Yeah, lighting and power are my first project. Right now there's only a couple outlets that are part of the kitchen circuit that has the refrigerator on it, so I'm working on figuring out what my options are for running a couple dedicated circuits out to the garage: one for outlets and one for lighting. The breaker panel is already a good 2/3 full, so I have to figure out what kind of headroom I have with our current 200A service and if I will need to see about upping it. I don't know yet if I will have 240v tools at any point, but I have an air compressor and I definitely want that on a dedicated circuit. After I figure out the electrical I'm going to insulate the exterior walls and the doors and then drywall and paint the entire garage to help with lighting. I'm planning on having several banks of LED shop lights because I HAAAAAAATE having poor lighting in my work areas, I'm just not sure if I want to go with traditional rows of lights or if I want to set up lights in squares in 2 or 3 spots. Unfortunately I'm a full-time student and working full time so this is all something that is going to take a long time to complete. I'll try to remember to post pictures as things happen.Not sure on the storage issue, Ben, but the first thing I would address is lighting - you need a lot more.
How are you fixed for power? If it's like most garages there's one circuit for all the outlets so you're going to need some new circuits, a couple of dedicated 20 amp would handle new power tools well.
Will you be getting any 240v equipment? You'll need outlets for those, as well.
It's a great place to start so keep us posted on your progress.
Looks good, Doug! We're expecting to see a lot of good project photos soon... :wink:Well I have been slowly putting together, yet another shop. As always, I have to share the garage with other stuff like bikes, the gym, and random crap. However, I have been able to build anything and everything I have wanted, or that my wife has wanted. I am in the process of upgrading some equipment to include a larger bandsaw, an oscillating spindle sander, and I recently just upgraded my lathe. I also have a few pieces of equipment that I need to acquire, like a jointer, planer, and a router table of some kind. I can't believe I have went this long with those tools. Other than that, I can pretty much build anything I want, which has been super nice.
If I could just keep it cool in there. This central Florida heat is a killer.
I would love to install a mini split system, but unfortunately our HOA will not allow it. Hopefully our 5 year plan will come to fruition, and I'll have my own dedicated shop with A/C.Looks good, Doug! We're expecting to see a lot of good project photos soon... :wink:
It cost about $500 to fully insulate our two-car garage, including the door, and then we put a mini-split system in for cooling and heating. Located in NW Louisiana we're not too much different from your climate. Constant humidity in the 85% to 95% range, summer temps in the 95° to 105° range - hot! But our shop stays very comfortable year round.
Something is better than nothing. I've seen shops that a lot of ,one has been spent on, yet product nothing....I'm ashamed to show the workshop. It's not a workshop. This is a canopy with an earthen floor and metal walls. Very tight. So far there is no money for a normal workshop.