Workshop Upgrage 2010 #1: And so it begins...

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 02-05-2010 09:03 AM 1658 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The big problem with my workshop for some time has been that is it untenable in winter and at the height of summer – it’s a garage with no insulation and no ceiling. That’s going to get fixed the weekend of April 10/11 – a bunch of my buddies are coming over and we’re insulating and drywalling the place. (Actually, drywall on the ceiling, 3/4” OSB on the walls.)

I’ve got quite a few challenges to hurdle and things to accomplish over the next two months though…

I need to:

  • Move everything possible has to be moved into the already crowded storage room to clear floor space for stacking material and for access to the walls.
  • Get bids on the electrical work, changing how the 110v outlets are distributed between breakers and adding a 220v system. (Thankfully 220v is already available in the garage.) Of course I need to come up with a plan to get bids on…
  • Make a final decision on the insulation system.
  • Decide if the budget will extend to replacing the single pane windows that currently grace the shop.
  • Remember to add blocking between the ceiling joists in the two possible future locations for lumber racks.
  • Work on my lighting upgrade plan. (There are already outlets for lighting in the ceiling, so this is a separate issue from electrical planning.)
  • Get bids on materials.

I’ve decided to table the issue of what-goes-where and what fixed cabinets, racks, etc, I need. I figure I really should spend another year or so in the shop experiment with layouts before nailing things to the floor as it were.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 09:50 AM

At least you have a plan of attack:-)) Good luck.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 05:04 PM

Go for it.

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#3 posted 02-05-2010 05:50 PM

Greetings, Derek: Sounds like you are getting things thought out and lined out to get started on a re-make of the shop. Good idea.. That way you have a plan of attack as Topamax said. I like planning for stuff like that, then see it all come together. Keep on keeping on…..... later.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 06:20 PM

Good luck on your shop makeover. You said you were deciding on insulation. I used spray foam insulation in my shop and it was a great choice. My shop stays comfortable all the time and only requires minimal heat for a short period when it’s cold outside and in summer a window AC unit keeps it vewry comfortable inside. My heat is also built into the AC unit and it does a great job. Shop is 24×40 and is 2 stories tall.
The foam is also far superior as a sound insulator. I frequently am in my backyard shop until 2 – 3 a.m. and my loudest tools cannot be heared 10 ft from the shop.

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 06:53 PM

I used the shop design tool at to sort out tool location which really helped with the electrical planning. good luck.

-- grant

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 02:29 AM

Good luck Derek.
I’m going to follow your blog because I am moving this summer from the Midwest to central Florida and have weather, electrical and space issues to contend with, along with other things I’m sure will come up..

That shop design plan from Grizzly that Grant mentions is pretty cool too.

I think your process of taking it one step at a time is smart.

Looking forward to your updates.


-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 08:21 PM

I have a plan because I’ve spent a couple of months walking through it on paper, this will be an expensive and non trivial project and I really want to get as close to right as I can on the first try.

Greg: I’d love to have foam, but we’ll have to see how the bids work out. I’m aware of the principal that you only pay for insulation once, but if I can’t afford it I can’t afford it.

Grant, Eric: I know about Grizzly’s layout tool, but since the only realistic places to plug in big tools are only on two walls, it’s not such a big deal. :) My shop isn’t all that big.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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