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Garage workshop (garage conversion)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by legoman, 16 Jul 2020.

  1. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    After requests over on discord for a project log so, here is a project log.

    Rough plan is covert half a single garage into a workshop, builder was here the other day and has fitted a for and double window.

    Idea is this will be mainly for the two things I do most, fix bicycles and wood working. So it'll be kitted out for this mainly
    Power and light due to go in soon awaiting a sparky but three double sockets and lighting will be on the list.

    Space wise it's about 2.5M wide by 2.8m long. If my maths is right I'll get all my current stuff in and have a load more space to play with.

    Photos later namely as the ones I have are huge and I can't be bothered to scale them down via the mobile. Plus I reckon I'll have one of the work benches in place this evening.
    Main issue is have is moving things round, it's going to be like one of those sliding image puzzles but I'll make it work.

    More later
     
  2. Cheapskate

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    A sliding puzzle is the perfect analogy. -Only the open space is always getting filled up as soon as you clear it out.
     
  3. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    The space is a lie :hehe:
    Once the bench is in place I'm going to move it again and get some paint on the wall. Theres a big tub of white masonry paint in there somewhere which should brighten things up more.
     
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    legoman breaker of things

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    So, bit of progress, cleared out a stack of crap which is now neatly piled ready for a visit to the tip.

    Wood bench is in, my initial layout isn't quite going to work but a quick revision will allow it but heres a rough plan, app wont let me re scale the image sorry!

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    Garage window and door after day 1 builder came back and finished the job its all secured now

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    An here is where I'm up to, bench is around 124cm long window is 90cm wide, window security film

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    Next unit to be moved tomorrow leaving the biggest bench till the weekend as its very heavy even when empty. Can't find the paint at the moment, likely been binned so i'll grab some at the weekend
     
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    The builder really should have put something under the pvc window sill and doorstep. I'd recommend some concrete under that step.
    -Not a fan of painting brick either. It can't be reversed and looks like a penitentiary interior.
    -Captain picky builder.
    Prop that fence back up too. :lol:
     
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    He actually did on day two, you can see the plastic spacers still jutting out. He didn't do a step as I'm laying a path from there so no point, plus I don't have the slab currently. May do a small step inside too we shall see how I get on.

    Walls, undecided on painted will brighten it up inside, but as you say its very prison like. Either way a ceiling is going in which will be painted, once I source a sparky. place is an utter tip still got loads to bin but you have to book a tip visit currently which is set for Saturday...

    Panel, that's actually a panel from an old shed the mother had ideas for but they all failed. It has been propped up though ready to be broken up.

    Also, got bored I had already planned this frame triangle for a light so thought I should offer it up. Likely needs a shade of some kind on it too, unless I get a smaller LED that is flush fit to the lower cup on the headset. Cable will be routed inside the frame though.

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    Also on my list of jobs is sort the sofitt panelling and the gutter work. Wood is fine but needs re painting and the gutter work is just old and faded.

    No real photos of progress its just going through binning stuff I need to work out the all important shelving space and bike storage position though.
     
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    The light reminds me of a lamp my mom had for her sewing machine. It was basically a U-bent tube that swiveled in a wall mount. The power cord ran through the tube so the lamp could be raised and lowered.
     
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    Progress update, no photos as I'm still in bed (weekend yay). Tip run was fine in the rain last week.
    Mother is going through a load of boxes condensing them down that's been a large hurdle to be honest as I had a load at my end so even measuring up was s pain.
    Waiting in a quote from another electrician, first came back at £195 but he can't do it till October, second I'm waiting on his quote he just needs a couple weeks rest as he's damaged a tendon in his hand but seemed way more knowledgeable.

    Electrics layout. Two double sockets with usb above the work benches. One double socket above the wood bench obvious consumer unit with a delayed RCD one 4ft led baton light 2100lm at each end. Double light switch.
    Nothing fancy standard 24a sockets circuit 6a lighting circuit three way consumer panel third panel blank with the option to add in for ev car stuff if required.

    Like I said no photos it's mainly me clearing up. If the second guy comes back an says he can do it in the next couple of weeks I'll just clean up an work what I can on the blank wall.
    I'll mock up some designs for aba long wall unit, all pen an paper no cad I'm afraid but could be some fun stuff in there none the less. I'll throw some ideas see if anyone has better ideas or feedback.

    I have a couple ideas I can play with need to get some dimensions etc to see though. Hopefully more soon, progress will ramp up once the electrical works fine as currently I can't put shelves up etc as they'd have to come down to run cables up the wall so I don't want to have to go removing shelves or wall units an modify them I'd rather just wait an do the job after.
     
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    Small update, put up the bike racks, the black plate left is actually a wheel hook, that likely needs moving but no hurry at the moment. Electrician is now booked.
    Now the bike rack is up I have a better idea of what I can build underneath, got some ideas I need to flesh out.

    Apologies for the mess!

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    How much space do you have with the ceiling open? That's a lot of un-utilized area.
     
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    Not a huge amount its quite a shallow pitch, There is a plan when I panel the ceiling to put in a hatch for storage. But there is a notable bow in them so when I put in the partition I will have to tie in parts of it to the walls to prevent further sag. Anything up there will have to be light so as not to add undue stress to the eves.
     

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