Putting the Build in RE-Building
It's been a long time since the last update and I apologize for that. With all that is going on right now (rebuilding the shop and tackling a full gut home renovation) it's been nearly impossible to run Bubble Tech with any efficiency. With that said, I decided to close Bubble Tech until we are settled back down and can provide the customer service we are proud to stand behind. Now that we are nearing the years end (Thank god!) and the shop progress is on track, I thought it would be an appropriate time for an update for those who don't follow up on Instagram or Facebook
Brick By Boring Brick
After clearing all of the debris and rubble I had one daunting task left, clearing the remaining cinder block that once resembled my shop walls. Thanks to some great friends, it only took 2 hours to fill up 30+ Pallets!!! Another couple of hours, a broken back and a pallet jack I was able to move all the cinder blocks to one end. Then some landscaping and a leaf blower to clear the pad and we were ready for construction!
Shirk Pole Buildings LLC
After looking at looking at a dozen or so company's, I decided to go with Shirk Pole Buildings out in Pennsylvania. Considering I was going to build the new building on the existing slab, I wanted to make sure I wouldn't run into any issues and they were one of the only companies who willing wanted to come check out the build site and seemed like they wanted my business. Leon, who I dealt with was very helpful at recommending different option for my situation which sold me amongst a few other things they offered with their building.
Fast forward a few weeks later, November rolled around an the build was underway! The New shop is 44'x92'x12' which is approximately 4000sq ft. I went with a pole barn because of the simple construction, low cost, and speed to build. Given the size, I was expecting to have the shop done in about a week an a half. Shirk Pole Buildings had it done in 4 days, and the first 2 days were only half days!!! These guys work efficient and fast!
Since the shop had to be built larger than the existing concrete slab to avoid the footings from the previous cinder block, I had to fill the 2-3 ft of spacing with concrete. This also allowed me to pour the apron for the garage door. (no pics of finish work)
Lastly before we can begin any work, we needed to run some electricity. A 100' trench allowed us to relocate a sub panel in the shop with 200amp service, should be sufficient for a one man shop! Oh, and thanks to poor timing and New Jersey rain, our trench became a moat shortly after. At this time all the cables have been run, the disconnect and sub panel are installed and wired, now we're just waiting for the inspection so we can get the power company to turn back the power!
Some shots of the interior with temporary lights. The second picture is showing the Feit LED Shop light from Costco. This is one of the most popular choices for home shops/garages. Not bad for a 2 bulb 4' fixture. 3700 Lumens right around $35! I'll be running about 30-40 of these so it should do just the trick!
I've been real hesitant to put out a real date when we will be re-opening in fear for delays and other obstacles. As were nearing completion for the space to be "usable" our time table is on track to re-opening right around new years. With that said, once we re-open, we will work on restocking all our inventory then continue to finished the remaining projects in development. We have some big plans to develop a lot more products this year once the shop is set up and our main tools are replaced!
Thank you all for your continuous support and understanding. We hope to offer new products that will help aid you building your dream car!