Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Dark Side of the Garage

a.k.a., "Her Side".

I pretty much finished cleaning up and organizing the far side of the garage, killing several birds with one shot.

The Honda generator is out because.....Field Day! It had old gas in it, and the oil hadn't been changed in several years because I didn't use it. I'd still pull it over by hand every other month, but today was the first time it got any time on the meter in at least three years. I let it run in NON "Eco Mode", which is akin to running it at a fast idle. It responds much better to big load swings this way, as it doesn't have to accelerate very far to get up to full power. My Field Day load requirements are pretty minimal, so I always ran it in "Eco Mode", and I'd use about 1.5 tanks of gas from Friday morning until Sunday noon. It didn't run that whole time on that much fuel, but that's how much fuel I used at Field Day every year. ANYWAY....ran it out of fuel, changed the oil, put fresh gas in it, and she started right up on the second pull. I just loves me my little Honda generator!

So here's the rebuilt "1950's Era" steel shelf unit, all snugged down tight to the wire rack next to it.

Came out nice and square after spending an hour replacing bent and tweaked parts with stuff from the 'donor unit', and screwing it all together tightly, correcting a few errors in the original assembly of it along the way.

I've had these two shelves 'left over' from when I built all the wire rack units over on my side of the place. One I left out deliberately, and one got left out accidentally. They're nice quality, and I just couldn't toss them, but seems like every way I tried to store them, they were in the way.

Hmmmm...maybe they just need to earn their keep. I stood them up, turned them sideways, and attached them to the wire rack on their side. This not only gets them out of the way, but they act like side walls on three levels of the rack.

Yep, cable ties, three per side, holding them on. They're pretty much unstressed, and the breaking strength of six 1/4" cable ties is nothing to sneeze at, so I don't think they'll come clattering off to the floor.

My wife came out just as I was sweeping up the space, and stopped dead in her tracks. She looked at me and said "Is this what a real garage is supposed to look like?". My reply was something like "Yep, a real, functional, working garage looks a lot like this.".

I know she understands how much I was looking towards having a dedicated shop, and seeing what I've done here so far, she understands it's something I'm willing to work fairly hard at building, or at making what space I have as functional as possible. She was delighted she now has her "own" area of the garage, and she has plenty of shelf space to keep her tools organized.

I have to make a(nother) Home Depot trek tomorrow to get the hardware to hang the bigger tools, like the shovels, up on the wall. That'll open up some more foot space to ease access to the passenger side of her car, which was pretty good as it was. And I'm going to pick up another 48" LED fixture, and some electrical supplies to neatly wire them in.

GAD....I'll be happy when this workspace is "finished". Then I can get back to working on the car, and get started on building up a bench/work surface on the "Maintenance & Repair" side of the Radio Room.

Oh, and Field Day is next month. I'll be running "1E, CO" on the satellites this year.


  1. Give her a spare bedroom and have her move her infernal stuff out of the sacred hall that is the garage.

    1. yuk-yuk...

      She already has the bedroom next to ours as an "office" area.

      It's really more storage right now....

  2. We put J hooks in the garage overhead and by hooking the handles near the blades, the snow shovels stow flat against the overhead over the doors, the patio umbrellas stow similarly but need two hooks and a strap.

    Home Depot has some single LED shop lights with good lumen numbers and good prices.
    This is a 4 foot single rated at 3000 lumens for $19.97
    And the same tube just under 3 feet long and rated at 3000 lumens for $14.97.
    The 4 foot tube has a switch, the 2.8 tube does not.
    My inexpensive light meter says the increase in the light falling on the work surfaces is huge and the lumen numbers are good value for money spent.
    I have one of each size, the shorter tube may get used for an undercar work light because it lacks a switch.

  3. Assume the home was originally built without garage openers and the retrofit was deemed, "good enough".

    1. And considering the paucity of outlets in the garage, two cords in one plug was 'part of the plan'!

  4. My garage is supposed to have plenty of space, and has lots of shelves, but with three people using it ... not so much. I wish it looked as good as yours. :)

    1. Yeah, I can see where sharing it with two other people could definitely put a damper on things.

      She just needs some space for her gardening stuff, and considering she does all the things like weed the yard, I'm happy to let her have some space.

  5. Ah yes... shelf space... :-)

    1. It's amazing how much bigger the place looks when things are properly stored instead of being haphazardly stacked against the wall.


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