Making your work space more comfortable.

Peglegreg

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G'day all
As most of you may know, last October my wife and I moved into our new home, which had 3 garages. It was one of the selling point to buy this house for me.
But I wasn't talking into the account that the 3 metal panel lift garage doors are in the direct sun light in the afternoon.
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the sun starting to heat up the door about 11.30am and by 1pm the whole garage doors are in the direct light.
Behind the single garage on the right is my working zone. I am very pleased to have a large area as my 'playground'.
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While the inside gets hotter and hotter.
So after 1pm the sun turns the garage doors into a sweat box with the doors acting as a heater.
Even though I got insulation, a R4.6 wool polyester blend in the ceiling, the garage in the afternoon could reach 45°C plus. It's too hot to do any work and unfortunately that's is the majority of the time I'm allowed to my build. My wife would like some work around the house done, first before any playtime.
I had an idea that is what this post is about. I had one bundle of bats in the garden shed, so today.
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I spit each bat down to make two.
I placed the thinner bats in the grove sections of each panels.
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Squeezing the bats under the framework of the garage doors
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The result is quite good to look at, but the temperature in the garage now is a pleasant 23°C.
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The garage door open with ease and the extra weight wasn't a problem.
The reason why this log is posted on SOS, I would assume there are other members who were in the same situation, and they might get some idea to fix their work area.
Havagooday and happymodeling to all
Greg
 

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It rained last night!
G'day all
I have run into a huge stag.
Yesterday the panel doors open just fine and there wasn't any extra drag on the lift motor.
But
This morning when I tried to open the door, it jerked and stopped like it hit something. I looked about and there wasn't anything so I closed the door and tried to open it again.
Bummer
It stopped at the same spot. I tried it s third time, but I gave it a very slight help with one finger and it was ok.
I was running late for a doctor's a appointment and I told my wife I'll look at it when we came home.
We were out for about 5 hours and when we got home it was hot and sunny on the garage door.
It worked with no problems. I thought about it and I came to the concudion the bats must have absorb the moisture from the air, so the door was under more stain.
I didn't want to burn out the motor, so I removed the bats from the door.
I know my system was on the correct track, but I need something else that is cheap, light and wouldn't absorb moisture.
I'm still thinking.
Dame it!
Havagooday
Greg
 

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Try it with some boards of extruded polystyrene foam.
It is light and isolate better.....and it is not absorbing humidity....
 

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Try it with some boards of extruded polystyrene foam.
It is light and isolate better.....and it is not absorbing humidity....
Thanks Uwe
I was thinking about it, but the cost is a little more than I would like. I havta look for some cheap supplies if I can find it.
Havagooday mate
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G'day all
As most of you may know, last October my wife and I moved into our new home, which had 3 garages. It was one of the selling point to buy this house for me.
But I wasn't talking into the account that the 3 metal panel lift garage doors are in the direct sun light in the afternoon.
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the sun starting to heat up the door about 11.30am and by 1pm the whole garage doors are in the direct light.
Behind the single garage on the right is my working zone. I am very pleased to have a large area as my 'playground'.
View attachment 38148
While the inside gets hotter and hotter.
So after 1pm the sun turns the garage doors into a sweat box with the doors acting as a heater.
Even though I got insulation, a R4.6 wool polyester blend in the ceiling, the garage in the afternoon could reach 45°C plus. It's too hot to do any work and unfortunately that's is the majority of the time I'm allowed to my build. My wife would like some work around the house done, first before any playtime.
I had an idea that is what this post is about. I had one bundle of bats in the garden shed, so today.
View attachment 38150
I spit each bat down to make two.
I placed the thinner bats in the grove sections of each panels.
View attachment 38151
Squeezing the bats under the framework of the garage doors
View attachment 38152
The result is quite good to look at, but the temperature in the garage now is a pleasant 23°C.
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The garage door open with ease and the extra weight wasn't a problem.
The reason why this log is posted on SOS, I would assume there are other members who were in the same situation, and they might get some idea to fix their work area.
Havagooday and happymodeling to all
Greg
Aye... 'tis a lucky man to have three bays! Cheers!!!
 

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G'day Fright
Yeah, you're correct about that mate, I think I'm very fortunate to have such a lot of room to spread out.
Do you want to know something, I would like to have the two bays, but atlas, my wife said NO, DILI, LE, NÃO, NEE, 沒有, NON, ഇല്ല, NEIN, ΟΧΙ, לא, TIDAK, RHIF etc.
What ever language, it means the same thing.
Havagooday mate
Greg
 
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We moved into our current house a couple of years ago. I made it very clear to my wife and laid it on the line which of the spare rooms I wanted as my modelling shop. After three days the swelling over my left eye had gone down enough for me to be able to see and move into the smallest of the rooms.
 

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We moved into our current house a couple of years ago. I made it very clear to my wife and laid it on the line which of the spare rooms I wanted as my modelling shop. After three days the swelling over my left eye had gone down enough for me to be able to see and move into the smallest of the rooms.
They are all the same all over the world!
Remember this......
A happy wife is a happy life!
Oh, I forgot to say this on my wife's behalf. Our new home has 4 bedrooms and there are only us 2 and our dogs and birds, my son comes home sometimes, so he got 1 of the bedrooms and my wife wanted one as a guestroom.
She gave me the smallest one, but it's big enough for my computer room. But NO WOODWORK IN THE HOUSE!
Havagooday
Greg
 
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We moved last summer to another apartment, with garden, one more room as a guestbook for my mother in law (now she is more often here). My wife wanted to rent this apartment and I agreed. The best is the fact, that in our cellar is a 30 m2 hobbyroom which I can use completely for me.
So half is used with my Modelcar collection (in dustfree cabinets) and the rest is shipmodeling.
This was the deal.
My wife is getting the garden (where I have also to work) and I am getting the hobbyroom (and the mother in law).
Where light is, is also shadow !
 
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Greg
We moved into a Villa earlier this year and some of the residents in our resort have added styrofoam panels to their opaque acrylic roller doors. Now the manufacturer is telling us they won't honour our warranty unless we pay them a service fee to come and increase the spring tension to protect the motor.
So it is do-able but you need to be careful.
 
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That is a great improvement for your shop! I had an opposite problem in my shop in North Carolina, USA. I had insulated and sheathed the garage walls when it was first built. But there was no ceiling , just some rafters and lots of open space, so cold winter days made my shop unusable. Any heat that might have been inside went straight outside through the roof!
Eventually I found the time to insulate the ceiling. I first stapled 6mm plastic sheet to the bottom of the rafters and then screwed some some particle boards to the bottom of the rafters. when all of that was in place, I added a thick layer of insulation on top of the plastic, between the rafters. now when we get a cold night (seldom below 20F, but occasionally down to 10F) the shop is 15 - 20 degrees warmer than outdoor temp when I enter the shop in the morning. An electric heater attached to the new ceiling (with a small circulation fan) adds enough heat for comfortable work on some of the colder days. Best improvement I've done in a long time.
I hope you get plenty of time to enjoy the new comfort in your garage shop now. :) Thumbsup
 
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If it is cold, or of you have a concrete floor lay down some scrap carpet. Maybe even a a couple of layers. It's usually available for free or on the curb. If you want to spend a tiny bit of money, "anti-fatigue mats" are available that also insulate. Not much is more miserable than cold feet. Working outdoors I like felt insoles-https://www.amazon.com/Wool-Insoles-Boots-Shoes-size11/dp/B077X6X1Z3
If you have cold floors they can really help in the shop as well.
 
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Hey ken

How much does it cost to rid oneself of the other half in the US, at my age its cheaper in AUS to pay the upkeep.
 
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Paul, actually it was a joke. I'm single and never wanted to be married. Actually tried it once, lasted six months and she left on her own with no hard feelings. This was 20 years ago and don't remember cost. Due to the fact that there was no animosity on either side, we are still friends. Being single definately has its advantages as one can do what ever you please whenever. Even spent 4 years in the country of Panama on a whim. Panama was great, drank lots of rum and chased lewd women......reminded me of the pirate days.
 
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