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BillF (21)

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I live in Westport, CT and work in finance in NYC.

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Jan. 4, 2011

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Westport, CT 06888

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Re: "I want to remodel my garage"
(from mitch 8 years, 6 months ago)
When I moved into my current house, the garage was bare. The previous owner wasn't a "shop guy" I guess, since there was no shelving or power in the garage.

I went from bare space to ample storage and power for under $700, with most of that going for storage shelves. I did all of the work myself, so there were no labor costs, just material and one new tool, a hammer drill.

My cost breakdown:
  • $350 a lot of metal shelving and brackets

  • $150 for a hammer drill to mount to concrete walls

  • $75 for 2x4s and pegboard

  • $75 for electrical wire, boxes and conduit

  • $25 for masonry drill bits and masonry screws

I added four 8 foot wide shelves on two walls and added storage for spare wood, conduit, PVC piping and such. I also added about 20 feet of pegboard for tool storage and eight 4-outlet clusters all around the workspace.

It took me and my Dad about two days to finish it off. The first day was spent drilling into the concrete to mound the brackets for the shelving and 2x4 cleats to mount the pegboard. The second day we wired the new outlets and tied them into the existing garage circuit.

I was lucky in that I didn't need to run an electrical sub-panel into my garage. There was already one 20 amp electrical circuit present. Since I run only one big current draw at a time (e.g. table saw, shop vac, thickness planer) it's not an issue for me. When I add a dust collector in the future, however, I may need a second circuit. We'll see.
Re: "I want solid oak wood flooring installed"
(from bigben 8 years, 9 months ago)
This video compares a piece of solid oak flooring with an engineered oak flooring sample.

The engineered oak flooring is layers of birch plywood with a 6mm (or just under 1/4 inch) layer of solid oak on top.

The 1/4 inch of solid oak will still be enough to allow for a few sandings and refinishings down the road but will use the cheaper and more dimensionally stable birch plywood for the bulk of it's depth.

The plywood will be much less susceptible to expansion and contractions than a solid board would, especially in rooms where you have constantly running air conditioning or under-floor heating.

Another huge benefit is the cost. According to Consumer Products Reviews, the cost of an engineered oak floor will generally be only about 25% of the total cost of installing solid oak hardwood floors. yeah, that's 25% *of* the price, not 25% *off* the price...huge savings.

Find a reputable hardwood flooring installer and they will give you a free estimate for the specifics for your job.
Re: "I want solid oak wood flooring installed"
(from barbara 8 years, 9 months ago)
Hi Bill, I just got a bunch of great feedback on my similar oak flooring want. Check it out if you don't get enough replies here!

In a nutshell, check out PEFC certified flooring if you are a fan of the earth :)

Re: "I want to refinance my second home mortgage"
(from wantbox 8 years, 10 months ago)
Use this calculator to see if you should pay points and to compare to competing mortgages:

Re: "I want a service to install roof heat cables to prevent ice dams"
(from mitch 8 years, 10 months ago)
An ice dam is created when snow melts over a warm section of roof, flows down to the cold eave, refreezes and creates a blockage (or dam) which causes future melt runoff to pool and potentially work its way under your shingles and into your home.

Roof de-icing cablesRoof Heating Cables
Water leakage from ice dams will likely stain your ceilings and do all kinds of other unspeakably bad things to your drywall, studs and insulation in your home's roof and walls.

Short of always shoveling the snow off your roof after a storm, your best solution is to install what are called "roof heating cables" (also called heat tapes or roof de-icing cables) or heated pans or heated mesh. Roof heating cables can be manually plugged into an outdoor standard or thermostatically controlled outlet or can be wired to a switch and timer in your house. When turned on, they will melt any ice dams that form at the edge of your roof, right above the eaves.

Roof de-icing cables are typically configured in a zig-zag pattern, spanning from the edge of the roof to about a foot or two up. Once installed, whenever you see those long icicles forming off of your roof, flick on the heating cable for a couple hours and they'll magically disappear.



Although heating cables will solve your immediate, visible problem, you should also address why the ice dams are forming in the first place. This site has some good analysis about what may be wrong with your insulation or roofing system.

(See similar advice I gave recently about removing ice dams).

Re: "I want to remodel my garage"
(from bigben 8 years, 10 months ago)
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Congratulations on having the garage space to setup your own woodworking shop! I undertook a similar conversion this past Fall and am happy to pass along my learning to another eager soul!

My first suggestion is don't paint your concrete garage floor unless it is in really bad shape. Having yet another painted surface to worry about (chipping, marring, stains, peeling) is not worth it, in my opinion. A compromise would be to just paint the area which defines your core shop space.

In my experience, the two most important additions to my garage were:
  1. Ample shelving and storage, and

  2. Abundant power outlets

I went pretty low tech with my remodel: inexpensive wire brackets and shelving, homemade benches, and no floor treatment.

A buddy of mine went loco on his garage, getting fancy storage cabinets, a textured floor, paneled walls and even a built-in dust collection system. He used a professional garage remodel service, though, and clearly was willing to invest more in his shop than I was. Envy.

Wants from people BillF follows

BillF has posted 5 Wants

"I want a home addition: garage, office and master bedroom" posted on June 28, 2011, 1:31 a.m. [2 replies]

"I want to refinance my second home mortgage" posted on Feb. 12, 2011, 1:27 a.m. [2 replies]

"I want a service to install roof heat cables to prevent ice dams" posted on Jan. 31, 2011, 9:05 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want solid oak wood flooring installed" posted on Jan. 24, 2011, 1:36 a.m. [3 replies]

"I want to remodel my garage" posted on Jan. 23, 2011, 6:05 a.m. [3 replies]

BillF has posted 4 Replies

BillF replied to wendylu re: "I want an electric snowblower" on Feb. 9, 2011, 1:58 a.m.

BillF replied to jheyun re: "I want a snowblower" on Jan. 23, 2011, 9:32 p.m.

BillF replied to meggers re: "I want payroll services for my restaurant business" on Jan. 4, 2011, 2:18 p.m.

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BillF has posted 2 Comments

"Great tips Meggers" submitted on the reply "Painting Tips and Advice" on March 10, 2011, 5:52 p.m.

"My Toro model recommends a 14 gauge cord up to 100 feet to power the snowblower. Make sure and get a 14 or 12 gauge and not a 16 gauge." submitted on the reply "Electric vs. Gas Snow Throwers" on Jan. 23, 2011, 9:44 p.m.

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