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Re: [Shop-talk] garage expansion project

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] garage expansion project
From: Mark Andy <>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 10:15:59 -0400 (EDT)

On Sun, 5 Oct 2008, Eric J Russell wrote:
> My plan is to double the garage from ~ 22'w X 22'd (laughingly called a 
> "double garage") with an attic full of trusses accessible by pull down 
> stairs to 44'w X 22'd with a room above for hobby use (model 
> railroading). The 44' wall will be the entrance wall with garage doors.
> I will likely add a four-post lift. Does the garage floor need extra 
> reinforcement?

Nothing particularly special for a four post lift, IIRC.  If you want to 
"future proof" it for when you realize that you actually want a two post 
lift (:-), check out some of the manufacturer websites for requirements. 
IIRC, a 6" floor with reinforcement and any reasonable psi is fine, but 
clearly you should check around for actual specs.

> I am thinking of adding an area for an air compressor & probably a
> dust collector. Is it likely those two should not co-habit?
> Any other advice appreciated. Things you are glad you did or wish you
> did.

I think 22' deep is really quite tight... My shop is 24' deep and there's 
not a lot of room between the tire machine, nose of a car (camaro, in this 
case), car, and door.  My truck is 21' long by itself IIRC.  I think 32' 
deep would be much more ideal, but obviously that's also a much different 
construction project.

If you can't make it deeper, make sure you lay things out so that you 
don't need tools, benches, etc. in front of your auto workbays.

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