Progress Report 13 – 30×48′ Pole Barn build 1


Picture dump! Lots of progress and projects since the last update. This time we get electrical, trenching, drainage, and I drag a bunch of junk home from FB Marketplace!

This post will be more of a picture dump than anything. I really can’t cover all of the stuff that has happened since my last update in March or it would be a VERY long post. Here are some highlights to get caught up, hope you enjoy!

Steps to building a pole barn
Doin’ work in the shop. It’s gotta earn its keep after all. Doing a front wheel bearing on wifey’s exploder. This sucker was STUCK, notice all of the hammers. I eventually had to go buy some grade 8 bolts to press against the spindle to get it out.
Steps to building a pole barn
Workin’ on projects and chipping away at the shop progress.
Steps to building a pole barn
Just thought this was a cool pic, no point to it really.
Got a new camera er… I mean phone. Really it is better at being a camera than it is a phone (Not sure how T-mobile + Sprint can be worse than just Sprint was but it somehow is…)
Steps to building a pole barn
Look into the shop. More projects than time.
Steps to building a pole barn
freeeeeeeee tool storage. FB Marketplace.
Steps to building a pole barn
More freeeeee tool storage, this time from the side of the road.
Steps to building a pole barn
I now have more storage than tools. I used to think I had a lot of tools until building the shop, now it looks like a tiny collection.
Steps to building a pole barn
Also free from a garage sale (but broken)… Golden Tee ’99
Steps to building a pole barn
The neighbor came over and we replaced the flyback transformer in the arcade, but apparently I bought the wrong one because it didn’t end up working. Need to order another one but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Steps to building a pole barn
Shipped out some jobs I did then cleaned house.
Steps to building a pole barn
Steadily filling up little by little.
Steps to building a pole barn
Need to get cracking on the bathroom framing again.
Steps to building a pole barn
Gertrude and I have been rather enjoying ourselves out there.
See all my tool/stuff storage? I probably have less than $50 in all of those cabinets put together. Having a shop doesn’t have to be expensive.
Steps to building a pole barn
Electrician came by and ran some initial circuits for me. He had these cool wire standoffs that he used.
Steps to building a pole barn
Just thought this was a funny picture. The electrician and his helper were knocking stuff out at the same time. This is one thing I’m glad I hired out.
Steps to building a pole barn
Welder outlet and a quadplex. Also, the line in the middle goes to a box on the outside for a future mini-split a/c heater.
Steps to building a pole barn
He wrote me up a diagram and my OCD printed out some labels 😀
Steps to building a pole barn
Motion sensing lights. I have said before I would never again have a garage without them. I set it up with two circuits, one for the front with the entryway light, and the lights to the sides of the garage door. The back circuit controls the other 12 lights towards the back of the shop.

I like having two circuits for lights. Since they have been set up, I generally keep the front circuit on auto and the back circuit off. During the day when I’m just getting something or parking, I don’t need all of the lights to turn on so this has been a pretty good setup so far. These switches are awesome because you can set the sensitivity and the duration that they remain on. I have them both set to the max of 30 min.

Steps to building a pole barn
I just had him put 5 switched boxes on the ceiling to plug the lights in because the lights string together. One on each side of the garage door then the other three switched boxes on this truss. There is one non-switched outlet for the garage door opener that I am also running my Google wifi mesh on.
Steps to building a pole barn
Here is the shop fully lit up with all 16 lights plus the garage door opener lights on with two 100w equivalent LED’s.
It is totally bright enough for me in there for any task.
Steps to building a pole barn
Replaced my welder gun. I had been doing a lot of cussing at my welder lately so it was time. Now that the new gun assembly is in there, welds like butter…
Steps to building a pole barn
BAM, in action pic (thanks John!)
I take a lot of time lapse video but don’t post much of it. I need to get on that…
Steps to building a pole barn
My mini-jobsite. Rented a mini excavator to clean out the ditch on one side.
Steps to building a pole barn
Then started trenching next to the shop for my french drains.
Steps to building a pole barn
Got a total of 4 truckloads of dirt brought in.
Steps to building a pole barn
More borrowed tractor action. Thanks Dan!
Steps to building a pole barn
haha, like a bunch of micro-machines on this jobsite. We made it work pretty well though.
Steps to building a pole barn
Cool pic.
Steps to building a pole barn
East side dug! There was still a lot of hand digging I did after this though to get the right slope in my trenches. I am decent on an excavator but not good enough to catch the proper slope in one go.

Hope you enjoyed the updates. Next up is more drainage and prepping for the new driveway.

Now YOU, go outside and work on something!


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