Major construction finished up this evening. I started at noon and was still working at midnight. The first large task was moving the book shelves. Currently, they rest on the north wall of the house, and the top of the box. I don't know the weight of these shelves, but they are loaded. I did not want to take everything down, so I devised a change. I've been using heavy duty brackets on shelves from some time that are rated for 500 lbs. I like to overbuild things quite a bit and none of our shelves are even close to supporting that weight. However, most of us have noticed you can hang off a fully loaded shelve (leave it to Garage style living to discover things like this). So I've decided to assign these brackets to the bookshelves. Again, because I didn't want to move everything. To get around this, I employed one of the best car purchases I've made: my two ton hydraulic jack. A stool, a few cinder blocks and some scrap 2x4 and the shelve moved up easily. I attached the shelve bracket using some monster screws (the same I used on attaching the loft). Then slowly lower the shelves onto the new bracket. Naturally, it held just fine. Once up, I finished the last of the removal, taking everything still attached to the box and placing it on the other side of the room.
After opening the box, I decided to replace the flooring completely. The old floor was warped from moisture and probably too thin. I added more floor joists and upped the thickness to 1/2". I also vented the exhaust system out the side rather then under the box. This should provide a better air path and move air more efficiently.
The new cuts and even assembly was fairly easy once the box was finally apart. Then the details: painting, wiring, cleaning and moving everything back. It took all day, but the Blue Dragon was finally back up by midnight.
Pictured is the box midway though disassembly. Picture taken by Sean.
For those who don't know, the American flag that hangs behind the box (visible in this picture to the right of me) is from Gerry's Hamburger. It was donated to the Garage by Crystal and hangs in memory our friend Jerry Shea