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Old 02-11-2014, 09:02 AM
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Plenty of electric... 3 or 4, 110 legs each running all the way around. 2 or 3, 220 circuits, one for the welder(s), one for the compressor, one spare.

Run 2 air hose systems, one high, one low and clean for paint, etc. Run each all the way around the shop and put connections within 12 feet of the next. A few roll-ups on the ceiling wouldn't hurt.

Storage. Everyone forgets storage. Heavy duty racks capable of holding an entire car (or two) disassembled and off the floor.

A clean closet.

Fresh air ventilation, forced and via windows.

Lots of lights. A shop this size perhaps 3 or 4 circuits.... one over the benches, one general, one or two task.

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I'm still working on my shop. It's only 24x32 with two standard garage doors and two 7' swinging doors.
I worked for about 10 years in a shop with a wood floor and found it to be way more forgiving than concrete, so I put wood floor in mine. (Wood floor, your back will thank you)
The way the doors are installed I can open all the doors and have 32' clear span opening. The air compressor is outside under a shed. As for heat I have a portable "torpedo" heater that does well enough, and for cooling (more important) it's in the shade, and I can open up the whole side to let air through.
It's still a work in progress but I'll post a few pics as soon as I can find them.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:52 AM
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spray foam is your friend. especially if you do a metal building. one of my barns will rain inside at the right temp. plus it helps here in central texas with heat.. good gable vents help too.
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x2 on spray foam.
It's worth every $
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Something else you might want to consider is dropping a few sections of 2" PVC with sweeps at the ends that reach across and end to end
before you pour your slab. Having a conduit from one side of the shop to the other side comes in handy later on when you want to add more wiring or plumbing.
On my own shop I built it with 16" walls and tall doors to accomadate large trucks. What it also allowed was the two mezzanines I added along the side and across the back for extra work space and storage.

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Thanks for all the great ideas and advice! I hope to get started in a few weeks. Keep the info coming!!
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compresssor location.

I mounted the 5 hp 80 Gal tank air compressor up in one corner above a work table. I made an angle iron frame and hung it from the metal truss. I wrapped the heat cord used to keep water pipes from freezing around the pump and keep it plugged in in the below freezing weather. I had one compressor pump gaul the bearings when the kids turned on the air compressor when it was 20 * F out side at night.
The retirement home we are building has a 4 car garage,2 wide 2 deep, 11 ft insulated block walls. , a separate sub panel, and has gas plumbed so I can install an overhead space heater. Enough head room , 18 X 10 door, and room for a 4 post lift with a roll around wheel kit.
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Well the new shop is going up and hope to be in it in a couple weeks. That said, any advice on concrete coating / sealing? I have always tried to seal the slab with at least something, but need advice from the experts. I usually do not use a coating as I weld etc, and the coatings I know burn through etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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it's nice to epoxy the floors but they can get slick . but do not put those neat little sprinkles down. you drop something you'll never find it !
there is also sealer that can be sprayed right after it is poured .
and spray foam the building then paint it white .
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Already pour slab? I'd highly suggest a vapor barrier (if time)

Coating? Cost per benefit ratio on coating don't work for me. To each his own. I do see the value.
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if i can afford the concrete several gals if spi epoxy is no big deal.
white mud is out of sight now days .
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The slab is already down and I did put a moisture barrier down before the slab was poured.
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