Building a New Garage in the Woods

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  1. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Here's the latest as of today. Still more siding to go, then the electric, heat, garage door, and miscellaneous.

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    SafetyThird Pist-n-broke

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  3. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    Garage looks awesome and welcome to N GA.

    We (Lurker Lynne and I) have a weekend/retirement cabin on E. Mountain Creek in Gilmer Co. I was born and raised in Chatsworth and live in Dalton. I'm an IS Project Mgr functioning primarily as a Business Analyst in carpet industry and can telecommute 3 or 4 days usually from the cabin, but Lynne has to work on site here in Dalton and doesn't want to make the drive 5 days. I'd love to commute across Fort Mountain a couple days a week. We do plan to liquidate here in Dalton and get over there full time within the next 5 years.

    I've got to build a garage work shop too. Will be following this thread and might want to get some references and contact info from you.

    I have a R1200 GS and ride the Cohutta Mtns as well as twisties all over the region.
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  4. Deans BMW

    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    That is looking truly fantastic.

    Really like the Board on Board vertical siding.
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  6. ag_streak

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    Well, my builder is done and gone, and the garage door install was completed today. I still have to get the heating system installed, finish some staining on the outside, finish installing some lights, then dive into the insulation and interior walls.

    The electrical panel that we had to tap into was on the furthest possible corner of the house (of course) but it was a very straightforward job of running an underground line. I didn’t get any pictures of the trenching machine in use, dammit. It was pretty treacherous on frozen, slanted ground. I was afraid my builder and it were going to roll down the ravine!

    Here’s where we tapped in.

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    Over 100 feet of line was trenched and run. Here it is after it was mostly filled in.

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    Digging the hard Georgia clay would have been back breaking without a powered trencher!

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    Supply line into the box in the garage.

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    60 amps, with a single 220 receptacle for future use.

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    Let there be light! I hung 9 two-bulb, 4-foot fluorescent fixtures with LED bulbs. The LED bulbs are awesome! Thanks, Dean (Deans BMW) for the tip about LEDs!

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    Over 1,000 feet of Romax was run to wire a 24' x 30' garage! I was going to tackle it myself, but it would have taken me a month of Sundays. I'm glad I paid my builder to do it.
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  7. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    A few of the siding boards had to be installed before they got stained.

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    The man doors have to be painted to match the garage door. I garage door is 8’ tall and 10’ wide.

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    The inside’s a disaster until I get some more shit organized.

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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    where did insulation go?
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    R-22 for all the walls. See the plywood leaning on the post? That's 3/8" rough-sawn finish on one side. It's the same as what's on the soffits.

    It will be stained and used as wainscoting, 4' up all the walls. Above that will be sheetrock. Sheetrock ceiling, too.

    Oy, I have a lot to do!
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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    How are you doing the ceiling? R22 as well?
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    ^ ^ ^ Haven't thought that far ahead!

    What's typical/standard?
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    Deans BMW Granpa Hoon

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    How are you going to do R22 walls whith them being 2x4 walls?

    Those lights look fantastic, no such thing as too much light.

    Paul, looking good.
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    Oops, my bad! It's R-13 going in the walls, not R-22... Thanks, Dean!
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    Benduro It's been handled.™

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    Benduro It's been handled.™

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    Here's a picture I stole from someone's ride report around the north rim of the grand canyon. When I build a garage from scratch, I believe I'll subscribe to the same aesthetic.
    Bright! With shiny, easy to clean surfaces.
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    I was considering using that corrugated galvanized (?) metal for "wainscoting" along the walls, but went with 3/8" rough-sawn ply instead, 4' up all the walls.

    I started insulating and installing the ply walls yesterday. (I will insulate above the 4' line when I'm ready to install the sheetrock.)

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    I got to use my new handy-dandy air stapler and finish nailer for the first time. I don't use any other air tools to speak of, none that use a lot of air anyway, so I bought a very small tank.

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    Here's the first piece of plywood wainscoting installed.

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    A couple more pieces got installed before I ran out of nails for the gun.

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    SafetyThird Pist-n-broke

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    I'm a big fan of plywood on the walls in a shop. Easier to hang things.


    You might hang everything, go along with a nice marker and outline all the tools afterwards-makes keeping track of your tools easier.
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  18. Bowhunter

    Bowhunter Single Trackin' & Stick & Stringin'

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    Garage looks awesome! I like the plywood wainscoting you got going on. I might use that when I finish my garage.
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    Plywood looks nice. Curious to know why you will switch to drywall above? Plywood is a lot easier and more versatile. I know plywood is more expensive, unless you count your labor to mud, tape, sand, etc.

    I once saw a room at a cabin done with OSB walls, and an acid-yellow transparent wash finish. They must have sanded them because it was nice and smooth. It was different and interesting.
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    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Hmm... you guys got me thinking now...

    Using the plywood all the way up the walls would be easy and a lot stronger for hanging shit. I was also thinking about tongue and groove, or something really nice like that, but that would be too expensive. I like the corrugated metal too.

    Whatever I do will have to wait until I finish building the storage loft(s), because I have to tie into the structure of the walls before I finish them with any kind of sheeting.
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