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Construction of the Fe29 Art Lab

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RC, Backhoe Bob and the lads break ground in preparation of pouring the slab.
1 Breaking Ground
The first load of concrete is poured.
2 Pouring the Cement
Preparing to raise the first section of roof.
3 Preparing the roof
So, here it is - the first section being secured in place.
4 Raising the Roof
Look at the SIZE of this thing. Well, we are in Texas after all...
5 Taking Shape
Speaking of Texas - we all know how toasty it gets here in the summer, don't we. Well, the foot of insulation helps one heck of a lot!
6 Insulation
As a lot of sparks fly around this place, the galvanized metal walls protect against fire.
7 Liining

Construction of the Fe29 Art Lab

What would we have done had we not run across RC Crawford and his Texas Iron Buildings?  We cannot thank you enough RC, for the wonderful “Art Lab” that you built for us. We just LOVE it! As does everyone that stops in. You built a good, solid shop for a reasonable price and we all enjoyed the process.  You were a pleasure to work with and we’re certainly glad to call you our friend.

Check out a few of the images above that I took during the construction. I wish I could figure out how to resize and include a short video or two, as RC’s patented method of “raising the roof” is something to behold. He uses a come-along on the four corners of each section of roof and ratchets the completed section, along with insulation, up to the top. Let me tell you – this man is really something!

OK, well there are a few others we would like to thank. Like Manuel Perez, who labored under difficult and uncomfortable circumstances to put the second layer of insulation in the ceiling and walls = 12 inches in total so we can all stay comfortably even in the hot Texas summers. Then came Brian Collins, who (with Manuel’s assistance) worked around everybody to create a wall separating the main shop from a climate controlled finishing room; install the metal lining on the walls (so sparks won’t be a problem),  the power (with outlets every 5 foot along every wall) , and 8 T8 lights. Oh and of course we shouldn’t forget the recycled double glazed low-e doors that he re-purposed for windows and the VERY large insulated door donated by a friend that Brian used to create a pocket door between the two rooms. Last but not least we need to thank Manuel again for his efforts to install the two hoists on the I-beam way up there. That was of course after Jim Miller has welded (oh such beautiful welds) the hoists to the trolleys.

So Thank You RC, Brian, Manuel and Jim. We just love our new workshop.

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