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I thought I would start a thread on a garage build we are starting. It is somewhat related. Stall #3 will be where the motorcycles will live. It will be mainly for parking our daily drivers but have room to make it a little bit of a shop. Before the make it bigger comments start. We already have a 1500 sqft pole barn which is my shop and will likely remain so. Also another 1000sqft in cold (uninsulated and not heated) storage buildings plus a tuck under garage which will go away at some point. I can see some lighter work like wrenching on a bike in the winter work being done out here but it will shift to tractor parking in the winter for that 3rd stall and most of the motorcycles will go back to the pole barn for winter storage.

Because of existing windows on the house the porch will expand from 12x20 to 12x29. This will mean the west wall will come off, the roof and rafters will come off and the wall will shift over 9 ft to match the back wall on the garage. The garage will be 29x40 and will have a poured patio behind it to make up for the deck that we ripped off last fall. Ceiling will be at least 10' but it will depend as we are going to have two priorities. First match the roof line. Second, we can dig down to get more ceiling height but I don't want the apron sloped toward the garage. We are going with 3 single garage doors and there will be 2 access doors. The porch will eventually be converted to a laundry room and mud room making it so all "living" can take place on the main floor of the house. We are doing in floor heat for the garage with as separate zone to heat what will be the laundry/mud room. I am considering adding one of those Mitsubishi Heat Pumps to possibly do on demand heat and AC in the garage. We are also adding a small utility room in the garage. Power for the house is getting upgraded to 400A Service which is up from 150A. 150A will still go to the house and then 200A to the new garage. I expect to cut the power lines (don't know where they are for sure) to the pole barn and other buildings. So they will all get fed from the new garage. That will also allow me to use more power in the pole barn for welding and such. I only have 60A out there now.

Last fall I bought a Stihl MS 362 R C-M chain saw. I knew I had several trees that needed to come down on the property including 4 on the build site. My small 16" Homelite saw is getting well too old and this was going to be a big project so I went with a Pro saw. The R in the model number means it has a wrap handle. I guess it is a regional thing and isn't available everywhere. By stepping up to the pro line of Stihl got me a few extra features and didn't add a lot more cost over the Farm Boss that I was looking at originally. The one thing I am unsure about is the computer control. But from what I have run through it so far it runs like a champ. 3 pulls every and it fires everytime. I have taken down 7 trees this fall/winter and have another 16 Ash trees which will be deal from the Emerald Ash Borer probably in the next 5 years. I could treat them but it is too expensive because of their size. I would rather spend the thousands of dollars we would spend in treating them on new trees when they die in a few years.

Here is a shot after the three ash trees were taken down. I was cutting up the last one.

 

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As winter was passing and days were getting warmer, we stated getting to a point where we had days above freezing and the snow was melting off exposed ground pretty quick. There was a forecast for 6-10" of snow coming but I decided to remove the snow we had in place (about 2') to clear the build site. Even though more snow was coming, moving 2' would be easier than 2.5-3'. I enabled the GPS on my watch and racked up 8.11 miles going back and forth moving snow with the front end loader on my X585.



It ended up being about 6" of additional snow which was quick to clean up.

After a couple weeks it looked like this. Let the thaw begin. The frost is down a couple feet at this point.

 

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Last Friday they were out to remove the siding from the back of the house. The windows with wood trim were all ones replaced by Renewal by Andersen last Oct. We just had them seal up all the windows with cedar for now to keep things waterproof. Once the garage build is done, we are residing the entire house with LP Smartside and a new roof on the entire house as well as new gutters. The one window that wasn't replaced and all the windows in what is now the porch are either going away or are being replaced as part of the garage build.



On Saturday the excavator showed up.





The plan was to start digging the footings on Tuesday or at least it was. The forecast was calling for 6-10" of snow on Thursday. Granted the ground won't freeze up that quick but if there are no footings I can clear the snow pretty quick with the tractor. Opted to wait with footings until early next week because of the forecast.
 

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Here is a Sketchup of the garage and mudroom.

 

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I got home Monday to find that they dropped off more supplies and equipment.

Looks like about 6.5 pallets of block.



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The forecast is calling for up to a foot of snow through Friday. Too bad they didn't leave me the code to run the Bobcat. It would have move the snow quicker than I can with my Deere but that is fine.
 

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We just got several inches of snow and I will need to run out and clear the construction site before it switches to rain and everything melts. That is the only work happening over the next few days.

Here is a still from the security camera I installed the other day. The wall with the sliding glass door is the that will shift about 9' closer to the camera so that the porch width will match the 29' depth of the garage. Initially we were thinking of hand framing an extension to the trusses of the porch but then we would need to add a beam where the existing that wall is now to support the old trusses. Since we have to order trusses anyhow it is a wash in terms of cost to just order a few extra trusses for the porch vs paying for labor and materials to add the beam and hand frame. The new garage will extend out 40' from the existing porch toward the pole barn which is the building on the right. This will leave us about 15' of separation between the pole barn and new garage which is enough to get a well truck in. You can see our well poking up out of the snow right by the ":" in the timestamp.

 

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This is a cross post from another forum so some of the wording may be off in terms of reference to days.

As we sit now we have about 6" of snow. I just got in from clearing most of the snow because it is switching to rain. It was a lot harder to clear the snow with the FEL being the ground isn't frozen and it was pretty wet from the snow that is melting on it. It was 70 here on Tuesday so it had been warming up. We will see how the melt goes over the weekend to see if we are on for footings early next week.
 

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Your ground hog is off further than Phil was. Hopefully the weather gets back on track so your weather can. The spouse was still in WI last year when they had there April storm. In the end they had dead Robbins everywhere.
 

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The code for the bobcat is the last 4 digits of their phone number or the last 4 of their street address or it doesn't have a code. At least that's what they usually are.:unknown:
 

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The code for the bobcat is the last 4 digits of their phone number or the last 4 of their street address or it doesn't have a code. At least that's what they usually are.:unknown:
No you are trying to get me in trouble. I was debating using the excavator to dig a big hole and then push all the snow into it and fill it in.
 

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Your ground hog is off further than Phil was. Hopefully the weather gets back on track so your weather can. The spouse was still in WI last year when they had there April storm. In the end they had dead Robbins everywhere.
Yeah it was April 15th when we got dumped on last year. The amount of snow was about the same but it was warmer this year so most of it melted. Not sure it was a good thing. The big problem last year with that is the snow stuck around for a while and it really messed with construction projects. Even with this, it is really soft out there so not sure how much it needs to dry up before they can dig.
 

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It was a busy day today. I got the call lastnight that we were digging today. :kidw_truck_smiley:

Contractor showed up a little after 8:30 and we got started. It was around 9 when the excavator operator got there and he started by pulling the stumps.



Once that was done he asked what I wanted to do with the dirt. I explained that the top soil and sod can just get piled up, I will be by and move it to the compost pile or at least a little closer. He stripped off the top soil and we had the first strike which I expected. He hit the conduit that had the internet, some abandoned coax cable from when we had DirecTV and the water line to the shop. I knew these were not very deep so no shock. He then started digging the footings.



At some point he scraped some of the top soil that used to be under the deck away and I hadn't realized it at the point but he must have hit an unknown power line. I discovered later on that we lost power to half the outlets in the basement where my office is. This took out power to the surveillance camera that I was using for one of the time lapse videos, as well as the network switches and Synology Disk Station that was recording the video. So I only have footage of the first few minutes of digging. I will have to go back and try and figure out what is going on with those outlets.



They are digging down 52" for the footings.





Once the excavator operator was done, he asked if there was anything else I wanted dug up. Any stumps or anything. We had been chatting all day. I said I had a few stumps but hadn't done locates for this dig as no utilities were anywhere near where we were digging. That isn't the case with the location of these other stumps. I mentioned that they were already flush cut so no need. Then I remembered a rock I had been noticing. Last year we had a bobcat with pallet forks and tried to pop it out but couldn't budge it. We could only see about 6" of it so I mentioned that there was this rock that we could try and pop out if he was up for it. So we went down there. He got it out but it was quite a bit bigger than I thought. We have a nice landscape boulder now...



As far as digging the only surprise was whatever cut power to the basement. Still not sure what is going on with that. As expected we cut power, water and internet to the pole barn, small garage (that powers the septic lift pump). There were some other circuits that were cut between the house and pole barn which I knew would go. We were able to avoid the gas line.

So over all a good day. I really didn't do much but I am beat.

They will be back tomorrow with the inspector probably in the morning at some point. Then the cement truck should be here at 2pm.

The forecast is calling for rain on and off all day Wednesday and into Thursday. But then it looks nice through the weekend. Probably start laying block early next week.

I spend quite a bit of time with the X585 moving the top soil.
 

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Lookin good. At least the excavator could handle the rock. I had a neighbor in WA do an addition and they hit a rock. It was a granite erratic 1/2 the size of the house with just a little bit above ground. They brought a big rock saw in and cut it at the level of the living room Floo. They Polished it up and it became part of the house. It was kind of cool.
 

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Lookin good. At least the excavator could handle the rock. I had a neighbor in WA do an addition and they hit a rock. It was a granite erratic 1/2 the size of the house with just a little bit above ground. They brought a big rock saw in and cut it at the level of the living room Floo. They Polished it up and it became part of the house. It was kind of cool.
Yeah, it was great it could handle it but it wasn't actually on the build site. When he was done with his work he kept asking if I had any other stumps or anything to tear out. The only thing I could think of is this rock but I didn't know how big it was. So it was more him having fun and I got a cool rock out of the deal. I tossed him a few Yuengling Lagers. He had made a comment that he didn't know anything about that brewery and he has a beer can collection. We can't get it in this part of the country.
 

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Sounds like you severed one of the legs coming into your house.
Take cover off your panel and check voltage on each buss bar. (if you are comfortable and capable)
No, not one of the legs. As far as service we have above ground service on the side of the house not the back where we were digging. The two breakers that tripped are two single 110v breakers next to each other (9 & 11) so they would be on separate legs.
 

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Made some good progress today. I will apologize for the photos. Some are rotated right on my computer but when I uploaded them they must have been routed through Australia on me. I tried to edit them but that just lets me change the name. Odd

I left work at noon today to see the progress. The cement truck was scheduled for 2pm but I was home around 1 and they already poured it and were breaking down the forms.



They then snapped chalk lines on the footings and laid the corner blocks double checking that everything was square.





They then worked pretty quick as setting up the foundation on what will be the back wall.



The basement window will be removed and filled in with block. Also down on the inside of the wall near the footings I will punch a hole through to the basement so I can bring in water to the garage. We will insulate the inside of the block wall so we should be good from worrying about the line freezing. It will be at least 48" down and be pretty well protected from the frost. Where it gets closer to the ground level, it will be under the heated slab .



 

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Well the rain shut us down yesterday but they are back to laying block again. They have been at it all morning. I am thinking they will finish it up today or tomorrow at the latest. :yahoo:
 
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