Here’s a summary of garage ideas and points to keep in mind:
Consider the size of garage that is right for you. Keep in mind that bigger
does not always mean better as some garages end up accumulating junk
and costing more to heat and cool.
Ventilation is important especially if you are using paint and chemicals.
If your garage does not have good cross ventilation, consider installing
an industrial spark proof fan.
A garage might not have heating or air conditioning, however, insulating
it will make it more comfortable. If you add heat or air conditioning,
be certain to follow your local building codes.
Old kitchen cabinets are great for garage storage. Some new hardware
and paint can make them “fit in” better with your garage.
Never build shelves again! Wire shelves from a home improvement
or office supply store are not only strong, they let dust fall through
keeping things cleaner.
You might want a drain in your garage floor. However, a flat floor
can be useful to square aspects of a vehicle and your tools will not
Light is important to see what you are doing. Let as much outdoor light
enter your repair garage as possible. Fluorescent fixtures are a fairly
inexpensive way to provide light.
Pegboard is an inexpensive way to hold tools and save on space.
Additionally, tools that are used a lot can be accessed quickly with
no searching involved.
Consider putting everything on wheels. Thus, tools and equipment
can come to the job. Also, your shop can be quickly reconfigured.
Furthermore, cleaning is easier when equipment can be moved to
Some tools spark, throw grit and attract dirt, and other tools stay relatively
clean. Keep the tools that make grit separate from the cleaner precision
tools. This will allow you to do less cleaning and your tools will last
Some garages have one large door and some have two smaller doors. One
large door will eliminate the post (between two smaller doors) that can get
in your way. However, when open, one large door can block some overhead
Remember safety such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, safety goggles,
gloves, ear plugs, proper clothing, paint respirators, smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors, etc. Also, you will do your best work when you plan
ahead, are well rested, and have plenty of time to do a job.
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Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price…” He
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