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Small Garages Or Small Workshops Thread

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Focker, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Sep 22, 2019
    neohic

    neohic Member

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    Already have pole barn tin coming for the roof. Should be able to crank it out in a day.
     
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  2. Sep 27, 2019
    ojgrsoi

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    Over the summer I built a shed for the lawn mower and misc stuff. It is 10x12 which is the max size allowed in my subdivision. The roof cannot exceed 8'.
    Started here.
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    I built it a little different than the Home Depot sheds. I used 2x6 - 16" on center for the floor and 2x4 - 16" on center for the walls. Windows are from Amazon. I picked that size because they fit between the studs.
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    inside is paneling from HD. It's inexpensive masonite. I like the look.
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    I put a HF solar panel and a 12v battery (12SLA-7 amp) to power the lights . EDIT: SEE POST #113. The battery is in the ammo box.
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    The light switch is mounted in the license plate next to a HF voltage gauge I had in my parts box. The first click in the switch operates the outside lights. The second click operate a both the inside and outside lights.
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    I used trailer lights with the lenses removed overhead installing LED 1157 and 194 replacements. It turned out much better than I expected.
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    Outside I used 4 LED marker lights in the soffit. That is just enough light so you aren't blinded .I also installed "As Seen on TV" solar motion light by the door. :shrug: So far so good.
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    My wife likes it. I kinda do too.;) My garage seems so big now that I'm not falling over all that stuff.
     
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  3. Sep 27, 2019
    Focker

    Focker That's what I do, I know things and I fix stuff. Staff Member Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    Very nice, excellent craftsmanship and imagination. (y)
     
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  4. Sep 27, 2019
    Jw60

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    I like that a lot, the lights and solar setup would be great for most anything.
     
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  5. Sep 27, 2019
    ojgrsoi

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    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
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  6. Sep 27, 2019
    Lockman

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    Excellent workmanship ! (y)
     
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  7. Oct 3, 2019
    GeorgiaFlattie

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    Why use 2x6's instead of 2x4's if you're not insulating it? Or did I miss that part and it's insulated?

    Great work btw. I think I'm going to copy that solar light setup. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  8. Oct 3, 2019
    txtoller

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    I used the same marker lights except in blue for my Amp steps on my truck!

    Great job!

    By the way, I saw you towing your little trailer last week. You were headed north on 51! (y)
     
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  9. Oct 3, 2019
    ojgrsoi

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    The 2x6 are the floor joists. If 2x4 is good then 2x6 must be better? IDK really - I just wanted a solid floor. :shrug:
     
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  10. Oct 3, 2019
    GeorgiaFlattie

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    LOL I apparently can't read. I thought you used 2x6's in the walls. I built a similar shed and I used 2x8's for my floor.
     
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  11. Oct 3, 2019
    Dauntless1971

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    I build a shed 9 years ago 12 x 16 and used 2x4's for the joists. Looking back now I would not do that again. But I did go with 1 foot on center instead of 16 inches on center. Just two years later I torn it down moved it 20 miles and reassembled it. The floor is still pretty solid only squeaks a little.
     
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  12. Oct 4, 2019
    TuxParkIV

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    That is awesome!
     
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  13. Oct 5, 2019
    ojgrsoi

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    Ok. I learned something on the automatic voltage controller. Those are built for panels above X Watts. Since my panel is lower wattage (2.5) than the range on the controller (5-45) the controller would not pass voltage to the battery. And you guessed it... the battery does not charge.
    I did some reading and it looks like smaller wattage solar panels don’t require a controller. I bypassed the controller and it's charging as it should.
    I also tested the voltage first thing in the AM and it appears to be just above 12V. If the panel doesn’t have a built in diode it will act like a load when it’s dark and discharge the battery. Hopefully it is all wonderful now.
    If the free HF panel does not work out I have a panel like the one in one post # 105 and will swap it out.
     
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  14. Oct 6, 2019
    neohic

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    ... tan and some kind of green to follow.
     
  15. Oct 7, 2019
    Lockman

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    Sorry that your Building ' Paper " is upside down ! Hope it doesn't Leak out ! :shock: Just Kidd'n with you ; your doing a great job , by yourself ! :clap:
     
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  16. Oct 14, 2019
    Twin2

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    any updates
    windows . doors . siding . car port :waiting:


    snow
     
  17. Oct 14, 2019
    neohic

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    Yup... got a little further on things over the weekend. It gets done when it gets done. Kinda tough when you’re doing it by yourself.
     
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  18. Oct 17, 2019
    givemethewillys

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    You probably have the right idea doing it yourself. I just got a quote for a 30x40 with an in-law apartment above..... $185k. I about died.
     
  19. Oct 17, 2019
    Jw60

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    o_O My house, and garage, are worth less than half that combined. Granted my house is 30l x 30d x 30h and detached garage is 16 x 18.
     
  20. Oct 21, 2019
    termin8ed

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    I like the solar setup. Thinking about doing something along that lines if i ever get my shed built. Thought of using an alternator with a fan to charge things. Havent gotten past the crack pipe thinking yet to know if it would spin fast enough to charge, but it sounds good in thoery:confused:
     

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