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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted March 18, 2016 - 07:03 PM

In the process of moving and building a new home, my tractors have been stored in the back of my sons garage for over two years now.
When we first moved here, I thought that I would be able to fix up the barn that is on our property right away and get all my stuff out of my sons place.
Turns out that my barn needs more structural work than what we first thought so it is going to be at least another year before it can be ready for use.

In the mean time, I would really like to at least be able to get some of my stuff out of my sons garage.
He runs a part time machine shop out of his garage and could sure make good use of some added space.

Some of you may remember that when we bought our new property it had a house that needed to be torn down but we kept the garage and fixed it up.

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There is a lean-to attached to the side of this garage that is 14 foot wide and 26 foot long.
This is how the lean-to looked when we bought the property.

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I have decided to use the lean-to to store some of my tractors until the barn is ready.
First I closed in the front and installed an overhead garage door.
The floor of the lean-to is dirt so I needed something for the bottom of the garage door to come down on.
I dug a trench across the doorway and put a treated 4x4 into it.
Then I fastened a treated 2x8 on top of the 4x4 and leveled it across the doorway.

The drive way slopes down toward the front of the garage.
There is a concrete trough in front of the garage to direct the water away from the garage and a lot of the water would just run into the lean-to.
So I dug another trench in front of the lean-to and placed concrete blocks in it to form a "culvert" for the water to run thru.
It rained really hard the other night and the floor of the lean-to stayed dry.

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I put a pass thru door in the side of the garage to gain access to the lean-to.
Then I built a storage rack about 55 inches off the ground out of old 4x4's and 2x10's that were salvaged from working on this garage and the barn.
I've already got the cardboard boxes, that the house windows came in, flattened out and stored up on the rack.

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My old forklift sure make it easier to put tractors up on the rack.

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The tractor fits nicely up there.

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This is the last load of tractors for now out of my son's garage.

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Seven tractors are now stored in the lean-to and they only take up 7-1/2 foot of space across the back.

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Posted March 18, 2016 - 07:15 PM

Looking good Ray. I would have hesitated to lift those restored ridemasters up there like you did.
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Posted March 18, 2016 - 07:38 PM

Tractor jenga. I like it. 
 


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 08:11 PM

Very nice. What is the lower left tractor in the last picture? Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 08:51 PM

Very nice. What is the lower left tractor in the last picture? Good Luck, Rick

That is the infamous R/T. Ray built it himself. 


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 08:53 PM

What is that around 3,000  3,500 pounds up on top?

 

Great work Ray weather is slowly getting better so you will be at it full blast in no time!


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 08:53 PM

Dare I say, nice rack.
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Posted March 18, 2016 - 09:04 PM

Dare I say, nice rack.

Where's that big red button??   :D   :wave:


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 11:02 PM

Looking good Ray. Glad to see you making progress in the garage.                                                                                                                              Roger


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Posted March 19, 2016 - 05:33 AM

Has to feel good that you're no longer "renting" space.
All good ideas, interesting use of the blocks, wonder how long they'll hold up?
the temp shifts will be less where you are now so they may last forever.
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Posted March 19, 2016 - 06:45 AM

I like the way you braced the rack.  Mine is very similar but I put wood pallets over a couple 2X6's for the rack floor.


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Posted March 19, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Good idea to use the space available!


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Posted March 19, 2016 - 01:56 PM

What is that around 3,000  3,500 pounds up on top?

 

 

That sounds about right.

I put this rack together with deck screws instead of nails.  

The outside supports are setting on the foundations to the building itself and the center support in the front is setting on a two foot long section of 6x6 that is set into the ground.

 

 

 

All good ideas, interesting use of the blocks, wonder how long they'll hold up?
the temp shifts will be less where you are now so they may last forever.

 

The concrete blocks were a fast answer to a problem that is going to eventually  need a more permanent solution.

Once the house is finished, I will be parking the truck in this lean-to.

 

Right now there isn't a driveway in front of the lean-to so I have to drive across the yard to get into it and that gets real soft when it rains.

I plan on putting a gravel floor in the lean-to but will be putting in a concrete strip under the garage door with a concrete culvert in front of it.

A gravel drive will be put in down to the culvert.


Edited by jdcrawler, March 19, 2016 - 02:14 PM.

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Posted March 21, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Today, I decided to get one more piece of equipment out of my son's garage.
I figure that I can use this and the R/T tractor with the back blade to help smooth out the ground after the house has been back filled.

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Posted March 21, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Ray, what does the front of the garage look like now that it has the two garage doors?
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