|02-06-2007 08:20 PM|
edog1 really knows what hes talking about. make sure that the compression is rated for continuous use, and preferrably 220v. also definitely belt driven. the direct drives are loud and annoying as hell. the epoxy floor is an awesome idea. expensive but well worth it. nothing sticks to the floor. makes oil spills easy to clean up. run electicity before insulation. if u have a computer out there(which is a good idea) make sure that the computer area stays warm year round. and if space is available, build a bathroom area. sink, toilet, and possibly a shower. most wives hate tracking **** in from the garage. and the last two are important: a large beer fridge, and a nudey girls calendar!! have fun man.
|02-06-2007 08:03 PM|
|kringold||Yea, where's the pictures? I wanna see what HEAVEN looks like!|
|02-06-2007 05:24 PM|
|Henry Highrise||I just knew that yknot would post some pictures of his fine shop today....I Know everybody would sure like to see that set up.|
|02-05-2007 08:15 PM|
|02-05-2007 07:16 PM|
I suppose everyone has to ask themselves what is the right size garage for them and there budget. It would be of no use to build a great big garage and then be to poor to start or finish any projects, after all what is the purpose for the huge garage if not to build hot rods.
We recently finished our new shop, and i would have to say it's about the right size. We planed, designed and built our garage, so there isn't to many short comings. Yes , you can always use more room, but can you afford it? Can you afford to heat it? Every project like building a garage can be broken down into so much a square foot, so while large spaces are nice, paying for them isn't. Most buildings that most would consider a shop or nice garage should run in the $35-60 a square foot for the building. This range varies greatly, because of areas, styles and labor rates.
Our building was 44 x 66 x 12 foot high, with an additional 10 feet of overhang all around. We had a team come in and build the building, it took about 3 weeks, while we did and electric, ran all water and air lines, set all equipment and built the inside office area (16 x 20 x 8 high). We also coated the floor, hung all the lighting and built all the shelving. Our garage has two (2) 12' x 10' garage doors and a 4' walk in door. For heating we hung two(2) large electric heaters in the garage and one smaller heater in the office, it keeps everything nice and warm.
For vehicle lifts, we bought one 4-post 10,000lb lift and one 2-post 10,000lb lift, along with a large ATV/Motorcycle lift table. For equipment we bought a tire balancer and changer, various lift equipment, presses, benders and several saws. We already had all the welding and cutting equipment, so we just made a nice welding area and moved all the stuff in. There are too many item to list, but I research everyone of them before we bought anything, and I am happy with the way thing's worked out. We ended up with a nice building that looks nice and did not break the bank to build. The office was the best thing we built, it allows us to tinker and relax while getting away from things. It is very easy to heat and cool, and is a fun place to hang out.
|01-28-2007 05:07 PM|
|Glxy500||Sounds like a good Idea, would like to see some pics sometime, of the shop and the Packard.|
|01-28-2007 10:23 AM|
Something I was shown years ago that I put into my shop was a pair of heavy I beams in the concrete set at floor level. I put in extra re-bar and extra thick concete around the I beam. Also ran a bar over to the wall for an easy ground. Now when I want to weld something on the flat or straighten anything I can weld to the I beam and pull or push or jack it straight. Cost was cheap I got some scrap from an old canopy that came out of an old torn down station canopy. It is flat on the floor so don't even know it is there until I need it. Also I laid out where my 2 post was going to go when I poured the concrete and poured it extra thick with extra re-bar. After always never having enough shop most of my life I went really big on my shop and have never regretted the size. 60ft deep by 44ft wide 14 ft ceiling. Latest project is a 49 Packard that is getting a mild 454,turbo 400, 9in Ford rear.
|01-10-2007 11:54 PM|
waw great garage,,
i like my garage better then my home...
|01-10-2007 10:20 PM|
never to big or too tall
Silly rulles ,good luck
|01-10-2007 08:40 PM|
This is what I was doodling with. Added a few things , lol , but you will get the idea.
Its actually 2 seperate pics, but I lost 1 end of it on the scanner.
|01-10-2007 08:32 PM|
ceiling height for lift
We have a two post lift and it takes 14' in height if you want walk under the vehicle. Four post lift makes for faster and easier loading, but you are restricted somewhat. Bud
|01-10-2007 07:40 PM|
Well I was just sitting here drawing the old way, I think I may just stick to that, but I just cant get it to scale like I want. I got that long *** 64, its about 25 ft, and I want a little room for a bench, and be able to walk around in front of it comfortably. I just have been throwing some ideas around.
I hope yours gets kicked off without any major problems.
|01-10-2007 07:07 PM|
I bought and downloaded it over the internet, and played with it for a few days. They DO have a demo version, but you can't save what you're working on ... so you have to either do it all in one sitting or leave your pc on 24/7 and have it minimized. It's probably worth the ~ $50.00 or so, nonetheless.
Maybe I'm just stupid, but I find it a little frustrating at times. I can't figure out a way to "elevate" a door opening (3 ft up on a raised bungalow with 11 ft walls) The instruction manual says (if I'm following correctly) that I need to make a 3ft "first storey" and then make the 2nd storey 8ft tall on top of it. (ugh)
So I settled at making a model with just exterior walls as a basic "plan" to show the town.
There is also no way to configure a roof for an "L" shaped structure. Compare my actual photo of my home with the model, and you'll see what I mean.
Yeah ... I really want that "walk-through" too, but I may have to "nix" it if it counts in the total sq footage. I'm thinking that it would be nice, not only to keep warm on the way to the garage, but for additional storage / work area.
Things like a sand-blast cabinet or parts washer, etc would fit nicely in that part of the garage.
I'll have to get a tape measure out, and measure the length of my truck. A 20 ft depth might be pretty tight. Yes, I suppose that I *could* put it on wheel dollies so that I could position it sideways if I wanted to work on it ... but that sounds like a PITA.
Stinking town and their stupid rules!
|01-10-2007 05:33 PM|
Were you using the 3D architect program? I cant get mine to do what I want it to do , lol. I like the idea you have there. The walk through would be a good feature, especially in winter.
|01-10-2007 03:11 AM|
|Kevin45||Add the connector. You will be glad you did.|
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