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Doors and gutters are done. I bought the meter base, two 200 amp breaker boxes and some other stuff to get some electricity out there, but haven't started installing it yet. It's very hot inside.
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Looks nice, but you may need to have them run that right roof gutter to the ground instead of the porch. In a heavy rain, the volume of both roofs may well overwhelm the gutter and flow over the side.
Time will tell if it becomes an issue.
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Swept the floor for the first time. That's a lot of sweeping! The first car part was moved in. It's the frame for dad's '55 Chevy. My son got me this sign. It's the first thing hung on the wall.

There is so much work to be done it seems overwhelming. Hopefully I'll get started on electricity next week, then maybe things will go better.
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That IS a big floor ! Yes, getting power in will make it better. Being able to have lights and use corded tools and such will make the other work easier.

When I had my back storage shed built I didn't intent to run power to it, but after 1 year of using 200 ft of extension cords and then a year of using a generator to run the lifts, I ran the old hot tub circuit back there. It is so much nicer to have real electricity.
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Looks good! I put two 84" fans from home depot on down rods in my 40x60 shop and they move a considerable amount of air and keep it comfortable. However, once outside temps are above 90 degrees, it does get fairly warm in there. I've got 4" insulation on the roof and walls. I went with 7 of these lights from Amazon and couldn't be happier. Just had outlets installed on the roof beams so that I can plug them in. If one fails, take it down, and plug another in. They've been up since 2021 and haven't had one fail yet. They really throw off the light and there are no dark spots in my shop.

If you plan to put a floor coating on, do it now before you get a lot of stuff in there. I used Amour Seal from Sherwin Williams and it has held up very well. If you create an account with them, which is free to do, you get a major discount on the product. I think I saved about 50% on the cost.

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I've been trying to figure out what lights I want to use. I hate dark spots, and as I get older I need more light. How does that floor coating hold up to steel wheels on a floor jack and gasoline and brake cleaner? I used a sealer on the floor in my old shop and every time I spilled gas or brake cleaner it turned into glue.
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I've been trying to figure out what lights I want to use. I hate dark spots, and as I get older I need more light. How does that floor coating hold up to steel wheels on a floor jack and gasoline and brake cleaner? I used a sealer on the floor in my old shop and every time I spilled gas or brake cleaner it turned into glue.

I have had no issues with the coating dissolving when coming into contact with gas or brake clean. I had a car on a lift for several weeks that had a small gas leak and had a red shop rag on the floor to soak it up. The dye from the shop rag transferred onto the coating, but it did not lift, peel or break down. The only time I've been able to get the coating to lift or fracture is if a piece of steel hits it and actually knocks a plug out of the concrete. I've had steel wheel floor jacks, trans jacks and engine stands roll on it and it's held up very well. It has to cure a full 7 days before you put anything on it. Sherwin Williams actually has REPs that will come to your site and look it over with you as well. They may have an even better product now. Something to consider!

I couldn't be happier with the lights. They are cost effective and super bright. Being LED they save energy too.
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LED is the ONLY lighting to use. I have a number of 4-8' strips. These have variable temperature and brightness and being 12' off the floor I have them on high, everything, LOL. I have very good light from above, obviously, from the side isn't as good, but the more rows you place the better chance you have of a strip beside the vehicle providing light on the side.

This is just as we were finishing the ceiling and heater install, with 4 LED bulbs



To this...3, 8ft and 2, 4' strips, just in that back corner. The third 8' is running parallel to the heater and you can't see it in the pic.


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