New garage

February 1, 2006

I ordered some trim for the third garage door from Menards. Because I had to add extra depth to the opening I had to get some 8" trim instead of 6".

February 3, 2006

I had to take my truck in for some frontend work and get a haircut so I got a late start on garage work.

Here is the first piece of siding. I took my time getting it plumb. Dad came over soon after and we got one more piece on before darkness overtook us.

February 5, 2006

We finished the north side except for the last two pieces. You can tell how far we got by where the screws end.

By the time we got to the second window we went to Lowes and got some better shears. To this point we were using straight shears, but these were a pain at best. I bought some left and righthand angled shears and these worked much better.

There was a message on my answering machine from Menards. The trim had arrived but it was damaged. They would re-order it and ship it piggybacked in someone's box.

February 8, 2006

I went to Menards to pick up my trim and found out they had only ordered part of it. They put a rush order on the unordered pieces. I like Menards but these multiple trips due to their errors are getting old. When I picked up the main metal order they loaded the 20' skid with metal onto my trailer and said that was the entire order. When I unpacked it I didn't have any trim. It was in another 18' box they had missed so I had to make another trip back to get it.

Menards has an interesting packing system. They get their metal from Midwest Manufacturing. The flat metal comes bound to a pallet made of ten 20' 2x4s. The trim box is made of ten 18' 2x6s. Menards only charges for the actual cost of the wood, which is refundable by returning the wood. I'm keeping the wood for other projects. I thought it was nice they don't slap you with extra shipping charges. They also send an email when your items leave the factory and when they are ready to be picked up.

February 11, 2006

We finished the north wall siding and moved to the west gable end. Here is a layout for the metal I had drawn.

By the time we were cutting the trim to go around the entry door we upgraded from the shears to a circular saw. I have a battery powered circular saw with a 5" blade that did a good job cutting the metal, and it's MUCH faster and easier than the shears. Just remember to use hearing and eye protection.

By the time we got the first few gable sheets up two things became apparent: (1) our ladders weren't going to be tall enough so we went and got some scaffolding at my brother's, and (2) I had screwed up on my metal calculations. I had tried to be too precise when I did my measurements and didn't add extra to the length for 'just in case'. The gable trim from Menards doesn't cover as much as the trim I'd gotten for my small garage roof. We had to use the 5' piece in the 4' spot, etc., and rob some pieces from the backside. I'll have to order some more metal for the back. I should have measured what I thought I needed and added a few more inches to be safe. Lesson learned.

By the end of the day we got the front covered. The tops weren't trimmed and we only put a couple rows of screws to keep the metal in place.

February 12, 2006

Today was a short day, and very windy and cold, so we decided to do some finish work instead of installing metal on the south side. Dad trimmed the top of the gable metal and I put screws in the metal we had tacked the day before. We also put up a piece of corner trim and gable trim.

February 13, 2006

I picked up the remainder of my trim order from Menards.

February 14, 2006

For Valentines Day Hoosier Door came over and installed the garage doors.

February 15, 2006

It was in the upper 50's when I got home so I set up a floodlight and put the trim on the side garage door.

February 17, 2006

Today is my Friday off and normally I would be working on the garage. However, today I went to Muncie and picked up my new diesel Jeep Liberty.

February 19, 2006

Today Dad and I put up about half the siding on the south side of the garage.

February 20, 2006

Today was President's Day so I had the day off. We finished the siding on the south wall...

...finished the front gable/corner trim....

...and got a good start on the east gable wall.

We usually work until the dusk-to-dawn light comes on. That's our sign for quitting time.

February 25, 2006

Through the week we've been doing little bits of work on the last side of the garage. By today there is only about half of the side left to do along with the gable trim and ridge cap.

About 5:15 pm the building construction was finished. Below are some more pictures.

It's nice to stand back and look at the finished garage. There are still more things to do...wiring, door openers, trench drain, build shelves, etc. Click here for updates.

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