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Old 02-08-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default The 30" Flame

What happens when you have a plan, a dream, or a goal, and you let someone shut it down? Well, here’s the saga of The 30” Flame . . .
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After discovering GJ in January of ’11, I came up with a plan that spring to build a lean-to shed on the back of my shop, but not a typical one. Olsenism had already infected me, so it had to be different. Jack’s shed had a curvy roof, and mine was going to have a curved wall! A tool shed with a curved wall? Stoopid 12GG!
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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It was going to match the curve of the sidewalk on the outer perimeter of the footprint and use old-school corrugated barn tin on the roof and walls. I had time off scheduled, materials lists from my vendors, and the money stashed away. I made all kinds of plans and went to see the City for a permit. I was told, “You can’t have a building with metal walls, and the only metal roof allowed without a variance is standing seam.”

Rather than argue that my MD’s new office building has a façade of oxidized iron or the newest restaurant in the downtown renovation has faux-rust on the corrugated tin roof, I rolled over. I called a portable building contractor, spent the same amount of money for a perfectly good shed that was erected in about an hour by a professional crew. It does what it is supposed to do, it was a treat watching an experienced three-man crew work as a team, and I have plenty of room to store all the stuff that was in the plastic building next to it, but it burns my butt every time I look out the window.

It reminds me of what my old friend used to say, “You know what burns my butt?” He’d hold his hand behind his butt, and say, “A flame about this high!”

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Old 02-08-2012, 01:46 PM   #4
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There is good in every experience, and this is no exception:

1. With encouragement from JC and Breeze, I tried my first hand-lettered sign.

2. I used flex-base for the floor. It is like gravel only smaller and tends to bind to itself so less tracking and moving around. (see pics below)

3. Like I said before, it is a constant reminder of what compromise does.
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So as you can see in the photos below, I hung 2x4s on the tubing to give me something to attach storage hooks and pegboard and started filling it up.

I also rigged a Team Cheap Bastard drain system to catch all the drippings from my oil change bucket and such. The orange tub in the corner stores all the gallon jugs until I take them to be recycled.
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Before somebody asks, the black rectangles in the pics cover incorrect dates on the photos. The plastic building now holds all the Christmas decorations. I used to have to climb into the attic in November and January for the wife. Now she just walks out to her building and all is calm...
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