azek" Wyllie
Eric "Evening" Schade
Stewart "Start" Rhine
Brendan "Towmotor" Barry
Mike "Rowmow" Fox
James "Books" Patten
Leon "Two" Weeks
 
Thanks to these and many more people for helping with the project!  
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on December 23, 2013, 06:53:53 PM
Friday 12/20/13

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 25, 2013, 01:48:59 PM
Garage Rat Christmas -

Step 1 - Have a great time working at Victorian Christmas on Saturday
Step 2 - Recover from Victorian Christmas on Sunday
Step 3 - Drive to CT for family Christmas on Monday
Step 4 - After staying just 9 hours, get news that all of Alna (and many other places) has no power from the ice storm
Step 5 - Drive 4 hours back to Maine on Tuesday to get wood stove and generators going to keep house from freezing (it was down to 42 inside)
Step 6 - Tuesday night - temps around 0, go to Sheepscot to check things at the railroad - no power.  Bring propane heater from gift shop over to the house.  Check restroom building, nice and warm.
Step 7 - Wednesday, fire up heater in the Percival House cellar.  Meet Fred at Sheepcot to bring a generator over in case the railroad freezers get too warm.  Drag generator over on the ice, extra points for not falling.
Step 8 - "Break into" the garage to get extra propane bottle.  Door is frozen solid, so we use a flat bar to pry the ice away from the base of the door.  
Step 9 - Recover from stuff at the railroad and prepare to do it again if power doesn't come back tonight.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 25, 2013, 03:13:31 PM
Addendum -

Step 10 - Power just came back on.  Do happy dance then call Fred and Zack with the news.  Check the heating plants for the shop and house.  Check the Executone telephone system and clear the alarm's system power alarm.

Step 11 - Take cat nap ... cats optional.

p.s. Thanks to Fred and Cindy for helping drag the generator through the snow!   
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Gordon Cook on December 25, 2013, 03:44:21 PM
Stewart,
On behalf of those who can't be there, many thanks for taking care of everything.
Hope the rest of your day is relaxing and Merry Christmas to you and Cindy.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 25, 2013, 04:02:44 PM
Thanks Gordon,

Funny thing, the crews that fixed the power lines were from Western Mass Power Co and we had seen them in convoy on Rt 495 yesterday.  We passed at least 4 sets of power company trucks and 2 batches of tree company trucks during the trip back.  Anyway, the power lines were lying in the snow right across from our house so the crews were there for a while.   Cindy took hot coffee and brownies out to them and they noted that they had been working all night.  God Bless those fellows.     
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on December 25, 2013, 06:08:51 PM
I really appreciate all the locals do when there is a crisis.
It's frustrating to not be able to help.
It is 50* and sunny here with no trace of snow.
I guess we have a lot to be thankful for.

Stay warm and secure.
Throw on another cat if it gets too cold.

Ira
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Steve Smith on December 25, 2013, 07:17:47 PM
Wow, Stewart, Cindy and Fred.That's a Christmas you'll long remember! Thanks a million for all you did. All good wishes for a Happy New Year!
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 25, 2013, 09:02:39 PM
Steve,

I should add that Steve Z. was at the railroad checking on things too, but at times other than when we were there.  Probably a good thing, more coverage of the campus during the storm and its aftermath.  BTW - the ice in the trees is really pretty during sunrise, too bad it causes so many problems!

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on December 28, 2013, 06:23:16 PM
  Stewart,   Thanks again to the local volunteers for all the work during the last several day of bad weather and Victorian Christmas.     Fred L. Kuhns             
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on December 28, 2013, 07:00:22 PM
Today -

The garage rats finished nailing the battens on the front of the building so the parking lot side is done.  Staging was moved around back and battens were applied to about half of the north side. 

The garage has really paid for itself.  The tractor has a nice home which allows for easy starting, even in cold weather.  Mike plans to do some repair when he has a chance. 

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 04, 2014, 07:10:14 PM
An early morning temperature of -23 didn't stop the garage rats from working ... inside with the salamander running.  Fred had the whip and chair out so a bunch of us set out to finish installing plywwod on the back (north) wall.  Meanwhile, Mike removed worn hoses and loose hydraulic fittings from the tractor and went to Napa for new ones.    With the new parts in place, the hydro fluid (donated by Fred) was refilled and the tractor started so the bucket motion could be tested.  Everything works well and no leaks. 

One of the next projects is to put window casing on the back windows and put the sill plates on the outside.  When they are on, we can put the rest of the battens up.  Another project is to bring all the Model A Ford parts over to the garage, which will clear up shelf space upstairs in the shop building.  This will happen when there's less ice to skate walk on.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 11, 2014, 08:25:57 PM
Today,

The Garage Rats decided it was good to work inside in the morning so more carpentry was done.  The three back (north) windows had their casings installed and more battens were applied to the back wall.  With the push to get car 65 ready for the trip to the Big E Show, Mike installed the rest of the bolster blocking under the car.  The system is designed to prevent the car from rocking on the trucks during travel.  The base blocks stay fixed to the trailer while the tower blocks are removed to free the car for unloading.  After lunch, all the stored equipment was started.  The tractor and excavator were taken out for work and the AA truck was run inside.  Car 65's glass partition was removed and stored in the back of the AA truck.  Special 5X5 ties (made by Dean for the Big E milk car display) were sorted and stacked to dry in the garage.  The Rats cleaned parts of the garage floor while the two pieces of equipment were outside.  Two sticks of original KC rail were gotten from the pile at Davis/Brook Crossing and taken to Sheepscot.  The TCDA car will be staged on the rail and fresh ties at the Big E Show.

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on January 17, 2014, 08:36:20 AM
This week the garage rats cut the Car 65 display ties to 5' and made door guard planks for the non-stairs door.  Most everything that's going to the show will be loaded Saturday, including the two sticks of KC rail.

Also - Seam strips were cut and nailed over gaps in the plywood wall.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Jeff Schumaker on January 28, 2014, 11:07:15 PM
Stewart,

Thanks for keeping us updated on the garage progress. It's impressive to see what has been accomplished since I was there in October.

Jeff S.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on February 04, 2014, 12:13:42 AM
Squeezed the Mitsubishi tractor in the garage before Wednesday's snow.

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Brendan Barry on February 09, 2014, 10:15:39 PM
Temporary construction lights were installed in the garage until the ground thaws and a trench for permanent power can be excavated. The garage is also filling right up.

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Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 14, 2014, 06:35:53 PM
This week, the Garage Rats took advantage of a 30 minute window between snow storms to install a temporary AC outlet.  The duplex plug is on the wall by the front door and is controlled by the lower right breaker in the restroom's electric panel.  The outlet was tested with Skyhooks Brendans ceiling lights which brighten the work bay nicely.   

Start
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Mike Fox on February 14, 2014, 09:39:07 PM
Air conditioner? I know it finally warmed up a bit this week but even this Mainer will wait until bug season before the air conditioner comes out. LOL. It will be nice to actually have power in there.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 14, 2014, 10:10:29 PM
Ha ha Mike,

AC means alternating current.  Since I've worked with DC circuits for 30+ years, a 120 volt outlet is considered AC.  That's how our Executone main frame plans spec'd the power feed for the telephone system cabinets.  BTW - it did get above freezing today for a couple of hours, been a long time since we've seen that.  There was some melting snow but there's another 4-6" forecast for Saturday night into Sunday morning so the snow will keep on piling up.   
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Wayne Laepple on February 14, 2014, 10:40:06 PM
What you really need in there is a big ol' Heatrola burning anthracite coal. That will keep it warm!
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: John McNamara on February 14, 2014, 11:56:02 PM
Just to confuse matters, I will note that tube radio filaments often ran on 6.3 Volts AC, and plate voltages were 300 or more Volts DC.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 15, 2014, 08:41:32 AM
Maybe we should have a 1930's Zenith or Atwater Kent radio set in the garage.  Fire it up and the vacuum tubes will warm the place up real nice. 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 15, 2014, 04:27:47 PM
Thanks to a few hours of sunlight this morning, much work was done on the exterior.  Fred began by shoveling a lot of snow away from the east side of the garage.  He then, along with others set up the staging so we could install he battens.  Double deck staging was required in the center to get the battens in the gable above the window.  Zack cut the required pieces for each batten which changed in length as we worked from back to front.  By lunch time the job was 3/4 done.  It was completed by 1:00 so we took the temporary work bench down, making more room between the work bay and center bay.  With that done, some of us were able to leave a little early to prepare for the next snow storm.

The crew included: Zack, Fred, Start, Bill R., Randy and Steve Z. (who went for a box of nails so we could finish the job).  The mobile Garage Rat, Mike worked on the backhoe on the tractor and then ran the machine, clearing snow piles around the campus.

It was a very productive day! 
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 16, 2014, 03:57:27 PM

AC means alternating current. 
PSSHH!! Silly me,... and here I thought6 AC meant Alna Center!  :P
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 16, 2014, 06:16:40 PM
So we can have AC run by AC at AC
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on February 16, 2014, 07:12:37 PM

*Rim shot!*  :D
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Ira Schreiber on February 16, 2014, 08:07:12 PM
Direct from Atlantic City(A/C).

Double rim shot...........
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 18, 2014, 10:18:31 PM
The garage got some cleaning yesterday, Presidents Day.  There are some spare battens which are stored in the back corner.  Other spare wood is up in the rafters along with a few extra steel shelf parts.  Speaking of parts, most of the Model A parts are now in the garage.  The Model T parts (for RC4) will stay on the shelf upstairs in the shop building.  The new flashlights and tape measure are above the work bench. Fred really likes the LED flashlights!  A good bit of dirt was cleaned out of the western bays and the place looks better.   
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on February 22, 2014, 07:15:10 PM
Sunny and 50 today so all the garage doors were opened. 

* The tractor got a workout as Mike cleared snow from in front of Brendan's trailer.  The Rats then cleaned off the trailer's deck for possible use in the next couple of weeks.  The tractor then went to work hauling many cans and boxes of nails and screws from the shop to their new home in the garage.

* Interior - More clean up with electric cords and water hoses being hung on the wall.  More extra wood was put in the rafters until we need it for the car storage building.  A fire extinguisher was mounted next to the front door.

* Kubota - Mike worked on the exhaust system and hydraulic system, installing some new parts.  The machine was fired up and tested after the hydraulic work.

* Model AA Truck - The truck was backed out in the sun to make room setting the ladder to get overhead.  Once outside, we realized how dirty the truck was so it was pulled right up to the door where water from melting snow was running off the roof.  The truck was washed off with the water and then put back inside.

* Mitsubishi Tractor - The original rear mount plate was installed and the 3 point hitch (that held the backhoe) removed.  Zack fired it up and ran it over to the shop and back.
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Fred L. Kuhns on March 29, 2014, 05:02:17 PM
 Stewart,  As Brendan works into getting the water away from the area around the garage, is there any major work left on the garage?  Looking forward to having the basement project ready for use by summer or near completion.  Thanks for all the hard work .   Fred L. Kuhns
Title: Re: Garage - Official Work Thread
Post by: Stewart "Start" Rhine on March 29, 2014, 05:28:17 PM
Mike Fox spent a good part of the day cutting a new ditch along the west side of the parking lot.  The ditch leads water away from the parking lot and garage area.  There has been a problem with water running down against the west side of the house and then right down the driveway between the house and restroom building causing erosion and putting mud in the drive.  The work Brendan started, and Mike continued is a help in controlling that water damage.  I think we still need better water/rain leaders but Mike can tell you more about it.   

Except for electric service and wiring, the garage is all set for now.  There is talk of adding a smaller bay on the west end but it may not happen for a while.