|Forum topic by JoeinGa||posted 492 days ago||1091 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
492 days ago
I’ve been looking at a LOT of your workshops lately, because we are going to be moving within the next year and I’m gonna be putting up a new building when we get back to Ga. I’ve been paying attention to things like tool/equipment layouts, electrical drops and especially lighting.
We will be moving to a rural farming area where the “older” folks who have lived there for generations have been used to doing things such as leaving doors unlocked and keys in their cars/trucks parked in the yards. (My father-in-law is terrible about this.) But as times have changed, even the rural farm towns have to face the fact that security of your home/possessions/FAMILY have changed over time. There are thieves and low-life thugs in all areas who will steal you blind, given the chance for an “easy score”. What concerns me as I scan thru your pictures is the number of workshops/garages that I see with windows with either no or limited coverings on them, which may be at a level which would give someone easy access to your shop.
When we moved here eight years ago I built a 30 X 40 pole barn and I at first I was gonna have them put a few opaque fiberglass panels in the roof to allow for some natural lighting. But I decided that if I was gonna insulate that would defeat the purpose. We had gone out shopping and stopped into a place that sells reclaimed and salvage construction supplies where I found some windows that were just what I needed. If I remember correctly I paid about $100 for 5 of these framed panels which are 48” X 12”. The glass is something that would have been used in a bathroom to allow light in, but not be able to see thru. I mounted them high on the walls to allow light in, and yet not block out “too much” wall space inside for shelves and such. The bottom of these panels are about 8’ off the ground and even if someone tried to use a ladder, they CANNOT see in from the outside.
I’m just hoping I can score something similar when I build my new shop. Here a few pictures showing the windows from both the outside and inside.
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