Prony Brake Storage Building

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Jerry Christiansen, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi all,

    Late last summer, because of a donation made to WMSTR, we got permission to build a storage shed by the Prony Brake. We had proposed the building during last years budget, but it was not approved. The BOD knew we had the plan ready and the crew to do the job. We hoped to get it done before the show, but we all know how plans for that time of the year work out.

    The weekend after the show, 8 Sept 2018, a crew prepared the site for concrete. Jane and I were at a different show that weekend. The only picture I have is one below that Don T sent in a text message.

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    Doyle Q is busy working. Don T took the picture. I can see Sid F's van in the back ground. I don't know who else was in the crew that day. Hopefully someone will share pictures with me to post, or they will all a post to this thread. As you can see, the forms are complete and a lot of the fill is in. At the end of the day the fill was all done and rebar was in place.

    I was hoping to get this thread started sooner. I recently updated to a smart (?) phone and I am slowly getting pictures from it to the computer so I can post them. I should be able to get progress report up soon.

    Jerry Christiansen
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  2. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi all,
    We did get more done than prep for the concrete. On the 29 Sept (yes, we had to skip 2 weekends in between) the ready mix truck showed up at 7:30.
    The truck left by 8:30 and we were looking at this.
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    Doyle Q is doing some finish work. Someone is hiding behind Don T. Dave S is looking at the camera.

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    I got Don to back up a step so we can see Seth H was hiding. A typical project, one person is working and at least 4 of us were watching.

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    Sid F and Ron F must have finished cleaning the screed.
    While the concrete was curing, we went into Earl's Mill and started building walls for next week.

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    Don is running the radial arm saw, Bryce H is ready to nail and Doyle is directing traffic.

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    Now you can see that Doyle was directing Sid and Dave. In the background on the right, three of the walls are done and leaning against the wall of the Mill.
    A rain shower came through while we were working on the walls. I didn't get pictures of the crew that built a 'tent' over the concrete.

    After the rain passed we went back to the slab. We took the tent off and Doyle fired up the power trowel.
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    Watching someone that knows what they are doing with power equipment is always enjoyable. Doyle let me take a turn on the trowel. I wasn't as smooth as he is with it. Before we left for the day we covered the slab with tarps.

    More to come,
    Jerry Christiansen

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  3. David Schoff

    David Schoff Junior Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Not shown in the photos is Jim S helping build walls.

    That day for just a short time the rain changed to SNOW. The entire day was barely above freezing. We all froze our butts off. But we got'er done !
    Monday the high was 54.

    Thank you for posting photos.
  4. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi David,

    Thanks for adding Jim's name. I hope someone will add more names and pictures from the ground prep weekend.

    Jerry Christiansen
  5. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi again all,

    The picture below looks like it was taken on the 29 September. The concrete is wet, the sky is overcast and some of the same people are in the picture. This picture was taken the next weekend, October 6.
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    From left to right: Jim S, Don T, Doyle Q, Brekke K and Dan K. Some changes to note: 1) some of the forms have been removed, 2) Don's trailer in has the rafters and walls loaded on it and 3) the bottom plate is being put in place.

    Meanwhile, Sid F and Xander K were busy build a saw shed next to the Prony Brake roof.
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    I questioned the wisdom and need for this, but later in the day and the next couple weekends I appreciated their efforts.

    The crew told me to put the camera away and pick up my tools. I didn't get any more pictures until we took a break for dinner. The next pictures show what it looked like at that time.
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    The walls are all up and tied to the slab. Temporary diagonal braces are being installed. If you look close you can see the one on the north wall.

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    We had no shortage of ladders! I think we each brought a couple.

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    I didn't get of picture of Xander, Brekke and Sid cleaning the concrete off the form boards. That work was being done just to the right of this picture. The cleaned up boards were used for facia boards on the west and east side.

    It was getting pretty dark by the time we quit for the day. The pictures below were taken on Sunday when Jane and I came back to pick up a trailer that we had borrowed to haul the steel to the job site.
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    The east wall is complete and the south wall is nearly complete. The temporary diagonal braces on the east, north and west walls can be seen. The roof is done, including the ridge cap.

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    Looking at the southeast corner of the building. Part of the saw shed can be seen in front of the Bobcat.

    Jerry Christiansen
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  6. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Very nice, and long needed addition to that area! A photo of the "camper" should be hung inside somewhere to remind all of what the building replaced!
  7. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi Mark,

    The camper shows up in the background of the picture in post #1 and the third picture of post #5. We will have to get more, and better, pictures to show off the fine features of the camper. As soon as people learn that it has We Fest experience, I am sure bids will come in like crazy.

    Of course, bidders need to be aware that it does not fit the criteria for camping units left on the grounds for more than 30 days.

    Did I type all of that with a straight face?

    Jerry Christiansen
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  8. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi all,
    The next set of pictures are from Oct 13. We had a good crew that day. Oct 13 A.jpg
    Dan K is on the left, Seth H is in the middle and Ray W is on the right side.
    Oct 13 B.jpg
    Same crew a couple seconds later. Sid F was back again that day, I didn't get any pictures of him as he installed the doors.

    Then I picked up tools and didn't get any more pictures until the day was done. Ray, Dan and Seth had to leave shortly after lunch. Sid and I kept going until about 5:00pm

    Below is a view of the east and north side.
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    The soffit on the east side is done except for the corners, the steel is on the north side except for the cantilever part.

    Oct 13 E.jpg
    The only change on the south side is part of the soffit is in place.

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    The west side was the heart breaker. We couldn't finish this side even though we had enough time. We were short one piece of J-trim for the right hand side of the door on the right. Notice that two pieces of metal were scabbed in to keep most of the weather out of the building.

    More later,
    Jerry Christiansen

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  9. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    If you hang "Men" and "Woman" on the doors it could create some confusion!

    Looks like a very nice building!!!
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  10. craig mattson

    craig mattson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Turned out very nice! Thanks to all who helped on this project!
  11. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Mark and everyone else,

    Hopefully this building will be easier to keep clean than those buildings 'MEN' and "WOMEN'.

    Sid and I got out one more day of work on the building on 20 October.
    Here is a picture of Sid installing the blocking in the overhang to support the soffit.

    Oct 20 B.jpg

    No, the clamps won't stay. We clamped a 2X4 the full length, under the rafters to create a straight line and hold the blocking in place while it was fastened. While Sid worked on that, I worked on the J-trim and soffit.

    A shot from the southwest corner.
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    The siding on the overhang is complete on the north side, to. The soffit is finished on the south, east and north sides. As you can see, the soffit on the overhang isn't done.

    A view of the west side.
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    It doesn't look much different than in my previous post. The J-trim is complete on the south door and the siding is finished up. Wrestling that last piece of steel in was a two person operation.

    We are calling it quits on this project for the fall. We still have work to do. Items left include: 1) soffit on the overhang, 2) corner trim on all four corners, 3) facia all the way around, 4) replace temporary diagonal supports inside with permanent ones, 5) install two window on the east side, 6) wire the building, 7) build the divider wall inside, 8) run electric line to the building and 9) remove the existing power pole.

    We will get back to work on this in the spring.

    Jerry Christiansen

  12. cjmlarson

    cjmlarson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Explain the divider wall please (why?)
  13. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi Clayton and all others,

    The new shed will be used to store Prony Brake equipment and gardening equipment and supplies. We needed a place to store all the flower pots, Shepard's hooks, fertilizer and tools instead of hauling that stuff home over winter.

    A part of the reason for the cantilevered roof is to provide a place for people in wheelchairs to view the Prony Brake. The concrete apron is large enough for a wheelchair to turn around on and is above ground level. We need to do landscaping on the north side to provide a route to the viewing area.

    Jerry Christiansen
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  14. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Hi All,
    Another person on the crew sent pictures of the project. We get to go back to the first day when the forms were set and the site was prepped for concrete. Jane and I weren't able to be at Rollag for the first day of the project.

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    I believe the corner of the old belt trailer is on the far left of the picture. The fence posts are marking two of the corners of the building. Doyle is walking away from his pickup and I think the red car is Seth's.

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    We don't have to figure out the date this picture was taken. September 8 was the Saturday after the show. Seth and Bryce are unloading something from the trailer.

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    Skip forward a few hours. Donna, Jim, Cooper (the dog) and Michelle coach Doyle as he fine tunes the fill.

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    Doyle, Seth and Don on the job. If you look close you can see the bucket of the payloader is full of sand.

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    Another jump forward in time. All the fill is in place, the south side of the form has been installed and rebar is started. The east and north sides (left and close) need to be trimmed.

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    Looks like break time. Phil stopped by for a few minutes.

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    The day's work looks pretty well done. Notice the plastic pipe just inside the form. We will bring the electrical in underground.

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    Part of the crew. Donna, Michelle, Jim, Cooper, Bryce and Sid aren't in the picture. I am tired of the weather outside today (-9 F with LOTS of snow piled up), I am looking forward to being outside dressed like these guys.

    Jerry Christiansen
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  15. M Kerkvliet

    M Kerkvliet WMSTR Past President Administrator WMSTR Lifetime Member

    Looking forward to that kind of weather again!
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  16. Todd Hintz

    Todd Hintz Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    I too have a terrible fever related to cabins and long winters. I’m hoping we can get help to move enough snow away from the merchantile so we can hold steam school this year...
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  17. Jerry Christiansen

    Jerry Christiansen Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member


    I can send you Louie's number in a PM. You can give him a call and make arrangements for snow removal. We may need to figure out a way to warm the engine on the pay loader so it will start.

    Jerry Christiansen
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  18. Todd Hintz

    Todd Hintz Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    I’m thinking after reading all the posts enough of us could gather around the pay loader and just start talking. Shouldn’t take more than about two minutes to warm it up.
  19. cjmlarson

    cjmlarson Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    I have what we need. Just cant use it till we get done with it. 11 motor graders, 12 plow trucks, Two off these snowblowers, and two smaller three point blowers and three contractors with dozers and we cant keep up. It is not the amount of snow, it is the wind. And more wind tomorrow.:banghead3:
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  20. s.d. jon

    s.d. jon Mega Poster WMSTR Lifetime Member

    I think I'd look really good in one of those!
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