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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #1 by Flying_Kiwi
So last year i began a bit of a model build , I had a spare area under the house which was a dirt and concrete floor, open to the elements through the under house skirting and although water tight (for the most part) was very damp and models that i had stored in one of the rooms were getting damp. also my spare room upstairs was getting too small to build AND display the models.

So...solution convert the damp space under the house to a workshop and display/hangout room, convert spare bedroom into small gym (hah yeah i didn't believe it either). bare with me, this is a bit off topic and maybe boring to some... this was a big endeavor, took about 8 months on an off but i did 90% myself cost about 6K all up and if i can do it,.. you sure is hell can!!!

So Post 1 "The cave...."

There are two spaces, a larger space which was used for hanging garden tools, storing paint, had a dirt floor with some concrete. the second room had a tongue and groove floor and a small cupboard all rotten, wet, and falling apart. The big space will be a lounge and display case area, the smaller room will form the workshop

I had built a small retaining wall prior to the build as the bank had moved over the last 60-70- years (house was built in 1919) and some of the piles had footings exposed
(according to the engineer ho had a look) so it was 30K to replie the house or... about $900 in concrete and timber for a retaining wall to keep the bank where it was, and to serve and an air gap (of about 40 cms to the new wall i was going to build.

Here is the room as it started











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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #2 by Flying_Kiwi
So a few structural things had to happen before i could start, and of course needed planning permission for the floor.

I had to add some supports for the beams which had been added when the cavity had been created under the house (around the 70's) the beams we not supported adequately or for my liking fixed in place correctly so, add a new support for the beam running parallel to wall, support the beam that runs under the bedroom and create new piles to hold these in place, and to replace a rotten wooden pile. also footings for existing piles were added,..however according to mr inspector this was "overkill"

Here is a word of caution,... but luckily its worked out. Don't start this work until you get the planning permission through!!! (yeah i know that should be obvious) luckily i took plenty of pictures (far more than are in this thread) and could show the inspector... who was actually pretty happy with my attempts.

So that done, the dirt floor needed to be leveled for the mini piles

First get the model boxes up into the dry and ...dry them out!










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4 years 4 months ago #3 by Flying_Kiwi
right so,.. time to get the floor level and to create a whole bunch of mini H3 piles (cut down fence posts) to support the floor, concrete those in and then add a damp course then top with H3 structural Ply 22mm which was by FAR the most expensive item purchased at $140 a sheet!!!! nearly a grand just for the floor!!!

note left over steel rods from the piles... could only buy them in lots of 20 so had a few over, have heaps of tie rods left too!!!











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4 years 4 months ago #4 by grover
Love looking at this stuff. If we manage to buy the house we're currently renting, Ive already told the wife about extending the cave to the area already calved out underneath the house. Lucky for me though, the Step father is a builder.

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4 years 4 months ago #5 by Craig Sargent
Intriguing - look forward to the pics of the finished product. Go on... B)

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4 years 4 months ago #6 by grunzter
Wow, very cool... dedicated!

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4 years 4 months ago #7 by Flying_Kiwi
So my dad stepped in at this point to help,... sadly tho Kane, not a professional builder but a bodger like me... he also had a truck!

He also helped get 3 loads of this.....





Up this... yes i live in Wellington we have stairs!!!! i can tell you 3 meter ceiling gib is very very heavy.




he also didn't mind working late,...



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4 years 4 months ago #8 by Flying_Kiwi
so getting stuff done after dad left

Insulation an wiring for display lights (all connected by electrician i just ran them)




Plastering done hate this....




no to strip out all the floors and replace floor joists in the work room

from this....






to this...




Epic fail cant fit all the model boxes in so....more storage....


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4 years 4 months ago #9 by Flying_Kiwi
so finished paint and carpet down.....












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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #10 by Flying_Kiwi
building display cabinets, holes and wiring poked through for LED lights, clear perspex shelves will be slotted in on dowel pegs, then a perspex sheet will be screwed over the frame to keep dust out.




now for work benches.... frames first





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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #11 by Flying_Kiwi
and now tops and cupboards, as well as some tool trays....











paint going on, will varnish the top of the big workbench...





next installment this weekend !!! I hope this has amused you all!!

G1 designed paint shelves tomorrow

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4 years 4 months ago #12 by Gary
Looking good, it's made me want some more space, thinking of carving some more room and extending the cave myself now :D

G1 designed paint shelves tomorrow

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4 years 4 months ago #13 by Dangermouse84
That looks awesome mate:)

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4 years 4 months ago #14 by Xtr3meNZer
Very very cool! Also very very jealous

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4 years 4 months ago #15 by Nosferatu

Xtr3meNZer wrote: Very very cool! Also very very jealous


What he said!

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4 years 4 months ago #16 by Woadism
Inspiring!

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4 years 4 months ago #17 by Kiwimav
:ohmy: :woohoo: very cool...nice job





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4 years 4 months ago #18 by Flying_Kiwi
Cheers guys!! have to say even tho it was WAAAAAY cheaper than getting it done professionally (an ex builder friend of the family quoted 20-30K for the work)
it still sucked my cash resources so i have not flown an aircraft in a looong time and i've not had a proper weekend for a while :-) most ironically my model output has been terrible!!!

But i'm happy its very warm and very dry had my Hydrometer down there this week and its been pretty steady.

Will post more pics when i get the shelving complete and some models in it! thanks for looking!!!...

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4 years 4 months ago #19 by Xtr3meNZer
Well, once it's done and finished 100% you will be happy, and hopefully model output get's better ;)

Still waiting on you to come to the West Coast B)

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4 years 4 months ago #20 by Webby_NZ
Thanks for sharing, always love these threads.
I think we all dream of being able to build our own space like that and not only have the decicated space but the knowledge that the room was also built by the same hands.

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4 years 4 months ago #21 by Flying_Kiwi

Xtr3meNZer wrote: Still waiting on you to come to the West Coast B)


If the wind would stop gusting 40 knots up here i would!!

The TAF today!

TAF NZWN 142314Z 1500/1600
34030G45KT 9999 SCT025
FM151000 32018G30KT 9999 -RADZ BKN020
TEMPO 1513/1522 4000 RADZ BKN007
2000FT WIND 34045KT
QNH MNM 1009 MAX 1018

although not a bad day in NZWS bit cloudy tho huh?

METAR 150030Z AUTO 04017KT 19KM OVC018/// 17/15 Q1015

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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #22 by Flying_Kiwi
Thanks Webby, I still cant believe it was a muddy hole! and if i don't look too close at the plastering, i'm pretty happy with it. I've taken a lot of tips and tricks from people here on KM especially some of the stuff G1 did and i'm incorporating those into my new workshop.

its been great seeing peoples work spaces on KM, you can always see one or two little things you think ..."now thats a good idea!"

I encourage people to post more pics of their work area's i find it really interesting, there are some cleaver peeps on this forum!

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4 years 4 months ago #23 by Xtr3meNZer

Flying_Kiwi wrote:

Xtr3meNZer wrote: Still waiting on you to come to the West Coast B)


If the wind would stop gusting 40 knots up here i would!!

The TAF today!

TAF NZWN 142314Z 1500/1600
34030G45KT 9999 SCT025
FM151000 32018G30KT 9999 -RADZ BKN020
TEMPO 1513/1522 4000 RADZ BKN007
2000FT WIND 34045KT
QNH MNM 1009 MAX 1018

although not a bad day in NZWS bit cloudy tho huh?

METAR 150030Z AUTO 04017KT 19KM OVC018/// 17/15 Q1015


I have no idea what these numbers are... but yes, it's cloudy :P

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4 years 4 months ago #24 by Webby_NZ

Flying_Kiwi wrote: ....
its been great seeing peoples work spaces on KM, you can always see one or two little things you think ..."now thats a good idea!"
I encourage people to post more pics of their work area's i find it really interesting, there are some cleaver peeps on this forum!


Agreed, there used to be a thread for workspaces, looked for it a while ago and could not find it.

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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #25 by Flying_Kiwi
its easy once you learn how! So that's a TAF - Terminal Area Forecast, a forecast of a set time...

34030G45KT 9999 SCT025

340 wind direction is 340(deg true) or from the north! , 30 is constant wind speed(Knots), G45KT ,means gusts of 45 Knots may be encountered.

9999 is visibility, usually its something like 30KM in this case 9999 means Unlimited, SCT025 is the first cloud layer, in this case Scattered at 2500ft if there were more cloud layers say BKN040 they are listed after this, lowest to highest (in this case Broken at 040)

Few Scattered Broken or OVC - Overcast are cloud covering measurements normally referred to as Okta's ie. 8/8 is Overcast where 2/8 would be Few...

The METAR is local conditions now
METAR 150030Z AUTO 04017KT 19KM OVC018/// 17/15 Q1015

1500030Z current date time in Zulu AUTO tells you its an automated weather station 04017KTs tells you its 17 kts from 040 so NNW, visibilty is 19Km's so bit hazy
its Overcast at 1800ft so thats a bit low! 17/15 is dewpoint and temperature (the closer the two numbers the more chance of cloud) Q1015 is the barometric pressure - quite useful for setting the altimeter but since West port is pretty much sea level thats not so bad..

and i'm sure you really wanted to know all that,... slow day at the office today, i can hear the beer fridge being opened...

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4 years 4 months ago #26 by Flying_Kiwi
So aside from boring METAR watching I put some varnish on the work top and made a door to the under house cavity out of scrap. Nice and warm with no breezes now. But new hygrometer say humidity is 79% so must get a dehumidifier at some stage.



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4 years 4 months ago #27 by RED
WOW, love your work mate .......

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4 years 4 months ago #28 by Xtr3meNZer
Lol, that's a fair bit of information!! :blink: Thanks for the explanation though

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4 years 4 months ago #29 by Flying_Kiwi
i was waiting for some environments to be built,... so literally had nothing to do... :-) and i'll talk aviation till the cows come home.

I really loved the met exam, it was the hardest exam out of the 6 but by far the most enjoyable

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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #30 by Flying_Kiwi
So more work created some Gary mark 1 shelving. Excellent tip G1 !!!

Note the level on the shelf. Yep shelf is level. Pity nothing else is !!!



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