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My New House & Workshop


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Awesome job.

I have to say, I'm surprised your stool doesn't have wheels on it. Every shop needs a stool with wheels so you can roll around and spin at the same time when you are trying to find that elusive 10mm. :p
 


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Awesome job.

I have to say, I'm surprised your stool doesn't have wheels on it. Every shop needs a stool with wheels so you can roll around and spin at the same time when you are trying to find that elusive 10mm. :p
Once you get older, you realize that those wheels are going to catch on some tiny piece of gravel or a washer and then you go toppling over and incur painful injuries. Wheels for top-heavy stools are bad.

You youngsters, go ahead and whoop it up with your fancy wheeled stools.
 

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It shows the dirt easier, but also reflects the light so much it does brighten the space.

Just went from having dark color living to off white, it was very surprising how much brighter the whole room is. Can actually seen the tumble weeds of dog fur in the corners now.
Ya, I went with white to make it brighter in there. Thought about putting some 1x along the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling and painting it red or blue to neaten it up some more.
 

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The wildest garage paint I've ever seen is my uncles buddys... his buddy ended up with a bunch of the white paint the DOT uses for lines in the road (crazy reflective) and did the 4 walls and ceiling.. with all the lights on in his shop you'll damn near go blind.
 

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Thought about putting some 1x along the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling and painting it red or blue to neaten it up some more.
A disco ball would really neaten it up.
 

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Ya, I went with white to make it brighter in there. Thought about putting some 1x along the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling and painting it red or blue to neaten it up some more.
If you decide to paint the floor, don’t paint it a light color. The officers in the Air Force keep insisting it’s a great idea, and it is.... at first. Now, the hangar floors look like crap no matter how many times it gets scrubbed.

The non-skid they put in the paint is great though. The wet hangar floor during aircraft washes is no longer a skating rink.
 

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The wildest garage paint I've ever seen is my uncles buddys... his buddy ended up with a bunch of the white paint the DOT uses for lines in the road (crazy reflective) and did the 4 walls and ceiling.. with all the lights on in his shop you'll damn near go blind.
I used the same paint in an old place I rented. It did really brighten it up. BUT... Brakleen eats that paint.
 

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WTH?

I would have sworn I updated this.

I built these doors out of 2x4's, 2x6's, plywood and some 1x's. I couldn't find any used windows so I made my own out of plexiglass.

I didn't put handles on the outside because I only wanted to be able to open it from the inside.

The original front door was a smooth solid wood door, but part of it was rotted. When I replaced it with a new door I kept the old door, cut off the rotted end, and made a work bench out of it.

The work bench is mostly made of the old door and the 2x4's I used to support the toof when I raised the rafters.but


I used an old plastic storage cabinet and pained it black, and built the workbench tall enough to go over it. I also made some small shelves on the end to store lubricats and other spray cans to keep them handy.

The vice and soll came from Harbor Freight. I hung a 4x8 sheep of pegboard up over the workbench to keep some tools handy.

Above you can see where I mounted the TRS Banners Across America on the wall.

Below I found someone giving away a lateral file cabinet on Facebook marketplace, pained it black, and use it for tool storage.

Below I hung up some BFGoodrich and Ford Ranger posters I had.

I filled in all of the gaps and cracks in the mortar and painted the walls white. I still need to hang new dryway on the raised part of the ceiling and finish the electrical.

Check out this video:



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Here's a few more pics. Each of those posters have Rangers in them. I'd like to have some Manny Esquerra posters.
 

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I love it, but it’s way too clean to do anything in there. Mess it up or put a few recliners in there!
Funny. I hadda smile the other day when the wife told me my shop was a mess.
 

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In January I went back to work on the middle part of my building. I think I last posted pics of it on page 63:

(350) My New House & Workshop | Page 63 | The Ranger Station

The back part of the building was an add on. When they added on, they cut open the wall and framed it in with 2x. They didn't do a very good job making it plumb. There's a propane furnace on the left side of the opening. The gas line was cut off outside of the building, and I don't know if it worked. It's old and I really didn't want it. Plus I wanted to close it up and put in a door.

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Here you can see where I started framing it in and added an old storm door. I just wanted to separate this section from the shop to help keep it clean. Plus, I wanted to help isolate the areas when I added air conditioners.

You can also see where I'm starting to build some cabinets along that side wall for storage.

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I framed in a closet where that heater was. That small fridge will go to the left of it, and the counter top will extend over the top of it.

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The cinder block wall is now covered in furring strips and a brick panel. I purposely left the cinder block wall uncovered behind the floor cabinets. I'm going to paint that wall and all of the wood paneling the same color. Probably a dark gray. I didn't want all of the walls covered in brick.

I picked up the new white vanity for $50 from a business that was having a clearance sale.

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I didn't like that the dark wood panel in the background just ended there. It's an old panel. There's no matching it, so I covered this wall in the brick. I still need to put something over where they meet. The wood panel in that room will get painted as well.

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I'm building these cabinets to handle (7) large storage containers with a shelf above them.

This wall will have (2) 16-foot wood shelves over the cabinet for me to mount my old Highway Patrol lightbars on. That metal shelf you see on the left will get painted black and my smaller emergency lights that I've collected will sit there.

Also, this wall has paneling on the other side, but it was never finished on this side. I added outlets and a wall switch before covering it in the brick.

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Here's that other cinder block wall that will get painted the same color as the paneling. I also have to replace that small breaker box with a new one. I plan to put a shelf along the wall, but no wall cabinets.

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Then there's the bathroom....

When I bought my house, I didn't realize there was bathroom in this building.

I really don't know why someone mounted the sink on the right side of the wall where you have to stand between it and the toilet. My plan is to move the sink to the left.

You'll also see where I've had to use some mortar repair in the block.

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There was drywall behind the paneling. You can see the mold and water damage.

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I had to open up this wall to re-do the plumbing. Please excuse all of the 2x4's along the end stud. After adding the furring strips and brick panel, I had to attach 2x4's to give the new drywall something to screw to and there's a 2x6 in the way where the sink was.

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The old plumbing needed replaced. this valve won't even open. I have no idea when the last time was that the water was on in this building, but I bet it's been a long time.

Whoever nailed the panel up drove a nail into the drainpipe right buy the bottom. I pulled out the nail and have to see what I can find to seal it back up.

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I removed some of the old water line, turned it in to the wall, and added a water shutoff that takes a PEX.

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The vanity I showed before will have a sink in it as well. Plus, I plan to add a tankless water heater. So, I need to split this line off to the toilet, the water heater, and then the (2) sinks.

Plus panel the walls and replace that old toilet. I was going to rebuild the toilet with new internals in the tank to save money, but it's got an unusually small awkward bowl. I think the toilet in my camper was bigger than this thing.

I haven't decided what I want to do with the floor. Not sure if I want to paint it, stain it, or pit a peel and stick tile on it.

Speaking of which, the front room has this floor tile, but a few pieces are bad. It's so old I can't find tile to match it, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do.

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That’s great progress! Looking good.
 

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