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post #1 of 29 Old 08-15-2021, 07:36 AM Thread Starter
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Building a home Auto Shop

Hey all,

I am adding a garage to my house and want to do it right the first time. I am going to add a 9,000 lift like the one below.

As I am building my design, I am wondering is there any other equipment I should be considering and make room for?

Would love to have a flow of some ideas of what you all might do, maybe some of you have done this and if you would do it over again you would do something differently.



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post #2 of 29 Old 08-15-2021, 07:39 AM
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I don't have a shop, but I have many day dreams about it... I would think you would want air piped in with a few different drops.

I, personally, would want a shower and toilet in the shop. They way you keep the dirt in the shop


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A large air compressor mounted up and out of the way. Don't waste the floor space.

Heat and insulation. And it doesn't need to be 68 degrees in the winter. 55 is reasonable when you're working.

A sink. Bathroom would be nice if you really have the space. Personally, I don't have a problem going into the house occasionally (or just outside) and wouldn't want to take up the space with a bathroom.

Loft storage. Keep the floor space clear.
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I don't have a shop, but I have many day dreams about it... I would think you would want air piped in with a few different drops.

I, personally, would want a shower and toilet in the shop. They way you keep the dirt in the shop


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A large air compressor mounted up and out of the way. Don't waste the floor space.

Heat and insulation. And it doesn't need to be 68 degrees in the winter. 55 is reasonable when you're working.

A sink. Bathroom would be nice if you really have the space. Personally, I don't have a problem going into the house occasionally (or just outside) and wouldn't want to take up the space with a bathroom.

Loft storage. Keep the floor space clear.

Yes good thoughts, multiple air drops. My current garage I have an air drop in the middle with a little tank mounted upside down with a valve to switch to the big compressor I have next to the wall.
Bathroom especially sink is a good thought as well, I am trying to figure out how I would plumb that to my septic that is on the opposite side of the house.
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Power outlets , 220 for the welder
Workbench and shelving
Fridge
Sink
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+1 for sink and 220VAC.
And definitely insulate the walls and ceiling.
Also, if you have the money, get some tire busting, and balancing equipment.
And wheel alignment tools.
Room for a hydraulic press, drill press, band saw, and parts washer tub.

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Power outlets , 220 for the welder
Workbench and shelving
Fridge
Sink
Sofa
Interesting thought on 220, did not think of that. I am not a welder...yet! But still there is something that is going to need 220VAC. I also have a generator and I can use the 220 to run power back to the house if I have a power outage.

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+1 for sink and 220VAC.
And definitely insulate the walls and ceiling.
Also, if you have the money, get some tire busting, and balancing equipment.
And wheel alignment tools.
Room for a hydraulic press, drill press, band saw, and parts washer tub.

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Tire equipment is an interesting thought. I might not get my money back in tire replacement over time, but something to think about.
Parts washer is a great point, didn't think of that.
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If you figure out plumbing, maybe a small washing machine. I would love to have one for my work clothes or dog stuff.

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Yes good thoughts, multiple air drops. My current garage I have an air drop in the middle with a little tank mounted upside down with a valve to switch to the big compressor I have next to the wall.
Bathroom especially sink is a good thought as well, I am trying to figure out how I would plumb that to my septic that is on the opposite side of the house.
For just a sink.. don't know where you are at, but I would just run it outside into some perf pipe with gravel same with a floor drain assuming you don't run nasties into it.

I love a laundry tub for a sink myself.
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I agree on bathroom, washer & dryer, parts cleaner, welding area, nice size bench with vice, sand blaster, multiple air and power drops, fridge storage cabinet's, floor drain and as much square footage as you can get to move around, HVAC, insulation, exhaust ports and hoses, used oil storage, sound system, room for the extra tool box you didn't think you were going to need.
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I helped a friend with a 30x40 metal bluiding shop. We didn't build the metal building, just completed the out-fitting. Insulated and heated. He has multiple 220 outlets, piped air, lift, bathroom with toilet and deep sink and 10 gal water heater, refrigerator, tv, wi-fi booster from house, and in one corner we built a 10x20 loft space about 6' tall at the center complete with staircase.

A double garage door on the front, and a single door off the back. A 15' concrete apron off the front and 10' off the back. These aprons are great when power washing, sand blasting, etc, where you have work to do, but not IN the shop.

We installed a 100amp sub panel. Sewage to house septic was accomplished with a "lift station", basically a 20-30 gal plastic drum buried outside the bathroom area, a solid waster pump with float switch that pumps waste to main house septic tank, and yes, this was all permitted/inspected.

I'm not sure if he had a budget, or what $$$ he has in it, I never asked.

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If I was planning on building a garage, I'd definitely go with a lift like that Thumper in your photo. It's easy enough to spec the concrete to be strong enough for the stands and clearance above would be easy to insure too. That's something I'd definitely want, I have spent way too much time getting sore and achy crawling around under my TJ supported on jackstands.

Definitely add a 220v outlet to your garage. You never know when you'll decide you want a MIG welder and those that are up to welding anything on a Wrangler require 220v. I first bought a 110v MIG welder and it finally proved to be not enough for everything I needed to weld. I upgraded to a Miller 180 amp welder which required a 220v outlet which I had to add which took me the better part of a day. You'll never believe all the things you'll eventually find a welder useful for.
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Car lifts are awesome. I grew up with a few neighbors that had them in their shops. It is great for any type.of projects. Don't know what this guy is on about.

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I've had enough sore muscles and bones from crawling under and working under vehicles. If I had the space and the money, I'd put in an overhead lift in a heartbeat.

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