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#1 posted 01-13-2018 07:38 AM

I work in a 12×16 outdoor shed. Some of these you are probably already planning but I’ll mention them anyway.
1. Depending on the foundation, you might want to beef up the floor. If the shed is raised, add floor joists. If you can’t reach the floor joists, put down an extra layer of 3/4” ply. Sheds aren’t really built to hold a lot of weight and the floor can get bouncy.
2. Run wiring under the floor and install a floor receptacle in the center of the room.
3. Insulate and put a vapor barrier between the insulation and wallboard. My shop is not insulated, nor has a vapor barrier, Eastern NC is basically one big swamp, and I have no moisture issues. But my shop is raised off the ground.
4. A window unit AC is doable but the filter will clog with dust much quicker. A small heat pump would be less expensive and more efficient. Provide heat and cooling. You don’t need the shop much above 65 in the winter.
5. I have a 1hp DC + 20’ hose and move the hose from machine to machine. If starting from scratch I would plumb it with PVC.
6. Put your outlets at elbow height, about 4’ apart. Put in way more than you need. Run multiple circuits so the top plug is on one circuit, the bottom plug on another. Run dedicated circuits to big machines.
Hope you find that somewhat helpful.

-- Rick M,

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