Thanks for the kind words, they are appreciated a lot. It means a lot when it comes from your friends. Basically the I-Beam idea arose from the bypass surgery and since. I cannot do what I used to so working smart not hard demanded that I do this. May as well do it now instead of wishing I had in the future.
Bill: I like her thinking...
unfortunately, we will still need lighting at night.. but it should be relatively warm even in winter with the southern exposure. And yup, I think the Clampetts will be happy in there.
Jim: By the time I get the racking done.. it will be just about full.
Gilles: I haven't forgotten your part in this... the electrical is yours. Gonna need some 220 in there for the welder and a bunch of 110 plugs as well. All flourescent light fixtures too... so there will be a mini-fest when you get here. Also, you will get a chance to take a run on Ellie.. maybe Granny too
And yup that is what I have been up to.
Ron: I know why I didn't do it sooner -- it is called 5 kids and 3 in university..
And after the plumbing job.. I realized that I can't do what I used to, so I gots to work smarter and not harder. The I-Beam trolley will be really useful. So will the I-Beam Lawn Tractor Lift system that I am designing. Gonna need som proofing from all the pros here... that is for sure...
Eugene: Yeah it is what Em and everybody here call Rudi-ized... I always figure what I need then double it... that way I never have to worry. I also use ratios when deciding member sizes. And yeah, it is a little overbuilt.. but I figure when we have something coming at us like Hurrican Noel this weekend.. and it is gonna hit us square in the middle if the track remains constant, I am going to need all the over engineering I can get. I hope the rest of the shop stays together too..
Also, the snow load is figured at approximately 100lbs/sq ft.. that is live plus 100 lbs/sq ft dead load. With the max span 7.1 feet.. 2x6's at 24 and cross strapped at 12 with 1/2" deck should suffice nicely. But, no not really is the design based on the snow load.. just experience. I have seen far too many buildings collapse because of insufficient design work.. and I made a deal with myself back in college when I was studying architecture to never ever skimp. My Dad also taught me a lot about that...
Oh another reason.. you should see the winds here. We had strong ones today.. mostly steady at about 50-60 kph with gusts almost twice that.. and dirt/dust devils were really common today. Got so bad I couldn't do anywork on the roof. Had to stay on the ground.
Ron: When you and Janelle come up next, we will see just how big a piece of equipment we might be able to fit in that tank.. Should be all ready by then. The M-H#1 Digger (parts one) is barely visible in the pics.. but much of that is going to have to go in whole as it is some froze up.
Cecil: This is what I was hoping to have done before you got here for our mini-fest visit this year. Next year, we will be able to work in well country style I guess.. Gonna need some room for the stuff
Scott: No problem.. us navy guys need to keep it tight...
Larry: I like the idea of the electric winches./hoists.. but a 5 ton is probably out of my pocketbook. I think I will be looking at a 600/1200 double line hoist and see where I can go beyond that.
Paul: I have been hoping to get the barn built to house the tank. Probably beginning of the week, Ray will lift the tank for me to it's new home on a sub floor at the west end of the shop just under the beam. I think a 400 Imp Gallon tank should be about as big as I will need to go, I hope.
Pete, Vince, Al: Thanks.. I appreciate. Already am kinda pleased. Vince, give our best to Annie..