Shop Improvments #1: The journey begins and it starts with the garage door

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Blog entry by sansoo22 posted 12-20-2019 07:03 PM 1755 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve mentioned in the forums before that I recently bought an untouched 1965 ranch home in late July this year. The original plan was to gut the entire garage, rewire it, and set it up for for a proper wood shop. I was waiting for a rental condo I had to sell in order to have budget for the shop build. Well in that few month wait period my company announced it was working on a merger…and by merger I mean we are being bought out. So the condo sale closed just before Thanksgiving but now that money just gets to sit until I find out if I still have a job next year. Since I can’t sit without a shop until then I figured why not outfit the best I can now.

I’ve done quite a bit already but just been lazy on getting my blog together.

Here’s a few pics of how the space looked at time of purchase. Its a decent 22×22 ft space with an 18ft door. Still on the fence if i like the giant door or would prefer 2 smaller doors

Not a fan of the washer and dryer in the garage but i have planes to relocate them to the basement and turn that space into a hand plane till and cabinets for all my other hand tools. Oh and the door in the corner is a half bath which is so awesome to have in a shop space

And here is the other wall which is pretty boring right now. I will have an entry covering what I did there shortly

Now on to the real fun. I decided to start this series with the work I put into the garage door. The old opener was an All-o-matic with an external RF receiver and giant sized remotes. I found an open box Chamberlin 1-1/4 hp steal belt unit on FB for a song so decided to install that. Not many pic about it just the over engineered supports cuz thats how i like to do things

The door itself is a board and batten style that is as old as the house so showing some sings of age. So first step was caulk all the panels.

Next phase was cut a bunch of silver backed R-Max 1/2 in foam panels to fit in to all the freshly caulked squares. Good thing i like repetitive tasks…he said sarcastically. And never mind that one thats in backwards…thats for luck.

That brings us up to its current state which is covered in 1 in foam panels. It looks like all the seems are taped but they arent. I taped all the panel edges before installation just to protect them a little.

Still on the list is all of the exterior weather stripping and a new seal kit for the bottom. I may also cut some friction fit panels for the windows. I like the natural light but overnight i could pop them in for some added insulation.

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#1 posted 12-20-2019 07:47 PM

Very nice Sansoo :-) It’s nice to start with a blank canvas, huh? I know lots of people cover the windows on the bay doors to prevent would be thieves from peeking in. I would be depressed though if I were to loose the natural light in my shop. Looking forward to how it turns out!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 12-21-2019 10:47 AM

Looks like you are off to a good start.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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