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ochosdaddy
09-03-2010, 02:46 AM
Just started leasing a new shop this month. My goal is to be working out of the new shop by October 1st. Lots to be done before then. I need help with ideas on how to set up this shop. There is just so much room compared to what I'm in now....about 5-6x as much. Owner gave me the option to buy the property off him down the road....comes with 15 acres of nice loamy flat land just 4 miles from town!

This is what I'm in now. It's an older picture, but not much has improved. To make matters worse, I kept my aerator and slicer in the shed in my back yard in the offseason, and kept a bale chopper on a trailer at a friends shop. It'll be very nice to finally have everything in one spot!
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/PA060189.jpg

New joint:

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/DSC01059.jpg

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/DSC01058.jpg

Just leasing half this shop, measures 64'x40'. This is more of a shop than I really need right now. It at least gives me something to grow into.

I bought sheets of OSB Thursday to line the lower portion of the walls. I hope to have those up Saturday. I'm gonna have to run wire to new electrical outlets....so should be nice to choose where the outlets are located. I'm thinking pallet racking in the long run to utilize the tall ceilings, but that won't happen for awhile.

Any suggestions on how to set up this shop space otherwise?

C & T Landscaping
09-03-2010, 03:28 AM
Put up plenty of shelves.
Maybe even try to get some outlets of the support beams(In the middle of the shop) so if your working on something there you don't have to trip over extension cords.
Build a nice work bench for the grinder and all.
Secure it. Put up a 24/7 CCTV. You never know when you'll be hit.
My dream shop would be like this but in the corner I would just throw up 3 walls and make an enclosed office. Keep your business papers, CCTV recorder, etc there.

Potomac Lawns Inc.
09-03-2010, 07:31 AM
Shop looks nice, looks like you will plenty of room

JFGauvreau
09-03-2010, 08:26 AM
Start with getting a small fridge full of beers then think about what's next. lol

a&jlandscaping
09-03-2010, 08:31 AM
Veary nice

bobcat48
09-03-2010, 09:24 AM
Looks nice.

the.hines
09-03-2010, 09:29 AM
I wish I had something like this, Way too big but I could store my others items like my boat.

Get a Big shop Dog, leave him running around at night.

Kennedy Landscaping
09-03-2010, 11:53 AM
Man that's a huge place. I'd love to have that. Keep us posted man

Turfdude
09-03-2010, 06:20 PM
pallet racks, tool racks (duluth) for hand tools, work bench, fridge, scrub sink, shelving for parts, pegboard for belts, etc

highlander316
09-03-2010, 07:13 PM
definately do pallet racking or a loft of some sort. I built one in mine, in the summer salt spreader and blowers plus other random crap are up there. Get a dumpster, you'll be glad you did, they are definately worth the price (at least around here). Hang more lights. Once you start putting stuff in there, it'll get darker faster (as light doesn't bend lol). I'd run air lines around the place for your compressor.

THEGOLDPRO
09-03-2010, 07:52 PM
who rents the other half of the building? and can you trust them?

meets1
09-03-2010, 10:39 PM
gotta ask - did not see it if questions was raised - but how much per month? Utilities, water, gas, electric, drain, what else is involved?

ochosdaddy
09-04-2010, 01:40 AM
That's the bad part. No existing water or drain inside the building. Just a building with electricity. It wouldn't be hard to run a water line inside, either off existing well or city water, but it would be hard to keep lines from freezing in winter. A small portion of the floor was left unfinished, as if the builder had planned to build a bathroom or something in it's spot. It's insulated...kinda, but it would be very difficult to keep the entire unit heated (and expensive). It appears there used to be two large wood stoves present. Electricity is in my name.

No one really occupies the other side. The owner has some crap in there I have the luxury of moving to the other side. There is a house adjacent to the shop which the owner rents out and the tenant is suppose to have use of a portion of this space. The tenant says he's going to build "concept cars" in the next few years. But this guy appears like he could barely saw a 2x4 in half, so I don't think his dreams will ever pan out (owner agrees also). He's just one of those people with a million ideas - I'd be willing to bet he never does anything inside the shop. I plan to erect some sort of partition between the two halves - might run 40' of 7' tall shelving units all along the middle backed with 8' MDF. Good thing about this guy is he watches over the place like a hawk....could be a bad thing too.....

Already have a CCTV system, I would just need to move it over. Yeah, I think it's gonna need more lights. I haven't been in there at night too see how dim it is. I can't imagine the present lighting does much at all. The roof has several transparent panels, so it's plenty bright in there during the day.

I plotted out how I'd like the shop arranged. I just know though that once I start bring my junk in there I'll change it around.

Price? It's very reasonable....talking under a quarter per SF.

Robbo
09-04-2010, 03:36 AM
Looks nice when its open like that, don't it !

just make sure it doesn't end up like mine :dizzy:

Make a plan on paper (mine is constantly changing ) / I find the biggest problem i have is the different seasons and the things i want at my fingertips

Don't know whats worse , not having something or having it and not being able to find it ???

Robbo

Robbo
09-04-2010, 03:51 AM
don't remember who said it but i agree....... pegboard / shelves / wheeled carts etc....

ochosdaddy
09-06-2010, 11:50 PM
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Kennedy Landscaping
09-07-2010, 12:02 AM
MORE!! Haha I love seeing pics like this.

Ace@A&P
09-07-2010, 01:12 AM
Any Stihl dealer can order the exact racks they use at in the dealership. I'm not sure of the price versus OSB and hooks but it would look sweet!

From experience, hang up everything and shelf the rest. The less on the floor the better. Items on the floor develop some sort of magnetic field that attract other things to the floor. I own a small engine repair shop as well as a lawn care company which I can operated both out of 1500 sq ft. It's possible with careful planning and some good organization to utilize every square inch..

ochosdaddy
09-07-2010, 01:25 AM
Any Stihl dealer can order the exact racks they use at in the dealership. I'm not sure of the price versus OSB and hooks but it would look sweet!

From experience, hang up everything and shelf the rest. The less on the floor the better. Items on the floor develop some sort of magnetic field that attract other things to the floor. I own a small engine repair shop as well as a lawn care company which I can operated both out of 1500 sq ft. It's possible with careful planning and some good organization to utilize every square inch..

One sheet of OSB is 7 bucks and change. I don't think I'm gonna find anything cheaper than that. I've thought about painting the OSB......just not sure. So far I've spent around $500 to line the walls, build the workbench, and to purchase two shelves.

Southern Pride
09-07-2010, 09:59 PM
Concept cars he says! I'd love to see that guy. Get a pic and post.

Glenn Lawn Care
09-07-2010, 11:04 PM
Can you fit a hoist in there? That would be nice.

LawnGuy73
09-10-2010, 08:49 AM
Hey congrats!

We are also moving to a new building on October 1st.

Good Luck.

lawnpropm
09-10-2010, 08:01 PM
very very nice. you there is no such a thing as to much room in our business lol things get crowded quick. A break room and meeting room along with an office would be pretty cool.

turfrider1020
09-10-2010, 10:53 PM
a hoist would be very helpful, i wish we had steel beams at our new shop, old barn just doesnt seem safe cant wait til we build new garage

ochosdaddy
09-10-2010, 11:28 PM
a hoist would be very helpful, i wish we had steel beams at our new shop, old barn just doesnt seem safe cant wait til we build new garage

There is a swinging beam, maybe 8' long which I guess used to have a hoist attached. Looks like it could handle quite a load. A 2000lb chain hoist isn't too expensive.....I'll probably buy one. Will be working out the the new space on Monday, despite the fact it isn't entirely organized yet - but what shop is?

ochosdaddy
09-10-2010, 11:43 PM
Concept cars he says! I'd love to see that guy. Get a pic and post.

That'd be rude...I'll just tell you the initial impression of everyone I've had over there thought that he was a bit 'off.' He's been "inspired" by all my progress. He says he wants to get his shop all fixed up ---- says he needs to buy a drill press. Just the other day he moved in a bench grinder ----- says when he "gets back from Florida" he'll "build some metal topped tables."

Of coarse I also learned the other day he spent some time in NYC homeless living in a cardboard box, both by choice and circumstance. He is a "poet" and thought it'd be a good experience.

And I can't neglect his latest brainstorm. "Foldaway modular homes." Yep, modular homes that fold flat. Why? I dunno. He says he'll sell them for $20,000. Like all his ideas, I'll believe it when i see it. :dizzy:

teamgreendude
09-11-2010, 12:12 AM
That'd be rude...I'll just tell you the initial impression of everyone I've had over there thought that he was a bit 'off.' He's been "inspired" by all my progress. He says he wants to get his shop all fixed up ---- says he needs to buy a drill press. Just the other day he moved in a bench grinder ----- says when he "gets back from Florida" he'll "build some metal topped tables."

Of coarse I also learned the other day he spent some time in NYC homeless living in a cardboard box, both by choice and circumstance. He is a "poet" and thought it'd be a good experience.

And I can't neglect his latest brainstorm. "Foldaway modular homes." Yep, modular homes that fold flat. Why? I dunno. He says he'll sell them for $20,000. Like all his ideas, I'll believe it when i see it. :dizzy:


Don't think I've seen your around in Kansas, where are you and what's your company name ?

bc3xx0
09-11-2010, 12:20 AM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/DSC01112.jpg



Safety First!

ochosdaddy
09-11-2010, 01:18 AM
Don't think I've seen your around in Kansas, where are you and what's your company name ?

Company name can be found in the pictures....located in Poverty, otherwise known as Manhattan.

M.A.Landscaping
09-11-2010, 11:26 AM
hey nice shop man, that place is huge! keep us posted on the pics

teamgreendude
09-11-2010, 11:29 AM
Company name can be found in the pictures....located in Poverty, otherwise known as Manhattan.

Cool, I'm planning on going to k-state to become a certified arborist as well to get Irrigation experience and turf management degree.

05 superduty
09-11-2010, 06:50 PM
Looks nice when its open like that, don't it !

just make sure it doesn't end up like mine :dizzy:

Make a plan on paper (mine is constantly changing ) / I find the biggest problem i have is the different seasons and the things i want at my fingertips

Don't know whats worse , not having something or having it and not being able to find it ???

Robbo

Or knowing you have it, knowing where it is and not being able to get to it

ochosdaddy
09-13-2010, 02:57 AM
Cool, I'm planning on going to k-state to become a certified arborist as well to get Irrigation experience and turf management degree.

Certified arborist is a state deal, though classes on the subject would likely help you immensely to become certified. Take arboriculture, part of the class is spent climbing trees.............

I believe the hort dept now offers two classes in irrigation, one in general info and the other in design. Having said that, the best experience is hands-on.......especially fixing systems that are either poorly installed and/or poorly designed!

When do you plan to attend KSU?

teamgreendude
09-13-2010, 08:07 AM
Sometime next year I believe, I am worried because I'll be driving to and from there to do estamates, check on my crew(setting them up this year). Hopefully I won't have a problem, this year We've scheduled an appointment to meet some of the people there and get a little more information on it.

OSU 09
09-13-2010, 08:45 AM
First let me say awesome shop! I would love and can't wait to have a space like that to work out of. Secondly nice chevy truck, how do you like the flatbed? I need to replace a bed on one of the trucks and was thinking of going with the flatbed option.

ochosdaddy
09-14-2010, 12:52 AM
First let me say awesome shop! I would love and can't wait to have a space like that to work out of. Secondly nice chevy truck, how do you like the flatbed? I need to replace a bed on one of the trucks and was thinking of going with the flatbed option.


I like flatbeds, seem more practical for work vs a standard truck bed. The only downside is weight, unless you buy some expensive aluminum model. This truck is a 3/4 ton with a 1 ton rear end. It can handle quite a bit of weight in the bed. All that said, I don't think flatbeds have a place on a 1/2 ton pick-up....unless again, it's something light.

ochosdaddy
09-14-2010, 12:54 AM
Sometime next year I believe, I am worried because I'll be driving to and from there to do estamates, check on my crew(setting them up this year). Hopefully I won't have a problem, this year We've scheduled an appointment to meet some of the people there and get a little more information on it.

You're up against a challenge, but if you've made your business work for years you'll figure it all out. You won't be the first business owner from a different city to enroll. Good luck...

ochosdaddy
09-19-2010, 01:57 AM
Well, not much progress has been made in the new shop. Most everything has been moved over - chaos best describes what it looks like right now. I've just been so busy lately it's gonna be hard to do much else until October (maybe) or the best bet, winter. :dizzy:

Pretty certain we're going to run a water line from the well into the shop. Also going to run a sewer line out and hook into the septic system. Once that's done the beginnings of a bathroom can begin. It would be nice to run the lines before winter........but who knows.

ochosdaddy
10-02-2010, 10:29 AM
Can you fit a hoist in there? That would be nice.

This good? Picture isn't good...cell phone just doesn't take good pictures.

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/1001101920a.jpg

StihlMechanic
10-02-2010, 02:21 PM
This good? Picture isn't good...cell phone just doesn't take good pictures.

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/1001101920a.jpg

not impressed, lol. :laugh:

Lefet
10-02-2010, 02:47 PM
Congratulations on your new space. It looks like you're putting it to good use, I'm sure you'll be very happy. I like the hoist too, sure does make life a lot easier. Just remember that all of the improvements you do you either get compensated or reimbursed as some of them will be permanent.
Best wishes in all your future endeavors, the pics are enjoyable.

ochosdaddy
10-10-2010, 01:02 PM
Looking more like a shop, yet still so much to do...

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/GH056816.jpg

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PLS-Tx
10-10-2010, 02:50 PM
Lookin good, I bet you are enjoying having that much room.

ochosdaddy
10-10-2010, 03:51 PM
Lookin good, I bet you are enjoying having that much room.

It is nice compared from where I was. Looking at the old shop I'm puzzled how it all fit in there (well, it wasn't 'all' in there) and how I was able to make it work for as long as I had. Going from ~400SF to 2560SF is a big difference. Even though it seems so big, after the office is built and the remaining junk moved over, I feel as if it will be full. Will that be time to take over more of the building? I refuse to pack it full like the last place! :laugh:

jbell36
10-10-2010, 05:21 PM
nice, looks like you are doing well...i almost went to kstate for the horticulture degree but made the decision to go to ku because i'm from lawrence which was basically a waste of time and money...one of my friends worked for rothwell when he was there, know much about them? anyways, love the shop, you've given me some ideas and inspiration...

bobcat48
10-10-2010, 07:19 PM
looking good.

ochosdaddy
06-18-2011, 10:32 PM
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TriCityLawnCareLLC
06-19-2011, 12:46 AM
the little dude!! Thats an awesome pic.

ochosdaddy
06-19-2011, 01:12 AM
the little dude!! Thats an awesome pic.

He loves spending time in the shop, just so much crap to get his little hands on...

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/GH187318.jpg

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XLS
06-19-2011, 01:44 AM
how did you frame the chip board to the walls??? i want the same look but dont have no idea how.it is done
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ochosdaddy
06-19-2011, 01:50 AM
how did you frame the chip board to the walls??? i want the same look but dont have no idea how.it is done
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Self-tapping sheet metal screws and washers. I use a drill with a socket bit and zip em into place. Placed a 2x4 underneath to keep the OSB off the ground and all panels level.

XLS
06-20-2011, 12:42 AM
thanks for the details....i was asking how to do it on my thread that got locked....now i know.
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cuttin-to-the-Max
06-20-2011, 10:14 PM
Man you gotta Get that stuff off the floor. If i was you i would get as many racks (like at Costco or Sam's) and put your plows and other SEASONAL stuff up on. Doesnt look like space it to much of and issue for you but it is still nice because then you can get more trucks and stuff inside.

ochosdaddy
06-21-2011, 02:55 AM
Man you gotta Get that stuff off the floor. If i was you i would get as many racks (like at Costco or Sam's) and put your plows and other SEASONAL stuff up on. Doesnt look like space it to much of and issue for you but it is still nice because then you can get more trucks and stuff inside.

Pallet racks? Yes, eventually. Lowest wall is around 20', so pallet racking would work very nicely. I'm a cheap ass, I'll just wait out until I'm ready and watch the local auctions. That's how I got the racking I have now. I paid maybe $400 for it all. We plan to build an office in the shop this winter, I'm thinking like 25'x24' right now, and that's on the small side really. This shop will fill up fast.

cuttin-to-the-Max
06-21-2011, 01:47 PM
niceeee!
Hey how do you like those Boss V-XT's????
I've have many boss Regular Old(5 yrs) v's And love them.. Can you really fling snow farther with it??? I plow subs and commercial lots with Kodiaks and internationals with 8'2" Boss V's So i guess this could be an advantage....

let me know!
thx

ochosdaddy
07-05-2011, 01:20 AM
Well, that idiot which shares part of the shop with me was given the boot for failing to pay rent. Now I have the entire shop, I figured it would happen eventually, but not this soon.

He had lavish plans to build a concept car powered by magnets. Some 3 wheel contraption as he explained to me...all made of aluminum. Problem is he needed the equipment to machine the parts, and that took gobs of money to buy. He's always broke by the second week of the month, even pawned what little tools he had in the shop. All meanwhile, he had been arrested (once or twice) since I've been there for driving with an invalid license. Apparently the story goes he refuses to buy insurance on his car, so the state took away his license...I dunno what to be true. After the first arrest, we caught him rattle can painting his car (early 90's berrata) flat black. It originally was red. He claims this was because he'll be giving his car to his daughter and she requested it be a different color. I don't buy it. I believe he thinks it'll fool the local police. Problem is, it draws more attention to itself now. He didn't even bother to remove the license plate, he just painted around it....over spray everywhere too, even on the license plate itself. It all looks like crap. He claims it turned out "perfect" until he applied paste wax to the finish. Dried too fast he said, and he couldn't "buff out all the white." He told me he was gonna use Comet to remove the paste wax. I guess he did, because a couple days later he was back out applying more paste wax on his $20 paint job. You'd have to meet the guy to believe all this. ;)

At any rate, the guy is an idiot and nice to have him out of the shop. I caught him on a couple occasions 'borrowing' tools without my permission. Who knows what I don't know about.

ochosdaddy
08-28-2011, 02:18 AM
Got the drywall up a couple weeks back. Found time to tape and mud, then performed a shortcut today and textured the walls with knock-down. Tomorrow might do a quick prime and paint. Then onto tackling the shower and floor. Soon......we'll have a functioning bathroom very soon! :clapping::clapping::clapping:

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kinnaird007
08-28-2011, 02:57 AM
Put up plenty of shelves.
Maybe even try to get some outlets of the support beams(In the middle of the shop) so if your working on something there you don't have to trip over extension cords.
Build a nice work bench for the grinder and all.
Secure it. Put up a 24/7 CCTV. You never know when you'll be hit.
My dream shop would be like this but in the corner I would just throw up 3 walls and make an enclosed office. Keep your business papers, CCTV recorder, etc there.

Look for supermarkets or warhouses that have the industrial type shelving. They are easy to put and can hold a LOT of weight. They are the kind you put pallets of goods on.

If you put up security run it to a business computer in a seperate office!

kinnaird007
08-28-2011, 02:59 AM
Thats what i'm talking about good job man!! Don't let the little guy work too hard! Lol

groh_brian
09-03-2011, 08:47 PM
Nice shop you have there, better now that you have the whole building.

ochosdaddy
10-16-2011, 12:19 AM
Office construction has begun. More equipment has been rolling in...

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/1014111734a.jpg

newz7151
10-16-2011, 01:43 AM
Office construction has begun. More equipment has been rolling in...

http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/1014111734a.jpg

looks like the newholland is making the little bobcat his bitc#

J.Z.Smith Landscaping
10-16-2011, 10:09 AM
We just built the shelving and the loft a few weeks ago. What a difference it made. might give ya some ideas.

GreenGiant94
10-16-2011, 01:45 PM
Looks great! I love that loft. Hey what kind of ladder is that in the last pic. I know its a type of step ladder but what do you call it and where do you get one? How tall is it? Does it cost a lot?

Lawn Enforcer
10-16-2011, 02:43 PM
Very nice! Well organized!

meets1
10-16-2011, 03:15 PM
I like your shelving. I have never seen wheelbarrles that way b/f. Is this one service bay or is this the entire shop? Hard for me to tell - assuming you took pictures from the door. I have 60Ft of pallet shelving bought off on internet auction - they hold a ton a weight and we park our wheelbarrle, push equipment uder the bottom shelf. Drain pipe, form lumber, everything - seems a little more organized and off the floor.

stickleylawncare
10-16-2011, 03:25 PM
looks like the newholland is making the little bobcat his bitc#

Nice, was just thinking that too.

Awesome shop, already amazing change from the empty shell you started with.

cuttin-to-the-Max
10-16-2011, 11:04 PM
Looks great! I love that loft. Hey what kind of ladder is that in the last pic. I know its a type of step ladder but what do you call it and where do you get one? How tall is it? Does it cost a lot?

Thats a Stokes, Orchard Ladder (http://www.stokesladders.com/products/ladder-orchard-aluminum-tripod.asp) Depending on what size he got (12,16,18) It prob cost abuot 200-400 Bucks.

Think its a 12ft ladder in the pic. You can tell because it starts to get narrow! but correct me if im wrong

FoghornLeghorn
10-16-2011, 11:30 PM
Badass shop, man. Keep it up!

J.Z.Smith Landscaping
10-17-2011, 08:05 AM
I like your shelving. I have never seen wheelbarrles that way b/f. Is this one service bay or is this the entire shop? Hard for me to tell - assuming you took pictures from the door. I have 60Ft of pallet shelving bought off on internet auction - they hold a ton a weight and we park our wheelbarrle, push equipment uder the bottom shelf. Drain pipe, form lumber, everything - seems a little more organized and off the floor.

Its only one bay. 1500 sq. That wheelbarrow shelf is my favorite part of the whole thing haha. I still cant figure out what to do with green barrels. I wish I had the kind of space ochosdaddy has. I had a set of pallet shelves but no one could ever reach what was on them so I got rid of them.

J.Z.Smith Landscaping
10-17-2011, 08:08 AM
Thats a Stokes, Orchard Ladder (http://www.stokesladders.com/products/ladder-orchard-aluminum-tripod.asp) Depending on what size he got (12,16,18) It prob cost abuot 200-400 Bucks.

Think its a 12ft ladder in the pic. You can tell because it starts to get narrow! but correct me if im wrong

you are correct

ochosdaddy
11-03-2011, 11:46 PM
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jsslawncare
11-04-2011, 04:09 PM
10 yrs from now it will be too small. I wish mine was that big.

ochosdaddy
12-01-2011, 11:26 PM
Didn't get all the drywall hung as wished. However, all the insulation is in. Not too bad for us construction hacks.

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lawnpropm
12-01-2011, 11:53 PM
Wow really starting to come together! Can't wait to see it finished!
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ochosdaddy
12-04-2011, 01:10 AM
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/1203111839a.jpg

meets1
12-04-2011, 12:17 PM
Looks nice! Question though - why the space b/t the sheet rock on a few of those pictures?

flatlander42
12-04-2011, 02:17 PM
Looks nice! Question though - why the space b/t the sheet rock on a few of those pictures?

the wall height is 8'4"............?

I'd have made the cut piece at the top or the bottom....pry do one up and one down on every other sheet. Or I'd just put a chair rail where the gap is and call er done!

bobcat48
12-04-2011, 05:43 PM
Looks good.

cuttin-to-the-Max
12-04-2011, 06:50 PM
the wall height is 8'4"............?

I'd have made the cut piece at the top or the bottom....pry do one up and one down on every other sheet. Or I'd just put a chair rail where the gap is and call er done!

That'd Be a high chair rail! lol
Im not sure i would want to add a piece at the bottom. If it was me i would do it at the top.

ochosdaddy
12-04-2011, 07:33 PM
Brain fart and failed to buy precut studs. Instead of cutting off 3 1/2" from every stud we just opted for the extra ceiling height. Gap in the middle for easier finishing later. Wall will be textured.

alexschultz1
12-05-2011, 08:06 PM
i always hated touching up drywall.. i would do the same thing and come back at the very last moment to finish, Same with crown molding.. both of those jobs suck

ochosdaddy
12-05-2011, 09:22 PM
November 2010 I trenched a water line into the shop. Today the toilet is in! Functioning sink too! Now just need to hook up the hot water heater and shower, then the bathroom is done! :dancing::dancing::dancing:

Kennedy Landscaping
12-06-2011, 08:11 PM
Thats coming along very nice, I wish I had a shop that big.

Lucky Star Lawn Care
12-10-2011, 02:37 AM
I'm a big fan on how you stored the wheelbarrows to! The small things that count

ochosdaddy
12-10-2011, 10:40 PM
Pretty much finished the taping. All that's left is the bullnose. Started the bullnose but found out I need to buy the corner deals yet. Shows we're hacks.

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ochosdaddy
12-23-2011, 06:21 PM
Well, the goal was to have it done by Christmas. Today we painted the floors with epoxy floor paint (went cheap for now). We still need to install the trim, lighting, and have the electrician run power from the main panel to the sub-panel (need to get a 3 phase issue sorted out too). Phone service comes in next Tuesday. Internet next Wednesday. Meanwhile we had 82 tons of AB3 trucked in to continue a road around the shop w/ more parking. Still need several more loads for more parking however. I took several pictures with my cell phone today, but they all look like crap. I'll have to bring a real camera in next week. Till then, Merry Christmas! :drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:

bobcat48
12-23-2011, 07:38 PM
lookin good

lawnpropm
12-23-2011, 08:41 PM
Looks very good! I take it you have some experience with building or was this your first time hanging sheet rock? How much did that 83on tons run you there must have been trucks in and out all day.
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ochosdaddy
12-23-2011, 10:19 PM
Prior to the shop projects I had zero experience with drywall or framing. Never even installed a door or window. I learned A LOT between both the bathroom and office. I ran all the wiring in the office, but that's pretty simple.

The rock came in on 5, 10 yard trucks. Average weight of around 33,000 lbs per load.

newtostone
12-23-2011, 10:56 PM
Looks very good! I take it you have some experience with building or was this your first time hanging sheet rock? How much did that 83on tons run you there must have been trucks in and out all day.
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83 tons is typically only 4 truck loads, and can be dumped and spread in about an hour.

ochosdaddy
12-28-2011, 03:35 AM
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Barrett Landscaping
12-28-2011, 09:56 AM
lookin' good!

meets1
12-28-2011, 10:38 AM
I assume thats your office in the back with the osb board? If so did you make the deck above to be used for storage? are you making steps that you can go up there and build more shelves to place more stuff? Other than that looks nice

LawnMan19
12-28-2011, 10:47 AM
Looks good !

Seltzerpm
12-28-2011, 06:34 PM
Nice shop a little unorgainzed lol

ochosdaddy
12-28-2011, 11:13 PM
Someday we'll build railing around the top of the office. But yes, there is decking up on top. We already have crap up there out of the way. But right now, stairs and railing is last on our list of priorities. We've already begun to organize the shop (hand tools and such), but we have a long.......very long way to go. We'll be lucky to have everything done by the time spring hits.

Internet comes in tomorrow. DSL and cable broadband is unavailable out where we're at. It's either satellite or cell phone 'mobile mifi' crap, both with restricted use. We found a service without data restrictions that connects to a cell phone tower. Hoping it'll work well.

Lux Lawn
12-28-2011, 11:39 PM
Great looking place you got there.

cat320
12-29-2011, 12:14 AM
looks good what typr of sheets goods did you use on the floor?
i have one question why did you use door casing for floor baseboard? it has that round edge instead of a nice square edge?

ochosdaddy
12-29-2011, 12:27 AM
The casing for a baseboard was my partners idea. Supposedly it was much cheaper than baseboard. He had it all bought before much could be said. Oh well, it doesn't look bad, just odd. :hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:

ochosdaddy
01-07-2012, 06:55 PM
Still waiting on the electrician to pull some power to the office. Been running everything off a 20AMP receptacle I tapped into. Once he's done I will mount the lights. Hard to imagine this office used to be an unused corner in the old dirty shop!

The open room with foreman desks and conference table. The 4'x8' white board cost us a whoppin' $40 to build.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/DSCF2734.jpg

My office, loosely organized.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/DSCF2733.jpg

ochosdaddy
01-10-2012, 04:40 PM
Spent the morning designing our new logo. I had my uncle (an artist/graphic designer) try a stab at one, but I didn't like where he was heading with it. Here she be, as left for now...

POWER STROKE
01-10-2012, 09:07 PM
Office looks great, I have quick question what did you use to make the white board?

ochosdaddy
01-11-2012, 01:20 AM
Office looks great, I have quick question what did you use to make the white board?

Home Depot sells melamine sheets with a name like "Thrifty white board". It's in the same aisle as trim is. Sells for $13.xx a sheet. We just used painted trim around the board (the most expensive part).

POWER STROKE
01-11-2012, 01:32 AM
Home Depot sells melamine sheets with a name like "Thrifty white board". It's in the same aisle as trim is. Sells for $13.xx a sheet. We just used painted trim around the board (the most expensive part).

Thanks, I will have to look in to that.

ochosdaddy
03-10-2012, 04:26 PM
Just burned off our brush pile yesterday. It was twice the size of the compost pile. Good fire.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/GH018575.jpg

Second to last load of the old poles n' **** to haul away.
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Getting it all cleaned up.
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Need more gravel. Parking will be a problem this spring.
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Inside the shop we built a separate workshop.
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"Vending room." We'll finish it next winter.
http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii170/mastermower/GH018584.jpg

ochosdaddy
03-10-2012, 04:27 PM
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LawnMan19
03-10-2012, 04:30 PM
Looks good, I like the walker up top.

KS_Grasscutter
03-10-2012, 06:28 PM
Wow you finally came around and got some Walkers!

A&Jlandscapingllc
03-10-2012, 10:23 PM
Very nice shop

burnsyscapes
03-10-2012, 11:27 PM
that jd stander, do you like it? pros cons? i m looking to purchase one.

ochosdaddy
03-10-2012, 11:49 PM
that jd stander, do you like it? pros cons? i m looking to purchase one.

Pros: Very reliable. Easy to maneuver. Very easy for a rookie to learn. Quick to step off to move debris, etc.

Cons: Poor at hills (best on flat land). Absolute no control driving down a hill, must shift weight backwards to even back up a hill. Essentially the drive wheels are just too far back.

I was in the market for a stand on mower and only bought the JD because the dealer only wanted half the retail price. It was a used unit with 12 hours. Paid something like $3500-4000.

I have nearly 1500 hours on it now. The only mechanical gripe is the hydro pump fan routinely falls apart every 300 hours. Not a big deal, but kind of annoying. Other than the fans and basic routine maintenance parts, nothing has been replaced.

However, when the time comes to buy another stand on, it'll be a Wright.

ochosdaddy
03-10-2012, 11:53 PM
Wow you finally came around and got some Walkers!

Other than the great vacuum power, I think they're crap. ;)

cuttin-to-the-Max
03-11-2012, 12:25 AM
that jd stander, do you like it? pros cons? i m looking to purchase one.

I used to have a JD 667 the cut was great, never really put it on any too crazy hills... did good for what we needed it to. I liked it, but sooner than later i got tired of standing for 8 hours straight so we made it a backup mower... My guys rather whip a 20 acre park than drive it though. the controls were a little different but i got used to them! My guys just didnt want to use their heads... i'd say go demo one out for a day or so and see what you think! I liked it. the wright mower is like the same platform.

I_am_a_beginner
03-11-2012, 10:44 AM
I like your setup so far, pretty nice shop. I see you have a lot of mowers, how much employees do you have?

Pro-Lawn&Grounds
03-11-2012, 11:00 AM
Other than the great vacuum power, I think they're crap. ;)

hahaha so subtle ... Can some one explain what is the point of a walker when you can just buy a trace vac?

cgaengineer
03-11-2012, 11:41 AM
Looks very similar to or shop...ours is 7500 square feet...gas heat, and central ac in office...we have steps for the area above office...right now it needs to be cleaned up badly.
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ochosdaddy
03-11-2012, 01:37 PM
I like your setup so far, pretty nice shop. I see you have a lot of mowers, how much employees do you have?

Right now we have 9 part-time and 1 full-time. This doesn't include us owners. We mostly employ college students.

Come summer we'll be running 11-12 full-time.

ochosdaddy
03-11-2012, 01:47 PM
hahaha so subtle ... Can some one explain what is the point of a walker when you can just buy a trace vac?

A Walker beats any TracVac. TracVacs are too dependent on the vacuum strength of the deck itself. Your deck shoots the crap to the side, and the TracVac sucks it up.

A Walker has two counter rotating blades and 'sweeps' the crap to middle back of the deck, where the vacuum sucks it up. That's about the only thing I like about it. Oh...and it stripes good too.

The speed handle is just stupid. If you have a forward and reverse drive levers between your legs, why the need for a separate speed handle? So you sit there twisting your back to keep one hand of the speed control, and the other on the control levers. I bet it's some safety issue so when you're
getting on and off the seat, if you bump the levers, you won't kill yourself. But I'd think with some 'creative' engineering, there is a better way than some STUPID LEVER!

Oh not to mention all the steps you have to go through if you happen to plug up the chutes on the Walker. We just had a guy trash the little (flimsy) plastic chute that attaches to the deck because he lifted the deck up to unclog it, and then didn't put it down correctly.

Our TracVac holds more debris and packs it in tighter too. Don't get me wrong, I love our TracVac, but the Walker has it's place too.....on clean-up duties. I couldn't tell you how well the TracVac is with regular mowing - we don't bag grass. :drinkup:

APLUS LAWN CARE
03-11-2012, 03:34 PM
Your shop looks really great! I like how your office came out. Best of luck this coming season

THEGOLDPRO
03-11-2012, 11:32 PM
Everything looks great man.