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Finally Got My Garage Mahal!!!


Marty Rogan

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On 7/16/2020 at 4:45 PM, 26th-Z said:

It was $2,250 for 600 square feet.   https://www.armorcoatings.net/concrete-polishing-san-jose-ca/

Their material spec and installation was in line with what I would spec for a commercial quality installation.  Normally, in my work, I would spec something like a Sherwin Williams product (institutional and manufacturing type of applications) but this material spec had a higher percentage of solids.  I didn't do any flakes, just a solid color.  I have noticed that it does scratch from sand that I track in, but I clean it with Swiffer and it shines right up.  A lot like a polished terrazzo finish.  I let it cure for 72 hours before I started moving stuff in.

 

 

 

It's been six months since the garage was repaired. Can you tell me what condition the epoxy floor is in right now? Are you pleased with your choice? 

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14 minutes ago, 26th-Z said:

Installed cabinets this morning.  My old work bench frames got trashed and I got a great deal on these all plywood cabinets.  7 linear feet of uppers and lowers.  Will make a great work bench.  I still have to install the tops which are Corian.

The epoxy floor is holding up very well, however it will scratch and it doesn't protect from hard scrapes and jabs that would mark any concrete floor.  Because of the light color, dirt shows up easily but I wanted that to know that the place was clean.

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A drafting table! Nice.

I worked as a draftsman back in the days when the only computer was my HP33c scientific calculator with reverse polish notation (no equals button).

 

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On 11/6/2020 at 6:22 AM, Marty Rogan said:

What brand is your lift, and do you like it?

Sorry I took so long to reply.

The lift is sold by Bend Pak, but isn’t branded.

I added jacks that roll forward and backward to allow wheel end work.

It is great for maintenance and service work, I also have a transmission jack for doing transmission and clutch work.

 

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On 5/15/2021 at 1:04 PM, Racer X said:

A drafting table! Nice.

I worked as a draftsman back in the days when the only computer was my HP33c scientific calculator with reverse polish notation (no equals button).

 

Long ago, a friend was using an HP calculator.  I picked it up and started playing with it.  He said, "Careful, if keep that up, you'll never go back to algebraic." 

He was right.  After 15 minutes I went back to my TI and could not operate it!  Seriously.  Everything was suddenly foreign, like having to push " = ". 

Still using a 48SX bought in the 90's

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On 5/15/2021 at 9:47 AM, 26th-Z said:

Installed cabinets this morning.  My old work bench frames got trashed and I got a great deal on these all plywood cabinets.  7 linear feet of uppers and lowers.  Will make a great work bench.  I still have to install the tops which are Corian.

The epoxy floor is holding up very well, however it will scratch and it doesn't protect from hard scrapes and jabs that would mark any concrete floor.  Because of the light color, dirt shows up easily but I wanted that to know that the place was clean.

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Your cabinets look just like the uppers I put in my garage this weekend.  The garage in the house I just bought only has one outlet and I have three workbenches that wrap around four walls.  I like what you did with the exposed conduit.  I might have to do something very similar.  With a slab on grade house, all power is under the house, so grabbing more power from the panel is much harder than I'm used to.

I like the drafting table too.  I grew up drafting and I still love doing manual drawings.

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11 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I put these in my rental house after I went up on the breaker amps. Work great. Microwave and all kinds of other crap ladies use on the countertops. I think there's 8 per strip. Like a big ole surge protecter from Lowes. $20?

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I do miss my house where I installed multiple 20 amp circuits to feed my basement workshop.  I could power my table saw and dust collector at the same time.  Here, I only have one 15 amp circuit that likely feeds several other rooms in the house.  Once I get power to the new workshop, I might do power strips like that so I can keep all my power tool chargers plugged in.

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2 hours ago, Jeff G 78 said:

Your cabinets look just like the uppers I put in my garage this weekend.  The garage in the house I just bought only has one outlet and I have three workbenches that wrap around four walls.  I like what you did with the exposed conduit.  I might have to do something very similar.  With a slab on grade house, all power is under the house, so grabbing more power from the panel is much harder than I'm used to.

I like the drafting table too.  I grew up drafting and I still love doing manual drawings.

That is a pet peeve! The IRC code here only requires one outlet in the garage. WtH!! When I build a house there will be 8-10 at least 4' AFF around the garage. Maybe more depending on how big it is. Why do my houses cost more??? A hundred things like this!!

Jeff, Can you not bring power overhead from the panel to get a dedicated circuit to the garage?

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6 minutes ago, Patcon said:

That is a pet peeve! The IRC code here only requires one outlet in the garage. WtH!! When I build a house there will be 8-10 at least 4' AFF around the garage. Maybe more depending on how big it is. Why do my houses cost more??? A hundred things like this!!

Jeff, Can you not bring power overhead from the panel to get a dedicated circuit to the garage?

It's even worse than that.  There are ZERO light switches or real lights in the garage.  There is a 4 foot fluorescent fixture with a pull cord in the center of the garage that plugs into the garage door outlet.  Otherwise, the only light is the one in the opener which has an on/off button on the opener's wall switch.  Hopefully, I can find power in the attic where I can pull from to add a bunch of garage lights and drop wiring for a switch.

I'm not sure yet if I can go overhead.  I sure hope so.  This is all new to me having the panel outside on the side of the garage.  I'm used to the panel being in the basement with a subpanel in the garage if it's detached. I have not yet been up in the attic, but the panel has multiple large conduits coming out of the ground, so I'd assume power comes from underground and heads back underground.  I haven't figured out yet where the power comes into the garage.

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Will do. I think once I get up in the attic, I will have a better idea what I have to work with, but I like your subpage idea!  I could pull two 20amp for the outlets and another 20amp for the lights. 

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I used the pack of 8 led fixtures from EBay (and others).  They are very lightweight, very easy to install, and very bright.  My space is about 24 x 26.  I need at least 4 more to lighten up two sides.  Easily worth the money IMO.  I've had so many different workspaces and none ever had light, so I've done this many times. 

My only recommendation is to buy their pigtails to get the spacing you need.

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Very delinquent on posting these, but life has been pretty busy. 

We moved into our dream home in the foothills just north of Boise in early October.   I had the garage floor epoxy coated before we moved in. Garage is almost 1500 sq-ft.  Garage was epoxy coated by my friend who does this for a living so the price was quite reasonable.   I pick up the four post lift next Tuesday. NewAge pro series cabinets arrive in January.  Garage is coming along, but still filled with packing boxes.  Here are a few pics.

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Really nice space!  Nice trinkets to fill it with too.  Love the epoxy floor.  Always dreamed of being able to wipe up an oil spill with a rag and have no residue. 

That'll be a great place to get some work done comfortably.

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You can expect to spend around $5 / sq. ft. for a nice epoxy floor.  I really like mine.  It can scratch and gouge if you scrape something over it.  Mine is a light tan color and shows dirt real easily but I can clean it up with a Swiffer and it looks great.

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1 hour ago, ETI4K said:

A friend gave me 10 gallons of Rust Bullet Concrete Coating.  I am still deciding if I will use it on my new slab once it's cured- it's white!

You might check with the manufacturer and see if it can be colored before application.

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3 hours ago, 26th-Z said:

You can expect to spend around $5 / sq. ft. for a nice epoxy floor.  I really like mine.  It can scratch and gouge if you scrape something over it.  Mine is a light tan color and shows dirt real easily but I can clean it up with a Swiffer and it looks great.

My last floor I did DIY it was about $0.30 a foot. Today the same material is about $2.00 a foot

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Got my Triumph NSS-8 4-post lift installed.  It operates nicely and was fairly easy to assemble, with the help of two local kids for the heavy parts. Once the framework is assembled,  it's easy to manage by yourself. 

Got my 4 Datsuns and wife's trailer on the RV side of the garage.  Other side has the Jeep, the Elantra and plenty of storage along with boxes that still need to be unpacked. Once the NewAge cabinets come in, I will be about done.  

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