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    Hi Guys, figured i would start a thread on my Shop / Mancave. Its been an evolution since i started working here for my dad ( at 13 years old ) on high school summer break. Originally my father purchased the building from a nephew who was drafted to the army. When he took it over it was a radiator repair shop. Dad ran the shop for a number of years then purchased a 24 hour diner which took up most of his time . At that point i took over operation of the shop. unfortunately, at the same time plastic / aluminum radiators emerged which were a huge step in reliability. Business waned and i started looking for something else to do. Though a series of coincidences i fell into a trove of computer parts ( 386 and 486 ) and started building computers as a hobby. Ironically a man came in to have his radiator repaired and inquired as to why i had so many computers in my shop. I mentioned that i liked tinkering with them. A few weeks later he came back. I was worried his car was leaking.. He announced that he was the IT director for the St Gobain plant in NJ and asked if i would help him in my spare time. I agreed and started doing IT work at the plant. Fast forward 2 years and he decided to move out of state.. I took over his position until the plant closed. There was my start in IT..

    Back to the shop! its a 2 bay commercial garage with a nice size office ( about the size of a car bay ) and a storage room in the back about 9 feet wide that runs the entire length of the building and of course a decent bathroom that has a neat closet which houses the air compressor, bathroom supplies etc.. The building was rough when i took it over.. Dad didn't believe in capitol improvements LOL but i have been upgrading it ever since. went from 6 glass fuses to 3 electric panels , converted from an old oil tank to central air in the whole shop repaired the damaged roof ( from the boil out tank ), from a slop sink to a decent bathroom, had most every form of internet available since its inception, and did most all the work myself !

    will add pictures as i go, but figured i would start with my mini data center server rack, where the railroad line server resides.

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    In retrospect, here are some of the first servers i had at this location... Still sticking with the good old HP's Click image for larger version  Name:	servers001.jpg Views:	0 Size:	50.4 KB ID:	964334


    • Philip
      Philip commented
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      The old glass fuze with BX cable? I did a house reno with BX and a push-button circuit breakers. Replaced the BX.

  • #3
    Here is a picture of one of my teardowns.. at one point, one whole garage bay ( converted to office space ) was filled with these rack servers... ( i there were about 140 of them in the room ) the A/C ran ALL year round

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    • #4
      now, for my business operations i am fortunate to have datacenters in NYC and NJ i just keep the little one at my shop for backing up my production systems / R & D Projects and just noodling around. The above office has been ripped out and converted back to shop space. Originally there was a wall between the 2 bays, but subsequently i ripped it out and now have one large shop area

      sorry for the blurry images .. but here are some shots of the dis-assembly...

      Looking from the shop to the office

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      Looking from the office to the shop

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      My son Matt who loves to use a hammer !!
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      you can see the back room

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      you can see whats left of the steel studs

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      • #5
        Nice to see where the forum lives.


        • #6
          here is the heart of the railroad line forums...

          HP DL360p g8

          2x Xeon E5-2697 12 core processors
          256 Gigs Ram
          2 SAS Disk Array's with P420i Controller

          eventually i think i will upgrade the SAS drives to Enterprise SSD's

          hopefully that will be good for a couple years..

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          • k9wrangler
            k9wrangler commented
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            Quite interesting. I'd love to understand it all, but am glad that YOU do!

            BTW After I logged in to this thread I was not able to type at the bottom.

        • #7
          Home Sweet Home! This looks more than a little bit scary to me. Glad you know what you're doing, and many thanks for doing it!

          in Michigan


          • #8
            Hey Joe,

            I don't see any Bridgeport, all I see are a bunch of stereo racks with wire hanging out.

            Very impressive. Like the others have said it's nice to know where the Railroad Lines Forum lives. Thanks for a wonderful forum. Glad I joined and stayed here. There's a great bunch of modelers here and I've learned a lot about kit/scratch building. Hope it never goes away.

            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds


            • rrladmin
              rrladmin commented
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              Bridgeports coming !!! LOL

          • #9
            Home Sweet Home! Glad to see where my second home resides. That is quite an undertaking. And words will never express how some of us appreciate what you are doing for us all these years.
            Like Karl said (Quite interesting. I'd love to understand it all, but am glad that YOU do!) So keep doing your stuff we live for it! Click image for larger version

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            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


            • #10
              Where the magic occurs!


              • #11
                Very impressive, Joe. I can see we are in good hands.

                Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin


                • #12
                  Nice racks!
                  Take the red pill


                  • #13
                    I almost missed this! Good stuff Joe! So how did you end up running/starting this joint?



                    • #14
                      Originally posted by Philip View Post
                      I almost missed this! Good stuff Joe! So how did you end up running/starting this joint?

                      Philip, its all in the first paragraph !!!!



                      • #15
                        Sorry Joe, My question is directed about the forum. Did you start the railroad-line forum or just provide the server? Or both...confused

                        Unrelated: I live near Louisville, Ky home of the street rod nationals and one or two radiator shops are in high demand with all the restorations going on. They average over 500 bucks to restore depending on condition. Hazardous occupation for sure.