Setting up new shop #1: Transforming the dungeon

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Blog entry by WoodenSoldier posted 10-10-2010 09:28 AM 1527 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Haven’t been on the site much lately. In August I moved from Hawaii to the San Francisco area, left the active duty Army, traveled across the country, and started a new job. My wife and I like the new place and the area, but my only complaint so far is that I don’t have a garage to set up shop in.
The only thing I have to work with is this old dungeon of a cellar. It doesn’t extend under the whole house unfortunately and for some reason the landlord has a ton of old real estate documents in there. It’s also filthy and dimly lit. I picked up some paint and a new light fixture that should spruce the place up a bit. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me before I can start using it again. And I’ve been so busy with the new job that who knows when I’ll be able to get it all done!


I have the feeling it get’s very musty and cold in here during the winter. I’ll have to see what I can do to insulate it and seal out some of the moisture.
I’ll post updates as I get them done.

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 10:18 AM

Welcome back.

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 01:22 PM

Well, at least you’ve already got one horizontal surface to work on. Looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you.

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 01:34 PM

good luck with that work
nearly tooo much when its rented

take care

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 03:25 PM

I would start with working room for the workbench and expand from there as needed. That way you can still start on small projects as you build out the whole shop.
Good luck and welcome back.

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#5 posted 10-12-2010 08:35 PM

Welcome back!

If you can get the OK from your landlord, slap some white paint on those walls, and a decently light-ish color on the floor to get rid of the dark, dank, dungeon feel it has… I have a sneaking suspicion that given the right treatment that could be a sweet shop…

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