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#1 posted 09-05-2012 08:30 PM

Thanks so much for the quick responses already, everyone!

I’ve only lived in the house about 4 weeks now so I can’t say with my certainty how dry or not-dry the basement walls are? I guess I could put a hygrometer down there and monitor the relative humidity.

Fortunately the furnace/AC/blower are on the opposite side of the basement and my plan on putting up a wall will hopefully limit the amount of dust that works it’s way into the house. Tarping off the ceiling may present a challenge but I can see clear gaps that lead to the upstairs around the air return vents (which I will be completely sealing already to the best of my ability). I agree that it will be a pain to run wire or DC ductwork with tarps in the way…I’ll have to try and come up with a clever solution to that problem.

I’m still in debate about finishing the walls or leaving them unfinished. It seems like you guys (or gals) who have responded already all have a mix of experiences and decisions. I suppose that starting off bare would be the “easiest” route and I could always add more layers if necessary.

10-4 on the lighting! I can never get enough lighting.

For reference – I’m also a huge garage nut and bought this house primarily for it’s spacious 3 car garage. Unfortunately, woodworking takes a 2nd seat to my true 1st hobby – cars. I’ll use the garage for painting or anything that will create unpleasant smells. Some assembly of larger wood items will happen in there as well.

Thanks for the quick input and I’m anxious to hear other people’s responses as well.

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