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post #1 of 35 Old 07-13-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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What's in your garage?

I'm building a new garage soon and was looking for some ideas and input on creative things or necesseties people have in their garage. Obviously electricity will be there for the wood shop in the back but what else? I don't want to get one and say "I should have done that!" Garage will be 26'X40'.
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One wall full of .....shelving!
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* insulation
* air conditioning
* water
* braced overhead beams from which to hand a hoist
* pegboard or other commercial type of board suitable for using commercial hangers on all walls
* overhead electric outlets
* sky lights for increased daytime lighting
* all wiring at least one gauge oversized
* stairs to the attic
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This list could grow, but that is a quick start.

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Building Ideas

Build it up on a 24"x8" foundation wall up from the ground level. And form in the door ways this keeps out the critters. 2x6 studs are a nice touch. Also inside on the walls use 4' of drywall on the bottom and 4' of plywood on the top this makes an easy way to attach cabinets and shelfs with out having to find a stud to attach to.
Just how I did it and it works out pretty nice.
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I personally would never have drywall in a garage again unless it was there for fire protection only. It seems we always have the concrete sweating in the summer and it ruins drywall. What we did when we remodeled the garage was use white ribbed steel 3 ft up then plywood to the ceiling and white ribbed steel on the ceiling. Makes for maintience free interior and the white steel makes the whole place really brite and great lighting for working on projects. Its spendy but its worth it in the end. Also you can never have too much peg board. When I put up mine it seemed like alot of space but its so handy to have tools hanging on the wall it was full in no time.
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Minimum of 9' ceilings! (10' would be better)

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Personally I wish I had known I would be working on a 55 Belair when I built my shop. I built it for woodworking and I have a separate garage but neither can fit a car lift. It sure would make life easier for regular maintenance.

The other thing is a separate room/closet are for the compressor and DC to reduce the noise in the shop.

Bathroom or toilet room is nice. keeps you from tracking sawdust through the house.
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My garage is a detached 33x30. I have a bathroom with a urinal, a loft upstairs and 200 amp service. My only sacrifice is the wife wants room to park her car in the winter.
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Beer fridge!!!!
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Beer fridge!!!!

I have a fever, and the only perscription is, more COWBELL!
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Beer fridge!!!!
Yep, another good one as long as it's for after the work is done.
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Thanks guys, keep'em comin'! Awesome ideas so far. The peg board is a given. I'll have plenty. I also never thought of the closet for the DC or air compressor. I think I'll throw that in the mix too. The TV may be a bit much but the beer fridge...Genius!
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Plenty of insulation
10' ceiling or higher
Not sure of code in your area but here if it has a garage door you must have sheet rock on wall and ceiling. Fire code requirement.

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I have to go along with what Tom is saying, only with more emphasis:

INSULATION ! ! !

While I don't have the weather issues that other areas of the country have, the insulation in the garage is probably the best investment I've made in the shop.

Also, wall board painted gloss white. It makes the shop so much brighter and the wall board is fire rated.

Use the right tool for the job.

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I think the code only requires sheetrock if attached to the house, in which case it is under the residential code. If it is detached it falls under the building code, and it isn't required but still a good idea. If you do use Sheetrock put blocking in so you have good hard points to mount shelves, cabinets, and brackets to.

Personally, I think peg board wastes a lot of space, I'd install slat wall instead.

I recommend building on a two or three foot stem wall. This puts the ceiling height at ten or eleven feet with common studs.

My walls are covered with osb. The texture is a little strange, and takes a little while to get used to.

Lots of plug ins. I'm getting ready to install a new electrical system. I will be installing two 20-Amp, 110-volt, and one 20-Amp, 220-Volt circuits on each wall, at 4-ft spacing. I also plan to install two runs of 20-Amp, 220-Volt twist lock plugs on the ceiling, to power the big tools. The lights will be on two separate circuits. I haven't decided yet whether all the receptacles will be run through a latching contactor or not.

A separate room for a compressor, and dust collector to keep the noise down would be nice.

Hydronic in floor heating, would be nice, depending on where you live. Or, air conditioning. At least a few windows, or skylights.

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Painting your garage/shop white is such an amazing investment for the cost. You won't believe how much light you get, even if what you have now is just unfinished drywall. Night and day difference.
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  • Plumb for air
  • Plumb air from shop to house
  • Cat5 cable for good Internet connection
  • Cable TV wire
  • An extra good sized conduit pipe from the house for those low voltage lines you have now and may want to add in the future.

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  • Plumb for air
  • Plumb air from shop to house
  • Cat5 cable for good Internet connection
  • Cable TV wire
  • An extra good sized conduit pipe from the house for those low voltage lines you have now and may want to add in the future.
Is that compressed air or air conditioning?

Either way, why are you sending air from the shop to the house?

To each his own, but I have no use for internet or TV in my garage.

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