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The Bout Damn Time Build. 40'X96'

I Have been dreaming of a large workshop for a long time now.

In 2001 I bought my first home and fixed it up nice but only had a small 12'x20' attached garage that was pretty much a Joke to work in. I started with plans for a 30'X50'. I gathered a lot of material including trusses. But alas it was not to be because of my small .6 of an acre I just didn't have the room in my back yard. between a septic (yea stupid on .6 acre) and the fence line it just could not physically fit in the backyard(and be legal).


So I moved and ended up buying my parents old house with a large detached garage and a barn. I love it out here. My property is backed to my Dads 50 acres and my Grandfathers 250 acres. But still no work space. The detached garage is nice but it's really low ceiling means I can't even pull my 05 Ram in to change the oil. And the barn is a horse barn with small bays and a week loft. Great for storage but that's about it.



I made plans for a 40X60. I knew any smaller than that and I would out grow it quickly. I started getting a few bids for a building put up for me and I can admit I am a cheap bastard but 24K for a 40'X60' with no doors/insulation is just crazy. (IMO)


I went on the hunt for a set or trusses so I could build my own kit. I scowered Craigslist for months. I looked at several piles of shit that people were asking way to much money for in the process.

While I waited on just the right deal to come around I started leveling off a spot in the field next to the house. But it wasnt quite big enuf...

Finally I came across the kit that I eventually came to own. A widower was selling this steel horse barn that her late husband never put up. I went to look at it and a lot of stuff was buried in the mud. But it was all there. I'm not going to say I got a real good deal but compared to a lot of crap I seen I snatched it up. And for the size I ended up with its hard to really compare a 96' building with a 60 footer.



Of corse with a bigger building I needed more material so I began a hunt for lumber. The kit I got was a covered arena so no sides were with the kit. and the lumber for the roof was wasted so I had a lot of board feet to come up with. Well I got damn lucky and ran in to a guy that had a bunk of 2"x8"s for Damn cheap and it was just about enuf for my roof. so I grabbed them as well.



So with a lot of 2x4s and 2x6s for my walls and a stack of wall tin I collected from an old shop roof I tore down I felt it was time to get to building!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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40' wide
96' long
12' inside walls
15' bottom of truss
2" angle iron trusses 17" over hang
6" I beam "post"
18" peirs 3-4' deep with 12" coming out of the dirt.


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First thing I had to do was make my pad bigger.


I ended up leveling off a good 55'x120' with a lot of it being cut and not to much fill.


Then I got to drilling piers.















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Damn rock! I ended up braking 3 teeth of that auger. and I paid damn good money for them at the rental place.
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Creet!!
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About the time that the concrete cured I realised I made a HUGE mistake. I set my center line of my piers at 40'.



But they really should have been set at 39'6".


I will be kicking myself in the ass over that one for a long time.




Oh well nothing some anchor bolts wont cure.



Lets get a beam up!!
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Eventually we got 4 beams up and some trusses.

But not before we built this!



Our 14' tall rolling platform (completely OSHA approved)





I also scored this gang box from my uncle! Great help keeping the tools close.
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Purlins going up!
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Putting the Geo to work driving the Dance floor around.
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Lets set a truss!!
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After the truss went up I figured my wife would have stuck around and got pics of us bracing the truss off and adding purlins.


Instead she took some pics of my boy and the dogs and went inside.




Thats it for today. I don't have pics but we got up another truss and a slew of purlins after that truss.

It goes up way faster than I though it would.
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Watching, looks like its gonna be big enough. You gonna pour a pad after?
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how did you attach the i beam to the bucket of the bobcat?
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Watching, looks like its gonna be big enough. You gonna pour a pad after?
Yes definitly.
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how did you attach the i beam to the bucket of the bobcat?

I will get you a pic next time the bobcat is up at my house.

I built a 4 bolt flange that the beam bolts to at the top of the bucket. And it has two legs that spread from the beam to the side of the bucket that keep the beam from moving.

It's very solid but I think I will rebuild it latter and ditch the bucket cuz I can't see crap with it on!
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how did you attach the i beam to the bucket of the bobcat?
Not some pretty lazer cut shit, but it works just fine.
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Nothing special to report. Just a few trusses put up. Any progress is good progress.
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It's a good thing you don't live in California...the county inspectors out here would call osha themselves...I say...if it's your life, your property, your stuff inside...build it the way you want. My inspector did not agree with me. Your project is looking good...plenty of room...now you can buy more stuff to put in there!
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Thats how its done son. Here in the Show Me state.

Be careful bolting your jib to that step on the bucket. I've torn steps off those buckets yanking on shit (Like stuck dump trucks) with a chain. If you get that thing boomed out flat it might break before the machine tips.

Good luck with the build.
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It's a good thing you don't live in California...the county inspectors out here would call osha themselves...I say...if it's your life, your property, your stuff inside...build it the way you want. My inspector did not agree with me. Your project is looking good...plenty of room...now you can buy more stuff to put in there!

I could see OSHA freaking out on my rolling scaffold or the boom lift. Then I would kindly tell them you get off my private property and stay the fuck off of my business.


But what's wrong with my building?
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Thats how its done son. Here in the Show Me state.

Be careful bolting your jib to that step on the bucket. I've torn steps off those buckets yanking on shit (Like stuck dump trucks) with a chain. If you get that thing boomed out flat it might break before the machine tips.

Good luck with the build.
That's not a step it's bolted to. It's a 1/4" flange I 100% welded on. The boom poll is very solid and actually jams it's self in to the corner ofthe bucket. When testing the boom I streched it all the Way out and lifted my back tires off the ground. Bounced it a few times then lifted the front tires off the ground with it.


And yea it's pretty lax here in missiouri farm land!
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I havent posted in a while cuz its just been same ol same ol. But today we got the last truss up!


Somebitch is LONGGGGGGGGG getting tired of walking the whole thing.



I got a shit load of windows given to me so I'm starting to box then out now. I got 3 that open. They are 4'x4' I am putting them on the north wall opposite of the south door for air movement in the summer.



I got about 6 large panel fixed glass windows that I plan on putting high on the south wall for a little winter light and heat. Should work out good cuz the light will be blocked out by trees in the summer.

2 are 2'X6' nice and clear. I might mount them low enuf to look out of.


The others are like 3'x4' and are stained glass with decertive iron in them. they were a display unit ate a hardware store. non of them match.
But who cares free windows! All double pane too!
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That's a big mofo right there! Very nice, I still want to know what you paid that little old lady for the steel.

There are 2 different red iron frames I see on a regular basis near my house that are up but have never been skinned. I've been tempted to stop and ask but around here people leave shit like that up just so they have a reason to tell you to get the fuck off of their property.
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