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Looking good!

I see you're going "smooth side out" on the OSB. I think I do it the other way but on walls, it doesn't matter as long as you're consistent so it doesn't show the different textures on the same wall (which may be hard to cover with paint).

Are you going to use plywood clips on the ceiling? I recall you had a pretty decent span between joists but was working on a solution to reduce the gap.
In the tack room I did not use plywood clips. It is only 8x8 so just two sheets. What I did was run a 2x4 parallel to the trusses. This cut the 4' span between the trusses to 2' and it also happened to fall right at the joint of the OSB. Since I'm able to put the screws right at the edges, I figured I won't need the clips. I've got one sheet up, I want to do the other one maybe tomorrow. I was able to get 4 sheets over last Friday. I put one sheet on the wall. One on the ceiling. Monica then used a sheet to cover a part of the metal in the barn area - after she miss-cut one and "ruined" it. Not a big deal, OSB is cheap and she was trying. How many women do you know that will run a circular saw?

Yep, we went with smooth side out on all of the OSB. If for not other reason, it catches less dirt - and believe me that is a concern in a barn with animals and a dirt floor. I believe we will paint the "exterior" walls of the milk room even though we haven't painted the rest of the OSB in the barn where the goats are. If it gets cold enough this weekend for the ground to freeze, I want to take more OSB to the barn. Right now with temps in the 50s (and some 60s) and tons of rain, we no longer have a solid base for a yard. In the good places it is more like a sponge or Jell-O. In other places it is more like Clam Chowder and you sink up to your knees. Makes it a little hard to get materials to the barn. If we had gravel it would help, but not really a good way to get a driveway there and normally not a lot of vehicle traffic will be going to the barn. A load of hay about every 5 weeks.
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Looking good!

I see you're going "smooth side out" on the OSB. I think I do it the other way but on walls, it doesn't matter as long as you're consistent so it doesn't show the different textures on the same wall (which may be hard to cover with paint).

Are you going to use plywood clips on the ceiling? I recall you had a pretty decent span between joists but was working on a solution to reduce the gap.
In the tack room I did not use plywood clips. It is only 8x8 so just two sheets. What I did was run a 2x4 parallel to the trusses. This cut the 4' span between the trusses to 2' and it also happened to fall right at the joint of the OSB. Since I'm able to put he screws right at the edges, I figured I won't need the clips.

Yep, we went with smooth side out on all of the OSB. If for not other reason, it catches less dirt - and believe me that is a concern in a barn with animals and a dirt floor. I believe we will paint the "exterior" walls of the milk room even though we haven't painted the rest of the OSB in the barn where the goats are. If it gets cold enough this weekend for the ground to freeze, I want to take more OSB to the barn. Right now with temps in the 50s (and some 60s) and tons of rain, we no longer have a solid base for a yard. In the good places it is more like a sponge or Jell-O. In other places it is more like Clam Chowder and you sink up to your knees. Makes it a little hard to get materials to the barn. If we had gravel it would help, but not really a good way to get a driveway there and normally not a lot of vehicle traffic will be going to the barn. A load of hay about every 5 weeks.
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Hey Jim,

Do your goats ever do this ...

https://youtu.be/Ws_YDoqrCtc

(how the heck do you embed a youtube video here?)

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Remove the s in https normally fixes it but not in this case.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws_YDoqrCtc
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We've never had two in the same bucket, but we had one that would take a water bucket and purposely knock it over, stick her head in it and pick it up. She would then walk around for hours at a time with it on her head or just stand in the field with it on. We always said she wasn't quite right. Unfortunately we lost her last year, she never quite rebounded from kidding last February and we kept fighting with her, but finally lost her end of May/first of June. She wasn't a great goat, had a decent body, but a small udder and a lopsided udder after her second kidding, but she was one of my favorites because of her personality. She used to love winter and when I would wear my Carhartts to the barn. She would love to rub her head on them, we were the same color when I did. Fortunately, we finally got 2 does out of her last year. The one looks like it has her body, but is looking like she will have a better udder (hoping she does), the other one is also looking nice, but a little different style of body, but also the udder is looking better. We will know more in a few weeks when they kid.
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OK, I've fallen way behind on keeping this thread updated. Been too busy working on the room to tell about the room.

We are getting real close to finishing. At this point it is functional. The electrical is all done. Plumbing is finished other than a hot water outlet for a water hose to bath animals.

Most of these pictures are pretty self explanatory except for maybe why we only painted so far down the walls. We are going to put metal to about 3' up the wall to make spills and splashes easier to clean-up. We still need to coat the floor with something. They covered the basement floor (high rise 12 story building) at work with some type of epoxy that seemed like it leveled and smoothed the floor out. So I want to do something similar. Then I'll do the rubber commercial baseboard and then finally the metal.

As you can see we have the milk machine in there and we are now able to start using it. We are milking 10 or 11 goats (I don't know, it changes daily) right now, so this is saving a lot of my wife's and daughter's hands.

The water heater is a RHEEM RTE9 - 9000 watt electric unit. It is a 220volt 40/amp unit. Rated at 3 GPM - uh yeah, no. It is working OK for how we want to use it. If we keep the flow at the faucet turned down the water will get hot. Yesterday we bathed a goat so I took the aerator off and hooked a water hose up. The water was warm. It kept the goat from getting cold, but it wasn't hot. Which is OK, we don't need it hot, just not ice cold for them.

Don't know if I attached a picture, but a 220 volt 20 Amp outlet is wired in for a window/wall AC Unit Unit. It is also a heat pump with electric heat strips as a back-up. That will be the heating and cooling for this room. I know the AC side will be OK, a little worried about the heating side. But we aren't looking at keeping this room 75 degrees either. Closer to 50 - 60 to give us a place to get warm or take a new born baby to warm up and keep stuff from freezing. I think it'll do that.

Oh, forgot to mention the lights. These are enclosed shop lights. They are 5200 Lumen, I think 4000k LED lights. There are two of them, now that the room is white it is plenty bright. There will still be a ceiling fan installed yet with an LED light as well, so the room should be plenty bright enough for normal chores as well as doing AI of the goats.
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