The list of materials is a little longer but you may already have some timber lying around to make the frame for mounting the panels on the roof and some screws and wood panels for building the housing for the cells.
Consider early on exactly where your equipment will be placed. Allow room to actually use this equipment. A saw needs to have room for a long board to be manipulated before it is actually cut into it’s proper size. If you have a table saw, then be sure to leave room all the way around it. If ever you rip a piece of 4 x 8 plywood or paneling, you’ll need at least 8 feet in front and behind the saw in order to be able to push the plywood through the saw.
Think about your design and draw it on a piece of paper. Decide what equipment to have and where to place them. Space will be a premium quickly.
At least once a year, inspect each window in your home. Look for any peeling or chipping paint and if you find any, sand it down and then repaint or re-stain the area so that it matches the rest of the window. Chipped or peeling paint is the first sign of rot, so it’s vital to take care of it as soon as you find it. Doing this will make sure that your wood windows stay in great shape for years to come. Also, look for cracked or loose putty and any weather stripping that’s become loose throughout the year. It shouldn’t take much time to maintain them every year, but it’s important not to skip this vital step.
The size of a wood workshop will be determined by where it is going to be located. This article refers to setting up one somewhere in your home, like I did.
Faux wood blinds are extremely inexpensive while being very attractive for any modern décor. Faux wood blinds are made from various man made materials and then are stained to resemble real wood blinds. Cheap faux wood blinds are at least $6 less than discount wood blinds so one can see a substantial savings for any major redecoration project. Faux wood blinds come in both horizontal and vertical models. Some of them are made from PVC, which can be embossed with wood grains and stain accordingly. The blind slates come in widths from 2″ to 2 ½ “. They come in Faux Wood, Express Faux Wood and Faux Wood Premium Stains. Other stains are available for solid colors in pastels and color decorator colors, which can easily be coordinated with your plans.
Faux wood shutters are an interesting variation on blinds. I installed eight faux wood shutters in our home in Fayetteville, North Carolina inside the house. This is not the usual manner of installing shutters. Usually they are installed outside in southern homes, they were closed and the windows were left opened. The cool breezes then could enter the house while the home was still protected against intruders and varmints. I installed our shutters inside because we had a heat pump. I desired shutters for cost and privacy. When faced with a tight budget shutters are a reasonable solution. I painted them with the same color as our trim and they looked marvelous. They kept out heat, which was a real problem because the front of our house faced west. They saved us a great deal in our monthly electrical bill. When we visited our house four years later they were still in used. Evidently, it was a fantastic idea that my wife had and I executed. Originally, I had not been very excited about it.
Shelves and storage for tools is another consideration. Experiment with different size shelving.
Building the 4 tunnels was hard, dangerous, demanding work. The crews used dynamite to open the tunnels and the work of clearing the rubble from the tunnels was dusty, dirty, and dangerous and was carried out in heat that sometimes approached 140 degrees Fahrenheit! Conditions were made worse by the carbon monoxide produced by the trucks working in the tunnel. Conditions were so brutal that the heat alone claimed 14 lives. Despite these obstacles, Crowe and his team succeeded in delivering this phase of the project to schedule and avoid financial penalties for their employers. The accomplishment you should note here is Crowe’s ability to drive his team (the team counted some 5,000 workers as members) to complete the work on schedule despite the working conditions and a strike. Crowe’s ability to drive his team earned him the nick name “Hurry Up Crowe”. Crowe had no contingency reserve to deal with this strike, neither by increasing wages, implementing costly safety measures, or extending deadlines. He was on a tight rope with no safety net and he didn’t merely succeed in delivering this phase to schedule, he beat the deadline by 11 months!
Using modern precision machining technology, shutters should be fit to your windows exactly. This improves energy efficiency. Choose a manufacturer who can handle unusual window sizes if those are an issue in your home.