I've been making some slow progress in spite of some med side effect problems... Damn Lipitor...
Of course as always I am stretched too thin and going too many directions at once to be really effective.
Our son Scott brought home a mid-sized mini-excavator a while back and cut the ramp drive down into the basement entry pit and it all came out very well except that it is constantly raining here this year in the "new Hoosier rain forest".
It's been hard to catch times when it is not muddy. Last week he brought home a tracked skid steer and shaped the big dirt pile into a driveway base with a proper crown but it has been even too muddy to walk across since. No matter, it will probably turn off extra dry this month...
It is all working out well. I decided against a big garage door for now. I don't really want the heat and AC loss. I have an opening a bit over 5' wide but only put in a walk door with a removable section that I can take out easily if I need to move something too big for the walk door. The door is hung and working nicely thank you. I love having that door window. I have a sump pump installed temporarily to ensure that any water collected gets away quickly. If it "EVER" drys a bit I will dig out the perimeter drain line that sits well below the basement floor and then build a concrete trough with a top about 12" wide and 10' long made of some mezzanine flooring I have (open steel grating). That will protect from any sudden storm water coming down the ramp. I will have a double backup. I will properly install the existing sump pump and add a 12 volt backup pump. They are not that expensive and it could save me from a royal mess if a super huge rainfall occurred while we were away, the power went out and autumn leaves covered the grating. As soon as it gets dry enough Scott will bring home a tri-axle dump and haul me some serious stone for the new drive.
I'll try to get some pictures.
I took the wood/coal burning furnace out of the woodshop a couple of days ago and it is surprising just how much space that opens up. We are buying a new furnace this summer that is about 30% bigger in BTU capacity. It will be installed in another part of the basement near the stairs. It will be connected to a new chimney that will exit the basement below ground level and the chimney will sit about 10' away from the house. It should be much safer from possible chimney fires. To keep it from looking a bit funny and for stability its base will also be an outdoor cooking fireplace. The current wood/coal furnace is moving to the farm shop and should serve nicely there.
The existing chimney still in the woodshop is intended to become a fume vent for finishing vapors from a spray booth.
I have one concrete block post in my way right between my main bench and my table saw. There is a wall upstairs above it but it is only a partition wall. I plan to remove the post and it will make a zillion dollar improvement to the shop. The beam it supports is laminated out of about five 2"X10"s. Right now I am planning to add a 2"X10" laminated engineered lumber beam onto each side of the existing beam the full length of the span and bolting them all together all the way through all seven of them about every 2'. That laminated engineered lumber carries a remarkable load carry rating. The span will only be about 19' but I will use 24' lengths in order to cantilever a bit of the weight as well. The cost difference for the extra length is minor.
Now, if I could just get organized...
I "found" another home for some hobby stuff and activities that I thought was going to have to stay in the woodshop so I am even more excited about how things are working out.
I did not equip with Shopsmiths in spite of the setups but because of them.
1 1988 - Mark V 510 (bought new), 4 Poly vee 1 1/8th HP Mark V's, Mark VII, 1 Mark V Mini, 1 Frankensmith, 1 10-ER, 1 Mark V Push-me-Pull-me Drillpress, SS bandsaw, belt sander, jointer, jigsaw, shaper attach, mortising attach, TS-3650 Rigid tablesaw, RAS, 6" long bed jointer, Foley/Belsaw Planer/molder/ripsaw, 1" sander, oscillating spindle/belt sander, Scroll saw, Woodmizer sawmill