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DIY Low cost equipment building

Discussion in 'Projects, Builds, Woodworking, Metalworks' started by ttazzman, Jun 4, 2017.



  1. ttazzman

    ttazzman Midas Member Midas Member Site Supporter

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    pretty good eye seeing those black heilos........they were a few miles away via air.....it was during pot harvest season but who knows .....very strange sight in our rural area...
     
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    wall sheeting was relatively slow......had to cut each panel to get 2 out of one since i started on low side had to save the left over piece till i got to the tall part.....and my lift only works on relatively level ground and outside the building wasnt very level ..so got to do some of the work out of a backhoe bucket and ladder..
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    20151006_164344.jpg a moment of contemplation after last wall screw
     
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    put on some rake trim....and a gutter on the low side (cause i had some) ....graveled the floor in with creek gravel from my stream.. 20170502_185641.jpg 20170605_140518.jpg 20170605_140757.jpg
     
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    Recaping.....a old guy with a heart condition and a bunch of equipment and left over materials....by himself ...in august...working 2-3hrs a day ...took 6 wks and spent ~$1600 and built over 3000sqft of storage.... finished it just as Bow season started..... :) ....maybe after bow season more?
     
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    Tazz, you got a nice little homestead there, lots nicer than this old house I have here in Seattle. You have a creek, looks like plenty of land, big toys to play on it, great can-do attitude, ya got my admiration son. Like I said previously – damn fine work. Thanks for sharing the build with us.

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    I knew loader buckets were good for something, I just couldn't remember what. Great job!
     
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    well......after hunting season was over Dec.....due to power being on a pole 320' away and having to string out a bunch of extension cords to do my cutting on the building ...i got the urge to bring power to the barn and wire it up with outlets and lights...

    waited till Home Depot had 2" plastic conduit on sale ...then had Lowes price match it +10%... :) ....did the same thing on a several of rolls of 12-2 mc cable...about $80 a 250' roll as cheap as i have ever seen it so i got several to stockpile.....a box of 20amp recepticles....the rest i had laying around swithes..light fixtures etc.......oops forgot that i also got a 200amp sqd breaker box package with a assortment of breakers (only brought 100amps to barn enough to run a welder if i need to)...already have several matching breakers from previous projects and my home..

    dug the trench...laid the conduit...wired the barn up...traded a electrical friend of mine a set of metal racks for him providing and pulling the service and hooking it up....ended up with 3 gfci outlet circuts and 2 lighting circuts...

    whole project ended up costing about $500 and a set of heavy metal racks :)

    no during pictures but here are results ...

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    Tazz - do you get any interior condensation on that exposed metal ceiling?

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    Wouldn't it have been cheaper to use UF cable underground without conduit? That's how I usually do it, then a short piece of conduit from the ground to the box.
     
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    several reasons...#1 uf is not allowed here for service entrances which this was ....#2 in copper conductor size would have been 2-0 not sure if that size is even available in UF....#3 we actually pulled 4-0 aluminum which worked out to be a perfect usage for 3 equal pieces cut off a 1000' roll

    The utility company pole box did provide a convenience double pole breaker setup in their box so i was able to run some uf 8-2 20amp 120v power to a nearby shed at the same time the way you mention, couldnt get a double pole breaker that would fit box and 4/0 wire reasonably priced to run barn in a non-service entrance manner..

    Edit: i could have gone direct burial if i had added a box on the pole as the service and then branch fed from there ...i did check and large size direct burial cable is available ...quick calculations show conduit/wire vs triplex DB feeder to be almost identical in cost per foot....DB would have cost me the pole box and time and some wire bedding....Conduit cost me some time laying the pipe and gave me future versatility and repairability
     
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    YES....quite a bit when the weather is right...evidenced in some of the pictures as dust streaks on the purlins in some locations...rarely is it heavy enough to actually drip
     
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    USE, which stands for underground service entrance is almost the same thing as UF and usually cheaper and always easier than conduit and roll wire, but not cheaper than aluminum. USE is good for direct burial without conduit.
     
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    Zed Size doesn't count! Midas Member

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    That's a lot of roof for the $$$$$. Well done sir!
     
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    Thank you Zed.....that was the goal....would have been easier and prettier with all new stuff but then again how much fun is that...LOL
     
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    another comment on bringing power to the barn.....evidently many years ago there was a old home near the barn..so the power poles..service and transformer was run into the middle of several hundred acres..but had been abandon when the house was demoed years ago...

    i contacted the electric coop and told them i wanted the existing service repaired so i could use it in the future....they came in at NO COST to me and cleared trees back from power line , pulled new wires...set a new transformer, meter and service box......on this one i beat the system for sure... :)
     
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    Zed Size doesn't count! Midas Member

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    WOW! We'd get a good size bill for that privilege.
     
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    Great project and share. Thanks!
     
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