The downside to mine is that, while it's comfortable all year
around, it's in the basement. So are all the woodworking and
metalworking tools. I had to get them there. And the materials
I use all have to be brought down.
Mine is in the basement too, but I have a walk-out basement with a
double doors opening to a 6-foot opening. Plus, I have a window,
great for sharpening. Prior to that, my "shop" was in my apartment
living room! Sawdust in carpeting is not all that easy to remove.
My Man Garage came with heat (essential in Minnesota) but it didn't
have air conditioning, and I thought it woodn't need it, but I had a
window unit from the previous place, so I put it in. I found out that
it couldn't keep the Man Garage at low enough humidity in the summer
months, so I added another air conditioner. I run it whenever the
humidity gets to 65 percent or so, which keeps the temperature at
around 70 degrees -- about right for anything I want to do out there,
including woodworking and wrenching on motorcycles . . . .
The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something
right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong
I lived all my life in California until 18 years ago - I'm 55. I had a
shop in my 1 car garage for years. We moved to Florida, I bought a new
Powermatic table saw and took over the 2 car garage for my new business
to be, cabinets and furniture. I got my first commission in July - the
double 90's. Just couldn't handle it, so I went into computers instead.
15 years later, I remarried - this time to a nice southern girl. She
finally told me what others never did. You can put an AC in the window
of a garage!
So now I have a new house, my workshop is in the garage, and I have the
biggest window ac I could fit!
As Borat would say, "very nice!"
Fri, Jul 6, 2007, 3:51pm@. (Stoutman) doth lament:
To all of in an air-conditioned shop: YOU SUCK!!!
Sweaty in High Point.
Boy, you can sure tell I have a different view of all this then you
I've got a in the window of my shop;. sucks air in, blows out thru
the door; with a breeze going I can ignore the heat. Trees shading the
shop, probably helps. If the fan dies, I'd have to stop work, until I
Haven't even turned the house A/C on this year. Probably because
it died sometime between last year and the year before, and I've not
bothered to replace it yet. LOL Fan in the front window, window in the
back door open aout 6", somethimes the front door open, sometmes it's
closed, ignore the heat. Usually only turn the A/C on during Aug,
and/or Sep, andyway. And then only for a day or two a a time, then it's
back to the fan in the window.
Some heat in winter is the important part.
I do things I don't know how to do, so that I might learn how to do
Do you have decent ceilings and windows? Then YOU SUCK! <G>
I backed into an air conditioned shop, as it's the walk-out basement
under the air conditioned house. Open the door, and the cool air
falls down the stairs, into the basement, and out the back door.
The rest of the time, it's still a dank basement...
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I've got two window units in my shop, about 12,000 Btus short of what
I need, so I have to start them up the night before, preferably just
before I fall asleep, to have a cool shop the next day. Then, if it's
not over about 86-87, they work. Right now, with temperatures in the
high 80s and low to mid 90s, forget it. By noon, the shop is
uninhabitable, at least for fat elderly types.
Damn, Charlie... that one hurt! lol
And here I was agreeing with Bill Grumbine about needing a "turning muscle"
before you said that..
I've got a 2 ton "mini split" in the shop, and only a 22 x 18' area to cool, so
it works pretty well, until manual labor is involved...
I turn it on in the morning a bit after sunrise, same time that I roll down the
reflective shades over the East-facing windows..
usually set at 28 or 29 C, (low 80's F) it works well for light work, friends
and clients over and stuff like that, but to keep from standing at the lathe in
a puddle of sweat I'd probably have to set it at about 75f... and I'm way too
cheap to do that, even with the low electricity prices here..
Please remove splinters before emailing
Is your shop insulated? I've been thinking about installing a
mini-split in my shop, which is also my garage. It's approx 22 x 30,
but seems to be insulated, because it resists heating up on hot days
pretty well - better than the garage in the old house, which heated up
fast and stayed that way, even after I installed foam panels in the
garage door two years ago. I had a 12000-BTU window-type AC that managed
to keep the shop down to 85 F on hot days - not quite good enough for
this fat old guitar builder. :-(
Anyway, I was considering a 1.5-ton unit, but based on your comment I'm
thinking I'd better get the 2-ton unit.
Also, did you install it yourself, or did you have an AC contractor do it?
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