Broke EF Garage Remodel

Broke EF

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Well since a few of you guys asked to see the garage work, here it is! Like my other post, I am going to be pulling this from another site. I will do my best to get rid of shit that was specific to the post over there, but I am sure I will miss some. This project has been going on and off for about 3 years, so there is a LOT to cover. Hope you guys enjoy!




I am FINALLY starting on the major remodel of my garage. We have been in our (first) house for a little over 3 years, and started running out of other projects :) The space is nothing special, just a 20'x20' attached "2 car" garage. We have done some things to the space since moving in.

One of the first projects when we moved in was a pseudo home theater. That involved running lots of wire all throughout the house, and adding some outlets for equipment. We also stubbed out of the main panel for the garage sub panel while we were in there. When we moved in there was one outlet (by the door) and one light. The opener was plugged in via and extension cord duct taped to the drywall to the outlet by the door. So a sub panel was clearly going to be needed.

Next on the list of projects was creating more storage space. All we could do was go up, as in, into the attic. First obstacle was the sheer amount of garbage up there! The previous owners had clearly also used the space above the garage for storage. Too bad they put down cardboard and trim, and whatever other crap they could find to make a "surface" to put stuff on.







It took me a full day to rip everything out, and get rid of all of the nails and screws. Quick shot of the SOME of the crap I took down...



Once I had a clean surface I put in some 1/2" plywood that I screwed down. This is the early stages, that conduit ended up coming out later.



Before lighting (and after the stairs)



Next up came some lighting! (Ignore the wire on the right, that was before it was terminated)




Four 75 watt bulbs make it pretty bright up there!



I also put in some attic stairs, and that project was a wrap!



Let me tell you, that was one of the best things we have done so far. We have the whole width of the garage (20') about 6' wide of usable area. Easy to get up there, plenty of light, just makes it very usable.


It took a while, but we finally got around to do the sub panel a few months back.





The outlets are each a separate 20 amp circuit. I will be doing that around the garage as well.

After that my buddy came back out and added some lighting. I ended up just doing a bunch of keyless sockets with 100 watt replacement (5000k) LED bulbs. The total investment was very low, and the light is good enough for me.

That brings us up to speed with the final stage of this whole deal. I don't really have a "before pic", but this is close enough.



After the walls were pretty much done.


I still need to tear down the ceiling, and then we can run the electric around. I am doing insulation, new drywall, more lighting, electric, heat (electric), and AC. I will probably re-coat the floor too since its pretty trashed. Once walls are up I will be building shelving, cabinets, and other storage devices for everything.




Since I am here, I may as well update. We just finished taking the ceiling down. Later today we are going to run the electric.






Not much to show today, but figured I would throw in an update anyway. As you saw above, on Saturday morning the wife and I got the last of the drywall torn down. It went pretty good actually since a large chunk was barely hanging on :) Only took about an hour to get it down and cleaned up.

Saturday afternoon my buddy came by to work on the electrical. We came up with a game plan, and headed over to Home Depot to get supplies. Since the garage is a mess, I was busy shuffling things around and pulling nails while he was running his home runs. We are going to be surface mounting the outlets and such, but he got the pipes stubbed up from the panel, and then in the far wall. That way I can close up the walls and the ceiling. After that he got on the last of the lighting. Initially I was planning just one more row of bulbs down the middle. As we were looking at it, I asked "what about two rows". Turned out that it would be a little easier to run, and the spacing with the existing rows worked out prefect!

So now I have 16 keyless sockets in the ceiling with 5000k 100W replacement LED bulbs in them. Not a traditional lighting scheme around here, but it was cheap and its pretty efficient. I spent about $100 on bulbs, and they use a little over 200 watts when they are all lit. One other thing we did was put the outer 4 bulbs on a second switch for times we don't need to light up the whole neighborhood. I only had my phone, so it is hard to show how bright it is, but it is BRIGHT out there with them all on!









Sunday we went and ordered up the insulation and drywall, which is being delivered tomorrow. I went with 4' X 10' sheets of 5/8" fire rated drywall, and R13 insulation. I would have like a higher R rating in the ceiling, but its only 2x4 trusses, and I have plywood covering more than half of it. I could have put thicker insulation on the section that doesn't have the plywood, but easier to just keep everything the same.

Monday some stuff showed up for the garage. First up was a couple of air tight bins to hold the salt and oil dry. This was the Wife's idea, and is MUCH nicer than the bags I had jammed in the corner. The corner that lets in just a bit of water, and that never gets cleaned...



Next came my favorite piece of the puzzle, the AC unit! It is nothing special, just a 12,000 portable unit, but should be great for my small garage!



I was looking at these after I sold my old window unit. I know window units are more efficient, but I have no windows in there and I did not want it sticking through the wall. If the back wall wasn't the kitchen I would have done that, but one side is the front sidewalk to the door, and the other is the sidewalk to get to the backyard and is narrow. Anyway this popped up on prime day, and the wife saw it and sent it to me. Quick check on the specs said it was pretty much identical (or slightly better) than the one I had my eye on for around $150 less.

Well that's all I have for now. Today we clean up (more) and clear out a spot for the delivery tomorrow. Then I can start on getting the insulation up ASAP. I have a bit more work to do before I can do that, but I should have that done this week hopefully. Plan is to be done with insulation and ready for drywall by the end of this weekend.




I got bored last night, and decided to play around with SketchUp. This kind of gives you an idea of how small my garage is.










Just got this pic from my wife



Looks like the real work can begin! BTW, you can clearly see I expected them to put the sheets in the other direction. Lucky for me there was just enough space to fit them.




It's time for the weekly(ish) update!! I am just gonna post pics since the timeline is all blurred together.

Power stubbed up out of the panel. The box above will be for the heater.


The drops down the opposite wall




Drywall, insulation, heater, and fan


I ended up re-hanging my opener since it was on some tiny angle pieces that were screwed together.


Put up some scrap wood to support the heater


Got some support up for the fan and the speakers. Also ran the stereo wiring so now the garage is "Zone 2" from my main receiver in the basement. There is a lot going on with home audio/video/networking, if anyone cares I can get into it.


Also, I have no idea what the hell is going on with that vent monstrosity. Who thought that was a good idea?! It will get fixed, but not in this round of work. I am also going to be closing up those holes between the rafters, that is coming up soon.

Got insulation almost completely done on the walls.




Next up is finish the walls out, then move on to the ceiling. As I mentioned I need to close up those holes. That means putting in some bracing so I can later cut panels to close the gaps. I am also going to add some supports in a couple areas that get the most traffic. In hindsight I probably should have used 3/4" plywood for that project, would have had less flex. No big deal, just some braces up there and then I can insulate the ceiling and start hanging drywall! I hope I get a weekend that isn't hot as hell soon, that would speed this whole project up :)




Slow weekend this week. Had a bunch of other things going on, which was annoying since the weather was damn near perfect. Oh well, still got some done regardless.

Friday we cleaned up and moved everything to one side of the garage.


FLOOR!


We are pretty lucky that our town will collect just about anything for free. The oil is mine, but all the rest of this pile-o-chemicals came from the previous owners.


That is the last of the junk left over from the previous owners. It didn't seem like they left all that much, until we got dumpster bags on three separate occasions, and a call for the hazardous pickup to get rid of it all!

Moving on, Saturday I was only able to get out there for a little over an hour. So I finished insulating that outside wall.




I also removed the last little bit of drywall (on the ceiling) that I wasn't able to get at before, along with the last of the nails. I was planning on installing my vent for the AC, but my holesaw arbor needs a 1/2" chuck. Unfortunately for me my batteries took a crap on my 18v Lithium Ion Makita drill, so all I have is my 12v set that only has a 3/8" chuck. I did think I had a smaller arbor around, but I couldn't find it. Ill either borrow a drill, buy some batteries, or buy a new drill.

I did also run the additional wires for the speakers out back. I got some outdoor cameras that showed up on Friday, and I was able to plan out the mounting and wiring for those as well.

Well that's all for this week. I might be able to start putting up drywall this coming weekend. I need to do a little bit more work, and then I can insulate the ceiling (that will be fun), then drywall!

Fingers crossed for some pics of installed drywall next week!




Time for an update. Two weekends ago was pretty much dedicated to insulating the ceiling on the open half. There was some other things that came up which delayed things a bit. I did get a drywall lift, but never ended up getting any drywall installed that weekend.

One up


Started getting warm with the garage door shut, so I temped in the AC :)


Working well!
Discharge


Exhaust


Then I grabbed my 8' ladder to help support the insulation while I was putting it up.


Installed!


It was a bit easier with some support, but lots of up and down to move things around. I also broke a light bulb when I got the ladder out. DOH! As I said, I got the rest of the insulation up on that half of the ceiling and that was about it. Doing that by myself was not fun. I am sure there are MANY things I could have done to make it easier, but I am no pro at any of this so it can be slow going. The good news was that I also ordered up some tools to help me with t he drywall.



Got all 3 for $200 which I thought was good deal. I needed a bigger (1/2" chuck) drill since my Makita has dead batteries, so I jumped on it. They all worked great, but the batteries are a bit lack luster being only 1.4 or 1.5Ah.

That brings us to this past weekend, which can only mean one thing... DRYWALL!!!

One sheet up!


The cutout tool did a nice job when I had it adjusted right. I was a bit hit or miss overall, but when I didn't screw up it was very nice. It sped things up quite a bit for sure.


Three up! That end one was fun, lots of cutouts. I am planning on trimming around the attic stairs, so the fact that my measurement was slightly off for the one piece isn't an issue.


This was the end of the day on Saturday. Ceiling done, and one piece up on the wall (which we took down and redid Sunday)


End of the day Sunday!




The small piece on the bottom to the left of the door is just sitting there. Now that its done, I know what to change for the rest of the garage. I know the small gap will be a pain in the ass, but it seemed like a better idea to position them how I did when I was hanging it. Going forward I will leave a larger gap at the bottom since I am going to trim anyway. Again, I am no pro, but I think it is looking decent so far.




UPDATE TIME!!!! I haven't had a lot of time lately to get out there and do some work, that is until this past weekend. We had nothing to do over the labor day weekend, so the wife and I dove in and got a lot done.

Started by moving EVERYTHING over to the other side of the garage. That is a massive undertaking all in itself. If I haven't said it yet, I really cant wait for this project to be done! Anyway, after that was done, we put the the insulation in the ceiling. That went a whole lot quicker this time with a second set of hands.



You can't see in the pic, but I also added in a few extra braces for the floor up there. The cross 2x4 that you can see is the old scuttle frame.

Next up came MORE DRYWALL!!!!

First sheet up


I am starting to get decent with the cutout tool


And just like that the ceiling was done!


Next up came the walls, but not before hooking the tunes back up AND the ever important fan!


Wall all ready for drywall (I still had a little insulation work to do over there)


BAM, wall is done!


Let me tell you, the walls are SO much easier. First off because they are on the walls and not over head. Second because I was able to use totally uncut sheets (the two closest to the door). Those are the only two sheets in the entire garage that did not need to be cut or trimmed in any way.

Last up was some drywall around the garage door.


During this I found out I had a lot more conduit (and scrap wood) than I thought!


That's all we got done for the weekend. Not that we were in any kind of a hurry, but we were also slowed down by me hurting my knee on Sunday morning. Going up and down the ladder all day Sunday was a real treat. But we got everything done for the weekend that I had planned on getting done. There are still some fill pieces to do where I didn't think out my seams (left a 1" gap). I also have to finish around the garage door, but of course now there is stuff in my way on that side. I also need to install a camera before I close that up. Last on the list is the bottom left piece on the front wall (under the speaker). There is a water spigot over there that I need to replace while the wall is open. I got the spigot, but forgot to get solder. Hopefully I can knock out that (without issue) this weekend.

There is still quite a bit to do, but I am really happy seeing it all (mostly) drywalled for the first time ever! The pile of stuff is getting smaller, the place is looking cleaner, and I an starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, that's all I got. Thanks for following along!




Its update time! I was able to get just a little more done to the garage over this last weekend. I am pretty sure I mentioned that I needed to replace the spigot that comes though the wall into the garage. It not only was leaking, but they also tapped it for the ice maker down stream of where it shuts off...

So I got back in there to see what I was working with. I knew it was a bit jacked up, but I forgot how bad. I also didn't expect it to be quite like this.

Before I opened it up




There was duct tape, plastic bags, and a shit ton of spray foam. Mind you this is an inside wall between the fridge and the pantry.

Here is what I was working with after I cleaned it all out



And here is the pic of the old spigot with the tap on it


No pics of the process, but here was the finished result.


The black on the wall is actually burn marks from the last time it was worked on. I was able to solder everything without scorching everything :) Just need to drywall and paint and that will be done.

Before I put the new spigot in I put in new insulation, and hung the sheet of drywall. That way I was able to drill the correct size hole.



I was all excited to start mud and tape out in the garage pretty soon, but then we found some water in the basement. I found the leak today (that we weren't even sure WAS a leak), but I will fill that all in later. For now I am going to bed :)
 

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Lets take a little detour shall we. I did the spigot on Saturday, and I think it was Sunday we saw some water around the toilet in the basement. I thought it was leaking a while back, so I just turned off the water and flushed it for now. We got new guts for it, and a new ring so I can replace all of the seals and make sure its 100%. Unfortunately there was a death in the family, on top of being very busy lately so that little side project was sitting.

Monday my wife noticed that the floor of the office (other side of the wall from the bathroom) had some water coming up. Since I assumed it was the toilet, I also assumed it had been leaking more than we thought and was just coming up now. Tuesday comes around and its much worse. The wife took up the threshold between the office and the theater (which I clearly knew I shouldn't glue down for this situation :D ) and started soaking up water with a towel. I was still hoping this was just the water that had already leaked out. Yesterday (Wednesday) it was clear that there was some source that we hadn't found since the wife was soaking towels all day in that threshold.

Here is the ruined floor that we didn't really like, but were not planning on replacing




Wall looked OK outwardly (that is my shadow, not a wet area)


Get out the thermal imager (from work) and it tells a different story!




Not the best shots, but you get the idea. The red in the second pic was from running the hot water, that is where the pipe comes down.

Nothing really definitive, other than the drywall was wet. I was not really sure how to proceed, so I drilled a hole and tried taking a look with my small snake camera. I saw that the elbow for the toilet was pretty corroded, but also discovered just how wet the wall actually was. Between those two things I decided to go in. I first made sure that we would be cutting above the wet area with the thermal imager, and dove in.



The cold water supply had a pinhole leak in that bottom left elbow. All of the connections look pretty green, so everything will be replaced. A friend of mine is a plumber and gave me a really great price, so he will come out and do it all this weekend. In the meantime I patched the hole so we can have water since our only shutoff is for the entire house.

Looks like yet another project is on the list! Rip out all of that flooring, take out some more drywall likely, new floors, patch in new drywall, new trim, and paint that whole room. I also need to build a cover for the sump pump, and it will give me a chance to clean up my wiring for the stereo stuff. Both things that have been on the back burner for a bit.

Ill keep you guys posted! I will be working on the garage while working on this as well, so you should see updates on both.




Well its been a little while, and there is some progress. Unfortunately not nearly as much garage progress as I would have liked, but that's life. So we will start with the garage. I was able to get the first layer of mud (and tape) on basically two of the walls. I avoided the corners still, but now that I did one last night (more on that in a bit) I think I can handle it.







I know its not perfect, but I am no expert. Be gentle

Next up we jumped back into the basement. Got up the new drywall after the pipes were all fixed up (no pics of the plumbing).



I got the first layer of mud and tape on that soon after. Then we got back to the garage. Unfortunately it has already started getting cold around here at this point (a couple weeks back) so I pulled the plug on doing any more mudding until spring. There was a day or two since that were warm enough, but we have been super busy lately anyway so it will have to wait. We did get the heat hooked up (temporary) so I can work on the car over winter!






Then it was back into the basement to empty out the office and get the floor pulled up. Something I had been putting off for as long as possible. Not because I mind the work, just because it meant no home theater while there was construction :(

Started with the rack (well after all the small stuff was out already)


So sad (that is obviously where the rack lives)


My poor "theater"


I know the wiring behind the rack is a bit of a mess, I will be cleaning it up when it goes back in now that almost all of it is finalized.

Out with the floor




It was still pretty wet under there actually. It was also starting to grow some mold on the vapor barrier, and behind one of the pieces of trim. We cleaned everything and naturalized the mold on the drywall (which was still solid or I would have cut it out).

Last night I sanded down the first layer of mud, pulled nails, and got the second layer up.



Fixing some shoddy work in the "closet"


My first ever inside corner


That kind of looks worse in this pic than it actually is because the door jamb is right there. It came out pretty good though, at least so far.


Well that is all I have for now. Not much garage work, but at least there was some. Maybe I will get antsy over winter and bring in another heater so I can keep the garage warm for a couple days to mud without the electric heater having to do it all on its own. I want to get walls finished so I can build and install shelving and such. No sense in putting it up on unfinished walls just to take it all back down.




Well I think it has been long enough since my last update now! There hasn't really been any activity out in the garage since the last post. I got the office all finished up, and it turned out really nice. Then some other projects around the house, and whatever, but the garage (while being used) was being neglected.

We finally decided to just hire someone to do the mud & tape to make our lives easier. Not that I couldn't do it, but it would take me longer, I would have to sand a lot more, and it probably wouldn't be as nice in the end. We had a lot of work getting everything ready, here is a quick before shot.



We had to clear out the very large amount of stuff that I have in the garage. I also had to install a camera out front and finish the drywall around the left side of the door.



Unfortunately for me, I was not able to get everything cleared out and also get those gaps patched in before he came out. Yesterday morning I ended up rolling out of bed at 5AM and going straight to the garage to finish moving everything before he showed up. I did manage to clear out 99% of everything (other than things that had to stay out there like tool boxes) I didn't get the patching done. Once he got there, he gave me a hand putting the hood back on my project car and rolling it out into the driveway. I helped get the gaps patched in, and he slung mud all damn day. On to boring pics of drywall :D











It has been very humid by us yesterday and today (today being slightly better) so the mud is drying very slowly. There was still some that wasn't 100% dried this morning even with having fans blowing all night. For the most part everything went well. He has a couple tough areas because of how I hung the drywall, but nothing too crazy. I told him I learned on this one, and my next garage will be easier for him :D

Anyway, he thinks he has 2, maybe 3 more days to get it all floated and finished. Then a day for primer and paint. Then comes the fun part for me of building shelves and storage for everything! Finally all of my tools and crap can have a place to go rather than just moving around the garage over and over!




Nice quick, boring update for you guys. Drywall guy was out yesterday for round two. He said he should be done by next weekend. I am guessing another day or two for mud and primer, then a day for paint.







Unfortunately my wall mounted fan seems to have died yesterday. I need to check to see if the thermal protection popped, and if I can reset it. If not I guess Ill have to get a new one of those. Parts are starting to come in for my car, so I am really itching to get my garage back!!!




Drywall guy came back yesterday (Sunday) and put up what should be the final coat. Plan is to come back next weekend to prime and paint. Then I can trim, and start building shelves!!!












We have paint!!













Now I get to make more of a mess, before I can clean everything and move all my crap back in. Tomorrow I am going to work on trim, and shelves in the nook. Then I have to drag my massive home theater sub box out so I can finally finish it. Sanding MDF isn't my ideal first project, but hopefully the dust collection works well.




Got the trim 95% done over the weekend.

Picking up all the material for the weekend.


Getting it all painted


I had this step down along the one wall, so I decided to just use taller trim for the lower part.


Did quarter round around the door. This will be painted the same grey, but the storm door will remain white.


Just a few more looking around






I also started building the frames for the shelves that are going into the nook area.


I am doing 3 that are 24" deep, then a 16" deep and a 12" deep. That leaves me some space in front of the shelves to store taller material/tools (straight edge, etc.) and enough space to be able to reach the top shelves. The larger shelves will be made like you see in this pic, the others will use 1x2 material I have from another project.

I still need to finish up a couple pieces of trim, and then go back and do some touch ups. I also need to get my heater installed since the temps are going to start dropping around here soon.




Time for a bit of an update. I have been hard at work trying to get as much done around the house ahead of our Halloween party this coming weekend. A big part of that has been the garage since we were storing almost everything in the house during the drywall work. I wish I had more time to build all of the storage I have planned, but its just not reasonable so there is still some boxes of stuff that are neatly stacked away until after this weekend. Anyway, enough talk ON TO THE PICS

Got the heater installed


Got the shelf brackets up


Took the wife's car to Home Depot Thursday night so I could have them cut down a sheet of plywood for me. I really need another pickup :(


Yay for not square walls!


Got a rough coat of paint on the brackets. Note to self: next time paint them BEFORE install.


I cut up some 1/2" plywood I had around for the 16" and 12" shelf


Painted (before I did the edges and the other side)


Got the shelves finished up (I am NOT a painter, but I will touch up the walls where I hit them)


Got the trim around the attic stairs finished up


Built some racks for my clamps out of some scrap I had around




Mounted


Then got my screwdriver racks up as well


The three holes are from a fan that died, which I will be replacing soon. That's about all I guess. There was tons of little things I did as well, but no pics because they are boring. I took some overall pics of the space, but it was a couple days ago and still wasn't looking all that finished.

In the interest of making this thread slightly more interesting, here are some shots of my 21" sub that I was finishing while working on all of this. Since it was in the garage I figure it is OK to post here :)

Setup to start sanding


Sanded, filled, and primed


First coat of DuraTex paint (Bottom)


Drilled the countersink for the speakon connector


Flipped over to sand the top


Two coats on the top and front, this is the final coat.


The wife helped me move it back into the house. It weighs somewhere around 300 lbs, so no easy feat getting it around. We took a break in the kitchen.


back in the basement!


Crappy pic showing the speakon connector and the driver


That seems like a long enough post now! Thanks for following along, and I promise car stuff is coming soon!!! Under my bench is full of car parts and material to start fab work.
 

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Time for a small update. So since the last update, the party was a good time and I did a good enough job of hiding all the mess out in the garage. Now that THAT is over I got back to work finishing things out there. Let dive into pics.

This was before the party, but look a clean bench!


The big project has been building the main shelf along the outside wall. It runs the whole length of the garage (20 feet) and is 20" deep. This is obviously my main storage out there, and will hold all the various tools in cases (saws, sanders, router, etc.), my AC unit (assuming it works better), the all important stereo, and other things I need on a semi regular basis.

First step, get material! This is 2.5 sheets of 3/4" Plywood, and eight 8' long 2x3's along with some brackets and other crap.


Getting the brackets up first.


Checking where the seam lands, and how it fits against the wall. There is a hump a little right of center on the bench. They had two studs next to each other that were not even that created it.


Ill take this opportunity to explain a couple of things. First up the spacing of the brackets. Going left to right, I skipped the first stud because do I really need one that close to the wall. Then I had to skip the next two because of the spacing or the box top would not open. Then I did not want any over the bench, which is 6' long. I did a couple things to help this out that you will see later. Then I hit every stud (save the last) since this will be for heavy things.
I also made the call to move the MIG welder to the left of the bench and shift the bench down at this point as well. Again you can see that if I did not I would have ended up with a bracket over the bench, or a VERY long span with no brackets. Onward and upward!

Marking out the 2x3 over the bench


I made a valiant attempt to NOT make a massive mess while routering.


As you can see from this shot, it did not work


And here is the floor


Here you can see what that was from. I did a 3/4" x 1/2" rabbet in the 2x3's along the entire front edge. It is glued and brad nailed in place.


Started with a 4' piece on the end. I think you guys can figure out why...


Next was an 8' piece so that it spanned the seam between the two sheets.


Test fit (this thing sucked moving by myself)


Not shown is the pocket screw to pull the 2x3's together at the seam.

This project did not go fast enough!


Next I worked on the end 4' piece which had to go around the garage door track


Then came paint


And set in place


I did a pretty good job on the layout :D


Did a 4' T5HO light over the bench (to be wired later this week)


Got my hardware bins hung up


Cheap tire rack


Finally hung up this print I have had forever


Once all that was done, and I cleaned up I winced the car back in. Yes, winched. The car is pretty heavy, driveway is at an angle, big lip at the garage, and only the wife and I so this makes things a lot easier.


Finally back inside


Now that I have all this little stuff done, I am getting ready for all the electrical later this week. I have almost all of the material ready to go, just waiting on some wire to show up. That should be a decent update since we are doing a LOT of electrical all around. Man will it be nice to not have extension cords all over! Well that is all for now, thanks for following along!




Time for the electrical updates!! Friday my buddy Chris came by and got started on piping our drops from the panel to the far wall. When I got home from work he was pretty much all done with that, and out of pipe. We finalized the layout of everything, got together a list of the small things I hadn't ordered, and I headed out to stock up. When I got back, we were all ready for our pulls.





That is all the wire for the far wall, which is 5 120v 20amp circuits, and 2 240v 30amp circuits with neutrals. Way, WAY overkill, but why not. There is actually some method to the madness, but nobody cares :)

So after we got everything pulled, Chris started putting up pipe and boxes, and I followed behind trimming everything out. Hours later we had almost everything done!









Unfortunately we did not get everything 100%, but we got really damn close. The next day I spent most of the afternoon cleaning everything up, and organizing a bit more. I also trimmed out the one remaining box by the bench.


The switch is for the 4' T5 HO light I have in the shelf above the bench. Unfortunately it only has 1/2" knockouts and he did not grab his 1/2" bender, so it needs to be finished later.

The blank box along the bench wall will also have a pipe going up out of the top for some outlets above the bench. That will be for the stereo, the AC unit, and the network switch. Then we also need to add some outlets on the front wall to the house. I need to get some of the things that are going to live there so we can be sure to lay everything out right. That will consist of an outlet for a fan, a future TV (probably) and one down low for the top of my tool box. I got a pretty fancy USB outlet for that one which has a 5.X amp USB-C connector on it.

Well, I guess that's really about all. I ended up doing more work on the car throughout the weekend, and boy was it nice having outlets close by! The garage just keeps getting better and better for me, and its great after so many years of work and headache. Thanks as always for checking it out!




WHEW, What a lot of shit! Hopefully it makes enough sense to follow along with. If not, just skim the pics I guess :D There is a bit of a taste of the home theater in there as well. I will make a similar post to that later tonight or tomorrow for you guys. Thanks for checking out my shit!


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:fy: So glad you posted this, that was wayyyy more work than you made it seem in your car thread :rofl: Holy shit. What a hell of a job you all did as well, that's a dream garage to work in. What's the deetz on that home theater? I would really like to know what your sub box sounds like. I mean, that home theater alone could also use it's own thread, man :rofl:
 

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Nice work Man, you have dem skills
 

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Out of curiosity why didn’t you run air lines behind the drywall? No utility sink? Just curious
 

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This is amazing and great inspiration! I’m planning out my basement woodshop right now and got a few ideas from this
Thanks! I wish I had room for a more dedicated wood shop. I never really did any of that kind of work till I got a house, but I really enjoy it.

:fy: So glad you posted this, that was wayyyy more work than you made it seem in your car thread :rofl: Holy shit. What a hell of a job you all did as well, that's a dream garage to work in. What's the deetz on that home theater? I would really like to know what your sub box sounds like. I mean, that home theater alone could also use it's own thread, man :rofl:
Oh, it wasn't THAT much work. Just a little electrical and some drywall :) I can tell you it is a LOT better to work in than it has been. It has been a pain in the ass working on shit while also trying to make the garage a working space. I swapped a motor in my sisters Escape days after we moved in, when there was 1 light bulb and 1 outlet!

Home Theater thread is coming soon. You will see some measurements of the 21" box, and the other boxes in there :chair:

Nice work Man, you have dem skills
Thanks! I don't know about having skills.

Out of curiosity why didn’t you run air lines behind the drywall? No utility sink? Just curious
I didn't run anything behind the walls so that I could change and move things as needed. I haven't run any air lines at all though because I am still not 100% positive I am going to get a compressor. I probably will, but I do go back and forth on it.

I would love to do a utility sink, but the drain would be a pain in the ass. Also the garage is smaller than it looks (20' X 20') so I didn't want to give up the real estate for a sink either.

Wowza!! You are a working Machine!! Awesome work!!

Tell the wife that, she says I'm lazy :D


Thanks for the kind words guys! I am going to put up the Home Theater thread, and then Ill stop spamming you guys with my BS.


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I will admit, I scrolled through the picture.... but I appreciate the amount of info in your posts.

may I ask why you went with the bulbs vs halogen fixtures ?
if you covered this, I apologize in advance
 

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I will admit, I scrolled through the picture.... but I appreciate the amount of info in your posts.

may I ask why you went with the bulbs vs halogen fixtures ?
if you covered this, I apologize in advance
I don't blame you one bit! It is a lot easier to consume when it was happening real time. Putting it all together in one post is overwhelming. The theater build is even worse!

I went with the regular bulb fixtures due to cost mainly. We put some up because I wanted to have regular bulbs to just flip on real quick if I went out to the garage to grab something. After we did the first round of lights we were kind of like fuck it, lets just do more of these. I would say my garage is really about the limit that this kind of lighting works in. If you were in a bigger space florescent starts to make a whole lot more sense.

Same is pretty much true for the heater. The added up front cost of going gas really wasn't worth it for such a small space. Again though, if you were not much bigger it would make a lot more sense to go gas. So having a small garage has some advantages when you are too poor to build it out properly :)


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I don't blame you one bit! It is a lot easier to consume when it was happening real time. Putting it all together in one post is overwhelming. The theater build is even worse!

I went with the regular bulb fixtures due to cost mainly. We put some up because I wanted to have regular bulbs to just flip on real quick if I went out to the garage to grab something. After we did the first round of lights we were kind of like fuck it, lets just do more of these. I would say my garage is really about the limit that this kind of lighting works in. If you were in a bigger space florescent starts to make a whole lot more sense.

Same is pretty much true for the heater. The added up front cost of going gas really wasn't worth it for such a small space. Again though, if you were not much bigger it would make a lot more sense to go gas. So having a small garage has some advantages when you are too poor to build it out properly :)


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Maybe a little late now but Costco has awesome 4’ led fixtures, last time I think they were 2 for $40? I have 6 in my 2 car garage and they light it up like daylight. Would be so much brighter with white walls too.
 

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Maybe a little late now but Costco has awesome 4’ led fixtures, last time I think they were 2 for $40? I have 6 in my 2 car garage and they light it up like daylight. Would be so much brighter with white walls too.
Yeah, not changing anything at this point. It is pretty bright out there, most people complain its too bright. It could always be brighter of course, but not worth the effort and money to change it all out now.

I wanted a light grey on the walls. This color isnt exactly what I wanted but I was kind of stuck picking it online. It is not as dark as it seems in pics, and its also a gloss finish so it reflects the light quite a bit.


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Good god man :bowdown:

Now, on to the home theater thread!
 

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who the fuck let this guy in here, making the rest of us lazy fucks look like lazy fucks...



my god man. if I had the money if have you renovating my barn right now for maximum activities....
 

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who the fuck let this guy in here, making the rest of us lazy fucks look like lazy fucks...



my god man. if I had the money if have you renovating my barn right now for maximum activities....
Trust me, I am plenty lazy. It looks better when you condense it all down. I'm glad you guys like it though.

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I don't blame you one bit! It is a lot easier to consume when it was happening real time. Putting it all together in one post is overwhelming. The theater build is even worse!

I went with the regular bulb fixtures due to cost mainly. We put some up because I wanted to have regular bulbs to just flip on real quick if I went out to the garage to grab something. After we did the first round of lights we were kind of like fuck it, lets just do more of these. I would say my garage is really about the limit that this kind of lighting works in. If you were in a bigger space florescent starts to make a whole lot more sense.

Same is pretty much true for the heater. The added up front cost of going gas really wasn't worth it for such a small space. Again though, if you were not much bigger it would make a lot more sense to go gas. So having a small garage has some advantages when you are too poor to build it out properly :)


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excellent :bigthumb:
 

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What insulation did you use for the walls?

Did you go 1/2 plywood for the ceiling so it would be weigh bearing? I was thinking to do 1/4 I won't be going up there.
 

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What insulation did you use for the walls?

Did you go 1/2 plywood for the ceiling so it would be weigh bearing? I was thinking to do 1/4 I won't be going up there.
I used R13 on the walls for sure, and I think also on the ceiling. Because I have engineered trusses its only 3.5" deep so I was limited with the wood on the other side.

The wood in the attic is 1/2". I would have liked to do 3/4" but I wanted to keep the weight down. The plan was to put crap up there, so more or less yes it was done for holding weight. If you aren't going to be putting stuff up there then pass on the plywood and go with thicker insulation. If you have any questions just let me know!

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