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Worklog : The Garage

We're fully moved into the new house now, and aside from a few surprises like the well pump taking a shit two weeks ago things are settling down a bit. The garage was of great importance when we were house shopping and having found one of decent size, I now need to make it suit my needs and interests. I posted about the garage before, roughing out ideas, but this thread will be focused on the actual task and will be updated as frequently as I get shit done. We have a pretty good idea of our end-goal, but it will take some time to get there and will find frequent re-prioritization as home ownership has already proven to necessitate.

The garage is about 27'x32', plenty of room for two cars, a motorcycle and a decent multi-purpose work space.

Goals include:
-Functional and organized. Appearance is secondary but still appreciated
-Accessible storage of two cars and up to three motorbikes.
-Durable materials that will endure frequent use.
-Lots of storage-space for tools, parts and raw materials.
-Lots of counter-space for active projects.
-Chemical-resistant flooring to increase longevity, improve appearance and resist stains.
-Adequate lighting and power receptacles throughout.

The garage will NOT house any yard tools or equipment as we have a shed specifically for that purpose. It is intended to be a automobile/motorbike-centric workspace with little deviation.

Basic layout of the space at present:


Outside:




After clearing out the rest of the junk left behind by the previous owners:


...and getting the floors epoxy-coated with flakes (to rejection) and then finished with a poly-urethane clearcoat.


Detail of the surface coating:


It was about four days before we could start parking the vehicles inside again due to out-gassing of the coating, but it has been great ever since. The floor was the major task both due to scale and cost. Now that it is done I can put my attention to the walls, cleaning them up, planning out receptacle placement, fixing the trim and painting where necessary.
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I really like that floor coating.

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Wow, yeah that floor coating is
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more details on the floor coating

I'd like to do something like that in my shop
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You went up a foot on the walls eh? Nice touch i guess, might be handy.

looks nice, but I'd have just stained the concrete probably. Cheaper and more durable
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more details on the floor coating

I'd like to do something like that in my shop

There are a couple options to look at. Most companies operate as a franchise with local independent installers. I'd check locally for a few installers and then look around for reviews or examples of their work and how it is holding up. Prep is the most important part and can mean the difference between a long-lasting surface or one that won't last a year. Most of the big store DIY solutions are pretty bad for durability, but DIY with care and a proper commercial product would work well.

http://garageexperts.com/
http://www.elitecreteindiana.com/
http://www.legacyindustrial.net/cart/

There are other options as well, those are just the ones I know about.

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You went up a foot on the walls eh? Nice touch i guess, might be handy.

looks nice, but I'd have just stained the concrete probably. Cheaper and more durable

I wanted something to break up the high walls a bit, which will be further differentiated by trim work.

There was no additional cost to doing the verticals and durability isn't compromised by doing so. Why would you think it would be less durable with the protective/sacrificial coating on more surfaces?
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A little pissed as I missed out on a deal by mere hours! While parousing Craigslist for vintage tools I came across a Weaver 72B floor jack. Not sure on the exact age, somewhere in the late-50's to early 60's and it had the optional handle-release to easily lower the jack.



It was in good shape, needing only a rebuild to be put back into service. After a phone call I had brokered a deal with the man and was getting ready to set out for pickup only to receive another call informing me that his neighbor decided to buy it, sparing me the journey and the awesome jack.

I'm a bit dejected at this point. I'm still in need of a floor jack, but I DO NOT want to buy any of the Chinese crap made in the last 20+ years. I'm going to give it another few weeks of searching in hopes something vintage from Weaver or Blackhawk will turn up otherwise I'll have to cave and by a new Hein-Werner floor jack...

Outside of that, I'm mocking up workbench ideas. Trying to decide between all-wood construction or square tubing with wood countertops. The latter would be more space-efficient but would necessitate a pre-mature investment in a welder and a bit of practice before I could make anything worth a damn.
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Do square tubing, and leave the outer and middle corners open/exposed, so you can put in vises/grinders and other stationary tools, like this:

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http://www.store.millerwelds.com/com...?ProdID=951413

I saw this on Gearz, and it's genius in action. Either build your own version, or buy that one, and profit massively.
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I have had the flooring kits in my hands at least 5 times since I bought my house, and every damn time I put them back on the shelf because to do it right, you really do have to follow the instructions to a tee, which takes days, and I have WAY too much stuff in my garage to put anywhere for that long. I'd have to rent a fucking POD system, which brings my garage floor project up from a few hundred bucks to a grand.

So jealous man. I love it.
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I have had the flooring kits in my hands at least 5 times since I bought my house, and every damn time I put them back on the shelf because to do it right, you really do have to follow the instructions to a tee, which takes days, and I have WAY too much stuff in my garage to put anywhere for that long. I'd have to rent a fucking POD system, which brings my garage floor project up from a few hundred bucks to a grand.

So jealous man. I love it.

Yea, I was going to DIY it until the wife suggested otherwise. I'm so glad we went the professional route as my efforts would not have returned the same quality finish. After reading into the off-the-shelf DIY products, I found that they rarely hold up to any level of use and require re-application to maintain their finish once every-other-year or more depending upon use.
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I'm a bit dejected at this point. I'm still in need of a floor jack, but I DO NOT want to buy any of the Chinese crap made in the last 20+ years. I'm going to give it another few weeks of searching in hopes something vintage from Weaver or Blackhawk will turn up otherwise I'll have to cave and by a new Hein-Werner floor jack...

Outside of that, I'm mocking up workbench ideas. Trying to decide between all-wood construction or square tubing with wood countertops. The latter would be more space-efficient but would necessitate a pre-mature investment in a welder and a bit of practice before I could make anything worth a damn.

Yeah, don't skimp on a jack. I've got an old Hein Werner O'Boy that needs a rebuild, and I decided to upgrade - bought one of the new HW 2 tons. Great great great fucking jack. Fantastic. I still need to rebuild the old HW, but that's not high on the priority lists at the moment. Look at the old HW's too, and if you're going new, the Milwaukee Hydraulic's are really good too, I ended up with the HW because the Milwaukee was the same-ish price, but i didn't have a local dealer and would have had to pay for shipping out the ass. Heavy motherfuckers.
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Yeah, don't skimp on a jack. I've got an old Hein Werner O'Boy that needs a rebuild, and I decided to upgrade - bought one of the new HW 2 tons. Great great great fucking jack. Fantastic. I still need to rebuild the old HW, but that's not high on the priority lists at the moment. Look at the old HW's too, and if you're going new, the Milwaukee Hydraulic's are really good too, I ended up with the HW because the Milwaukee was the same-ish price, but i didn't have a local dealer and would have had to pay for shipping out the ass. Heavy motherfuckers.

what's HW? i need a new jack (high rise as i need blocks to raise my CUV up high enough), so i'm shopping around
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I have had the flooring kits in my hands at least 5 times since I bought my house, and every damn time I put them back on the shelf because to do it right, you really do have to follow the instructions to a tee, which takes days, and I have WAY too much stuff in my garage to put anywhere for that long. I'd have to rent a fucking POD system, which brings my garage floor project up from a few hundred bucks to a grand.

So jealous man. I love it.

You can't just move all the crap into a spare bedroom or two, and park outside for a couple of days?

The problem I have is that there's a water softener installed in my garage that would have to be removed completely in order to get the floor stuff down, and I'd then have to bypass it for a few days, or do without water in the house.

I'm totally jealous too; that floor looks awesome. Is it as rough as I'm imagining?
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Damn this is a nice, early in the process project.

We have been in our house for about 6 years and haven't really got around to doing much with the garage. I have ideas, and want to do it, but everything else takes priority.
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