Half the garage versus the whole garage

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Blog entry by Swampy posted 10-27-2012 02:52 AM 1210 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start by saying that I hope I have placed this in the proper section. I actually need some advice and thought that this would be the right place to get an answer. I started weeks ago on my wifes new sewing room ( our oldest moved out) and she is one happy camper. To the point where she has considered something that I have brought up so many times that I thought it was moot point, can I have the whole 2 car garage for my shop and move your car out in the drive next to my truck. I think the answer was NO Actually it was Why Hell NO LOL. But the old adage of you get more with honey then viniger seems to have some merit and this sewing room has made the possibility of maybe some more tools in my future a distinct possibilty. Now heres the rub and the question that I need answered, the deal would have to contain having her car washed twice a month LOL LOL theres always a hitch isnt there but Ive remained married for 23 years now because I learned early on to compromise so Im hoping I can get that number down to once a month and Im thinking that if I take it to the local car wash it would cost me 25 or 30 bucks a month to get my bigger shop. What does everybody think Should I sign on the dotted line and expand my shop.


-- Gary Vondermuehll

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 03:10 AM

First thing that jumps out at me is that is a lot of money for a car wash. When my truck gets its annual wash, I just use a hose and brush. Costs me about 50 cents worth of soap and water.

Another “expense” though to consider might be the resale value of the car. Automobiles that are routinely stored inside have less fading of paint and upholstery, so they typically have more trade-in or resale value than cars parked outside (at least that is what I read once on an auto-enthusiast web site). So the actual “cost” of your shop might depend on what kind of car it is. Of course, if you are like me and you drive a car until it just falls apart then it might not matter.

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 03:30 AM

A full garage to work with is a big advantage, especially once you start to expand your tool collection. $30/month for 2 washes does seem pretty expensive though! I wash my full sized truck for $10…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 03:58 AM

if god wants my car washed
he makes it rain

bigger shop
at any cost
sounds good to me

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 04:07 AM

See pics on my link. I use may garage as a shop and can still get my cars in anytime I want.

Get rid of your workbenches and use workmates and get rid of any “crap” you don’t really need.

You can have it both ways.

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#5 posted 10-27-2012 04:30 AM

Go for the two car garage and pay a neighbor kid $10 to wash the car.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 10-27-2012 03:08 PM

I use a local car wash that has an express wash for $5 and that includes a quick hand dry. I have all my tools next to the wall and just pull out when I need. I use both bays to park car and pickup in. Only leave them out when it is a big project.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 10-27-2012 07:28 PM

Thanks everybody Looks like its a bigger shop in the near future and now Im the happy camper.

-- Gary Vondermuehll

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