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Jon Hobbs

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 04:46 PM

As to height – 10 feet minimum. Like the fellas have already said, having room to swing an 8’ board is nice. With ceilings at 10 feet, that gives you a margin of 1 foot on either end while you swing that board. Do-able, but still requires a bit of care. If you’re going to hang anything from the ceiling (lights, air cleaner, storage racks), then 11-12ft is even better :) It’s one of those things where more is better, but I understand the need to balance the need for height with the need for a low heating/cooling bill :)

Regarding your DC ducting – many have put false floors in their shops and put the ducting and electrical in the floor. A wooden false floor is also easier on the joints than a concrete slab ;) If you raise the floor, that’ll most likely impact where you place the ceiling.

As for how, probably very similar to the way the roof is framed already. Just repeat at a lower height. With that large of span, you’ll probably want to consult a construction engineer. But you’re probably looking at some sort of truss, supported at either end of the span.

-- Jon -- Just a Minnesota kid hanging out in Kansas

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