A surprise in the wall

October 23, 2016

The floor is done.

The minisplit/heat pump is installed.


It's time to get this vision moving!  Time to start on the dust collection system.  I've done my research and I've decided that I will be purchasing the Oneida-Air V3000 dust collector.  I got onto the Onieda-Air web site and got all of the installation instructions and dimensions and I'm ready to get to work.


As I've mentioned, the dust collector will be located in a lean-to (a yet to be built lean-to, that is) on the back of the workshop.  This is where I put in the concrete pad; specifically for this very purpose.


The first step (after the concrete pad, so I guess it's the second step) is to cut away the siding so that I'll have a place to attach the lean-to to the workshop.  What I didn't expect was for there to be styrofoam wall sheathing behind the siding.  I was expecting OSB (Oriented strand board).  OSB is very structurally sound and will provide a good, rigid place to route the ducting through.  Imagine my surprise when I found exactly what I didn't expect: styrofoam sheathing.  Styrofoam sheathing is actually quite a bit more expensive than OSB.  Styrofoam has the advantage of adding insulation to the walls, but the disadvantage of being structurally non-existant.  


Luckily, I happened to have some OSB on hand (who doesn't?).  So, I cut the styrofoam sheathing out, marked the studs and replaced it with OSB.  Grand total of about 3 hours of work.  Not too bad of a start.  It does make the back of the workshop look kind of scary, though.


I must say, I like the progress and it's making me realize bits and pieces of the workshop vision.  Baby steps.  Baby steps.

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