Post by toomanyprojects on Apr 26, 2021 16:42:39 GMT
So not strictly all workshop related, but I've been a little quiet as there's been a few goings on...
A spot of tidying in the garden to sort a few logs for next winter
Spot the reason for me cutting it slightly short...
While I had the chainsaw out I also managed to get rid of a row of leylandii trees that were somewhat overshadowing things. There is one more tree trunk in my sights but it's rather awkwardly positioned in regard to the workshops (i.e. I need to be careful how I fell it!), but it's doing nothing asides being a breeding ground for ivy.
There's also been an addition or two to The Mess, including a new beer fridge courtesy of my cousin
We've also been south a couple of times and picked up a few more things both in the horsebox...
Post by toomanyprojects on May 5, 2021 17:18:35 GMT
So with the addition of yet more spares/mini-projects/inventory for sale added to the workshops it was time for a re-think and a bit of a swap around.
As mentioned elsewhere, SWMBO wanted 'her' workshop back as the A35 project was incoming, so the SL was hastily reassembled, and moved to safety elsewhere and the lift hastily exited via the side entrance
5mm to spare either side - needless to say I was very, very happy that I didn't have to drag all 450kgs of it the other way out which involved gravel.
Anyway, it sooned joined the chaos going on in the other work area (again more on that elsewhere)
In the meantime, cupboards were added, racking installed, and the A35 rolled into its new home, soon to be joined by another... or two.
Lastly, and most importantly I made a start on stocking the new addition to 'The Mess' and ensure it was up and running for quality control purposes .
Post by toomanyprojects on Jun 18, 2021 11:53:11 GMT
So it's been a bit quiet on the workshop front, the sun finally made an appearance in this part of the world and of course everything started growing which meant it needed cutting. I've also been slowly attacking the lawns to slowly return them to grass instead of moss, which for a complete novice I'm quite pleased with the results of
Quite a contrast in colour too - no filters were applied.
You can also start to see the issue I have with the hedging but I've just picked up a new power tool for that so more on that another time once I've had chance for a play. There are also a few other projects in the pipeline for SWMBO .
Anyway, with the appearance of the sun we thought we'd crack on with sorting the garage roof as I want to get the floors and walls painted and the whole thing generally tidied and clean, however there was little point in doing that as a number of the original roof tiles have delaminated and the underfelt has decayed to the point of disintegration... not ideal for when you want to keep the contents dry.
So this week we've had a bit of a sort out. Cars have been moved about to the point where things are almost cosy
...the new climbing frame has arrived
and of course it's now started raining just in time for work starting this weekend. Perfect
Will you be doing a DIY roof lift? I'm cheering you on if you are. It's the one thing I haven't had a go at around the house so far.
Afraid not, just a simple strip, rebatten and replace membrane and any shattered tiles. Joys of living in a conservation area means the hoops for any amendments are considerable. Although I may put some additional framing in for a velux or two while it's stripped for a spot of future proofing.😉
Good luck with the roof, not sure your going to stay dry though looking at the forecast!
Thanks, we seem to be getting intermittent showers so have binned it off for this weekend, forecast is better for next weekend but I need to do some vehicle logistics on the Friday so will see how I feel on the Sat as could be a long day.
Post by toomanyprojects on Jun 29, 2021 16:52:45 GMT
So in addition to the other logistics from last weekend (see VW thread), there was also a spot of collections and deliveries from the old workshop (yes more stuff still to be moved! )
Once the VW had been deposited on Friday it was back down south for yet another A35 shell (swear they are breeding!) and a few more MGB spares now surplus to requirements to be collected on Saturday
After a slight diversion to deposit a couple of gearboxes over in Kent's finest hop country it was back to collect the trailer and load the disco with a few other stowaway parts including this:
Hoping to finally get it on track, which the new local one says they are happy for me to do which is a result.
All of which meant that I arrived home later in the afternoon that perhaps planned feeling slightly jaded, especially after 13 hours on the road the day before. The good news was that the roofers had been busy in my absence
As there's no rest for the wicked, Sunday bought with it more fun in the form of felling the last of the dead trees that the Ivy had taken hold of, once cleared it turned out to be a little bigger than I anticipated
and a lot more solid than I gave it credit for, was bl**dy heavy!
Should help the winter log supply look even more healthy once I get it diced and split
Just need to have a good tidy up then the construction can begin ... I might get back in the workshop at some stage
Post by toomanyprojects on Jul 12, 2021 17:53:08 GMT
Lots been going on as usual on a number of fronts, the good news is that garage roof has finally been made watertight after much dodging of showers and supply issues with materials
That meant the scaffolding could be removed and we could finally get back in the garages to make a start on the tidying we held off on doing until it was all watertight.
Time for a spot of painting to see how it might come up
hmmm as it happens, not that well as the blocks are fairly rough cast. Gluttons for punishment we kept going
and eventually we had the first coat on
We also moved the dividing 'wall', giving us a bit more room in the garage but also separating the woodworking bay
I need to do a spot of wiring re the lights and already have some new LEDs on order that should help things, then it might be round two on tidying the walls and making that a bit more presentable, the good news is that it's already looking a bit brighter.
Floor will also get some attention once I've finished the walls and ceiling.
Post by toomanyprojects on Jul 19, 2021 12:27:22 GMT
So more work has been happening on the garages, the perfect place to be with the heat this weekend as they are nice and cool
Second coat of white was applied to the walls which made a massive difference
I could then get busy with a spot of wiring for the new LED strip lights I purchased after a bit of a tip off from crouchieb
Superb bits of kit and highly recommended. I'll be getting a few more to replace the tubes around the main workshop as and when they die.
I originally picked up four but decided that three, spaced with one in the centre of each bay would probably be more than enough. We then added a few pics to the walls and waited till it got dark to test
Yup, they're pretty bright! SWMBO's exclamation when I first turned them on told me that I'd done my job right
Floor next, then it's a waiting game for everything to dry properly
Painting the block work you can get big hairy rollers(tools not blokes) for that type of thing that work well
We did it the hard way in the end and went for masonry brushes. The rollers weren't very good at getting into the rough casting of the blocks, we even tried thinning and using a sprayer but that was equally useless and so it was two coats sponsored by elbow grease and a couple of blisters. Things you do eh...
2nd coat going on the floor tonight though so we're nearly there on one half.
Sliding door mechanism arrived but was missing a couple of key components so a replacement is being sent this week, once that's in hand I can permanently affix the wall and install the door.