Reloading room

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  1. BurnedOutGeek

    BurnedOutGeek What's this button do? Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    We had this interesting 13x11' room in the basement when we bough the house out here. I told the wife I'm calling dibs on it, and she can do whatever she wants to the rest of the house other than that room and my office.

    The folks that owned the place before us must have been a special kind of special and not known how to do a damn thing. I've spent the better part of 6-8 months fixing crap and rebuilding where needed so I've just now got around to working with what's going to be the new reloading room.

    Started life as this when we first came to look at the house. (Not our crap)

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    After they moved out and we closed they left this well built gem of a room. Nothing like some 2x6's cut in half and osb for some rock solid shelving...

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    Which I got to start demolishing before the family moved out a couple months later in June. I wanted the safe when it showed up to be in the back right corner.

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    As with much of the place after they moved out I was cleaning up leftover shit just about everywhere. I almost hired a maid service just to clean the place, it was quite a mess.

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    I ended up leaving the shelves on the left side since I ran out of time before all our stuff showed up and we started filling the place with all our junk...

    I added a heavy duty shelf knowing what was coming for reloading components and the rest of the stuff I had acquired over the years. Sadly I'm having to work almost within the small room to make everything that is being done so it's a shuffle game at this time.

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    So the other night I'd started the rest of the job by tearing out the shelves on the left side to start the framing. I only had 2 boxes left so another trip to lowes today so we're able to run the electric before the sheetrock will be on the agenda today. This part of the basement literally had one outlet, and 3 pull string single lights and that's just not gonna work... going to add outlets to every other stud because I hate having to stretch for plugging stuff in. Also, you can see the new bench I picked up being used to support random crap that will need to find other places to live. Lol

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    More to come as job progresses
     
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    BurnedOutGeek What's this button do? Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    The plan is to make a wall across the front of the opening and add a stout door to the room as well, sort of a quasi safe room being that we're not far from tornado alley. So last night I framed up the beginning of the new front wall that when finished will go the length of the back wall in the basement and make the room almost disappear to the unknowing. I really wished I'd had time for this project before all our junk got moved out here, that would have made things much easier to do.

    (I'm definitely no @bigfelipe when it comes to building stuff)

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    The outside of the wall will be sheetrock like the rest of the finished basement, but the interior of this one is getting some extra filler...
     
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    BurnedOutGeek What's this button do? Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    More to come tonight hopefully
     
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    My house had a odd little framed in, sorta "finished" room in the basement I claimed immediately as well.
    The shelves your people left were better than the ones mine did. Nothing level and no bracing beneath the OSB ones.
    Five years and still haven't torn them out, but I think about it a lot, that and doing something with the odd pipe leg full sheet of plywood table.
    Your work may inspire me.
     
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    Looks good! Have you considered plywood rather than drywall? It is nice to screw stuff in wherever you want.

    I have never understood vapor barriers in a basement, it looks like you’re doing it “right” it just seems like the humidity gets captured in with the insulation and studs...it doesn’t breath.
     
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    BurnedOutGeek What's this button do? Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    So here's my thought process for the interior of the "wall". The 2x4 studded wall is just for the basement aesthetics and to keep the same look downstairs.

    As I tend to overkill most projects this isn't an exception. Gonna be a sandwich of 5/8" plywood (mainly since I have a few sheets sitting here) and concrete block. So its basically going to be sheetrock, 3.5" air gap, 5/8" plywood, 4" block, then another sheet of plywood. Probably get the plywood on and then go finish that rifle this evening, so there may be a gap or two in these 2 threads. Lol

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    Charlie R You can't take ammo home! Supporting Member

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    Oh to have a blank canvas again. I am jealous.
     
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    Charlie R You can't take ammo home! Supporting Member

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    That's going to make it a lot of work to expand your reloading room into some of that available space I see on the other side of that wall. I'm just say'in.

    I have always wanted a reloading room with natural light, carpet and drapes!!!!
     
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    I'm sure half my crap will end up in my office as well. This just needs to be a stout beast mostly for possible storm debris. Overkill I know, but I've got 75% of the stuff, so I may as well use it. Lol
     
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    A labor of love!! Looks good so far, and your plan is as good as any. Hope you get many, many hours of enjoyment in process and when it's done.


    Too bad the old owners took that bad@$$ flame-motif guitar with 'em, though. :)
     
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    Dear lord... this house is the gift that keeps on giving.

    The basement had 4 or 5 lights on pull chains of all things, so I figured while I was adding circuits for outlets I'd run the lights and add switches. Well that turned into a day fun and excitment.

    Anyhow, not much done in the room but 2 new circuits for some juice instead of the drop cord I've got hanging in there for the goldenrod.

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    Going to yank this light out tomorrow and run a 4000 lumen led panel for above the bench

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    Oh crap, forgot to mention I had to move the bigass heavy shelf to the new wall so I could frame out the other side for the metal door to go in and totally forgot to get pics of the damn wall.
     
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    Well they say there's no such thing as too much light when your loading right?

    I may have to add in a dimmer, or wear a hat all the time. Lol

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    I may add one more of the smaller round ones to the other side of the panel, just so my OCD can have balance...
     
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    Taking a break tonight. Day job was hell...

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    Test fitting the bench, there is definitely plenty of light

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    Comin' along nicely!
     
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    Gonna try and make a run to lowes today for some sheetrock before the next round of snow rolls in tonight, they're guessing around 3-6". This winter crap is refusing to give up...
     
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    Ordered the slatwall and going to lowes again tomorrow for more supplies. Need some materials: furring strps to screw into the side walls for the slatwall to attach to, some more plywood, and grab the leftover steel door from the shop to use.
     
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    The weekend was less than fruitful with all the festivities so not much got done. Had to work late last night, and came home with just enough time to finish up the first slatwall section before everyone was going to bed.

    8 foot PVC slatwall is really nice, bit of a pita to put up yourself in a confined space, but I think I'll order some more for the other wall as well.

    Side note: Read the directions it makes life easier... 4x8 section mostly finished.

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    Took some time to rough out and cut the first piece to fit the outlets where I'd put them.
     
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    BurnedOutGeek What's this button do? Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    2 walls almost complete.

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    Bouncing between real job, making rifles and trying to finish this room is proving to be difficult.

    Hooks for the slatwall came in thought I'd pause to test them out. Worked like a champ so I ordered 2 more packs.

    Couple of shorty 300blk uppers and a 5.56.

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    I got the steel door in the back of my truck, so that may get done today, if not, definitely by the end of the week.
     
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    Back wall in process

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    Even put some signage back up. Feeling more like home now.

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    Cleaned up a bit, getting closer to being functional.

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    This is awesome man. Are you thinking about any type of floor covering maybe like some vinyl plank? Will make it quieter, warmer and the first time you drop a die or your glass of bourbon on concrete you'll be cussing ;)
     
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    BurnedOutGeek What's this button do? Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Funny you mention that. I've been eyeballing these.

    Forest Floor 3/8" Thick Printed Wood Grain Interlocking Foam Floor Mats, 144 Sq Ft (36 Tiles), Slate https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTF1EG8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_n7fLCbQXGV0V8
     
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    Toprudder Be vewy vewy qwiet. Supporting Member

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    I went with stick-on floor tiles in my shed, and they turned out ok, but I wish I had seen the tiles you mentioned. I may still do that at some point in the future.
     
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    Door is in. Used a 6x frame so I could add some more bracing around it.

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    Added some door armor which comes with $500 if a thief manages to kick in the door.

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    Hinge strap reinforced
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    Schlage grade 1 deadbolt and a knob I had leftover.

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    I'll trim it out later

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    Picked 2 packs of these up at Sam's today for $24.88 each

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    Gonna clean up a bit and try them out
     
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    That's going to be awesome when you're done.
     
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    Looks decent, feels MUCH better. Going to grab 2 more packs to finish it off an use some double sided tape on the joint. Need to fit them together based on the pattern a bit better once we get to taping the joint down.

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    Each tile comes with 2 end pieces in case yall are wondering what's scattered around on the floor at the moment. It feels like you're walking on a gym floor with bare feet, spongey, but not squishy (if that makes any sense).
     
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    what is to prevent a perp from popping the hinge pins to get in?
     
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    They're on the inside
     
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    nice...I thought I was looking at the outside..... like a foopid stucker
     
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    And... if you ever run into a situation where the pins ARE on the outside, use hinges like these:

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    Once closed, the door can't be slipped from the frame.
     
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    I saw your door armor up there...how would you recommend improving a standard interior door frame? I upgraded the lock but it’s only as strong as the frame around it.

    Obviously a determined thief with tools can get through most anything; I’m just trying to deter a smash and grab. I almost wonder if I’m better concealing the entrance versus strengthening it...
     
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    Maybe don't post the build-process, interior shots, and list of contents on a public forum, that is accessible to non-members. :D


    I can tell you that BurnedOutGeek's door can easily be kicked in by an old man wearing nothing but his undershorts. No shoes needed. Maybe three kicks.

    Three hits to the doorknob area will fold that whole area of the door enough where the door itself will give in, leaving the doorframe unaffected.



    Sadly, I know this from having a similar setup on a house, with the reinforcement wraps like you have. I locked myself out in my undies and was mad at myself. I did NOT want to go to the neighbor and ask for help.


    I kicked in the door. Barefoot. The frame was fine. The door... not so much. And I'm no manly-man. The weak link here is now the 6-panel exterior door.
     
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    BurnedOutGeek What's this button do? Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    First off I really dont care about posting it here. Obviously...

    Secondly, you apparently know better than me on this one.
     
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    A determined thief is going to get into pretty much anything they want. The neighborhood here is very "alert" when it comes to who's coming and going. This isn't being made as a vault room by any means, just double duty as a safe room for storms and such.

    The 2x6 walls help, the sheetmetal, the plywood, and concrete are all based on that, in the case of a storm thing. I'm not planning on just camping out in front of the door personally because that's a moving tidbit and not as robust as the rest of the space. Concealment would be better in my opinion, and that is the plan for the outside once I start having some more time again.
     
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    I should’ve been more clear lol

    My own reloading room has your standard 2x4 stud wall and two layers of Sheetrock and a flimsy composite door (with a decently strong combination deadbolt) . The room is an extremely large closet I guess...all the bedrooms in the house have actual wooden doors. I would like to do a hidden access door based on where it is in my house but until then, I feel like I should do a little something to help upgrade it. Although the room itself is probably the last one a thief would make it to and we’ve got an alarm system and three large dogs so...
     
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    How about this?

     
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    Took some time tonight to get organized and make some rounds for a range trip in the next 2 weeks.

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    Picked up another pack to keep adding to the floor. Cut out the holes for the bench's feet to still sit on the concrete. A bit different in color, but I expected that since they weren't from the same dye lot.

    Need one more pack and we'll call it good

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    I really like that flooring.

    Do you think it would stand up to having a chair or stool on it, or would you need to have some protection, like a chair-mat?
     
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