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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:24 PM

Finally am getting back out in my shop. I've spent a couple hours for 3 nights cleaning thru stuff & throwing things away, and tonight I began the process of pouring a concrete 'curb' around the inside perimeter of my building. This is because when the floor was originally poured, the bordering form wood to control the pour has rotted over time, and mice have been sneaking in. I hate mice. Anyway, the perimeter is lined with all sorts of stuff, primarily car parts but some outright junk, and I want it all either stored off the floor or sold/tossed.

I got only 10-ft done tonight (perimeter is about 110' (24'x48' building with (4) car doors), but chalk that up to getting into the swing of it. Had to wrestle two Buick 455 blocks out of the way (I have 3); next bay has 2 DeSoto Hemi blocks and a bunch of those parts to move. Next bay from that has about (5) Turbo 400s. By 'bay' I mean the space between each vertical structural timber- they're about 7' apart.

Once the shop is sealed up & clean out, it will be a LOT more inviting to me, and I can get back to work on the B-59.

Anyway, I intend to post in here on occasion as to the progress; a log of sorts to keep my motivation up.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

AWESOME BALTHAZAR!!! :metal: Look forward to updates and photo's when you get time. Have Fun!!!
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:19 PM

Did you find a Buick? :smilewide:
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:25 PM

I DID see one peeking back at me from among the cobwebs & stuff, now that you mention it. :wacko:

Here's a lil' sketch I did of the perimeter issue: the yellow 'board' is what's degrading, the 'curb' goes over top of it, about 1.25" tall & 4" wide, right up against the metal sheathing. Should prove impenetrable.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:33 PM

Mice have been laughing at the word "impenetrable" for one million yerrs. :AH-HA:
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:40 PM

They CANT chew thru concrete tho. :ninja:
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:47 PM

Cool...
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:48 PM

Of course they can't, balthy!
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:00 PM

I read that steel wool cuts their little gums.

I like that.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:21 PM

Cool... mice are have always been a presence in my family barn and garages in Ohio..my folks always put rat poison in pans in the older, less driven cars..so the cars always smell of rat poison.. :(
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:31 PM

The web is full of back-N-forths about deterring varmints. I have had success with this type of trap: http://m.youtube.com...h?v=jezQKOl5q-w
Put anti-freeze in the bottom and there's no smell, plus it works thru the winter.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:40 AM

Wonder how many family mice will still call you Doofus once you have your wall of Fortitude built! ;)
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:48 PM

Good luck, all I've got to work out of is a two car garage....and I'vde been getting it organized and working in it.

Good luck Balthazar, and keep us posted...
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:12 PM

Here you can see the form lumber that is no longer a secure seal from the outside (it's OK here, not so in other spots) :
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Poured:
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Edited by balthazar, 01 August 2012 - 06:47 PM.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:44 PM

Get a cat.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 06:46 PM

Have one up @ the house my wife looks after, but I don't go out there often enough (traditionally speaking) to keep one alive in the shop.
'Cat door' is out of the question; other, larger guests are only going to get in. It's like living in a freakin zoo here.

After I clean the whole building, it's one matter, but right now there's a few pounds of metal shavings sprinkled over the floor, too.
And I really am not interested in taking care of an animal- it's not my thing.
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Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:07 PM

Good stuff!

The barn is way overdue for this sort of attention...
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:30 AM

Keep us posted with photographs, Mark.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:28 AM

Sweet job on that pour, It will really help you gain a warmer, cleaner and varmit free work zone. :P
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

Sweet job on that pour, It will really help you gain a warmer, cleaner and varmit free work zone. :P



...that and he keeps digging in there, he might even find a Buick!
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