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Old 01-07-2011, 02:18 PM   #16
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help me decide where to make my shop!


I'd go for the basement because of the convenience and for fear of someone breaking into the garage, like you said.

Can you put bars over the windows in your garage and a deadbolt on the doors?

Is there a spot on the wall between the garage and the house where you can put a door?

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help me decide where to make my shop!


I've actually considered adding a door. The only convenient location would be in the living room and it would still be kinda an odd spot for a door, but I have considered it.

The garage is so small even if I do put stuff on casters, there's nowhere to actually put it. The car almost touches on both ends, and I can barely open the door on either side, so it's a tight fit, but think I'll sacrifice that fact. The thing with having the car in there as well is it makes a mess on the floor, and that moisture seeps through the cement and into the crawlspace below, so I may be better off to make the garage a dedicated shop. So think I'll go with that and forget the basement idea.

If I did do the basement idea though I would seal that area from the rest of the house, so dust/fumes would not be a huge issue. I would not use forced air to heat the area. Maybe just have a long duct run across that room so the heat would just radiate in the room through the ductwork. If I added a duct then I'd have to put a return (assuming the room is sealed) so yeah I'd be sucking up all sorts of crap and spreading it everywhere.

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