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What about built in dust collection duct work? I hate the look of pipes running around for DC.
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I thought about the hidden dust collection pipes in the ceiling but I figured I might end up with clogs and intern problems. I assume it could be done with right amount of thought and engineering.

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What about floor outlets? I'm thinking 4, 1 in the center of each quadrant of the main shop.

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What about floor outlets? I'm thinking 4, 1 in the center of each quadrant of the main shop.
Yes on the idea, no on the placement. If it were me id establish where the freestanding tools, e.g table saw, planer, jointer, whatever is most likely to be in the middle of the floor and stay there, and once placement was established id put the outlet there. If you put the outlet in the center of the quadrant but decide you want the saw 6 feet to the left, well, you really havent saved running the cord very much

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Yes on the idea, no on the placement. If it were me id establish where the freestanding tools, e.g table saw, planer, jointer, whatever is most likely to be in the middle of the floor and stay there, and once placement was established id put the outlet there. If you put the outlet in the center of the quadrant but decide you want the saw 6 feet to the left, well, you really havent saved running the cord very much
Trouble is, I'm not entirely sure where everything will end up. My last shop I just ran cords to walls. Moved everything around more than once.
I will prolly just go with the 4 quads. So at least I will have some choices. The main saw dust shop is 24x30 and a 24x10 clean room. 24x40 OA.

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Trouble is, I'm not entirely sure where everything will end up. My last shop I just ran cords to walls. Moved everything around more than once.
I will prolly just go with the 4 quads. So at least I will have some choices. The main saw dust shop is 24x30 and a 24x10 clean room. 24x40 OA.
I don't know if you will have wooden floors, but in the event you do, you can make screw on panels to allow for changes and access. They can run down the floor joists just like a plank of flooring.

For cement floors just run 2" PVC for additional wires.
Personally I would not have cement floors in my wood shop, as I have wood now and like it. My downstairs shop is all on cement and some is not very level. It's cold in the winter, but does keep the shop cool in the summer for quite a while.

Always pros and cons to either way....

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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As an electrician, Iíve forgotten how many floor outlets I moved for customers over the years after new equipment was purchased. I remember one job hitting a live conduit embedded in the concrete while cutting up the concrete to move an outlet. That was bad and costly.
I think the one thing I would like if building a new shop would be plenty of natural light like skylights or windows.
I also would like a large outside exhaust fan for when I want to thoroughly clean the dust missed by my dust collector. We have one now at my new place of employment and I turn that baby on while using a small leaf blower to blowout all the dust from the top of cabinets and equipment. The exhaust fan has to be pretty powerful to capture all the dust in the air, but I cannot tell you how thorough and fast it cleans.

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Add a downdraft floor area to sweep saw dust into.
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Just set up my new shop. I put three trolley duct in, one down the center of the shop and the other two down the sides, several cord reels on them as well as outlets every couple feet along the duct. can plug in any where I want.
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Hello! Had surveyor, plumber, architect over Friday for 24x40 shop layout and plans. All good so far. Hopefully break ground soon.
My question is, if you have a shop or had one built, what would you do over or what is the one thing you wish you had done?

I have been compiling a list for this shop for a while now. Just want to make sure I don't miss something and have a "darn, I didn't think of that when I was building the shop". If you know what I mean!
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Since you're in Alabama, floor heat is not going to be as important as keeping the shop cool in the summer. Good insulation will help all year long and now is the time to do it.
You can't have too much light or too many electrical outlets.
A well planned central vacuum system is almost essential.
A metal clad lock up for hand tools and power tools can help save you from theft.
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If you build a bench that's attached to a wall...
Put electrical receptacles on the front of the bench as well as on the wall to the rear.
The front ones for hand tools and the rear ones for bench mounted tools.
You can thank me later when you don't have cords running all over the bench.

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I didn't build the one I am in now. (28 x28) but if I had, it would have been larger.
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I thought about the hidden dust collection pipes in the ceiling but I figured I might end up with clogs and intern problems. I assume it could be done with right amount of thought and engineering.
My dust collection pipes are at the 4ft wall level, and I have had to clear blockages.


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Also make sure the elevation is great enough so it won't take on water if your yard floods. I've had two shops that did that and it's horrible to step into your shop and find it is ankle deep in water.
Elevation is important. I get water in my shop from very heavy rains, but Not enough to walk in. Mostly around the front of it. it seeps in about 2 ft, but never a flood type thing.
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