Shop Update.

Shop Update.

I haven’t updated you guys lately on how the new shop is coming along, and I know you’ve just been dying to see how it looks ;). Well here you go! We’re getting the door soon, once the door is on we will be able to turn on the in-floor heat. Then it’ll be warm and we Kyle can work out there. The shop isn’t wired for electricity yet, I think the plan for that is next Spring. There is still a lot of work to do on the inside: the loft, bathroom, office, air compression & air lines, and some other things. Kyle’s getting pretty excited that things are finally starting to take shape and about his recent purchases for out there. Ahem, several tool boxes and tools! Farm boys…

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Building a Shop.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but we’re putting a shop up at our house. You know so the boy can work on tractors a little more, because he doesn’t get enough of that all day at work. It’s a 50’x60’x22′ building, because I know you were all dying to know the dimensions. Anyways, I haven’t wrote any posts on it to update you so here we go, this is exciting stuff people!

First, they had to dig a trench around the perimeter of the where the building would be so they could pour the 4ft. frost wall. A frost wall insulates the ground beneath the building so it isn’t affected as much by the freezing and thawing we experience in the winter and spring.
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As you can see in the background, the frost wall is complete. The big pile of dirt is is the way of most of it, this will be used to fill in the area next to the wall. But clearly Jules is just as excited as you are ;).
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A better picture of the frost wall, as you can see the trench is still there. Kind of like a moat. 🙂
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Just when I thought about getting a dragon for the newly dug moat, they filled it in.
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Next they laid down the insulation foam and the in-floor heat tubing.
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Once the in-floor heat tubing was done they poured the floor. They are pouring the flow in two sections.
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Here they have started to pour the second section of the floor.
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It’s hard to tell but they finished pouring the floor, cut the concrete (to allow it to float as the ground freezes/thaws), and have begun working on the approach.
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They poured the concrete for the approach.
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So there you have it. The concrete work is DONE. They also finished the plumbing where the future bathroom will be, but I don’t have a picture of that. We can walk on it now, but have to wait two weeks until we can drive equipment, etc. on it. So once the two weeks is up we’ll start putting up the building. Kyle will probably start on stuff that can be done before the two weeks is up, because there are things that can be done without driving on it.

Diesel prices & fieldwork.

A couple of days ago I went with Kyle to town to get parts and go on a service call. When we drove by Kwik Star we checked out the fuel prices. Can you believe that diesel is cheaper than gas? Unleaded gas was $4.02, super unleaded gas was $3.99, and diesel was $3.79. It’s 20-23 cents cheaper that gas! It’s been years since gas surpassed the price of diesel. Kyle even said he thought he’d “never see the day when diesel would be cheaper than gas”. I guess we’ll start having to drive Kyle’s truck around more, because you know diesel is cheaper than gas… 😉

With the long LONG winter (there was a snow storm May4th!) then a very wet start to spring it pushed backed the start of farming greatly. We’ve only been in the field for about a week!  So the men have been working from dawn til dusk (and after!) to get the corn in as quick as possible. Kyle’s been manning the shop by himself and has had some pretty long days with all the service calls to work on equipment in the fields. And it continues this weekend, he had more service calls and has been helping in the field. These are a long couple of weeks, filled with 12-16 hours days, handwork, and eating alone; it’ll be nice to have my boyfriend back (until harvest).