Okay, after meeting with the city code enforcement / permit office as well as a licensed electrician friend of mine, I am now in the phase of collecting the goodies to get the job done. Once the hardware and supplies are in hand, we will move forward with the project, and it will be done in steps…
Step #1. Remove everything from the east wall and ceiling of the shop, meaning all of the shop equipment gets pushed to the southmost and west most corner of the shop, leaving enough room for me to work on the south wall. I will have to do some squeezing, and I may have to for a SHORT period store a couple of the large tools in the guest room. I will leave the common wall in place, and the incandescent fixture in place sadly, that means there will only be a single 100W replacement CFL to light my shop while this work takes place, but I digress…
Step #2. Strip east and south walls as close to the bare studs as possible without disturbing the overhead door tracks.
Step #3. Remove attic stairs, and associated framing. Re-frame for larger, heavier duty attic stairs to accomodate my gravitational pull safely. (You’d be terribly frightened if you saw how my attic stairs are attached to the house!)
Step #4. With Electrician friend, mount sub panel, gang boxes, run wires, nail blocks and install outlets for the circuits, have everything ready for inspector and final connection / energizing.
Step #5. Get sign off by inspector and energize sub panel, or fix any issues inspector finds.
Step #6. Install insulation and sheet rock. No texture, just tape it, mud it, prime and paint it bright white. This is a garage workshop after all
Step #7. Install light fixtures. This is as good of a time as any to replace the T12s with T8s… But I have 2.5 cases of T12 bulbs, so not gonna happen yet…
Step #8. Mount up east wall fixtures. Specifically dust collection, clamshell cabinets, and associated shelves.
Step #9. Move everything from west to east wall. Stripping west wall of the lumber rack, tool stacker, and clamp racks.
Step #10 Strip west wall to the bare studs. There will be no electrical service on this wall, so no problem here…
Step #11. Insulate, re-rock, tape, mud, and paint west wall.
Step #12. Reinstall shop fixtures on west wall, specifically lumber rack, and tool stacker. A rolling clamp rack is in progress so I will not want the current clamp rack reused.
At this point, everything that is left on the floor can get shoved into a cargo trailer for a week or so while I strip, dry, then epoxy coat the floor prior to moving everything back in to the shop and setting back up.
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