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I have previously posted pics and details about my ongoing shop/garage build - stage 1 was the building itself, stage 2 was a lengthy DIY on how I did my epoxy flooring, stage 3 covered the 2-post lift selection and installation, and now I have almost finished stage 4, so I figured I'd post it up.

Next up will be finalizing lighting locations, figuring out wall surfaces, and finding good quality but inexpensive used cabinets and countertops. From there, it will be 99% complete.

Stage 4 included:

  • Adding more lights on a separate switch on the angled rafers for fill light
  • Completing two air compressor outlets, including my regulator and water trap and a 50' hose reel mounted on the ceiling
  • Adding ethernet and coax
  • R-15 insulation in all 2x4 walls, R-19 in 2x6 walls, and R-30 in ceiling and rafter joists, plus proper fire caulking and foam sealing around windows and intrusions
  • Adding a garage vac
  • Adding two 30A, 220v outlets for future welder, etc
  • Organizing several toolboxes
  • Adding 18,000 BTU mini split ductless aircon and heater
The lights (8 total) took a while. I had to disassemble each one, remove the pull switch, remove the plug-in cord, and convert to "hardwire". I mounted each directly to the ceiling joists and ran 12ga romex directly into the hole where the plug came out before. I also spaced them evenly and put them low enough to ensure they are unblocked even with the overhead door wide open. I still have to figure out final placement for the ceiling lights - possibly adding some more to the layout, as the lift interferes with layout symmetry, and then convert all of those to hardwired as well. Each light fixture was $29 at Home Depot and the bulbs were a couple bucks each. Not too bad for the sheer amount of light I have in there. It's like daylight at night.

Using the RapidAir kit from Northern Tool I added around 100 feet of line from the compressor, to the shop, into my regulator/water trap, then to the manifold which splits into one wall outlet and one 50 foot hose reel permanently mounted on the ceiling (on sale at Northern for $50).

Ethernet and coax were simple and were run to the areas where my floor and overhead cabinets will be once I buy them. No cost, since I had large spools of wire already on hand from wiring my basement a year ago.

Garage vac was $150 or so at Amazon including shipping. Works great, very powerful, not too loud, and a very large capacity. Came with tons of tools and cleans up the entire place in minutes.

Using 10-3 romex, I added two 220v, 30A outlets for future use. I had a spare 30A breaker so the wire cost was roughly $70 or so. Neighbor needed some of the wire so we split a 100 foot roll.

Organizing toolboxes after years of careless use - priceless, but very time consuming. How crazy is it that I can no longer find anything due to being so organized???

I had bought a rolling tool cart on sale at Harbor Freight for $160, VERY STURDY with ball bearing drawer slides. Rubber wheels, etc. It's wonderful and I stocked it up with my most common auto repair tools so it should be almost everything I need when doing most jobs.

Bought a Shinco (Chinese brand) 18,000 BTU ductless mini split heat/aircon online for $1100 shipped. Works down to 17 degrees outside temp and provides great heating and cooling. VERY QUIET. Qualifies for 30% federal tax credit, so including my buddy's help to install it, probably under $1000 "out the door" after tax credit is figured in. Small price to pay for the ultimate in comfort for a shop I spend many hours a week in.

Here are some pics of the progress:















 

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Very nice! Good photography work too keeping the lights in range without them looking blown out.

I've been taking a few notes from your build for my next house. I've been trying to figure out what to do about hvac for the garage.
 

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Nice job and great garage!

One suggestion before you're done. A 30A breaker won't handle some welders. I have a dedicated 60A circuit for my AC/DC arc welder, and it's not an exceptionally big unit.

Good luck with your project!
Bill
 

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Nice job and great garage!

One suggestion before you're done. A 30A breaker won't handle some welders. I have a dedicated 60A circuit for my AC/DC arc welder, and it's not an exceptionally big unit.

Good luck with your project!
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Unfortunately I can't really do that because the main coming into this garage is only 50A. I have another 50A main in the basement that I could tap off of but not possible to get 60A. My neighbor has a very nice welder that is only 30A, so worst case I'd get one like that. It'll do just about any job i would ever attempt. It sounds like you might be more serious about welding than I anticipate being.
 

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Looks great and the gambrel roof is the way to go for the lift clearance!
Are you going to put up gypsum wall board and, if so, what vapor barrier are you using on the exterior walls?
 

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Looks great and the gambrel roof is the way to go for the lift clearance!
Are you going to put up gypsum wall board and, if so, what vapor barrier are you using on the exterior walls?
Most likely a combo of sheetrock and pegboard/slotboard. Haven't decided 100% just yet.

The vapor barrier is your standard house wrap Tyvek-type material:

 

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It may be already in your plans, but is a fire protection / suppression system in the plans as well?

Since you're building a pretty elaborate garage with lifts and equipment, I imagine that you'll have a few prized vehicles going in there (and some stored for periods of time?).

Just an idea -
 

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Very good idea...
 

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It may be already in your plans, but is a fire protection / suppression system in the plans as well?

Since you're building a pretty elaborate garage with lifts and equipment, I imagine that you'll have a few prized vehicles going in there (and some stored for periods of time?).

Just an idea -
There's a fire extinguisher on the wall, but I have no "prized vehicles" - its just a shop/garage to do maintenance and projects. Nothing fancy will live there.
 

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That's a nice looking addition to your house. I know you must be pleased. I recently joined so this is the first post I've seen on it. Only comment I would make is you could have saved 5A on your lighting circuit; not much power draw there, so a 15A 14 Gauge wire circuit would have been more than enough. If you tapped a lighting circuit off a 20A 115V circuit, then you did the right thing. Always better to be over rated than under- - -hope you also used the proper grommet for the entry hole into the lights that secures and isolates the romex from sharp edges. This looks like a first class job, so I'm sure you did. Although not mentioned I'm sure all the 115V outlets are ground fault protected too, right?

Not much left now, except to finish it up and enjoy!
 

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That's a nice looking addition to your house. I know you must be pleased. I recently joined so this is the first post I've seen on it. Only comment I would make is you could have saved 5A on your lighting circuit; not much power draw there, so a 15A 14 Gauge wire circuit would have been more than enough. If you tapped a lighting circuit off a 20A 115V circuit, then you did the right thing. Always better to be over rated than under- - -hope you also used the proper grommet for the entry hole into the lights that secures and isolates the romex from sharp edges. This looks like a first class job, so I'm sure you did. Although not mentioned I'm sure all the 115V outlets are ground fault protected too, right?

Not much left now, except to finish it up and enjoy!
All of my circuits are at least 12ga romex "just in case." What if I want to install high power halogens in later years? Then the wiring will handle it. I agree, it's overkill for the fluorescents, but cost from 14 to 12 gauge is negligible.

All my circuits are GFCI protected at the breaker. The only one that isn't is my lift circuit.
 
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