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Old 01-15-2018, 01:10 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I recently moved into my first new construction home and the garage space is amazing, it's got a three car garage! I want to make that my space and I have so many theories and ideas that I've gone a bit scatter brained.

I like to tinker with my own cars so I would mainly like to utilize the space for that. I also want to paint the walls and potentially epoxy the floor or put down swiss trax floor tiles. So many possibilities just don't know where to get started. Looking for inspiration guys!

My question to you guys is, what does your garage set up look like? What is your garage organization like?
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:14 PM   #2
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I use an older two car garage with plywood for a floor.

A tool-box with proper tools is a starting point.

A jack, jack-stands, jack-pads, jack-stand-pads, etc.

A workbench with a vise.

Shelving.
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Epoxy floor is awesome but if the floor cracks it will go to hell once moisture gets under it. Add lots of outlets, you can't have to many. Same with lights, you can't have to many, just have them on switches so you can use what you need. Put your compressor in a different space than you plan to work. Large tv and stereo are a must ( I have a 60" with surround sound).
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3/4 inch horse stall mats. Tractor supply stores have them in 4x6 sheets. My entire garage has these. Makes kneeling an laying on your back an pleasure. Clean super easy. Durable. Etc.
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:59 PM   #5
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Hey guys, I recently moved into my first new construction home and the garage space is amazing, it's got a three car garage! I want to make that my space and I have so many theories and ideas that I've gone a bit scatter brained.
My question to you guys is, what does your garage set up look like? What is your garage organization like?
a few years ago I was in your boat.
Went from crappy single car garage that was a spider breeding ground, to 3 car garage.
First I epoxied the floor before even moving in so no oil was spilled. I acid etched it no joke 5 times to get the gloss off. I swear the dudes who trowel concrete floors think it needs to be as smooth as glass, in which case no floor coating will stick.
I put in tons of outlets, and (4) 400 watt metal halides for lighting (my ceiling is not drywalled, it's open trusses so they are way up. If you have a ceiling that won't work) I got the metal halides free when we upgraded the lighting at a plant I ran a few years before, but T5's are awesome too. The 4 bulb T5 54 watt fixtures make just about as much light as a metal halide (I have one of those in there too) And each fixture is on it's own switch. Like the other guy said, you can use them when you want but for the day to day on/off lights you don't have to be cycling them.
The light is awesome, I swear you can never have too much light.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:04 PM   #6
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  • Heat solution. If you have an attached garage, probably not as difficult to heat. For my detached, I went with a NG heater + insulation.
  • As said by others, power and lights. More the better.
  • Basic sturdy workbench with vice and grinding wheel
  • Storage bins for small hardware, tool chest
  • Air compressor, up high and out of the way with a retractable hose
  • Depends what type of work you do and goals, but a small 110v welder is handy and can be used for way more than just car work
  • Some bonus stuff that's nice depending on the work you plan to do: engine stand, table jack, hoist, press
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How much height inside? 4 post lift?
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:54 PM   #8
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How much height inside? 4 post lift?
The 3rd car has a 9 foot ceiling while the 2 car was a 10 foot ceiling. I was looking into a 4 post lift and found that they are surprisingly affordable...my only concern is proper installation to existing concrete floor and the stability...

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  • Heat solution. If you have an attached garage, probably not as difficult to heat. For my detached, I went with a NG heater + insulation.
  • As said by others, power and lights. More the better.
  • Basic sturdy workbench with vice and grinding wheel
  • Storage bins for small hardware, tool chest
  • Air compressor, up high and out of the way with a retractable hose
  • Depends what type of work you do and goals, but a small 110v welder is handy and can be used for way more than just car work
  • Some bonus stuff that's nice depending on the work you plan to do: engine stand, table jack, hoist, press
Its attached and insulated all the way around so it keeps temps pretty well. It's about a 30 degree difference either way between the home temp and the outside temp.

Lighting I will definitely upgrade I'm finding that garage door opener lights along with the single bulbs are good for nothing more than traversing around the garage.

Compressor check, Storage bins and shelving unit check, tool chest check. I do need to find or make a work bench. My issue is that I like a clean look to a garage so Id ideally like to put up more shelves, stow away bikes, and develop some sort of functional organization. Eventually a shed will open up some space and I'd like to keep the 3rd car bay open so that I could fill it with another car ;p

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Old 01-16-2018, 12:59 AM   #10
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I do all my maintenance with a headlamp since my garage lights have always been weak. Even in my old house with 4 lights in the ceiling, white walls, and 4 garage door opener lights, I still didn't have enough light to work on the car without a headlamp. So if you can, get as much light in there as possible. A light colored floor would do wonders - if you do epoxy make it a light color, white if you can!

Anyways, having room to work is very important so make sure you have plenty of that. A good heater in the garage to get the temps up a bit. Doesn't need to get warm, because you'll just end up sweating, but you do need to be warm enough to not get frostbite touching metal

Get yourself a nice work bench. It's the one thing I do not have and wish I did.

Everything else is just tools. Tools tools and more tools. Have fun!
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Old 01-16-2018, 07:49 AM   #13
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I havenít had an epoxy floor but Iíve concrete stained a floor and put a high gloss polyurethane clear coat on it and it was great but the process took a long time. When I moved I opted for the plastic tile floor. I chose RaceDeck.com and man I love it. Itís super easy to install and clean. The only downfall is that you shouldnít use anything that involves high heat, ie welding, plasma cutter. The tiles can melt. I learned the hard way and layed my car out when I got home and the heat from the exhaust touching the tiles melted it. The tiles were super to replace so I didnít bother me. The good thing is I donít weld and havenít required anything that involved high heat.
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I've got a 65'x35' shop at the house so my layout is a little different as I don't do a whole lot of work on my vehicles in the attached garage, however, if you like to be able to keep good organization and have the type of tools that are worth displaying, look into metal pegboards. Easy to find whatever you're looking for, and even easier when you have friends over to help who aren't familiar with your toolbox.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AM2CG76...516111792&sr=2

As for the epoxy or stained concrete flooring. Biggest word of advice I can offer is make sure and add some grit to it if you go this route. If either of them get wet, it's like trying to walk around on an ice rink in leather soled shoes. You WILL bust your ass AT LEAST once before you learn to shuffle!
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I have a three car also. I live in northeast snowbelt and have a drain in the floor and hot/cold hose for all year washing. I have 10 foot doors so I think 12Ft ceilings with three different bays of lights so I can light up only a section if needed. On the floor I left mine bare concrete, may not look the best but with all the sand and salt that the winter cars bring in I didn t want to deal with a potential mess of the floors starting getting beat up. Also used to drag snowmobiles in so they would eat up any kind of finish. Heat is nice and TV for background noise while working.
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You might want to consider a full insulation and finish of all walls. I have mine done and a highly insulated garage door with windows on top. I also added a heating and AC unit...makes for nice times in the garage. I have a TV mounted and a small stereo setup.

I used Race Deck for the flooring.

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You might want to consider a full insulation and finish of all walls. I have mine done and a highly insulated garage door with windows on top. I also added a ductless split unit for AC and heat...makes for nice times in the garage. I have a TV mounted and a small stereo setup...oh and a small refrigerater. Here is an old pic when I first began upgrading the garage.

Add a 220 volt outlet if possible.

I used Race Deck for the flooring.

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Out of curiosity for those people with Race Decks, do you have an average cost or price per SQFT?
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The race deck looks good but if it can't get any heat what good is that in a shop? If you can't do any welding, cutting, or grinding it might as well be a "she-shed".
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It's a rough cost of $2.99 sq ft. I had 650 sq ft and was quoted 2287 with the beveled lip for the for garage door openings (which I was unaware of) but I made my purchase after SEMA so they gave me a discount and I paid about 1450. For everything.
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For a 4 post lift, installation is.....build it. They don't have to be bolted down and some actually come with casters that the lift itself lifts itself onto so you can roll it around until you get it where you want it. There are pretty much 2 types. Cheap Chinese ones that are sub $2500 and US built ones that are over $4k. You have to watch out because some manufacturers build some models here and import others. If they say "US owned factory", that means it's a cheap Chinese model.

I won't knock the cheap Chinese ones.....that's what I have.
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The race deck looks good but if it canít get any heat what good is that in a shop? If you canít do any welding, cutting, or grinding it might as well be a ďshe-shedĒ.
You might be right if we were talking about shops but the title clearly states Garage Setup/Organization. So youíre she-shed comment is pretty much invalid.. I also said that if you welded I would not recommend race deck which means get epoxy or concrete stain for durability.

I donít weld and nor do I care to weld so race deck is perfect for me in my garage. If I need welding done then I can go to my buddies shop where he welds and call it good.
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I wouldn't say invalid I would say doesn't apply to your situation . My mistake saying shop not garage. If your looking into 4 post lifts I'd also look into 2 post lifts. They can be a lot more useful depending on what your doing. Its almost impossible to remove a car or truck body with a 4 post lift. However you can park under a 4 post and have 1 more parking spot.
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