Garage Re-Do #4: Creating a Plan

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Blog entry by MyOldGarage posted 01-29-2009 05:05 PM 1475 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have the dimensions of everything in the garage area, so rather than moving things multiple times in RL (real life) I’m going to create a model of the garage space and what I have in there now and see what would work and what wouldn’t work. One of my concerns is to segment the garage a bit better for metal working versus wood working. The welder/air compressor/etc.. should be in the far back left corner nearest to the fuse panel, because I have a dedicated plug right there where I can power them from. I’m currently thinking of using the items I have now to create a walled peninsula to designate the two different areas. That way sparks/etc.. from the welder and cut-off saw won’t have the potential to land on wood or mar anything on that side of things. I’m not for sure how it’ll work out, but that’s why it’s fun to have the Google Sketchup model here. I can put stuff where I want it, measure, and see what would work and what wouldn’t work. I’m not opposed to booting anything out of the garage, so it’s all fair game.

We were originally thinking of getting a Storage PODS and having it placed to take everything out of the garage and start from scratch, but the economic reality snuffed that idea out (over $200!). Instead we’ll take things out from one half, move them to our semi-finished basement and then do the re-arranging and put back. Not ideal, but far more economical.

From My Old Garage

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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#1 posted 01-29-2009 05:45 PM


I have gone through, and am still going through, my garage renovation project here in Gainesville. First things first – insulate if at all possible. You will also need to upgrade the electrical capacity, perhaps installing a separate breaker box. Paint the walls and ceiling with a semi-gloss white paint to brighten the space. As you contemplate lighting, consider using electronic ballast fluorescent fixtures with the T-8 bulbs. They operate at high frequency, thus no hum or flicker. I like the “daylight” bulbs because they have the highest color rendering index (CRI). Be sure to have your lighting on it’s own separate circuit.

My 16’ wide garage door was metal and unsulated. I cut panels of 1” thick foam insulation and glued them into each panel of the door. I also put “seal stop” outside around the edges. This has made a big difference.

I also put a 12,000 BTU A/C unit in the wall. Fortunately I do not need much heating here, so a 5100 BTU ceramic electric heater does the job.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 05:56 PM

Bradley, It looks like you are off to a good start and the idea of putting things into your basement during the remodel is a pretty good idea. It is a challenge to move everything twice, I am sure, but it does save a lot of money. But surely the MG isn’t going to get booted out of there in the final set-up? :)

I had to finally take that route with my shop. I tried for a long time to keep my truck in the shop and move everything around to make room for it. But eventually I just decided to let my truck sit outside. That way I could use my shop whenever I wanted without having to move the truck and it gave me more room for additional tools.

But it sounds like the fun is just getting started.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-29-2009 06:21 PM

I dunno, $200 to get everything out of the way during the reorg doesn’t sound too bad. With eveything out you could even go so far as to install a subfloor or epoxy coating. Of course I would probably balk at the expense too since I am cheap and I could use funds for something else.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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Derek Lyons

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#4 posted 01-29-2009 07:36 PM

I was thinking the same kinda thing dsb… $200 balanced against the amount of time and effort to move everything to the basement and back. If it’s a daylight basement with a flat path to and from the garage the pendulum swings one way. (And I’d beg, borrow, or steal a cart of some kind.) If stairs are involved, I’d be seriously inclined to limit the chance of damage to myself or my tools by getting the POD.

I’m facing the same problem as I’m going to insulate my garage and put up OSB this spring, but I have no place to put a POD. Or a basement…

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#5 posted 01-29-2009 07:55 PM

dsb: I would really like to apply an epoxy coating to the floor of my garage here in Gainesville, but when I look at all the stuff we have in there, and wonder where would we put it all, I give up. Our garage floor is old. It’s had oil, paint, and Lord knows what else spilled on it thru the years. The floor would have to be ground and etched – very messy and smelly.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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