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June 3, 2014 / JustinKays Porter

Dividing the Hub

As I mentioned previously in the master list post that probably bored you to tears, we built a wall. I know that sounds really hardcore (and it was), but before we get too far along I should also mention that the wall we built is not structural. It doesn’t bear any loads. The shop building already had a massive beam running through the center of right, conveniently right where we wanted/decided to build our wall.

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Here’s the before picture. This is the shop before we bought it. See the big beam? The perfect starting point for a wall!

Just a quick recap for the newbies or those experiencing senior moments: the property we bought not only has a home, but also a detached shop near the back of the lot (recently renamed the hub). As one of our many projects, we decided to divide the hub into the shop and the lounge. Step one of dividing the hub in half? Building a wall!

Framing

Framing

I’ll keep the rest of the post short and sweet, mostly because I was very uninvolved with wall building.  I do know that Nancy and Dirk came to visit shortly after Christmas, and Dirk and Justin spent the weekend framing the new wall. Nancy and I spent the weekend crafting and not paying much attention to the wall building, but more on that later!

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Throughout the wall building adventure, Justin was very aware of the future hopes and dreams of this wall. Yes, the wall has its own hopes and dreams. The practical side of the wall has hopes of having lots of outlets, a gas line for the heater, and tools galore, and dreams of watching all kinds of furniture built, projects constructed, possibly even a car rebuilt someday. The fun side of the wall has hopes of hosting a TV and a large photo display of sorts and has dreams of watching pool tournaments, parties, and lots of lovely lounging people. Enough of that metaphor? I told you I didn’t have much to say about wall building… So here are some photos!

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The view from the shop. Justin put that pipe in to pull all the wires from the wall to the someday TV… look Ma, no hanging wires!

The view from the shop. Justin put that pipe in to pull all the wires from the wall to the someday TV… look Ma, no hanging wires!

After the framing was complete and all the electrical was complete, dry wall was hung. From what I can see, this was a fairly quick and rewarding process? But I think there were lots and lots and lots of drywall screws that went into that wall, so that must have taken some time.

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Following drywall, we opened our wallets and hired this fine gentleman to tape and texture our brand new wall. We had no intention of tackling this project on our own. It would have taken ten times as long, looked 1/10th as good, and I’m sure there would have been lots of yelling and swearing.

We paid someone to tape and texture… and it was worth every penny!

We paid someone to tape and texture… and it was worth every penny!

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And that’s how you build a wall. The hub is now cut in half!

And just for fun: look at everything we had to pull out of the shop. There's a lot of stuff in there!

And just for fun: look at everything we had to pull out of the shop. There’s a lot of stuff in there!

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  1. Jane Webster Eyler / Jun 4 2014 3:15 am

    Amazing! I’m glad you’re young!

  2. nancywporter / Jun 3 2014 9:43 pm

    With all of the projects you’ve done, I forgot how much stuff you had to get rid of! Nice wall!

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