After a year I finally got insulated doors built this past week. Today I installed them. Now the shop can be heated and I can work in comfort and insulate and sheath the interior.
With the exception of the doors, the ceiling and wall sheathing are now complete. We finished placing the battens in place today. They still need to be fully nailed to the boards beneath. We used 1″ lumber and 1×2 battens. It is in the back of the quonset which is still used for farm implements and will receive rough treatment. Better boards than metal or sheathing or gyprock.
…cleaning the floor/ceiling of our weaving workshop, then applying roofing underlayment, and finally laying down rolled roofing (in white, which is all they had, but was great because it gives a bit more light up above)…I now need to seal the cracks with some heated asphalt sealant…tomorrow?…and then pour on the sand so that these sealed cracks will not stick to the weaving items and other things we will store up there…
Weaving involves integrating many aspects of care: yourself, others, tools, and ideas. Today I planed rough lumber for the weaving shop. Siding. There’s more to just throwing a switch on any tool…weaving loom or other. Every day the blades need to be correctly sharpened. We do that ourselves here. And you have to know your machine well enough as well as the composition of the wood to plane well…
A week ago I brought power into the shop as well. During down time in the field now we are again up and running ahead on finishing this project. Installing outlets and wiring is next.
It took all afternoon to excavate and level the rest of the 20′ x 40′ area with the loader on our Kubota B3030. This will be the shed for our power loom. This is a 6′ high, 8′ deep, and 20′ long pile of soil that came from that excavation. The pad is dug deep enough to fill with gravel that will compact to 6″, with a 6″ concrete pad, and 9″ of curtain wall along its edges.
Yesterday I paid for re-bar for a 20′ x 40′ concrete pad which will be the shop that houses our Draper Model D power loom. Last night a friend delivered it.
Today we finished cleaning out this area. Then I excavated down to the bottom of the footing. The concrete floor will sit 5″ below the top of the shed’s footing. I drilled a series of holes, 18″ apart along the footing, 10″ down. Although the new pad will be 5″ thick, I set the re-bar half way down the depth of this pad’s footing which will be 10″. Setting re-bar too high allows for the concrete to break out along the top should the pad decides to shift.
A hammer drill is used to drill the anchor holes for the re-bar. Other than having to push on the drill in order to activate its hammering, it pretty much works all on its own.
The next step is to start excavating the dirt in the shed in preparation for sand and gravel to bring the sub floor back up the correct grade.
Spring farming has begun. But in spite of that I have cleaned out certain portions of our shed in preparation for building a workshop for the loom. Three tandem truck loads of gravel came last week and were spread. This will allow a cement truck to access the back of the shed even in rainy weather. And the remnants of shelters for our llamas were dismantled so that I could build new, more permanent sheds. The old boards are perfect for forms for the pouring of concrete for the loom’s new housing. More gravel will need to be ordered for the base of the cement pad…