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Old 12-19-2014, 11:14 AM
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Hello everyone

I have been a lurker on this forum for years and gained a bunch of great ideas from this site. So I thought I would take the time to share some work of my own and hopefully inspire some people. I'm Just wrapping up some of the finishing touches on my garage. It doesn't hold a candle to some of the other sheds on here cough...Greg Weld...cough, but this is my first mancave so I have some time to catch up. Anyway, I figured I would share some the details that went into it.

To begin the the structure was already in place when I bought the property. A pretty basic but large 24' wide by 40' deep garage, with a standard 9' ceiling. With only electrical run to it.

Since then I have added

Heat and AC! (scored a residential furnace and AC unit off of CL)
1) ran natural gas line for furnace (rented a trencher fun stuff)
2) built a furnace room (keep the noise down and dust out)
3) Custom built plenum with baffles to allow/shut off heat/AC to either front or back of garage (to keep costs down if I am only using 1 side)
4) Attic duct work, insulated flexible 10" lines and vents (free from commercial tear down)
5) Insulation (scored free insulation from the commercial tear down enough for all the walls and blew in R50+ in the attic (more fun work)
6) Added accordion wall to separate front and back of garage (picked up at a garage sale)
7) industrial fan (garage sale find) to keep things cool when AC would be overkill

Compressed air
1) Built air compressor room (keep the noise down)
a) vented to outside
b) water drain plumbed to outside for easy draining
2) scored 60 gallon air compressor on CL
3) Ran schedule 80 PVC through attic to 2 above head hose reals and one terminal for blast cabinet

Lighting/electrical
1) 4 sets of T5 lights (broke down and bought new from home depot )
2) ran 240v to compressor and AC unit
3) ran outlets virtually everywhere (laid out tool floor plan ahead of time for locations)
4) Installed additional window for natural light (CL again)

Cosmetic
1) dry walled and taped everything (so much dust!)
2) epoxy floor
3) Frosted all windows to prevent unwanted onlookers

Functional
1) Installed a second exterior door to enter back half of garage (CL again)
2) kegoretor/ beer fridge (left on street had to fix AC leak and recharge)

Lift
1) Possibly the best CL score of the shop, wasn't planned but couldn't pass up the deal
a) ceiling is only 9ft so not ideal but still better than jack stands every time
b) had to make make holes in ceiling for upright cylinders, used PVC and capped tops(one actually goes through the roof but is flashed out and looks like a vent stack)

Special thanks goes out to my dad for helping me with all of the construction work, and to craigslist for all the bargains

cheers
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:16 AM
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Some more pics!
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:26 AM
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Well done on multiple fronts!
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Old 12-20-2014, 11:04 AM
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Nice place to spend a cold IL winter!

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What type of lift is that?
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Love it. Just finishing up a new detached garage myself. Waiting on garage doors to start epoxy floor. Who's epoxy flooring system did you go with?
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Thanks for the kind words guys!

Ppd1975,

The lift is a Rotary SP74 lift. It's one of the first lifts Rotary made, according to what I found online. Like I said before I never planned to have a lift in this garage, I was going to wait to the next one lol. But I got it on craigslist for $500 so I couldn't pass it up. Luckily the cylinders were already rebuilt so it has 0 leaks thus far, and one of the safety latches is at the perfect height for my ceiling. Also since the balance cables are routed through the base I only had to make 2 4" holes in the ceiling for the cylinders.

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I used the rust-oleum garage floor epoxy you can get at home depot/menards/etc. There is a 2.5 car garage kit for 100$ and I had to use 2 kits total for my garage. Overall it was very simple to use, and came with everything you needed to prep and paint the floor minus a roller and pan. The only downside is its much thinner than the industrial epoxy flooring I am used to at work, but that was nearly 10x the cost, so for my amateur garage purposes its more than good.

http://www.menards.com/main/doors-wi...798-c-8022.htm


Note, I chose to leave the vinyl chips out, so when I drop a bolt I can find it. They do this at the engine development facility I work at, and it gives a very clean/surgery room feeling
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:13 AM
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Beautiful job iceblue! it looks great. So much brighter and some nice equipment in there too. Time to enjoy.
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I used the rust-oleum garage floor epoxy you can get at home depot/menards/etc. There is a 2.5 car garage kit for 100$ and I had to use 2 kits total for my garage. Overall it was very simple to use, and came with everything you needed to prep and paint the floor minus a roller and pan. The only downside is its much thinner than the industrial epoxy flooring I am used to at work, but that was nearly 10x the cost, so for my amateur garage purposes its more than good.

http://www.menards.com/main/doors-wi...798-c-8022.htm


Note, I chose to leave the vinyl chips out, so when I drop a bolt I can find it. They do this at the engine development facility I work at, and it gives a very clean/surgery room feeling

Thanks. I picked up the same 2 boxes also, Garage door install scheduled for this Tuesday. Thanks for the insight.

Agreed, leaving the chips out. My vision isn't getting any better.
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Nice garage, love the hot rod!
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