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Old 11-22-2017, 01:36 PM
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Default Garage building starts with Model Workshop on top !!







Its an area of 13m x 8m with workshop to be 12m x 7m on the second floor and a half-height storage 3rd floor same above that.

The ground floor will be a 2 car garage and third part as store.

They reckon 2 months and it will be finished ...

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Old 11-22-2017, 02:25 PM
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Here's the project outline ...

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Old 11-22-2017, 03:33 PM
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Priorities are in order!
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:57 AM
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Going to be a nice setup.
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Old 11-23-2017, 04:00 AM
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Old 11-23-2017, 05:28 AM
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ummmm....where's the stairway? Or is an elevator in the plans.....
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:44 AM
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Old 11-23-2017, 11:57 AM
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The basic idea is a 3 car section garage. 2 places to left are cars, 3rd is closed in with 1.5x door to be a store. There will be internal stairway in there to the second floor. Second floor will be open plan ... with 'pull down loft' ladder into the roof space (half height 3rd floor).

Originally 3rd floor was going to be full height - but architect was not happy with garage being higher than my house !!

The base area is huge now I see the foundations dug out ! ....



The ground dug out is being shifted over to build up a low section of ground to create my RC Car track on top of ...



Its a big project ... but end results should be worth it !!

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Old 11-24-2017, 03:37 PM
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Foundation stones in ...



Decided that stones were good enough to order up two more truck loads to improve my road !!





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Is that footing oversized or is it that I don't know a lot about foundations? That road deserves a street sign.
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Old 11-24-2017, 04:47 PM
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Myself and builders both think the footings are over sized .... but we are required by Latvian Law to follow the Architect Project which was approved.

Yes - I do have quite a long drive up to my house !

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A lot of factors play into the design of a foundation. Freeze depth, expected ability of the ground to support, X amount of weight per square area. local grade of concrete, rebar ETC.

I have designed several houses and garages and built more than I can remember.

But one thing is universal, what ever is on the approved drawings is the least way it can be built. You can exceed the plan but not reduce it.

Looks great Nigel, please keep the pictures coming.

What are you going to use the "store" area for? A little hobby shop?
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Did you ever get that tractor you talked about? Looks like you could use it now. :-)
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:20 AM
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The store - will be for firewood ..... to avoid the long walk to present store in dead of winter.

Tractor - yes I bought Belarus Excavator tractor which when lifting pontoons out of river - ran out of fuel - now having real trouble getting fuel through to bet her going !
Then we had freezing weather which froze the 'gasoline engine' on side which sound the big diesel over ....

Yes .... it has electric starter to start a small gasoline engine on the side ... looks about 200 - 300cc ..... once it starts - it 'throws' a gear to engage diesel engine to spin it over .... basically you keep the 'gas' engine going turning the diesel till that fires up and then stop the 'gas' engine.
Problem is when it froze - it froze the 'gas' engine .... so that added to air in the diesel system is giving me trouble.

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The gas engine starter :



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Ah, it must have a decent sized diesel motor then.
I know some bulldozers etc use that starting principal.
Maybe you need a Mowarm to keep the motor warm during winter.
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The tractor weighs over 6 tons ..... no lightweight !!

Found the starter motor burnt out after last session ... so monday - its off to the 'tractor shop' ....

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Repairs to starter about 40 euros ... but new one 59 euros !! New one has proper solenoid as well and I can fit a push to make start button instead of the lever job I had.

So that needs fitting when weather improves.

Concrete has been poured and now we wait couple days for it to set and then its start actual building. Weather is awful of course - started snowing today.

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Repairs to starter about 40 euros ... but new one 59 euros !! New one has proper solenoid as well and I can fit a push to make start button instead of the lever job I had.

So that needs fitting when weather improves.

Concrete has been poured and now we wait couple days for it to set and then its start actual building. Weather is awful of course - started snowing today.

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That is dirt cheap for a starter. Well worth it mate.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:09 AM
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First test flight of my repaired DJI P3P .... decided to video the garage build so far ...



Trying to beat weather closing in ...

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Old 12-08-2017, 03:00 AM
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Nice Video Nigel OK, Now I see why your Garage footing is so Humongous Your Very Close to the Water, You need a Heavy Duty Foundation to prevent any Ground Liquefaction / Settling being that close to the water, here in So Calif in the high desert, the foundation only has to be 12" W X 12" Deep for a single story and 12" W X 24" Deep for a two story Structure. Keep up the Nice work
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:22 AM
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The ground in Ventspils where I live is terrible. Its a mix of sand and earth with no real 'meat' to it.

But my foundations are too big - the architect made mistake. They admitted it.

I asked for a block and wood construction to keep it simple and economic. Architect put in concrete slab floors for second floor ... when I saw the project - I asked why the slabs ?
This error meant that the footings / foundations were designed to take a high load from such construction.
I made them change the project to wood beams and floor along with aerobloc second / third floor walls. This cuts about 30 - 40% of the weight out, but she failed to amend the foundations. So I have foundations for a much heavier building than actually will be built.

Myself and builders joke - my garage will still be standing long after Ventspils town disappears !!

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Add another level for storage! We always end up wanting more storage!
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:50 PM
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Add another level for storage! We always end up wanting more storage!
I'm at max height allowed now. I wanted a full height 3rd floor but had to agree to reduce it.

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Nigel, your Heavy Duty Foundation is a Blessing in Disguise
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