irish44j
irish44j Dork
2/13/11 7:52 p.m.

Ok, so this is what I do on a slow Sunday night when the baby is asleep and I can' t make noise in the garage, house, or yard

While cleaning up in the basement today I ran across the June 2009 GRM, which I had never actually read thanks to it ending up underneath an old couch. Since I’m a garage geek (though many of you have better garages than mine!) I loved the “25 secrets to creating the ultimate garage.”

So being bored, I thought of the challenge for myself: Go directly out to my garage and see how many of the “secrets” I had fulfilled without seeing the article.

Here are my results. With pics because that’s what I do….but post up your results as well (with or without pics) if you’re uber-bored, lol. My pics taken tonight are next to the originals…

  1. DUMPSTER DIVING – used kitchen cabinets. CHECK. Got mine from a buddy who ripped some of his out to build a new wall. Still waiting for him to replace the rest so I can have them too. Coat of matte black paint makes them look new again!

  2. LIGHTING – a lot of it. CHECK. I’ve added several new lights this year.

  3. CARPETING – use old stuff, it’s nicer than concrete. CHECK. I actually do. I always thought I was weird….

  4. GET GREASY – use grease as a lubricant, anti-seize, etc. CHECK. No photo, but don’t we all do this?

  5. GET CONNECTED – computer and internet in the garage. CHECK. I use an old laptop, mounted on a swing-out base from an old-style 25” TV, lol

  6. BUY IN BULK – buy tools in bulk. CHECK. No photo required. I usually buy a full set if I just need 2 sizes of something, unless it’s something super-expensive.

  7. TABLE ON WHEELS – CHECK TIMES TWO. Not only did I, last month, make a rolling workbench that slides away under my main bench, BUT I also happen to have a GT6 transmission painted the same colors as the one in the GRM photo!

  8. AIR VERSUS ELECTRICITY. Check? I don’t have room for air, but have some high-power electric tools that work great for my purposes

  9. HMM…use of Amazon.com. I do sometimes. Half a check

  10. PUMP YOU UP: use hand pumps. CHECK TIME TWO. I often use a hand pump on my cars AND I have a set of Rota SDRs just like the ones in the GRM original photo, lol

  11. SIMPLY STORAGE. CHECK. I like my shed better than the GRM shed!

  12. RIDE THE LIGHTNING. No check. I actually don’t like rechargeable lights. I like plug-in. And I like big Mag-lites, since they’re also handy when in need of a BFH.

  13. MAIL CALL: Use old mail bins. Not here, though I have a lot of bins about that size that I paid for.

  14. SHOP USED: CHECK. I make a habit of buying 25-cent screwdrivers at garage sales whenever I see them (and other tools). Never know when they’ll come in handyto make a drawer look messy.

  15. RUBBER SOUL: Rubbermaid bins: CHECK. I used the really big ones.

  16. PLASTIC PALS: use old bottles for scoops, funnels, etc. CHECK. I’m to cheap to buy lots of real funnels!

  17. SHELVE IT: good, solid shelves from various sources. CHECK. Though most of mine I built myself out of leftover lumber and such..

  18. TAKE GOOD NOTES: ok, I’m bad at this. No check.

  19. FOAM FLOOR: no, I don’t have it.

  20. BUILD A BENCH: CHECK. I have several. Here’s my new small side bench with shelf

21 through 25 here:

I fail on 21. Great idea and I’ll make sure to do it soon. 22: I have three of the power cord reels in the garage…love em. 23. I have an old crappy stereo wired to four old boombox speakers. With iPod connection. I have my music, and it sounds like 1985 AM radio usually!

  1. ORGANIZATION…in the eye of the beholder.
  2. BORROW DON’T BUY….I hate doing this actually. If I need a tool once, I’ll need it again someday. So I buy it, and then my lousy friends borrow it instead, lol.

So by my count I got 19 out of 25  How bout you?

Javelin
Javelin SuperDork
2/13/11 9:47 p.m.

Kick butt! That's awesome!

SVreX
SVreX SuperDork
2/13/11 10:02 p.m.

I got a 20 out of 25!

I gave myself 1/2 a point on electric tools- I have air, but I also have electrics that I use sometimes more frequently. You got me beat on hand pumps- I am not man enough for that. I also gave myself 1/2 a point of the rubber matting- I use insulated rubber mats for the same reasons they suggest, but mine don't interlock.

And yes, I also suck at taking notes.

irish44j
irish44j Dork
2/13/11 10:12 p.m.
SVreX wrote: I got a 20 out of 25! I gave myself 1/2 a point on electric tools- I have air, but I also have electrics that I use sometimes more frequently. You got me beat on hand pumps- I am not man enough for that. I also gave myself 1/2 a point of the rubber matting- I use insulated rubber mats for the same reasons they suggest, but mine don't interlock. And yes, I also suck at taking notes.

I only use the hand pump because it seems whenever I need to add air to tires, the baby is asleep in the bedroom above the garage, ruling out use of my super-loud and super-patheticly-weak electric air pump, lol.

MrJoshua
MrJoshua SuperDork
2/13/11 10:17 p.m.

In reply to SVreX:

I have lots of notes....................stored in very random places. I was cleaning out a bookcase in the bedroom last week and happened upon a receipt for a $200 SC400 from none other than you. I am so inspired I might just build a challenge car with parts from that soggy beast. (or at least draw up pages of plans and pencil drawings and shove them in a random bookcase )

SVreX
SVreX SuperDork
2/14/11 5:52 a.m.

I think the article said "good" notes.

You and I went to the same school for the fine art of filing.

You still hiding that SC400?

MrJoshua
MrJoshua SuperDork
2/14/11 6:11 a.m.
SVreX wrote: You still hiding that SC400?

Yeah, but don't tell anyone.

Fletch1
Fletch1 Reader
2/14/11 7:18 a.m.

Glad you posted this. I may have to order that issue. I had a post a week or so ago about maybe buying my brothers house that has a small, detached 16x20 garage/shed that I would use for my toy car. I was looking for ideas how to organize for space. It also has wood floors...

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette Dork
2/14/11 7:41 a.m.

Very nice !

hotg54b
hotg54b New Reader
2/14/11 12:45 p.m.

22 out of 25

  1. moved computer from garage to basement office, its only 6 feet from garage interior door
  2. don't buy bulk anymore, just don't have room to store stuff
  3. don't have a hand pump, but have a 12v air pump
Maroon92
Maroon92 SuperDork
2/14/11 1:22 p.m.

I got a 0 out of 25. I don't have a garage.

oldtin
oldtin Dork
2/14/11 1:22 p.m.

17/25 - bare floors - I have enough trouble not setting my pants on fire with grinders and welders. I can imagine carpet and foam. I don't really borrow tools. Got a hand pump, but don't use it. Got plastic bins, mail ones are kinda flimsy and no top.

aussiesmg
aussiesmg SuperDork
2/14/11 1:53 p.m.

21 out of 25

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