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Old 11-16-2009, 09:31 AM   #1
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Well, my girlfriend has been complaining that I should renovate the bathroom since my last thread here:
Renovating the Laundry Room in 7 days

So, I did what any man would do... I started work on the garage! Now, being a car guy the garage is of high importance to me.. so I spent about a month doing this.

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I patched the big hole, and pulled down the pegboard... and found some HORRIBLE wiring.



So while fixing everything up, I added four 4' t4 fluorescent lights, rewired the garage, and purchased some interlocking tiles.

Here's the final pics. To give you an idea of how bright it is, the top pic was taken at night with no flash:



As part of my compromise.. I am starting the bathroom today. I still need to finish painting the molding, doors, and install my coleman garage shelving units (see below). Oh well, I guess that will have to wait until the spring.



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Old 11-16-2009, 09:38 AM   #2
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Nice - light makes a big improvement
I would have put a window in wall to let some natural light in
I have some T-8's - 3 bulbs 96w total that will go in my garage
I wasn't even aware that they had T-4's, I see 4' as around $50 each ?

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Nice - light makes a big improvement
I would have put a window in wall to let some natural light in
I have some T-8's - 3 bulbs 96w total that will go in my garage
I wasn't even aware that they had T-4's, I see 4' as around $50 each ?
lol good catch.. in the midst of typing four (4) lights and four (4) feet.. I typed T-4.. they are T8s. There WAS a window originally (see left corner of first pic), however the previous owner walled/sided over it. I didn't have the heart, balls, or time to cut my way out and install a window.
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nice job. Light really does make a huge improvement. I like the floor tiles as well; do they float, or are glued to the floor? Thanks for sharing your project.
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How does the flooring go down?
Does it just lay down....glue down ?
Do you park the car in there.....some people don't after they clean it up
And what's all the green jugs down the end ?
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not to take you away from your bathroom project, but garages are important!

have you seen www.garagejournal.com Its all about guys and their garages. some guys have way to much $$ but there are definately some ideas there.

its the 3rd website I visit each day diychatroom is of course the 1st
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How does the flooring go down?
Does it just lay down....glue down ?
Do you park the car in there.....some people don't after they clean it up
And what's all the green jugs down the end ?
The flooring is a floating 1x1x.4" interlocking garage floor tile laid in a 2x2 pattern. I had a hell of a time deciding between doing this flooring and the "epoxy" route. Ultimately, I decided I liked the overall design of this style better.

Yes, I do park my car in there. The whole purpose of cleaning up the garage was to park my turbo miata project car in there As for the jugs, the PO of the house decided to leave me a "present" of about 15 full used oil jugs. I've been gradually depositing them at my local advanced auto. They sure do love me.

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Looks good!
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Sweet, that looks awesome. I can't wait to be able to start working on my pole barn. I have to build the wife something first though to get all of her horse hay, grain, and tack out of there first though which probably means a riding arena with stalls, tack room, etc. So probably 5 more years before I can move to this phase of my house.

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