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Posted on Moving shop from garage to addition

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#1 posted 01-11-2017 10:03 PM

After reading your description, I would definitely put the shop at garage and driveway level and use the lower level for the lawn and garden equipment, but you could also think about using it for your air compressor and dust collector, gaining the space that would have been occupied by these in your shop. The noise created by these would also be much lower to your ears when working in the shop. My 80 gallon 5 hp compressor is in a 6 X6’ addition on the side of my shop, and the dust collector is in the attic of my shop to gain the shop space and also to get these long running noisy things as far away from my work shop area as I can.. Make some of the space in the garage into a wood storage area and it will be easy to bring wood in from the driveway, then move it into the shop as needed. Then even big projects could be moved out of the shop through the garage to the driveway without lifting problems. The low ceiling in the space below the shop won’t be much of a problem if just the air compressor, dust collector and the lawn and garden tools are stored down there either. When you build it, just frame the floor of the shop heavier than usual, just spacing the floor joists on 8 or 12” centers will make a huge difference in the floor strength. Try to figure out how much each tool weighs plus the weight of your benches and hand tools, then get an engineer to help you decide how to design the floor framing. Trusses are incredibly light, but strong. There is also the engineered I beam version of floor joists that use a 2 X 4 top and bottom with plywood or OSB for the vertical part. When these are assembled with glue they are incredibly strong and sag very little.


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