Today was kind of a big day. At least, I spent a lot of money… I used a 20% off coupon on a 2hp dc unit from HF and added an accessory kit to get me going. I also grabbed a couple of clamps while I was there just for good measure. That’s how the day started. It ended with spending about $200 at HD picking up electrical supplies (on top of the $150 I already spent on electrical and lighting – don’t tell my wife).
I’m going to add 3 new circuits for the shop, each 20A:
1) dedicated to the DC unit
2) left side of shop (2 outlets, 1 dedicated to the tablesaw)
3) right side of shop (5 outlets for general use)
It is probably a little overkill, but I figure it gives me room to grow.
Tonight I will go down and spray the last coat of paint which will put me in good shape to do the electrical install this weekend. With luck I’ll be working wood in the shop next weekend.
There is one thing that could slow that down…. this garage is built over an old patio that settled and the floor is not really too level. It may have been pitched to shed rain when a patio. I’m not sure if I should do anything about that. I would have to put down some kind of sub floor, which I’m not keen to do. I will definitely need some kind of moisture barrier there if I do that dure to cracks in the floor.
I’m thinking maybe I’ll just leave it for now and see. If needed I can retrofit later I suppose. I’m mostly concerned about lining up and leveling work surfaces (assembly table that will work as a tablesaw extention).
-- I do this for fun.