New garage

March 12, 2006

I've been working on the wiring as time permits and the receptacles are wired. Now we can put up the garage door openers. We got two put up Saturday and the last one today. It takes longer than you think it will once you hook up the wall control and the reverse sensors.

The company I bought the doors from wanted $450 each for 'light duty' 1/2 hp commercial door openers by Chamberlain/Liftmaster. These only came with a single car remote and that's all. I ended up buying Sears Craftsman (made by Chamberlain) 3/4 hp openers for half the price of the commerical ones. The Sears openers came with two car remotes, a wireless keypad, and a wall unit with light switch and motion sensing.

Over the next couple nights I worked on the lighting. I put a 3-way switch by the entry door and one in the small garage. I used ten incandescent light fixtures with 100-watt bulbs.

March 26, 2006

We've spent the last week or so digging a drain system for the new garage. It drains the north side of the new garage, goes between the two garages, turns east, and connects to the old system. We finished laying the pipe today and buried it.

I dug up all the piles of dirt that have accumulated since the project started. I put some behind the house to use for drainage and I put the rest in the low side of the garage. We robbed some gravel from the driveway to fill in the drain trench along the new garage. It'll be replaced Friday when I have gravel delivered.

March 31, 2006

Today I got 60 tons of gravel. I had a conveyor truck shoot 20 tons of it inside the garage. I had never seen a conveyor dump truck in action and it's very nice. They shoot the gravel where you want it with great accuracy. It's well worth the extra $50 they charge. All the slope in the garage floor is gone.

I converted the grassy area between the two garages to parking space. We put black plastic down prior to the stone delivery. Dad and I probably moved 10 tons of stone by hand. Then we got smart and called a guy who used to be on the fire department who has a skid loader. Much easier!

April 6, 2006

After work I ran to Menards to pick up the trim and metal I had ordered to finish the connection between the two garages. In what has become standard operating procedure they only had part of my order. Damn it!!

April 16, 2006

The rest of my metal order finally came in this week so we were able to finish the last of the siding. I took the old aluminum siding off of the exposed part of the small garage and put on ivory metal to blend it into the new garage. My girlfriend's flowers and pavers make the area look nice.

I'm considering the garage construction project finished.

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