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Old 03-10-2006, 06:58 PM
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does anyone know how old their garages are and what they started out being used for.i think my garage was built around 1919 and it might have been used as a stable before.i found a horseshoe when i was digging it out for a concrete floor.my neighbour said they used to keep chickens upstairs.i found a old newspaper in the wall dated 1915.

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Old 03-10-2006, 07:12 PM
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Mine was built in 1996. Not much in terms of history in it's rather short existence. Unless you count the couple of fire dept. visits....


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Old 03-11-2006, 09:54 PM
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Mine was built in the 40's. Much of the lumber appears to be reclaimed (there are some existing nails in them that would have been impossible to hammer in)

Mine is two story block. The 2nd Floor was once used as a barber shop in the 40's & 50's.
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Old 03-11-2006, 10:04 PM
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I'll guess mine was built in the 40's or 50's.
My Grandpa was a race car driver annd workedon his cars in it. He used it to salvage out old cars to.
Its a 2 car garage with a big loft overhead. I have a lot of strange parts up there still. HG
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Old 03-11-2006, 10:17 PM
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my great grand dad built the shop i use today it started out as a black smith shop where he repaired old horseshoes and wagon parts then my grand dad started working there at a young age then in 1951 he started working on cars and there has been cars in it ever sence
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I'm guessing that mine is around 30-40 years old, used to be a feed grinding station for the 50,000 chickens that used to live next door. Glad they are gone
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Mine was a blacksmith shop. Half the floor is concrete which has a big cast plate that for the longest time I though was a drain as it has a 12" hole in the center and tapers up to the level of the floor. I finally figured out that that was where he laid the wagon wheels while he made the new steel rim for them. The hole in the center was for the hub to sit in while the taper was for the spokes angle from the hub to the rim. I removed the tie down blocks . Some one before me had removed the forge but the base for it is still there and the chimney has bricks loosely laid in the side where the forge attached. All the planks are rotting out now so I'll be doing the floor this year. Inside measures 24.5 feet square. I have a 13 foot door by 8 foot door and a smaller entry door.
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built in 2000 and was used as a garage
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The building I use as a shop was built in the late 60's. It is a steel building with a cement floor. It was used it as a hog farrowing house for years. I haven't had a pig on the place in about eight years but I have been thinking about buying some this spring.
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my garage was built in 1974, my barn where i do all my wood work and painting small parts was built around 1860, wood floor with crawl space so its no good for cars. It was used as a stable for a horse or two and a carriage. has a upstairs that was used for hay. Now i use the upstairs to store parts off my project and wood so i dont have parts i wont be using for months in my way.
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my garage was built in the 20's from used lumber an it was used for a horse on one side an buggy on the other. I found 3 1932 & 33 PA license plates when I removed the center wall. I have added 2 more bays and a second floor supply an storage space. still to small.
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my garage was built in 1974, my barn where i do all my wood work and painting small parts was built around 1860, wood floor with crawl space so its no good for cars. It was used as a stable for a horse or two and a carriage. has a upstairs that was used for hay. Now i use the upstairs to store parts off my project and wood so i dont have parts i wont be using for months in my way.
I've always wanted a place where the barn/shop was bigger than the house. Filled with toys and projects, of course. Blackjack, one place like yours in Ca. would be my dream come true. Dan
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I've always wanted a place where the barn/shop was bigger than the house. Filled with toys and projects, of course. Blackjack, one place like yours in Ca. would be my dream come true. Dan
i love the barn just wish i could get a car in there. thats not my house in the back ground, its right where i was standing when i took the picture. it was our nieghboors barn/ my dads busniess partner until last year when he sold his house and sold the barn to us since he did not want to see it get ripped down, and we wanted the barn not to get ripped down and not to have any more nieghboors. now i have room to make my regular garage even bigger if i want . its nice for storage but amazing how fast it fills up. heres a crappy interior shot of one of the 4 rooms on the lower level, right when i got it so i was still building my 16' long work bench
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