31st Jan 2020 – Tunnel, Lights, Action

Very little left to do now, basically the fire alarm hookup (Thursday) and painting.

In this last couple of weeks we’ve seen the Ames Taping, Electrician Second Fix and Plumber Second Fix all complete.

  • Only final finishing required

Progress at 14th Jan 2020 / Meeting 16th Jan reminder

A new year has arrived, the Builders are back at work after the seasonal break and the end is very nearly in sight.

  • Right hand side, door to Legion / Loos at back right corner

Progress since last report is:

  • The Electrician has completed the main wing runs and installed the fire alarm cable
  • The Joiner has installed most of the plaster board
  • The 3 door frames are ready for the new doors
  • The Joiner has re-positioned the Fire Exit doors from the Legion in the rear corridor
  • The step and platform within the room to the back exit door (to the back corridor) are complete

Total progress to the project plan is about 82%

Can we also remind folk that the bi-monthly meeting is THIS THURSDAY, 16th Jan at 10:00 a.m. (not the usual afternoon meeting), upstairs in the Legion.  Many thanks

Progress at 23rd December

A final progress report and photo for 2019.

The Builders are now on their Christmas break, but last week the internal fit-out continued, with the Electrician and Plumber first-fixes done, the studding complete and all ready in the New Year to start the plasterboarding and ceiling. At present, a builder’s completion date is looking like the end of January, with further work such as painting to be carried out by Shed members.

Progress as at Monday 23rd December 2019

Thank you to all who have contributed in so many ways since the decision back in late 2017 to consolidate the Banchory Men’s Shed at the Legion, with organisation, fundraising, publicity, building and fit-out works of various sorts.  2020 will finally see the opening of the Banchory shed and we wait to see how the shed goes forward with the various activities discussed over the years. Great times are ahead, and we are starting to look at what we do for an official opening ceremony.

We also wish our nearest neighbours well – Stonehaven who opened their fantastic facility earlier this year, and Aboyne who are now also well on with their build.

We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year – especially if you come along to the Shed!

Phase 2 – week ending Friday 13th

Progress is looking good at about 70%.  This week:

  • The ramp in the workshop (Phase 1) has been removed
  • The corridor walls have been rendered
  • The front wall has been built up in readiness for the window frames
  • The timber framing and insulation is well on
  • The plumber has run pipe (first fix) and will connect up on his next visit
  • Electrician has run much cabling (first fix) to be completed when plaster boarding has been installed

Next week the joiner will continue with framing, insulation and then commence with the plaster boarding.

Workshop Tool Safety Guide

With the Phase 1 workshop complete and Phase 2 well on the way, we thought the following guide to using tools safety would be handy…     #workplacesafety

TOOLS AND HOW TO USE THEM

CIRCULAR SAW – portable cutting tool used to make boards too short.

BELT SANDER – An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

WIRE WHEEL – Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to utter a short curse.

DRILL PRESS – A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

MULTI GRIPS – Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

HACKSAW – One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle… It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

VICE-GRIPS – Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH – Used almost entirely for igniting various flammable objects in your shop and creating a fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub froom which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW – Large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity. Very effective for digit removal.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK – Used for lowering a vehicle to the ground after you have installed your new brake pads, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

BAND SAW – A large stationary power saw primarily used by most workshops to cut large pieces into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. Also good for Digit Removal

TWO-TONNE ENGINE HOIST – Tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of all the stuff you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER – Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER – Tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

CROWBAR – A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a £0.50p part.

PVC PIPE CUTTER – A tool used to make plastic pipe too short.

HAMMER – Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE – Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door. Works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund cheques, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.

AAAAARRGHHH TOOL – Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the workshop while yelling “Aaaaarrghhh” at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

Week Ending Friday 6th December

Hiding an awful lot of previous work, the concrete floor is now down…

Hmm, seems like a nice pair of goalposts…

Overall progress is approximately 60%.  This week has seen:

  • Completion of backfilling of the foundations
  • Installation of the underfloor insulation and concrete floor
  • Complete the foundations for the front fittings

Next week the builder will render the passage wall  to match the Legion and commence timber framing of the inside and installing insulation.

Update Tuesday 3rd December

More very visible progress.  The floor is well under way

  • Left side. Damp proof course and under-floor insulation (building regs). Notice the drain connection. Free broom?

End of Week 3

The Phase 2 build continues on track. Quite a visible difference this week due to the wall. The work completed was as follows:

  • The walls were completed to ceiling level
  • The foundations were back-filled ready for under-floor insulation and floor
  • The drain is in for the sink
  • The door opening between the social area and the “Phase 1” Workshop is broken through and initially boarded up

Next week we expect to see the foundations completed for the front fittings, the  underfloor insulation installed and the floor concreted, plus the start of the timber framing

  • Reminder - Alan's model

Another Few Bricks in the Wall

Update – end of the 2nd week

The builders have completed about 25% of the work, and the build is on target:

  • Excavation work is complete
  • Strip foundations are complete
  • The sub-structure is built up to adjoining floor level
  • The drain tie-in is installed
  • Lighting for the back corridor is complete
  • Completed the floor for the new back lobby between the Legion and our room

Next phase of work is to back-fill the foundations and start building the Phase 2 interior / corridor walls