Made some good progress in getting my shop cleaned up and organized. As some of you have pointed out, what’s the point in putting money into a place you’re renting? I agree with that to some extent. I’m certainly not trying to increase the value of the property, but on the other hand, if my hobby is woodworking, and its one of the things that keeps me sane and helps me relax, then I want to do it in a space I can enjoy.
With that said, I am trying to do this as cheaply as possible. I have been collecting plywood from work when we throw it out (we throw out whole sheets at a time) along with paint and other building materials. I did have to throw down a little cash for the masonry paint that I bought. It really brightened up the room and I think it will do a good job of sealing some of the dust into the walls. The stuff was so thick that one can didn’t go very far though. I may have to buy another.
I put in some fluorescent lights, and a new outlet under my work bench this last week. Also hung some shelves and did massive cleaning. The place is so dusty and dirty that I clean and clean, but it’s always dusty. I have to wear a dust mask constantly. However, I have more space than I originally thought I would.
A couple of issues I have not resolved, maybe some of you could offer some advice.
For one, the dust is really bad. The walls only go up to about 6 or 7 feet, then there are many open spaces between the studs that go into the crawl space under the rest of the house. I’m planning on closing some of them in, but with all of the wires and pipes, I can’t hope to cut wood to fit around everything. The problem is, I think a lot of dust, dirt, and possibly critters come in from the crawl space ,which means it will never be clean. I’m trying to think of a good way to seal it in to conserve heat, and keep dust and moisture low. Any suggestions?
I’ve thought about investing in one of the Jet air cleaners, but with the open crawl space I don’t know how effective it would be. It would probably clog the filters very quickly, I think.
Also debating on painting the floor to seal it as well. I’ll keep my eye open for cheap garage floor paint.
Part of the shop is underneath the other tenant’s apartment. I don’t plan to use power tools at night, but even still, I’d like to soundproof the ceiling a little bit. Does anybody have any suggestions on a cheap way of doing that? I’ve been checking out craigslist for free insulation.
I went to HD and got a new Frued blade for my table saw, some more clamps that were on sale, and some misc. hardware to mount tools. Next weekend I may start making sawdust.
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