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Well, after many years of scheming, planning, wishing and hoping......I am finally getting me a shop!

I had a 12 X 16 shed built in my backyard this week. Today I bought the AC and some lights. The lights are bright enough, but there are too many shadows. So I will be buying at least 1 more set; maybe 2.

My electrician is coming by tomorrow to figure out what all he needs to do to get me power. But he will be working out of town next week so it will be the last week of July before I have electricity.

Then I will get the walls and ceiling insulated and covered in plywood. I hope this will dampen the sounds and help the AC beat the heat!!

Here are a few picks from the build. As I get it set up and operational I will post more pics.

PM me if you want the brand name and specifics of the shed. I am extremely pleased with the company, installers and the quality.

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Wow, that's huge, mine is 8X12. Either that or none, so I opted for a sure thing. Mine was put up by one guy, all pre-cut, in half a day.

Here's a tip. Paint it white inside, the glossiest paint you can find, and at least two coats; I'd suggest a roller. It'll look like an ice cube at first, but it will dim down when you start filling it up, and sawdust gets on the walls. When I say paint, I mean walls, ceiling, floor, doors, everything. It will make a large difference in lightening the inside over just plain plywood.
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Don't know how many circuits you're having installed. My 2 sheds share a 60 amp sub panel, divided into 3 20 amp circuits. Each circuit and outlet is color coded so I can split the load. I have all LED lighting so I can use the same circuit for light, heat or AC. I keep two circuits open, one for whatever tool I'm using, the other for the dust collector. Do wire and insulate, then install drywall, then paint. MUCH easier to keep clean. Out here there was no electrical permit required. The second shed is 10x12 and is a small office where I do most of my printing.

Insulate the ceiling. If it has 2x6 beams, put up R38. Find a way to seal the doors. Probably too late now, but I would have put in insulation under the floor if I had to do it again. I also lined the ceiling with that reflective, aluminized bubble wrap, which reflects heat out in summer, in in winter. It's only R4 but it makes a difference. Do the insulation and drywall BEFORE you put a single tool in there!!!!!

My shed is 12x24 and it looked huge at first, but I eventually outgrew it. Since yours was built in place, it's probably level, mine is not. So you could add a same size deck in front, then over time enclose and cover it. You're going to be taking tools outside to use, so putting a deck out there the same height as the existing floorwill make it easier to roll rather than carry your tools outside. Last item: The 1 inch ply floor in my shed is not all that solid, consider putting a piece of 3/4 ply underneath your table saw to prevent wobbling.

Really nice building and I understand what you mean about better to get a somewhat smaller shed rather than have none. I predict considerable enjoyment ahead. My wife likes me spending time in the shed, close by, but not under foot. Keep your cell phone handy for emergencies.
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Congratulations, Frank. I know you are going to enjoy having a year-round work space where rain or shine, heat or cold doesn't matter.
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my electrician came by today to get an idea of what I want. He has made a few suggestions which I will go along with. The walls and ceiling will WILL BE INSULATED after the electricity is installed.

I did get the AC installed into a wall this morning. I went with a 10,000 btu unit and even without insulation, it is keeping it comfortable inside.

The saws and other tools I used to install the AC will be put away this afternoon.......no tools will be brought in the shed until the power is run, the insulation is in, the paneling is up.


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I am SO looking forward to being able to carve when the weather would have stopped me......I'm ready to enjoy my shed and the opportunities I have ahead of me.

Thanks!
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Congrats Frank. You will have a real nice shop when you get it all done. Enjoy.
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Way to go Frank! You're doing it right. Enjoy.
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who says scheming, planning, wishing and hoping doesn't pay off

I"m thinking two things you'll be in need of are:

A really good cooler and a really comfortable shop stool..
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who says scheming, planning, wishing and hoping doesn't pay off

I"m thinking two things you'll be in need of are:

A really good cooler and a really comfortable shop stool..
Got 'em both Bill......I am going to have a fridge for drinks and a place for 2 people to sit.

"Adult beverages" are consumed inside the house......not in the shop.....and NEVER on the road. :-)
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