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Old January 3rd, 2016, 05:35 AM
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 04:02 PM
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Well, finally underway! Here's my primary laborer (son) putting in the last anchor bolt on the base rails yesterday. From there I've got a LOT of puzzle pieces to put together before there's any more structure to show. And, of course, it's going to rain ALL week starting Monday. Probably be end of January before it looks much different.
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Old January 13th, 2016, 05:16 PM
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So this stack is 6 of the 9 I need to build, and #7 laid out with a few of the 100 screws it takes in it. I did 5 of them on Saturday and I'm feeling it! Still, I should have all nine done by the end of the week, I think.

Once those are finished, they get stood up and it starts to 'look' like a building. Unfortunately It'll be 2 weeks before I can get them up. Has to be done on a weekend 'cause I need help (3 people minimum) and I am a 4H shooting instructor and have practice this weekend. Oh well, still a week earlier than I thought I'd have em up.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 03:16 PM
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Its really great to see your son working with you!
If you get antsy or your friends don't show up you might consider renting a small scissorlift for half a day. You and your primary should be able to set all of them in that time. Just make sure that you have your temp stabilizing lines anchored and tied off at ground level before you raise the first one. Pm me if you want to chat about the setup.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 09:30 PM
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Right, a scissorlift is in the plans for sure, but will be renting it when I get to the siding. I should have enough help (5 confirmed) to stand them up next Monday! I will PM you though. I made a pretty big mistake that I'm too embarrassed to say in public

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Old January 16th, 2016, 03:10 PM
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Ha! if thats the biggest mistake you make you're golden!!
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Rolling scaffold works well for the siding if your in good shape. Its multi level and its much cheaper than a scissorlift
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Old January 20th, 2016, 05:49 PM
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What a week! Holy cow, I'm hurting. In the last two days myself and 3 other guys got those stacks of steel turned into what you see in this picture.

This view shows the office walk door on the end. I still have to put frame up the other walk door I have next to the garage door, but that's it! then all the framing is done! I'm going to put some ratchet straps on the corners for a little piece of mind, because it will have to sit like this for probably 2-4 weeks. Obviously will need help again for the next step, siding, and everyone's schedules are pretty slammed for a while.
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Old January 20th, 2016, 06:18 PM
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NICE...Its a lotta work isn't it!
Straps highly recommended... At minimum one running down from each peak end. min length 1.5X the hight, 2X even better.
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Quote from Versatube (the company I bought my building from)

"Weekends are made for garage building! With versatube building systems you can build a garage in as little as one weekend."..." You and a couple of helpers can cross off 'build a garage' from your weekend to do list in no time!"

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"The months of January and February are made for garage building! You and 7 friends/neighbors (or used to be friends), several of the bigger kids from your church youth group, a couple of day laborers, and 5-6 hundred dollars in lift equipment can cross off 'visiting the 7th circle of ****' from your to do list... and it may never end!
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Old February 18th, 2016, 08:44 AM
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Quote from Versatube (the company I bought my building from)

"Weekends are made for garage building! With versatube building systems you can build a garage in as little as one weekend."..." You and a couple of helpers can cross off 'build a garage' from your weekend to do list in no time!"

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"The months of January and February are made for garage building! You and 7 friends/neighbors (or used to be friends), several of the bigger kids from your church youth group, a couple of day laborers, and 5-6 hundred dollars in lift equipment can cross off 'visiting the 7th circle of ****' from your to do list... and it may never end!
Issues like you've been experiencing led me to take a different route. I hired a concrete contractor, then a carpenter, then a roofer, a garage door installer, an insulator, a painter, and a gutter guy. Got the 28' x 54' shop done in about 3 months. All I had to do was write the checks!

Good luck with your project!

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