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Old 05-10-2022, 04:04 PM
AviatorJ AviatorJ is offline
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Default Shop ‘requirements’

While I have the experience of slamming together a 10, I have the opportunity to get a new garage/shop customized to my liking. Below is what I already am thinking but looking for additional things to contemplate.

* 24x30 detached garage, with loft - this is about all that will fit in the space.
* 8’ garage door - my 10 barely fit under my door so going taller.
* Sprayfoam insulation - have it on my current garage which really help keep the space workable.
* mini split unit - workable is still hot Or cold depending on season. Instead of using my portable AC or heater this will work for climate control.
* 220 volt - I want a larger compressor that runs 220.
* hard-mount compressor lines - instead of wrangling with the lines.
* LED lighting - Those generic Overhead lights aren’t the best. I used stand lighting on my 10.
* built in cabinets - I’ll build these myself and have space for all my existing stuff.
* shelving - Wide deep shelves for parts are a must have.
* wifi - Plan to put an AP out there
* Solid color epoxy floor - I want to protect the floor without having it camouflage dropped bolts, screws, ect.
* ventilation - need something to ventilate, still need to research some options.
* cameras - I have something like 8 cameras on my house. What’s a few more.

That’s about what I got now. Any input would be appreciated!
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Old 05-10-2022, 04:54 PM
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Default exhaust fan and more

I'd want an exhaust fan in an area that I would use for painting/priming/sanding fiberglass and maybe the ability to close off this area

A good vacuum system making it easy to clean up

A big sink

Couple of extension cords on reels

Consider a floor drain
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Old 05-10-2022, 05:52 PM
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Default Joist winch

As long as your making a list.
Add a joist winch. A friend of mine had one. So handy. Just roll it over and winch whatever up and out.
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Old 05-10-2022, 06:05 PM
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Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

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Old 05-10-2022, 06:16 PM
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Running water, bathroom, floor drain. Dirty floors drive me nuts, would love to be able to rinse mine down. Like the winch idea also.
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Old 05-10-2022, 06:57 PM
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Default Paint Booth

Dan Horton has an amazing shop (any surprise there?). If I recall correctly, there are pictures somewhere on this site which show a wall of filters floor-to-ceiling that he could install, or remove as needed. He had a double filtered exhaust air box on either side of the garage door with a squirrel cage fan in each.

Enjoy the new shop!


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Old 05-10-2022, 07:31 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Electric outlets at just above workshop height, located every 4' or 5' apart, all around all the walls. Extra outlets near the large door.

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Old 05-10-2022, 07:47 PM
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Laugh if you must, but I love my workshop Roboroc robot vacuum. Cleans three nights a week. Corners, under the benches and shelves. Picks up the stripped wire insulation, errant rivets, the occasional cleco, and dust and dirt of course.

Hardly ever have to grab the broom or dust pan, or leaf blower! Keeps the shop floor tidy. Thinking about one for the hangar.

Been extremely impressed with Roboroc. (Repurposed the first house one to the shop)

Also, I used ArmorPoxy II job-on-a-pallet floor coating. Comes with pretty much all you need to do a real epoxy floor. I went light gray, no flakes! (part hiders) Expensive, but good stuff.
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Old 05-10-2022, 07:55 PM
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Default full chip epoxy floor

AFAIK a full chip epoxy floor is the most durable.
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Old 05-11-2022, 07:43 AM
AviatorJ AviatorJ is offline
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I appreciate the input! I have a few things I need to add.
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