Living in the Great White North, and sharing a 1 1/2 car garage with my
beloved, I'm in the process of trying to extend my shop time beyond the
week and a half of summer. Beyond the obvious steps of opening the walls,
running wiring in all directions, adding poly on the warm side, and re-
covering, I'm also opening vents in the eaves (existing is completely
closed off, and fiberglas was stuffed up in contact with the underside of
the roof!), then finishing the ceiling as usual: drywall, poly, fiberglass
between the chords of the rafters. My question deals with the effects of
sharing with a car: how do the rest of you handle the ice and slush
tracked in by the vehicle? Warming the shop to anything above freezing
seems to invite a major humidity issue, rusty tools, strange warpage of
stored woods, and so forth. I suppose I could keep it semi-heated most of
the time, but the utility costs (electric) would likely be startling.
Any suggestions appreciated!
On Fri, 28 Dec 2018 23:40:09 -0000 (UTC), Colin Campbell
An ice scraper and snow shovel followed by a stiff broom to get the
excess moisture out.
Follow by turning on the heat lamps you installed in the ceiling for
the job to heat the floor while leavinga door cracked open to allow
the humidity to get "sucked out" and "Robert is your mother's brother"
The heat lamps warm you and your equioment without having to heat all
of the air first. A few hundred watts is more effective than a 1500
watt space heater.
A squeegee works well IF you have fairly flat floors in good condition.
It removes more water than a broom.
At this point it is a little to late, but I have seen garages with a
drain in the middle of the area where you park the cars.
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On Friday, December 28, 2018 at 9:12:04 PM UTC-8, Clare Snyder wrote:
...> The heat lamps warm you and your equioment without having to heat all
Yep, that's a good plan for a space that gets some winter use.
Two additions, though: edged tools do NOT like condensing moisture,
and might benefit from a cabinet with dessicant, or from taking 'em into
the climate-controlled house. And, in addition to heat lamps, you can get
IR panels that work well, at attractive prices, but don't get hot enough to
'Radiant ceiling panel' is a good search string.
Explain to your beloved that a heated garage is the enemy of any vehicle
living in the great white north, as the salt coating the roads and your
vehicles only begins to create a rust bucket when it mixes with liquid
water. The solution is to park outside, hope it only thaws out in the
summer, and turn your garage into a nice shop.
Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
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