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post #1 of 13 Old 01-26-2011, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Garage Setup - Ideal for DIY Maintenance?

I just moved and have a detached unfinished 2-car garage. I would like to finish the garage with a function / form mentality setup for DIY auto work. I'd like to hear other's experiences (what they like and perhaps what they'd do differently).

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-26-2011, 12:21 PM
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Oh man, I would love a 2 car detached garage. It just screams "Mancave"

My thoughts, insulate that baby cause New England winters are COLD! Stick in one of those gas heaters if you can.
You got to get yourself a lift. 2 post or 4 post.
And don't forget TOOLS!!!
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-26-2011, 02:13 PM
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I think a lift is almost a given for a awesome DIY garage. Gives you the ability to do so much on a car when you can get under it easily. Checkout Capt Pete's:

http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/dr...ss-garage.html
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Screw the lift and tools...Thats for chumps. Start with a 30 Cubic foot refer, a 60" LCD, and a comfy couch. The logic...If you start with the lift and tools you'll get thrown out of the house with no place to go.

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post #5 of 13 Old 01-27-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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Yup, got a refrigerator, couch, good stereo. First things I bought after I moved my plane into a hanger. ( 1948 108-3 Stinson SW )
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My shop area is about 1200sqft and I haven't found roon for a lift yet. I know a lot of guys love them, but to me it means dedicating floor space of oil changes and so far I haven't been willing to do that. When the car is oon the lift its a few inches off the ground making a lot of top car stuff harder and I just never saw a need for one.

I have a beer fridge.....but sadly I often let it run out because a lot less actual work gets done when the fridge is full and even less would get done if there was a TV and couch to go with the beer.

No, tools and some kind of HVAC are what you need in a DIY garage if your plan is actually to DIY IMO and that's what's in mine these days.
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The most important thing you can install is a good work bench with a decent sized vice. I made both of mine out of 1/4" thick 3" angle iron. The heavier the better.

If I had the room, I'd opt for a two post lift. There are some things that are just miserable to do on the floor, and when you get late in the day, rolling under the car for the 20th time gets old.

I think a good set of wrenches, a drill press, 1/2" hand drill, bench grinder, angle grinder, and all the normal tools are a minimum (wire brushes, plastic mallets, etc.). Aluminum jack, set of jackstands, etc.

I've always really wanted a bandsaw. I don't quite have the room right now, but at some point I'd like to have one.

Down the road, I'd say a MIG welder and then a TIG welder are worthwhile. Then a small lathe and a good sized mill pretty much round out anything you'd ever need.
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Yup, got a refrigerator, couch, good stereo. First things I bought after I moved my plane into a hanger. ( 1948 108-3 Stinson SW )
HaH, My Hanger is my Workshop. I just have to decide what to work on, the planes, the boat, or the cars!!

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Paint the floors... U-Coat-it or something similar. Makes cleanup later sooooo easy.

4 post lift with jacking plates in case you need the wheels off the ground convenience of a 2 post lift.

Lights, lots of lights.

A/C and heat so you can work year round.

dedicated storage space


thats a good starter list.

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Well… after several months of work taking over, I’ve decided to follow through on what I’ve started. Based on recommendations I’ve gotten, I think this is a decent list of things to include when finishing. I have short list of tools at the bottom that I’ll target, but I’m focusing on the permanent fixtures / finishing necessary for the garage structure. It was suggested to get things that will be used… one of the benefits I have is proximity to family with shops. Small machine work is only ¼ mile away, major fab and painting work only 2 miles.

Constraints
*Have to keep it a 2 car garage (after all , I need a place for the Dino while I work on the Audis)
*Low ceiling
*Cannot change “garage” dimensions

General Finishing
*Electricity
-Sub panel in garage
-Outlets every 4 ft (alternate breakers, use GFCI)
-Some outlets on ceiling
*Lighting
-Fluorescent lights (newer electronic ballasts)
-Flush mounted in ceiling (due to low ceiling)
-Flush mounted in wall?
-White walls
*Surface finishes
-Insulate walls and ceiling
-Finish walls and ceiling / paint white for lighting
-Seal / coat floor
*HVAC
-Window mount heat pump
*Plumbing
-Sink and drain
-Air lines
*Work surface / storage
-Work bench
-Dirty bench
-Good vice
-Cabinets mounted at front (away from vehicles due to space)
*Lift
-Low rise lift (not necessarily necessary, but I do already have one so…)

Tools / accessories suggested include – toolbox, air compressor, air tools, welder, parts cleaner, engine hoist, radio, etc.

Thanks for all the suggestions,
Chris
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-12-2011, 08:51 PM
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Very nice.

And ultra clean too. I likey.
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-12-2011, 10:28 PM
 
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More of my garage

Here is a picture of the outside. The garage has a big air compressor in a shed outside the main garage, a box for air bead blasting, air tools, an old, cheap lathe, and a lot of hand tools. The garage door that you see in this picture opens up to an area that is larger than the area where the four post lift was in the first picture.
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