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    Monster post ahead - sorry if you're just wanting to scroll past it... you might be a while The storms back in March did a real number on my garage roof. Water ingress rates off the charts etc. I wanted to do a full brick build, and even went on a course to learn how, but then the waste removal people wanted £1.4k to take the concrete, so I looked to fixing up and adapting instead. I like wood, and forests etc. and we have a little wild area/meadow at the bottom of the garden, so thought a rustic look might suit. This was intended to be a 6-week project, but Covid took massive effect on that and turned it into very nearly six months. Delays like having to wait almost three weeks for timber make for ridiculous frustration, not to mention just needing a hand lifting something onto the roof but because we're in the deepest stage of lockdown I can't make any progress for three weeks. Still - got through it in the end, and I'm pretty stoked on the results. There's mistakes everywhere, and lots of not-quite-rights because I was learning on the job, which was too big and complex for my comfort level, but also the floor is unlevel, the existing footprint isn't square, and the whole structure tilts to the side and back made for lots of irritation when perfectly square cuts didn't line up, so I ended up adopting a "that's close enough" attitude for a lot of it. Perfectionism sufferers may want to click away now. You've been warned! 1 - The original: 2, 3 and 4 - Inside the original: 5 - Emptying out: 6 - Fully empty and door off: 7 - Remove two side panels to put in a human-sized door, for which I had to remove a section of roof because those panels were holding it up in a way that totally wasn't 100% sketchy: 8 - Pressure-washed all over, and then lots of money's-worth of sealant all along the floor joints and part way up, just to be safe. (Inside and out.) 9 - Old shed facing boards recycled into containing strips, with more sealant to hold it in place for... 10 - ...self levelling floor compound! But not enough of it, as you can see. This was my first lockdown issue - there were only two 20kg bags left in all of the Screwfixes, Wickeses, B&Qs, and Toolstations in the entirety of West Yorkshire, and no builders' yards were open. 11 - Roof off and timber finally arrived! 12 - Crown and stretchers. I looked up planning permission restrictions and you can have an outhouse up to 2.4m at the eaves and 3m at the peak without planning permission. The concrete panels are 2m tall, so I put a crown of two 145mm boards on top, and then the roof assembly with all the various layers added another 100mm. Measured this up at the end and it genuinely comes in at 2.39m and 2.995m 13 and 14 - Ridge and rafters. Yes, this timber is way, way overkill, but I was using instructions for a tile roof when I was originally planning a brick-build and forgot I could skimp down a bit. Even for tiles this seems excessive - the rafters in my HOUSE are spaced twice as wide, and about 40x60mm. These are 45x145. Still - better to be overbuilt than under, I guess 15 and 16 - Roofing underlay and battens. Again, no shop in existence would sell me any battens. I ended up having to get them off eBay, couriered by Hermes >.< The reason for the gaps in the rafters should now be relatively apparent. 17 - Gutter boards and window risers installed: 18 - Shingles! Another three week wait, but worth it. 19 - All shingles on except the ridge. The windows are all staggered to disperse the light as much as possible whilst not weakening the structure too much. 20 - A full shot with the ridge caps on. Starting to look like an actual thing! 21 - Earlier in the year we replaced our greenhouse. It had a load of broken panels and the eaves were really low which made using it awkward. This meant we had a but-load of glass panels (because we hadn't been able to take them to the tip because they were closed). I was originally planning on buying pre-made uPVC windows and doors, but again - all the shops closed. Combine those two things and my idiotic approach of wanting to do every damned thing myself, I re-purposed the glass and some timber into double-glazing units. If you ever think you might like a go at this, I whole heartedly emplore you: don't. It's agony. Also - because I was just cutting sheets with a straight-edge and a carbide wheel cutter, the fewer cuts the better. 40 year old glass is extremely brittle and a lot of cuts failed. So I made as few as possible, resulting in leaving two panes full, four panes with one side trimmed, and two panes had to have both cuts. Per window. So 32 sheets of glass, 24 of which needed cutting to size, and layering on a spacer inside routed channels. The top join is never under stress so it's got nothing but clear sealant over it to make it as close to seamless as possible. They get moisture inside, which is a shame, but they're only really for letting light in rather than looking out of, so whatever. 22 - Windows hoisted up on to the roof. Thanks very much Adam and Mike who detoured about 40 minutes on the way to a ride to help me out. They're only about 25-30kg each, but they're 1250x1250mm each so very awkward. I'd actually had them all finished for about three weeks before I was able to get someone to help me lift them. Very frustrating times. They were originally indended to be openable because oh BOY did it get hot in there in the summer, but I messed up calculations and forgot to account for the ridge tiles which are in the way and I have no way of attaching hinges to the top edge. I've toyed with side-hinges etc, but at the moment I think I'm just going to leave them fixed closed. 23 - Same process for the side window and human-door. Thankfully both of these DO open, however! 24 - Internal studding. I couldn't get them at 600mm centre-to-centre because I could only mount them at the irregularly spaced joints in the concrete panels, which had to be done by un-bolting each and every bolt and putting steel strapping either side before re-fastening. That wasn't a fun couple of days. (Actual days, too. 07:00-21:00 for two days straight, even with Matilda helping :/ ) 25 and 26 - Barn doors! So convenient! Made in the same way as the windows but with plywood sheet in place of glass, obviously. Also routed the mains cable back in before closing off the gable completely. 27 - Speaking of electrics... Originally there was just one flourescent tube bulb and a single plug socket. I replaced the light with four bulbs, but it was super sketch. Time to do it right. Upgrading to 5x double sockets and four better spaced bulbs that are actually connected in a way that won't set on fire. 28 - Finally able to get hold of some more self levelling compound, so filled in that missing patch and smoothed over the rest, then smothered with floor paint to seal it off. (Yes, I was by pure luck able to perfectly match it with the door panels ) 29 - Insulation board in the walls and ceiling. It got unbearably hot in the original garage in the summer, and so cold in winter than my finger got stuck to the cast iron base of the lathe. Probably won't be life-changing, but if that can be moderated at all, I'd like to. 30 - Internal cladding on the ceiling. 31 - Plasterboard. Another thing that took over two weeks to get hold of. Terrible job of it because of the stud spacing, but it's a workshop... It doesn't need to look amazing 32 - Covered over joints, cracks and screws with filler, and then blanket-covered with magnolia. 33 - The pit suffered from terrible damp. Never flooded, but so moist. The dirt floor was probably the main culprit, so I laid a slab in there, and didn't get a picture afterwards but I also tanked it. Seems relatively dry down there so far, and we've had some pretty intense rain since then. Assistance from Alfred much appreciated. 34 - I was originally going to put a steel pit cover on gas struts, but too much faff. I had a bunch of offcuts, so for the price of buying two more boards I could make a super chunky wooden covering which is almost level. The brickwork is very wonky so I need to do some levelling at some point, but it's not a priority at present. It's five separate panels, so I'll put hinges on one side eventually. At the minute it's just got some logs and the Cannibal in it, but eventually I plan to put a massive shelving unit along one wall for the stuff we all have but rarely use (decorating kit etc.). 35 - Neon-blue cyberpunk detailing, perhaps? Perhaps not - let's cover that up. Help from Dad because holy awkward. 36-42 - Definitely not "complete" - I doubt it ever will be - but it's at a point where it just needs finishing touches. Door handles etc. The last big job remaining is making some guttering to lead down into the water butt at the rear. And a final before/after comparison: I know a few people do things like this, so in case anyone's close to pulling the trigger but nervous about money, I'll include what I spent. I did this project because I had money. It was inheritance money that was set aside specifically for this, so I wanted to make it nice. It could EASILY be done a lot, lot cheaper if you just wanted the practical result. All figures have been rounded up/down, just for convenience. Total spendings: £3100 Structural timber: £500 Roofing battens and underlay: £130 Windows and doors: £300 Shingles and cladding: £850 Tools (my drill died, and I needed a router - decided to include these in the cost of the project to make myself feel better about it!): £240 Sealant, steel strapping, and an unholy quantity of screws and nails: £120 Insulation: £280 Plasterboard: £90 Internal cladding: £50 Electrics: £60 Pit floor, tanking and cover: £200 Self-levelling compound and floor paint: £60 Misc. stuff (a different router bit, door locks, hinges etc.) £140 Again - sorry for the ridiculous post!
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    'Kin 'ell like!! You need to write a book or pitch a 'my name is earl' kinda thing to Netflix!! Seriously though, the reason I ask is that not far up the road is M-Sport in Cockermouth who always have loads of projects on the go and I don't think are shy of giving people a chance even if they have no experience in motorsport provided you're willing to graft. Last time I was there they were also really good about sorting out short term accommodation etc. until you get set up if you do get a job/apprenticeship or whatever. Although Malcolm Wilson is always flying round in private helicopters or driving his GT40 (or whatever he's in now) I get the feeling he's all about giving back to the community and giving people a chance when he can...
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    So I'm just gonna lurk from now on & read about rusty roadsters and your problems... Nah seriously boys all of you are correct, non of it is conclusions I hadn't already came to whilst I've been sat shotgun in a van since 2016, & all of it can only be implemented up to a certain capacity - I mean what I wrote in that hotel California quip. @monkeyseemonkeydo Sorry, that particular piece of wingebaggary/vent/cathartic wasn't aimed at anyone. I'm doing >3-5hrs on the jobs boards at the mo and you just need an outlet. Don't think I'm owt special either - this just unfiltered street level experience of life in what I've coined the 'true' north as apposed to the politicians north that stops in an invisible lateral line about where mr.2707 lives. This "The North" I hear on't news seems to stop laterally at manchester and everything else is "that's like scotland int'it?" [can confirm that I'm very much english, for my sins] You are correct about M sport's spot outside cockermouth being near me, about 60 crow flies miles north up the coast, and mr wilson is supposed to be as you say. M sport pissed a few dog walkers off when they fenced off their test stages/quarry last year but that's the stoopid locals perceived entitlement not Msport's. My problem I don't want to make a whiny problem out of everything so let's say issue, is that the feeder course is at an agri college campus ~80/90 road mile from me that is inaccessible by means other than the private car/daily commute by train & ride is not feasible no how much I want it to be (did this pros/cons whey up when I was 16/17yo & nowts changed). You're nearly in [lancaster] uni country so digs are big boy money aka no dice. Thanks to me decidedly middle of the road vanilla and pretty good for nothing I'm not Prince's trust et al material either. @forteh Ah mate of course I'm looking further afield than my own postcode. I'm so used to being to being out on the roads in the BRS job that the thought of sinking back into this place bothers me something rotten. / Don't get me wrong boys, The (greater) barrow or the '590 area isn't a favela or owt, the coastline is accessible at 4 different points from the front doorstep and all are within 5 road miles, This summer I've explored my own back yard going for bods on the roadie bike - we've backlanes and moor tops with views for days and now I very much see how serious leg shavers road riders can do barrow-coniston bluebird caff-barrow before lunchtime without breaking sweat - even my longer run round skates the border of the lake district national park at it's furthest point. Barrow's best attributes for me all stem from not actually being in it - it's the cliche'd people that spoil it The crippling deprivation is real though. If I could start treating it like a dormitory again then I'd be a whole lot less of a sourpuss about the whole shituation. That's what all this stems from ultimately, that's what maketh the fire, the vitriol; I thought I was making progress in hitting the GTFO button, the personal betterment that I resent my 'peers'/fellow barrowvians for not being outwardly apparent, or at the v. least dragging myself into that nice(r) postcode away from the corridor between two sinkholes I/we currently reside in. Happy travels boys. Edit: just as I proof read that a whole bunch of f**kwits sprawled out'et the estate & into my front street having a right ol' do about how one of em's a slag and "Am gonna kick ur f**kin head in an' burn you in your living room while ur kid watches" and all this shit and now I can hear the riot squad and paddy wagons off in the distance on their way round to go scoop the whole sorry lot up further off down the street before they get chance to do one up and over the 8x4 council lock-ups & across the railway line. Face. Palm.
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    I just hope your cv isn't written like how your posts are mate
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    Could the domestic situation be alleviated or modified to work with a move away, even if it's 50-60 miles? Perhaps extend the reach to Lancaster/Preston/Blackburn, could that grant more opportunities?
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    The online entry form is now up at that link